22 January 2017

The Week that Was 22nd January 2017

I've accomplished more than I thought I had this week. Sometimes caring for a home and family and watching the family budget becomes so much of a habit that we don't realise just how much all the little things we do are worth.

Downloaded some free ebooks from Hundred Zeroes for my Kindle.

Kept the house shut Tuesday as it was very hot. We only had the air-conditioning on for about three hours later in the afternoon when the house became hot and stuffy thanks to shutting up early.

Made four loaves of English Muffin bread. Sliced, wrapped and in the freezer. This is enough toast bread for a month. Cost: $2.60, or 65 cents a loaf - cheaper than the cheapest bought white bread. The ingredients all came from Aldi, except the yeast which I buy from The Kitchen Pantry in Croydon.

Another branch of the apple tree came down Friday morning leaving more apples on the ground. Most of them are small, and not quite ready to be picked. Wayne collected them in buckets for me and I'll be making applesauce next week.

Made two Piglets, one to take to cards and one for the boys to enjoy, using MOO condensed milk and ingredients from the pantry. Piglets (when we bought them) were $3.50 each. I made two slice trays for $4.90. Each tray makes 12 piglets (shop size, I cut them smaller, they are very rich and very sweet). ! If wasn't convinced before that baking is worth the time and effort, I would be now. Piglets take around 10 minutes of actual hands on preparation. Going on bakery prices I saved $79.10, on an hourly pay rate that is $474.60!

We had two days of good rains so no need to water the garden.

Picked more zuchhini. Grated and in the freezer.

Used grey water to keep the back grass green.

Dried the washing on the clothesline.

I was able to spend time in the evenings knitting. I've used up some of the cotton from my stash to make soap sacks this week.

And yesterday was our first card making day of the year. I spent more time talking than card making, but I'm happy with the cards I made.

What have you done to save money, time and energy this week?



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2 comments:

  1. You had another great week Cath. I have saved those recipes and I am going to try them out next week. That was incredible savings on the piglets!

    Your weather sounds similar to what we have been having. We have had a lot of humidity this year and rain. Everything is so green over this way when usually it would be like a desert. We have one or two hot days, then rain, then cooler for a couple of days before warming up again. Strange...

    I am picking zucchinis and trying to think of recipes to use them up. I gave some away, baked a cake and made ratatouille. At the moment they are getting added to everything :)

    I am also picking tomatoes and cucumbers. Still waiting for our nectarines and grapes to be ready. They are late this year.

    I looked after a friends garden this week while she was away and ended up with seven kilos of figs. I have sliced them up and put in the freezer for now.

    I baked bread.

    A while ago another friend gave us a Bissell carpet cleaner, so on Monday when it was in the 40's I cleaned our carpets. It did a great job. I used only vinegar and a tiny bit of wool mix for shampoo instead of the expensive name brand product. It worked perfectly.

    Stayed away from the shops as much as possible and used up what I had in the pantry and freezer. I needed to make room :)

    Sold excess eggs.

    Haven't had to water the garden as much because of rain.

    Baked lamingtons for Australia day.

    Have a lovely week.

    xTania

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  2. Hi Cath,

    I posted a comment to this post (25/01/17) but for some reason it bounced back to me, so I will try again.

    You had another great week Cath. I have saved those recipes and I am going
    to try them out next week. That was incredible savings on the piglets!

    Your weather sounds similar to what we have been having. We have had a lot
    of humidity this year and rain. Everything is so green over this way when
    usually it would be like a desert. We have one or two hot days, then rain,
    then cooler for a couple of days before warming up again. Strange...

    I am picking zucchinis and trying to think of recipes to use them up. I
    gave some away, baked a cake and made ratatouille. At the moment they are
    getting added to everything :)

    I am also picking tomatoes and cucumbers. Still waiting for our nectarines
    and grapes to be ready. They are late this year.

    I looked after a friends garden this week while she was away and ended up
    with seven kilos of figs. I have sliced them up and put in the freezer for
    now.

    I baked bread.

    A while ago another friend gave us a Bissell carpet cleaner, so on Monday
    when it was in the 40's I cleaned our carpets. It did a great job. I used
    only vinegar and a tiny bit of wool mix for shampoo instead of the
    expensive name brand product. It worked perfectly.

    Stayed away from the shops as much as possible and used up what I had in
    the pantry and freezer. I needed to make room :)

    Sold excess eggs.

    Haven't had to water the garden as much because of rain.

    Baked lamingtons for Australia day.

    Have a lovely week.

    xTania

    ReplyDelete

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