TGIF! Happy Friday. I have decided to start leaving a frugal tip on our blog every Friday. If you have a frugal tip you would like to share, send it to me and I will post the tip and the author. Here is today’s Frugal Friday tip: When peeling an orange for your kiddo to enjoy or juicing lemon. Wait before peeling or juicing. Zest the orange or lemon first, store the zest in a container in the freezer to use at a later date. The zest can be used in muffins, breads, dressings, etc. Then peel the orange or juice the lemon. Toss the peel in the compost bin. By zesting the citrus fruit first, it not only saves time for future recipes, it also uses as much of the fruit as possible.
Since our economy is still in the crapper, I try to find ways to be frugal. I have managed to cut our grocery bill in half. I am able to feed my family of four on $10 a day. As you know, we eat healthy, delicious vegan meals. We spend $300 a month on our total grocery bill. This includes our CSA and a monthly trip to the wholesale club. It also helps that we have a vegetable garden. You can eat well on a vegan diet. And frugal too.
Now, on with the food. Last night I made the Southern New Year’s Stew from Vegan on the Cheap(VOTC). Yes, I know it is not the new year, but there were some lovely collard greens in our CSA box that needed a home. This recipe was delicious. I served it with cornbread. It was hearty, a comforting dish. The recipe did not cost us anything. We had all the ingredients, and I made my own seitan. The recipe serves 6. In VOTC, the cost per serving is <$1.00. This is a stew I will definitely make when the new year is really here.
Here is a picture of a cake a I made this week. I sent it to work with Josh. I have been practicing my roses. They are hard to do. They look okay. I am going to have to practice some more. You will have to excuse the bright colors. That is what happens when you let a 3 year old mix colors.
Any exciting plans for the weekend? I am solo with the boys tomorrow. Josh has to work. Boo 😦 So, we plan on going to the bookstore, and the park.
Tonite is pizza night. We love Friday night pizza night around here. Arthur informed me that we needed to watch Spiderman for our Friday pizza and movie night. He loves Spiderman.
Hope you each have a lovely weekend.
peas and love….
Krys and the boys