Thursday, February 22, 2024

Thrifty/Frugal Thursday

 Thrifty and Frugal 

Another beautiful, melting day here on the prairies of Canada. I have a feeling that it won't last, but will take advantage of it while I can, even if that means just curled up in my chair in the brigh Bt sunshine.

So what thrifty and frugal things have been happening here on the old homestead.

I am pretty much finished doing as much organizing and clean up in the sewing/craft room as can be done right now. I did find a few items more to add to the bag for donation. Bit by bit, inch by inch. I will now be considering what to do next in that room to make it easier to get around or plug things in.

Tried one of the free downloaded embroidery patterns on my machine. It turned out lovely, mind you it seems that one of the patterns I downloaded without Kris watching over me has magically disappeared from the thumb drive. But at least I know they work.

Drapes have been open the last three days letting in the lovely sunshine, which in turn heats the entire front of the house so no natural gas being used except in the early morning and at night.

Used my credit card to pay for the dentist, and will be getting money back on it at the end of the year. Usually the money back is enough to pay for one grocery trip.

Used up all leftovers in the fridge for lunches.

Baking bread and buns once again.

Mended another seam, this time on one of Harvey's t-shirts.

Reading free books on my ereader. 

Used my air fryer twice, the microwave 5 times, and the toaster oven once making some of the meals for this week. I have also used my bread machine to bake the loaf of bread this week.

Hung clothing on the lines downstairs.

Used rags for cleaning more.

Paid bills online thus saving gas and wear/tear on the vehicle.

As usual combined errands to save on gas.

Using up the bits of fabric and yarn making items to wear or give away at the family reunion.

So that is pretty much what I remember. I can also say not feeling well enough to do any shopping is helping the frugal living part of our life. Now, if I could only get Harvey to stop ordering things off Amazon without checking stores here first to see if there is a less expensive option, things would be perfect.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Midweek Yet Again


We are into the last full week of the month and the weather has turned once again. Nice and actually sunny as well as warmish. The snow is melting once again. Grass is starting to appear and the dirt road at the end of our street is getting muddy once again. Has spring sprung, or is this our 2nd false spring of this year.

I made it to my dental appointment this morning, and that is now done for another 4 months. No fillings this year so that is great, spent way too much on the dental health budget line last year and in January of this year. Still if I want to keep my teeth this is a necessary evil.

I am still fatigued for most of the day, but when I crawl into bed I have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. This means I get up a bit later than I like as well. 

Rested up most of yesterday because of the dentist appointment. I finished sewing up my sweater, and started on a next months project. Today I have tried out one of my embroidery patterns I downloaded and it seems to have worked. However, pretty sure I downloaded three free patterns, but only two are showing up on my thumb drive. I will need Kris here to make sure I am moving them onto it properly. Now, that it works, there will be some paid for designs downloaded as soon as possible (like at Easter). I have an idea for some new tea towels (something desperately needed as the ones in the drawer are getting pretty tatty).

There has been a bit of a change in the menus for this week. Tonight we will finish off the hamburgers that were our meal on Monday and the soup will be moved until Friday, so no Tuna Casserole this month. 

Off to get supper on the table, and then hopefully visit all of you after the clean up.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, February 19, 2024

Menu Monday


Feeling about 80% better today. The tummy isn't twirling anymore, but I am very tired. I am only doing enough to keep the house running smoothly and making darn sure to rest in between the small tasks I am allowing myself to do. Still at some point in the day, I just want to lay down and sleep. Binge watching lots of BritBox over the last couple of days as well. 

I better feel better before Wednesday as I have a dental appointment that morning. 

Anyhow, here are the menus for this upcoming week.


Hamburgers, onion rings and peas (Harvey can't have anything with seeds in it for awhile yet).


Leftover roast beef made into a casserole.


Homemade chicken vegetable soup (should be able to add some corn, and beans at this point. Extra soup will be frozen and used for another meal later on.


Leftovers from Tuesday and I am going to make a salad. 


Battered Fish and chips. We shall have the remains of the salad as well.


Stuffed chicken breasts, mashed potatoes, and mixed veggies.


A bag of leftover ham from the fridge freezer. I hope to feel up to making pasties tonight. Those contain the ham, some potato and some peas, along with lots of curry powder.

Everybody have a wonderful afternoon.

God bless.

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Saturday Roundup


Sorry folks not much of a roundup today. I had hoped to have at least a couple of finished projects/goals to share with you. I am not really feeling well today and so have actually gotten very little done. I haven't even completed my household tasks for today. Perhaps by tonight I will feel a bit better and at least get those household tasks completed. 

I have spent more time on the computer than is healthy, but I did print out some recipes to try, between bouts of severe stomach pains (and you all probably know what happens with that). Most are meatless or using cheaper cuts of chicken and beef. I hope to try them out next month as this month is already planned. 

Off to have a bit of a lay down. I will try and get over and visit you all off and on over the course of the evening.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, February 16, 2024

Recipe Friday


So what money saving recipe do I have for you today....

I thought I would do something a bit different and start off with a baked goods one. If you grow your own rhubarb this is a wonderful recipe.

Rhubarb Muffins

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 egg

1 cup buttermilk (you can make your own by adding a tsp of vinegar to 1 cup regular milk)

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups chopped fresh rhubarb or 2 cups frozen (drain some of the liquid off the frozen)

In a large bowl combine flour, soda and salt. In a separate bowl blend sugar with oil, whisk in the egg buttermilk and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients along with the rhubarb just until flour is incorporated. Spoon into paper lined muffin cups. Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes. Let cool and remove from pan. 

These make a lovely breakfast.

Most recipes for rice pudding use uncooked rice. One day I had lots of leftover cooked rice and looked all over for a recipe that used cooked rice (I really like rice pudding).

Rice Pudding

cups cooked rice

1/2 cup raisins (I have been known to leave these out..not a big raisin fan here)

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp cinnamon

2 lightly beaten eggs

1 1/2 cups milk

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease baking dish. Mix rice, raisins, brown sugar and cinnamon in the baking dish. Combine eggs with milk and pour over rice mixture. Bake 40-50 minutes until top is lightly browned and pudding is slightly firm to the touch. Serve warm.

I hope you enjoy these.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Thrifty and Frugal Thursdays

Thrifty and Frugal 

I thought I might as well start this post off with what I have gotten done on my Goals so far for this month.

1.  Finish the block of embroidery and start another. Almost done

2.  Sew the dress I cut out. Done

3.  Cut the strips I will use for the sashing on the baby quilt flimsy. Done

4.  Cut out skirt. Done

5.  Sew skirt. Done

6.  Try one downloaded free embroidery pattern.

7.  Finish the sweater I am knitting. Done, will sew the seams tonight

8.  Use appliances to cook more meals. Ongoing challenge

9.  Pull yarn for my next knitting projects. Done

10.  Knit some mug cozies for the silent auction. Decided to do something else

11.  Cut out and sew 2 aprons. Done, in fact I made three.

12.  Fix chair cushions. 

Still time this month to get a few more of these completed. I might even get the flimsy sewn as well. That is moving along very nicely.

So now what thrifty and frugal practices have taken place here on the old homestead.

It has been pretty sunny for the last 4 days, so the drapes are open to take advantage of the lovely solar light and heat.

I have used my air fryer and the instant pot to cook meals this week. Hopefully I will pull out the toaster oven for some warm ups in the next few days. The microwave has been used as well by Harvey for his lunches.

I have decluttered some items in my sewing/craft room. These will be dropped off tomorrow, when I go and finish my shopping.

Hung 3 loads on the lines downstairs.

Using up leftovers in the freezer over the next couple of days.

Shopped sale items at the grocery today.

Still turning off lights in rooms not in use.

Gas and electric were lower than last year for this month.

Fixed a seam on a pair of my pants.

Darned a pair of my socks. 

Went for a couple of short walks. It is icy out so I don't travel too far.

Harvey was at the hospital for his procedure on time. The doctor however had an emergency surgery and there was someone in before him. This meant he wasn't out until after lunch. As they found a polyp or two he can not eat any "roughage" for the next few days. There goes the idea of the salad tonight. 

Kris called and his surgery went just fine. The doctor hopes that he managed to get all the capsule and so is Kris. He says he doesn't need us to come up, which is probably a good thing overall. I can get more cleaned and worked on here at home. We also found out he slipped on his steps up to the deck and banged his ribs pretty bad. He got to sit in the emergency department for 13 hours that day. They are bruised a bit, but he says feel almost back to normal today.

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Midweek And Enjoying The Sunshine


Perhaps I should have a picture stating "Keep Calm it's Midmonth Already". I actually can not believe that this is already the middle of the month. Even with the yucky, snowy, cloudy days, this month is passing by full tilt. Tomorrow I will post how I have done with my projects for the month so far.

It was sunny first thing this morning, and it is still sunny. This means with the drapes open and the sun beating in the south facing windows the furnace has not cut in very much. I do feel a slight chill now, so the heat will more than likely be coming on shortly. Just love when we can save a bit on natural gas costs. 

Harvey is on the liquids only part of the diet and I will not eat in front of him. Hopefully he does not get too hungry..... He will have to drink that terrible stuff as well tonight and tomorrow morning.

Kris gets to go in tomorrow and get the capsule (?) of the cyst that keeps coming back on his upper back surgically removed. Probably will phone him later tomorrow night to see how it all went.

I did get the few household tasks done today and made a grocery list for tomorrow. When I drop Harv off at the hospital, I will continue on my way, get the shopping and banking done as well. I cleaned the fridge, and boy did it need cleaning, dusted, cleaned out the email and then did a bit of organizing/decluttering in the sewing/craft room. I am hopeful of getting more done tomorrow. I have a bag of donations in there as well that if I can finish filling tonight will drop off tomorrow as well. 

Then it was working on projects. Since I had a bit of time before lunch I finished sewing the fabric around the baby quilt blocks. I hope to iron them tomorrow and then start sewing them together the next day. I did some embroidery next, but stopped when I felt the first twinges of a headache starting. Tonight I will be knitting. Working on three projects at once (four if you count the organization of the sewing/craft room) is something totally foreign to my poor brain. But things are moving along with each of them, so something is going right. Might even manage to finish them all before I know it. I want no carry overs into the next month. 

Off to perhaps make myself a sandwich for supper. I think it just might be a toasted bagel with cream cheese and a few cucumber slices. Poor Harvey gets stuck with broth and apple juice. I did tell him I would walk up to the grocery and get some jello, but he said not to bother.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

How horrible the shooting at the Superbowl Champion festivities in Kansas City.... This has happened way too many times. I feel for all those injured and the family of the person who died.