Since last week's frugal list post, Melbourne and the rest of Victoria ( the state I live in ) has been in a snap 5 day lockdown. I was happy to stay home and potter around the house, do some gardening and watch lots of YouTube clips. Thankfully Darren didn't miss out on any work shifts and I was able to reschedule a cleaning job to next week.
During the coolness of our mornings we've been working out in the front garden doing some tidying up. We've also pottered in the veggie garden, pulled a few weeds and generally admired the fruits of our hard work.
Here's what else we've been up to -
* Fed the compost bins every second day with kitchen scraps and garden clippings
* Made a big batch of brown sugar from scratch using white sugar and molasses.
* Mixed up a double batch of cranberry hootycreek biscuit dough. Some was baked for Darren as a Valentine's Day treat. The rest of the dough went into the freezer for future baking.
* Knitted a few more dish cloths and face scrubbies. I have a friend who is interested in buying some for herself and to give some as presents. As soon as she's made her purchases I'll put them up on Facebook if anyone is interested in buying some too. The knitted dish cloths are the only cloths I use to wipe down my stone bench top and stainless steel stove. They give a wonderful streak free finish.
* Planted 6 daisy plants I'd grown from cuttings. Now they are spread out around our front and backyard garden beds. They'll be a wonderful burst of color in a couple of months.
* Picked silverbeet and tomatoes a couple of times during the week to add to our meals.
* Used reclaimed bread bags to line our bathroom bins.
* Cooked up some excess tomatoes and froze them for future spag bol dinners.
* When out digging in the front garden I found 4 small lavender bushes that had popped up from nowhere. I've replanted them into better positions to fill in a few gaps.
* Saved lots of shower water and poured it into the washing machine.
* Harvested some of the sweetcorn we have growing in our veggie garden. Some was cooked to have with 2 of our dinners. The rest was blanched and frozen. I'll be picking another 10 - 15 ears of corn over the next few weeks.
* Found lots of brand new knitting / crocheting cotton in my local op shop at fantastic prices. Now I have a few more color options for the dish cloths and face scrubbies
|Brown sugar from scratch|
|Making brown sugar|
|Cranberry hootycreek biscuits for Darren|
|Our sweetcorn crop.|