This Weeks 5 Frugal Things on a Friday

Hello Dear Reader,

You know, I only just realised that Easter is next week! Where have I been? As you know I don't go shopping very often and avoid commercial TV, so right there could be the problem of almost overlooking Easter. I am sure it would have occurred to sooner if I went to the shops or watched TV more often. Anyway this realisation has made me get my skates on and organise a family get together over the Easter break. I also put in a request for the Tuesday following Easter as an ADO, so, hello 5 day break next week.

Our darling daughter and partner won't be down for Easter as they are flat out in their business which is wonderful, also my daughter plans on coming down at the end of April through to middle of May to do some guest spotting in Brisbane. They are both talented Tattoo Artist's and want to get their name re-introduced down here for their planned move within 2 years, it will be so lovely to have her here for an extended period of time.

Tomorrow I plan on going into the city with my sister and her grandchildren, she won some tickets to the ABC Science Festival and asked if I wanted to go with her, I jumped at the chance to spend some time with some of my most favourite people in the world. We will pack a picnic and have lunch at Southbank, it should be fun. Then on Sunday, lovely Hubby and I will be getting stuck into the yard as it is looking a bit (or a lot) messy and needs some time put into it.

Now on with the frugal stuff-

1. Used 3 magnificent free Avocados to make a lovely Mexican dip for an easy dinner one night, the avocados were from a huge tree that is on the block of land that our daughter and her partner have purchased recently, I am ecstatic that they are moving back down here from Cairns. It is a 2 year plan so I will have to be patient, but at least they have secured the land.

Look at the size of this magnificent Avocado tree

Their block of land, viewed from the footpath

Delicious and easy dinner of a Mexican Layered Dip, I also made a pan of Mexican Potatoes, I will post that recipe soon as they were so yummy

2. Continued to clean out the fridge and freezer of bit and bobs, I made a batch of Spinach (Silverbeet actually) and feta savoury rolls using the last of the frozen puff pastry and some silverbeet I had par-cooked and frozen before it went over.

3. Made another soup using up some roast pumpkin I had in the freezer, it wasn't the best pumpkin to begin with, so I gave it some love in the form of cumin, coriander and chilli flakes, roasted it and then froze it for later use. I used the chicken stock left over from roasting some chicken for the boys lunches while they were on the Marlin Fishing Tournament last weekend, used the last of the red thai curry paste from the fridge and made a Spicy Thai Pumpkin soup which we had for dinner last night with some home made garlic bread.

4. Picked a couple of good sized sweet potatoes from my little veggie garden, I am so happy with this little win, I have so many garden failures for one reason or another, it feels good to actually harvest and use some produce.

5. Nearly finished the top of a little quilt that has sat unloved and unfinished for quite some time, the solution was hidden in my small stash of fabric the whole time! As I had run out of the background fabric I thought I was unable to move on with this project, I just need to think outside the square, so to speak.

I guess because I live such a mundane and repetitive life, this blog topic doesn't change very much from week to week, maybe it is time for a change? Because I don't go out very much and what I do at home is quite monotonous, my list of frugal achievement are very similar week in week out, sorry about that.

Over to you, what is your daily life like, is it quite similar from day to day or do you find you have a lot of variety in your week? Let me know in the comments.

Have a lovely day

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  1. My daily life consists of feeding the dog, cat, chooks, tiding the house, washing, then outside to garden, spend some time on my computer, back inside to prepare dinner. Depending on the weather, I mow, clean sheds (love sheds), cut wood, or I mess about in my sewing room. I shop by necessity. Simple & boring, maybe,but not to me... I love being home.

    1. Hi Jana,
      Your day sounds lovely to me, not boring in the slightest. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day. Fi

  2. Your life seems very full and energetic to me! Love reading your posts - I'm retired now with some significant health issues that restrict my energy output. Love reading your blog (and Rhonda,and Ilona at Life After Money - my 3 favourites). You inspire to me to be more active and to try new things. I have a cupboard full of beautiful patchwork fabrics and ufo's so your recent quilt post got me moving on looking at my stash and planning a few projects. Also appreciate your fab recipes. So you are providing a great service to me and others Fiona! I'd one day love to have a go at blogging but not very tech savvy. Maybe a goal for 2018.... Thanks for your lovely blog - don't know how you fit it all in! x

  3. Hi Fiona,
    your daily life is very similar to that of many of your readers. You desrcibe it as mundane and repetitive yet there are so many of us that look forward to reading your posts each day. You inspire and encourage us to try out your recipes, save seeds, shop mindfully, reduce waste and think about the impact we have on our environment. Through reading your posts I have implemented some of your ideas and strategies in our home. I started using a menu plan for our evening meals and this has resulted in saving money and significantly reducing the amount of food that is thrown out. I keep track of our leftovers by noting them on a white board attached to the fridge door (at eye level to cater for the males in our household☺). Tonight I am making your Warm Potato, Lemon and Parsley Salad to accompany our baked salmon. All of your recipes that I have used have been very popular with my family. I have gone back to making sourdough bread on a regular basis. Your "What We Bought, Spent and Ate This Week" post each week provides ideas for my menu planning. You have highlighted products at Aldi that I didn't know were available there. We are trying to buy whatever we can with little or no packaging. Our soft plastics are returned to the supermarket for recycling.
    Fiona some of us like you, choose to live a simpler life. We get satisfaction from putting a healthy home-cooked meal on the table each night, baking bread and treats for our families and growing some of the fruit and vegetables we use. We take pride in having a clean and comfortable home. It might not be a life filled with glamour, excitement and adventure but for many of us the simpler way that we choose to live is much more meaningful because we focus on what really matters family, healthy living and caring for our environment and one another.
    Don't think for one minute that your life is monotonous. You have many kindred spirits who look to you as a great role model. Keep doing what you are doing.
    Warmest regards, Maria xx (from Adelaide SA)

    1. I couldn't say it better myself Maria. Also great tip about putting a white board on the fridge with the leftovers on it, I'm stealing that idea, it's Gold!!

    2. Hi Maria,
      I guess I used the words “mundane” and “repetitive” as I often think other people I am in contact with, seem to have such a varied and interesting life. I don’t feel that myself, really, I truly love my simple life, I embrace my routines and quiet days. I am sorry if I gave the impression that I wasn’t happy, I truly am. Fi

    3. Hello Fiona,
      from when I first started following your blog I could tell that you are happy with your simple life and enjoy the routines of your daily life. As one of your many appreciative readers I wanted to let you know that I always find something useful in your 5 Frugal Things on a Friday. I don't find it repetitive or boring but interesting and informative.
      Cheers, Maria.

  4. Please don't think your posts are dull Fiona - as some of your other readers have said we value your take on a simple life and your recipes are eagerly anticipated and tried out. A real family favourite is the whole orange cake which my daughters now make too.
    Nothing out of the ordinary on the frugal front but a couple of odd things this week - while walking the dog I found a very good quality pocket knife on the ground in the woods and in a different location next day I found a good quality screwdriver. We will ask around if they belong to anyone local and if not they can go in my husbands tool box.

    1. Hi Penny,
      Thank you for the positive feedback, I truly appreciate it. Have a lovely day,


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