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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

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 Cafe au Lait Dahlia The Prudent Homemaker

We picked apples, plums, peaches, and apricots from the garden. I cut two bunches of grapes from the garden.

We cut larkspur, gladiolas, and lilies from the garden for three flower arrangements inside.

I planted seeds for cucumbers yet again in my garden, as most of my seedlings have once again disappeared. Though I should have been harvesting my now, I know it is still worth trying again, as growing cucumbers is still much cheaper than buying them.  Hopefully, we will have some success with them this year. I do have 5 small plants growing, but they are tiny and are not producing yet.

I sowed seeds for vincas and zinnias in the garden. The zinnias are already up, as they love the heat. Sowing seed over buying annual plants is a savings, and they will fill my garden with beauty for very little. The zinnias are also a great cutting flower, and I hope to have many to bring in.

I also sowed seeds for several varieties of squash. It's too hot now for most squash to produce flowers (I still have no zucchini, though I have 5 plants; they are not flowering when it's 0ver 110º), but I hope to have them large enough for fall crops. I had to re-examine the garden to see where I could fit them, as they take up so much room. 

I got some shade cloth to use in the garden, a garden urn, and a marble cutting board for free from someone who was cleaning out a house to put it up for sale (the owner had died and the executor was donating and recycling everything that was left in the house). The urn and shade cloth would likely have been tossed into the trash.

I canned a batch of fig jam (with rosemary and cinnamon) and two batches of apricot vanilla jam with fruit from the garden. Neither of these two jams require pectin, which makes them even less expensive to make.

 

What did you do to save money last week?

 

P.S. The flower in the photo is my first Cafe au Lait dinnerplate dahlia. It's my first time growing dinnerplate dahlias. This variety is listed at growing between 6 to 10 inches across. Because the heat shrinks flowers here, it is smaller; I measured it at 5 1/4" across. I can still see it from the house across the garden. I'm waiting for my other dahlias to grow (this one seems to have grown much faster) and if they do well, I should have quite the show from inside the house! 

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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

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Apples and Red Flame Grapes The Prudent Homemaker

I harvested Green Gage plums, Dorsett Golden apples,  2 bunches of Red Flame grapes, and the last of the blackberries from the garden.

I cut garlic chives, Swiss chard, and green onions from the garden.

I cut larkspur and roses from the garden.

Pink blouse The Prudent Homemaker

I sewed a peasant blouse for Elsa from some fabric trim I was given years ago; I copied a blouse she had to make the pattern.

I made lemonade using juice from the lemons in our garden. I made popsicle with fruit from the garden.

I used a buy one get one free coupon and a gift card I've had for years to treat my mom and myself for a cold drink while we shopping. I also altered my shopping plan to take advantage of a couple of coupons and sales.

Girls at the Piano The Prudent Homemaker 

What did you do to save money last week?

 

 

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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

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Last week I had three family members gone at camp for the majority of the week. I took on many of their chores myself, so my list for this week is much shorter than usual. When everyone asks how I get so much done, it really is because everyone helps with chores.

We picked figs from the garden this week. I canned 5 pints of fig jam (one batch), and cut and froze figs to make 3 more batches this week.

Artichokes in Basket The Prudent Homemaker 

We picked apples and blackberries from the garden. I cut artichokes, garlic chives, basil, and New Zealand spinach from the garden. I cut one bunch of Red Flame grapes from the vine. I spent time covering several bunches with paper bags to prevent the birds from getting to them, so hopefully we will get some more this year.

I planted seeds in the garden for food and flowers.

I used two 40% off coupons at Joann's for some fabric for Winter to make herself some pajamas and to line a dress I am planning to make for myself.

We donated items to the thrift store and received a receipt for our taxes.

I mended a tent.

Winter took some free samples of toiletries with her to use at camp.

I watched several French videos on YouTube to improve my French comprehension skills.

I made popsicles several times for snacks, using fruit from the garden.

 

 What did you do to save money last week?

 

 

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Mini Pavlovas

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Mini Pavlovas 1 The Prudent Homemaker

 

Pavlovas are such a simple thing to make. Hands' on time is very little. The hardest part is waiting for the meringues to cook. Everything is quick and easy.

You can top them with any fruit you have on hand. I used blackberries and white strawberries from my garden that I simply tossed with a bit of sugar to macerate in the refrigerator while the meringues cooled.

For fun, I decorated these with borage blossoms and chocolate mint from my garden. Both are edible garnishes. The borage flowers can be used as-is, or candied if you prefer. I simply picked a few from the garden right before serving, rinsed them and stuck them on top.

 Mini Pavlovas 3 The Prudent Homemaker

You can find the recipe here. For more dessert recipes, click here.

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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

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June White Flowers The Prudent Homemaker

June is a month where there is much to enjoy from the garden, despite the 110ºF/43ºC temperatures.

I cut flowers from the garden.

We picked blackberries and figs from the garden.  We picked the last of the lemons from the garden. It's been amazing that we've been able to keep so many fresh on the tree for so long.

Dorsett Golden Apples The Prudent Homemaker

We picked apples from the garden.

I cut artichokes from the garden.

I planted seeds in the garden for basil, vincas, zinnias, dwarf hollyhocks, alpine strawberries, and beans.

 

Ezrom Bubbles The Prudent Homemaker

We had some fun at home making giant bubbles.

 Wren Bubbles The Prudent Homemaker

 

Wren Bubbles 2 The Prudent Homemaker

We also had some fun in the library making arenas with blocks.

Arena The Prudent Homemaker

Burp Cloths The Prudent Homemaker

I sewed 8 burp cloths for the baby using some flannel that I had purchased years ago.

This time of year, the bugs come out, followed by the bug company salesmen. It's normal here for people to have a bug company spray every month or every other month. I used some spray I had bought last year to spray around the house, which is a huge savings over having a company come out. 

I spent time decluttering and putting aside some things we are no longer using, which we'll take to be donated, as it's too hot this time of year to have a garage sale.

Mini Pavlovas 1 The Prudent Homemaker

I made pasta salad, lemonade, mini pavlovas (with blackberries and strawberries from the garden, and garnished with chocolate mint and borage blossoms from our garden; recipe will be in the next post), fig sauce, blackberry upside down cake and blackberry popsicles.

 Mission Figs and Rosemary The Prudent Homemaker

What did you do to save money last week?

 

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Goals for June

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This month I'm working on several projects that have been on my to-do lists for months.

I have a lot of work to do in the garden, as the weeds have grown quite a bit in the last month while I've been recovering from having a baby. I am also behind in planting several things in the garden (or else they haven't come up/were munched by bugs).  

 

Sewing:

1. Sew burp cloths for the baby

2. Sew three dresses for myself

4. Sew pillow cover for living room pillow

5. Mend at least 5 items in the mending pile

 

Apricots The Prudent Homemaker

Cooking and Canning:

1. Can apricot vanilla jam with our apricots

2. Can plum sauce with our plums

3. Make rosemary fig gelato with our figs

4. Make mint chocolate frog ice cream with mint from the garden

5. Make lemonade with our lemons

6. Make hibiscus tea with hibiscus flowers from the garden. I'm trying several different recipes to find a combination I love.

7. Make popsicles several times, including apricot honey popsicles with apricots from the garden

8. Make blackberry pavlovas

9. Make yogurt and granola

10. Make white bean dip and pita bread

 

 

June Harvest 3 The Prudent Homemaker

Garden:

1. Pull weeds

2. Trim hedges in back

3. Run drip lines to some pots and a few other places in the garden

4.  Cut and dry herbs from the garden

5. Sow seeds for parsley, basil, hollyhocks, zinnias, Armenian cucumbers, dahlias, alpine strawberries, sunflowers, vincas, red noodle beans, winter squash, and chives

6. Collect nasturtium, leek, and lettuce seeds from the garden

7. Pick blackberries, strawberries, figs, plums, apples and apricots as they ripen

 Green Gage Plums The Prudent Homemaker

 

 

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