Thursday, October 6, 2022

Thrifty Thursday


It is already getting close to the end of the week. Our sons should be home sometime tomorrow, one quite a bit earlier than the other. So looking forward to them being here, even for a few days. I miss the hustle and bustle of a full house.

Just a bit of news before I post the thrifty happenings this past week. Kris was once again rear ended and this time there is even more damage. Poor guy seems to have the worst luck lately. The lady that hit him said she was going to report the accident immediately and I know Kris will do so as well. Lots more damage this time as his hatchback has been damaged as well. He can still open and close it however.

Okay onto what thrifty things have been happening in this household.

1.  Even though the temperature is dropping quite rapidly we have not turned on the heating as of yet.

2.  I picked absolutely everything I could out of the garden. All will be processed and used at some point over the next few months.

3.  Combined errands so as not to use fuel and save on wear/tear on the vehicle.

4.  Darned a pair of socks (they sure don't make them like they used to).

5. All leftovers eaten for another meal, made into something new, or frozen to be eaten at a later date.

Now I was asked what I use pumpkin puree for. I use it to make pie, muffins and loaves. I am thinking of trying soup and perhaps cookies this year since I have so many pumpkins to process. 

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

This Week Is Passing Much Too Quickly

 Just a very quick post as I am back from a rather long meeting, and I have to get ready for the Bible Study tomorrow afternoon.

I was asked if I process my sauce. I usually freeze mine, but I believe that you can put the jars in a water bath. The timing is 25 min for pints.

I did pumpkin processing today. For the first time I put the puree in freezer bags (small ones, I just added 1 cup of puree to each). It worked wonderfully once I got used to spooning the puree in. Takes up way less room in the freezer, that's for sure.

Any way I am sorry I won't be able to visit tonight, but will be by tomorrow.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Tuesday Tidbits


Whoa, the day got away from me. I had hoped to post well before now, but I just got carried away doing other things.

I was asked to post my tomato sauce recipe so here it is.

Tomato Sauce

5 lbs ripe tomatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped (1 1/2 kg)

2 large onions finely chopped (I put mine through the food processor)

1 cup white vinegar (250 ml)

2 cloves minced garlic (or the equivalent in garlic powder)

4 Bay leaves 

2 tsp dried basil (10ml)

2 tsp dried oregano (10 ml)

2 tsp regular salt (10 ml)

1/2 tsp pepper (2 ml)

1/2 tsp allspice (2 ml)

1 cup sugar (I use slightly less) (250 ml)

Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil on medium-high, stirring often. Simmer uncovered for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until thickened to desired consistency. I use my immersion blender at this point to smooth out any large pieces. Pour into containers, leaving 1" head room if freezing. Or you can pour into sterilized jars to 1/4 inch from top and seal. 

Off to get supper on the table, I will be back to visit you all a bit later.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, October 3, 2022

Menu Monday


Another week of menus, that I plan to try my best to stick to. Could be a bit of a challenge as meetings are starting up once again.


Leftover Moussaka.


Leftover ham from the fridge freezer made into a casserole. Served with sliced cukes and tomatoes (I found 2 more small cukes in the garden).


I will make Kraut Biroikes (what I call cabbage bread) and while the vast majority will go in the freezer, some will be for Harvey's supper. I have a meeting and a light repast will be served there.


Leftover casserole from Tuesday. I will probably make peas to go with.


Creamed fake lobster flakes served over toast. Probably served with mixed veggies.


Hamburgers, baked beans and cherry tomatoes.

Sunday and our Thanksgiving

Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, mixed veggies, salad, cranberries, pickles and of course pumpkin pie.

Kurt and Kris will be home and I have to make sure and fill their tummies well.

Oh, and by some strange twist of fate, the WIFI drivers mysteriously appeared back on my laptop. Working to get all that I need done that I need a connection to before I lose it once again.

I will post the tomato sauce recipe first thing tomorrow.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Sunday Ramblings


Just a quick little post as I am now doing this on my TV turned computer screen.

I still have been unable to get the WIFI drivers up and running on the laptop, which means I have to go a different route for a bit. Not that I am complaining, just thankful I do have this route to use. 

It also means I have to email any pictures to myself (thank heavens for two email accounts) and take them on my phone. Still at least I can post even though I need to go through more loops.

Today has been pretty quiet. I did manage to get some tomato sauce made. Here is the start.

This gave me three jars. I am hoping that in a few weeks I will be able to get more. Darn tomatoes need to ripen, and in the house that does not happen very quickly.

I also thought I would share one more picture of what Harvey and I have been working on.

Yep the frame for the garage is up, level and square. I am hoping that now he will wait until Kurt and Kris are home to do the rest.

Now off to visit you all, though I may use my phone for that. Series premieres for some of my favourite shows are on. 

Everybody have a wonderful evening.
God bless.

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Saturday Roundup

Well I am back to using my phone for posts. More problems with the laptop, and tomorrow I will pull out the old slow desktop and use it until I manage to get the WIFI back up and working.

So this means you all may need to forgive spelling  and grammatical errors. Also posts could be a bit short. As well as pictures being out of place.

I have managed to add 6 rows to the quilt flimsy, finished watching Revenge on Disney+ while sewing or knitting, almost cleared out the garden and helped Harvey with the assembly of the garage frame.

Today I used up the remaining eggplant in the fridge. I made Moussaka, and there will definitely  be enough for another meal.The picture is at the top.

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.

Now to figure out how to visit you all....

Friday, September 30, 2022

Frugal Friday

 Another week has passed by, and I am trying very hard to be frugal once again. After 2 weeks of not being frugal it is time to put on the frugal belt and pull it a bit tighter.

1.  I have been watering the few plants left with the rainwater in the barrel.

2.  Following the menu plan once again and making sure all is eaten or frozen for use later on.

3.  Started to make a pantry list and will hopefully finish it tomorrow.

4.  Put $70.00 in the savings envelope and $5.60 in the change jars.

5.  The windows have been open to cool off the house on the days it hasn't gotten too hot out. Closed when the temperature rises too high. The air conditioner only turned on once this week and not at all the previous weeks. The mornings are slightly chilly, but I layer up and am nicely warm.

6.  Baked buns and bread and did so at a fraction of the cost of ready-made.

I think I have made a good start at getting back on the frugal trail.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.