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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 #5
So I’ve started a new series called Frugal Fridays 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 yes, 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 This Week
This is rather embarrassing but I usually write down our meals so I remember them but this week I totally forgot! I know we had some stir fry, spaghetti, Hummingbird bread, and many other things but….my brain fog has taken over this week. Sorry about that! I’ll make up for it by sharing my baking day in a minute. 🙂
Shopping I Did
Not much shopping in the middle of the week but I’m hoping to get some thrifting done with a friend this weekend. I can’t wait for that! I’ll share my finds next week.
The only shopping I did was use a $5 off $5 coupon at Safeway. We bought some bananas and yogurt. I love finding good store coupons!
Outside Projects We Worked On
We worked on making a small pen for lambs this week…and then I went and picked up 7 of them! Now is the time to get “bum” animals if you have the space to put them. Bottle-feed them for a few weeks and they are good to go. I was telling my husband we need more outdoor infrastructure so I can bring home all the baby animals.
We also were extremely blessed this week to be given a greenhouse frame by our neighbor. I think it’s 10’x24′ but we will have to measure to find out. We weren’t going to be able to put one up this year (for annual veggies in the new garden plot…we have the orchard greenhouse) but this means I will actually be able to grow tomatoes and peppers now successfully! All I need to do is buy a new plastic cover for it.
Inside Projects We Worked On
I had a huge baking day this week! Let me share what all I made.
I needed it, so I made myself some brownies. 🙂
I also made a freezer hamburger soup that I will put in the crockpot on a busy day next week.
I cleaned out a bunch of old things in the freezer and made a double batch of banana muffins (with frozen bananas). Some stayed out and some went in the freezer for next week.
I cooked up some sausage for Sunday breakfast just so that’s done.
I also found a bunch of fish filets in the freezer so I made homemade fish sticks. I can share the recipe if anyone is interested!
I made several loaves of bread. Three are sold and the other one will be sliced and frozen until Sunday when we are having eggs and toast. The “cookies” are Breakfast cookies. I’ve made them before but this was a new recipe that I’m trying with cranberries, seeds, and flax. I can share the recipe in the future if they are good and if you are interested.
I made some snacks for the kids to eat this week as well. Their favorite Granola Bars and Oatmeal Bites. We used a lot of oatmeal on our baking day today but that was a good thing because we have quite a bit I need to clean out of the pantry.
My son was helping me and he wanted to make something all by himself. So he made these crackers dipped in some chocolate that we melted with mint extract for their own “thin mint” style cookies.
I didn’t finish all of the baking on my list, I ran out of day. But I hope to get the rest done this weekend. I’ll share more next week! Baking Days are exhausting, but so SO nice in the week to come.
I also planted celery seeds this week. Peppers and a few other things are getting started next week.
Books I’m Reading
I just checked out a few new books from the library this week so I haven’t had a chance to look over them yet. One is 100 Days of Real Food, Fast and Fabulous, and the other is Not Your Mother’s Make Ahead and Freeze Cookbook.
I’ll share my opinion on them next week. 🙂 I also wanted to mention that Thriftbooks is having a sale through March 7th. Use the coupon code READDAY at checkout for buy 2 get 1 free children’s books. I plan on using this code for the school books that I still need for the fall.
Blog Posts I Wrote
I will add this section so you can also catch up on the latest blog posts I put up in case I missed sharing them in my newsletters this week!
- The Cheapest Meals to Make. I updated this blog post this week. It’s filled with cheap meals, produce, and grocery staple ideas.
- Homemade Carpet Cleaner. Another update because it’s that time of year when carpets are starting to get dirty! This article has a spot-cleaning solution and a carpet shampoo for a machine.
- The Best Hummingbird Bread. This is a new quick-bread recipe that I shared this week. It’s so yummy!
- How to Store Bacon. After buying bacon in bulk for many years, I’m sharing my tips on how to store bacon!
- 3 Ingredient Banana Waffles. If you are looking for a super easy and frugal breakfast, my friend Lacey shared this recipe this week.
- Cheeseburger Bake. I updated this old but frugal casserole recipe if you are in need of some supper inspiration!
- Orange Sauce Recipe. That’s what I forgot…we made chicken with Orange Sauce this week! I updated this recipe after we did.
Looking Ahead to Next Week
I think next week will likely be a slow one at home. I haven’t checked the weather yet but I’m hoping for something halfway decent so that the kids can be outside more. It’s getting harder and harder to be inside at this time of year when winter is dragging on.
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.