|Gayfeather plants grow wild on our property. |
We have moved several to the terraces to the north of our home.
We had a few dwarf apple trees in our orchard that didn't survive last winter. Husband dug them up, cut them into short lengths and split the pieces into chunks to use in the smoker on our grill. He used some last Sunday when he made ribs for us.
Kohl's sent me another $10 off a $10 purchase gift card. (They send these out periodically to people who do not have a Kohl's card, to encourage them to shop there.) I got a small fondue pot and some kitchen towels, both on clearance. The total was 9.99, so I thought I would have to purchase another item (I had mis-calculated in my head), but the cashier said it was fine, so the items were completely free.
I sold some items that we no longer needed on a local buy-sell-trade board. It reduced the clutter and put a little money in the bank for a rainy (or maybe even a sunny) day. While I was going through our things to sell, I came across two throw pillows that go very well with our new-to-us couch.
I picked green beans and zucchini from the garden, and a friend gave me a grocery sack of kale. I canned four pints of 'dilly beans' from the green beans and dill in our garden. One of my favorites.
|Our green beans continue to bloom and produce!|
We got books and media from the library. I was able to watch the movie The Book Thief and read a novel, and Daughter got some books for school. I also did some subbing for a few hours - every little bit helps!
We dug irises, divided them, and re-planted them on the terraces we built on the hill to the north of our home. We also moved some other plants to the terraces, either divisions from other plantings or wild flowers from out in the field. I found some bulbs that I forgot to plant last fall...oops...and put those in too. I don't know if they will make it, but it is worth a try. They are ones I dug last fall from our existing flower garden.
We did a fair amount of scratch cooking. Husband grilled ribs on the weekend, and they were awesome! During the course of the week I made teriyaki beef, macaroni salad, rice, did some fresh raw veggie prep, made baked beans, slaw, English muffin pizzas, garlic green beans, beef and grilled onion burritos, salsa, grilled chicken and zucchini, smoky pork, rice, sesame spinach and all sorts of leftovers re-mixes. :)
We went swimming with friends, who took as their guests with no fee.
I picked flowers and a few tree branches to brighten our home.
We enjoyed sunny days outside, watching hawks, finding horned lizards in the field, chasing grasshoppers, and soaking up some late summer sunshine.
What sort of frugal things did you do this week?