Frugal Endeavors – Hello May!

This was a picture of a double rainbow over our house. If you squint just right, you can see the second rainbow.

May 3 to May 8, 2017

May has brought with it warmer weather. The change in temperature meant that we could move some of our frugal activities into the great outdoors. Fortunately, we have not been directly affected by any flooding in our area, but my thoughts go out to all those who are. Continue reading

Frugal Endeavors

Some of the free seed packets I got in the mail are blooming, including very pretty poppies. I am hoping for some seeds so I can keep these pretty flowers in my garden in the coming years.

July 11 – July 18, 2016

This week was spent waiting for summer to make an appearance. The unusual weather has effected our money saving endeavors. Continue reading

Sometime Done is better than Perfect unless you are a baby chipmunk. Then you are already perfect.

I like to create a label for every quilt I make. I expect my quilts to outlive me and I suppose, this is my way of grasping at immortality.

I made this label for my winter quilt.
Quilt Label

It was harder than I expected. I found the pattern hard to follow and it’s been a while since I’ve done any cross stitch and even longer since I’ve worked on linen. And, to top things off, I think I need stronger reading glasses.

I made more than a few mistakes and ripped it apart more than once. I finally decided that no one but me would see the mistakes and that sometimes done is better than perfect.

I choose a chipmunk for my label because the night we took possession of our home, we inadvertently left the front door open. A chipmunk came to check out her new neighbours. After an hour or so we finally shooed her safely out the front door. A few months later she started a family in a pile of wood left next to our house. The cuteness was almost overwhelming.

Remembering these baby chipmunks and their mother reminds me that, despite all the snow, spring is on its way.

Have a great day!

Winter is here – Boxing day traditions

I’m not much of a shopper and the thought of spending the day in a mall with too many people fills me with dread.

The bigger the mess, the better the baking tastes.

The bigger the mess, the better the baking tastes.

Instead, I spend Boxing day morning making a mess in my kitchen before heading out to stomp around in the snow looking for the perfect tree to decorate for the birds.

This year I made myself a loaf of gluten free cranberry orange bread. This recipe is an old standby and it never fails to please.

I squeezed an orange that was languishing in the fridge to get the 1/4 cup of juice needed for this recipe. I scraped out the orange peel and made a couple of bird feeders to feed the lonely winter sparrow who lives somewhere by the front of the house.

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Bird feeder from an orange peel

I also made some suet cakes and strung some popcorn and cranberries on a string to make a garland. The leftover popcorn will be given to the wild turkeys when they come to visit and the leftover cranberries will be frozen.

All done.

All done.

While the bread was cooling, I bundled up and headed out the door.  I found my tree behind the barn and set to work. I disturbed a grouse while I was decorating, so I know that someone will benefit from my labours. One day, I would like to take a bunch of kids with me and make a party of it with a campfire and hot chocolate but right now,  I relish my time alone in the forest as it sleeps under its blanket of snow.

 

 

By the time I was finished and made it home, my bread was cool enough to eat by the fire.

Cranberry Orange Bread

Cranberry Orange Bread

How do you spend Boxing day?  Leave a comment below.