Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Now I wouldn't want to accuse supermarkets of profiteering out of the recent floods in QLD but.... I went in there to get some apples (Amelia starts school tomorrow) and they were $7.99 a kg. Last Wednesday I bought apples from a fruit and veg guy for $4 a kg. Can you imagine the buying power of a supermarket vs an independent guy? The supermarkets also usually have deals where they buy directly from the growers cutting out having to buy from a third party e.g Brisbane markets. I will add that the strawberries were $3.99 a punnet and looked off.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
I spent $1 on this tablecloth and 6 cloth placemats from a garage sale. I am planning to use both in sewing projects throughout the year. Can't tell you too much!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
I am already mulling over my gift list! The hardest person to make for is my Dad and he is up next since I already have give Mae's present to Fiona for her. I just dont know what to do for him. Maybe a Scarf for winter gardenng? And a gift card for Mitre 10? Hmmm. Don't know. I think I will have to be doing more searching.
Finished Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver today. I love this book. In fact I always look for it in the second hand shop - one day I will get lucky! It's all about a familys committment to eating locally for a year. A lot they grew themselves. It is really interesting, funny and thoughtfully written.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
This is Mum and Dad in their kitchen. They bought a new pantry this week and we brought it out on the trailer today. The house is looking like their home now and they are settling in well.
Mum and Dads backyard. This is taken looking down from the chook Hilton.
Monday, January 24, 2011
I got the kids uniforms out of layby which I had budgeted for, and bitched about that was $143 ~ Ouch! and I spent $2 on a card for a birthday. Could I have made one? I don't think so. I did actually think of it but couldnt think of anything I had to make one up. I will need to put crafty stuff for that kind of thing in a drawer when I find it.
However I did NOT buy coffee. Not one before work or one at lunch. This saved me $3.70 for one or $7.40 for two and I am happy to report Dave didn't either even though he thought about it. I also didn't buy bread, its rising as I type. I did think of just going for a browse in Target at lunch as they are having up to 60% off at the moment but I restrained myself! On happier news still we only have two payments left on Wes's teeth. If I ever wanted to print my own money you've only got to become an orthodontist.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
I have been reading and thinking a lot about 'stuff' lately. How much of it I buy that I don't need. Or I buy because I think I should. For example, its back to school time and that means uiniforms and shoes.
Both of the kids cannot get away with last years uniforms, unless Amelia is happy with everyone seeing her undies and Wes embraces testicle separation. Shoes are our big ticket item. Last year Wes went through 3 pairs of joggers and 2 school shoes, Amelia went through two of each. Thankfully instead of just buying new school shoes I got them to try on the ones I had bought at the beginning of term 3 and they still fit! Bonus!
The joggers were another story. Wesley's had worn out and Amelia's had gotten too small. I told Wes that I was not going to be buying $100 shoes. I wasn't putting him in Dunlop Volleys but I had taken notice of the shoes his friends wear and the majority wear generic brands. With that in mind we firstly went to Target to see what they had, they were having a massive sale on shoes. Amelia was easy, as long as they have some pink on them she don't care, so hers came to the princely sum of $6.90 and Dave found a new pair of work shoes down to $9.80. Wes wasn't that keen to start with but then we found a pair of Spalding joggers (that looked just the same as a pair of New Balance we had seen previously) reduced from $40 to $11 and we had a winner, though we were going to have to buy a pair of inner soles for them as the ones that come with the joggers were a bit thin. Went to the chemist and got two pairs of innersoles for $5.50. I put the second pair in his black school shoes. So all up for the school shoes I paid $23.40!
Then in a frenzy I came home and cleaned out Wesley's room. It took 2 hours. Every shelf, cupboard and drawer got the treatment and we ended up with 3 bags of rubbish and 1 bag to Vinnie. We found so many pens, pencils and notebooks I doubt we will have to buy any anytime soon and his room looks pretty good.
Mindfullness came into this dinner. Nearly all the vegies are home grown, though not necessarily our home. We are trying tofu for the first time. I am hopeful. It makes economic sense to replace just one meal a week with tofu. It's roughly $3 for 600g for tofu so at least half the cost of the cheaper meats. It is probably better for you too as we humans eat too much meat! I know we rarely eat a dinner without it.
And referencing the title of this post I have made a committment to go bake to baking. I have been slipping back into old habits. I have no excuse. However Dave and I are going to get back into baking bread and baking our crackers, biscuits etc rather than buying. The above is Banana bread.
This is me blanching zucchini. I read on a website you can blanch it so I am going for it. It is such a shame to have to give so much away when I could be storing it for later on. Don't get me wrong, I am more than happy to share the zucchini love but it is good to keep some for yourself too!
Monday, January 17, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
In other news, Mum and Dad's removalist truck is stuck in Toowoomba, or was as of yesterday afternoon, due to the horrific flooding in SE Queensland. I am hoping that the truck will arrive sometime today as the waters have receeded somewhat and if they are travelling through Goondiwindi-Moree way those areas are not affected by the current floods.
Ashford is STILL waiting for the Severn River to peak. It is major flooding as it is expected to peak at 8m and 6m is considered major flooding. Thankfully Mum and Dads house is at the other side of town to the river. As we left yesterday the SES were evacuating the caravan park. They are expecting the peak to occur at about 9am.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Three scrunchies done that I promised the girl ages ago to go with the last lot of skirts I made.
Friday, January 7, 2011
This is the peaches before going into the vacola.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Just have to buy the paints for the body now. He is pretty happy with the way it turned out, especially for his first model.
And here are two more coin purses I made today or as Amelia calls them penny purses.
Monday, January 3, 2011
Its lined with some material I bought from Salvation Army for 50c I think or possibly the Legacy shop. It was quick and fun to make so I am going to do a few and add them to the girls birthday presents throughout the year. I have heaps of scraps so I will just need to buy the zips.