|This is one of the quilts that Grandma sent home for Daughter's bedroom.|
The other one is pink pastels...both are rail fence pattern...and just beautiful.
|This one for us is not as bright/red as it appears in the photo. It's a rose color with a bit of green and blue. |
I purchased items on sale, with coupons or both, for the most part. I got a few things free - some Emerald Breakfast to Go Packs (store promo), 3 tubes of Crest (free after double coupon and sale) two rolls of Brawny paper towels (free after double coupon and sale) and 2 Suave deodorants (free after double coupon and sale). Other highlights - 16 oz. sour cream for .60 after coupon/sale, Tombstone pizzas for 1.90 each after sale, coupon and catalina, Kleenex tissues for .79 a box after coupon/sale, Honey Nut Cheerios for .79 a box after sale/coupons...all in all, it was a good week. I also went to Sam's and stocked up on cheese, cheese and more cheese. I repackaged it when I got home and froze it for future use.
|His name is Froggy. We set him free.|
We rescued a leopard frog in our window well. We live in a semi-arid region, but it has been a wet, wet summer (comparatively). Frogs are, well, rare here, and it was really exciting to get to help one!
We made beef stew curry, rice, breakfast tacos, shoyu chicken, sesame spinach, mashed potatoes (a double batch, so I froze some for a future meal), panfried zucchini, a Bolognese type sauce and pasta and steamed broccoli. I also made some simpler things like a boxed noodle dinner. Our average supper this week cost approx. .60 per person thanks to buying things on sale, stocking up previous weeks and cooking from scratch. Breakfasts and lunches cost even less!
|I bought this with some of our summer sales fund. |
My mom had given me the jar attachments from
her food saver. With this and the attachments,
I can make up salads for the week on Sunday,
vacuum seal them and they are fresh each day.
|I made four this week because I knew we had lunch plans for Friday. They stored perfectly and were |
fresh each day. Love it! It's easy and fast to pour the greens in a bowl and add some mix-ins for a
healthy, fast lunch.
I had an appointment in town on Tuesday. We did our other town errands that day. We used a 20% off coupon at Goodwill that will expire before we're in town again, got something free I'm not going to divulge because it might end up in stockings, went to the library, etc. Books, music, games and other media were free from the library. A good library system is a wonderful, wonderful thing.
Speaking of the library, we attended a free homeschool program all about science. It was 'milk science' and the students got to make butter and whipped cream and learned about homogenization, pasteurization and more.
I used furniture wax/polish to get rid of the oxidation on our cranberry colored front door. It looks much better! I rejuvenated our welcome mat too. It's still in great shape, it was just looking faded and tired. It's indoors for these pictures, which is why the door isn't cranberry, hee hee.
|Our welcome mat has faded to a pinkish color and a lot of the color in the middle has worn away.|
|I fixed it up with some craft paints I had on hand. Much better, and basically no-cost.|
I signed up for a free 1 year subscription to Family Circle magazine.
|These 'carrot balls' are from our garden. Aren't they weird???|
I shredded the zucchini that grew large while we were away on vacation. It's in one-cup portions, and I will use it this winter to make zucchini bread. We picked about a third of our apple crop -the rest will be ready over the course of the next few weeks. many of our apples have bird, hail or deer damage, so there is a lot of cutting away of bad parts. Some are nice enough to keep for fresh eating, which is great news. I've made 7 pints of apple pie filling, 7 quarts of applesauce and lots of chicken scraps. I can likely get another batch of applesauce from this first harvest.
|applesauce and apple pie filling|
|These jar lids are 2 pieces - a rubber ring and a plastic cap, |
and they are re-usable.
Big R stores are having a 50th anniversary celebration. Wednesday's big deal was 50% off Nutrena feed, limit 5. Since we have chickens, I got 4 bags of layer pellets and 1 of scratch grains - 250 pounds total - for $33.75. Major savings!
We took Daughter to another free library program on Saturday - the 501st something-or-other of storm troopers. She was in 7th heaven!
|It looks like they're about to tussle, but I think they were just giving one another thumbs-up.|
|The kids got to make light sabers too...the printouts for the handle are somewhere on |
Disney's Family Fun site, I think.
My friend Kelly came over and taught Daughter and I how to use a knitting loom. I can knit on one...and I purled one row too! Kind of excited about it - thank you, Kelly!
Room for Improvement:
We tried sauerkraut this week. Thumbs down all the way around. We didn't like it at all. I tried to, but...no. No. Just...no. Now, I have dear friends telling me there is more to it than just opening the jar to re-heat...but I'm not sure we're ready to try again just yet.
How was your week? What did you do to save and enjoy the autumn weather?