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I always feel like I post many how-to’s and not many “real lifes”. Although I do try and incorporate that into my newer posts, I’ve often thought that it might be even more helpful for my readership to get a better glimpse inside of what our simple/homestead/from scratch/frugal life really looks like.
Frugal Friday Week 11
So I’ve started a new series called Frugal Friday and need your help. My idea for this series is to share some of the projects/recipes/things we worked on this week and, in general, just what life looks like.
I need your help because I’ve tried something similar before, and I gave up after a while. I got bored, felt like no one was reading it or cared, and I moved on to other projects. So what I need you to do each week is to share what your week looked like in the comments section. I think it could keep us ALL accountable and may serve as an encouragement to others!
So let’s dive right into this week!
Meals We Ate
Can you believe I forgot to write down our meals this week? We had several appointments, and it was so nice outside that I think keeping track of meals just totally went out of my mind. We worked on eating up some leftover breakfasts I had put away in the freezer (muffins, breakfast cookies, waffles), and I made one batch of stir fry. For most of the rest of the week, we ate on the Easter leftovers, and I repurposed them in different ways (i.e.: the ham was mixed in with mac and cheese and peas).
Shopping I Did
The only shopping I did this week was to buy some party supplies for an upcoming birthday. Each birthday we let our children pick a “theme,” and we have the downstairs all decorated for that theme for their birthday day. We also let our children pick every meal they want on the day of their birthday, and thankfully, I already had everything that our son wants, so I didn’t have to buy anything for that.
We also rented a mini excavator like we do most summers. This time we have it rented for a week. We are using it to dig some trenches we need, put in a second full campsite on our land, and dig up topsoil for my garden beds. We are thankful that renting is an option for those of us that can’t afford big equipment!
Outside Projects We Worked On
This week was all about getting the campsite ready for a new family that will be staying with us and helping on the homestead this summer. We had part of a camper pad we made last year, so we needed to haul rock and finish that space, cut down trees, trench in electricity, and get everything set up. It should be finished over the weekend.
We also had some time to work on our small greenhouses that we are putting up in the new garden area. The tunnel isn’t done yet but it will be this weekend. We worked on adding some bracing inside, so it’s not just cattle panels.
We also worked on setting up the greenhouse that was given to us and learned that it’s 20’x12′ so now I can get some plastic covered. My tomato plants will be very happy this year!
My chicks finished hatching last weekend, and we ended up with 26 chicks. We sold all of them since it’s so hard to get chicks this year (at least in our area), and I am starting another batch in the incubator this weekend.
Inside Projects We Worked On
I’m still slowly making my way through my spring cleaning. I washed all the curtains this week and replaced the shower curtain with the one I have for summer. I’ve been cleaning out the school books and crafting supplies and condensing what we don’t need. Anything that I find that’s worth something has been getting listed for sale, and we’ve been able to sell a few things, which is nice for a little extra.
I also had a big canning day as I had some extra produce that needed to be dealt with. I canned Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate, Mushrooms, Bruschetta, and Corn Relish. I did take pictures of everything so that I can put up blog posts very soon with all the recipes.
Books I’m Reading
Another week with no reading books. As we are outside more as it gets into summertime, this is pretty typical for me unless I get an afternoon that’s too hot to do much.
Blog Posts I Wrote
I have quite a few blog posts drafted right now, but I haven’t gotten them published yet! I plan to work on them in the coming week to get them out to you (especially the canning recipes). Here’s what I did do this week:
- 14 Simple Gardening Tips – This is a fun post with short tips that might be helpful whether you are a new or an experienced gardener.
- Homemade Wheat Crackers – This is the homemade version of “Wheat Thins,” and they are so tasty!
Looking Ahead to Next Week
It still looks like a nice spring week next week, like the one we had this week, thankfully! Almost all of our snow is gone, and we’ve had some beautiful days. Next week we will finish up the greenhouse and hopefully get the cabbage and broccoli outside, plus get the peas planted. Today is going to be my meal prep day for the coming week, so it will be nice to get that out of the way too. As the days get warmer and busier, having prepped and planned meals is so important.
So tell me….what did life look like for you this week? What did you do, make, or plan to do?
Merissa has been blogging about and living the simple life since 2009 and has internationally published 2 books on the topic. You can read about Merissa’s journey from penniless to the 100-acre farm and ministry on the About Page. You can send her a message any time from the Contact Page.