I hope you don't mind my skipping last week. I thought you might enjoy my Forty Ways to Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do Without. These are some of the ways that helped me cope when my husband went through a long period of unemployment and underemployment.
Here's my frugal week:
~About noon on Monday, we found that our garage freezer had been unplugged over the weekend. Someone unplugged it to plug in something else. Actually, it seems that No One did it. Have you ever had troubles with No One at your house? Unfortunately, that meant that I had some thawed meat Monday. Fortunately, we found out before everything thawed. I know it may not be right; but, I just had my child plug it back in. Most of the meat had just begun to thaw. I had 10 lbs of chicken breast thawed.
~I cooked 5 lbs in the Crock Pot yesterday. I made two meals with it.
Chicken Gravy over Biscuits
Prepare gravy using the broth from cooking the chicken in the Crock Pot.
Add chunks of chicken when the gravy is thickened and heat through.
Serve over biscuits.
I mixed a medium sized can of crushed pineapple and about a cup of brown sugar together. I poured it over 2 lbs of cooked chicken. I mixed it up, and put it in my indoor freezer for Pineapple Chicken next week. I'll serve it with rice.
~ I planned my meals around meats and other items we had on hand. I did buy produce, milk, and items to round out the meals and snacks.
~ A friend found blackberries on the church property. The kids picked a bunch for me Tuesday. On Wednesday afternoon, Michael and I made blackberry juice. Thursday morning, I made 4 half pints and 2 half cups of jelly. It was a whole lot of work for just a little bit of deep red deliciousness! One half pint will be opened this week. One jar will go to Pastor Dan and Cindy. It was frugal because I already had sugar, pectin, jars, rings and lids on hand. Unfortunately, it wasn't completely thrifty because I had to buy hydrocortisone for all the kids' itches and bites afterward. :(
~ I found a beautiful teacup and saucer at a rummage sale that I will give to my mother-in-love on her birthday.
~ I repaired one skirt for my daughter that she bought at a rummage sale.
~ I altered one skirt for my daughter that a friend gave her as a hand-me-down.
~ I made No Grate laundry soap with this recipe I found on Pinterest.
Well, I have to get back to cleaning. Have a terrific week!
Happy at Home
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