Monday, May 23, 2011

May is Mango Month: A beautiful sight

Each month this year, I plan to give myself some sort of challenge, to try to improve how I'm doing in that particular area.  In January, I did the Clean Out the Cupboards Challenge to use up the excess food in my pantry and spend as little as possible at the stores.  Last month, I did the Drugstore Bootstrap Challenge to build up my Extra Care Bucks from CVS and my Register Rewards from Walgreens.  In March and April, I challenged myself to Give Back...One Coupon at a Time.

May is Mango Month here at Frugal Follies!  You see, I have two large mango trees in my backyard, full of fruit about to ripen.  Too many years, I've wasted this great resource by just using a few and letting the rest fall on the ground.

And speaking on that... here's what I found outside today:

The first tree-ripened mango of the year!  (I had brought a few green ones inside to make green mango salsa and sour mango coleslaw, and a few ripened early - I made mango and pineapple salsa with one.)  Which means that very very very soon, the bulk of the harvest will be ready!

I'll be shopping for some canning jars and other canning necessities in the coming days, getting up on the highest rung of the ladder to cut them down from the tree, and turning many of these mangoes into mango jam and other treats!  I'll keep you updated on my progress.

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