|Happy nasturtiums we grew from seed.|
This week is quite the patchwork of frugal living and little ways to enjoy any day. Here's our list!
We were home a lot this week. I like to be home. There is plenty to do, and we don't really spend money. We're too busy trying to keep things maintained! I mowed until the drive belt broke, then we put on a new belt, and I mowed until it came loose (I think it must have stretched when it was hot, because that belt was on tight!). We also completed some siding repair (hail damage) and painted the garage workshop trim, along with the day-to-day things like schooling, cooking, cleaning and laundry. Oh, and while we had the ladders out to work on the siding, we washed the outside of the bay window. I told Husband we will do it once every 9 years, whether it needs it or not! (It needed it!)
Husband went about getting baseboard for the workshop in the garage we built last summer. The price of baseboard was (well, still is) astronomical, especially when you plan to put the baseboard into a workshop. He decided that he would buy 1x3 lumber instead. We have a router and table, so he can round the top edge if he wants to, or just leave it as-is. It will do the job and save us $65, easy.
Husband and I have both been walking more. Many times, we use the treadmill, but other days we go for walks outdoors. Better health saves money.
We recently got a lot of bottom round roast for 1.60 a pound. I used stock-up money (money I hadn't used from the monthly grocery budget, that I set aside for deals like this) to purchase about 40 pounds. This week we got out one of the roasts that weighed about 3.5 pounds. I got our the meat slicer (a cheapie from Harbor Freight that we got years ago on sale and with a discount coupon) and sliced most of it into thin slices for teriyaki, which we grilled on Labor Day. Toward the end, it's hard to get nice slices, so I took those raggedy slices and made julienne pieces to use in stir-fry later in the week. I saved the fat cap (which was small, but still useful) for when we make ground beef. At 1.60 a pound, it's cheaper to grind these roasts than to buy hamburger, but I'll need the fat from a couple of them so that my home-ground beef isn't too lean and dry.
|One roast made a lot of teriyaki, quite a bit of beef for stir fry (frozen for another week) and I froze|
the fat to add to another roast when I grind it up for ground beef.
I hung laundry on drying racks, per usual. I made four gallons of homemade laundry soap. I won't have to do that again for quite a while.
We re-arranged some furniture throughout the house, and that meant I had to move pictures and other wall hangings. I've been spackling holes and touching up paint. I consider maintenance a frugal thing because it keeps things looking nicer and gets repairs done while they're still minor ones.
We defrosted the chest freezer. It will run more efficiently, having the ice removed from the edges makes it a little bigger, plus we were able to organize/prioritize some things that we ought to use sooner rather than later....like those imitation crab legs. Got a recipe for those? I have four packages, and I'm running short on ideas, and Tallulah doesn't like fish. :)
|Our Hummingbird Moth. :)|
We watched a hummingbird moth sip nectar from some flowers we planted from seed. We tried to get you a good, crisp photo, but they are all blurry. We also picked some nasturtiums for the vase on the kitchen table.
We made shave-ice at home with homemade syrups.
I gathered canning jars to take to my mom. We have a plethora of them here, and she is running a bit low. Additionally, they have had a 'big year' there, and she will be giving me some canning jars with food in them. Thanks, Mama!
It was a busy week for cooking at home - teriyaki beef, macaroni salad, kimchee, hoecakes, a couple pots of rice, green beans with new potatoes, barbecued chicken and homemade slaw. A lot of those were made with leftovers in mind, and I also pulled homemade chili from the freezer.
|I made a huge pot of homegrown green beans and potatoes (with bacon and onions - yum!).|
We had them with grilled ham and hoecakes, I ate them for lunch a few times and we had them
later in the week with fish and slaw.
I dug more potatoes and picked green onion tops, a tomato and green beans from the garden, along with some beets. Those few seeds made a lot of beets. I thought I had run out of beet pickles, but I hadn't after all, so my friend Kelly helped me out by taking them. Thank you, Dearie! We're starting to pick a few carrots too, but mostly just to see if they're getting big yet. (they are short this year!)
That same afternoon, Husband and I went out to check trees and the Liberty apple was ready to pick. It was early this year. It cooks down to a pink pulp, which I used to make 7 pints apple butter. This is our light apple year, plus the deer had been by, so 7 pints is pretty good, all things considered. We have another....oh....7 or 8 trees to get apples from, and some of those are heavy laden with fruit.
|This is why I love to make apple butter from the Liberty tree - I washed, cored and cooked the apples, |
ran them through the food mill and added sugar and spice. I haven't even started 'cooking them down' yet,
and a spatula will stand up in them.
|Seven pints of spicy goodness!|
I fed the cores, peels, etc. from the apples to the hens. They love the treats and it saves a bit on feed.
We did some price matching to save time and fuel, and combined all the errands on a day when I had an appointment in town. I used a buy one, get one coupon at the bread outlet and got two loaves of whole grain bread for .75 each. One of our local grocery stores had some 'if so-and-so (Broncos player) makes a touchdown' and 'if the Broncos win' freebies for Friday. Husband picked up a free 2l. soda and a free donut. :)
We rescued two tiny sparrows who got themselves tangled into some netting we had on our grapevines. It was an amazing experience.
I worked at the library on a day that Husband would be home with daughter. I also went to the library on Saturday for 'Happy Needles', a crochet/knit/needlework group that meets a couple times per month. It's great fellowship with lots of different people who share ideas, patterns and skills. It's a lot of fun and free, too. I've read several library books this week and Daughter has gotten books and a Wii game to play.
Well, that about sums it up for our week. How was yours? What did you do to save money and enjoy your days?
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