Early this week I was weeding and watering my garden and realized that my green beans were ready for their first picking. On Wednesday my boys and I went down to the garden in the morning and did our first picking. I was really shocked at how much I got! I have one row planted (a pretty long row at that).. and here is what we had after I got them all washed up and ready to be snapped…
My husbands request every year is 3 Bean Salad (http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/3beansalad.htm ). He loves it, and so do I. My kids are not crazy about it, but that just means more for him and me! LOL.. Before going down to the garden to pick beans I got my red beans and garbonzo beans cooked up and all my veggies prepared. Then Sierra and Isaac and I put on some zippy music and sat down to start snapping the beans. When that was done I made up the 3 bean salad. I ended up with 12 quarts of it. I still had tons of beans left so I canned up those too.. and ended up with 14 quarts of canned beans and enough still left for dinner. It was one very long, but oh so productive day….
Well green beans from my garden and cloth napkins have nothing to do with each other, other than the fact that they are both part of a frugal life on my homestead.. But while I was taking a picture of my green beans on my dining room table I also took a picture of my little basket of cloth napkins (the basket, by the way, is from the Philippines, it was a gift to me from my sweet daughter in law)..
I absolutely love cloth napkins! I made my first bunch of them a few years ago. Since then I have made more as sometimes they are like socks.. you just never actually know what on earth happened to them.. ha, haa.. :) But regardless they are one of the best investments of time and money I have made to save money.
My little basket of napkins sits on my table ready to be used at each meal. I have a small basket on a shelf in my laundry room where we put the used ones and I wash them a couple times a week. I originally purchased much of the fabric for them from Walmart. Now that Walmart does not sell fabric I buy it at JoAnn’s. Even with the higher amount I pay for the fabric (gone are my $1 a yard fabric deals.. sigh..) I still find this to be a frugal thing to do. I can make 16 napkins from 1 ¼ yards of fabric.
I have some napkins that are several years old and still doing their job. I don’t buy paper napkins anymore (well not for our daily household use, I buy about 1 package from Costco every year and half or so and use them for spreading oil on my cast iron pans mostly) and at the rate my family goes through napkins every day it has saved me LOTS… If you want to see how I make them you can find the web page I made on this here: http://thefamilyhomestead.com/clothnapkins.htm
That is all for now from my homestead! Hope you are having a great week!