Monday, April 15, 2013

Menu Plan Monday

Time for another Menu Plan Monday. You know, the thing that Laura over at hosts. Here's mine for the week:

BBQ spareribs
Triple Corn Casserole
Carrots with Ranch

Homemade pirogi
Fried cabbage

Hamburger steak
Roasted potatoes
Green beans

Pasta bake
Garlic knots

Date Night

Saturday-(Dr Who night)
Finger foods/appetizers

Chicken Fried Steak
Mashed potato pancakes

Chocolate Bean Cake

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Makeover your pantry (food)

Recently I've been moved to start making healthier food and to have my family eat healthier. What better place to start than with my kitchen? Food manufacturers aren't very likely to change their ways anytime soon, but I certainly can. I made a list of our most frequently used pantry items for a jumping off point and I'm going from there. Here's the list:

Grape jelly
Blackberry jelly
Peanut butter
Onion soup mix
Soy sauce
Worcestershire sauce
Ranch dressing
Bleu cheese dressing (not in the pantry, but it's a staple)
Brown rice
Organic garbanzo beans
Vegetable oil
Coconut oil
BBQ sauce
Maple syrup
Seasoned salt
Cake mix
Corn starch

Obviously there are some things on this list that I will not be making (oats), but I am going to strive to make over the majority of it. I'm also going to try and make over some store bought foods that we don't use very often, such as spaghetti sauce.

Today I looked over my menu and saw Creamy Crock pot Chicken on the menu. One of the ingredients listed was Onion Soup Mix and I was out, having used my last packet on my Practically Falls Apart Roast that I made on Monday. Heavenly Homemakers to the rescue! I absolutely love Laura's site and get many ideas and recipes from there. In fact, tomorrow I'm making the Giant Breakfast Cookies as a Friday morning surprise! But I digress. Laura has a fantastic recipe for Onion Soup Mix. Why make your own? Well, did you know that the boxed soup mix contains, among other things, MSG and corn syrup. Not only that, the second ingredient listed is salt. Not only is making your own healthier, it's more economical. With simple, inexpensive ingredients, you can make goodness knows how many "packets". Ready to make your own? Here's the recipe:

Onion Soup Mix

2/3 cup dried, minced onion
3 teaspoons parsley flakes
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons turmeric
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon sucanat (or sugar if you prefer) (I used sugar)
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

Mix all ingredients in a jar, then give the jar a good shake.  I’d recommend shaking the jar to mix the ingredients well before each use.

Use 4 Tablespoons Onion Soup Mix in a recipe in place of 1 packet of onion soup mix.  (I actually found that 2 Tablespoons was plenty in a beef stew recipe I tried.)  Store this in a dry, cool place.

I too, found 2 Tablespoons plenty. Give Laura's recipe a try! You'll be glad you did!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Menu Plan Monday

Our school system had spring break last week, and let me tell you, I'm still trying to recover! Not because we were running around, not because we went on a vacation, but because my in laws graciously took the children for the week (they live locally) and I did absolutely nothing! No laundry, no baking, no (well, almost no) cleaning. It was bliss! But now I'm struggling to get back in the saddle so to speak, and get some things done. I'll start, as I always do on a Monday, with my menu plan. P.S. I wrote out my menu for the month, saved it, then came to copy and paste and couldn't find it. Hear attack! Thankfully, it got found!

Monday-Boston Butt, homemade gluten free macaroni and cheese, creamed spinach

Tuesday-Roast with gravy, fresh corn casserole, green beans

Wednesday-Shepherd's Pie, salad

Thursday-Creamy Crock pot chicken and rice

Friday-Date night

Saturday-Dr Who night (an array of finger foods while we watch Dr Who!)

Sunday-Swiss steak, quick scalloped potatoes, peas

What's on your menu this week? For inspiration check out!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Ham and Cheese Frittata (or what to do with leftover ham)

Okay, it's not really a frittata, but it's the closest thing I can find to what this is. It's based on this recipe from Alton Brown and has been a favorite of ours for years. It is definitely my favorite way to use up leftover ham (or chicken).

Start with a gorgeous mound of freshly shredded cheddar cheese.

Cube your leftover ham and put it in the bottom of your pie plate.

Sprinkle the ham with cheese. I used about a cup.

In a bowl, combine the cream, eggs, and seasonings.

Pour over the ham and cheese. *Warning* The custard mixture will not entirely cover the filling. It's okay. Once they cook, the eggs will expand.


And there it is. The finished dinner delight!

Ham and Cheese Frittata Stuff

1 cup heavy cream or half-and-half *
2 eggs
Salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste
Filling (you can use any combination of meat and cheese that sounds good to you) I have done bacon and cheddar, ham and cheddar, ham and swiss, chicken and mozzarella, tons of different ones.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

*I have used cream, half and half, and regular milk (and combinations of these) with favorable results.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Spring Break

I've been taking the past few days easy since it's Spring Break this week. I've not attempted my new bread recipe, my cookie jar isn't full,  I haven't even gone to the grocery store yet for my monthly shop!

So for today, I am just going to take the opportunity to say Happy Anniversary to my parents. They've been married 47 years today!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Menu Plan Monday

It's here! Monday has arrived and with it another round of menu planning. Now, when I menu plan I plan entrees for the month. I get a piece of paper, write out the month, note special days, and fill in. When I grocery shop, I get basics for sides: a variety of vegetables, cheese,ect. That way, when I sit down to make my weekly menu, I'm pretty good to go.

So glad it is starting to be more spring like! Hopefully the weather will stay nice and not decide to take a plunge back into colder depths. I'm ready for some sun!

Here's this weeks menu:

Monday~ Baked Three Cheese Chicken Pasta, salad, garlic knots

Tuesday~Braised pork chops, gravy, roasted potatoes, green beans

Wednesday~Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, peas

Thursday~Ham and cheese frittata, fried apples, butter beans 


Saturday~date night (finger foods and Dr Who!)

Sunday~Fresh Boston Style Pork Roast, fresh corn casserole, macaroni and cheese, fruit salad

For more menu ideas, check out here! Click here to see how my March challenge went!

Month in Review

You may remember this post I made at the end of February. I thought I'd give a little recap of how everything know, just in case anyone is remotely curious.

Well, I overspent on my budget. Not by a whole lot (in regards to how much I've spent in the past on groceries), but I did overspend. I'm going to make a greater effort not to do that this month and be very careful. I did buy two Sunday papers in March to clip coupons, but as of yet, haven't clipped them. I need to do that before they expire! I didn't like the thought of buying all the milk I needed for the month, so I did end up buying fresh every week or so (we go through a lot of milk). I also ended up buying bread because the bread I made, well, it wasn't that great after several days. I have, however, found a new recipe to try and will be doing that this week. I did, however, very much enjoy not having to do a major grocery shop each week! Big plus there and definitely serves as motivation to continue doing a monthly shop. I'm preparing my list today and will be going off bright and early while I'm kidless, to get it done.

As far as going green in the cleaning supplies, I am still using up some things. However, I've been doing quite a bit of research and am at the ready for when my current supplies run out. My husband found and shared this recipe with me, which I can not wait to try! I will let you know how they go.

As far as getting back on the bandwagon, I don't think I've done too badly for March. April should hopefully be better, but again, only time will tell. Who knows what's in store this month!

How was your March?

Friday, March 29, 2013

Happiness Is...

A Full Cookie Jar!

Those delectable looking cookies are called All Nighters, from The Cherry Cheesecake Murder by Joanne Fluke. This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series and I have (and have read) every single one. I've also made quite a few things from the books, too, and these cookies are one of them.

The mystery series features small town business owner Hannah Swenson who runs The Cookie Jar. Each delightful book features delicious recipes that are interwoven throughout the story, one even being in the main title.

These particular cookies have a delicate banana flavor and peanut butter chips and they are soooo good! Even I love them and I don't like banana flavored anything!

Alas, the cookie jar is empty now. Off to make more cookies!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

More Link Love


I'm posting for the second day in a row! Go me! And I'm not frantic!

Just as I got hit hard yesterday with the realization that Easter is four days away, today I was hit with the realization that Monday is April Fools! I'm not sure yet if my kiddos will be home (they like to sleep over at Grandma's and she, of course, doesn't mind), but if they are, I thought I should be prepared!

All of my "pranks" center around food. Mainly because they aren't mean mean. They are just funny mean. The kids always get a big kick out of it too! I was running out of ideas, so I hopped on Pinterest this morning (instead of starting my cleaning. Thank you cable repair man for being early so I could be on the computer!) Here's a few things I found. If the kids are home, I'm totally making the hot wings. And the baked potato.

First up is this faux grilled cheese and tomato soup. I have made the grilled cheese in the past and the kids loved it, but I've not tried the soup. Looks delicious!

I'm sure you've seen the "fried eggs" that are really vanilla yogurt in a small pile with a peach half on top. But how cute is this bacon (served with candy eggs)? Adorable!

I swooned over these wings. Seriously. They look so real! If my father in law could eat them I would totally make them for him, but alas he is on a strict, no-nonsense, no fun diet and has my mother in law to monitor his every mouth full (though that is for the best. Kudos to her!) But really, looking at this picture I could tell the "celery" was green licorice. But look at those wings!!! Aren't they awesome!? There are a few other fun-to-fool ideas there too!

Now, how about this baked potato? Doesn't it look delectable with all that butter and sour cream? This would be perfect for my brood as they all love baked potatoes! What a surprise that would be!

I almost forgot about this mac and cheese! Too cute for words. It looks so cheesy and, well, comforting as mac and cheese ought to. Served with the cocktail weenies, it would be a sweet treat!

I love cocktail weenies! Especially wrapped in crescent dough and baked to a golden brown. Yum! Maybe it's the bite size that makes them so tasty. At any rate, these sweet surprises make me wish I had somewhere to take them to fool others!

How are you going to fool someone?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wednesday Link Love

I know, I know. No potato soup recipe. You're bummed, right? Yeah, didn't think so!

Yesterday I was reading one of my favorite blogs and the post mentioned Pinterest. I try to stay away from that place unless there is something specific I'm looking for. Otherwise I tend to get lost for hours and hours. And hours. But...even though I knew it was coming...even though I have to play bells for it...even though stores have been advertising for just hit me hard that Sunday is Easter!

I have not one thing. I have no decorations up (except St Pat's), I have no chocolate bunnies, no jelly beans, no...anything! This bunny needs to get hopping to the store PDQ!

All of this was going through my head when, you guessed it, I clicked on the Pinterst link. And experienced loads of Easter goodness that I am now going to share with you. Because maybe you're like me and stay away so you don't become Lost In Pinterest. Or perhaps, like me, Easter sneaked up on you.

These are so cute! And easy too. I think they'd make a nice place holder if your dinner is fancy or just a nice take home favor. And you don't have to use donut holes. Other suggestions include mini marshmallows or white gumballs!

I thought these were just elegant. They too, would make nice place holders or favors. I think a cluster of them displayed in some egg cups would be charming!
These colorful eggs remind me of cascarones, but they are only egg shaped and hold lots of little goodies for young and old alike. I think they would be a great addition to an Easter basket or egg hunt! Stephanie has a lot of other neat egg ideas on her blog. Check them out!

How absolutely adorable are these? I think I let out a small squee of joy when I first saw them. *love*
 From the same blog come these awesome gems. I really need to get myself a set of metal horns!

And something to put it all in! These cute baskets recycle brown grocery bags.
To round out this fabulous group of Easter link love comes my favorite. When I showed my oldest daughter she declared I have to make them for Sunday. I give you Chocolate Covered Strawberry Carrots! They will go perfectly with the angel food cake I'm making. How cute are they?

Are you ready for Easter?

Monday, March 25, 2013

Menu Plan Monday

Last week was not a good week. I'm not sure what happened, but it wasn't anything good! Meals were pretty much thought of that morning. There were even a few days where I asked various people what they wanted and went from there. Just a mess.

Last night, though, I got out my trusty Cookbook and looked over the suggested menu for this week, made a few adjustments, and here we are.

Monday~ Potato Soup, biscuits

Tuesday~ Braised pork (or chuck) steak, baked potatoes, cabbage salad

Wednesday~ Pasta bake

Thursday~ Cheeseburger Pie, fruit salad, creamed spinach

Friday (Good Friday)~ fast day for me...not sure what I'll make for DH.

Saturday~ will have our date night

Sunday (Easter)~ Ham, homemade kielbasa, roasted potatoes, deviled eggs, and what ever else my MIL decides on!

For loads of menu ideas, check out!

Managing Time

Hello! Yes, I know it's been awhile since I posted. At least awhile in respect to my posting everyday. Things just got...well, I'm not sure. I wasn't cleaning, reading, sewing, or doing anything really. More like sitting in a lump not doing much of anything. As a result, the house looks bad, I look bad, and things are just really out of hand. Today I will be making a cleaning schedule for about the millionth time and this time I'm going to stick with it (for the millionth time).

By the's the end of March and it snowed yesterday! Snowed! Unheard of in these parts! Especially in March!

Back tomorrow with our favorite loaded potato soup recipe. Sounds quite tasty for a cold, (Spring) day!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hello! Happy Pi Day!

Yes, I know it's 11:28 on March 14 (my time anyway), but that still means there is a whole 32 minutes before March 15, so technically it's still Pi Day!

We aren't big pie eaters around here. Our favorite is Cheese Pie (a sweet dessert pie), but since I haven't found a good gluten free alternative for a graham cracker crust, I ruled it out.

Had I thought about it, I would have made a chicken pot pie for supper. Since I didn't plan ahead and remembered last minute that I should make a pie, I threw together a Chocolate Cream Pie for dessert!

I found an easy gluten free pie crust recipe and a quick, no bake filling, threw both of them together and got pie. Pretty good pie, too!

I used the recipes linked above for the crust and filling, then made my whipped cream fancy with my EAD (Easy Accent Decorator) from Pampered Chef. Instead of chocolate shavings, I decorated with mini chocolate chips. I thought it turned out pretty...don't you?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Various family members, myself included, have been under the weather the past few days. (Today was my turn). I will be back with a proper post tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Bet You Thought I Forgot Again

Well, I'm here, with a short and sweet post!

I had wanted to get this up earlier, but I was too busy. And now I'm super tired.

Busy day getting ready for my son's bridge over on Friday and for his camping trip. He came home from school and wasn't feeling well. I hope he's not sick this weekend!

My youngest daughter wanted a "fancy" dinner tonight. So I put a pretty tablecloth on the table and some pretty dishes. I was going to light some candles, but there was too much natural daylight, so I didn't.

Well, I'm calling it a night!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Menu Plan Monday

It's Monday and you know what that means! Time for a menu plan. Here's this weeks:

Monday-Potato Soup, biscuits

Tuesday-Marinated pork chops, gf creamy macaroni and cheese, steamed broccoli

Wednesday-I have no idea! I'll have to check out ideas here to find something!

Thursday-Creamy Italian Chicken (didn't get made last week), rice, green beans

Friday-Breakfast for Dinner

Saturday-FFY (Fend for yourself!)

Sunday (St Patrick's Day)-Corned beef and cabbage, mashed potatoes, gf chocolate cupcakes with mint buttercream

For loads of menu ideas, visit

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sunday, March 10

One of my favorite movies is The Wizard of Oz. Not only do I enjoy the movie, I enjoy the books (the L Frank Baum series...not Wicked. For some reason I just couldn't get through it!). I even wrote a short story for a high school writing class based on The Wizard of Oz. So, I was quite excited when I started seeing previews for Oz the Great and Powerful.

Today, I had the opportunity to go see the film with my oldest daughter and mother in law. It was quite fun! I thought it was very well done and enjoyed seeing similarities between it and The Wizard of Oz as well as references to the books.

As with most movies, it was a little slow to start, but it did pick up speed. There were also a few scenes where the acting was a little...overdone. Not over the top, just overdone. Overall though, I quite enjoyed it and recommend it for a fun afternoon.

Another Double Post

*sigh* Super busy weekend results in another double post. Maybe starting off Monday on the right foot will get me back on track!

First up~ Dr Seuss!

Dr Seuss had a birthday last week. Last Saturday to be exact. I always like to make my kids green eggs and ham for breakfast when his birthday rolls around, but since they weren't home on Saturday, I made it for them on Friday instead. This year I also decided to make biscuits to round out the meal. Cat in the Hat biscuits to go with the Dr Seuss theme. These were just my biscuit dough that I divided in half and colored one half red. Then I took one scoop of white dough and one of red, smooshed them together, and baked as normal.

The green eggs and ham do look pretty gross, but they taste delicious! The secret to making perfect green eggs? Use blue food coloring in your eggs...not green! The blue will mix wonderfully with the yellow of the yolk.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Jersey Boys

As I mentioned in my previous post, I had a late night Wednesday. My mom and dad were taking my oldest daughter with them to see Jersey Boys, but during a conversation at the Blue and Gold banquet, my dad graciously gave his ticket to me! So Wednesday found me, my mom, and my oldest daughter sitting in a large theater, eagerly anticipating the start of Jersey Boys. Well, okay, my mom and I were eagerly anticipating it. My daughter was on the fence.

We were not disappointed. Even my daughter enjoyed it (though she enjoyed the actual play parts as opposed to the music. Whereas I and her dad appreciate a wide variety of music, she likes country. And that's pretty much it.)

If you're not familiar, Jersey Boys tells the story of The Four Seasons. Narrated in four parts (seasons) by each of the groups members, it tells of the beginning of the group, their struggles, success, and break up, concluding with what each member is up to now. It was an amazing show with extremely talented performers. I would see it again in a heartbeat!

Here's one of my favorite songs:

Is it to soon for a break?

Yes, I know. Another day missed. Life is so hectic right now. It seems like every time I think things are slowing down and life will get easier, a million other things pop up and doing little things (like blogging) become almost impossible. Or I get so tired I just forget about it until it's the next day. I will attempt to remedy that now with another two posts. And hopefully get back on track tomorrow!

Last night I had planned on making Creamy Italian Chicken for supper. However, I was out late on Wednesday (more about that in my next post) and so, overslept a bit on Thursday. Because I didn't get up on time, I didn't have enough time to make my cream soup (Can't use the canned stuff because of DH). I had to change the menu quickly and decided to make my Pasta Bake. This recipe is adapted from, I think a Taste of Home Casserole publication. I can't currently find the one I think it's in. All I can really tell you is that the original recipe is not my own, this is just my take on it. I can also tell you that the original recipe had multiple layers, but after experimenting, this is the way my family likes it best.

Pasta Bake

1 lb penne pasta (I use gluten free and it works just fine)
8 oz ricotta cheese
8 oz shredded mozzarella
your favorite jar of pasta sauce
1 lb ground beef, if desired
Parmesan cheese

Brown you beef if you're using it. Drain and add your pasta sauce.

Boil your pasta until almost done, but not quite. If you cook it all the way it will become a bit mushy in the final dish.

Spread your pasta in the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Spoon your ricotta cheese over the pasta and smoosh it down with either a spoon or very clean fingers. I find fingers work better. Sprinkle the mozzarella over the ricotta. Pour your sauce over the cheese layer. Sprinkle the top with Parmesan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and it's heated through.

Easy peasy and really good!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Monthly Menu

Here's post number two!

Instead of making a straight down the line list of what we're eating this month, I'm just going to give some highlights...

~Main Dishes~

Beef Stew
Pork Chops
Salisbury Steak
Italian Chicken
Parmesan Chicken Fingers
Chicken Paprika
Chicken and Dumplings
Corned Beef and Cabbage


Parmesan potatoes
Mashed potatoes
Creamed spinach
Corn casserole
GF Macaroni and Cheese
Assorted vegetables
Oven Roasted potatoes

~Baked Goods and Desserts~

Cake mix cookies
GF peanut butter cookies
GF chocolate cupcakes with mint frosting
Homemade angel food cake
Girl Scout cookies
Blueberry muffins

Butter Jar

Gah! I missed a post! And I was doing so well too! Last night I thought to myself that I needed to do it, but I was so tired I just went to bed without thinking anymore about it. To make up for it, I'll do two posts today! First up, yesterday's post.

I love butter. Don't give me that fake stuff. Yes, I know it is more expensive than margarine, but butter is one area I won't compromise on. No way!

That being said, there is always at least one stick of butter sitting on the counter. Sometimes the other big person in the house won't see the stick that is out and will take another one out and I wind up with two sticks on the counter. For some things, I like my butter soft, and it can get messy softening in the microwave, so I just leave it on the counter. Problem solved, right? Not so much. For one thing, other people use it, which would be fine and dandy if they'd throw the darned butter wrapper away! But no. For another, sometimes it can get pretty hot in the kitchen when I'm cooking up a storm, and sometimes the butter will start to melt. Lastly, it gets really soft (which is what I want), but it's not so wonderful if the stick accidentally gets knocked on the floor and lands with a fairly undignified splat that yours truly has to then clean up.

Last week I was reading the newest book in one of my favorite series. At one point, the main character is commenting on the muffins her sister had made her and the fact that she had also put out "a jar of butter and a knife." Well, that certainly opened my eyes! I remembered a few years ago seeing an add for one of these. But just then, reading that book, I wasn't thinking about that. I was thinking of a plain old canning jar. Why hadn't I thought of it before? So, I set to work. I took out a pound of butter and set it on the counter and then went looking for a jar. I was out of canning jars (Note to self: need more canning jars), but since a good glass jar is useful, I have a small collection. I found my butter jar in the form of an old black bean and corn relish jar. After removing the label (nail polish remover is excellent for this), it was ready to go and so was the butter!

I simply unwrapped the butter and scrapped it into the jar with a rubber spatula. I smooshed it down and added another stick. I kept smooshing and adding until all four sticks were in there, screwed the lid on, and put a label on top. The label wasn't originally there, but DH thought it looked like mayonnaise (it does, but the jars are totally different) and said it needed one.

Perfectly softened butter that I'm ridiculously happy about.

P.S. Sorry for the blurry picture and the mess. Still working on cleaning the kitchen!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Menu Plan Monday (March 4-10)

Good Morning!

Another busy day and I think now is the only chance I'll get to blog today. I usually make my menu on Friday, but I'm going to be trying something new this month. Well, not really new, I've done it before but gotten away from it. What is it? Making my menu for the entire month. I've not actually had time to sit down and do that yet, but it's coming! So here's this week menu, slightly on the fly.

Monday-Kielbasa, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes
Tuesday-Pork chops, scalloped potatoes, corn
Wednesday-Creamy Italian chicken, rice, green beans
Thursday-Beef stew, biscuits
Friday-Stir fry, rice
Saturday-Spaghetti dinner for Scouts
Sunday-Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, peas

For more menu ideas, visit

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Stressful Sunday

Today wasn't too bad, but it was a little stressful. In fact, I'm still trying to finish some things.

Next month, I will be sure and get all of my grocery shopping done on one day. Or at least not do any on Sunday. Because after I went to church and then finished up my shopping, not only was I exhausted, it was already noon. Of course, it didn't help that I talked to my pastor's wife for almost an hour and half after services!

I did however, manage to get two loaves of bread made (I hope it's enough for the week, but I have a feeling I'll be making more. I also think I need to find two more loaf pans. I also made a batch of Miracle Cookies (recipe follows). I know I'll need to make some more cookies at some point this week as the cookies I made are ones DH can eat and I know he will!

I have a massive amount of clothes that need to be hung up and a dishwasher that needs to be emptied. Then I'm taking a shower and going to bed!

Miracle Cookies are super easy and really delicious. The best part? They contain no flour, hence the name. I've had the recipe forever. I think I may have gotten it from my Grandma.

Miracle Cookies

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg

Mix all ingredients together well. Shape into balls (I use a scooper) and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Using a fork, make a criss cross pattern on top of the balls, flattening them out. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes (depending on how big your cookies are). Cookies will spread slightly. Yield: approximately 20 cookies.

Saturday, March 2, 2013


In an effort to stick with my posting, I bring you this late blog post!

I think I may have overspent just a little in my new food budget. I'm not entirely sure because I still have one more store to go to. Also, I haven't decided if I'm going to include things like plastic bags and toilet paper within my grocery budget or not. If I don't, then I can say with almost compete confidence that I won't go over my new budget.

Today was very long. I stopped by a friends house and dropped off Girl Scout cookies, went to Trader Joe's, went to Costco, made another stop, came home, made several trips up and down the stairs with groceries, and then collapsed for a few minutes! Once I recovered, I hard boiled some eggs, made tea, and started to separate my meat. Then it was time to get ready to go to a Tastefully Simple party.

So now I'm home, getting ready to finish separating my meat and putting it into food saver bags. I've got the Saturday Night Fish Fry on NPR and I'm grooving while I get this done. Just thought I'd make this post to keep the ball rolling!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Progressing Forward

Today was not as productive as I had hoped it would be. Lots of things factored into this, but hopefully tomorrow and Sunday will work out just right and things will get back on track.

I had really wanted to go by Costco and my two favorite grocery stores today and get my shopping for the month out of the way. However, that was not to be. In fact, I will probably not be able to do my shopping for the month this week. I will most likely have to do for half this week and half next week. Still, I will be down to two trips instead of multiple trips a month week.

I was able to stop at a grocery store that I don't normally frequent (prices are fairly high) and got a good deal. I had stopped there for two reasons. One, I knew for a fact that they carried Super Washing Soda, Borax, and Fels Naptha, and two, it was on the way home. Well, apparently they stopped carrying Borax. I think I know where I can get some though. But I was able to get the Super Washing Soda and Fels Naptha. Score! Then I went to get some rice because I have two meetings tonight (Girl Scouts and Committee meeting for Cub Scouts) and won't be home for supper. A few days ago I discussed curbing our frequent weekend eating out with DH. He's totally on board. I, however, need to get used to not going out to eat on Fridays! Anyhow, he wanted rice to go with the leftover chicken curry I made last night and he had already eaten the leftover rice. So, rice was on the list. was on sale---10 bags for $10. Which made 2 bags 1 pound more and .49 cents less than the big bag of rice. We eat *a lot* of rice because DH is sensitive to gluten. Not celiac, just sensitive. I may have to get some more!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Getting Back on the Bandwagon

I really, really want to get with this blogging thing. I don't know why it's important to me, but it is.

I came to the realization the other day, that one of the reasons I wasn't blogging was because I've read in several places that people like pictures with blog posts. I can see that. I personally don't care one way or the other, but I can see it. I don't take a lot of pictures because, honestly, my house is a wreck. I have a small house, four children, and I procrastinate like nobody's business. Yep, there, I said it. I'm l-a-z-y. Lazy in the I-just-spent-four-hours-volunteering-at-the-school-and-now-I'm-tired-and-don't-want-to-do-anything-but-veg sense. *Not* as lazy as my husband, but I come close! And that's scary! I've also been a little depressed and that always dampers my cleaning mood.

So, I've spent the better part of the week cleaning. There's still a lot to do because I've procrastinated just as much as I've cleaned...but it's getting better. I'm hoping by Monday that it will be pretty ship shape and I can start sharing pictures without being overly embarrassed.

Also, I've been very inspired by Danielle's blog. I was directed to her site through an article I read about her and her family on Yahoo. In an effort to curb our spending and to *hopefully* save more, I've decided two things. One is to go grocery shopping once a month. The other is to go as green as possible in relation to household cleaners. I've done that once before with fairly good results. Then I got lazy and it was easier to just buy stuff than make it. I'm also going to attempt baking my own bread. Eep! I used to have a breadmaker, but I never ever used it (DH has a mild gluten allergy, so he's gluten free). I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for one at the thrifts, but until then I'm going to be doing it the old fashioned way :D

And in an attempt to get back on the blogging bandwagon, I'm going to start the month off right tomorrow and do my best to post every single day! Not that anyone will read it, but hey...stranger things have happened!

Until tomorrow!