Saturday, May 28, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
I have started cooking the next nights dinner. So tonight I am cooking a beef and potato pie for Mondays dinner, I will just have to cook a few veg when I get home. It seems to be working well, I have been using the slow cooker alot and Wes has been helping out too which is great. Last week he made a couple of batches of biscuits for the school lunchboxes!
I am also slowly going through and organising everything so it will be easier to keep tidy. I have done Amelias cupboards and wardrobe, the linen cupboard, pantry, spare room cupboards, utensil drawer and the plastics cupboard. I am also - and I can not believe this - up to date with the ironing!!! Yay!!! I always feel like I am on top of the housework if the ironing is done, whether I am or not.
Our solar hot water system was installed on Friday. I went out and hugged it! Everytime I see our panels it makes me happy. It will be interesting to see what the next electric bill is, and how quickly the rebates come back.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
We had two friends over for dinner (Dave made pizzas again adding a pepperoni one this time and they were just as fantastic as before) and they knew what it was meant to taste like and loved it. Donald even took a piece for morning tea at work! The pastry was the Lazy Jane one Mum gave me years ago from I dont know where but the filling I got from Best Recipes. I would definately make this again.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Here is the homemade part of Mum's mothers day present. She will need it with our current temperatures, which have been Brrrrrrr!
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Dave and I kind of go in cycles of spending, for a while we will be very aware of our money then we slide in to Mr & Mrs Spendy Pants. I think we are heading the spendy way again, so we are focussing on the budget again. Focussing on sticking to our menu plan. Focussing on saving.
I am also going to do a spend diary for the next fortnight. I am writing down every cash, eft and any bank transfer from thursday. I am hoping for a few no spend days in there too.
It so easy to spend. You see something and suddenly you can't imagine life without it. Or you see a little thing that only costs a few dollars so you get it and then you see another liitle thing that's only $4 or $5 and then your at the till forking over $20! I find this happens to me a lot when I go into Coles. I will buy stuff that I don't need plain and simple. I got to stop it!!!
BTW the federal budget doesn't really effect us in any immediate way though it may trickle our way in time.
That's my money jumble for tonight!
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Dave and the kids got me a tonne of dirt for mothers day. I was pretty happy with it, we all had a turn behind the shovels.Wes weeded the garden bed out for me too.
Peach tree has a new home!
Saturday, May 7, 2011
I have pruned the roses, though some might say decimated them. I think you are either a rose person or not and I am not. When we moved in here I though I could be but its just not happened. Don't get me wrong, I like them when they come in bunches but not so much the growing as a plant. Just not for me.
I transplanted the strawberries, sowed more carrot seed, planted the onions and cleaned out the linen cupboard. Dave and I pruned the crepe myrtle and tidied the deck up too. I even got some weeding done so my list is looking good for completion this weekend!
Dave made this for lunch, the right side is BBQ Hawiian Chicken and the left is Ham and Olive. They were divine and we have some left for dinner!
Friday, May 6, 2011
Clean out linen cupboard
Make choko pickles
Find gramma pie recipe
Move strawberry plants
Plant red onions
Sow more carrot seed
Bag leaves for mulch
Fill fairy garden hole
I wont be making Brandied carrot jam as Dave couldn't resist have a nip - not that I am surprised mind. And I do have a few other things I would like to do such as plant our dwarf peach in the ground rather than the pot its in. But they are only if I get to them.
In other news looks like the federal government is going to slash the rebates on solar panels/solar hot water in the Budget. Apparently its working TOO well and TOO many people are taking up the solar effort. Isn't that ridiculous?? Shouldn't that be a GOOD thing? Arghh, its so upside down logic that it does my head in. The worry is that if a large enough number have solar then there wont be as many people buying electricity they electricity prices will go up even more. I say that the state government needs to buy back the utilities and start working for us again!
I did a basketweave pattern and...
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Maiden voyage of my love heart cake tin
Organised sewing gear! Finally!