Sunday, June 18, 2017

Frugal happenings 6/18

Howdy Ho friends!  I sure hope your week was a good one.  Can you believe that we are over half way through JUNE????  Crazy - how time flies.

We have had extreme heat, yet lots of rain this week.  The combination is making the garden plants explode!  They are all getting so big.  I have tiny jalapenos, zucchini, cucumbers and tomatoes!  I am anxiously awaiting the day I get to pick some!
It SMELLS so good outside.  Clover is growing every where, and that sweet smell just permeates the air.  It is such a heavenly smell!

We had visitors this week in state from Colorado.  My former bosses, turned really great friends, were in town.  They stopped by and we had a fantastic visit.  It was so nice seeing them in person again - we see each other on FB, but that isn't the same.

I had lunch with other old friends on Tuesday.  We hadn't seen each other in probably 33 -34 years.  We caught up over lunch (their treat).  It seemed like just yesterday that we had talked.

This week:
  • Visiting with old friends - PRICELESS
  • I started 3 - 1/2 pint jars of peppermint extract (fresh peppermint and vodka)
  • Started one 1/2 pint jar of lemon extract (using lemon balm)
  • Made a pint of mint/lavender infused water to spray in greenhouse to keep fleas away
  • Have been spreading coffee grounds around plants that are in pots (good deterrent for crawly bugs)
  • Picked a plastic grocery bag of lettuce and several green onions
  • Rain barrels are full again.  Didn't have to water at all this week due to rain!
  • Dusted broccoli and cabbage with diatomaceous earth (saw some worms munching on leaves)
  • Watched some of a marathon of "How the Earth Will End".  Encourages me to work harder on my pantry.  I think we have the potential of going through a bunch of cr*p before that happens.
  • Had a home doctor visit.  Hubs is great.
  • Found 2 volunteer petunias growing and blooming
  • Picked a pretty bouquet
  • Stopped at Dollar Tree and bought 6 more cans asparagus (3/2020), 4 cans of peach pie filling and 2 - 28 oz. cans of baked beans to add to the pantry
  • Make a quart of clover infused water, which I will be making clover jelly with
  • Stopped at Kroger to check out clearance (I didn't go last week ).    I got 6 bags of Wacky Mac - vegetable pasta for .45 each.  8 - 6 packs of jumbo franks (for cutting and BBQ at holidays) for .39 pack!!!!!!!  2 - 64 oz. bottles of cranberry juice .99 each.
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  • I made 2 quiches.  Used leftovers in frig to throw in them.  Good eating!
Added mushroom, black olives, smoky links - cut up, Canadian bacon, cheese, onion.

Meals this week:
Italian baked pasta casserole & salad (2X)
Big salad
Mac and cheese with smoky links added and salad
Burgers with onion & mushrooms and ravioli
Garlic bread pizza (homemade)
Quiche with toast and side salad


I send out prayers for each of you that your lives and your families are safe and healthy this coming week.
Also extra prayers for those in London and China.  I always pray for our country and world, but there has been so much sadness this week.
God Bless


  1. That's great you are already getting a harvest. Now the weeds ha! We finally got a soaker for the garden last night! Your bouquet is so pretty. I'm praying for peace too this world is in turmoil it seems.

    1. We haven't harvested yet - but hopefully it won't be long! Itty bitty veggies right now, except lettuce and onion!

      I always have a soaker hose in my garden - JUST IN CASE! You never know how the summer weather will go.

  2. Great week! What channel is that show on? Love to watch these kinds of things but they're scary stuff! I would love it if you would talk sometime about what you do with all those extracts. We are getting blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries started this week. I noticed one tomato spit from our uneven rain. Hopefully it will be alone. And two nasty big green worms! Ugh!

    1. Angela I THINK it was AHC channel. I am not positive. Oh, I love it too - yep, it is scary - but it makes you realize that a lot of stuff COULD happen and we need to be ready.

      Sounds like a plan on the extracts. I will do a post one day soon on that. I am an extract geek!
      Great on the berries - yum.
      I hope you can save the tomato. Tomato worms are the ugliest things and they can strip a plant in no time. Glad you found them.

  3. You are doing so well on your thriftiness and stocking piling. So nice you could go to lunch and visit with your friend! Nancy

  4. Hi Cheryl, can you share how you make the various extracts please? I would love to be able to make some myself since I have lots of mint and access to lots of lemon balm also. Thanks!

    1. I plan on doing a post on Thursday about extracts. You won't believe how easy it is!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. So glad you were able to enjoy a visit with friends. Love the flowers and your meals sound and look delicious. Great shopping too. Hope you have a good week.

  6. WE have flowers on our tomatoes and peppers and one tiny tomato, so glad ! and I snipped the bottom 12-14 inches off my tomatoes so the late blight won't splash up so bad.

    Our lettuce is almost ready to harvest, the first thinning of true leaves we give to the chicklets, the first batch of reall lettuce clumps thins the row out some, and we eat those tender plants, and then we cut leaves off from the remaining plants.

    Bok choy is once again a disappointment, not like the kind in the store but a stalk with little leaves, I wonder, did we plant too late and it is bolting for its life in that weird heat wave we had last week?