Frugal Endeavors

To March 31

It feels like spring is on its way, which means that life seems a little easier.  Good thing because after our little holiday, we need to tighten our belts.  Continue reading

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Frugal Endeavors

Hand warmers

My friend made me these heart shaped hand warmers. I need them this week!

February 14 to February 21, 2018

Brrrr, its cold out there are we have had a record amount of snow. We have spent most of our time hibernating in front of the wood stove. Continue reading

The cost of food – Butter is beautiful, but lard is also lovely. And so are gingersnaps.

Christmas is over for another year.  One of my favorite Christmas activities is Christmas baking but I didn’t do as much this year as I usually would. What slowed me down this year was the cost of ingredients, specifically the cost of butter. Continue reading

Frugal Endeavors –

Winter is a good time for reflection.

November 21 – 28, 2017

I like quiet weeks when nothing exciting happens. My digital diet left me with more time to do the things I like to do as well as a few things that save us money. This is what we did this week.

My neighbour went off to New York (!) with our local choir to sing at Carnegie hall (!). I am so happy that she got to be part of this performance. I helped out by staying behind to feed her cats. She passed over a jug of milk that would expire before her return. I used it to make yogurt as part of the Food in Jars mastery challenge for this month.

We covered the windows and doors in our drafty living room with plastic. In the past we have found that this chore does make the room feel warmer. Thankfully the mild weather this week means that we have not been burning as much wood.

The local library sets up shop once a week in our village. I went for a walk down my hill to the library to pick up a book I reserved online. Exercise and a new book to read, can’t ask for more than that.

I borrowed a couple of DVDs from a friend. The Man and I spent a lovely night cuddled up on the couch watching Harry Potter and feasting on snacks from the freezer and cheese bought on super sale at work.

I had to pull two packages of our made in store, rich, and gooey Cinnamon buns off our shelves  because they had reached their “best before” date. I brought them home to tryout a bread pudding recipe, which worked out really well.

Stash Busting:

Less time on my computer meant that I had more time to sew.

I made another ornament as part of this year’s Ornament Along using materials I had on hand. The bead in this ornament were recovered from an old tshirt that was also used to make a hair band and a yoga type waistband for a pair of pajama pants.

Ornament number 8 is ready for the tree. #ornamentalong #stiptreeornament

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I finally got around to making two sets of Christmas pajama pants from flannel I purchased on deep discount earlier this year. I used the elastic from a thrifted pair of pajama pants that were repurposed as quilt fabric for one pair. I will have to venture out to buy elastic for the other pair.

My youngest child asked for new pillow cases for Christmas. I repurposed and old sheet to make two envelope style cases and used a free embroidery pattern I found online at Flamingo Toes. I am inordinately happy with the fact that I used up an entire skein of embroidery floss from my stash.

That was my week – How was yours? Leave a comment and tell me all about it.

Sweet dreams.

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