Frugal Friday - The Second Week of August

After two weeks away, I spent much of my free time this week catching up on yard work - our yard was a jungle (or at least it felt like it!).  I have weeded and weeded and weeded and dug out four volunteer trees from the flowerbeds that seem to have sprouted overnight.  The yard looks so much better now and I am feeling like I might actually be caught up - or at least almost.

Here are some of the frugal things we did this week

* We ate all meals at home this week, except one that was at a church event.

* John brought home leftover apple pie and ice cream after the last day of Vacation Bible School at church - the pie would have been thrown away, as would the ice cream.  We enjoyed both!

* We were able to bring home unused, uncooked pasta, some chips, two packages of dried plums, and 4 cans of soda pop after another church event.

* We picked tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers from the garden this week.

* I got caught up on the laundry - sheesh, I forgot how much laundry camping generate…

Frugal Friday - The Beginning of August 2019 a.k.a. The Camping Edition

It is August already.  Summer just flew by here this year - we were busy, busy and did a lot of different things this week. 

We had a lovely beginning to August - we spent two weeks Camping at Minnesota State Parks.  We ended July at one park and then switched to another park for the first full week in August.  We love hiking and find the State Parks to be a great place to both hike and get away from everything going on in our every day life and just relax.  They make for quite an affordable vacation and we enjoy it very much.  We "cheat" and stay in a camper cabin - a rustic cabin with walls, roof, windows, door, bunks and a table and benches.  Some have electricity and some do not.  They do not have indoor plumbing.  We love it and rain is no big deal - we just hunker down and play cards, read, put puzzles together and enjoy. No worries about getting flooded out of a tent in the rain!  This has been our preferred summer vacation for 10 years now, and we can not imagine do…

Frugal Friday - Last Full Week in July 2019

I have been spending a lot of time in the garden this week and have accomplished quite a bit.  I still have some weeding to do to catch up from all the rain and heat we have had but, overall, things are looking good.  We have been harvesting string beans and strawberries.  I have one pepper almost ripe (this weekend!) and the tomatoes are so close.  Our CSA share has been giving us so many good things - their garden is about two weeks ahead of ours so I am expecting ours to be fully productive my mid-August. It seems like everything is slow this year.  We had a late spring here this year.   A friend also gifted us cucumbers and raspberries from their huge garden as well.  YUM!  Our weather has been lovely this week and I have greatly enjoyed being in the garden this week.

Here are some things we did this week that we count as frugal:

*  We ate all but one meal at home.  We made sheet pan nachos, roasted veggies, bagel pizzas and several other things.

* I blanched and froze pea pods f…

Menu Plan Monday - Week of July 21, 2019

So much good food to eat this week!  We got another CSA box this week containing many good things and we harvested string beans and a few strawberries from the garden as well.  We did go grocery shopping and bought mostly fruit and dairy products.  We did get pork on a buy one get one promotion, which I was delighted with!  We will be using that later this summer.

Here is what we are eating this week:

Sunday, July 21, 2019:
   Breakfast: Bagels with Peanut Butter
   Lunch: Waffles with Strawberries and Walnuts
   Snack: Root Beer Floats
   Dinner: At a Church Event

Monday, July 22, 2019:
    Breakfast: Bagels with Peanut Butter
    Lunch: Leftovers
    Snack: M&M Cookies
    Dinner: Sheet Pan Nachos

Tuesday, July 23, 2019:
    Breakfast: Oatmeal Muffins, Strawberry Smoothies
    Lunch: Bagel Pizzas with Cheese and Pepperoni
    Snack: Zucchini Dessert Bars
    Dinner: Ham, Zucchini, Potatoes, Cantaloupe and Strawberries

Wednesday, July 24, 2019:
   Breakfast:  Overnight Oatmeal w…

Frugal Friday - Middle of July 2019

We have been HOT here this week!  Our actual temperatures have been in the mid-80's F (upper 20's C) but our heat index (combination of temperature, humidity, etc.) has been roughly 103 F (approximately 40 C).  We are very grateful for our central air conditioning and that we have plenty of water and easy-to-prepare foods so we did not need to heat up the house with the oven or stove.  At least for me, when it is so hot out, it is easy to stay inside and not spend much money.

Here are the things we did this last week that qualify as frugal:

* We ate in or packed a lunch every day this week even though I would have rather bought take-away.

* I picked up a free loaf of bread using a punch card we won at a raffle.  (No having to turn on the oven!)

* Picked flowers from the garden for the kitchen table twice.

* Harvested the last of the lettuce and enough string beans for a meal from our garden.  Still waiting on the tomatoes and peppers to finish ripening.

* My husband brought h…

Menu Plan - Week of July 14, 2019

I do not have any food photos right now - so you get to enjoy one of my roses!  They are beautiful this year but the aphids are hungry and I have been spending a lot of time taking care of the roses this year. I do think the blooms are wonderful this year and well worth the extra time!

We are receiving our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Box full of veggies and some fruit each week.   This week we received: Green Cabbage, Broccoli, Green Onions, Kale, three types of Lettuce, Turnips, Kohlrabi, Asparagus, Mint, Dill, Basil, Pea Pods, and Beets (Beet Root).   All sorts of delicious things but no fruit this week!  We received strawberries the last few weeks and should receive raspberries this week. I also harvested lettuce and string beans from our yard. 

Here is what we are eating this week:

Sunday, July 14, 2019:
    Breakfast: Toast with Peanut Butter
    Lunch: Turkey Sandwiches, Cut Veggies
    Snack: Yogurt
    Dinner: Chicken Pot Pie with Beans, Carrots, and Corn

Monday, J…

Frugal Friday - The Beginning of July 2019

Summer is half over already - wow!  I have finished my summer term class and am enjoying some well-deserved time at home.  I have a few meetings and things that I need to be in at work for over the rest of summer but for the most part, I am off until the end of August!  It has been a year with a lot of mentally and physically taxing things going on and I am grateful for the break.

My garden is going well this year!  I have had continuous flowers and have been able to have a bouquet of flowers from my garden on my kitchen table every day since the middle of May!  This has long been a goal of mine and I am ecstatic to have reached it!  My garden is mostly perennials and a few flowers that reseed themselves each year, so very inexpensive and only requires time, mulch and maybe some water (depending on the weather) to maintain.  I typically buy a few annual starts but I can grow those from seed if needed in the future or do without if necessary. I am very happy to be at this point!

The v…