One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Fancy Farmgirl Soap Dish ~ More Freezer Cooking

I visited a small thrift store yesterday and found a cute dish to use for our soap dish on the bathtub.  We haven't had one for the soap, and this dish was only $2.00.  Although I think thrift store prices are getting to high to be called "thrift" stores, I bought it anyway. 

I also came home with 2 hat boxes.  Both are all dark blue and stained.  I plan to cover them with my scrap wallpaper or paint them.  I guess I just added another project to my ever growing project list (ha ha ha!).  I (yes I picked up more) also brought home a clipboard I plan to paint and possibly decoupage.

Yesterday I baked the family a Quick and Healthy Pasta Carbonara.  I tweeked the recipe, and cooked up fresh bell peppers, onions, garlic and mushrooms.  Instead of frozen mixed vegetables, I used frozen broccoli that came from the garden.  As for the pasta, I used a combination of organic spinach fettuccine and whole wheat linguine.  There isn't much leftover either.  They chowed it down.

The weather here is getting colder, and we are running out of wood.  It looks like my son and I will be firing up the chain saw.  I also need more wood pellets for the corn burner.  Even the price on wood pellets have gone up from $3.50/bag to $4.98/bag and at other stores $5.00/bag.

Our electric bill went up about $30.00 from last month, so I need to do a re-check and see where it's coming from.  I'll be looking over the bill and checking to see if they raised their rates too.


Anonymous said...

What a sweet little dish! I'm sure there are many wonderful ways to use it. Nice find.

Oh, it is hard when bills go up suddenly, isn't it?! I hope you find a solution. :)

Enjoy the day!

Candy C. said...

I love the little dish you picked up, so cute!
Thanks for the link to the pasta dish, sounds yummy and healthier than regular pasta carbonara (which I love)!

nancypo said...

I need to make my pasta carbonara now! I have a recipe with canadian bacon, white beans, tons of veggies, and a little cheese, very healthy!

Carol............. said...

Looks like you got a couple of great finds. Isn't if fun when you hit on thet something special at the thrift store? Love it.

EMMA said...

I would have bought that soap dish also, it's absolutely beautiful!