1. Cut asparagus from the garden. Hubs hates asparagus, so while he was gone I took the opportunity to eat a lot of it. Asparagus and eggs, three nights in a row. Delish. :)
2. Sold 4 dozen eggs (3 at the farmers market).
3. Line-dried some laundry.
4. Dried lemon balm for tea.
5. Made $43.93 at the farmers market, after costs. It was cold and windy, so not many people showed up. Nevertheless, I still made $86 in sales. Last year I would have struggled to make more than $20.00 net profit.
6. Picked lilacs for the kitchen table.
7. Made yogurt, cheese, and... butter! One of the highlights of my week was learning how to make butter with my goat's milk. It was super easy... all I did was scoop the cream off the top (yes, Nigerian Dwarf milk has a lot of cream, yes it separates to the top after a couple days, and NO, it's not "naturally homogenized") and put it into my Vitamix blender for literally a few seconds.
Goat butter is softer and whiter than cows' butter. It was harder for me to rinse than cows' butter, because it was so soft. The butter was almost flavorless at first, but after a few days it developed a "cultured" flavor... probably because I didn't get all of the buttermilk out.
8. Went for a bike ride and collected cans. It's kinda my free gym membership/ treasure hunt/ nature walk (ride).
10. Started sprouting my sweet corn seeds indoors. I have done this for the past two years, and it's worked very well. This week I'll plant the sprouts in the garden.
11. Got a free onion and discount tea using Ibotta rebates.
12. Lastly, I fixed Hubs backpack before he left. It has seen a lot of wear, being our primary motorcycle backpack and carrying everything from eggs to milk to morel mushrooms (yep, we found some more this week!). The bottom was starting to tear open, I so I used dental floss to sew it back up. My dad always used dental floss to sew up his Carhartts, so I thought it would work well for the backpack. :)
Goals for Next Week
1. Use up extra milk.
2. Work on animal housing arrangements.
3. Finish planting flower/vegetable seeds and transplants.
P.S. Guess what else I did this weekend... printed off my first restaurant coupon! It's a buy 1 get 1 free entree, so Hubs and I will be cutting our date night bill in half sometime soon. Some people earn money/free stuff by signing up for different credit cards, but you can do the same thing with restaurants! Many of them have a "Loyalty Program" or "Rewards Card" or "E-Club". Many times they will give you a freebie or deal just for signing up.
If you're a subscriber to my email list, you can do this with me. The newsletter I sent out today has seven different ways you can save money when you eat out. I've also included the spreadsheet I'm using- it lists over 50 different restaurants- to keep track of all the freebies and discounts.