Monday, August 31, 2015

Menu Monday, Goal Update, Declutter Update (Wow is that a mouthful)

First off the menus for supper this week.


Soup and egg salad sandwiches.


Leftover pork roast made into a casserole or perhaps some hash.


I am making Cabbage Bread today, and since it is pretty much an all day job, we will be having some for our supper.


Leftover ham made into ham and scalloped potatoes.


German Glace and eggs.


Either Clean out the fridge or Hot dogs over the fire.


BBQ Smoked Sausage along with tinfoil potatoes, carrots and since hopefully Kris will be home I am thinking a cake or cookies for dessert.

Now on to the next item.

1.  Continue garden harvest and food processing.  I have either been watering, weeding, picking or processing every day. I will consider this accomplished. It is on going however.

2.   Work on projects.  Accomplished what I wanted, just have to keep working on this one every month.

3.   Declutter recipes.  Done and that area looks so much better.

4.   Make Christmas list.  Done, but it is subject to change.

My decluttering seems to have hit a road block. However I did manage to remove another 26 items from my home. I have now reached a total of 656 items recycled to new homes.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Friday, August 28, 2015


After a few weeks of no smoke from Northern Saskatchewan we are getting smoke from the fires in Washington state. This is what it has looked like for most of the last few days. Still, it could be much worse as we really have had no overpowering smoke smell.

Harvey decided to BBQ the salmon tonight.

He is loving the new covered BBQ center.

I on the other hand am going to love sitting under this umbrella by the fire pit.

We planted some glads this year and they are finally starting to bloom. The yellow ones have died off, but look at this lovely example.

I love this hot pink and just wish we had more.

This has been a fairly frugal week.

No money going out except for a couple of bills and a few items that I bought while shopping today.

I have dehydrated more herbs, and Harvey has dehydrated some of his very hot peppers.

Picked more tomatoes and frozen 8 bags.

Worked on using items from my craft stash up.

Walked every day for frugal exercise.

No air conditioning on for three days this week.

Using up, wearing out and making do.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thursday Tid Bits

No pictures today and just a short post. We were busy working outside and then I was busy inside freezing tomatoes. Whoa boy, I never thought at the beginning of the season we were going to get as many as we have. I am freezing 3 or 4 bags every second day. Good for my freezer and my piece of mind.

I had thought my cucumbers were finished, but they are flowering once again!!! Guess I am not done with them yet. Don't know what I will do with the next wave when it hits.

Hopefully a longer post tomorrow and some pictures as well.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Recipe Wednesday

I was busy today making more apple pie filling from the apples I received from my next door neighbour.

I don't think I have shared this recipe with you all before and it does make a wonderful addition to your freezer stash.

I use a great many recipes from Company's Coming cookbooks and this is one of my favorites.

Apple Pie Filling

5 c peeled, cored, cut up apples
1 c sugar
2 tbsp Minute tapioca
1/2 tsp cinnamon (I use a bit more)
1 tsp fresh or bottled lemon juice

Combine apples and sugar in a large pot. Stir. Let stand until juice starts to be released. Stir as you bring it to a boil and boil hard for 1 minute. Mix in the remaining ingredients and bring back to a hard boil. Boil 1 minute.

The cook book says to pack it in sterilized jars and process in a water bath for 20 minutes.

The recipe makes 1 quart, which is enough for one pie.

I usually use my biggest pot and do 4X the recipe. I pack the pie filling into plastic containers that will make two pies when thawed. After all once I get started making pies I make quite a few at once.

Hope you all enjoy this and it helps you to use up those excess apples.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Thrifty Tuesday

The thriftiest thing I did today was stick close to home and process food for the winter months. Even Harvey got into the stockpiling mood today and is dehydrating some very hot red peppers for the winter. He plans on grinding them up to make chili powder or cayenne powder out of them. He picked 12 of them but there are more yet on his plant.

Me, why I just stuck to freezing tomatoes and drying herbs. My neighbour dropped off another bag of apples so I will be preparing more apple pie filling tomorrow.

I also stuck to working on using up bits and bobs of my yarn stash. Seems to be working and I should be finished the second hooded cowl tomorrow. I hope to have enough yarn to make a third one. I want a fairly good stock to start selling this fall.

This is what I woke up to yesterday morning.

Fog, rolling along the valley bottom, following the Souris River as it winds its way south. In about half an hour it all disappeared and one would never have known it was there.

The temperatures have dropped and I can definitely feel fall in the air. I am hoping it holds off for a bit, or at least until I get all the above ground veggies harvested and processed. Really trying to get it all done before we leave on our little get away.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Menu Monday

A few quick changes to the menu before I posted it this week. There are leftovers that need to be used up and I am really going to try for at least two dinners that don't contain meat every week. Should be interesting.


Leftover Lazy Perogies (the first meatless meal this week).


Chili served with toast.


Steak, potatoes, and cut up veggies and dip.


Bacon wrapped stuffed chicken, rice, and peas.


Fish, homemade fries, and cut up veggies and dip.


Leftover Chili served over pasta.


Pork Roast (we switched this from yesterday to today as Hubby wanted to BBQ) served with roasted potatoes and roasted carrots.

So two meals with no beef, pork or chicken and two meals that use up the leftovers in our fridge. Should be a relatively frugal week.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sunday Ramblings

After a very rainy day yesterday it was sunny but quite cool out. Hoping that we do not get frost tonight, as I don't want to have to cover everything in the garden.

I spent yesterday busy processing garden produce.

The first four of 16 trays of cucumber slices. I decided to try my hand at dehydrating them. These are BBQ flavoured. I made 8 trays of this flavour and 8 trays of just salted one. They are really quite tasty and will make a lovely chip for dipping or eating out of hand.

The free apples I got from my neighbour being made into......

These lovely containers of Apple Pie filling. Each container will make 2 pies or three crisps, I have been promised more this week so I am hoping to get a few more containers made.

I also finished my knitting project.

I need to perfect my duplicate stitching as I think the pom pom eyes are just a tiny bit weird. Then again they are monster leggings for an infant.

Tomatoes were frozen, but I am sure you are tired of pictures of that so I won't make you suffer through more.

Started another knitting project which I hope will be finished quickly, I want to make some more of the leggings and get them out for sale.

Every body have a wonderful evening.

God bless.