Where, oh where, did the weekend go? It seems like two days is never enough for relaxing and finishing our to-do lists. We had a fun mix of lazy time as well as lots of productivity, so I’m not too mad about how the weekend went. But I just need one day to recover from the weekend.
Oh look, I was finally able to cook stuff this week! We hung out with Mr. Picky Pincher’s family on Friday and Saturday, so Sunday was a big cooking day. Aaaaand that means our kitchen looks like a disaster right now. They don’t call me Mrs. “Tornado” Picky Pincher for nothin’. But at least our fridge is full of awesome food!
It was Saturday afternoon and I was craving something chocolatey. I hadn’t made macarons in a while, so I whipped up a small batch. I feel like such an idiot, too, y’all. I realized I’ve been putting three egg whites in my macarons when the recipe clearly says two. No wonder my batter has always been so runny! D’oh!
Anyhoo, I managed to make these tasty macarons as a snack for everyone. I made a simple vanilla macaron cookie and a Nutella / cream cheese / whipped cream filling. It was like fluffy, chocolatey angels kissing your taste buds.
I remember making 12 of these but they didn’t last long at all! Mr. Picky Pincher devoured the little macarons like it was his mission. I had a handful or two myself.
I made some semi-ugly blueberry turnovers. I bought a pack of puff pastry and filled it with a homemade blueberry filling. This recipe called for a fancy cherry-apricot filling, but those fruits are expensive, and I ain’t made of money. So on-sale blueberries it is.
I combined a pint of blueberries with some leftover pineapple juice, dash of lemon juice, orange extract, and 1/4 cup of brown sugar. The filling tasted awesome, but I’m afraid my puff pastry folding leaves much to be desired. My precious filling spilled out of the turnovers during baking. Gah!
Ah, well. They’ll still taste amazing. I’ll heat these up in the microwave for a weekday breakfast and serve them with a quick homemade icing drizzle.
We were out of pre-cooked bacon, so I whipped up another batch. We like to fry our bacon in the oven so all of the fat renders perfectly. Once it’s cooked, I wrap the bacon slices in a paper towel and store them in a Ziploc in the freezer. When I want bacon, I just zap it in the microwave for 30 seconds and bam! Bacon.
Although I have a humongous sweet tooth, I try not too have too many sweets in the house. My rule is that, if I want sweets, I have to make them myself. Well, Mr. Picky Pincher and I got a hankering for sweets after dinner one night. We were shocked to see that we had absolutely no sweets in the house. Instead of picking up ice cream, we decided to quickly bake some homemade sugar cookies.
I used this non-fancy All Recipes recipe and the cookies were great! There’s nothing like cookies fresh from the oven, especially when they’re satisfying cravings and saving you money.
Low carb breakfast balls
Mr. Picky Pincher absolutely loves meaty breakfasts. Unfortunately, meat is a pain in the ass to cook on weekday mornings when I’m half-awake. I like to pre-cook breakfast components so all I have to do on Monday morning is zap stuff in the microwave.
And that’s what I did for these low carb meaty breakfast balls! I used this recipe. Sorry the picture looks kinda gross–but these taste great! It’s like breakfast meatballs made with breakfast sausage. Mr. Picky Pincher will eat his breakfast balls with a soft boiled egg; I’ll have mine with scrambled eggs, peppers, and salsa.
Mr. Picky Pincher ordered this badass dehydrator a few weeks ago. He’s always wanted to make his own jerky–and it’s now time to make some jerky! He’s a carnivore through and through and adores jerky. The problem is that it costs and arm and a leg at the store. He tried his hand at making jerky this weekend and it went quite smashingly.
Mr. Picky Pincher used this recipe to make his jerky. We’ll need to do the final math, but I’m pretty sure homemade jerky is cheaper than store bought.
It was a big weekend of improvements at the Picky Palace, y’all! Mr. Picky Pincher’s dad came over and helped Mr. Picky Pincher install siding on our back porch. We’ve had a Tyvec wall for almost a year now, so it’s awesome to see it actually look like a house! A few weekends ago the guysos bricked the wall, and this weekend they finished it off with the siding. We were frantic because we didn’t have enough of our rare bricks to cover the back of our house. I think the siding was a fantastic alternative to the brick; you can’t tell that the house wasn’t built this way.
The finished product!
The guys also helped with other home improvements projects, like installing trim in our kitchen and fixing my fitness pole to the ceiling. Yes, ladies and gents, I finally have a working dance pole. I found that I hate exercise if it isn’t fun and challenging. Pole fitness is both! It’s great to be able to work out at home instead of having to go to a studio. It works out my upper body and core like woah. Here’s the pole I got on Amazon if you’re curious.
Zap was like, “What the hell is this thing?”
Wine about it!
After starting my Wine last week, it was finally time to strain and bottle it. I’m using this recipe to make simple fruit wine from produce I bought on sale. I’m trying to master home winemaking so we’ll be able to preserve any future fruit harvests from our trees.
Mr. Picky Pincher, our resident brewmaster, did most of the heavy lifting, honestly. The wine must (mixture of grapes, sugar, and yeast) has been fermenting all week. Once it ferments for a week, you strain the fruit solids until you’re left with the alcoholic liquid.
We then poured the wine into sanitized half-gallon Mason jars. And by we, I mean Mr. Picky Pincher did it and I supervised.
We got about a gallon and a half of wine! We stored it in the glass jars and put airlocks on them. This allows the wine to continue fermenting and letting off gas without letting anything inside the wine. I’ll store these suckers in a dark closet for a month. At that point, we’ll siphon the clear wine out and compost the dead yeast and solids at the bottom. And, y’know, drink.
We did taste the wine and HOO BOY. It’s alcoholic, y’all. It’s one of the more alcoholic wines I’ve tasted. We forgot to measure the gravity, so I’m not sure about the ABV, but one glass of this stuff would be enough for my lightweight butt.
Hopefully over the coming month the flavor will mellow out and it’ll be delish! We should get 6 – 7 bottles of wine for a total cost of $10.
Zap slept like a widdle angel while I was working.
Zap hid from me after he (intentionally) knocked his water bowl over for the 1,423rd time. I finally put his water bowl in a tall Tupperware, which at least contains the mess. Ugh.
I was searching for ingredients to whip up dinner and forgot to shut the cabinet. Well! To my surprise, Zap was inspecting our hot sauce collection.
We want to know: How did you spend or save money this weekend?
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