Saturday, September 4, 2021

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #169

  Welcome to another...

Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage!

 I'm so glad you've found me! Each week I share my thrifty and frugal projects, ways of saving money, and my blessings from God. 

Harvest Lane Cottage
Est. 2019


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

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Hello ladies,

I did it again! I missed posting on time. This post will be for two weeks this time. What a crazy year this has been! I hope to have lots to share next week. I am doing what I can to use what's in the house. We had extra expenses last month that really added up (house and car repairs especially). This month, I need to try to make up for it. We all know that the easiest way to save money is in the kitchen.


Here's what I've been up to lately.

~ I made two loaves of apple zucchini bread and wrapped one for the freezer. It came in handy when a friend came by for iced tea and a chat.

        

~My husband recently made old-fashioned fried chicken livers. It's a thrifty dish!

~ I ordered a set of sparkly nail polish strips from Lily & Fox for $2.99 with free shipping. They have great styles, and I've been pleased with the quality. I usually change them after about ten days, because my nails grow quickly, or I want a change. ~smile~ They sent me a free set that's perfect for the end of summer. What a deal! They are so easy. I make them last longer by using Sally Hanson Gel top coat. No lamp needed. 

  

~ I made envelopes from scrapbook paper and scrap paper. I've had the paper in a box for years and years. I bought glue stick for $.50 for two tubes at a back-to-school sale.

  



~ I made old-time lemonade with bottled juice from Aldi.

~ I read Husband Auditions—a book I received for free from the publisher for review. See my review and enter the giveaway for a free book.

 


~ I bought a sausage biscuit from McDonalds when I was out early one morning. I used a gift card that my sister-in-love gave me. Thank you Debbie! Another day, my husband and I both got a sausage biscuit.

~ I made iced tea several times with one family size Lipton tea bag and one single serve peach or peppermint tea bag. Both were refreshing.



~ I finished knitting a pair of socks made with leftover sock yarn that someone gave me.

~ I made homemade granola with honey that had crystalized and added the last of a bag of coconut that had been hiding out in the freezer and a few chopped pecans.

Sorry for the blurry photo!

~ I knit a couple of child size hats for charity with yarn my friend Beth gave to me. She got a bargain and bought a boxful of yarn for $2!

~ I made pasta sauce using tomatoes and peppers from the garden.


~ I made simple note paper from leftover scrap paper.

~ We planted small mums in the front planter box. They'll grow.




~ I blended the last too big cucumbers with water, strained out the pulp, and froze the juice in an ice cube tray for later use. This was part of the #everybitcountschallenge on Instagram.


As you can see, they grew too big and the seeds were enormous!
 
It took a bit of time for the juice to drip through. 

 

I ended up with two freezer trays full.

~ I made peanut butter granola since the honey pecan granola was a hit. 

~ I'm listening to Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe on Scribd.

~ Lastly, I ordered plain unsweet tea when I met my girlfriends to knit at the coffee shop. I sipped on it for hours for only a couple of bucks. 


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A Verse for You

"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."
Psalm 34:18
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That's my thrifty week.
What are you doing in your home this week?

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ღLauraღ
...doing what I can with what I've got
where I am on a short shoestring budget!


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For those of us who are praying for healing....


* One thing that helps me keep busy is listening to audio books on Scribd

It's only $9.99 a month for unlimited audiobooks from major publishers, books, magazines, sheet music, podcasts, and documents as you want.

I get well over $9.99 a month in value. I love it.

You can get a free 2 month trial by using my Scribd  link. I'll get a month free, too, so it's win-win to try it out. 


In love since 1981.
For richer or poorer since 1986.

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18 comments:

  1. You have done great! I like the idea of using the large cucumber to make cubes.
    Have a blessed weekend.

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    1. My husband just read about the cubes, and he wondered what they were for. ~smile~ They'll end up in some lemonade, limeade, or just ice water.
      Bless you friend. You inspire me.
      Laura

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  2. Love all your money saving ways, my friend,you are a blessing to me.

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    1. You are so sweet. I hope it inspired you to do something today.
      Hugs,
      Laura

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  3. You really have been busy!! I wish I lived close enough for a visit, I’d bring my socks too. Do you have a recipe for your granola with honey? Your mums are going to be great in that area. Enjoy your weekend. Hugs,

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    1. Hi Sandi,
      This is an old recipe from Hillbilly Housewife from many years ago. Here's the link.
      https://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/honeygranola.htm
      Hope you enjoy it!
      Laura

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  4. Laura, I just love your blog and hope to make this a regular for me!! Thanks for the referral on the nail strips by Lily and Fox!! My sis and I both ordered and we LOVE them! Especially the free set! Ok I must go now because I have a cucumber to process!! Ha! God bless you!
    Rowena Farley

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    1. Glad you like them Rowena. Looking forward to next week.
      Blessings,
      Laura

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  5. Hi, what pretty nail strips, I bet you have pretty nails! I stayed home all week, so I must of saved money :)
    Wishing you a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Roxy

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    1. Once upon a time, I paid $25 for gel nails every 2-3 weeks. $3 three or four times a month is big savings!
      Good for you Roxy.
      Blessings,
      Laura

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  6. Lots of pretty pics and looks like a great week!! I checked out the website for the mail strips. Those are pretty and great prices!

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  7. Sounds like you had a good frugal week! Every little bit helps. We have so many leftovers in the freezer that we can eat which will cost us nothing more than a bit of electricity to fix. And I'm trying to go longer between laundry loads so we can save on water. We're not on a tight budget, but I still enjoy finding ways to stretch our money. Hope you have a good evening, Laura!

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    1. You've got some great ideas and plans Kim. Thank you for sharing them. Have a great week.
      Laura

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  8. I just came across you blog while visiting another one I read. Wow, you got so much done. I love homemade granola and gifted it one year, and may gift it this year. I haven't gotten my tomato sauce canned yet, but got ketchup canned the other day. Have a great week.

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    1. Hi Kristina, It sounds like you're a busy lady, too. My husband and I were ill for awhile this summer, and the garden got away from us, so no tomatoes to can. We did get to enjoy them fresh though. I'll be over to visit your blog in just a bit. Blessings, Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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Laura Lane
4 Year Cancer Survivor