2. Gardening: I harvested beets, peppers, Chinese long beans, tomatoes and basil this week. I tried some different varieties this year. I bought the long bean seeds thinking I would save a ton of time on snapping and picking. I did!! The purple long beans were definitely a winner that I'll plant next year. Not only are they 3-4 times the length of regular green beans, but they are a climbing bean, so the fruits are a lot easier to find and pick (if they're climbing a trellis, which mine are).
3. Cooking: I figured out this week just how awesome beets are. Not only are the roots edible, but the leaves and even the stems are edible as well! We ate the stems in a hash-style meal, and I dried the leaves to use in greens powder.
I also experimented with baby food pouches. Now that Baby is old enough to be eating a lot more "real" foods, I find myself scrambling to find snacks and mini-meals to take with us when we leave the house. Normally I feed her what Hubs and I are eating, but when we're out and about I don't take snacks for the adults, and if we do have food it's often junk food or dessert. We keep a bag of freeze-dried baby bites in the car for "emergencies," but those that bag was crazy expensive! My sister-in-law uses baby food pouches, which are very convenient for on-the-go meals because you don't need a spoon. They're also not messy like crackers. Unfortunately, they cost over $1.00 per pouch, which is a bit expensive for how often I need them.
I found some reusable pouches on Amazon for $1.00 per pouch. These seem to work quite well. You can put regular (homemade or store bought) baby food in the pouches, or you can make a kind of smoothie with yogurt and other ingredients. That's what I did for our first pouch. Baby seemed to like it, so I will fill up the rest of the pouches and freeze them. Hopefully these will make for a quick, easy, cheap last-minute snack.
4. Replaced missing buttons on a pair of shorts and a skirt.
5. Tricked out my bike! I added a mirror to one side so I can see cars coming from behind. I also figured out how to fasten a plastic bag on the back of the baby seat, so I can still collect cans. In fact, we found over $0.50 worth last week!
6. Garage sales: I packed up Baby and we went to a nearby town for their annual garage sale event. I put Baby on my back in a carrier, and we walked to the different sales. This is nowhere near as efficient as carpooling and driving to each garage sale, but it's the best way I know of when it's just her and I. I definitely got in my workout for the day, plus we came home with a few bargains. You can see what I bought below:
Wooden tray ($0.50) to store Baby's cleaning supplies.
Bag of streamers ($0.25). I hope to use these for some birthdays coming up! 😉
Ornamental pebbles ($0.25). The bag came with large and small pebbles. I used the large ones for Baby's water table (see the next frugal accomplishment!) and the small ones I might use for some of my houseplants.
Wooden bead toy ($0.50). Baby Girl loves new toys. It's so hard not to buy #allthetoys. But this was cheap enough, small enough and wooden/non-plastic enough to justify buying.
Star-shaped pie mold ($0.50). I bought this to add to my William Sonoma kitchen item collection. I'm not much of a pie baker, but I want to try this for savory meat pies, or perhaps puff pastries. William Sonoma things make me feel like I'm a rich person and a fancy, uppity cook (note that I said "feel" like... whether I am or not is questionable). The pie mold increased my WS collection from two items (a spatula and a soup recipe book) to three. So I guess I'm well on my way to having my fantasy kitchen. One garage sale item at a time.
7. Toys: Hubs helped me make a water table for Baby with some scrap lumber and a plastic bin that I was going to donate. Entirely free! I also made her some hand kites.
8. Diapers: Some of Baby's cloth diapers were starting to stink, so I "stripped" them (this is a special wash with laundry boosters and bleach). It worked like a charm! No more stinky diapers!! Now I'm trying to figure out how I can prevent ammonia buildup in the first place, and what is the cheapest way to do so.
So, that is all for the week, I believe. I wish every week were this productive!
Til next time,