After reading all of the wonderful ideas and suggestions that you shared in my reader survey (it’s still open, hint hint!), I have decided to start a new Friday series to share more day-to-day snippets of the frugal life. I’m calling it Frugal Feats, Flops, and Funnies. I am all about alliteration.
I’m excited to have a place to share tips and ideas, as well as frugal fails and humor, that don’t necessarily merit their own complete blog post. I think it will be a fun way to reflect on the week.
It’s not just about me though!
I am also excited for each of you to have the chance to share your frugal flops, funnies, and fortune from the past week. You don’t have to share from each category, just whatever stands out in your memory. My hope is that we can all learn from, laugh with, and be motivated by one another.
Here’s what I’ve got for this week:
This past week, we went to a U-pick farm and got 200 lbs of produce for $50! They weigh your car when you go in and weigh it again as you go out, then charge $.25/lb. It’s a pretty neat operation.
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Last weekend we went to a local upick farm. While we do have our own garden, it's nice to get produce in bulk when you're canning. I like to make one big mess all at once so I only have to clean it once. The kids and I will be canning 100+ lbs of tomatoes today, with the majority becoming tomato puree. . . #tomatoes #canning #tomatoepuree #familycanning #preservingtheharvest #garden #upick #california #foodstorage
While we do have a garden, we were getting impatient for our own tomatoes to ripen. At the farm, we could got over 100 pounds of tomatoes that were ripe and ready to preserve. We also got watermelon, cucumbers, eggplant, zucchini, and green beans.
Of course we did have to pick it ourselves, which meant rummaging though lots of picked over plants with grossly overripe or under-ripe fruit. Plants that have been picked by and/or stepped over (on) by many different people twice a week definitely take a beating compared to our home garden.
The kids and I spent a lot of time this week canning tomato puree and salsa. Instead of just asking for help, I offered to “hire” them. They were all over that! We all worked together very well and the kids lasted a really long time!
In addition to canning 40+ quarts of tomatoes, the kids helped me shred zucchini and yellow squash with the food processor (it’s pretty fun) to dehydrate. We add dehydrated squash to soups in the winter. We also made some zucchini bread.
I can sum this week’s frugal flop up with one word: eggplant.
Eggplant is such a pretty vegetable. I just couldn’t resist grabbing a couple (or six) at the U-pick. I imagined my kids gobbling up all of my healthy and creative creations with the gorgeous purple treasure.
After several attempts, including Breaded Baked Eggplant and Eggplant Marinara, it was pretty clear that this vegetable wasn’t going to go very far at our house. I was even having a hard time faking it (because you know if I didn’t try it there was no way the kids were going near it). My husband ate it, but that isn’t really remarkable because he willingly eats everything I make (which is remarkable). I can think of two times in eleven years of marriage that he opted not to eat something (and of course I was already ready to toss it, so no hurt feelings)!
We decided eggplant was meant to be seen and not eaten.
Our vehicles are a constant source of humor for us. Mostly because we’d rather laugh than cry. 🙂
Last weekend on the way home from a scout outing, my husband lost his right blinker (turn signal light). It never had been quite right since the run in with the bear two years ago. A few months after the body shop fixed the car (which was technically totaled by the insurance company), the light housing came loose and has been held on by Gorilla Tape (that stuff is amazing) ever since.
When we were laughing about it with a friend who was with my husband on the scout trip, I joked that we should drive around together because my left blinker just stopped working– I could signal right and he could signal left and we’d be covered! Our friend (who drives nice new cars) joked that we could always just stick our arms out the window and do hand signals. My husband and I looked at each other and laughed– just days earlier the driver side window on the van stopped working! We couldn’t even do hand signals if we wanted to!
Just for the record, there’s no need to worry about us. 🙂 My husband’s new turn signal is coming in the mail tomorrow (thank you Amazon). And this van (unlike the purple one) has air conditioning, so the window issue is no biggie. And out in the boonies I don’t have to worry much about turning left. At least not having anyone witness my turning left. It’s all good!
It’s your turn!
I would love to hear about your week!
- What were your frugal successes and failures?
- Any funny frugal moments?
- Do you like Eggplant?
If you haven’t taken a minute to answer to do so yet, I would really love to pick your brain on a few things. It would make my day if you’d complete my first-ever reader survey! Thanks! 🙂