As we are heating with wood some days, while making batches of soap this week, I melted the oils on the top of the woodstove rather than use the gas stove. Another batch of tiller chewed sweet potatoes were boiled for the pups, which added heat and humidity one cool morning. While going through my summer clothes, three homesteading shirts were added to the rag bag, and another three shirts were put in a giveaway box which will go to the thrift shop when full. If clothes aren't comfortable or I'm just not wearing them, I'm better about passing them along these days. Wouldn't it be lovely to have only things that you love to wear? I'm thinking that's a worthy goal. I spoke about the moringa tree that was tossed off the porch during the winds from hurricane Matthew. This week, I was delighted to see a new stem growing.
When I was getting ready to eat a lunch of leftovers on one of these lovely plates, I remembered I hadn't shared them here. They were a gift given recently in thanks for wood shared with a local potter for their kiln. Aren't they perfect homestead plates? For a dinner with friends last week, I made a dish using our tomatoes, basil & garlic, one with our green beans, garlic, thyme & onions, and another with our greens & garlic. Though I hadn't planned it that way, there was no shortage of garlic in the meal! We should all be protected from colds for a few days :o). I ground wheat and used some in popovers. Oregano was harvested for drying, and eggs were gathered. I cut open 2 watermelons, & gave most to the chickens. We met friends for music at a winery, & brought our own food (cheese, crackers, fruit, & roasted almonds) instead of buying food there. I made whole wheat chocolate chip cookies for our dessert. With the forecast of days in the 70's and 80's this week, and lows in the 50's, I expect to be enjoying all the late blooming flowers just a bit longer. Enjoy the week, friends! Happy Halloween!
Heated with wood on days needing heat, & used the woodstove to melt oils for soapmaking
Asked for restaurant leftovers (& remembered to take and eat them :o)
Made yogurt & kefir
Gave the birds homemade suet
Repurposed old clothes into rags
Harvested from the garden: okra, tomatoes, basil, oregano, parsley, dried limas
Used homemade laundry soap & dried on the clothesline; used homemade soap and deodorant
Composted vegi scraps, shredded paper and cardboard, washed plastic bags for reuse
Ground wheat for flour
Used our vegetables & herbs for a dinner with friends
Reused the back side of papers for scratch paper
Made Swagbucks goal each day & did free Duolingo lessons daily
Electric bill lowered by $60 this month since we stopped using A/C. Yay!
Went through ebates to purchase Christmas gifts; requested & received combined shipping from an ebay seller, saving $7.
Made chocolate chip cookies using home ground wheat, our eggs and homemade vanilla.