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Monday, November 14, 2016
Monster Greens, Zombies & Frugal Accomplishments
Hello, friends. Since I was here last, I picked the last of the summer garden when a frost was threatening, harvesting eggplant, okra, swiss chard, tomatoes, basil and lots of lima beans from the main garden. J got home before dark & helped me pick the last tomatoes in the pond garden. I covered lettuce and chard with a protective cover, and froze the basil with olive oil in an ice cube tray for future meals. The following night, we shelled all the limas, and I froze enough beans for 6 meals. After delivering soap one day, I shopped at a nearby thrift store, & found a nice area rug for $5, then went to Harris Teeter, stocking up on some things I don't have locally, as well as sale items. I used a $10 off $50 coupon and $20 in gift cards that HT sent me, saving $30 on the total. I'm happy to be joining in with Frugal Accomplishments today.
I don't know if you can get a sense of the true size from this photo, but these mustard greens are an impressive 2 ft. long. I cut 6 leaves to make a "mess" for J. We've not had any that grew to this size before. They're not my favorite green, but he always enjoys them. I redeemed Swagbucks points for an amazon gift card, and made tomato rice loaf using our tomatoes, garlic, onion and homemade bread crumbs, and steamed our chard to go along with it. We've been enjoying the herb butter my friend gifted me on bread many nights. It's so good, I'm thinking about making some myself. I went through ebates to buy a Christmas present. Our first fall kale salad was made for dinner one night, & I cooked some of our red potatoes with a rutabaga to go along with it.
I tried a new fresh cranberry recipe. It's fermented, using whey that I strained from my homemade yogurt, which should provide some good probiotics. I hope it's as good as it is pretty. We'll know in a few days. We didn't have as much garlic planted as usual, and planted some more that arrived this week. It's a Sicilian variety, which we've not tried before. I used our potatoes and parsley in a potato soup. A pan of bread ends I'd been drying were made into bread crumbs and frozen. The bumblebees have been sluggish from the cold. I've taken the opportunity to pet a few while I can :o). I made my first ever herb butter, & froze it for gift giving.
This is a tea infuser that my stepdaughter gifted me a while back. How can you not be cheered by a mug with a yellow submarine floating in it :o)? The chai tea came from this local shop. Last week, I colored my hair at home. Paid bills online, saving stamps. I gathered mature red noodle beans, and shelled them for seed. The upcoming week will be a busy one, as I'll be working at two of my occasional jobs; one of them will have me working off & on until the end of the year. It's been a tough week for many folks. My friend M shared this song, which provided some levity & seemed appropriate for this week. Did you know yesterday was World Kindness Day? Each of us has enormous power to make a difference. Be well, friends. Let's all work together to create the kinder world we envision.