It's a new year and a new beginning for all of us. Darren and I enjoyed our 2 week holiday to Tasmania just after Christmas. We spent time with Darren's family in Devonport then had a mini getaway to a little coastal town called Stanley. It was wonderful to breathe in the fresh air without a face mask for the entire 2 weeks.
The second half of January was spent in the garden picking fruit from our trees and finding ways to use it all. Our pantry was given a clean out / sort out ready to tackle 2021. Our freezers are full of cooked meals, fruit and our usual stockpile of meat.
Here's what else we've been up to -
* Made three loaves of wholemeal bread with extra goodness.
* Made lots of apricot jam using the apricots from our tree.
* Made a 2 litre bottle of foaming hand wash liquid using diluted shower gel.
* Made up a bottle of surface cleaner using diluted dishwashing liquid.
* Knitted quite a few dish cloths and face scrubbies ( wash cloths ) while we were in Tasmania. Now that we are back home I've continued to knit in my spare time.
* Cut Megan's hair for her.
* Made lemon butter using eggs I froze a few months ago and lemon juice I froze last year ( lemons from our tree ). I've been enjoying it on my toast for breakfast.
* Froze excess plums from our tree. I'm planning on making jam later in the year when my current supply is low.
* Darren dug up the potatoes he planted last October. From 7 scrawny little supermarket potatoes we harvested about 13 kilos. At the moment, supermarkets are charging $4 a kilo.
* We made a bulk batch of salmon patties and stretched them out by adding cooked potato and grated carrot. There were enough for 9 meals for the 2 of us. We ate some that night and 8 meals were put into the freezer.
* Gratefully received lots of plums and tomatoes from my Dad's garden. The plums were frozen for future jam making and sauce making. The tomatoes were cooked up and made a very large lasagne.
* Planted cucumber, zucchini, potatoes, lettuce and bean seeds.
* Gratefully received a large zucchini from Jessica's boss. This was used to make lots of zucchini / veggie fritters.
* Saved lots of kitchen water from drink bottles and rinsing veggies. This was used on the plants in our back garden.
* We took as much food as we could for our trip to Tasmania. The muesli bars, tins of chunky soup, homemade shortbread biscuits and savoury biscuits saved us a small fortune. We also took lunch and snacks on the boat trip over and only needed to buy a cup of tea and dinner.
|From our fruit trees|
|Our potato haul|
|From the garden on Christmas morning|
|Bryson on the move|
|A new greeting card I've been making|
|Cooking up the tomatoes|