Since I closed down my house blog, I've been wanting to incorporate more of that side of me here, and your responses indicated you wouldn't mind more personal posts and/or more house/crafty/food-type posts. Thus, I am testing a new feature currently called Home Fires (I'm still working on the name). I don't have any nifty buttons or graphics yet (how do you make buttons, people?), but I do have a home that I love to work on and a significant Pinterest addiction AND a slightlymorethanaverage interest in Things That Are Cool.
So, Home Fires (or whatever I end up naming it) will likely be a weekly feature that focuses on whatever projects I've been able to work on that week. It could be recipes, home economics-type discussions, art, craft, Halloween costumes, or simply paint. There's likely to be a lot of paint.
But today.... no paint. I've puttied and sanded nail holes in some of the kitchen trim, but I haven't broken out the paintbrush yet. I have, however, made some progress in my Costco experiment. At the end of the summer, we joined Costco. There are several regularly purchased items where I could save money, so we thought we'd give it a try. To see if it actually works, I'm keeping records of what we are buying and spending and using. I bought a few of the huge canned goods, uncertain how I would make them work. This week, I've been making good on that purchase.
this and also had tomatoes from the garden just sitting around, so I used this pinned recipe to roast them with some garlic. And then I went at it in my ginormous stock pot. I added a few things (like mixing in cheese as recommended by this pin and adding the fresh roasted tomatoes) and simmered it longer than the original pin recommended, and it was quite good. We had spaghetti for dinner that night, and then I froze three portions for later (approximately the same amount as a jar of bought sauce). That jar of tomatoes cost me $3.79. I had to add a few ingredients, but I'm guessing that's still going to come in under the cost of four jars of store spaghetti sauce. Plus, I know exactly what is in it.
So, what do you think? Keep it or kill it (the feature, that is)? Also, how do you save money? Do you do the Costco thing? What tricks should I be trying?
And if you do the Pinterest-thing, please feel free to follow me here. Leave me a comment with your Pin-name, and I'll follow you back. But not in a stalker kind of way. Cause that would definitely not fall under Things That Are Cool.