September 6 to September 11,2016
This week started with a day off. Thank goodness. And then, like a cherry on a sundae, I worked for a few more days and got another day off! I had lots of free time to cross a few frugal “To Dos” off my list.
The neighbor allowed us to pick some plums from her tree. We also picked a few more pears from our trees for snacks after tasting one and realizing how good they really are.
I used some of our apples to make dehydrator cookies.
The Man made a gluten free apple sponge cake (from scratch) using apples straight off one of our trees. It was delicious. He made it again later in the week with pears and it was better.
I invited a friend over to help herself to our abundance for fruit. We feed her dinner, had an excellent visit, and sent her home loaded down with pears, apples and plums.
This week’s pantry challenge was a success. The Man picked up an extra jar of pasta sauce for the pantry when he was shopping. I added a liter of dried plums and 6 jars of mixed berry jelly to our pantry. Total cost this week = $1.77.
Another friend at work cleaned out her closet and brought in a bag of clothes to pass on. From my other job, I took home another loaf of bread that was not pretty enough for sale, a bag of cheese buns, some deeply discounted strawberries, and, best of all, free flowers as a customer brought in roses for all the girls at work.
I strained off the oils I have been infusing all summer. I used the infused grape seed oil to make several jars of All Purpose Salve for bites, burns, bruises, and other skin owies. I made too much so I will take the extra to work to share. I should have enough infused olive oil to make two batches of soap – maybe that will be next week’s project.
This week I remained committed to my usual frugal activities and hung my laundry, used homemade laundry soap and fabric softener, took leftovers from home for my lunches and brought my own water with me in my refillable bottle.
How about you? Leave a comment and tell me about your week.