We continue to make the most of the produce we are picking from our backyard. Over the last four weeks the only fruit and veggies we've bought from the shops are carrots, cucumber and a few bags of lettuce ( our seeds weren't growing. We now have seedlings we can harvest from ). This has been a big saving and blessing for us.
Here's what else we've been up to -
* Made 4 jars of pear butter in the slow cooker using pears from our little tree. Two jars went into the fridge and two into the freezer. From my research, pear butter only lasts two weeks in the fridge. By freezing some it means it will all be used up within a good time.
* Descaled the kettle using citric acid.
* Darren used the compost from one of the bins on the veggie garden and one flower bed. The other bin now needs to mature ( bake ) for a couple of months while we start filling up the newly emptied one.
* Turned a couple of sauce bottles upside down to get the last of the contents out.
* Baked three loaves of wholemeal bread with extra goodness.
* Added crushed up wheat bix and corn flakes to the dried seasoned bread crumbs to make it stretch further.
* Made and sold a double batch of raspberry and white chocolate muffins to a friend who had ordered them. The profit I made has been put aside to go towards presents for next year.
* Made plain dried bread crumbs from saved bread crusts. I like to keep a jar of plain bread crumbs to add to meatloaves etc without the seasoning.
* Picked zucchini, pears, tomatoes, silverbeet and raspberries from our garden. The zucchini was planted as seeds in mid January so it's only taken 7 weeks from seed to picking.
* Sold a dozen eggs to a friend.
* Made a 10 litre bucket of laundry liquid from scratch. As I pour it into smaller containers it's diluted down with water 50 / 50.
* Made zucchini fritters and added zucchini to a tuna pasta bake to stretch it further.
|Lettuce now ready to pick|
|Broccoli seedlings growing|
|Our latest potato crop|
|One mandarin tree is in bloom|
|Muffins from my kitchen.|