|We have had many, many rainbows this past week.|
I was given a gift card for Olive Garden as a thank-you for working at VBS. Last Friday, we did an online carryout order. I had found a coupon for $5 off an online carryout order, and we used that in addition to the gift card. We ordered late (3:45) from the lunch menu (we had a snack instead of lunch) and were able to purchase two adult entrees, a kid's meal, and a 'small plate' (think little appetizer). The total was less than $2.50, and most of that was sales tax. I brought everything home, we feasted and had leftovers for the following day.
We went into the mountains last weekend. We packed water and a picnic from home, and had a lovely time. We went to a wolf sanctuary - it was a complete surprise (and dream come true) for Daughter. The weather was lovely and we have a really nice time. There was a picnic area nearby, so we gathered there after the tour and had our lunch. We don't know what set them off, but the wolves howled through much of our meal - for Daughter, it was magical.
|At the wolf sanctuary.|
We made a dinner menu to use things we had on hand. When we went to the store, we just picked up a few things - some yogurt, a cucumber, a couple tomatoes, and chips for the mountain picnic (on clearance for .75). Later in the week I picked up celery, a couple onions (I don't have any from the garden to make zucchini sweet relish) and a red pepper.
I did a good bit of scratch cooking this week - Aztec chicken, garlic green beans, baked potatoes, beef and vegetable curry, a pot of rice, kale chips, Cesar dressing, salad greens, marinated grilled chicken, croutons, tuna croquettes, sauteed zucchini and more.
I picked zucchini, green beans, chard, kale and lettuces from our garden. There is a volunteer sunflower that is blooming, and the butternut squash and pumpkins are both setting fruit. We also got some eggs from our hens, and I supplemented their feed with all the peelings, trims, etc. from the garden vegetables. They love those items!
I bought one of Daughter's birthday presents with a 50% off coupon. I also got Husband's Christmas present. It was on sale, there was a rebate, and there was one 'open box' item. Those three things combined saved about $60. We pounced, and so he is having a very, very early Christmas gift. Daughter, however, will have to wait until her birthday for her gift.
One of the other library substitutes I work with had thinned her irises and gave me a bag of cuttings. Since we have put in a driveway and re-shaped our plantings around the house this year, they will really help fill in some empty spaces. I will divide my irises soon and take some purple ones to her as a thank-you. She said she didn't have dark purple - that is all that I have (until she gave me the new ones). Irises do very well here, so they are somewhat low-maintenance and add a lot to our plantings.
My friend gave me a great big zucchini, which I used in a recipe for sweet relish. My zucchini are growing, but this one put me full speed ahead for getting my relish made. I made 7 half pints, and there was a little extra that I put into a jar and put into the fridge for immediate use.
|Zucchini Sweet Relish|
I cut a few flowers from our flower garden and brought them indoors.
Our green beans have been producing well. I was able to pressure-can 8 pints this week. This is a pleasant surprise, because I planted a fairly small space this year.
On Facebook, I belong to a local buy-sell-trade group. It has been very good to us over the years! It's where I got my free, new-to-us couch last week. This week, Husband got a very nice (in-need of a cleaning!) gas grill for $30. I am in the process of de-greasing and cleaning it. :)
I decided to make a denim quilt to use as a coverlet/throw in our living room. I put the word out that I was looking for unwanted denim jeans for the quilt and I think I have enough to get started! I have some flannel on hand that I plan to use for the back side.
What did you do this week to spend less, save more and make do with what you had on hand?