I'm Back! - Blogs - Frugal Village Forums
View RSS Feed

Creative Call

I'm Back!

Rate this Entry
by , 06-25-2014 at 09:22 PM (2917 Views)
Sorry for the long absence everyone. I had a slight problem with my heart over the winter months and now sport a brand new piece of equipment called a pacemaker. I feel much better now. However other areas in my life have suffered.

What are we up to these days?

We have embarked on a kitchen renovation. Contractor is signed up to come mid-August to start ripping things out. I am packing up dining room stuff to make room for kitchen stuff as it is our makeshift kitchen for the duration. Our budget is $25,000 CAD. The average kitchen reno in the neighborhood is $40,000. We decided to go with quality cabinets, a cheap countertop, and classic backsplash tiles. The plan is to eventually replace the countertop with higher quality if we have to down the road. The cabinets should be good for a long time.

We have a small, waterlogged patio garden this year. It is not doing very well at all. I have harvested a few herbs to use in meals. Honestly, the birds, squirrels and rabbits are getting most everything in it.

I did manage to clean out my freezer from excess fruit and chicken carcasses since my surgery. I made strawberry-raspberry jam and strawberry - rhubarb jam. I also made 17 cups of crabapple sauce, and 4 pts. of tomato sauce. Then there were the 9 750 ml. containers of chicken stock and 2 4 c. containers of turkey stock.

I am making yogurt once a week now to keep hubby and the boarder in yogurt. They decided they like it, and it is much cheaper than buying it.

I made a huge batch of gluten free, dairy free, sugar free Kale Crustless Quiche and froze it in small lunch size portions. I also made some GF, SF lasagna and froze it for lunches for me.

I am hoping to start baking my own GF bread again. GF bread here is $7-10 a loaf!

Hubby and I are also planning for retirement. It's been a struggle. He would so like to retire next year, but we do not know if we can swing it financially. We are finally breaking down and talking to a CFP about it.

Well that's enough for this entry. Talk to you all later!

Submit "I'm Back!" to Facebook Submit "I'm Back!" to Tweet This Submit "I'm Back!" to Digg Submit "I'm Back!" to del.icio.us Submit "I'm Back!" to StumbleUpon Submit "I'm Back!" to Google

Comments