Sunday morning was a little different for me as it was one of the rare times when I work on a weekend day. However, sometimes that is needed and I am happy about the fact that it will be overtime pay, which is truly the only time when I get paid what I am actually worth! Ha! Plus I was able to work from home so that too was a bonus.
I got up and got started first thing that morning and was able, while waiting for things to load and finish, to fit in my Sunday chores. I even got the hearth and fireplace spring cleaned! Whoo hooo! Once work was finished up at 12:30 I had the rest of my day to myself.
I wasn't much in the mood for meal prepping last week so instead I made two large meals that we could work off most of the week. I made a 9" X 13" pan of lemon chicken and a 9" X 13" of asparagus and broccoli florets and roasted them in the oven. I also made up a 9" X 13" pan with a sausage, mushroom, bell pepper and onion egg casserole that I topped with some leftover cheeses I had lying around in the refrigerator. Both meals made for loads of good leftovers and I was able to use the chicken to top salads with a couple nights as well. Very easy meal to prepare last week. Unfortunately I forgot to photograph any of it.
Wednesday the youngest and I picked sour cherries from our next door neighbor's tree. We picked enough to make a pint of cherry pancake syrup. Normally I pick more and make jelly too, but we don't need the jelly, as we still have quite a bit in our pantry, so just the syrup this time. It turned out very nice.
|One pint of cherry pancake syrup|
I simmered the cherries for about 20 minutes with a little bit of water and mashed them with a potato masher to render out all of their juice. Then I put this through a sieve to separate the liquid from the solids. Once that was done I was left with a cup of nice red juice. I gave the remaining solids to the chickens. I put the cup of juice into a pan with two cups of sugar and brought it to a boil. That was it. Super easy. Pretty too.
Thursday I made a pan of stuffed bell peppers for dinner. We had plenty of leftovers for another meal and a couple lunches.
Friday I put in a long day at work and again that meant more overtime. I worked from 7:00 in the morning until 9:00 that night. I packed two lunches and plenty of water to take with me, but only needed one as the company provided dinner for us.
When I got home from work my oldest had a BIG surprise for me. She had bartered cleaning services for a brand new Mr. Coffee coffeemaker. It is pretty darned fancy and I could tell she was not only excited about it, but really proud of herself. It has been a long time since we've had an actual coffeemaker in this house.
|Isn't is pretty?|
Saturday afternoon my girlfriends came over to play pinochle. Everyone brought stuff and we were able to put together a nice little salad bar. I had plenty of veggies in the crisper drawer to add so no needed trip to the store.
I did not do any grocery shopping last week.
I made some foaming soap solution for the hand soap dispenser in my bathroom. I used a tablespoon of shower gel I had and mixed it into a cup of warm water, then poured it into the dispenser.
|Plenty of leftovers to keep us going for a few days|
We fed our kitchen scraps to the chickens. I picked dandelion greens and milk weeds for the chickens too.
I composted dryer lint, onion skins, banana peels, avocado skins, egg shells and coffee grounds. We set out a full recycle bin and a nearly empty trash can at the curb for the weekly pick up.
How was your thrifty week?