Frugal Feats of the Week
Cheesy Chicken Bread
I had a kitchen experiment that went really well this week. We were having leftovers for dinner to make use of what was in the fridge, but I decided to make some soft French bread to go along with it because, well, it’s really yummy.
I made it with half wheat flour and half white flour, like I do fairly often (I’ve done it with all wheat before too). This time I decided to make one of the loaves a little more interesting my adding shredded chicken, cheese, and garlic salt.
Part of the process for making this soft and fluffy French bread involves rolling out the dough into a rectangle (like you were making cinnamon rolls). Normally I don’t put anything inside and when the dough rises and cooks you have no idea that it was ever rolled.
This time I put a row of shredded chicken (which I had in the freezer from some bone-in thighs), then sprinkled the chicken with cheddar and mozzarella cheese and come garlic salt.
I rolled the dough up by first turning over the part with the chicken so that the edge of the dough touches the dough just past the chicken, then continuing to roll the rest of the dough into a loaf shape.
I usually cut slits on my French bread, but to distinguish this as a cheesy garlic chicken bread, I put Xs on it. I let it rise and baked it according to the normal directions.
My husband and I agreed that it was wonderful!
Frugal Flop of the Week
This one is not only a flop, but it’s kind of shameful. I don’t like to be wasteful, so I feel bad admitting this.
My in-laws have a row of several varieties of thornless blackberries and boysenberries in the garden. For the past few years, my mother-in-law has given us one side to pick and she picks the other side. We make enough blackberry jam and syrup to last the entire year.
The berries have “on” for nearly two months now. When the weather was warmer and they were first coming on, I tried to pick every other day, or at least every third day. I would get 1/2 to a full gallon ice cream bucket of berries each time. Our freezer is loaded with berries!
Well, for the past week I have not gone out to pick a single time. And the week before that I only went once. There are loads of ripe berries that are just falling to the ground because we’re not picking them. They’re protected from birds, so there’s no competition.
It’s sad and wasteful. Free organic, homegrown, easy-to-pick berries and I’m too lazy/busy to pick them. In my defense, it has been a bit of a rough week.
We have friends coming over on Saturday that might be interested in free berries and will put them to good use.
Frugal Funny of the Week
Well, the only funnies from this week involve throw up and I’m sure you don’t want to hear about that (I didn’t either). Instead, I’ll share a funny from the summer that I shared on Instagram . I’m going to try to embed the video and caption below, but if that doesn’t work, you can click here to see it.
Who finds MONEY in the POOL? As in dollars? No one. That's why when my 5 year old said he saw a dollar in the pool (shortly before this video), I told him that it must have been a leaf. Later in the car he was telling the older kids about it. I repeated that it must have just been a leaf. Then, days later we're watching this video of the kids attempting to do handstands for the first time, and then at the end, in the foreground, what do we see? Lo and behold, there's little brother playing with a floating dollar bill! #maybeitdoesgrowontrees #toldyaso #whatarethechances #kids #summer #pool #money #whoknew #mademelaugh #haha
It’s your turn!
- What were your frugal successes and failures?
- Any funny frugal moments?