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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 #35
So I’ve started a 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!
Side Note: If you missed the last weeks, I reshared that we are currently in the process of moving into a tiny home (camper) to travel and do ministry work in rural places for now.
We are on the home stretch of eating up all the random stuff in the pantry and freezer. I wasn’t sure about it before, but now that we are almost done, it feels WONDERFUL to be down to the basics with very few “random” ingredients and foods. I decided that going forward, I always want my pantry and food storage to be this way. I’ll post more on this someday… 🙂
Some of the meals I made this week were:
- Spaghetti and Meatsauce
- Lo Mein
- White Bean Soup
- Mac and Cheese
- Balsamic Maple Roast Beef (This was new…pretty good too! I used up 2 old roasts.)
- Pineapple Bars (my son made these to use up a can of pineapple!)
- Oatmeal with Canned Pie Filling on top
- Plus lots of leftovers
Today will be a big baking day…I’ll share on that more below.
Shopping We Did
No shopping for me this week, we just finished getting in a few random Amazon orders that I’d done last week. I needed more pantry storage containers and a few other storage things to get organized.
How We Lived Frugal This Week
This week was almost all at home, so I didn’t have time to spend any extra money. I love how much we’ve cleaned out and simplified over the last month or so. Even though I felt like we were fairly minimalist before, I think it’s much more true now, and I love it. There is so much less to worry about!
I made some different types of bread this week to go with the meals that I made. Some worked out ok, but others I will make again. Gluten-free bread is terribly expensive, so any savings on that is helpful.
I made a batch of Vegetable Bouillon Cubes for the freezer out of vegetables I had that really needed to be used up. These are so helpful!
Today is going to be a big baking day as we prepare for the first leg of our upcoming journey. I will be making: cold pasta salad, lemon quick bread, Blueberry Muffins, granola, pancakes (for the freezer), dairy/gluten-free Chex Mix, and some kind of cookie to use up quick oats and white chocolate chips.
Blog Posts I Wrote This Week
Thanks to the time change, I’ve been up extra early this week, which meant I had plenty of time for writing! Here are some of the blog posts I did.
- Making Meals with Bulk Foods – This is a good way to get inspiration if you buy (or grow!) your food in bulk and have trouble thinking of how to make it into meals.
- Vegetable Bouillon Cubes – This has been my favorite new blog post that I’ve written in a while. These little cubes are so helpful and frugal to make!
- Gluten Free Sourdough Starter – This guest post will get you all set up to my gluten-free sourdough!
- Slice and Bake Sugar Cookies – This is a great recipe to make this time of year so that you always have fresh cookies on hand.
- Sugar Cookies in a Jar – This is one of my favorite simple gifts to make for the holidays. So easy and frugal!
- Time To Yourself Gift Basket – Another great gift idea to make. These are great for an overworked friend or mom. 🙂
- Homemade Chocolate Pudding – This simple dessert has been a household favorite for over a decade now.
- Make Ahead Meatballs – This is my favorite way to make meatballs since they can be a time-consuming part of a meal.
- Long Lasting Toys for Boys and Girls – Time to re-share this as we get closer to the holiday season. These are some of our favorite toys that have lasted a long time!
Looking Ahead to Next Week
It’s finally a travel week for us! Don’t worry, Frugal Friday will still be up at its regular time. I’ll share more about how we are going to travel for a week and only spend $50 on places to stay! I’m excited to also be able to write about living frugal in other situations and places as well as gleaning info from other homesteaders that we meet along the way. I know I haven’t shared yet exactly where we are headed but…it’s Amish country!
I’ll also get up that Bean Dip recipe I promised I could write up. I didn’t get time this week but I’m making more tomorrow, and I’ll work on the blog post. 🙂