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What A Frugal Weekend!

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Hey, Picky peeps! It was another busy weekend for us. We actually left the house this weekend (shocking, I know!) and had plenty of adventures. See how we saved and spent our hard-earned cash this weekend.

Also, sorry about not being on top of replies and comments lately! I’ve been extremely busy at work and dealing with a few other things, so I haven’t been able to reply as quickly as usual.

The Interview

As promised in this week’s What’s for Dinner? post, here’s my crazy interview story.

On Tuesday I had a Skype interview for a job I would love to have. I worked remotely that day and took oh-so-many precautions against distractions. I locked the doors and put Zap in his room with new toys, treats, and wet food.

The interview was going well until:

“Mahm, why is you talking to people who aren’t me?”

Zap was not appeased with my offerings. He was pissed that his Cat-Mom had the audacity to take a call without him present. He started yowling and TACKLING his bedroom door during my one hour call.

I was hoping and praying the interviewers couldn’t hear him. I thought I’d gotten away with it until they said with a grin, “Ah, well you would certainly fit in here. We have a lot of cat fanatics.” 🙂

Dammit, Zap.




Miraculously, I had a second interview on Friday with the company CEO. The lights in the room I was in, unbeknownst to me, were on a 20-minute motion-activated timer. The lights went off twice during my video interview and I couldn’t get them back on the second time. I recovered well, and then, of course, my phone died mid-call.

I was able to sprint to a charger, jump back on the call, and apologize profusely. I was so nervous that I sweated through my wool cardigan. Ugh. I fully anticipated a polite rejection email after the video interview, given all of the weird shiz that happened every time I talk to these people.

But! The CEO said I recovered well given these challenges, and she was impressed. I’m meeting with her in person this coming week to discuss more details about the position. But they said they’re close to extending an offer to me, which is welcome news.

It just goes to show that you can be a klutzy spaz and still recover. 😉 I’ll def keep y’all updated as things develop. This would be a good change of pace and I’d get back to doing what I love for a company that does REALLY neat things. 🙂

Fingers crossed!

P.S. I ordered this dress on Amazon for the interviews and uh, I killed it fashion-wise. I think I’m going to order a few more of these dresses because they’re super comfortable, lightweight, and affordable. It’s tough for me to find flattering and modest dresses for work, so I thought I’d pass on the good news.

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Free flowers!

HEB kindly mailed us a coupon for a free hanging basket of flowers. I’m not one to turn down free anything, so I picked up our free flowers on Saturday. They only had marigolds, but they liven up our porch a bit, so I have no complaints.

Except that I wanted begonias, but WHATEVER.

patio marigolds

Our Garden Haul

Saturday will forever be known as The Day of The Radish. Our radish crop was bursting out of the ground, ready for harvesting. We yanked them out of the ground, removed the greens, and cleaned up the radishes. As it turns out, radish greens are very pokey, so I had to use my gloves to remove the greens after one radish-splinter too many.

We’ve tried the radish greens but Mr. Picky Pincher and I HATE them. We don’t know anyone who likes them, either, so we composted the radish greens. We ended up with 1.5 pounds of French breakfast radishes when it was all said and done. Chez fancy!

Our plan is to eat some of the radishes raw and pickle the rest of them for later eating.

french breakfast radishes

The strawberry plants give us about one berry a day, which I store in the fridge.

We also have tomatillos and bell peppers that will soon be ready for eating. 🙂



Cooking

We took a few trips this weekend, so I didn’t spend as much time in the kitchen as usual. I managed to get a few things in order, though.

Granola

I’ve been burnt out on breakfast lately, so I made a few new breakfast options. I made a sheet of granola bars for easy breakfasts.

I used this recipe because I needed to use up a cup of quinoa I’ve had in my pantry for … forever? I substituted the dried cherries for raisins in mine, though. I LOVE dried cherries, but they run $13 a pound here, and I’m not made of money.

I have the bars cooling in the fridge now and I’ll dunk the bottoms in chocolate later tonight.

granola bars

Chickpea curry

I made an easy version of chickpea curry with chickpeas, curry powder, salt, and cilantro. I cooked four cans of chickpeas instead of the usual two so I could freeze the extra. Indian spices don’t always agree with me, but this chickpea curry is a delicious ol’ reliable to have on hand.

Also, it takes literally five minutes to cook, so it’s perfect if you’re on a budget with zero time.

chickpea curry

More failed macarons

I tried to make mint chocolate macarons, but they were a failure. I’ll master the art of macarons eventually, y’all. 😉

Breakfast skillets and breakfast burritos

I need more savory breakfast options, so I cooked a breakfast skillet and burritos.

The breakfast skillet was made from finely diced russet potatoes, green bell pepper, onion, breakfast sausage, and seasonings (salt, pepper, pinch of cayenne, paprika, garlic powder).

The breakfast burritos aren’t true “burritos” since I made mine out of regular tortillas. I don’t like giant burritos because they don’t reheat all the way through when I’m impatient and hungry in the morning. Smaller tortillas are easier for me to handle. I filled them with green bell pepper, onion, breakfast sausage, rice, and black beans. I also added taco seasoning for flavor.

I froze all of these in single-serving containers and will eat the hell out of them in the coming weeks. 🙂



The Zoo

We hung out with Picky Nikki at the zoo on Saturday morning. We purchased passes back in the fall and have been meaning to use them. We took Picky Toddler around the zoo, where he looked at animals and ate a bucket of popcorn with gusto.

I hadn’t been to our city’s zoo before, so it was extra cool to see it! We’ll definitely be back to get our money’s worth out of the zoo passes. It was so nice to get out of the house and chill with the fam.

Also, we spied a mama duck sitting on her eggs. So cute! It’s baby animal season and we saw plenty of ducklings, baby monkeys, and baby jaguars.

mama duck

Sunday Funday

We made Sunday our date day. Mr. Picky Pincher and I have had a rough time at work lately, so it was good to plan a fun excursion that didn’t involve running errands.

We drove about an hour to a seed farm. They specialize in wildflowers, but they also carried vegetable and fruit seeds. We picked up packets for gourds, pumpkins, zucchini, and watermelon. Our nursery didn’t have these particular varieties, so it was worth the trip just for the seeds!

bluebonnets

Bluebonnets for acres!

The views were also spectacular. Bluebonnets (the Texas state flower) and red poppies were in bloom and they were beautiful. I took pictures, but they really don’t do the experience justice.

poppies

We also chilled on small bridges over ponds with pink and white lotuses. It was windy and overcast but we still had a great time enjoying the scenery.

lotus flowers

We planned to visit a winery after our seed farm visit. We drove to the closest one on Google Maps, which turned out to be a portable building in someone’s back yard. Mr. Picky Pincher and I looked at each other and said, “Mmno.”

The people did have a sense of humor, though. They had a sign that said “Our tasting room may suck, but our wines sure don’t!”

But I still judge books by their covers. If it looks like I’m gonna wake up without a kidney after going to a sketchy building, I ain’t going in.

We drove to the historic downtown area and walked around after trying to find a damn parking spot. We settled on a biergarten since it was obvious we weren’t going to get an authentic vineyard experience. Mr. Picky Pincher and I split a fancy cheese and sausage plate and relaxed in the nice weather. Ahhh.  Afterwards we walked the streets and peered into old antique stores. One of the stores had a Shop Cat, so naturally I had to photograph her elegance:

shop cat

In total we spent $45 on the seeds and downtown meal. Not too shabby for a day of entertainment that got us out of the house.



Zap’s Adventures

Zap had a grand ol’ time this week, as usual. When he wasn’t interrupting important interviews, he played in boxes, destroyed a bunch of bananas, and attacked my cardigans.

Zap’s developed a habit of biting our bananas. He doesn’t eat them; he just bites the stems.

Zap wanted Mr. Picky Pincher’s crackers VERY badly. He’s developed a habit of conniving and begging for food he doesn’t actually like. I gave him a bit of coconut after he screamed for it for 20 minutes. Once he got it, he sniffed it and walked away. No shame at all, this one.

“But I needs the crackerz, Daddee.”

We want to know: How did you save or spend money this weekend?


30 comments on “What A Frugal Weekend!

  1. I feel like you have a window into my soul – every time I’m thinking about cooking something I find it on your blog within a week or two. Yay granola bars!

    Also I swear failing interviews in brilliant ways gets you the job. I hobbled into the interview for my current interview on crutches because I’d popped my ACL and I could barely navigate the office. Ended up talking to my new boss for 20something minutes about knee injuries 🙂

    1. Great minds must think alike! Ouchhh! Sorry about that ACL–that’s gotta hurt like a motha’. But isn’t it funny how it makes you more relatable? It definitely gives you something to talk about!

    1. Oh my gosh, I love that video! Thankfully I at least locked Zap in his room so he couldn’t dance in the background. 😉

  2. “… and I’m not made of money.” You’re not fooling me! You have so much money from saving it all each month. 😛 Excuses… Excuses… V _v /isjustjoking

    Wow! Those flowers look beautiful! I love the red tulips and the lotuses. 🙂

    I did a small splurge at Bath & Body Works by buying some fun hand sanitizers that have different scents to them. Some had beads in them and others had glitter. 🙂 They were 5 for $6, so I kind of did a splurge on them even though I already had hand sanitizer. They don’t expire until 2019, so I have plenty of time to use them all up! 😀

    And I bought some chocolate from See’s Candy. Love those little Easter eggs with the flowers on them! This will be my last box for the Easter season though, so no more of it until a later date. 🙂

    Have a wonderful week! ^ o^

    1. Hahaha, I wish I could justify the $13 cherries, but sadly I can’t! If I wanna pay off those loans I have to make little substitutions (even though I kinda hate raisins). I like to see how saving $5 here and there adds up to bigger student loan payments. 🙂

      1. Oh okay, haha. 🙂 To be honest, I wouldn’t pay $13 for cherries either even if I did have the money. xP So I understand. 🙂

  3. Wow, those are some nice radishes. I can’t believe you’re harvesting already. We’re only just now getting seeds in dirt.

    And the fact that you can actually grow warm weather crops too? Soooo jealous.

    1. Hahahaha, Texas has its upsides! But in August our sun will be so damn hot that it’s probably going to kill everything, so it’ll be interesting to see how that goes.

  4. Wow, what a weekend!! Good luck with the job final interview! You’ve got this! I love hearing about Zap’s adventures! What a frisky kitty! I bet he’ll mellow out as he gets older. Maybe you could make a YouTube channel for him? I’d subscribe!
    Susan

  5. You are adorable! love hearing about your shenanigans! Sending BIG ol’prayers about the job! Your the bomb digity so…I am sure you’ve got it in the bag! 🙂

  6. Nice job on the radishes and pulling off the interviews well. That takes some skill. 🙂

    We pulled our winter crop a few months ago and got a nice colander of baby carrots and some fingerling radishes. Maybe they needed a little longer to plump, but they’d been in the ground since before November… Now our new carrots are about 3″ tall, and the same with radishes, rutabagas, and turnips. The squash is starting to spread and bloom, the corn is about a foot high already, along with the peas which are close to 3′ high and our beans are right behind them. I haven’t gotten the bell peppers to take off yet, they are SO slow to sprout and then grow for some reason, but they’ll still be around when it gets hotter so I’m not too worried.

  7. Ooooh baby girl, I know you looked very professional in that dress! Well done. Zap continues to crack me up. I have three cats and I think Zap is like my Pip! Anyhoo, glad you had such a fantastic weekend and good luck with the interview!

  8. Nice recovery and best of luck! I once had a phone interview and somehow failed to think about the time zone difference. I fortunately was only 15 minutes late, but not the best first impression 🙁

    And your radishes look awesome! I am trying a new variety this year, so hopefully I’ll have a good spring harvest.

  9. Good luck with the job, I hope you get it. I love the story’s about Zap he is halarious…maybe not to you but the story’s get me to laugh out loud! I have a kitty too so I know the things they do can be pretty funny!

  10. There’s a strong possibility Zaps brother lives with me…not biological,of course,Buddy,my dark knight, is solid black.
    The other day, I left my bowl of cheerios on the table which I answered the door,came back to find him licking the milk and spitting the cereal on the floor,yikes!!!
    He’s also destroyed my window shade and ate my carnations:)
    Great garden!love radishes, its not mutual.
    Brown thumb here, even silk flowers wilt in my presence.
    Give Zap a cat mom high five from me.

    1. Oh noooooo! And why spit the cereal on the floor? He could have at least eaten it, hahaha. Yup, Zap destroyed our (expensive) window shades, too. A few weeks ago I was sewing and I left my pin holder (the tomato-shaped thing) out while I was cooking lunch. I look over and Zap is pulling pins out of the tomato one at a time. I was HORRIFIED and thought he was eating them. He didn’t like the subsequent mouth inspections. Ugh, this cat will drive me to drinking, I swear. 🙂 But yes, cat moms unite!!

  11. It’s important to show who you are in an interview, so good for you for handling the situation so well. Good luck with the job prospect!

    Zap is so funny, but he must be a handful…

    We had a quiet weekend, filled with kitchen stuff. I baked more sourdough, Starting to get the hang of it. I made hemp seed milk and a huge batch Lasagne packed with veggies and homemade tomato sauce. But my biggest achievement was making a traditional Finnish easter recipe of malted rye pudding from scratch. I used to hate this stuff but it’s actually pretty good and a nice fermenttation project to add to my “portfolio”.

  12. Hi Mrs. Picky – I can’t believe I’ve only just found your blog. It has food AND kitties! (What? You mentioned something about frugality and finance as well? But… Food! Kitties!)

    1. Happy to have you here, Mrs. ETT! It’s supposed to be about money or something, buuuuut 90% of the time it’s about food and cats lol.

  13. I’m jealous that you’re already getting crops out of the garden! I’m working in the garden today, but it’s gonna be a couple months before we are getting anything.

    Good luck with the new position acquisition!

    1. Oh thank you! I’m shocked we’re getting anything at all in our first year of gardening, so each little strawberry and radish is a win. 🙂

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