Right now I will think about the good things of the week and what we were able to achieve.
Andy and I were both sick for a few days. So it wasn't the best week ever!
Some of the ways I did manage to built up our home and feather our nest were:
It was Chloe's birthday! She loves Aplaca's and I found this planter. I got some of the cuttings I was given going in a small pot and placed them inside. And I made cup cakes instead of a birthday cake. They looked pretty and hard sparkle also!
I had little packets of icing roses so I can't take credit for those!
I made a big pot of chicken soup as it seemed like the best idea in light of how we both felt.
Then I made a tray of cornbread to go with it. Usually I make this up as muffins. But I went for the easiest option!
This is really good with soup and makes it a bigger meal.
It is 2 cups polenta, 1 3/4 cup SR flour. (I used gluten free.) 100g butter or oil, 1 1/2 cups milk, 2 eggs and optional... a cup of creamed corn. Can be made as a loaf or as muffins. Bake in medium oven until golden and skewer comes out clean. It is nice if it is a bit brown and crunchy on the edges.
It is good with butter!
This week I worked through more apples and make batches of apple puree. It is so nice and I have frozen lots.
Then I started on the figs my sister in law gave me. For dinner we had figs with cream cheese, wrapped with prosciutto. They were beautiful. I made jam to give to my sister in law to pay her back then lined the rest up on my shelf.
Also I made a batch of Sticky Fig Balsamic Vinegar. I went through many recipes and finally used the recipe I always do which is this one here by Mimi... Home made sticky balsamic glaze. This recipe is so good. This turns an average salad or pizza into something out of this world. I fill mushrooms with it and bake them.... many uses. This batch I just added a dozen figs and at the end blitzed them. It is really good!
I got four bottles but one was already in use!
My neighbour gave me a bag of glorious rose fabrics. Some are newer, some are vintage and some are furnishing materials. Oh my goodness I love them!
So many possibilities!
I made a tray of gluten free scones. My freezer has been a bit low on gf things that I can have.
So I guess I am doing what I always try to do and make hay while the sun shines. A day here is still the same with happy chickens and animals and pumpkins growing over the fence. Black cockatoos making a lot of noise but that is a happy sound too as they sound like they are having a lovely time!
But when I went to town it was a whole new reality. And I know this is just the beginning of a long haul. So I say make MORE hay while you can. Take every opportunity to get ahead, be very watchful and think. But more on that tomorrow and I will hope like last weeks post we can all help each other. xxx