|The cheery pumpkins I made at my mother-in-law's house.|
The last two weeks have been challenging as Evangeline has been ill. First she had croup, then she caught a horrible stomach virus which lasted 9 days, and the poor girl also had her first ear infection! She was sick for over two weeks and took two trips to Children's and 3 visits to the pediatrician (and I'm not a mom that takes her kids to the pediatrician unless they are really sick). We are so thankful that she is feeling better! Here are a few things we did the last two weeks to save money and enjoy the simple life:
I was so thankful that we were able to eat a few freezer meals that I had made last month. We did end up eating out a lot more than we usually do but I am thankful that our budget didn't take a bigger hit than it easily could have. I usually have a few freezer meals or at least some soup in the freezer at all times. I would love to try to have more muffins, breakfast meals, and desserts stocked away. Any suggestions?
We took a last minute trip to visit family. It was so nice to see family that live far away. I made the pumpkins pictured above while I was there. I gifted the far right pumpkin to my parents when we returned. (They are always so gracious to take care of everything at our home while we are away.) I have been thinking about adding the phrase "Happy Fall Y'all" to one of the pumpkins but I also like them plain. We shall see!
I enjoyed reading some borrowed magazines and books from the library.
We picked a big bag of peppers from our garden. Thankfully this year our peppers were very prolific. We ate lots of peppers in main dishes and raw as a snack. I also chopped up a lot of peppers into strips and froze them in the freezer. Around here peppers are expensive especially the colored ones which I love. I think they cost about $1.80 at Meijer (not even organic) but they occasionally go on sale for $1 but that is still expensive. Growing our own peppers has saved us lots of money this year. I try to eat a couple of peppers each week as a snack since they are so healthy. We also enjoy them in stir fries, chili, and various main dishes. I definitely plan on growing just as many peppers next year if not more!
|Evangeline on her birthday still not feeling very well while she enjoyed the new sling that I made.|
We took a family trip to the zoo where we have a zoo pass. It is always so much fun! This time we took my sister Rebekah along with us. We also packed a nice picnic lunch which we ate before we walked around. Our zoo has such a nice picnic area that it really is a shame not to use it!
The happy hubby and I went on a much needed date. :) It was lovely and such a treat after 2 weeks of a sick baby. We ate a wonderful dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse using a gift card we had been given. Then we actually went swimming together which was so fun! I think it had been over a year since we had been swimming without kids.
|Eli loves playing outside!|
I purchased a few books and games for Elijah at a garage sale. I gave him one of the items (A Color Wonder Black) to occupy the time on our trip. The rest of the items I have saved in a box downstairs for Christmas or his birthday.
I sat down and started making preparations for Christmas in the form of lists. I follow a loose version of the Holiday Grand Plan at Organized Christmas. Hopefully this week I will be able to start sewing!
What frugal things did you do last week?