The boys and I have a four-day weekend and I'm thankful for the opportunity to cross some things off my to-do list!
My children have been asking for pancakes for breakfast, and I finally had a chance to make them this weekend. I made a double batch of blueberry pancakes with blueberries that we picked for $1.25/lb. and froze in August. I flash froze the leftover pancakes, and when the boys feel like pancakes for breakfast, I can take a few out and warm them up in the toaster for a quick, healthy breakfast on busy mornings.
This week we tried Mustard Glazed Chicken. By making a few changes to the recipe, it turned out to be a fairly inexpensive meal. I substituted some of the ingredients for less expensive options that I already had on hand and I used one large boneless, skinless chicken breast to feed my whole family by butterflying the chicken breast and cutting both pieces into two more pieces for a total of four pieces. I also made a big pan of roasted potatoes and added carrots and onions from our garden.
I picked carrots from our garden. I haven't had to buy carrots for about a month now and I love that I can walk right outside for them!
I bought whole wheat bread for $1.03 per loaf and English muffins for $.99 each at the bread outlet store. I used some of the English muffins to make breakfast sandwiches for lunch this week and I will use them next week to make English muffin pizzas for dinner.
I reused freezer bags.
I started a handmade gift.
How were you able to save this week?
Our on-going savings:
**Compost kitchen and garden scraps.
**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.