Last week, I canned my first red noodle beans. I used the same instructions as green beans, and was happily surprised to find they kept their purple color during canning. I made pasta sauce with our tromboncino squash, tomatoes, tomato broth & basil. For a breakfast, I cut up and enjoyed one of our pears and pawpaws. While in town for work, I ran errands. After picking up an order at Lowes, I checked the marked down plants, and bought creme caramel & garnet coreopsis, a large red lorapetulum, yellow hypericum, and large kaleidoscope abelia, all for $24. These will help fill in some of the new areas around the drive, and near the house. I charged my phone while I driving. Just pennies saved, I'm sure, but such an easy way to save a few. I walked with the pups for exercise. I'm joining in with Frugal Accomplishments today.
|prolific red noodle beans|
I had a birthday last week, and enjoyed several days of celebration, including receiving a large bouquet of roses from my stepdaughter, dinner with friends at a favorite restaurant, dinner at another lovely restaurant with family, a visit to a botanical garden, and gelato. If the photos from the botanical garden came out well, I will share them in another post. With temperatures cooling, we've been able to open the house up at night. I made yogurt, hummingbird food, & kefir. We enjoyed salads which included our tomato, cucumber and carrot. Besides the various beans, I harvested tomatoes, cucumbers, pears, hazelnuts & okra. I continue to gather zinnia seeds as I find dried flower heads. I bottled and refrigerated the sauerkraut I started some time back, and find it very tasty. I've been shelling some of the red noodle beans that got a little bigger than I like, saving the beans to cook up and adding the shells to the broth bag.
When J finished the custom table we sold online, we packed and weighed it, then searched for the most economical shipping. We have been burnt badly in the past by different freight companies charging us significantly more than they quoted us, and even UPS has added $25 to the charge from what we were quoted online. As every table is different, and we don't know the exact size until the layers of various packing materials are added, it's difficult to know what to charge a customer before building it, especially when the quotes can't be trusted. We were pleased and relieved, after the final freight company and UPS quotes came in quite a bit more than we charged the customer, that Fedex came in significantly less. It's my shop policy to refund any shipping overage, and I'm happy to do that. It's just nice to know we won't be paying any shipping out of pocket.
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This article, shared here, is rather discouraging news regarding bar soap, showing convenience matters more than the mess we leave behind, in some minds. I'll always prefer simple & simply packaged products, over mass marketed items in plastic. On a positive note, the triclosan in many antibacterial products, which in studies has been shown to be an endocrine disruptor and a possible carcinogen, has finally been banned from products, never having been proven helpful nor safe. A sign of true progress in my mind. If you feel the need for an antibacterial product, I've enjoyed using this safe, effective and natural brand for several years. The small spray bottles make good stocking stuffers, and can be bought in bundles of 6 or 12 on Amazon and elsewhere. The uplifting thyme scent is a lovely added bonus.
There was almost 1 1/2" of rain in the gauge after Hermine blew past our coast. The plants look visibly perky after the long dry spell. Whether it was the change in weather or some other reason, I woke up one morning with a bit of a sore throat and stuffy nose. To support my immune system, I took some homemade elderberry syrup and fire cider. These had me feeling better in no time. I cut a bouquet to enjoy in the house. The rain had knocked over one of the many branched sunflowers, so I tied it to the fence with twine. Every few days, I find 3 or so little hazelnuts and add them to my small pile. We've been keeping our eye on one of the watermelons. The plan is to harvest and enjoy it for our Labor Day celebration today. I wish my U.S. friends a celebration that is simple and sweet!