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Last Week’s Frugal Accomplishments

Since I haven’t done a frugal posting in a bit, here is a conglomeration of some things I’ve done lately:

*We’ve had gorgeous weather as of late, so I’ve hung out all of our wash on the clothesline instead of running a dryer.

*Got some free bananas at a local store. As I was checking out after picking up some milk, the lady at the register asked if I wanted a free bunch that were turning brown. Of course I said yes! They went into smoothies this week.

*Speaking of smoothies, I hadn’t made any in a few months because our blender had died. I had refrained from buying one since it wasn’t really a necessity of life. Now that my husband is fully back to work (normal paychecks are finally rolling in!) and all of his medical bills are paid off, I felt better about buying one.

*Inherited a partial huge bag of long grain rice. I cook with rice a lot, so this was a blessing.

*Helped my aunt clean out some stuff from her apartment last weekend. She said we could take whatever we wanted and the rest could be donated. She used to sew a lot, so I was gifted a bunch of fabric, along with some other odds and ends.

*My husband was able to bring home a big bag of bacon ends and smoked cheese from work.

*Our local community fair was this past week. My parents met the kids and I there one night and treated us to some wonderful fair food for supper.

*Had a leftover smorgasbord for dinner another evening.

*I had a rice-filled heating pad that was getting old and kinda grungy. I tossed it and made a brand new one using the gifted fabric and rice.

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*Purchased this fun crochet/lace vest at a thrift store for a couple bucks. I see this matching a lot of items and being a great layering piece for multiple seasons. The back looks really cool too!


Andrew’s Banana Nut Cookies

Do you have a bunch of these lying around? Or maybe ones that look even worse? Here’s a new way to use those babies up! Banana bread or banana nut muffins seem to be my go-to  default for using up overly ripe bananas. One evening recently my dear man decided to bake something with the kids. If you’re wondering if this happens very often in my house, it actually does, no joke! Though they love to help me in the kitchen, as soon as Daddy goes near the stove, I hear screeching chairs being pulled across the kitchen floor. Before we know it, he has at least a couple of helpers up on chairs, ready to be put to work. Can I just say how much I love him for this? Besides the fact that he loves to cook and bake (I admit, totally better than I do!) he loves to involve the kids and get them in on the action. Yes, sometimes he’s a way better parent than I.  Anyway, one night Andrew (our 7 year old) wanted to bake something with our bananas that were getting old. They totally concocted this recipe on their own. Banana nut cookies (or just banana cookies if your household is avoiding nuts) may sound gross to some, but they turned out fantabulous. Since they made up the recipe as they went, Andrew recorded the ingredients afterwards on a piece of paper. Don’t worry, he consulted Daddy as he wrote, so the ingredients and amounts should be correct. I’ve had it on the fridge since he wrote it–though I don’t want to condone wrong spelling, I did find it precious how he wrote some of the ingredients: “brown bunanas,” “1 stic of buter,” “wite sugger,” 2&1/2 cup flower.” Too cute. So go ahead, use up them “brown bunanas” and make a yummy little something today.

Andrew's hand written recipe

Banana Nut Cookies

  • 3 medium sized overly ripe bananas
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp baking spice
  • Optional-3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Bake on 375 for 11 minutes.