January's are birthday month in our family and this week we had both Mum's birthday and Lucy's.
For Mum's Birthday I made a Pavlova and we had afternoon tea together.
For Lucy's Birthday I made her favourite cake which is Armenian Nutmeg cake. I doubled it so she could freeze some. And I made Mum and I a gluten free version.
I had a mixed bag of ways to save and get ahead this week. And I have been counting my Vicky Challenge! It is very motivating! I am going to do a post each weekend so everyone who wants to participate can report in either here or there. Each week we will have a savings subject so that we can hopefully learn new ways to save from each other.
This week I was given MORE canning jars! These are lovely ones as they are smaller in size which I think I will find really useful.
I picked tomatoes and basil almost every day. One night I used them to make pizzas. They were simple and delicious.
I also made a big pot of spaghetti sauce.
I had some op shop finds including a bag of 30 reels of sewing cottons for $4 and some fabric remnants.
As well I found beautiful flannelette sheet sets. One lot was a child's set with little owls and the other white sheets covered in pink roses. So lucky!
I was able to go Mulberry picking at my neighbours. They are just delicious. I was stained purple from head to toe. haha
After eating lots fresh I made the rest into jam.
I love adding to my shelves!
Mum and I went to see the girls and Lucy (for her Birthday of course.)
It had been very windy. Like the wild west the grasses blow up to the veranda and the girls play in them. It is clean and not prickly so this is their version of snow!
This is as close to snow as we are ever going to get!
They had some lambs that needed some care.
I got lots more succulent cuttings this week. I have given up buying pot plants. Some make it and some do not. But a plant now is around $14. And the sun and wind, rabbits and other things I am battling claim a lot. So I am doing a cutting and transplant kind of challenge. This week I ended up with about twenty new plants this way for free.
I cut my hair with Chloe's help for the bits I couldn't do.
Andy did a repair on my spinning wheel. Now I am ready to go to the spinners group to help me get started.
I hope you had a very good week. Did you find ways to build up your pantry, save and get ahead?
We are very lucky right now with mild days. This will help me get lots more done.
See you tomorrow for our first Vicky Challenge get together. xxx