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What a frugal weekend, indeed! I think we spent our two days off work wisely. We did plenty around the house, but also made sure to have fun. We did stupid adult things like pay taxes (oof), but we also drank good beer and had the best fried chicken of our lives.

How did you save or spend money this weekend? Chat in the comments!

Organization

I do think there’s something to be said for keeping a tidy house. First of all, it makes it much easier to find things, and second, it feels so fresh and freeing.

One area of our house that’s been lacking in the organized/clean department was our pantry, fridge, and freezer. Hubs took it upon himself to not only organize all of this shiz, but to label and consolidate containers.

The result?

Our pantry looks kickass! We have a lot more room available and everything is tidy.

Thanks honey!

Cooking

There was quite a lot of cookin’ going on this weekend at the Picky Palace.

Wine-cream

Mr. Picky Pincher’s mom sent me this neat link about making ice cream from wine. Since I had a boatload of homemade apple and blackberry wine on my hands, it seemed like a fun experiment.

This recipe wasn’t designed for an ice cream machine, so I adjusted it. Here’s the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 vanilla pod, seeded
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup of homemade blackberry wine

I heated the cream, milk, vanilla (add whole pod plus seeds), and sugar on the stove top until it came together.

I then let it sit at room temp for an hour to infuse more vanilla flavor into the ice cream base.

Once it cooled, I put the base through a sieve (to remove the vanilla pod) and put it in a pie dish. I do this so the liquid has more surface area to cool. I put it in the fridge and let it cool completely.

cooling ice cream base

Once the ice cream base cooled, I stirred in the 3/4 cup of wine. I could have heated up my wine, but why would I want to cook out the alcohol? ๐Ÿ™‚

Once the base came together, I poured it into my ice cream machine (Amazon link here). The badass machine made ice cream in 30 minutes! It was still a little loose, so I ate it through a straw, shake-style.

churning homemade ice cream

I wanted to top it with blackberries, but we only had blueberries. Oh well! It was delicious, perfectly balanced, and I could definitely taste the wine. A winner for sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

homemade red wine ice cream with blueberries on top

Bundt cake

We’re eating chai spice orange bundt cake this week for a fancyish Valentine’s breakfast. Nobody wants to bake from scratch in the mornings, so I cooked them ahead of time.

I had leftover batter, so I used it to make a chai spice pound cake. These are sooo tasty topped with a homemade orange drizzle.

chai spice bundt cakes

I froze these for eating this week. I’ll just defrost them in the microwave and bam! Nice breakfast. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sausage

Mr. Picky Pincher processed the gigantic pork shoulder we bought a few weeks ago and turned it into Italian sausage and breakfast sausage.

This weekend I measured out the sausage and used it to make breakfast meatballs, breakfast meatloaf, and sausage patties.

cooking homemade breakfast sausage

We did the cost breakdown and homemade sausage is on par with the cost of storebought sausage. However! We have more control over what we eat, the quality, and the taste. It tastes much, much better than storebought sausage for sure.

cooked sausage patties in a pile to cool

Another cool thing is that this sausage doesn’t brown as heavily as the storebought brands. I love that the outside doesn’t burn in two seconds. ๐Ÿ˜›



Yogurt

More yogurt! I’m trying to be better about consuming more probiotic foods in my diet. That means I have to crank up yogurt production. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s my tutorial on homemade yogurt if you want to give it a go.

Breakfast meatloaf

Yeehaw, breakfast meatloaf! This is a surprising new favorite around our home. I found the idea in a vegan cookbook a while back. I’ve obviously adapted it to our carnivorous ways.

I just combine two pounds of breakfast sausage with eggs, bread crumbs, cheddar cheese, a splash of milk, and green onions before baking it in a loaf pan. I slice it into single servings, which hubs then freezes for easy weekday eating.

sliced breakfast meatloaf

I thought the idea of breakfast meatloaf was weird at first, but damn, it’s delicious.

Breakfast meatballs

Breakfast meatballs are … identical to breakfast meatloaf, except they’re shaped into balls. I like the versatility of having the meat in different shapes. For example, we can make “breakfast subs” with hotdog buns, peppers, cheese, and the meatballs.

Hey, it’s kinda weird, but it’s tasty!

breakfast meatballs

Austin Outing

This was the main event of the weekend, y’all, and it was so much fun!

For the last few weeks we’ve had cabin fever. We wanted to go off on a big adventure like our San Francisco trip, but that ain’t happenin’ on our February budget. We decided a day trip would be the best solution to get out of the house without spending crazy money.

We made the trip to Austin and our first top was at Whichcraft, a nice tap room. We sipped on nice beer and enjoyed a respite from the cold! It was so freakin’ chilly.

drinking beer in a corgi hat

After grabbing some beer, we made our way to JT Youngblood’s for a down home fried chicken dinner. Y’all.

Y’aaaaaall. This was, by far, the best fried chicken we’ve had in our entire lives. I’m serious. I could die in a vat of this fried chicken. Everything there was fresh and homemade. It was insane! I meant to get a photo, but only remembered after I inhaled every. last. bite of food.

paper straw at restaurant

As an added bonus, the restaurant used paper straws! I love seeing people limiting plastic waste.

After dinner, we made our way to the Austin roller derby. We were in the mood for action and weren’t disappointed. The Rhinestone Cowgirls and the Holy Rollers went head to head on the skate track. There was live music, hilarious mascots, beer, and tons of Texas sass.

roller derby

At the end of the night we were absolutely exhausted, but it was such a nice adventure.

All in all, we spent $75 for our day trip. I know many people think it’s important to avoid expenses like these when possible, but we believe in spending money on the things that matter to us.

We really needed a break from the daily hum-drum, and are going back to work feeling refreshed and awake. ๐Ÿ™‚

DIY spa day

I’m all about integrating affordable “treat yo’self” moments into life. One of my favorite ways to do so is through DIY spa days. As luck would have it, we went by Walmart and found a smorgasbord of great spa day items on fire sale.ย 

I snagged lotion on sale for $3 cheaper than I usually can find it. In a great find, I got organic face lotion for just $5; it normally sells for $14. I also found a few Yes To masks for a buck apiece.

walmart sale haul

I normally don’t like to stock up on items that I don’t have an immediate need for, but the prices here were too good to ignore.ย 

On Sunday I treated myself to a nice spa day (here’s how I do it if you’re curious). Mr. Picky Pincher even got in on the fun and shared a mud mask with me.

mud mask

Classy.




Hubby’s Corner

I talk a lot about our frugal pursuits here. Often I find myself glossing over Mr. Picky Pincher’s goings-on because I don’t fully understand them.

Well, buckle up buttercup, because hubby has his own section here to chat about his frugal weekend festivities

Racked imperial Russian stout

I’m working on my next beer, a Russian imperial stout. The beer should be ready for bottling in a few weeks, but this weekend I racked it.

Chicken stock

We were completely out of chicken stock, so I made a batch in our pressure cooker. I use leftover poultry bones and let it stew for several hours. I like my stock to be thick and full of tasty collagen.ย 

Packaged foods

Mrs. Picky Pincher does the cooking, and I usually find myself doing the storing. I packed my homemade sausage in vac-seal bags, as well as the breakfast meatloaf in single-serving packs. This keeps our food safe from freezer burn, extending the life of our frozen foods.ย ย 
vacuum sealing meat

Amazon shopping

It’s hard for me to find my shirt size in-store, so I’ve been using our Amazon Prime subscription to shop for shirts. I ordered several shirts, tried them on, and simply sent back the ones that didn’t work. I’m loving the free returns!

Mrs. Picky Pincher note: They accidentally sent him this horrible/cool “cat witchcraft” shirt. I wanted to keep it, but hubs said no.

Taxes

Mrs. Picky Pincher and I sat down to do our taxes. It was supposed to be free to file, but someone’s blog/freelance business meant we had to pay for the self-employment version of TurboTax.

Mrs. Picky Pincher note: Oops.

We owed just under $1,000, so I’m very glad that we have savings just for this occasion. It’s nice to have the taxes done and behind us.

Perfected smoothie recipe

I’ve been looking for the perfect smoothie recipe for months. I prefer my smoothies to be nuttier and more hearty. I stumbled upon this awesome smoothie recipe while listening to one of my favorite podcasts

I made it for the first time this weekend and I was hooked.ย 

I hate measuring out dry ingredients for my smoothies, so I made three pre-measured cups of smoothie ingredients. The bottom jars are for whipping into a fine texture, while the top is to pulse for more texture.

smoothie jars

Zap’s adventures

Zap got into so much trouble this week, the little scamp.

I woke up early to work on the blog. Zap was not having it. He physically would not remove himself from my laptop. “Play wif me.”

zap sitting on my laptop

We have a few Amazon boxes lying around the house. Zap treated himself to his new “playhouses.” If you look in the corner of the photo, you’ll see a big pile ‘o’ catnip, which Zap went berserk over.

zap in his box

We love our little Zaparito! We had a family nap on Saturday and it was so comfy.

snuggling with zap

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


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