Frugalmom's blog

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Relish the thought

Relish the thought

Who would have thought that just a few cucumber plants would yield enough for 7 quarts of pickles, 17 half-pints of dill relish, and an upcoming batch of sweet relish? As weary as I am of taking care of the harvest, it makes me just a tiny, tiny bit sad that the vines are starting to wither and turn brown. Fall will be here before we know it!

abundantly blessed

laid to rest

We've been abundantly blessed. On Monday we picked nearly 4 bushel of peaches off our 2 peach trees. That translated to 35 quart jars and 27 quart freezer bags, plus as many as we can eat. Last night we picked a half-bushel of crabapples for jelly and left some for the birds. I also picked another another half-gallon of blackberries and more than a half-gallon of green beans to add to the 1 1/2 gallons in the fridge waiting to be canned. We've eaten corn from the garden, I made pickles this morning and have enough cukes to still make relish (and probably more pickles), and the squash plants are still producing, too. The tomatoes will be ripe before I'm ready as well, I'm sure.  read more »

Talking to strangers?

As children, we're ingrained to avoid talking to strangers. However, once we're adults, sometimes talking to people you don't know is a great way to save money. My husband is glad for the fact that I am not afraid to make phone calls to get information. I make calls to check store hours, see if certain items are in stock, get construction bids, make reservations, etc. Not only does it save time, but gasoline as well.  read more »

2008/08/14 Roast beef sandwiches au jus*

Since the dishwasher's death two weeks ago, I find myself having second thoughts when it comes to cooking and baking, because I know that I will be handwashing everything that gets used in the process (I know, I should get my kids to do dishes, but when the three older ones are in school, it's not like I am going to wait around for them to come home before the dishes get done.) To keep the kitchen in tip-top shape, I've been washing three times a day. Having all the dinner prep dishes washed before dinner comes in really handy after dinner, when the get-ready-for-bed rush hits. I'm often drop-dead-exhausted and want to ignore the dishes, but waiting till the next morning is not such a great idea. Having fewer dishes to wash makes the evening clean-up manageable.  read more »

Summer

I'm at the point in the summer where I can only keep up with the picking and watering, but not the weeding, and I've been so busy that I haven't blogged or uploaded pictures or anything! I planted too much summer squash (want some zucchini?) and every 2 or 3 days I'm picking a gallon of green beans. There are little melons growing and the corn is well on its way as well. We picked the first two big tomatoes this weekend to put on hamburgers. The herbs are also growing and I am going to try some pesto to use up some of this basil.

The three oldest kids have gone back to school for the year already (don't you love year-round school? :-)) so that gives me a little bit of peace during the day, but I realized this morning that this baby is due in just over 2 months! Holy Cow!  read more »


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