Monday, March 7, 2016

Last Week's Thrifty Moves

I spent my Sunday watching NASCAR and cooking up a storm, one of my favorite pastimes ever!  I made a delicious veggie lasagna for our dinner (recipe coming) using a homemade vegetable ragout.  I cleaned out our crisper drawer and used up a nice pile of extra vegetables we had accumulated in the past two weeks.

Oh my gosh!  This was so good!

After school on Monday my oldest invited a friend over to make chocolate chip cookies.  She informed her friend that we don't buy brown sugar, we make our own.  Her friend was quite excited to learn how to make brown sugar (1 cup granulated sugar + 1 Tbs molasses) and thought it was the neatest thing ever. J

Last week I shopped for fresh produce, milk and cream.  I stocked up on pasta that was on sale for 69¢ a package- linguine, farfalle and penne.  Last month I stocked up on spaghetti so we are quite well stocked on pasta and I didn’t use up the entire $5 I had allotted this week.

We enjoyed a musical week.  My oldest had her band's Pops concert Thursday evening and my youngest had an honor orchestra concert on Saturday evening.  Both concerts were fantastic.  Those kids, I tell you, such talent. J

On the way home from the orchestra concert dress rehearsal Saturday morning we stopped at Fred Meyer so I could buy a set of cotton sheets on sale for a project I had in mind.  While there we went ahead and grabbed another six boxes of pasta they had for 69¢ each.

After that I took the girls out for lunch at a nearby restaurant.  I had received a gift certificate at work Friday, which was so nice.  No money out of pocket for our lunch.  Nice!

I had an audience too.

I completed a couple of fun sewing projects using items I already had on hand.  I'll be posting more about them tomorrow.

I composted coffee grounds, tea bags, onion skins, garlic skins and egg shells.  We fed the chickens our kitchen scraps and leftover rice, salad and cornbread.  They ate very well and rewarded us with over a dozen beautiful eggs.

How thrifty was your week?


  1. Orange tabby's are my absolute favourite :). Adorable.

  2. You had an industrious week and weekend! You put me to shame. I love your cats especially orange ones.

    1. They are a lovable bunch. He is especially. A real hugger and snuggler.

  3. this will sound like a dumb question but hey! The molasses and sugar thing-what if a recipe calls for light brown sugar? Do you just add less?

    1. I use the same. I haven't noticed a difference whether I use light brown sugar or dark, myself.


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