Monthly Archives: February 2020

Pink Pasta Puddle

My son is back home, and we’ve been working hard on getting his life straight again and finally I feel like this is going somewhere positive. I’m trying to settle an agreement with his roomie and since our house is a mess after an entire week of everyone being sick, I’m trying to catch up.

Same goes for the fridge. This frugal thing didn’t really catch on when we were sick, meaning we’ve got plenty of stuff that are almost overdue. So… Without knowing in which direction I wanted to go, I created this horrible mess that tastes… A-MA-ZING! It is soft and perfect for comfort food cravings.

I call it…

Pink Pasta Puddle

PINK PASTA PUDDLE

  • 200g macaroni or pasta
  • 2-3 beetroots in small cubes
  • 3 large carrots in medium cubes
  • 1 leek sliced
  • Creme fraiche (I had about 3dl leftover)
  • Salt, pepper, cayenne
  • Extra: can add ham or pepperoni or left over meats to the dish before the creme fraiche.

1. Boil the pasta Al dente in lightly salted water, drain and put it aside.

2. Start with the beets and frie them about ten minutes while dicing the carrots and then adding them

3. Slice the leeks and frie them too. This is where you’d add the meat if you have some.

4. When the beets and carrots are soft but not mushy, turn down the heat and add the creme fraiche and give it a good stir while seasoning.

5. Finally add the pasta/macaroni and heat it up a bit. Not too high heat or the creme fraiche will maybe become a bit grainy.

Enjoy!

Organisation

So… This is the truth; I’m a messy person, and chaos is my middle name. So when I cook… I usually open a new bag of rice or pasta and forget all about it till it falls from my overcrowded kitchen shelves.

B did the laundry today and we finally used up a large bottle of laundry detergent, so I grabbed a knife and cut it up. I know people recycle them using glitter and glue guns, but I don’t have any of those, and… This is a frugal home, right? I also kinda like the white and simple looks of it. Maybe I’ll write “look here for open bags first” on it eventually, but right now I just like how it freed a lot of space.

It’s the white thing on the right.
This holds 2 open bags of open pasta, 1 macaroni, 1 spaghetti 2 bags of rice and one with breadcrumbs.

Winterbreak hell

There is so much I can’t write or say, but I’m so tired I could cry. My son is homeless and in dire need for help, the step kids are home due to winterbreak aaaand we all have caught the flu and are pretty whiney and tough to be around.

I love all my kids to death, but I need sleep or a wall to wall bed with room enough for 4 people a dog and a cat… I mean it. If the kids come into our bed tonight as well, I’ll be enjoying my first night on the couch. I might anyway af B is grunting and talking in his sleep as if he was trying to persuade me into buying the LEGO tree house.

So nope. We are sooo not saving any money this week. Medicine. Gas for transportation for the doctor and helping my kid. Sugary foods and snacks or whatever people have ordered due to their sickness and lack of appetite. Off course as “the mom” I have yet to indulge in my own flu, and are seen as the service provider.

I had an acute case of asking the pharmacy about this:

I stole this meme. I’m sorry I don’t remember where from. But whoever made this… I love you

Luckily the week is over soon, and… I actually DID save some money. Although spending on stupid things….

I lost my key chain pompom a few weeks ago and I have had a hard time finding my keys, so I decided to take up an old trade from when I was in kindergarten and make a new one instead of buying it. I actually made 3…because I was bored.

Compost-pile chapter 1

Compost pile

So – this is the beginning of my first compost pile. I´ve never done one before (surprise – I´ve never had a carden either), so I decided I didn´t want to spend money on materials or anything fancy, if it turns out it´s a waste of time. Let it be said, that my garden is…if not tiny, then small-ish. So if it´s even possible to get a proper use of it, I don´t know. But I did think about it, and when I walked the dog this morning,

I went to the near by park and picked up some branches from the ground, and took them home. I put them in the ground, and then took some of the vines I cut off my grapevine a few weeks ago, and put them in between them as a kind of basket weave. In the bottom I put some twigs to make sure there´ll be some sort of ventilation, and dropped a bouquet of tulips I got from a friend and……yup. That was it.

I like the look of it, and how it actually “fits” the garden and our “style” and doesn´t look posh – but pretty “organic” (because it is).

I can´t wait until the hedge is bigger and we´ll get some privacy. It´s only about a year old and really scrawny…