Weekend Frugal Homestead Happenings

I have declared this week an eat the freezer week.  I’ve done this for two reasons.

  1.   I can not stuff another dang thing in my kitchen freezer and stuff is falling out on me when I open the door.  The struggle is real people!
  2.   I have used almost all of my storage containers and I WILL NOT buy more.  I mean really, how stupid would that be?

You think I’m kidding… look at this!

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I have plenty of single servings of chili and soups for lunches and larger containers of full meal options, it really should NOT be a problem.   I’ll consider it a little challenge for this week.

The Z Man continues to work his butt off stocking the wood supply.  I do LOVE that Man!

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That is two different huge stacks of wood he has labored over this week.  I think our next major purchase needs to be a hydraulic powered log splitter, instead of the Z Man splitting all this with a maul and ax.   The cost of the splitter would pay for itself within a year because of the savings of heating with wood instead of electricity or oil.  Not to mention saving the Z Man’s back.

The weather was rainy this weekend so I wasn’t able to sand and resurface my island butcher block like I wanted to.  I want to do it outside to keep the dust out of the house.  This needs to be done, but it’s also an experiment for me to see if I can do good enough work to take on sanding and refinishing the kitchen cabinets.  Yea, I know… so much for dust in the house on that task.

On Saturday I spent almost 2 hours on the phone with Direct TV because our discounts ran out last month and my bill doubled in cost.  Oh, and heads up… the representative told me that as of yesterday 1/22/17 Direct TV is going to have an across the board price increase so be sure to check your bill if you do business with them.

Anyway, I’ve always considered Direct TV as a nice little perk for us because we don’t go out to dinners and we don’t go out to movies, we are pretty much, no, I take that back,  we are absolutely home bodies.  We love football and of course the Z Man likes to watch hunting shows and I like to watch the cooking show channels.  I had gotten our bill down to $54 a month, and I figured ok, it’s our entertainment.  We do have Amazon prime and can use that if we want to watch a movie.  That was a mistake too, but we are stuck with it for another 11 months.

But, HELLO!  I DO NOT want to pay $109 a month, and I won’t.  After some discussion the nice representative offered me $75 a month.  Nope, I still don’t want to pay that.    I called back on Sunday and asked again what could be done to lower the cost.  Ultimately we compromised and got rid of a few channels which lowered the bill to $56 a month.  That is a $2 increase from what we were paying.  Fine.

I did do some experimental Paleo baking with almond flour and happy life chocolate chips.  I made coconut chocolate chip scones.

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They turned out awesome!  They are nothing like a scone and are more like a chewy coconut chocolate chip cookie (think almond joy).  I got the base recipe from the Paleo Caveman website then tweaked it a bit.  I’ll post the recipe later this week.  It’s definitely a keeper for those times you need a sweet treat.

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That’s about it for our weekend except for watching some football.  Our Steelers lost, booh!

How about you, did you have a fun frugal weekend?

Till next time,

Lori

 

One thought on “Weekend Frugal Homestead Happenings

  1. I’m going to try to make those scones can’t wait for the recipe and that apple pie mmm my phone almost got water damage I was drooling so much

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