As housework is endless and life can be full of struggles with health, money, relationships etc we need encouragement! The verse Vicky pointed out recently really struck me. It was Luke 15:8 about a woman who lost a coin and when she found it "she calls her friends and neighbours together saying rejoice with me for I have found what I have lost."
Somehow that just hit me that yes, we need someone to celebrate with. It does us good.
I always say that thanks to the internet we can find this kind of friendship even if there is no one on our street or in our town that is friendly or interested in homemaking. And there are loads of encouraging blogs, homemaking websites, classes, forums, you tube and more. You do not have to meet someone to have a wonderful friendship either and some of my very best friends are people I have not met! Thanks to the internet we can cast our net wider and find our perfect friends!
We need to be careful that we hang around encouraging places as there are people who will build you up and there are others who will tear you down. If you are sensitive the negative subject matter can really get you down.
"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up" ... this is so needed! There are so many that need an encourager. There are so many that are lonely. I just want to encourage you if you are lonely and going it alone then reach out and say hello and do not underestimate how you can find friendships and encouragement even across the miles.
So, Feather your Nest Friday is about encouraging myself and encouraging everyone that I can to celebrate what you did get done and achieve during the week rather than just stress about everything that still needs doing! Assessing our progress shows us what we achieved. It is good to do.
Some of the ways I built up my home this week include:
Cooking... this week I made a giant slab of chocolate cake.
This served as lunch box fillers, deserts and went on the fishing picnic. And I froze slices as well.
I made three trays of Enchiladas. I make up a heap and freeze them for easy dinners.
Bridge asked how to make them so here goes! This isn't much of a recipe since I cheat! But they are surprisingly delicious and things like this mean we just never buy take away.
I use a couple of jars of Enchilada sauce...
I cook up some chicken in smallish pieces.... but you could use up left over cooked chicken also. Once cooked pour in your sauce and let it get all blended together.
Retain at least half of your sauce for underneath and on top of your enchiladas.... spread a smear of sauce in your baking pan and save the rest for over the top.
Lay out tortillas and spread a little sour cream over them then your chicken and sauce mix and a sprinkle of cheese.
Spread your remaining sauce over the top. Sprinkle with cheese....
If I am going to freeze them I leave them like this and freeze. If we are eating them these go in and cook until warm through and cheese is melted. Serve with a salad.
I am not a Mexican and this is probably a long way from correct but they are delicious and easy. I can have a tray in the freezer or you can individually wrap them also.
I also made cheese and vegemite scrolls. (12)
At the chemist I was getting prescriptions and was offered a choice of a heap of products for one cent! So I got one cent dish detergent!
Andy caught crabs which he had for a meal.
I got a $1 rockmelons and a kilo of pears for $2 (very good prices around here)
The last of the figs were made into about ten slices of fig paste.
This is beautiful with crackers and cheese. It keeps well also. It is honestly delicious!
The amount I made would be over $50 in the shops.
I painted a whole heap of cards and made over my present cupboard. (as reported Wednesday)
And potted up some little succulents that have multiplied...
I wrote $339 into my savings book for the Vicky Challenge.
Just now I am still working on re organising projects! This just seems to have domino effect! Hopefully over the weekend I will get past the messy stage and on to the organised stage!
How did you feather your nest this week? I hope it has been a good week and you have a lovely weekend! xxx