|beautiful flowers from a beautiful friend|
|The pea plants are sprouting!|
Husband planted the tiny poplar trees that we started by rooting branches in water. These tend to grow very quickly, and that is what we are needing right now. Often, the start to die out or lose branches when they are 8-10 years old, so we are planting them as a 'fast solution', but we also planted Ponderosa Pines (we are alternating the two types of trees) that will fill in more slowly, but last much longer. For planting we are using polymer crystals that we had on hand, plus some we got free at the household materials drop off site. Our fertilizer is some we had on hand, plus rabbit droppings from our bunnies. They make very good fertilizer. The mulch we will use comes from a local site and is free with a canned food donation and/or you can pay $4 to have the end loader fill your truck with a huge scoop - a very good deal!
I planted flowers in the blue pot on the front porch. Daughter got me the geranium for my birthday. The marigolds, zinnias, pansies, alyssum and salvia are all seedlings we started from seed at home.
We found a few good grocery deals this week. 16 oz. sour cream w/chives was on markdown for .50, Butterball turkey dinner sausage (think smoked sausage) was .49 per package after sale and coupon, Kraft dressings were .99 each and Food Should Taste Good tortilla chips were .49/5.5oz bag after sale and coupon. Milk was 1.99 a gallon, romaine lettuce was .99/head and actually, all of that ended up being free, since I got those items at King Sooper and had a $25 store credit from the prescription that Husband transferred. The other deals this week included yellow mangoes 3/$1, .79/lb for tomatoes, bacon for $2/lb, and cucumbers for .48/ea. I picked up some sliced cheese at Costco, too. When the sales changed, we got pork shoulder roast for .89/lb after sale and additional discount, 6oz. Planter's trail mix for .77/ea., celery for .98/bunch, onions for .48/lb, zucchini for .98/lb, and tomatoes and jalapenos for .59/lb. The store was out of avocadoes (3/$1) but the sale goes into next week, so I may still be able to get some.
|crepes with spiced peach filling and drizzle , toasted almonds and maple syrup|
I made extras of the various vegetables so I'd have leftovers for lunches the next day...and sometimes breakfast too. I am trying to eat more vegetables and that is an easy way to make it happen. I've been trying some new recipes that have more vegetables in them, plus still having vegetable sides. My friend shared a layered salad and a bok choy dish that she had made as well.
I've stayed busy with subbing at the library some and scoring essays...just over 36 hours this past week, between the two. I also took a couple of surveys for Pinecone Research.
We borrowed books and media from the library.
I did a little shopping on the local buy-sell-trade Facebook page. I got this scale for $2. It was dusty and needed to be readjusted, but it seems to weigh accurately - I'm really happy with it! The lady I bought it from was also giving away some things - I got a box of 'garage stuff' - some scrapers, paint roller handles, a nice squeegee, etc.