Tuesday, February 28, 2012

16 Bucks and 4 Days

Over the weekend it became apparent that we were completely broke.  Some months we budget really well- other months we don't. This was one of the other months, we had $16 and 4 days till pay day. We needed a plan of action. Eating from the pantry and the garden were our only solutions. We got busy harvesting the best of the green stuff and turning our excess tomato stock into passata and sauce. Bread was baked and pizza dough was made. We boiled fresh eggs for snacks and indulged in pikelets for supper








Sometimes its lovely to only have a little, to have to make do. We spent our time together, making the most of what was at our fingertips.

43 comments:

  1. And that is why having a vegi garden is the best thing ever.

    I love sixteen dollar weekends.

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    1. Definitely...looks like you fared well on $16...and there's nothing like spending more time together! ♥

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  2. You are so right. sometimes the best things come from worst of circumstances. It makes us thankful though for what we do have doesn't it!?
    Congrats on your nomination @ A.T.
    happiness...
    dannelle@nestenterprises

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  3. oooo I know that feeling. eek!!
    great that you have a vegie patch.
    C xx

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  4. I totally hear you on the "stretching all til payday" phenomenon! ;) We are doing a bit of that lately, too...I do love that it makes you think more creatively, and certainly appreciate more...like eggs for sale at half price! Loved this.

    P.s. you have such a lovely blog!

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  5. Yum! Sounds like a delicious weekend!

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  6. I totally hear you on the "stretching all til payday" phenomenon! ;) We are doing a bit of that lately, too...I do love that it makes you think more creatively, and certainly appreciate more...like eggs for sale at half price! Loved this.

    P.s. you have such a lovely blog!

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  7. Thank god you're prepared for such weeks! It sound eminently do-able at yours!! x

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  8. Yum, I always come up with the best inventions on 'tight' week :)

    What bread dough recipe do you use? Mine has been terrible lately, I'm searching for a new fave.

    Ally

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    1. Hi Ally,

      My husbie is the bread maker in this house (lucky much) but i'm pretty sure he uses a River Cottage recipe. I have added the link below!

      http://www.rivercottage.net/recipes/simple-white-loaf/

      let me know how you go!

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  9. life simplified, its often a good thing. x

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  10. looks fantastic, good work family xx

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  11. That is so cool miss Em. Look at the yummo stuff you ate - eating fresh from your garden and better than most! It's nice to be reminded at how you can get by without buying all the time. I have made it a regular thing to try to empty the fridge before heading to the markets... It means we get some pretty, erm, creative meals...

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  12. Sounds like my life, except you make better food :D
    We'd be living off toasted sandwiches!!

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  13. QUite humbling to see this post, espesh after your previous post about all things fruity and turquiose:) (im thinking, this lady must be rolling in $$) hehehe...i have an inkling we are similar?...very visual/want it now/must have it now/oh crap...where's my money gone/must get real, type situations! Great that you guys budget. budgeting, whats that? So you don't use the credit card/then pay it back in full on payday?
    x

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  14. as we discussed on my front step last week - the simple things are oh so satisfying! Of course, you know our pantry is always open! x

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    1. I love your blog too Jodi I dont' know if Iv'e commented at all, just a regular browser:) You two ladies would be fun to hang with I reckon!

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  15. Also..all your handmade goodness looks AMAZING! isnt it suprising how much you can make from what you thought was nothing! And YUM looking stuff there! x

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  16. That's pretty amazing, I have even more inspiration to plant a veggie garden now.

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  17. Oh, that all looks so beautiful. Working part time with a toddler means we can get down to the wire too, and I'm always so uninspired about what to cook. This has definitely helped!

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  18. Great post em. Love to know where that bread recipe comes from?! Looks amazing x

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  19. You're awesome Em. Awesomely self sufficient. Gotta love that. Gorgeous shots too xo

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  20. You do it so well. I like having no money sometimes. Reminds me to appreciate the times when i do!

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  21. what a beautiful blog, i will look forward to seeing your posts in my reading list from now on! love this post too, oh how i can relate! bianca :)

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  22. So inspiring! I love this, Em! :) x

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  23. You make life real, simple and honest.
    Thankyou!
    Kaye.

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  24. So glad to know we are not the only ones. Just found an old gift card at the botton of my handbag card that we can use at Coles - fabbo!
    Claire

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  25. Loving the honesty! I want a vege patch for precisely this reason ... I hate resorting to credit until the next budget cycle.

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  26. how wonderful, how simple, how delicious.

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  27. Sometimes the worst situations can force you to be at your best. Well done, Beet x

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  28. Cute Lego baking ;) Looks like you will be eating well regardless of your bank balance. You must have a pretty cracking garden! :)

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  29. Thanks for your honesty, glad we are not the only ones that do this :) Your frugal food looks delish and is exactly why we are getting our garden going also. The simple things in life are scrummy :)

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  30. thank you for this honesty- it's a rare month we're not in the same boat, no matter how we budget. the life of a teacher's wife...

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  31. hearing you 100%.
    it's great that you had a garden to wander in and pick from, and a wonderful one at that!
    lovely blog.
    XOXOXO
    C

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  32. I was only saying to my husband the other night 'I'm going to have to get really clever at budget cooking' (while I'm not working, with baby). Thanks for the inspiration, looks totally yum - I remember my sister always swore by tins and tins of tomatoes on standby too. Briar x

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  33. Nice work! Being a single Mum I pretty much have those days before pay day too. I have become very creative! Have to say... what you have made looks a million dollars! Loved this post!

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  34. My father-in-law always likes reminding me that their years of scraping together were their very best.

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  35. hi new friend! i just found your blog via the homies on AP and wanted to say hello! i feel like we might be living in parallel worlds...i'm an emily too...in the states (seattle, wa). you have a lovely family!

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  36. So I've just come across to your site and can I say I was pretty inspired by your creativity to make more with less - thanks for the reminder that the simple things in life are often the best!:) Ally

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  37. The articles you have on your website are always so enjoyable to read. Good work and I will be returning often.

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em