Here is what I have been up to!
NOURISH: Make and bake as much as possible from scratch. Ditch over packaged, over processed convenience foods and opt for 'real' food instead.
I haven't done a lot of preserving over summer - too busy, too hot, too much like hard work in the heat... But I did start making these cute and tasty home pickles from Jamie Olivers new cook book "Save with Jamie".
For stock piling, I have twelve items on my shopping list that I am buying up big on each month in an effort to make a deliberate stockpile in the cupboards. January was dish washing liquid. Every time I shopped, I grabbed another bottle of dish wash - even if I only popped in for milk. I now have 12 shiny bottles of detergent sitting under the kitchen sink to be used for the rest of the year. I think we use about 1 a month and if so - then I have a years supply. The idea is that I can knock it off my shopping list and not run out. I have toothpaste, rice, vinegar, pasta and other staple but non perishable items on my list
February's stockpile item is toilet paper.... I don't think I can buy (and store) a years supply in a month - but I'll see how I go!
I fixed my favourite metal bucket!!! The neighbour fixed my watering can when it sprung a leak as he is an ex metal worker of some description and has welding gear (and goodness knows what else in that shed of his) When he gave it back to me he mentioned that silicone on the bottom of it would have been quicker and easier... So obvious when you know how! So when my bucket finally sprang a leak, I purloined the husbands tube of silicon and Voila! One fixed and still useful bucket! You could probably do this with a plastic bucket as well I reckon...
GROW: plant/harvest. What's growing this month?
This is my Christmas Table. I love doing this sort of thing so when Christmas planning time came round and we volunteered to host a big celebration - I got to pull out all the stops. Many hours of work but very little cost went into it. I had an absolute ball putting all this together!
I made all the crackers, hats and popped a bit of matching lace around a whole bunch of jars filled with flowers. I made napkin rings, collected bottles to hold candles and made extra pennants to hang over the table - The food was very simple, I dint have time to worry about such trivialities!
This one is my addition to the 9. I have been setting myself wee challenges that improve my life over the month. I have gone carless one day a week, stopped buying anything but petrol from a petrol station, been a guest at Christmas, and tried to exercise more. This month I want to do a no spend month and pay off my credit card entirely. I know that I will have to put my next Uni subject on there and before that goes on at the end of February I want the card paid out!
As always I enjoy popping over to see what other slow livers are up to. Sometimes I can't get past the security things (You know, put in the letters or numbers thingos) but even if you cant see my comment, know I have been and enjoyed!
Thanks for the opportunity to share again Christine!!! Have a great month everyone! - Kxx xx