Saturday, August 28, 2021

Saturday Round Up and Frugal Friday

 I will start with a round-up of what has been happening on the old homestead. 

Mostly garden stuff.

I made Eggplant Parma. Used a new recipe and really enjoyed it. Sorry no picture.

Made Sweet Pickle Relish.

The recipe lied. It said the whole thing would make 4 half pints. Well here is three half pints (I always plan on the batches being a bit bigger than they say) and I have 4 very small plastic containers in the fridge. Those will have to be used quickly.

Dehydrating is on going.

Just a few of the air tight freezer bags I have gotten done this week. More will likely appear tomorrow.

Yesterday we traveled to Regina for a bit of a stock up (turned into a bigger stock up than planned, but that is okay). We also had Kris with us for most of the day which is always great. I took him some cukes and bell peppers (yellow and orange ones) which he was very happy to get. 

I didn't get to the fabric store, but hopefully that will happen very soon. I will more than likely take a friend.

The day started of drizzly, but by the time we reached our first destination the drizzle had almost stopped. The day turned sunny and quite warm. I did get to Michael's and picked up the items I needed for Christmas crafts, and a couple of other items (yarn being one). 

Then it was off to Best Buy to purchase ink for our new printer. I did manage to find black ink, but we ended up having to go to Staples to get the coloured inks. We should be set now for the winter and perhaps beyond.

I think I mentioned we bought the Epson Eco Tank printer and strangely enough the large bottles of ink did not cost any more than the cartridges did for our old printer, and they should/will print many more pages.

We even made it to Home Depot to pick up the items Harvey needed for his planned bathroom reno (should say fix, though it will probably be a bit larger fix than he planned).

Lastly it was off to Costco for the stock up on cleaning supplies (not too many), laundry detergent, and foods that are less expensive there.

We had supper out, lovely not to have to cook, and then gave Kris some of the buns he loves from Costco (took extra zip locks with me) and dropped him off.

Turns out he is taking a weeks holiday while we are in Jasper, but is coming home for the long weekend. I think we might have convinced him to stay at the house for his holiday. He can use Harvey's truck to go fishing, have a fire in the back yard, and get out of the city for a bit. We save as well since we would not need to bug anyone to look after my plants and garden. We will see what he says once he gets here on Friday or Saturday. Keeping my fingers crossed.

We drove home in driving rain, up until we got 10 miles from home and the rain stopped....We did get a bit as we were hauling in things from the vehicle, but not as much as we were told we could get.

Now on to the next portion of my post.

We only had to water my pots once this week as we did get enough rain to keep things damp until today.

The usual hanging clothes on the lines to dry.

Using up fresh produce from the garden as quickly as I can. However the cukes are getting away from me as is usual.

No spending on 4 days this week. I love no spend days.

Windows have been open all week and no air conditioning. Power bill will hopefully be lowered a bit.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


  1. Hi Jackie ... gosh your Sweet Pickle Relish looks so delicious. I love no-spend days too ... they are my favorites. I can achieve lots of these at present as we are in full Lockdown & must stay home apart from essentials. Have a great week Jackie = thanks for your visit to my blog & the lovely comments you leave me. Julie xx 😊

  2. You've been busy this week! The relish looks good as I'm sure all your creations will be.
    Nice to have received some rain, ours came around 10 last night for a lovely dumping to water things. Not enough to bring the pond up much though. :)

  3. What a lovely thing to spend most of the day with your son!

  4. lucky you being able to open your windows and let the fresh air in. Stinking hot and humid here. Had a lot of thunderstorms in the afternoon yesterday and same will happen today. So at least all the rain will top up my rain barrel. Have had to put the sprinklers on though.

  5. I'm glad you had a good trip to the city. I headed out to Moose Jaw yesterday, it was sunny at home but cloudy there initially. But the skies cleared and the sun came out and made for a lovely day for visiting. We definitely got more rain last evening when a thunderstorm came through.

    I hope Kris does decide to vacation at your home. It seems like a win-win for both of you.

  6. You got a lot of shopping done in one day! It wears me out just going to Costco! It sure is nice to get all stocked up before winter. Let me know how you like that Epson Eco Tank printer. Epson printers are usually good and it is great to be able to save on ink like that. Enjoy your week!