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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 25
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!
Yes, I have not published Frugal Friday in a while. We’ve been busy making big life choices on whether or not to move, what to sell, etc. I published a podcast on this to update and ended up with a bunch of unsubscribers :(. I plan to do a follow-up soon! Just know that right now, nothing has changed for us. 🙂
Meals We Ate
I’m sure that many of you can relate, but it’s been HOT this week. We’ve hardly had any heat all summer, so these are the first days we’ve had 90-degree temps. Watermelon and fresh veggies have become my meals of choice lately. There were some real meat meals in there, but the heat has fried my brain and I don’t remember them.
No, it’s not a fancy meal plan, but there will be time for all that later. For now, I’m sticking to my Forestburg Melons. (South Dakotans, you know exactly what I mean!)
For our “campfire fellowship night” we are having organic hot dogs with all the fixings (we do this every other week with many other families!) and I think I might even feel motivated enough to make bars or brownies. We shall see. 😉
Shopping We Did
It’s been well over a month since I’ve done shopping, especially grocery shopping. We’ve been working on eating what we have and trying to eat up things in the freezer since we took our pigs up to the meat locker last week.
This past week I shopped at Costco, Aldi, a sale at Vitacost, and a few other small places to stock up on some pantry and fridge essentials. (None of the stores are in my local area, the kids and I took a mini trip and got our shopping done as well!)
One thing that I’m working on having more of is some healthy snacks for the kids. With the sale at Vitacost I stocked up on some things they can have like gluten-free pretzels but I also bought lots of fruit that is always an easy, healthy grab-n-go snack for them.
Projects We Worked On
We’ve been working hard on actually finishing up our house. I’m proud to say that after 3 years, I finally have doors on my closet in my bedroom!
We also added the trim that was missing, had to replace 2 windows because of hail damage, and we painted the kids’ room so that we can reimagine them.
We began work on our new camper (our other one was totaled out by hail this summer). I tore out all the window coverings and a bunch of unnecessary bulky cabinets. Next is the old carpet!
Needless to say, we’ve been very busy working on projects. None of them major, but all need to be done.
As for my garden….after the 3rd major hail storm, I left it be. No more watering or weeding, I just left it alone. To my surprise, much of it came back and is producing! Not everything will get a chance to produce before our first frost but for now, we are thankful for all the green beans, tomatoes, peppers, and occasional zucchini that comes up.
Blog Posts I Wrote
One thing I have been working hard on is new and updated content here on Little House Living!
- Summer Squash Bake Recipe – This is a good one to use with all the squash in season right now.
- Sea Salt Body Scrub – I love making this one for a gift at Christmastime so I wanted to update the post with current info.
- How to Deal With Food Allergies on a Budget – I updated this post because I plan on adding in a few more similar post topics very soon. This is how we make our budget work!
- How to Build a Mini Greenhouse – This is a great little project right now if you are looking to extend your gardening season. These are small and easy to manage.
- Sour Cream Enchiladas – This is a GREAT easy weeknight recipe that the whole family will love.
- Budget Meal Planning Podcast – My podcast is up and running again! This week’s new episode is all kinds of ideas on how to meal plan on a budget.
Looking Ahead to Next Week
It looks like it will be much cooler next week so I’m looking forward to doing a little more baking then. I also bought some tulip bulbs from Costco and want to get those planted for next year.
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 now on the About Page. You can send her a message any time from the Contact Page.