Some meals we had this week were breakfast for lunch, mac 'n' cheese w/ salad, leftovers, fajitas and sweet corn (yum!), pasta salad, BLT wraps, hash, hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, and cereal (that's a meal, right?) as well as some potluck meals.
2. Garden: Harvested plums, peppers, sage, calendula and lavender from the garden/orchard. I was able to get three pints of canned plums. I dried the herbs and froze the peppers.
In addition to harvesting, I'm also working on cleaning out and preparing the garden for next Spring. It's kind of early to be transplanting and all that, but I want to get everything done before the end of September. I completely removed an overgrown sage plant and replanted just a portion of it in the chicken pasture (where it wouldn't be a nuisance). I also cleaned out my porch pots. This year I planted lettuce and sweet corn in the porch pot. The lettuce worked out great, but the sweet corn not so much.
3. Helped Hubs frame a painting that we bought in the Dominican Republic. It had been lying around for almost seven months, so I was happy to finally get it up on the wall. We used Hubs' tools and some scrap lumber. Hubs showed me how to use our table saw!
4. And... another frugal accomplishment by my wonderful husband! We have been talking about building a vegetable stand for some time now- something to put out by the road where I can sell strawberries and other "farmers market" type items without actually being at a farmers market. A couple of weeks ago we saw a super cute lemonade stand at my friend Esther's house. Hubs really liked it and thought the design would work well not only for vegetables but also for parties or other community-type events. Next weekend my in-laws are hosting an open house, so Hubs decided to make one to use before then. It turned out perfect!
I asked Hubs how long it took him to build. He kinda rolled his eyes and said, "You don't want to know how long it took." In the end, he said it took "a day". Half the time was spent looking for just the right pallet wood and then tearing apart those pallets. Another large chunk of time was spent making plans for the structure and figuring out how to best use the scraps and bits. Hubs said that the actual construction time was only 10% of the total working time.
So $11.00 and "about a day" later, we had ourselves a cute little lemonade stand! We are so excited to use it for events and roadside produce sales. :)
5. Collected cans on various walks.
6. Made updated autumn planner sheets on Microsoft Word.
So that is about it for frugal accomplishments this week. Again, I've spent a lot of time in August cleaning, organizing and reading. Help me out here- do you have any frugal accomplishments of your own to add to my paltry list?