It's been lovely Spring week here in Melbourne. Yes the birds are singing, the bees are humming and the fresh air has done a world of good to our bodies and state of mind. Since I last posted our frugal tasks last Saturday we've had a 2 week extension added to our stage 4 lock down across Victoria. This time round I'll admit I found it hard to deal with. I'm ok with the lock down, I'd just like to drive to a beach and sit in the car.. I have no idea when I'll be allowed to return to work either. At this point cafes will open with outdoor dining late October so it could be late November before cleaners can work in private homes. Who knows !!!
Each morning I wake up with a clear plan in my mind of what I'd like to achieve that day. This keeps me motivated and I tend to get more done. My fridge is covered with shopping lists for department stores ( when lock down is lifted ) as well as task orientated lists.
Here's what we achieved this week -
* Made butter twice using the free cream I'm storing in the freezer.
* Darren made a timber planter box for our grape plant. He used leftover timber from other jobs around the home.
* Wrote out a menu plan for the next two weeks. I included some freezer meals so we can start making room in the freezer for garden produce later this year.
* Used a recycled gift bag for presents recently. I also saved a few blank envelopes and recycled the recycled gift bags again. They really are the gift bags that keep on giving.
* Knitted a new dish cloth for my kitchen ( apple green of course ). It took a few days while watching tv.
* Made a plan for planting our Spring / Summer veggie seedlings. Now we know what to plant in each garden bed.
* Picked a few sugar snap peas from our garden and ate them straight away. Very yummy and fresh.
* Hand washed a few clothes using the shower water. This will save me having to split the dark washing into two loads.
* Dried all washing on the line or clothes horses.
* Fed lots of weeds, grass clippings and old fruit to our chickens.
* Made a batch of pumpkin scones using the last of the cooked , frozen pumpkin. Some scones were eaten fresh with lashings of butter and the rest went into the freezer for future morning teas.
* Made a batch of dried, seasoned bread crumbs from scratch. Every time I make bread I save all the loaf ends and freeze them. When they build up I turn them into bread crumbs. This time I was able to bless Megan with the bread crumbs.
* Bought 2 kilos of beef mince on clearance for $9.34 a kilo. It usually sells for $11 a kilo so not a huge saving. But it is a saving to our budget.
* Sorted out all the freezers and did an inventory. Although there were no real surprises in there I was able to see what I needed to top up on and what I need to stop buying ( beef mince ).
* Gratefully received 4 large heads of broccoli. I cut, blanched and froze them.
|Sugar snap peas from the garden|
|Blanched broccoli ready to freeze|
|Butter made from scratch|