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Monday, October 19, 2015
First Frost & Frugal Accomplishments
We had our first light frost Saturday night, and a freeze predicted Sunday night. That always means a bit of scrambling to make sure all indoor plants are in, tender plants in the garden are harvested, & water lines are ready. I'm happy to be joining in with Frugal Accomplishments. Last week, I made my first ever batch of Fire Cider, using my garlic, rosemary & rosella calyces. The recipes allow for variation. I bought a pomegranate at Aldi's recently for .99, and added the seeds. I bought 4/$5 artichokes, and put the stem bottoms and trimmings into my vegetable broth bag when I steamed them. I love artichokes, & used to be able to find them on sale for .99, but no more. I saw some this week at Harris Teeter for 3.49 each! Made yogurt and kefir. Frugal fail- had to compost a zucchini I had forgotten about. The tea camellia is blooming, always nice to see during the cooler months.
The sumacs and dogwood are so pretty, with their turning leaves. I made some progress on my quilt. Picked basil and rosemary. Pulled a few carrots; shredded them in the pups dinner and saved the greens and ends in the freezer bag for broth. Made pasta with our tomatoes, squash and herbs for sauce, & put squash & onion ends in broth bag. Did laundry with homemade soap and hung it on the line. I had picked up a loaf of organic bread while at the grocery store, then found a loaf of the same bread on the markdown bakery rack, so put the full price one back where I got it. Got organic avocados 4/$3 at Aldi's.
My sister & I had a day together, enjoying some thrift stores & a trip to TJ Maxx. Found a 100% alpaca scarf for 2.99, a like new Pendleton wool scarf for 1.50, Burts Bees Baby organic cotton baby clothes for my niece's upcoming shower at TJ Maxx (total outfit $11). I made an online purchase at Lowe's through Swagbucks, and paid with my Lowe's card, which gave me an 8% discount overall. I paid off last month's bill in full, to avoid any interest. We were offered solid wood flooring that was left over from a project for .50/ft. Bought a bushel of NC mountain York apples at the local feed & seed for $24. I'm not sure how that works out per lb., as I don't know how many pounds, but I enjoy having them to use through the winter.
When our first frost was threatening, I harvested all the tomatoes of any size, quite a few eggplant, one pepper, a couple of squash, chard, basil, lemon verbena & pulled all the cranberry bean plants up. I had spent most of the day on the roof with J, working on a homestead project, so didn't have time to pick each bean by hand. On Sunday, I picked the beans off the plants, & got about 1/2 shelled. I also cut all the zinnias for a bouquet in the house, so I can enjoy them as long as possible. It's always sad when the flowers are done for the year. I finished washing all the windows, and got the last of the plants indoors. Pups got the holier chard leaves chopped up in their dinner.
J & I harvested all our sweet potatoes before the frost. We had a good harvest, which was unexpected, due to weeds, drought, then lots of rain. Voles had eaten portions of some of them, and with those, I will cut away the good parts and dehydrate for pup treats. They're good for them, they love them, and they're free except for time and a little electricity. I also dug one hill of potatoes, and was happily surprised. I ran out of time to do more, so will plan to dig the rest early this week. I added Home Fires to my Netflix queue, after Brandy's mention of it. Wishing you a wonderful week!