My friend and I went to the Asian market together this week. They had beautiful produce and great prices. For $4.50, I was able to get Shanghai bok choy, bean sprouts, snow peas, a sprig of Thai basil (yum!), Persian cucumbers an opo (also called long melon) squash and some really nice broccoli. At Walmart, I did some price matching and got limes for 12 cents each, strawberries for .98/lb, tomatoes for .98/lb., carrots for .50/lb, celery for .98/bunch, and more (but I can't remember right now!)
Oh yeah! I picked up a 4lb. boneless ham (shaped) for 4.96. I have a meat slicer and I'll use it to slice the ham for sanwiches, then I'll freeze it in half-pound packages so we can use it for sandwich meat throughout the summer. I'll cube the end pieces and use those for stir-fry or omelets.
We recently borrowed the movie Paddington from the library, and Daughter thought she would like to have a Paddington stuffed bear. We were in Goodwill on Thursday. She used her own money (which was gotten a few months back by selling some things she no longer played with) to buy this Gund bear...
...and this OshKosh hat...
So sweet! I admit, I'm really proud of her eye for putting together her own Paddington!
While we were at Goodwill, I also got her a pair of slippers, a couple of shirts for myself, a retractable leash for Taffy and a couple of other small things.
Mostly, it has been an at-home week of mowing, gardening and housekeeping. We have done some of our summer activities too. I re-planted seeds where some had failed to sprout, and put more flower seeds in the empty spots in our flower garden...and the weeding has begun!
I made a quiche this week. Husband and I warmed up pieces for breakfast (daughter doesn't like eggs). I used eggs from our hens, a mixture of spinach, kale and chard for the greens and green onion tops for the onion called for in the recipe...all those came from the garden. The butter in the recipe was some I bought for $1 a pound, I used a little ham (from our freezer) I got back at Christmas for .99/pound and the cheese was purchased in bulk for about $2.25/pound. It uses just small amounts of each of those items....with a few other ingredients (a little milk, salt and pepper, 2T. flour) I would estimate the total cost at about $1.20, or 12 cents per serving. I adapted the quiche recipe from The Prudent Homemaker site.
|Homemade cheese pizza with basil and Sriracha!|
I have several bunny programs this summer in our local library district. I have two English Angora rabbits, but I need more for the programs, so I am 'renting' bunnies for the summer. They are really cute - I'll share photos soon! I'm also pet (baby chicks!) sitting for a friend while she's out of town - they are so fun. It's nice having more animals around, even if it's just for a little while.
I was given some past-prime produce to feed to our chickens. They really enjoyed the extra treats.
We gathered flowers - some wild daisies, and the blossoms from the chive plants (which smell surprisingly nice!) and brought them indoors to enjoy.
I hope you're having a great week. What did you do this week to spend less, save more and make do?