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See ya later weekend, it’s like I hardly knew you. This weekend flew by in a hurry, but we managed to cram enough frugal fun into the two days. See how we spent our weekend both saving and spending money.

How did you spend your weekend? Let me know in the comments!

Fermented jalapeno sauce

Mr. Picky Pincher has been on a salsa kick lately. This week he tried something new: a pickled jalapeno sauce.

prepping jalapenos for sauce

If you love jalapenos as much as this guy, here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

  • 6 jalapenos or Fresno chilies, seeded
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • One bulb of ginger (thumb-sized), chopped finely

Blend the seeded jalapenos together with the salt, sugar, garlic, and ginger. We blended ours in the Vitamix for a better texture.

blending jalapenos for a sauce

Once you form the paste, let it ferment at room temperature for five days. Mr. Picky Pincher covered his in muslin to keep bugs away. Stir the mixture once a day. On the fifth day, add a teaspoon of white vinegar and blend again.

Then enjoy! πŸ™‚

fermenting jalapeno sauce

Sweet potato biscuits

We finally ate through our biscuit stash, so it was time to get to bakin’! I’ve been admiring this sweet potato biscuit recipe from the Budget Epicurean for ages. It was time to get my bake on. πŸ™‚

I fully admit that my biscuits weren’t vegan like the recipe called for. I just didn’t have vegan ingredients on hand, so I subbed coconut milk with cow-milk and coconut oil with cow-milk-butter.

It all came together in an attractively festive orange dough.

biscuit dough

I rolled out the dough to half an inch and cut it in circles.

Pro tip: you don’t need a special biscuit cutter! I always cut biscuits with dinner glasses and they come out beautifully.

cutting out biscuits with a glass

I baked the biscuits until they fluffed up and browned. I will say these biscuits didn’t get as much lift to them, but the centers were delightfully fluffy and delicious.

freshly baked sweet potato biscuits

The sweet potato biscuits have a very, very mild sweetness. They’re fluffy and taste amazing!

I cut the biscuits in half and froze them in a Ziploc (which I reuse). When we want to eat them, I’ll pop them in the microwave for a few seconds.

Muesli granola

I have a long work trip this week. I wanted to make granola as a healthy snack for the long workdays. Our budget was tight since it was the end of the month, so I decided to get creative. I rifled through the pantry and found a container of muesli, a type of uncooked cold cereal.

muesli

I combined vanilla extract, cinnamon, and honey to the muesli and toasted it for 15 minutes until golden brown.

toasted muesli granola

It tastes awesome! I made a makeshift granola without having to buy a thing. πŸ™‚

Voting

We proudly exercised our right to vote on Saturday. Look around to see what’s on your ballot and cast your vote. #AllTheCoolKidsAreDoingIt

remembering to vote

Frugal fail: radish chips

So there I was, trying to be all healthy ‘n’ whatnot.

I stumbled upon a bunch of radishes in the fridge that were about to go bad.

“Oooh, I’ll make radish chips!” I said. “It’ll be easy!” I said.

I sliced radishes quickly in my mandoline (Amazon link here) and laid them out on a sheet tray. I roasted them for 20 minutes, and was horrified to see it didn’t work. Some radishes were burnt to a crisp, while others were flabby and gloopy. None of them resembled a sexy, delicious radish chip. I had to toss them in the compost.

I think I’ll try them again with a different recipe; I’m sure radish chips would be delicious dipped in hummus.

frugal fail making radish chips

As a frugal aside to this nonsense, I do keep my mandoline storage frugal! Mandolines are incredibly sharp; you have to be careful with storing them. To protect our fingers, I wrapped our mandoline in an old pillowcase.

frugally storing a mandolin in an old pillowcase



Freelancing

Okay, I’m really excited about this.

I’ve been working my Picky fingers to death on my freelancing business this month, y’all. By my calculations, I spend at least 10 – 15 hours a week working on this stuff. And just now am I seeing the payoff.

In March I earned $559.97 from freelancing. To my credit, I wasn’t really prioritizing it; it was just something I did as I thought about it. And that’s not a shabby income from a side hustle, but I wanted to challenge myself. My goal is to freelance full time when we pay off our student loans, so I knew I needed to pick up the pace.

I set my April income goal to be 50% more than March – $839.95.

After a LOT (and I do mean a lot) of work, I’m proud to announce I brought in $1,509.05 in freelancing this month. I nearly doubled my goal, which is amazing. I have a long way to go, but I’m really happy with how things are going. πŸ™‚ This money is separate from our finances and I’m using it to grow the business.

I’ll write a whole post on how I actually made this happen in the coming months. πŸ™‚

Another onion!

I found yet another sprouted onion in our pantry. I stripped away the bulb, leaving the center and roots intact. I planted the onion in the onion area of our raised beds. The last onion I planted looks like it’s taking hold. This is new territory to me, but it’s so cool!

planting a sprouted onion

For those of you who have planted onions: I have a bunch of stupid, newbie questions. Does it simply regrow the bulb? Does it somehow cause other onions to grow, too? Or do you just harvest seeds from it to make more onions?

Treat yourself box

Okay, so I treated myself in a new, intriguing way this weekend and wanted to chat about it. Also, I’m not affiliated with Target or anything, I just thought this thing was cool.Β 

We went to Target on Saturday to kill time before going to the movie theater. I had a rare “impulse buy” snap judgment and scooped up this $7 “Treat Yourself” box.

treat yourself box from target view of the box

I was intrigued by the low price and the idea of an all-in-one DIY beauty box.

Was it a silly impulse purchase?

Mm, yes.

Do I regret it?

Nope!

I was pleasantly surprised by the contents of this mystery box. I’ve been having a ball treating myself to fancy baths and luxurious lotions. It’s stuff that I normally wouldn’t buy full-sized, so it was nice to have samples like these for a bit of fun. It was cool to try something new without breaking the budget.

treat yourself box from target

I also chuckled when I saw Target included coupons in the box. They’re clever little dudes.

I like things like this because they help people learn how to treat themselves at home. $7 is still $7, but it’s cheaper than getting a beauty treatment or massage. It’s a great way to segue into DIY frugal living if you’re used to paying for fancy treatments.

I could have lived without the Treat Yourself box, but I definitely got my $7 out of this. πŸ™‚

Thredup

I’m putting together a review of using the online clothing thrift shop, ThredUp. This weekend I rustled up enough clothes to sell to them. Time will tell if I make a bit of moolah! I’d love to score some store credit. πŸ™‚

I used to be a diehard thrift store clothes shopper. While I know thrift stores like Goodwill can carry great pieces, I’ve had better success with online “middleman” clothing stores. They vet pieces for me, and it’s easier to find just what I want.

Y’know, instead of sorting through ugly sweaters from the 80s at a Goodwill.

Sunday breakfast

We’re trying to create a new tradition in the Picky household. Sundays are Fancy Breakfast days. πŸ™‚ I made a batch of popovers for the two of us. We ate them with butter and jam and they were soooo good. Here’s the recipe I used.Β 

sunday breakfast of cheesy and regular popovers

Beer time!

Mr. Picky Pincher had an unfortunate beer incident this weekend. We came home after watching the Super Troopers movie to see that the beer in his keg had leaked everywhere. Apparently one of the hoses to the keg came undone. Hubs was devastated to see his brand new IPA ruined. πŸ™

He brewed a pale ale on Sunday to start fermenting, so he should have beer in a few weeks that ready for kegging.

RIP IPA.

Zap’s Adventures

Zap has realized the profound joy of sitting in a box on a box. He’s our little King of the Mountain.

Zap took a cat nap in the leaves. πŸ™‚

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


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