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Monday, September 28, 2015
Though there's not a lot to report this week, I'm happy to be joining in with Frugal Accomplishments. Last week, I took a class that will go towards the CEU's needed to keep my massage license current. The class was on sound healing, at my alma mater, and they give a 10% discount on classes to alumni. I brought lunch, snacks, and tea each day. The instructor had a couple sets of tuning forks that students could buy, and I purchased one of them. They were the same price as online, not frugal but minus the shipping cost, which saved me $21.95. It was a fascinating subject, a wonderful class, and I'm excited to use the knowledge and tools.
After using lemon juice in recipes, I used the peels to start a batch of cleaning vinegar. Made kefir and yogurt. Cashed in Swagbucks points for an Amazon gift card. Harvested tromboncino squash I had let mature for seeds. Harvested tomatoes and okra. Made a dish with our corn, okra & tomatoes. We should be done using the A/C for the year, and hopefully it will be a few weeks before heating season begins. I colored my hair at home. Gave the pups some grated winter squash and chopped tomatoes that had blemishes and wouldn't last. Mended a shirt. Did a couple loads of laundry on a rainy day, and saved the dryer lint in TP rolls for fire starters. I made good progress on my frugal crafty project for next week's Fall Festival. We're off for a few days of rest and relaxation, with a couple of good folks minding the homestead. Be well, friends.
Monday, September 21, 2015
As summer comes to a close, I'm conscious of the warm days growing shorter. Soon enough it will be time to swap out our summer clothes for winter, put rugs back on the floor, and fire up the woodstove. Today I'm joining Brandy at The Prudent Homemaker. During the past week, I cooked the egg whites left from making mayonnaise for the pups breakfast. I have a goal to try more recipes that are made from my pantry, and tried making yogurt using powdered milk. Unlike Brandy, I've never had to solely live on what was in my pantry, but there were a couple of years where it made a huge difference in what was available to eat. One thing I know is that life is full of changes, and a little preparation can sometimes go a long way. I cooked up the bags of vegi scraps in the freezer, and canned the tasty broth. Planted more kale, lettuce and collard seeds, to fill in the gaps that didn't germinate. Weeded the sweet potato bed. It needs more work, but the tallest weeds are gone. It's a challenge having a garden space farther from the house. I made sure J didn't plant anything that needed daily attention there, but it still gets ignored more than it ought to.
|Sunday bouquet with grasses, goldenrod & hops
|one of our two figs
Monday, September 14, 2015
I harvested tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, lima beans and crowder peas. I did some weeding in the bean bed. Canned tomato juice, & the cooled canning water went on plants. The pups got small amounts of leftover pasta and okra, grated squash and cauliflower stems, and basil with their dinner. Did laundry with homemade laundry soap, & hung it on the line. J grilled on Labor Day, with okra, tromboncino squash & tomatoes from our garden. I bought cabbage and broccoli seedlings for the fall garden, and planted them, just before a good rain. Canned tomatoes. I gathered wild grapes on my walks, and fed them to the chickens. They also got the large okra pods, which I cut open and threw the seeds out to them. Swiss chard leaves and other greens were given to them as well.
I bought 4 limes for $1, froze the juice, and started a batch of cleaning vinegar with the peels. Made pasta sauce with our tomatoes, garlic and herbs. Planted a celery bottom in the hoophouse, to regrow. I've been doing this for a few years, and it works wonderfully. I made kombucha and hummingbird food, & kefir. After putting a box of pure cane sugar cubes in a canning jar to store, I looked it up online, and was surprised to find the box I got for $1 at the discount store goes for $8.28 on Amazon.
I harvested the last of the pawpaws, and froze the pulp. I had pears that needed using, and made a Double Pear crisp, from the Sundays at Moosewood cookbook. The dried pears were some of ours that I dehydrated last year. Made caprese salad. I harvested the calyces of the rosella hibiscus, which I'll dry and use in teas. Harvested our only watermelon of the year, which we enjoyed. There was one jar of tomatoes that did not seal last week, and I tried making Brandy's Tuscan Tomato Bread soup with it, our fresh garlic and herbs. I'll be making the soup again, as we both enjoyed it. I initially planned on making squash casserole, a recipe of a good friend's Mom, which calls for Bisquick. I found a recipe online & mixed up a batch. When I decided to make soup instead, I used some of the "bisquick" mix and made biscuits. J loves him some biscuits :o)
|euonymus americanus aka hearts a bustin or strawberry bush
Monday, September 7, 2015
Hello, friends. I was gifted these lovely flowers for my birthday last week. With several sprigs of eucalyptus, they smell as good as they look. I'm happy to be joining in with Frugal Accomplishments today. I shopped at the discount grocery store. Favorite finds were 1 lb organic raw cacoa powder for $3 ($18.90 on Amazon) & 1 lb. organic ground cinnamon for $4 (normally $18). Harvested cucumbers, tromboncino squash, tomatoes, eggplant, basil, oregano, chives, pawpaws, okra. Canned tomato juice and tomatoes. Gave the chickens holey chard leaves and tomatoes, and wild grapes I collect on my walks. The pups got chopped tomatoes, basil, boiled eggs and grated cucumbers with meals. Something was chewing on the last 2 winter squash in the garden, so I harvested them, cut out those parts, put the squash in the fridge and added the skins to the broth bag in the freezer. I saved the seed, and gave the chickens the other inner bits.
I purchased marked down seeds of green beans, peas and lettuce, as well as bagged manure, organic fertilizer, bean inoculant and potting soil. I bought Glide floss on sale at Walgreens, and got reward points for the purchase. Made yogurt and kefir. I colored my hair at home. Frugal fail: I found several cucumbers in the crisper that were no longer edible, and composted them. We grew 3 types of cucumbers this year. Two types died fairly quickly (Armenian & Muncher), but the asian cucumbers Suyo Long just keep bearing. Every year is different in the garden, but I'm impressed with them, especially since the second round of cucumbers never germinated. J ordered more of these seeds, and a few more that we needed this week, as well as garlic to plant this fall. When I began canning tomatoes on Sunday, I found a praying mantis in among them, and put him outside after I snapped this somewhat blurry photo. The cooled canning water went on plants.
|praying mantis brought in from the garden