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Pheeee-ew! It was another busy and fulfilling weekend at the Picky Palace, y’all. I got back home late Friday night, so I’m sorry about the lack of What’s for Dinner? posts! We’ll have one next week. 🙂 Anyhoo, we were busy both in the kitchen and in the yard this weekend, but we got so much done! See how we saved money this weekend. 🙂
I was traveling for work most of this week. I won’t lie–it was a total ass-kicker. Hopefully the travel schedule for work will calm down and I can relax at home a little more. 🙂
The upside to traveling is getting freebies!
My freebies included:
- Hotel pens and notepads
- A plethora of crappy free hotel room coffee.
- Some niceish hotel room tea. I snagged an Earl Grey and I was most excited about that. 🙂
- Free meals on the company dime. I was on the road but wanted something that wasn’t fried. I ended up eating at Panera Bread twice. My conclusion is that their sandwiches are disgusting but their soups are divine. Anyhoo, it was free for me and better than fried chicken on the road.
- Hotel soap, shampoo, and conditioner.
- A t-shirt, leather-bound journal, cupcake, and cake pop! Oh, y’all. On day one of the conference we went to Big Tech Company A. They were very gracious and gave us all kinds of goodies, including a Big Tech Company A t-shirt, which I appreciated. Day two was at Big Tech Company B, which provided us with unlimited snacks (like, nice snacks, y’all), espresso, and Atari games. Ahhh.
- This isn’t “free,” but I’ll also get mileage reimbursement. I did two five-hour drives, so that should add up nicely. 🙂
I’m not gonna lie–I hate driving and traveling. But it’s nice to score something for my troubles. 🙂
I had the opportunity to do a bit of sewing on Sunday.
Mr. Picky Pincher informed me that he no longer wanted his (really nice) socks and would be donating them. Horrified, I took the socks and claimed them as my own.
The socks are really well-made, but I’m not a fan of how high they are.
Instead of giving up or putting up with high socks, I altered them. I cut off the tops and created a new hem at the ankle instead. Woohoo!
Nothing went to waste, of course. I was kinda scratching my head about what to do with the sock scraps. Mr. Picky Pincher had an ingenious idea–turn them into scrunchies!
They’re not the fanciest things in the world, but they keep my hair out of my face, so mission accomplished.
Jersey sheet cardigan
I’m lazy. So since I had my sewing machine out, I decided to make a party of it and sew a cardigan. This has been on my to-do list for months, so it felt good to make some headway on this.
I bought a soft, pink jersey sheet from the thrift store months ago. I stopped paying more-than-full-price for fabric at Joann’s and get it exclusively from the thrift store. It takes more work to find good fabric, but it’s there. :)I paired the cheap fabric with an old cardigan pattern I got for $2 at Wal-Mart and made a very soft, cozy cardigan.
Y’all, I’m not all that great of a sewer, so this was a great accomplishment. I still need to finish a few seams, but it’ll be ready to wear after that! It’s good to see that I’m slowly improving. 🙂
I mean, it’s not Picky Pinchers without food, right? 🙂 Here are the things we cooked this weekend.
Coconut dream cake
I found this recipe in a library cookbook a few months ago. I haven’t been able to make it because the damn recipe called for eight (!) eggs. Well! I’m glad I hung on to the recipe because I happened to have eight eggs to use up this weekend.
I also had an entire bag of opened coconut that needed some love, so it was meant to be.
I made a two-layer cake with a homemade cream cheese coconut-flavored frosting. I coated the frosting with more coconut and it looks gaw-geous.
I sliced the cake into nine pieces and froze them. Mr. Picky Pincher was kind enough to help me. I said, “Look honey! More cake!”
“Oh! Thank God!” He said sarcastically. I might have a baking problem, y’all. Our freezer is a little full right now. 😉
Peach coffee cake muffins
I needed to use up the last of the fresh peaches we bought a few weeks ago. I found a recipe for a plum coffee cake, so I just turned it into a peach coffee cake. I froze these for easy weekday breakfasts. Yeehaw!
Fun fact: I didn’t have cupcake wrappers. After panicking for a sec, I made my own from parchment paper. I might even do this from now on, actually, since it’s way cheaper than cupcake wrappers.
Mr. Picky Pincher surprised me Friday night with two fresh-baked loaves of sourdough bread. Awwwww yeah.
He used his sourdough starter, Pappagiorgio, to bake the crusty, warm bread. Mmmm.
I’m lovin’ me some macarons! This week I baked a vanilla cookie with a vanilla cream cheese filling and a raspberry jam/cream cheese filling. They taste divine, but uh, they’re kinda ugly.
I’m 90% sure the issue was that I didn’t mix the batter enough. Oh well! It’s about learning. 🙂
DIY Oil Change
Mr. Picky Pincher was a straight-up boss this weekend. His truck needed an oil change, so he did it himself. That alone saved us $20 – $30 after supplies.
Mr. Picky Pincher was also a badass with his lawn work this weekend!
- Mowed the lawn.
- Created plans for a trellis and planted our raspberry and blackberry plants there.
- Planted seedlings. He grew seedlings for gourds and loofahs and planted them on the trellises around our porch. The loofah seeds came from Farming Phyllis and I’m excited for them to grow!! The loofahs grow a vegetable that, when dried, become the bath loofahs that we all know and love. You can also eat the un-dried vegetable, but I’m not sure what that tastes like. I guess we’ll find out!
- Fed the hummingbirds. Mr. Picky Pincher put in a hummingbird feeder a while back and refilled it today. We like to sit on the porch and watch the little dudes flutter around. 🙂
- Turned the compost. It’s turning into dirt, all right! We put all of our veggie scraps in here that we can’t save for stock. Waste not!
- Removed a holly and rose stump. I can’t believe he had time, but Mr. Picky Pincher removed like, two bushes from the back yard. I can barely dig a one-foot hole in wet ground, so that’s impressive to me.
- Barbecued chicken. Mr. Picky Pincher is making chicken gumbo as a freezer meal, so he barbecued two chickens for the occasion. He does a dry brine overnight before grilling them. He saves the white meat, dark meat, and bones for making stock.
Mr. Picky Pincher also caught a salamander. He was so proud of it that I took a picture before he released it back to our garden. Enjoy. 🙂
Zap was impatiently waiting for me to get home on Friday night. 🙂 Naturally he ignored me for the rest of the weekend as punishment. I deserve it.
We’re still working on “personal space.” He loves to sit under my standing desk and slap me. It’s cute until I’m on a video call and have to act normal!
I got me a li’l cat loaf. 🙂
We want to know: How did you spend or save money this weekend?