Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #34

Wishing for a little more of this lovely stuff that we enjoyed in November.
Hello! Another week has passed so quickly. My thrifty project this week has been cleaning and organizing. ~smile~ I didn't finish nearly as much as I would like. I still need to wash some curtains, clean some woodwork, wash walls... oh no! Never mind. I didn't say all that. My husband reads my blog! Working and driving so much over the last several months really took up my time. Cleaning was one of those things that really suffered.

Here's what my thrifty week looked like.

~ I reviewed a free copy of Ruth Soukup's book, Living Well Spending Less. 

~ Although I don't usually pay for my review books and DVDs, the company expects that I will actually write and publish the review. ~smile~ Therefore, I always feel like I've settled a debt when I hit publish. There's a list of books and movies in my sidebar that I'll be doing reviews on in the near future.
~ I received a free copy of Nourished to review. It feels so nice in my hand. Things like that matter to me.

~ I made skillet oatmeal using a bit of butter in a fry pan, some dry oatmeal, a few leftover pecans crumbled, a bit of leftover honey, and a little maple syrup.

~ My girlfriend cut and styled my hair and my Emily's hair for us Thursday afternoon.  She did a little extra for mine, but I'm not going to mention it on the internet!

~ Okay, if you're squeamish, don't read this next one. Everyone got their eyes covered if you need to? We ate squirrel and dumplings for dinner Friday evening! My son went hunting and shot some squirrels. I am so not this kind of girl! It wasn't bad, but I'm not going to request it. It was frugal. I bought the potatoes on sale, so we spent about $.75 on them, a stick of butter $.70 (baby girl didn't know she wasn't supposed to use a whole stick in the potatoes), half a dozen eggs $.90, and some flour. $.50... and a $.12 shotgun shell.

Now, I figure I may as well stop right here. I don't think you're going to want to read anymore after that last entry! I hope I haven't scared you away forever. ~smile~ I'm just trying to be a good, supportive homeschool mom.

You've got to keep an open mind if you want to live a thrifty and frugal life.

Have a wonderful week!
Happy at Home


  1. Good morning, I'll pass on the squirrel but mashed potatoes with a whole stick of butter sound delicious :)

  2. Believe it or not, I have had squirrel, and I won't it again. The skillet oatmeal sounds nice. I liked your thrifty ideas. Blessings

  3. Well...I read the entire part...didn't even cover my eyes when I came to the squirrel. It has been a really long time since my husband has hunted squirrel, but when he did I would pressure cook the squirrel so it was nice and tender...then either fry it or make squirrel gumbo with it. :)

    I think I'll be adding Living Well Spending Less to my wish list.

    The skillet oatmeal sounds interesting. We love I may give it a try.

    Have a wonderful weekend, Laura.

  4. I heard that squirrel tastes like chicken :-). I want to try some hare one day, they say if you cook it long and slow it tastes lovely. My son has shot rabbit for us but I canned it and haven't eaten it yet. Thanks for sharing your frugal ways and ideas with us at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  5. Bless your heart Dianna! I've never cooked with a pressure cooker. Was the frying just to fry the batter or crumbs on the squirrel? Michael has fried some, but it's tough.

    I enjoyed all of your blogs this morning.

  6. Hi Linda,
    Squirrel is definitely not on my wish list! I'm just trying to be supportive. ~smile~
    I just looked at your blogs. I was honored to find myself listed among your favorites. Thank you!
    Have a great week.

  7. Well...well...well...that's what we should do with all our city squirrels. Not!
    What an interesting post....hmmm....

  8. I will have to say I have never had squirrel before but I am not a very adventurous eater, we would eat deer my brother would hunt and I didn't care for that too much either,

  9. The skillet oatmeal sounds great, the squirrel...not so much :) My brother-in-law is from IL. and he has eaten squirrel. And here is one for you...I have eaten Mountain Lion :) Like you said, it's all about being frugal and to be honest the lion makes a great green chili stew :)

    Hugs to you!

  10. Hi Terri. It doesn't really taste like chicken to me, but the leg pieces look like it.

  11. I'm not too adventurous either Connie! Even the deer is exotic to me.

  12. Sorry Laura, just kidding about the chicken. Maybe it's just an Australian joke. Blessings

  13. Oh Dianna. I'd be starving or vegetarian before I cleaned it.

    Thanks for clarifying for me.

  14. Hmmm...very interesting post Laura!

    My boys are very proud of you for supporting your son and his hunt for dinner. Isn't that what its all about?

    I must say I have never had squirrel, but my boys have. My wilderness boy loved it, but my other two picky eaters would prefer not to ever eat it again. They said it was a bit greasy.

    Being frugal is key here and I think you passed. :)

    The skillet oatmeal does sound good!

    Have a great weekend!


  15. it's so nifty how you do thrifty! lol! Happy week and thanks for sharing with SYC.

  16. Thanks for your nifty comments this week Jann.


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