I'm joining in with The Prudent Homemaker's Frugal Accomplishments, who had a little one last week, and didn't even miss a post. Last week, I pulled weeds for the chickens. Made chard gratin with our fresh and frozen chard & homemade bread crumbs. There was about 1/2 cup of leftover lambs quarter & spaghetti squash, which I added to the chard dish. Harvested several spilanthes flowers, which I'm drying for tincture. Planted several types of sunflowers in a new garden area that is along the road; hoping it will look cheerful to those who drive past. Made my Swagbucks goal, and cashed in points for an Amazon gift card. Bought a couple of items needed for my massage and soap businesses; went through ebates for 3% off & used a $20 off coupon on my order.
During my trip to CO, I read my first Kindle book, one I had bought on composting. One of the ideas it gave was to place pulled weeds directly around fruit trees, allowing them to break down in place, rather than going through the compost bin first. I've started trying this. Anything that saves a step sounds good, & it will also save room in my compost bin, which is nearly full now. I won't do this with anything that has gone to seed, as I want the weeds to enrich the soil but not proliferate. I made soup with our canned summer squash and tomatoes, & celery and basil I had frozen. I've been mindful to work on clearing out the freezer for the upcoming summer harvest. I found some muffins while in the freezer, so took those out too. We'll have those for breakfast and snacks.
My experiment to use dried berry seeds & pulp left over from last years canning is one of my better successes. I've been using it in each batch of bird suet I make, and have been pondering other ways to use it, as it won't be long before berries will be here again. I mixed it into the chicks food, and plan on adding it to the pups food. Such good antioxidants for everyone, and no need to waste any of it. I reglued a pair of slippers and sneakers. Worked on revitalizing my kombucha, which sat on the shelf ignored all winter. It still smelled & looked good, so I thought it was worth trying. There was lots of scoby after so many months. Part of it was cut up & given to the chickens; the rest was chopped up and added to the compost bin. The extra kombucha liquid was added to the chicken waterer with just a bit added to the little chicks waterer.
|soup & avocado toast while minding the shop|
|first layer of wrap on an order of small soaps|