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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 8
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
I was pretty good at sticking to my meal plan this week. We are eating a lot of my home canned goods for sides right now so that makes them simpler to put together. I did one big baking day for breakfasts so I didn’t have to make any of the breakfast food this week. It was so nice!
Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs
Hamburger Casserole (new recipe from my Granny)
Roast with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Shopping I Did
I had a chance to go thrifting this week when I needed to go to the feed store. I haven’t gotten a picture yet because I’m still washing everything, but I ended up with 3 huge bags of clothes for the kids for next winter for about $75. Most of that was for the boys, which I was very excited about because it’s so hard to find boy’s clothes (in good condition) used. I also got snowboots for the kids for next year, on clearance, for $5 each.
I bought a copy of the Off Grid Homesteading Bundle. I’m so excited to dig in this!
I didn’t do much else for shopping this week but I am expecting a big Subscribe and Save (through Amazon) order next week so that will take up my budget anyways. 🙂
Outside Projects We Worked On
The kids and I built a small lean-to shelter for our “teenager” sheep because our Mama sheep had her babies and needed the barn! Two healthy little twins, a boy and a girl. It’s all I can do not to sit out in the sheep barn and snuggle them but I want to stay on Mama’s good side. 🙂 She’s happy to let me pet them so I will do that for now.
We had more snow over several days this week so outside is simply a muddy mess since we are in that fun snow-melt-snow-melt time of year. We did hear the geese flying north the other day so I’m hopeful that spring is coming!
Inside Projects We Worked On
I had a lot more seedling re-potting and seed starting this week! My shelves are getting very full now and it makes me happy to see the little green leaves popping up.
One of my readers in North Dakota sent me a package full of different seeds this weekend. I had so much fun looking up the different varieties and starting all of the tomatoes and peppers. It will be so joyous to see them produce this summer and think of my kind readers!
My previously planted starts are all looking well. I repotted all of the cabbage because it was leggy and now it’s looking great. It will be ready to plant in a few weeks once I get my caterpillar tunnel finished.
And as part of my spring cleaning projects this week, I went through all of the future clothing I have saved for the kids. We have everything we need for the summer thanks to my thrifting and I’ve got a good collection going for next winter. It was a big project and took me most of yesterday.
Books I’m Reading
I’m diving into my Off Grid Homesteading Bundle! There are so many ebooks that I want to start with….”Mornings on the Homestead”, “Quitting the Grocery Store” “Monetize Your Property”…and so SO many more. This is going to keep me busy for a long time. The bundle is only available through April 1st if you wanted to grab a copy too!
Blog Posts I Wrote
- Microwave Deodorizer – This is an easy little trick to get any smells out of your microwave. It works so well!
- Easy Apple Turnover Recipe – I asked my friend Kendra if she could create a recipe for a turnover that didn’t use expensive puff pastry. Here’s what she came up with!
- 5 Ingredient Chicken Slow Cooker Recipes – I’ve been collecting easy slow cooker recipes to prepare for summer. Here’s a list of the chicken ones that I found and thought looked good!
- Crustless Chocolate Cheesecake – I remember writing this blog post way back in the day and this recipe was SO good and easy! I updated the post this week.
- Canning Chicken Broth – This is something that we do pretty often. It’s so nice to have shelf-stable broth to grab.
Looking Ahead to Next Week
Next week I plan to get the cover on my caterpillar tunnel that we built and try to finish getting that set up. I know I need to get peas in the ground soon but I have to have a place to put them first!
One More Thing…
Let’s have a giveaway again this week! I want to give one of you a copy of one of my favorite cookbooks, the Taste of Home Meal Planning Cookbook. To enter to win, just use the giveaway form below (and leave a comment!)
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.