If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

Monday, February 6, 2023

Frugal February 4, 5 and 6

Hello everyone 
First here is my weekly to do list.  As I expected, several undone tasks from last week’s list have been rolled over to this week’s list.
But that’s fine and that is just life. 
I think I need a new black ink pad. My stamping images don’t look as clear as I prefer them to.

On Saturday, I saw a Facebook marketplace ad and I knew the people.  
I got all of this and lots more for $25 
I don’t think I’ll ever need to buy another zipper or button. 
And as long as the elastic is still viable, I won’t need to buy any more elastic for a long, long time either. 

Now my sewing room has stuff spread everyone and I’ll be working on that this week.
  Lots of good stuff but it’s still stuff and I need to find a place for it.  

No photo but my husband smoked a $35 commissary brisket on Saturday.  We‘ve at it 3 days in a row and it is just delicious. 
He doesn’t follow the brisket experts advice, and he trims most of the fat from the brisket. But we like it that way. It is still flavorful and tender, just not fatty or greasy. Tomorrow I’ll put what is left in the freezer in meal size containers.
 We could have gone out to eat and spent $35 on one brisket meal but this way we get many brisket meals for the same money.

Sunday afternoon I made a double batch of energy balls. Most of these will go in lunches for grand children who pack school lunches. In our town, all children can eat breakfast free but I think school lunches cost $3.50  or $4 a day.

This is my basic energy ball recipe. I usually heat the peanut butter in the microwave just to make it easier to stir.
Corn syrup and pancake syrup can be substituted for the honey with very good results.
I usually stir the wet ingredients together, then stir in the oats and then stir in the M&Ms or chocolate chips
I’ve used traditional peanut butter, sugar-free peanut butter, and a low sugar peanut butter. All have worked just fine.
Shape into balls, whatever size you desire, and chill in the refrigerator.
They are very filling, much more filling than a store-bought granola bar

One  morning I had an unusual opportunity to help my daughter shop at Aldi. 
 After that I went by myself to Dollar Tree. 
I needed 2 things and got both of them for our home (tiny trash bags and a particular type of toothpaste) I was also looking for some shampoo and conditioner that I saw on YouTube, that had good reviews, but this dollar tree did not have them.

Then I sent some photos to my daughter to see if she wanted some of these things as I thought she might.  
She picked out a few things. Can you guess which things she asked for?  





She wanted things in 4 of these photos.  If anyone gets it exactly right,  I’ll send the first one a little gift.  

Hope you all are having a good Monday 
❤️ Rhonda 


  1. I say the gnomes and bunnies


  2. The four photos with Easter items

  3. My guess....it's a wild guess because I have no idea.
    The three Valentine photos plus the honeybee photo. I hope I don't have to guess which item in each picture!

  4. I make a similar protein ball for my teens. I use protein powder as well. If you have any on hand, you may want to try it, although you may need more honey or peanut butter. They are delicious, and super filling.

  5. What great crafting ideas. Thoughts are going through my mind like crazy.

    The energy balls look great. Copied down the recipe.

    God bless.

  6. You hit the jackpot on the sewing supplies! Fun!

    The protein balls look yummy---I copied the recipe...Jane

  7. The gnomes, the Easter rabbit sign, the Bunny tail, some valentine hearts

  8. I love those little carrots. Too cute. Thanks for the recipe and that brisket sounds good.


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