Sunday, June 7, 2020

Frugal Friday Wrap Up 5/30-6/5 2020

~I harvested a bunch of rhubarb along with some lettuce and spinach from the garden.
~I finally got around to cutting Jeff's hair.
~Jeff and I both were very tempted to just order something from the tavern for lunch but we stuck to our plan of not buying much at all and rummaged through the fridge and pantry to make lunch here instead.
~Jeff "wrapped" our cars with tarps, cardboard and blankets because the weather forecasters said we were going to have huge hail with a storm that came in.  He was trying to protect them from damage.  Luckily we did not get the hail and the wind did not cause any damage to our gardens or trees that we can see so far.  Friends in towns near us were not as lucky and had trees and branches taking out fences, blocking roads and falling on their rooftops.
~I had 2 bags of lemons that needed to be used up ASAP.  I juiced them all and put the juice into a ice cube looking tray thing used to freeze homemade baby food.  I will pop the cubes out and store them in a freezer bag to use for cooking and in drinks.
~Jeff watched a movie on YouTube while I worked on my computer.

~We had a family birthday and anniversary party at Jaysn and Rachel's.  Of course it was potluck style. :)  Our birthday gift to Steven was a cookie making and decorating kit complete with a cookie cutter that cuts our multiple animal shaped cookies at one time.  We also got him frosting, sprinkles, raisins (he loves raisins) and a sugar cookie mix.  He is really into making things in the kitchen with Rachel and loves to decorate cookies and cupcakes.  For Jeremy, we did a Mojito starter kit.  He said no gifts so we gave him a lemon mint plant from our garden.  He loved it!
~I cut up the last of the Romaine lettuce that we bought and added spinach and some baby lettuce from our garden to it.
~We stopped at the Dollar Tree and picked up some medications and food items there.

~Jeff and I worked on a menu plan for the week together using things we have here on hand and planning around leftovers to remake into other meals.
~Lunch was a huge salad with ham, cheese, homemade croutons, tomatoes, etc.
~Two more loaves of homemade bread were made today.
~For an afternoon snack I had some homebrewed iced tea and some old fashioned popcorn with a lemon and chili seasoning mix to flavor it.
~Dinner was chili over rice along with a cut up pear.  Both the chili and the rice were free to us.
~I used our hot tub before I went to bed to help calm and sooth my hurting muscles.

~Bad fibro flare day for me so Jeff cooked up some beer battered fish and we had that with leftover rice.
~I spent a lot of time in bed watching YouTube videos.

~Our phone service was acting up and we needed to talk to the surgeon's office who is doing Jeff's knee replacement.  We drove over there and got appointments made for his surgery, preop, physical and also got an appointment at our doctor's office for my bloodwork.
~We stopped and picked up Jeff's paycheck at his work (same town) and then deposited that in the bank in another town.
~We got the grocery shopping done and also picked up a few more plants at the building supply store.  I tried to get the pots that had multiple plants in them instead of just one.  We got zucchini, butternut, and acorn squash plants.  Rachel loves butternut so I wanted to get some of that going here for her.
~We did end up picking up dinner at the Chinese food deli at one of the grocery stores.  The portions are huge so I saved half of mine for another meal.
~We found some great mark downs on hamburger, pansit noodles, veggie bullion cubes, French bread and donuts.
~Since I am up until the early morning hours anyway, I got a bunch of laundry done.

~I got up much earlier than planned (bad dreams) and got the potted and hanging plants watered and the two front gardens watered.
~I moved two pots filled with Columbine plants to the back porch stairs to pretty it up there.  I love being surrounded by flowering plants. 💗
~The little finches really enjoy sitting in our flowering plum tree that is near the back porch and carrying on all kinds of conversations.  They provide the cats and myself with so much entertainment.
~Rachel and Steven came out in the afternoon for a much awaited visit.  We got out his toys, took a tour of the gardens to show him all the baby berries, apples, pears and all the flowers and then had a snack of cheese and crackers.  It was so much fun and he got to play with his buddy Caesar again. :)
~Dinner was leftovers.
~I worked on my points programs for a bit.
~I harvested the rest of the spinach and the radishes from the garden and made a lovely salad with them.

~After another really rough night sleep wise, I took most of the late morning and early afternoon to just rest and read out on the back porch.
~I cooked up a whole package of bacon in the oven.  Most of it was refrigerated for another meal.
~I saved the bacon grease in a mug in the refrigerator to use to fry up potatoes.
~While the oven was hot, I baked up 10 potatoes and made a bacon/ranch baked potato salad.
~I also boiled up some rotini pasta and made a tuna and broccoli pasta salad.
~I kept the bottoms of the green onion that I chopped up for the salads and put them in a short glass with some water.  They will be planted out in the garden in a few days after they grow more roots.


  1. I'm sorry that you have been in pain from the Fibro. :(

  2. You got a lot accomplished over the week, Debbie. Glad to hear that you were able to get together with family. Love to see and read about what you made and did to save money. :)

  3. You always have so many good frugal ideas.

    Have you ever posted your favorite YouTubers? I’m looking for some new ones to watch

    1. I have in the past but I have since dropped a few and added some more. I will have to do a blog post on that soon. Thanks for the idea!


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