As it turns out, the talk on Thursday night went great! I'd be the last person to consider myself a natural speaker, but you know. Practice makes... better. I got through the talk without any major fumbles or forgetting important points. My favorite part of the talk was the question and answer session at the end. It was fun to hear the other ladies' stories and experiences with wild edibles.
I was hoping to get my book finished before this talk, and I did... mostly. I was able to rush-order my proof copy to use as a display, and take pre-orders at the meeting. I ended up selling quite a few books that way, and adding a lot of names to my email newsletter list. The final, final edits of the book were finished over the weekend, and my first order will be shipped out within a week. Almost half of those books will go back to the garden club ladies at their next meeting in November.
So, that was kind of cool.
Grocery Shopping & Meals
In the frugal meal department: we ate a lot of leftovers last week. We ended up eating out once, and also buying some chips and a box of ice cream that were on sale. And a box of Wheat Thins that I used for the garden club talk. Unfortunately I didn't keep track of our meals as well this week, and my planner ran out of pages so I didn't keep track of frugal accomplishments, either.
Coleslaw: Frugalness of the Week
One neat thing I learned how to do this week was make coleslaw with the Vitamix. I cut the cabbage into small wedges, and then used the "wet chop" technique to cut it into tiny pieces. I did the same thing with the carrots, and then made a simple dressing with mayo, sugar, vinegar, celery seeds, salt and pepper. I was very happy with the finished product.
Some other things I did this week: rode my bike and picked up aluminum cans to recycle, got a bunch of stuff at a "free" church rummage sale, used homemade jelly and soap as part of a housewarming gift, and collected tree hay to dry for my goats.
Til next time,