Lots of gardening, cooking, baking and blessings has filled our week. We try to make the most of the blessings and use them as wisely as we can. Winter is just around the corner and our busyness has kept us warm. At times we've had to turn the heater off when our frugal tasks keep us active.
Here's what we've been up to -
* Baked a double batch of chocolate choc chip muffins for a cleaning client who placed an order. Her grand daughters love to eat them when they visit.
* Darren picked lettuce to have with his lunches.
* Gratefully received a big tub of margarine from a friend.
* Picked up 12 packets of chocolate wafer biscuits on clearance for 50 cents each down from $2.50. The previous week they were on clearance for 95 cents and I thought that was a bargain. I don't usually buy packets of biscuits but I can't make any batch of biscuits that cheap.
* Made a pot of egg custard to use up some milk that was 2 days past its use by date. We rarely have dessert after our main meal so we really enjoyed this treat. It saved us throwing the milk out.
* Made a big pot of soup using chicken stock from the freezer, our potatoes and broccoli stalks as well as a few other veggies. We got 6 hearty serves from the saucepan and cost about 20 cents a serve.
* Made a menu plan for the next 4 weeks. With meat being so expensive it took some creative thinking to keep variety in our menu with only chicken drumsticks, sausages, beef mince, frozen fish fillets and tinned tuna / salmon on hand.
* Darren picked a few mandarins and lots of oranges from the fruit trees at Megan's place. I've already blitzed quite a few and frozen them in portions for future baking. I also baked lots of little whole orange cakes. Some will be frozen and the others will be eaten fresh. With just the two of us, I try to bake smaller cakes so we can eat them within a few days without gorging ourselves.
* Made a triple batch of sausage casserole using sausages that were gifted to us. The sausages had already been frozen then defrosted when we received them so they needed to be used up quickly. We had some of the casserole that night and the rest was portioned and frozen.
* Planted lots of broccoli and a few mini cauliflower seeds into little punnets for future planting. The broccoli seeds came up within 4 days.
* Bought chrysanthemum plants on clearance at our local fruit and veg shop for $2 a plant. We'll be planting them out in the front garden for some much needed color.
* Took a few cuttings from our Hebe plants and daisy plants. If they all take some with be given as presents and the rest will go into the garden to fill in the gaps.
|Oranges from Megan's place|
|Daisy cuttings and broccoli seedlings|