Our week started off with lots of baking and making. I was really on a roll and enjoying all the extra free time I have to make the fun stuff. Then my attention turned to keeping the weeds under control in the veggie garden. I quite enjoy weeding and find it relaxing. Don't get me wrong. I don't like weeds, just the end result and time out in the sunshine.
Our veggie seeds are popping out of the seed raising mix. I can see new growth each day. It's like tending to a newborn baby. I'll have a photo for you next week when they are a little bigger.
We enjoyed babysitting Luka for a day. We had him outside 'helping' in the garden. He loves soil and loves to dig. He says hello to the chickens, tries to let them out and generally runs from place to place with so much to see and do at Nana and Poppy's place. He even 'helped' me water the garden. I've posted a short clip on my Facebook page.
On Wednesday it was our 25th Wedding Anniversary. We had hoped to be in the Cook Islands but it wasn't to be. Instead we enjoyed watching our wedding video from start to finish with a grazing platter for lunch. Darren cooked a lovely dish of salmon, Paris mash, green beans and roasted carrots for our dinner. I set the table as fancy as I could and dug out the candelabra and candles used at our wedding.
I've enjoyed watching lots of Youtube clips on homesteading, soap making, bath bombs, bread making, gardening and food security / stockpiling. While I'm watching tv, I'm knitting a new dish cloth for our kitchen. Apple green in color - of course.
Here's what else I've been up to
* Made a half batch of tomato relish. I used tomatoes and onions I'd frozen earlier this year when I had an abundance. Two jars were sold to a friend within one day.
* Picked bok choy from the garden.
* Turned the heater off during daylight hours most days this week. The sunshine has bought lovely warmth into our home and I make sure the curtains are fully opened.
* Made a big batch of pita chips using pita bread that was given to us a while ago ( and I'd frozen ). We love to make nachos with them or enjoy with a piece of cheese as a savoury snack.
* Made whole orange cake using an orange from the freezer. I divided the batter into one loaf pan and three mini pans. Some cakes went back into the freezer for future eating. With just the two of us here, we try not to cook or bake more than we can eat or freeze.
* Made no knead bread after watching lots of Youtube clips. It worked out ok but not as crusty or high as seen in the clips.
* Dried all the washing on the line. YAY for sunshine again.
* Fed the compost bin every second day with kitchen scraps.
* Made ANZAC biscuits using dough from the freezer. We've enjoyed them out on the deck with a cuppa.
* Saved the shower warm up water and washing machine rinse water. This was all poured back into the washing machine.
* Made lots of sausage rolls using the last of the sausage mince I bought very cheaply over a year ago ( taken from the freezer ). Some were enjoyed for a lunch and the rest were frozen. We don't waste anything and we certainly don't gorge ourselves on treat foods.
* Gratefully received a beautiful grazing box from a friend who couldn't used it. We enjoyed it for dinner one night and for lunch the next day.
* Picked a few more lemons from our tree. There's still quite a bit of fruit growing at all different stages so we'll have lemons for a while.
|Broccoli and Bok Choy in the veggie garden|
|No knead bread|
|Whole orange cake|
|Anniversary dinner Darren cooked|
|From our wedding|
|Homemade sausage rolls|
What's growing in your garden ?
What was on your frugal list this week ?