Sunday, November 13, 2016

Frugal Happenings 11/13

Good morning all.  I hope this finds you safe and healthy.
First I would like to take moment to thank everyone for their kind words and prayers this week.  It meant so much during this very sad family time.
This coming week (Wed. and Thurs.) will be sad days as well - but the family will be together, and we will share our love and our stories.
Again THANK YOU all so much.

I did not get to my Christmas jars this week.  I have time.  Did you realize that Christmas is 6 WEEKS from today?   EEK! 
It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away, and then a few short weeks later is Christmas.

Our gardening season is officially over.  We finally had frost earlier in the week, then a hard freeze both Friday and Saturday nights.  We are having much cooler days and cold nights.  It does seem more fall like.  However I do hate the fact that it is getting dark so early - but as Ellen reminded us, in a little over a month, the days will be getting longer again!

My frugal week;
  • I got the raspberry plants all cleaned out and cut back, as well as the grape vines
  • Mowed (probably last time this year) and did a lot of yard work
  • Picked 2 zucchini and the balance of the green tomatoes

  • Cut G's and my hair
  • Spent much of Friday getting together pictures for my nieces to use in video at funeral home.  I am the keeper of all things family.  It was sad, but neat looking back at all the pics!
  • Pulled out all the garden plants
  • Made a 4 day supply of steel cut oats with cranberries and pecans added.  It's time for some hardier breakfast foods again.
  • Bought milk at the store and that is it!  No grocery shopping again!
  • Returned all books to the library
Meals this week:
Homemade chicken and noodle soup
Thickened chicken and noodles and mashed potatoes
Homemade fried fish sandwiches and stuffed jalapenos from freezer
Homemade Mexican beef and pasta skillet
Biscuits and gravy
Homemade Mexican crunch wraps (oh so good)

Crunch wraps - tostada shell set in large tortilla - smothered in stuffing and cheese - tortilla wrapped up around and toasted in quesadilla maker = YUM
Despite having a sad week - we have also been blessed in many ways.  We have tremendous love in our family.  We woke each morning to a new day, we have our health, we have a roof over our heads and food on our table, and we have our sweet fur babies to cuddle.  God is good all the time - and we know sorrow is part of life.
What did you do frugal this week?  Are you getting ready for the upcoming holidays?
God bless you each and every one.  Thank you for visiting, and I pray you each have a wonderful week.


  1. I'm so sorry about your loss. I'm glad they have you to come to for pictures it helps to keep the memories alive. Your right in spite of you have been blessed in many ways.
    You've also had a very busy thrifty week! Just to let you know your Homemade Mexican crunch wraps look delicious!

    1. Vickie, yes we are truly blessed. Loss comes in life and I am comforted to know that we will be together again someday.

      The crunch wraps were easy and very yummy.
      Have a great week.

  2. Wow, and to think I was eyeballing those crunch wraps on the commercials, I just know homemade will be better!

    1. and oh yes on the oatmeal, my daughter has suggested adding coconut flakes also, I did and it was a sweet addition, hardly need to add any sugar anymore between the dried fruit sweetness and the coconut.

    2. Yes indeed, the homemade version of crunch wraps is much better. You can add anything you want.!
      Shoot you could use a George Foreman grill, a waffle iron, or just a wrapped brick on top of the wrap in a skillet - then turn over.

      I like the idea of coconut added. I have been know to add all kinds of things.

      Have a good week.

  3. It is great that you have pictures to share with the family. Pictures are comforting at a time of loss. I am not ready for Christmas this year and can't do much to get ready but wait till next year! LOL Nancy

    1. Nancy, Don't let being in an apartment ruin your season. Christmas is more in the heart than anything. Decorate a little, share a little, and love A LOT!
      Have a good one.

  4. My prayers are with you Cheryl as you and your family and friends get together to find comfort, share stories, laughter and lots of love during this sad time.

    I can't believe Christmas is just 6 weeks away. I need to get busy!

    Be blessed my friend!

    1. Thank you my friend. There were many tears, much laughing and hugging, and oh so many stories.

      I need to get busy too!!