To idle away some of the hours, I've been doing a bit of sewing. I made this little sundress for my granddaughter Violet, hope springs eternal! Do you think we will ever be in need of a sundress this year?
It seems everyone is baking lemon things these days. Or maybe I'm just noticing them more. To top it all off, I got the King Arthur Catalog and it was chock full of lemony things. This recipe for lemon streusel coffeecake caught my eye in particular. Just reading the reviews now, I see that many people don't understand that a coffeecake is supposed to be dense. Coffeecakes are not cakes, more like giants muffins. Anywho, the list for ingredients was ridiculous and expensive, so what I did was substitute some lemonade powder drink mix (which I had)for the lemon powder in the recipe and used lemon extract (bought for $1 at the dollar store)for the lemon oil. I also halved the recipe and baked it in a 8-inch cake pan. Well, I liked it. Maybe I'm the only one. Here's what mine looked like:
Our little experiment of starting lettuce seeds in the cold frame is a success! The seeds have begun sprouting. I don't know how they are managing to find enough warmth, last night the temperatures were in the single digit, but they are. We were very lazy about it. Just threw a bag of potting soil into the frame, slashed it open and planted the seeds. If we a get a jump on our Spring lettuce, that would be nice. Green leafies are our major grocery expense in the Winter for us. I also stuck the bottoms of some green onions that I had into a pot and they are coming along too. A gardening failure was forcing some pussy willow branches. They just never did bud out. But I might try forcing some forsythias. Hope springs eternal!
I've had several friends and family members come to me in the past couple of weeks with worries. Seems a lot of people are going through life changes at the moment. I always get the question of how we knew it was the time for Ran to retire. All of life's decisions are difficult, whether it's what to major in college, to whom you should marry, to when or if you should have children. Goodness! If you overanalyzed everything, you'd be stuck in inertia. Everything in life that matters, seems to take a major leap of faith. I always tell my children you'll know it's time for a change when the misery of being in the situation overcomes the fear of the unknown. It helps to have a belief in something far, far greater then ourselves, but I realize some people don't. One of my favorite Psalms that I turn to often, is this:
121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.Psalms 121
Just had the prompting that someone out there needed to read this today.
Blogging has been difficult for me lately. Maybe you've noticed that my post have been a little dull? There's not much going on here, as we wait for warmer weather. Winter is too long in Michigan. I feel I have written just about everything there is to say about thrift. How many posts can I write about pantries, canning, grocery shopping and gardening? So if you have any suggestions for things to write about, I'd certainly welcome them. Also, I have stopped moderating my comments. I lost too many of them between the time I hit the publish button and the time they appeared. Hoping this makes it easier for you to comment.
THRIFTY THINGS WE DID THIS WEEK
Sewed a sundress for our granddaughter form thrifted fabric, trimmings, pattern and thread. Total cost less than $3.
Made a huge pot of chili from things we had in the pantry. We ate it for two days as chili and on the third day as taco salad. Three days of meals for less than a dollar. We love chili, btw, so it wasn't a hardship for us.
Ran bought a brand new with tags still on them pair of Jesse James shorts for $3 at the local thrift store. Guess he's expecting Summer to arrive. Jamie found two video games.
Went through a bunch of books and gave them to a charity. Also cleaned out my closets and gave two bags to charity. While cleaning the closet out I discovered a penny rug that I had been working on and shoved in there to get it out of the way. So now I'm finishing that project up.
Stayed home from the trip we were planning, it was too cold and windy. I'm sure that decision saved us at least $100.
Renewed our Walgreen's prescription plan. This saves us a lot of money on prescriptions, as we have such a hugh deductible on health insurance.
Made a quiche for lunch today. Extra large eggs are 69 cents/ dozen! Now's the time to dust off all those egg recipes.
Well, that's about it for another week at the old Zempel boarding house. I hope your week is filled with sunshine and fun!