In the big garden I planted cucumbers, two different kinds of lettuce, spinach, and zucchini. In the smaller one I have watermelon, cantaloup and strawberries. I also planted a blackberry and blueberry bush.
Last weekend I decided to try to make my own goldfish-type crackers. In an earlier post I mentioned I had made my own fish cookie cutter using a pop can. The recipe was very simple to make, but with using high-quality ingredients, it wasn't really cost-effective, but boy were they good! The original recipe called for four tablespoons of butter, but they were a bit greasy, so I decreased the amount to 3.
8 ounce block sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (works best if you shred your own)
3 Tbsp. butter cut into cubes
1 cup flour
3/4 tsp. salt (I use sea salt)
2 Tbsp. cold water
Pulse everything except water in a food processor until the mixture resembles course sand. Pulse in water 1 Tbsp at a time. Remove dough from the processor, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes. Roll out the dough (about 1/16 of an inch) and cut into shapes.
Place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes in a 350º oven. (May need more time to get them to right crispness.) Remove from sheet onto a cooking rack and cool completely. I ended up letting mine sit out most of the day to dry out a bit because they were a bit chewy (but still delicious).
So, I haven't posted about my budget this much...with good reason. It is long busted. My garden and other expenses have washed it away, but I can tell you that I haven't spent anything on clothes or other useless items. At least I'm trying :)