Hello dear friends! Another day, another dollar saved! We're having beautiful Spring-like weather here today, hoping your weather is nice where you are at, too. Well, I can see the light at the tunnel for this challenge, it's been fun. Some part of me doesn't want to go back to my old habits; like having sweets in the house all the time. I've also discovered that beans can be your best friend when you are a on a strict budget. Many people grouse about them, but when prepared with the wonderful $1 bottle of barbecue sauce or maybe some salsa, they really are not as bland as people think. They're probably the cheapest source of protein you'll ever find, that's for sure. As an example, today we had a brunch of bean hash:
Somebody I'd Like You To Meet
I think you'd enjoy this post about bartering by Sharon. Sharon is one of those pull-yourself-up-by -your-own-bootstraps types. Of all the types of people in the world, those are the kind I most admire. With a bit of friendly bartering, she was able to fill her larder. Bartering is a wonderful old-fashioned concept that has almost fallen by the wayside. And I'd say a much more honorable and dependable way to get what you want, then expecting things to be given to you. Anyway, I thought you'd enjoy reading how she did it. She's a wonderful writer too btw. Before our apples trees were mature, we always had a friendly barter between our neighbor Lori and us. We gave her asparagus and produce from the garden and she let us pick her apples and pears. As a matter of fact, we supply our entire neighborhood with asparagus and other vegetables that we have a glut of, and once in a while the return the favor with fresh-caught fish, plants, or free wood, not that's the reason we do it, it's just part of being neighborly. It's good to build up relationships. Makes for a much more pleasant life.
What's For Dinner?
Tonight we'll have the remainder of the pot pie. Ran will be home by then, and there's plenty to split three ways. I'm discovering that I should be grateful for those little extras like a piece of biscuit to sop up the gravy, or an egg to top the hash, or brown sugar for the oatmeal. It's the difference between getting by and getting pleasure.
This being Sunday, I'll sign off with my usually, so that's it for another week at the old Zempel boarding house. I hope that you all have a pleasant evening and I hope to see you back here tomorrow with the final chapter of the $20 challenge!