Spring Time! Time to Garden!

Its finally looking like spring! I am bound and determined to have a semi weedless garden this year. I don't normally get one, but hey I can try!

My hubby is a landscaper, so I am happy to say I get alot of plants, but they are the ones that can't be sold or the ones that will be thrown away and so they come home to me. Most of the time they will make it, this is definitely a good way to save money.

My hubby tells me this is my frugal ways coming out, I hate to throw anything away.

Every year I save seeds from my annuals ( zinnia's). They do really well. If you keep cutting the blooms for cut flowers continuously, they will produce blooms until Fall. Zinnia's are really easy plants to grow and it keeps you in cut flowers for vases all summer and Fall.

Today I worked in the yard most of the afternoon, weeding and raking leaves. Every muscle in my body is screaming. Looking forward to a long hot bath.

I hope to have some pictures up on Sunday to show you how the garden looks now and you can watch it grow all summer. I have a huge front yard, which is made up of several squared off areas for different flowers and herbs.

We don't start our Veggie garden until after the last frost here in the South. My Dad use to tell me that it was safe to plant after April 15 or on Good Friday.

Two new purses!

I went shopping last week looking for a new purse. I was feeling bad and needed to or wanted to treat myself. So off to Belk I went. My daughter was surprised, she couldnt believe I was going to buy a new purse at Belk. I normally go to the Thrift Store, but today I wanted a new purse.
After looking for while, I told my daughter lets go I am not finding anything, but I looked down and two really cute purses were right in front of me and above them was a 75 % off sign and then take an additional 50% off!
My two purses cost me 15.43 with tax! If I had paid full price it would have cost me over 60 dollars! Well this isn't exactly frugal, but I did save money! Isn't that what it is all about?
It feels good when you find a good sale!

Irish Stew-Beef and Guinness Stew

I have been cooking this recipe for 8 years now. I oringinally found it on Food Network.
My family loves it.

Beef and Guinness Stew

2 pounds of stew meat
3 tablespoons of oil
2 teaspoons of flour
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Pinch of cayenne
2 large onions chopped
1 garlic clove
2 tablespoons of tomato puree dissolved in 4 tablespoons of water
1 1/4 Guinness
2 cups of largely diced carrots
Sprig of fresh thyme or dried thyme is ok to use.
chopped parsley for garnish

Trim the meat of any fat or gristle and cut into 2 inch cubes. Toss beef with 1 tablespoon of the oil. In a small bowl, season the flour with salt , pepper and cayenne. Toss meat with seasoned flour. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over high heat. Brown the meat on all sides. Reduce the heat and add the onions, crushed garlic and tomato puree to the skillet, cover and cook gently for 5 minutes. Transfer the contents of the skillet to a casserole dish and pour half of the guinnesss into the skillet. Bring gunniness to a boil and stir to dissolve the caramelized meat juices on the pan. Pour over the meat, along with the remaining gunniness. Add the carrots and thyme. Stir and adjust seasonings. Cover the casserole and simmer over low heat, or in a 300 degree oven until the meat is tender , 2-3 hours. Garnish the beef with parsley and serve.


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