November 8 – 14, 2017
Winter is trying its best to get a foothold. I know it is inevitable, but we remain thankful for every mild day before the truly cold weather sets in. Here is what else we did this week to conserve our resources.
I watched a Youtube video, took a chance, and trimmed my hair. My hair is long and I only cut off an inch but I am happy with the results. When I am feeling braver, I will cut off a little more.
I picked up a couple of extra shifts at work. Every penny helps!
We used a whole chicken for a roasted chicken dinner. We used it as the main ingredient for a few meals. The carcass is currently in the slow cooker. Soup is on the menu in the coming days, which should help fend off any winter chills.
Keeping the Pantry Stocked
I used some of the pumpkin I roasted last week to make Pumpkin Molasses Gingerbread for snacking. I am also experimenting with dehydrating pumpkin. The process is fairly simple. I spread the pumpkin puree in a thick layer over the sheets that came with my dehydrator before dehydrating for 12 to 24 hours using the fruit/vegetable setting.
I was surprised by how much moisture was removed by the dehydrator. I peeled the “pumpkin leather” from the sheets and blitzed them in my blender. The resulting pumpkin powder made from several liters of pumpkin puree can now be stored in a recycled Nescafe jar. I like that I am saving on freezer space and I have another option for preserving pumpkin. I am also looking forwards to trying out a few new recipes!
I made another ornament as part of the ornament along. I found the embroidery hoop in my craft stash saving myself a trip to the store.
How about you? How are you saving money and getting ready for winter?