This week I made pickled banana peppers with banana peppers from our garden. This was the first year that I was able to successfully grow peppers! It's hard to grow peppers in our area because of the short growing season, but this year I started growing them inside at the beginning of May and we've also had an unusually warm fall, making it a perfect environment for growing peppers.
I picked more cucumbers and we had more cucumbers than we could possibly eat, so I made another batch of refrigerator pickles. I also picked onions, carrots, tomatoes and the last of the zucchini and made Zucchini Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies.
I grew sunflowers for the first time this year. I planted the giant variety and it was so fun to watch them grow to almost 10 feet tall! I cut a few heads off and let them dry in the sun, but I think I might have tried to harvest the seeds a little too early. I think I need to wait at least another week or two before cutting the heads off the other plants.
If I get enough sunflower seeds, I would love to try this Sunflower Butter recipe. Sunbutter is extremely expensive and since one of my children is allergic to peanuts, this would be a great alternative to peanut butter!
I bought a large container of parsley that was on sale at Walmart that was less expensive per ounce than the parsley that I usually buy. Since starting our low sodium heart healthy diet, I have been using a lot of parsley for flavor. I won't have to buy parsley for quite a while.
I used water from our rain barrel to water our garden.
Our family borrowed several books and a DVD from the library.
I earned 210 Recyclebank points this week.
What are your favorite ways to live frugally?
Our on-going savings:
**Compost kitchen and garden scraps.
**Wash laundry in cold water.
**Use online bill pay to pay our bills.
**Earn Swag Bucks for gift cards that I use to buy gifts.
**Earn Recyclebank points for gift cards, coupons and free magazine subscriptions.
**Earn Bing Rewards points for gift cards, Hulu Plus subscription, Skype credits, etc.
**Husband takes lunch to work everyday.
**Turn lights off when not being used.
**Use scrap paper for notes and lists.
**Drive to town once a week for shopping and errands.
**Buy less cereal and eat oatmeal and other homemade breakfasts several times a week.
**Reuse plastic and paper shopping bags for small trash and recycling.