Friday, February 5, 2016

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #53

It's a bright sunny day in my neck of the woods. 
Bah! Humbug!
I'm still praying for snow. 
Some of you have had way too much.
Could you send a cup or two my way?
I want to make snow ice cream!

~ My husband fixed our bathroom sink himself. He used a wire coat hanger, packing tape, and tools he had on hand instead of buying what he needed. I told him if he could do it without buying anything, he'd make the blog list! He did it! Yay Lowell!

~ I didn't have enough Hershey's cocoa to make a pot of cocoa, so I used a bit of leftover baking chocolate that had been lurking in the cabinet for weeks. It was delicious.

~ I received a new hot glue gun from a company for review.

~ My Emily and I made some Cauliflower soup and substituted ingredients rather than go to the store.

~ My husband took our computer apart, cleaned it, and put in a new CD drive so that my kids can do their math! Their CDs wouldn't load on the old one. This saved us the cost of a computer tech. Thanks Sweetheart!

~ My daughter received a cardigan from a company for review.

~ We carried water bottles instead of buying water while we were out.

~ I organized my fabrics and discarded some that won't be used. That's real estate investment!

~ My husband is still job searching, so I'm trying to really stretch the groceries I have on hand. It's made for a few experiments. ~smile~

~ I used a pound of ground beef to make biscuits and gravy.

~ A friend brought me some big hard rolls that were just out of date. I sliced them and dipped them in an egg, milk, sugar, and cinnamon mixture and fried them in my skillet to make french toast.

~ My daughter is making a large pot of rice for lunch. I have some canned chili sauce left over from the restaurant. I'll offer that as a possible topping. Some will eat it with soy sauce. Some may eat it plain. 

~ I made wheat farina for breakfast for the family one day this week. You can buy it as Malto-Meal at the store. 

~ The local thrift store is going out of business. I bought two pretty candle holders for $.59. 

~ My Amy used some leftover Christmas lights to decorate in the girls' room.

~ My Emily bought a frame with glass at the thrift store to make into a "white board" to put her to do list on.

What are you doing in your home this week?

...doing what I can with what I've got where I am 
on a short shoestring budget!
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  1. Yes he was wonderful this week, Mrs. Chrissy.

  2. Hooray for your dear hubby and for you stretching the food budget. Jack and I have been there and had to make do on 80 dollars a month in 2005. Made for a lot of beans to eat.

  3. Your hubby did a great job on fixing things this week..yea!!!
    Sounds like your doing a great job stretching those groceries.
    I have had a good week.. We had a house showing and they will return
    tomorrow. Realtor said, they are very interests. So, I have been trying
    to declutter/clean and get rid of things [donate things'. I also made
    kitchen curtains [from my stash] for the other house , we will be moving
    I skipped buying groceries this week, used what we had.[Only bought bread]
    Praying your hubby will find a job soon.

  4. Oh boy, I am so impressed with that list! Fun to read. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I know I will enjoy visiting you

  5. We've sold a few houses, Judy. I do recommend that you declutter and give, sell, or box up everything you can. It makes the house more spacious.
    I do hope this looker is your buyer!

  6. Looks like you had a great thrifty week! I too have baking chocolate lurking up in my cabinets...sounds like a great use! Have a great day!

  7. Yay! for handy husbands! I can't even tell you how much we have saved by hubby doing things himself.

  8. Laura:

    Always enjoy reading your blogs.

    What sort of job is Lowell looking for? Why just this last couple of weeks I have come across places looking for various people. I know one has been filled, but not sure about the other. Hope he finds something soon.

    I have been decluttering some. That is a timely thing to do. Take care. Blessings.

  9. Giving your hubby a pat on the back (smiles). We are expecting more snow tomorrow-Tuesday---your more than welcome to come visit, smiles.

  10. Your husband did so great for you this week.
    We have only made it pretty well all these years because my husband has done things like this.
    Not butting into your business, but if there is a hospital, nursing home, adult day care, prison, job corps or jail nearby, they always seem to need cooks. With your husband's work experience, it might be an opportunity in some type of facility. Just a thought.

  11. Your story about cocoa makes me want to run to the fridge and get myself one. :)
    Good on you to find a husband who can fix such problems in the house.

    Have a great week ahead.

  12. I love it when you share these frugal ideas and things you have accomplished! These posts are incredibly inspiring. Thank you, sweet friend. :) God bless you abundantly.

  13. I patted his back for you, Linda. He just shook his head at me. ~smile~ Wish I could come.

  14. Thank you Cheryl. The posts help keep me focused, too.

  15. Hi Annie,
    Thanks for the suggestions. He had a couple of interviews last week. He's filling out applications. Tonight he filled one out for a company that wanted to know how many times he'd used drugs at work and how much it was okay to steal from the company. Crazy!


  16. Sweet friend, the photo of you and your husband on your wedding day {on your sidebar} is just precious! You are so beautiful, inside and out!

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful posts with Roses of Inspriation. Have a lovely Valentine's Day! Hugs to you!

  17. Ah, Stephanie, don't I wish I were still that beautiful? But, I think I'm probably more beautiful inside than I was when I wed.


  18. Oh I'm praying for snow too, my friend! Not sure we'll get any...we've got a high of 73 on the forecast one day next week!!! Still, I guess we can be thankful for the lower heating bills! Hope you have a lovely weekend!


  19. Dear Mrs. Sarah,
    Thank you so much for reminding me about the lower heating bills. I need something positive to think about the lack of beautiful white stuff.
    Blessings to you!


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