Welcome to another thrifty week at Harvest Lane Cottage!
A lot of folks are dealing with way too much snow right now. My sister-in-law is stuck at her job at a hotel in Atlantic City, NJ. They gave her a room, and she's just staying there until things are better. Father God, I pray that you will cause the storms to dissipate, in Jesus' Name. I also ask you to send some snow our way. I want to make snow ice cream!
~ I made Candy Cane Cocoa using candy canes I bought on sale after Christmas, cocoa I had on hand, creamer leftover from the restaurant, and the $5 food processor I bought at a yard sale last summer. Out-of-pocket was probably less than fifty cents for a pint batch. It makes a thrifty drink mix that feels special. You could probably make a batch using Starlight peppermints.
~ I used the last few potatoes and an onion to make some fried potatoes. I used just a little canola oil and some butter. That's not something I usually make, but I'm using it up, wearing it out, making it do, and doing without. I served them with ham steaks that my dad gave me.
~ I received several products free for review from Amazon sellers. Somehow I crossed a threshold and became one of the top Amazon reviewers. I guess it was all the book reviews I've done over the years. A couple of weeks ago, offers started coming in nearly every week day. I've not been interested in many of the products, but I did get some nice things this week... some potpourri, a flying ball toy, and a flexible cutting board. Most likely I will just post the reviews on Amazon, but if I really like something, I may share it here, too.
~ We really needed a date night. We went out for queso at a favorite Mexican restaurant instead of going out for a whole dinner. $8 spent instead of $20.
~ I've been using homemade laundry soap all week.
~ We continued to eat out of the cupboards and freezer buying what we needed to fill in.
~ I just didn't go many places this week. That saved on gas. So did the $1.50 gas price!
~ I used a 40% off Hobby Lobby coupon on my husband's phone (no ink or paper) to buy a little ball of cotton yarn to knit some more dishcloths using Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth pattern.
Well, that's about it. What have you been doing in your home this week?
...doing what I can with what I've got where I am
on a short shoestring budget!