Frugal Endeavors – Summer’s End

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Pickled beets are the jewels in my pantry.

To August 31, 2018
So far we have been very lucky that the forest fires ravaging my province did not directly affect us. However, the smoke from those fires was something else.  As the air quality rose to extremely dangerous levels, we lived in a time of strange twilight.  The smoke and cooler weather means that the tourists have returned to their own homes. I am glad that our little village has calmed down, but I am sad that business has slowed down as everyone’s hours are now being cut. Time to tighten our belts for winter. Continue reading

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Frugal Endeavors – April – off to a crappy start

 

Surprise!

The month started with the realization that our upstairs toilet was leaking causing the floor beneath it to rot, badly. The Man replaced the 40+ year old toilet and the bathroom floor before things got worse. I am so grateful that The Man is a good handy man.  I can only imagine what it would have cost us to hire a plumber! I am hoping that my new water saving toilet will decrease our water usage. Silver linings and all that.

In happier news, I helped my youngest move to more suitable accommodations. I made a batch of pumpkin gingerbread as a house warming gift for him using some of the pumpkin from my freezer. He bought me lunch at the local pub as a thank you.

I also cut The Man’s hair again.  We spent about $20 on hair clippers about  four years ago.  They have certainly paid for themselves.

Stocking the Pantry

This week, my Mom sent me home with a box of chicken breasts and some canned goods she didn’t want, including three cans of crushed pineapple. I made Pineapple Dream for dessert one night using some cream cheese that needed to be used up. This is a favorite recipe.

Yum! Sooo good.

Stash Busting

I’ve been hanging out with my sewing machine a lot these last couple of weeks. I worked on some quilts, sewed on couple of patches, and mended a shirt for my boss. I made another garment bag from an old sheet and I made a couple of reusable shopping bags using an online pattern and fabric from my stash. I have plans for these bags as part of our Striving for Victory challenge this month.

That is how we pinched our pennies this week – leave a comment and tell me about your week.

Food in Jars Mastery Challenge – When the stars align: fermenting free milk

Making yogurt!

This month’s Food in Jars Mastery Challenge was all about using fermentation to preserve food. Despite the health benefits provided by fermented foods, I have never really been a fan. At least I wasn’t a fan until I realized that both sour dough bread and yogurt rely on fermentation to develop their unique flavors. And then my neighbour gifted me with a jug of milk that would go bad before she returned from her travels. Clearly the universe was telling me to make yogurt. Continue reading