It sure doesn't feel like it here at the moment. We are back in a colder state and going to get colder yet this week. Brrrrrrr. Back to more normal temps by the end of the week. It sure doesn't feel like "spring" month. I understand those in the southern hemisphere are now in "fall" and happy for it. It has been so very hot there.
I find it amazing and just neat how drastically different it is where we live, yet we are all so similar!
I have noticed that every morning when I go out to feed the fur babies (generally before dawn) the birdies are happily singing. I hear so much more variety and it does sound like spring. The daylight hours are most definitely getting longer! YAY! I can look out at the horizon and see a bronze mist in the distance - the trees are starting to get leaf buds and it looks kind of bronze like. I noticed the other day that a few tips of lilies are poking through the ground as well as a few red tips of peonies. It truly won't be long till the earth comes back to life!
It has been another relatively quiet week here.
My frugal week:
- I made a butter sheet cake for snacks (I love butter cake)
- I also made mousse-like chocolate pudding (it was good as a topping on the cake)
- Early in the week I went out and picked up lots of trash that had blown in from those crazy winds we had
- I accomplished a little bit of yard work and picking up sticks (again) on a warmer day
- Colored my hair for about .67! I used a third of a $2.00 clearance box of dye.
- Got to air out the house on a couple of afternoons
- Continuing spring cleaning - mopping, cleaning windows, mirrors & pictures, working on the cabinets, etc.
- Received another of my "gifted" Martha Stewart Living magazines - those are neat
- Did not have to purchase any fuel for the Blazer this month (Feb.)
- Been working on coming up with a plan for a baby quilt for a soon to be first time Mommy in the family
- Used a leftover chicken breast and used the meat in soup, and used the skin and bone to make broth for the same soup. I also used the hard ends of asparagus in that broth for flavor
- Used all leftovers for breakfast or lunches
- I finally ran out on Saturday - I just needed to get away from house. I ran to Aldi and bought 4 lb. bag of juicy & sweet navel oranges for 1.99. I think I need to go get more before price changes - they are wonderful. I also bought a bag of frozen peas (for salads) for .85 and a gallon of milk for 1.59.
- I am saving the orange peels in a baggy to make cleaner with
- I washed my quilt and comforter and felt they needed a bit of brightening up. I washed with peroxide in the water - and the whites are so much whiter and the colors brighter! It is natural too!
- Just doing all the normal stuff - cooking from scratch, cold water wash, making tea, etc.
Meals this past week:
Homemade beef sliders (like White Castle) and chips and dip
Cream of asparagus soup - 2X (with chicken in it)
Mexican oven casserole
Sausage gravy over toast and chicken tender strips
Homemade meat pie (pot pie)
I have just been trying to use up everything that we can and not waste. Thankfully G isn't a traditional breakfast kind of guy and he likes leftovers for breakfast! That helps use everything up.
Still mainly using the pantry and the freezers for our meals. I really don't need weekly groceries, except for re-stocking items we get low on or that occasional thing we run out of!!! (Rarely happens - but it does sometime)
I sure love having a well stocked pantry and freezers!
How was your week? Any great deals? Are you all ready the changing of the seasons? I can't imagine too many that aren't!!!!!
Here is wishing you safety and health in this coming week. The promise of a new season is upon us, so we should rejoice. Take time to hug and share this week - those are things we all need.
Many blessings from our humble home to yours.