Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

October 21, 2019

Hey y'all, it's me!

I didn't get a lot of active money saving done last week, due to being stuck at home because of all the rain. The sun didn't come out until yesterday, and it's supposed to go back into hiding on Tuesday. So I will be mowing the yard as fast as I can, trying to get ahead of the clouds.

I did get to save a little bit, in both passive and active ways. Here goes.

I always have a lot of the meat juices left whenever we make a big batch of Puerco Pibil (slow roasted pork). I poured the juice into a container and let it chill in the fridge. Then I removed the fat and discarded it, leaving behind a beautiful rich gelatin. When I made enchilada sauce, I added this gelatin to the tomato sauce, along with sautéed onions and garlic. I didn't have to add any other spices, because the pibil has all kinds of it's own. The result is a delicious, spicy sauce for any kind of Mexican dish you can think up. Later in the week, I had made refried beans from leftover pintos I had rinsed, added some cumin and salt, then ran through the food processor. I used these, along with leftover chopped onions and some cheese, to make another enchilada dish (we love enchiladas, and I like to experiment with different kinds). I used a can of simple diced tomatoes, added cumin and oregano, and whizzed them around in the bullet blender to make a sauce. Turned out great, plus I had some sauce leftover, and I also have some leftover fajita fixings, along with refried beans and rice, plus some salsa leftover from the lunch at a Mexican restaurant on Saturday. All that will got to make some supper burritos from Obie and I this week.

In October, we have Obie's birthday, Momma in law's birthday, and the Redneck and I have an anniversary. Instead of 3 different events, we take Momma and Papa in law along to lunch at a nice restaurant to celebrate all 3 at once. MUCH cheaper and more convenient.

Monday morning we picked up the washing machine that our friend gave us. I was so thrilled to not have to go to the laundromat to wash clothes, and I was able to use my clothesline on Saturday. I am grateful to the folks who own the laundromat for being there when I needed them. I will be baking fruit bread this week and taking them a loaf in thanks.

While we were there getting the washer, I noticed that my friend has a lot of big paddle cactus, and there were a lot of 'tunas' growing on them. She gave a few that day, and at church she brought me a big bag of them. I had an idea for a holiday gift project.

I peeled the fruit (wear good gloves, these things have tiny little spines that will stab the fire outta your hands), cut it into slices and placed them into a crock. I added about a cup of sugar, stirred it all up, and put the lid on. An hour or so later the juices had come out. I will add more fruit to the crock, along with more sugar, and let it continue to work. Later I will put the mixture into a jar with a lid and add inexpensive--NOT cheap--vodka (cheap vodka gives an oily taste). That will sit until around Christmas, when I will strain and put the final product into jars to give as gifts. The fruit is free, the sugar is cheap, and I have a boat load of jars I have been saving. I will get a lot of gifts for very little, and that fact that it's home crafted will be appreciated by the recipients.

I mended jeans pockets and 'do rags' for the Redneck, giving a little more life to work clothes.

I was out of bread, so Obie and I toasted a hamburger bun for breakfast one morning,

I hadn't been able to figure out why my big pot of Pothos Ivy was wilting and drooping since I brought it in off the porch because the temperatures were dropping. Then one morning I found this...

Fraidy Cat thinks she is a new 'soil additive'. 

Air Conditioner is off and windows open. Cleaned the filters to the unit for more efficiency.

Checked out movies from library for the weekend, and got three magazines from the freebie rack.

I had to buy a new broom, since the old one broke in two (it was over five years old and only cost $2.00, so I got my money's worth). I had been wanting a straw broom, and I found a nice one for about $5.00 at Family Dollar. My lovely assistant 'Rita' is displaying it here.

I made quiche for breakfast one morning, using preserves I had in the fridge instead of veggies, making a sweet puffy dish. It worked out, and I will be trying other ideas for quiches. 

I was watching a cheap meals video, and I watched the girl use a 'sushi bazooka' to make sushi rolls with. I love sushi, make it a lot, but mine is always lumpy and funny looking, because no matter how hard I try, I can't roll it right (in my case, practice doesn't make perfect--it makes a mess). I looked on Amazon, and found it for around $10.00. I will be ordering one, and I hope it will improve my sushi making skills. I found this video to give you a better idea of how it works. The sushi bazooka section starts around the 4:37 point in the video. I don't buy a lot of gadgets, but this is something I will actually use a lot.

That's it for this week, what did y'all do to save money? Please let me know in the comments, would love to hear from you.

Well, I got chores. later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018


  1. Funny that the cat made itself a new bed in your plant. I've never heard of the "fruit" you are using for the vodka concoction. Will this be medicinal or just something fun to drink? We made homemade cough syrup using peppermint candies and some type of alcohol once.... it was good stuff. I save my meat juices too; I like to make soup with beef broth. Lately, I've been skimming the fat off of whatever I cook and pour the juice over dry dog food so the dogs will eat it. They have gotten spoiled lately and won't eat it without something poured over.

    1. The fruit liqueur that will result is just a fun drink, and it's unique, so my friends will ooh and ahh over it. I find it funny that folks think that making a liqueur is so hard--it's just putting sugar and fruit together and letting it do it's thing. When I was a kid, my uncle made a cough syrup with peppermint candy and cheap whiskey. If you coughed, you got a couple of tablespoons of it forced down your throat. It worked, however, mainly because us kids would either work to suppress the cough or hide it, because we did NOT want that nasty stuff!

  2. I roll my sushi with a sushi mat. Just make sure your rice is sticky. Wash is at least three times.

    1. I've dome all that--I just don't have the 'sushi rolling gene'. I had a sushi chef teach me, and he told me that some people just can't get the skill. I'm getting the sushi bazooka next month.


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