This past week has been the cross over week from 2015 to 2016 and with it has brought a bit of change in our home. This change hasn't been instant it has been made over the past weeks and months but has culminated in a fresh outlook and way of life for us in 2016 - The changes were gradual but certainly are cemented in place now. Frugality is our way of life and has brought with it many new blessings.
Including this jar of awesome Lemon Butter from my niece who is blessed with an abundant lemon tree.
One of the things on my wish list for this year is a lemon tree. I have tried to grow them in the past with no luck but I am determined to save for a tree and to get a crop of lemons before the year is out !
This week I turned all of the left over stale bread into breadcrumbs.
Put them in a bag and popped them in the freezer.
I went to my local IGA and went to purchase this $2.99 bag of ripe bananas. The young guy behind the counter gave them to me and another bag as well. He said they were too ripe to sell.
I was very grateful - These are perfect for baking.
They are all now residing in the freezer. What a wonderful blessing.
I am hoping to begin my compost in the next few days so these banana skins will be a nice addition.
As for my $70 budget well I did pretty well although I blew it by $1.50. We were taken out for lunch at a winery down in the Huon Valley and we stopped at a fruit shop on the way home and I lashed out with our remaining shopping dollars and purchased Cherries, Nectarines and Rhubarb. I spent most of the shopping dollars on Coffee, Baking Supplies, Vegetables, Milk and Bread this week so it will be interesting to see where the dollars are spent next week. I was hoping to have some left over for a slush fund for the bulk buying warehouse every few months but it was not to be this week. I just need to find my feet and some balance so the first few weeks will be the hardest I think.
The rhubarb has been stewed and is now in the freezer ready for some apple and rhubarb crumbles.
The freezer has had a lot of additions in the past week with Satay Chicken, Bread Crumbs, Rhubarb, Stewed Apricots and Bananas having been added as well as some Porterhouse Steak gifted to us at Christmas. The pantry has also been blessed with some homemade cordial which I will share with you next week.
So that's it for this week with a final little shot of Harry taking a selfie.