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Goodbye to a Reader

Marivene is a reader who has commented on my site for years, and I have learned so much from her comments. Because of her, I put a grape leaf in every jar of pickles I make, so that they are crunchy. In the past, when she has not commented for a couple of weeks, I…

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A Question For My Readers

The phone bill came yesterday.  It was significantly larger than normal. I have no long distance, no caller id, and no call waiting, and I’ve saved a significant amount not paying for each of those over the years. The increase was enough to make the change to getting a cell phone. I haven’t had a…

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Last Week’s Frugal Accomplishments

I gleaned olives again. They are all soaking in lye water now, to take the bitterness out. I cut red noodle beans, thyme, and green onions from the garden. My husband cut both boys’ hair. I made turkey broth and used it to make soup. I made French bread. I made yogurt. Winter made carrot…

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Last Week’s Frugal Accomplishments

I canned 6 quarts of giardinera pickles. Winter made several gifts for her sisters for Christmas gifts using fabric I already had and some free downloadable patterns. I cut two pomegranates from my tree. I harvested my only butternut squash this year, and cut one Armenian cucumber from the garden, and cut a but of…

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Last Week’s Frugal Accomplishments

I gleaned olives on Saturday. I’ll be processing them this week. I canned 4 quarts of giardeniera, using cucumbers from our garden. I canned 24 quarts of pears. This is just one side of my front walk; both sides have basil, plus there is more basil behind this. This pictures was taken after I made…

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Last Week’s Frugal Accomplishments

I cut flowers from the garden for the house. I cut lots of basil and made a large batch of pesto. What we didn’t use on sandwiches, I put in the freezer in several bags to use later. I armed the sandwiches on the panini press that I bought earlier this year at a garage…

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This Week’s Goals

It’s going to be a busy week here. As usual, I have more to do than I probably have time to do, but if I work efficiently, I should be able to accomplish these things. It it supposed to be in the 90’s this week, so I will do most of my garden work in…

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October Grocery Shopping Plans

This post contains an affiliate link.I grocery shop with a monthly budget.I start with the things that are low in our pantry. Those are my priorities. Once I have worked on filling those, I will make other purchases based on what is on sale. A couple of notes about last month’s shopping: A reader alerted…

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Last Week’s Frugal Accomplishments

We enjoyed some rain on Monday. I collected 20 gallons of water from the roof and used it to water plants. The children enjoyed floating a few corks (it wasn’t deep enough for their cork boats, so they took them apart and floated individual corks; I found the corks a few years back at a…

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Last Week’s Frugal Accomplishments

I cut apple branches from the garden. Something about having them on this table makes me feel immensely rich. I definitely need to cut some more often. I cut zinnias from the garden. I cut basil, red noodle beans, and Armenian cucumbers from the garden. The children watched a few episodes of Little Einsteins for…