It was a bit of a mixed week as well. I had some lovely things like a beautiful parcel of sparkly wool from Mimi (I will put this in my next craft post) and a parcel of vintage homemaking magazines from Deb P. Some of these are from 1958 and they are just gorgeous. Reading them I have found I like them better than todays magazines. Some of the tips and recipes are really good! The images could make amazing cards if I could cut them up but I am not sure about that yet! Thank you so much Deb!
We are still stuck with a terrible messy floor and the last time I rang the insurance company we were told another two weeks..... which is up today. I will be back on the phone I guess.
And our air conditioner is also our heating system. We know it is old and we know the air conditioner was slow last summer. The service man said it needed new gas and you can no longer get this type of gas since the government banned it. So we knew we will be needing a new one soon. But this week it died completely and now we have no heat either.
The government also banned coal so having electricity at all this summer is a wait and see game!
I guess you can tell I am not thrilled. Not feeling well and things going wrong are not a good combination!
Earlier in the week I made lots of ready to use mixes (as shown on Monday). These have been handy all week!
First I went to our Greek Wholesaler that lets the public in. It is a huge store, like a warehouse. They have giant bags of herbs and spices that are so fresh and beautiful. The prices are so cheap compared to the tiny bottles sold in the supermarket.
This was some of my haul when I came home!
Then I started making up some of my pre mixes and sealing herbs and spices in jars.
Yesterday I posted in A Working Pantry Classroom as Patsy is currently really busy. My subject was how to store and use herbs and spices. Little bottles don't work for me as I have big ones. I think I am going to have a small cupboard just dedicated to these. When my floor is finally done I can set things up in a new way to allow for this. Then the plan is to make many more things from scratch and my own pre made mixes!
While laying low I studied! Gardenpat sent me some of her best, tried and tested, mixes that she makes. There is a wonderful list! Cath helped me with making instant custard powder (in any flavour) and also with how to make my own condensed milk. I need a recipe book to write all this up in now. Next week I will post all of these recipes, they are amazing!
I made two more batches of yoghurt. One lot I made into something else I just made for the first time from scratch, Tatziki Dip. Another use for my yoghurt! It was so easy and good.
We had this with lamb last night. To go with it I made Pitta Bread Chips. This is where you cut pitta bread into 12 triangles. Spray them with a little olive oil and sprinkle with what ever you like... I used a tiny bit of garlic powder. Bake them on baking paper for about ten minutes on each side. This is a really cheap way to provide chips or crackers to go with dips.
I made pizzas and used the bargain bacon off cuts I got when shopping with Hilde. There was a lot of bacon and I cooked some up and Andy had this for several breakfasts.
I made pumpkin soup and added cream of chicken mix I made from one of my jars. That was yum!
Mum gave me some Haloumi and Blueberries. These got added to the menu plan.
I made two Armenian Nutmeg cakes. This is a nice winter cake and Lucy had requested one. So I made one for her and one for us.
I set up my two little thrift store purses for my grocery budget and for my thrift shopping.
This one is pale pink on the outside and has all these nifty compartments inside!
I picked up my new glasses which were free (until you think of the money spent on private health, but still!)
I wrote $612 into my savings book from all the savings I generated this week.
How did you save, get ahead, build up your home? I hope it was a good week for you!
Have a lovely weekend! xxx