1. I wanted to create new decor for above the fireplace to include some large wooden letters. The chunky letters that I had in mind were too pricey for me. I purchased some that are about 12 inches high, but only about 1/4 inch thick. To create a more substantial appearance, I hot glued just two used wine corks to the back (one at the top, and one at the bottom) so that they stand out from the wall and have the appearance of depth. I'm happy with the look. A big plus: the combination of thin wood and corks are so lightweight, each hangs securely on just a straight pin that I hammered into the wall. No noticeable nail holes will be left when it's time to change decor again.
2. Beef & Winter Vegetable Stew was on the menu. Stew meat was $4.99 a pound. I searched the meat case for another cut of meat that I could cut into cubes myself. Boneless beef rib meat was $2.99 a pound, so I thought I would give it a try. It was already cut into lengths of a convenient size, and since it was boneless, all I had to do was slice into chunks. The rib meat cooked up very tender and flavorful in the stew.
3. Though the meat was very lean for the most part, I was left with a small amount of scraps that I had trimmed away. I tossed the scraps into a Ziplock bag, labeled the contents, and tossed the bag into the freezer. When I have accumulated enough bones/meat scraps, I will make a pot of beef broth.
4. I'm working today; and locally so no commute. Yea!
Sunday: Sunday family supper at Kasey & Beau's
Monday: hummus, crackers, and vegetables
Thursday: Beef & Winter Vegetable Stew
Friday: breakfast for supper
(*not-frugal takeout or dinner out)