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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 6
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
I had a decent meal plan this week thanks to all the prepping I did last week. We ended up with a bunch of leftovers though towards the end of the week so that’s what we’ve been eating up for a few days now!
- Breakfast Cookies
- Yogurt and Granola
- Eggs, Sausage, and Toast
- Banana Muffins
- Egg Drop Soup
- “Big Plate”
- Chicken Nuggets
- Fish Sticks
- Balsamic and Cherry Roast
- BBQ Spice Chicken Wings
- Hamburger Soup
Shopping I Did
Oh shopping I did this week! I mentioned last week that I was going to go thrifting, which I did! I found a few bags worth of stuff for the home and kids. I spent $13 on the kids clothes in the picture above. I got a few other things as well and spent about $40 total.
And then I went on another shopping spree…but online. Now I know how many containers I have for planting seed starts and what I’m going to need. I ordered more lighting for the shelving units I have. My husband also got me another shelf for plants from Costco when he went this week (see the picture of the one I have below). Then I ordered a bunch more pots and trays and planting things! Here’s a bullet list because it was a lot:
- The VermiHut – I’ve been wanting a worm farm forever and after doing some research, I ended up buying this tray style one. I will be sure and do a blog post on it once I get it up and going and see if it was worth it! I ordered Red Wiggler Composter worms from Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm because of the guarantee he offers.
- Plant Lighting – I ordered several more of these because I’m going to increase them to 2 per shelf on my plant starting shelves. These are new for me this year instead of the purple light ones and I like them so far. They provide more light than the other ones I had and I like that it’s not purple.
- Square Pots – I ordered more of these in both sizes that they carry. I like them for the plants that need to grow larger and for a longer period of time because they go outside (for me that’s peppers, tomatoes, fruit plants, etc). They fit in a 1020 tray (standard seed starting tray).
- 1020 Trays – I’ve run out of these and needed more. The ones from Bootstrap Farmer are hands down my favorite. I’ve never found other trays that are this sturdy.
- 50 Count Seed Trays – I ordered some of both the 50 count and the 32 count trays (but couldn’t find a link to the 32 count). These are also from Bootstrap and are very heavy duty.
- Silicone Pans – This is not related to planting but I did order them! I’m going to use these as reusable freezer meal pans. I don’t like the idea of cooking in aluminum and all of the waste it causes as well so I’m going to try these.
Outside Projects We Worked On
That in the picture above my friends is more snow. This past week I think it’s snowed every single day. While very pretty, it means that outside work is still waiting on nicer days.
Inside Projects We Worked On
I was busy playing in the dirt this week…inside that is. I planted 100 cabbage seeds (3 different kinds. Two for summer eating and 1 kind for storage in the root cellar) and 50 pepper seeds. My celery is starting to come up and the rest of my plants are looking good as well. I need to plant broccoli seeds soon as well (I plant those outside in the low tunnels in April) but I need more space and lights for plants first.
I made a batch of chicken broth from the chickens that we raised and butchered last year. I used this to make some soup this week and put the rest in the freezer for next week.
The kids and I are getting a little bored from being constantly snowed in. So we decided to add a few extra components to our school day to help. This week we had several days of making lunches from other countries that go along with our history studies. The picture above is Russian Stroganoff (served with very non-traditional, but tasty, canned nectarines and corn).
Books I’m Reading
I found a few recipes that we liked in the 100 Days of Real Food Fast and Fabulous book but I think I liked Lisa’s first book, 100 Days of Real Food better. There just seemed to be more that we would use.
The Make Ahead and Freeze Cookbook seems to have a lot of good-looking recipes that I’d like to try. However, I did make the Breakfast Cookies (I mentioned them in last week’s post) and they were not a family favorite. I will have to try a few more things I bookmarked.
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!
- Best Plants for the AeroGarden – I get asked about my AeroGarden a lot because I use it every winter. In this post I’m breaking down what seems to grow the best as well as how to refill it without the expensive pods.
- Frugal Cookies – I updated this blog post because it has a super easy recipe for Thin Mint cookies. I thought some of you might want that one right now!
- Buttermilk Muffin Recipe – My mom posted this one this week. It looks super good!
- Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe – This is one of our favorite recipes because it’s so easy, multi-purpose, and so tasty.
- Tuiles – I have a bunch of searches for this recipe so I updated this very old blog post which reminded me how tasty these little treats are.
Looking Ahead to Next Week
I plan on getting up all of the plant lighting and the new plant shelf that I bought (provided that it actually comes on time!). The one shelf hasn’t caused much of an issue but I’ll have to re-arrange the living room to fit the second shelf. I may get some of the flower seeds started for my pollinator section in the garden.
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.