Saturday, March 11, 2017

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #96

Welcome to another thrifty week at Harvest Lane Cottage. I am glad you've found me! Each week I share my thrifty and frugal projects, ways of saving money, and my blessings from God. 

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage

I am so glad you dropped in for a visit today—or tonight!
Do say hello!

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Dear Reader,
  It's been quite a week here at the cottage. We've had two big storms come through that had to be prayed for while appropriating the Blood of Jesus for protection. My friend Ellen, took a turn for the worse and had emergency brain surgery because she had a stroke and her brain was bleeding—all this in addition to the bacterial meningitis. That was Monday night. She is responsive now though she's in a lot of pain. I'm still praying for complete healing. I just haven't been very thrifty this week, but share I shall.

  

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"And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed." 

New King James Version (NKJV)

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Here's my thrifty week!

  • Fifty-nine cent eggs at Aldi—I bought two dozen
  • Hubby and I shared a meal on date night
  • Forgot something on my grocery list and couldn't make my planned supper so I made something else with the things I had on hand rather than ordering pizza.
  • I got a $25 Lonestar Steak House gift card from Swagbucks. The first $25 card each month is discounted to $22 for many of the cards. My goal is to buy one each month. I'm thinking maybe Red Lobster next month. Soon I'll be buying gift cards for birthdays. I already bought one from Gamestop for my eldest son this year. He was surprised to get a cool present from mom. ~smile~ Check out the link below to see how you can save.


  • I made macaroni and cheese for lunch using macaroni I bought on sale last fall. If I remember right, it was just twenty-nine cents a bag. I mixed equal parts of butter and flour (about 3 T each) to make a roux. Then I whisked in milk until it was smooth. Next I added Kraft cheese slices and some leftover cheddar cheese bit by bit until it was smooth and the thickness I liked. Lastly, I mixed the sauce with the cooked macaroni.  Here's another homemade macaroni and cheese recipe I made up. 
  • We ate popcorn for lunch one day at my teen son's request.

Well, that's my thrifty week. 

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Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. 
Depression is when you lose yours."

Ronald Reagan
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My dear friend Ellen Kuentzel was admitted into the hospital last week. She is in ICU. She has been diagnosed with Meningitis. She nearly died from the same thing last Spring. She then had a stroke and emergency brain surgery on Monday March 6th. Please pray for her complete recovery.
Thank you!

Update on Ellen from her husband March 11, 2017 6:30 p.m.
She stood up today and is speaking in sentences, and her left side is much less paralysed, her blood pressure is down, and soon she will be transferred out of ICU.
The bacterial meningitis is still there but she is no longer contagious. She is still on heavy antibiotics. There is flap in her throat that closes off her airway when swallowing it is partially paralysed so she is struggling but she is working very hard and is improving little bit at a time. Her brain seems to be healing OK but it will take several months to know how much recovery she will have.

Update on Ellen March 21, 2017 7:26 p.m.
God is so good! Ellen was able to send me a text the other day. Whether she typed it or not, I don't know. I feel like she is coming back from the dead—again. She has been transferred to a rehabilitation hospital. Thank you for your prayers for her. She has a long way to go, but she is improving. Bless God!

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What are you doing in your home this week?

ღLauraღ

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    1. Thank you Jackie. She is doing better. Did you come to the conference? I didn't see you. Blessings, Laura

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  2. What a week. I posted my grocery thriftiness yesterday.
    I make homemade mac & cheese the exact same way. Although I want to look at your recipe. Sometimes I like the baked kind. Oh I think I need to add it to the menu for next week. You inspire again!
    Enjoy your weekend!

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  3. Laura, I am so very sorry about Ellen..Praying for her. May God bless , as only He can. May He give her family /friends peace and comfort.
    The mac n cheese, sounds really good.
    I just got a $25 wal mart gift card from Swagbucks..Really helps ,doesn't it.. I have a hard time, getting up 2500 sb..ha Any tips on how you get your points?

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  4. So sorry about your friend.
    You had a pretty good week in spite of storms and illnesses. The 59 cent eggs are the best price I have heard of lately. I would have been tempted to buy 4 or 5 dozen!

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  5. I'm praying for your friend Ellen. I hope she recovers and gets well. Hugs,

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  6. Great week!
    Praying for Ellen, for a full and speedy recovery.

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    1. Prayers for all your intentions, my friend.
      And I love popcorn for lunch. : )

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  7. I am continuing to pray for Ellen and believing for her healing! God bless you, sweet friend. :)

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    1. Thank you! Here's the latest from her husband.

      Update on Ellen Kuentzel March 11, 2017 6:30pm
      She stood up today and is speaking in sentences, and her left side is much less paralysed, her blood pressure is down, and soon she will be transferred out of ICU.
      The bacterial meningitis is still there but she is no longer contagious. She is still on heavy antibiotics. There is flap in her throat that closes off her airway when swallowing it is partially paralysed so she is struggling but she is working very hard and is improving little bit at a time. Her brain seems to be healing OK but it will take several months to know how much recovery she will have.

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  8. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend and hope she has a full recovery. She sounds like a very strong lady. Great deal on the eggs this week! Your macaroni sounds so good! Have a great day.

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  9. Hope she continues to heal, and regain her strength.!
    Hope you have a great blog break, and respite.

    Not a lot thrifty here, I did make pasta salad out of things I had already, and I got a good buy on some mark down thin steak. It was less than hamburger per pound.
    Put it in the Forman electric grill, have had a couple of meals fro it, and have enough left for one more. Paired it up with the pasta, and some veggies on the side. I used small portions to stretch the meat.

    Got a buy one get one free coupon, so we had a great meal out in a picnic by the river, sub sandwiches.
    Made cupcakes for the baby birthday party instead of ordering a cake.
    Kept the heat off several nights, during the warmer break before winter came again, it did, no snow very very cold and windy.

    Bought some twenty five cent flower seeds, just because the birds love them, and one pack of medium cooking pumpkin seeds. Hoping to decorate with them this fall.

    Guess that's about it.
    Hugs!

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  10. I've been praying for your friend Ellen. Praise God for the small miracles that are happening slowly, but surely!
    Prayers will continue for a complete healing

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  11. Oh Laura, my prayers are with your sweet friend. I am glad that she is doing as well as she is after all she is going through.

    YOu are doing so well getting those gift cards through Swagbucks. I know that they have helped our budget so much. Be blessed!

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  12. The epligottis is what it is called...my bil nearly died from the closure...she needs to rest, Laura...keeping Ellen in prayer, along with her family.

    I'm afraid, with the news of my husbands health, I will be cleaning out the pantry and cupboards of canned goods and processed foods...I will give it too a family member...smiles

    Have a beautiful day friend.

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    1. Thank you for praying Linda. I am out of town and just have a few minutes on a borrowed computer. I'm afraid I'm out of the loop and don't know the news of your husband's health. Perhaps when I get back, I'll be able to catch up on my blog reading. Anything I should be praying about sooner?

      Father God, I do pray that you will completely heal Linda's husband from head to toe. You were tortured for our sins and for our healing. I appropriate your blood Jesus for his healing. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

      God bless you both Linda!

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  13. Father God, we humbly come before you to first THANK YOU for the privilege and secondly to lay at your feet the needs of those mentioned here on Laura's blog. We know that before we can speak you will answer. THANK YOU for the answer of improvement for Laura's dear friend-Ellen. For uplifting their family and friends in the midst of this situation.
    Father for all the other mentioned request of family and friends we come before you and ask you, who sees and knows all to meet these needs where they're at and to bring blessing and comfort, transformation and renewal. To bring a springtime of hope for all here. We THANK YOU and PRAISE YOU and ask these things in the mighty name of your son, JESUS~AMEN.
    GOD BLESS you all :)
    Your friend, Annona-Donna

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  14. I will continue to pray for your friend. Please keep us posted on her condition.

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  15. You have had quite a week! I am so glad that your friend is recovering, and hope the best for her. #HomeMattersParty

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  16. You saved in many different ways this week! Very inspiring! Hope your friend continues to improve.

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  17. Praying that your friend recovers from so much.. Our grandson was struck down with that when he was only 9 months old and it left him totally deaf but when he was 2 he received an implant and is almost just like everyone else now with his hearing thanks to the implant and the miracle from our Lord.. Love your frugal ways.. God bless. xo

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    1. Faye, what a miracle! I'm so glad for your grandson. God is so good! Ellen was able to send me a text the other day. Whether she typed it or not, I don't know. I feel like she is coming back from the dead—again. She has been transferred to a rehabilitation hospital. Thank you for your prayers for her. She has a long way to go, but she is improving. Bless God!

      Your friend in Missouri, USA,
      Laura

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  18. Laura,

    I left Guam 19 February to be with my mother who has two kinds of cancer. A R nephrectomy was performed 24 February. I return to Guam 28. My sister's coming from Colorado for Mother's mastectomy 31 March.

    I will meet my husband tonight at the St. Louis airport after being apart for 31 days. He has no clue I'm coming! I'm so excited!

    Last week at Mother's I've shopped the house and cooked what we had. The crisper drawer is still full of good, hearty vegetables that have served us well over very warm days and very cold days. Mother realized she needed to make some dietary changes and that it's much better for her body and her wallet to cook and eat at home, so I've shared some old, tried and true ones I've learned and we made some new recipes I'd taken pictures of (with my iPhone) from magazines I read in doctor office waiting rooms. Delicious!

    Last night I made a Lasagna-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash. Yum!
    I made a Butternut Squash & Turmeric Soup. Yum!
    Also with that same Butternut Squash came a Lentils & Veggie Sloppy Joe that we lettuce-wrapped.

    We bought eggs at Aldi for 51 cents.
    Walgreens had Mother's 100% Juice Cranberry 2/$4.
    Walgreens also had Whole Bean Dunkin Donuts coffee that my DH likes for $5.99/bag. I bought every bag on the shelf.
    I found pink Himalayan salt at Marshall's for $3.99/bag. I bought every bag on the shelf.
    I buy my distilled water (the local water upsets my tummy) for 88 cents/gallon at Walmart. Other stores sell it for as much as nearly $3/gallon.
    I filled Mother's gas tank for $2.07 before it hiked 12 cents/gallon more the next day.

    I wanted six cast iron antique irons to hang my Christmas stockings from on our mantel. I found them for $6-$12 at the Midway Antiques and Flea Market. I knew they would fit inside USPS flat rate boxes and ship cheaper than taking the chance of overweight luggage. In one box, four of the irons fit along with some bags of the pink Himalayan salt and Dunkin coffee. Instead of the $88+ it would've cost, it shipped for $18-ish. The rest of the irons, coffee and salt shipped for $13-ish vs. $60! If our luggage had weighed over, it would have cost $70+. The shipping alone saved me $100+, so either way, we saved!

    I brought handwork to do while in airports and on planes and waiting rooms. I have birthday cards I'm embroidering, felt snow baby ornaments, crochet, and now some Easter projects I'm making with cardstock, clear vinyl, ribbon and highlighting with "Jesus is risen indeed" on them to remember Resurrection Day.

    I took dry cleaning on a Saturday and saved 25%.

    *hugs*
    Kelley~

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    1. Kelley,
      You always impress me. You are the queen of thrifty. May God bring healing to your mother by the power of the blood of Jesus and in His name.
      Mailing the irons was brilliant! You would have paid for them many times over in your luggage.
      I'm so glad you get to see your husband.
      Be blessed,
      Laura

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Hello! I love it when y'all talk back!

I read all the comments I receive. I'm taking a short spring break, so I will have a lot of messages when I get back online. If you would like a reply to your comment, please be sure to leave your email address and ask me for a response. I moderate all comments, so it your comments won't show on the blog until I get back in the swing of things.

Thanks so much for your patience!

It will be good for me to unplug for a bit. Know what I mean?
Be blessed!
Laura