- The flowers above are from my sweet mother in law to celebrate the launch of Forever Mom. (Hope you’re not too, too sick of hearing about it! ) Very sweet of her to help me celebrate! We are enjoying the prettiness of the flowers on our table.
- I did finally get around to canning grape juice– we did about 20 quarts. That will be good either to drink as juice at breakfast or to make into jelly later in the winter when our jam stash is diminished.
- I found chicken thighs on sale for 99 cents/lb. I used some as a meal with rice, some in chicken and rice soup, and some in a stir fry. I like to cook them in a crock pot slowly with some water, which makes them quite tender and then also nets me some chicken broth to use for soup.
- I made corn cakes this week that turned out yummy, and served them alongside a lime cilantro slaw that nicely complimented that corn cakes. The recipe was pretty much the same as this recipe except I used gluten free flour mix instead of regular flour.
- I also made a chicken skillet pot pie this week with a biscuit topping and lots of garden veggies. (I have LOTS of cabbage and sweet peppers right now.) Pot pie always feels like a treat, but it is actually very affordable to make.
- I made some more homemade spaghetti sauce the oven-baked way. It turns out so good that way, and gets very rich and thick.
- The girls and I chopped some sweet peppers to go in the freezer. They’re so lovely fresh that it feels like a shame to freeze them. But we simply had too many to use quickly enough, so after using lots in stir fry, fresh on sandwiches, and in pot pie, into the freezer the rest of them went. I’m relieved to be finally getting the excess produce cleared off my kitchen counters. Though the abundance is a gift, the clutter and the knowledge that I need to do something about it gets to me after awhile.
- Salsa was another thing we got done this week, finally. Super spicy this year! I was glad to use most of the last of the tomatoes, but then John brought more in from the garden, so we still have a basket full ripening on the counter. We still haven’t had a hard frost, which is really unusual around here. Lots of time the garden is completely done by the second week of October, and here it is, almost November.
- I was in the mood for some more fall decor, and so instead of buying something, I found some Christmas lights that actually still worked– hooray! — and twined them in with several fall-leaf garlands that I’d bought earlier this month on a 40% off clearance. It looked pretty and saved me a trip to the store. We also spread pumpkins around on our front porch from the garden. No big ones this year, but lots of medium and smaller ones. We’ll be making pumpkin pie soon too, I’m sure. Yum!
How did your frugal adventure go this week? I’d love to hear about it! And if you an adoptive momma in need of a getaway, remember to enter the drawing for the Created for Care Getaway package!