Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Our Easter Dinner Turned Into A Meal Prep!

I shared our Easter dinner plans with you last week.  Since then the girls had their own ideas and before I knew it our menu had changed up a bit and we were able to make our hard work evolve into a meal prep session as well.  It couldn't have worked any better.

While the ham baked in the oven the girls peeled a dozen hard boiled eggs so my oldest daughter could make deviled eggs.  They youngest sliced up mushrooms and diced up part of a leftover onion and sliced four leftover green onions.

I chopped up a bag of frozen cauliflower florets and used the green onions, some bacon bits, sour cream and sharp cheddar to make loaded cauliflower.  I also cleaned up a bunch of asparagus, drizzled it with olive oil and sprinkled it with herbs and spices to roast in the oven.

The sliced mushrooms and onions were put in a pan with olive oil and sauteed.  I added frozen green beans, chopped garlic and soy sauce to those and once this was cooked drizzled some toasted sesame oil over the top.

My youngest daughter fixed up a quick relish plate with olives and baby dills.  I heated up a small can of pork & beans in a small dish in the microwave for my oldest daughter.  She loves those.

It was pretty much all Keto, except for my daughter's pork & beans, and very delicious.  We have plenty of leftovers to carry us through the entire week and beyond with that big ham.  Loads of yummy side dishes and we didn't miss the mac & cheese or dinner rolls that we usually have on Easter at all.

How was your Easter meal?  Are you still eating up leftovers too?

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Some Thrifty Secondhand Buys

My youngest daughter was in need of some sports bras as well as more workout wear for her upcoming dance team practices.  At Wal-Mart I looked at what they had and found a cute pair of shorts for $6 and a super cute top on clearance for $7.  I gave it to her as a gift for making the team.  I am so very proud of her!

The sports bras were priced at $12.88 and she needed at least two.  I really didn't want to spend $26 on them so we did what we usually do.  We hit the thrift store and we found several nice ones priced at $2.99.  Three of them were the colored tag of the day so we got them for 50% OFF!  Whoo hoo!  She found a top she liked but no shorts.  We will keep looking.

My oldest found a really cute workout skort for $4.99 she liked and a pair of shorts for $1.99 to wear under her summer dresses.

I have been in need of a swimsuit for awhile.  My old one is worn out and a bit too big for me now (Oh darn) but the ones I looked at that I'd be willing to wear were well over $100.  No way!  That is not in the budget right now.  But I lucked out and found a cute two piece and an extra top too.  The top and bottoms were priced at $2.99 and the extra top was half priced at $1.50.  Now that is a price I can live with.  All three pieces are in like new condition too.

This skein of yarn was only 69¢

The grand total for everything came in at the same price the two sports bras would've been had I bought them at Wal-Mart.  I'm really glad now that I didn't get those and decided to check out the thrift store instead.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Last Week's Thrifty Moves

My thrifty week didn't really begin until I arrived home on Wednesday.  My plane landed shortly after 1:00 in the afternoon and I walked home with my backpack and a small overnight bag.  According to my pedometer we only live about 2500 steps from the airport so not far at all.  I was home in twenty minutes and had an entire hour to myself before my youngest was home from school and the rat race that has become my life began.  It felt good to be back at it though.

I think Leonard missed me most of all

My youngest daughter had high school chamber orchestra auditions at 4:00 followed by practice for dance team auditions coming up on Friday.  My oldest called and asked me to bring her car so she could get some driving practice in while her sister was doing her thing.  I dropped off one and picked up the other.  By the time all was said and done we were back home by 7:00.  I did a load of laundry and we called it a day.

Thursday morning I headed back to work and settled back into my beloved routine.  Funny how a few days away from "normal" can really make you appreciate how good your life is at home.  It was our warmest day of the year so far so when I got home I jumped into my workout gear and headed out the door for a nice long walk.  I even dragged my oldest along with me.  We picked up the youngest from dance practice and then headed for home.

I made two quiches for supper using up leftover asparagus, mushrooms, ground pork, some onion as well as some Monterey Jack cheese I had in the refrigerator.  I sauteed the veggies in some olive oil, added in the pork and then seasoned everything with some garlic and herb seasoning I'd picked up at the dollar store.  A dozen eggs, a little heavy cream and 25 minutes in the oven later and we had dinner on the table.  The quiche was delicious and there were plenty of leftovers for our lunches the next day and breakfast on Saturday.

Friday my youngest had high school dance team tryouts until 6:30 and my oldest had to work so I went home and did a solid hour of yard work, headed over to the high school to pick up the young one.  Then home to wait to find out if she made the team.  There were a lot of girls trying out this year, eighty girls and only thirty six available slots.  And guess what?  She made it!

Saturday morning I was up with the chickens and starting off my day.  I had an appointment to get my car serviced at 9:30 that morning.  I used a coupon they sent me for a $19.95 oil change and they always wash my car too.  Pretty sweet deal!  While I waited for the car to get done I walked across the street to Wal-Mart to pick up a few things on my shopping list.

My Wal-Mart shop

Some of the things on my list were much more expensive at Wal-Mart than I knew they would be at Winco so we also made a stop there later in the afternoon.  My oldest had a long errand list herself so after my car was finished we headed home so she could get her car and some driving time in.

We have a rule, no kitties at the table!

We made a big loop and got her car filled up at the Fred Meyer gas station.  I popped into Walgreens real quick for a 99¢ bottle of laundry detergent (I really don't need) to add to the stash in our linen closet.  The bank was next so my daughter could deposit her paycheck and a couple of thrift stores in search of workout wear for my youngest and some prom stuff for my oldest.  Then it was off to work for her and back home for the rest of us.

Winco haul and the bottle of laundry detergent I picked up at Walgreens

The young one and I dropped off Easter goodies that evening and were treated to dinner out by some friends of ours.  It was really nice to sit and visit, enjoy some really good food and get caught up with all that has been going on in our lives.  It is truly a busy time for a lot of us right now.

I dumped my change from my wallet into my change jar

In preparation of this week's grocery shop I cleaned out the crisper drawer in the refrigerator and gave the hens a nice pile of extra produce.  We ate up quite a bit of leftovers and used items I already had on hand in the pantry and freezers.

I used some of my pocket money for chocolate!

While at Wal-Mart I picked up two 2 liter bottles of lemonade for $1 each and a 2 liter bottle of root beer to add to the party stash I have going on in my bedroom for my daughter's graduation party.  I have a case of bottled water I bought super cheap at Albertsons last spring to add to the stash as well.  I picked up three large cans of baked beans at Dollar Tree.

One thing that is very nice about my household chore schedule is that even if I'm not home and I miss a couple days it's okay.  I just started up when I got home and by the time a week goes by I'm all caught up again.  The girls were really good about picking up after themselves, kept up the dishes and the laundry and since we do a daily swish and swipe of our bathrooms nothing was really out of sorts.

Some of the 15 Minute Chores I accomplished to keep my home in order:

Laundry Room & Half Bathroom - not home

Dining Room - not home.

Kitchen -  vacuumed & spot mopped floor, cleaned stove.

Bedrooms & Main Bathroom - vacuumed & dusted, washed mirror & windows.  My oldest cleaned the bathroom.  Daily swish & swipe.

Other - two loads of laundry, dusted & vacuumed living room, hallway & entry, mopped the living room entry way.  Swept garage.

How was your thrifty week?

Friday, April 19, 2019

Easter Dinner

Before I left for Phoenix last Saturday I popped into Albertsons for a ham.  They were on sale for 99¢ a pound and I know that we will not only have a wonderful dinner on Easter with that ham, but several other meals as well.  And since there is a nice bone in this ham that means there will likely be a nice soup in our future as well.

A traditional Easter meal is what we are all about and that is exactly what we have planned.  We are all going to be home that day, not an easy accomplishment lately, and as usual we will have our dinner at mid-afternoon.  I plan to set a nice table with our heirloom china, silver and crystal as well as the lace tablecloth my great grandmother hand crocheted for my grandmother many, many years ago.

Baked Ham

Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Sautéed Green Beans

Fruit Salad

Deviled Eggs

Olives & Pickles

Strawberry Shortcake

Very simple, but also very tasty.  What is on your menu plan this year?  Do you do up a big spread for Easter?  His ham your traditional go-to for dinner?

I wish you all a very Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

I Ran Away From Home

This mama needed a little break so I hopped a plane last Saturday morning and headed to Phoenix for some fun in the sun and time spent with friends and family I hadn't seen for a while.  About six weeks ago I booked a round trip ticket for $104, which I thought was a fantastic buy.  Nonstop from Boise to Phoenix.  I was up not so bright and very early to walk the short distance from where I live to our airport.

It was so nice and quiet that morning and my prayers had been answered.  No rain.  Everything I needed to take with me fit inside a backpack and a small overnight bag.  I put on my backpack, stuck the bag on me with the strap crosswise and off I went.  There was absolutely no traffic out so I literally walked down the middle of our street as I headed out of our subdivision, simply because I could.

After checking in at the American Airlines kiosk I breezed through security and before I knew it we were taking off.  It was the first time I'd traveled on my own, completely by myself, in so long, it felt a little weird.  But I liked it!

My first night there I was treated to steak and lobster for dinner.  It was really good!  Throughout the next four days I visited with my friends, relaxed, ate well, had a few beers, talked, laughed and before I knew it, it was Wednesday morning and time to head back to Boise.  I wished everyone farewell, for now, and headed back to the airport.

Blue skies and in the 80s

By the time my plane touched down I was ready to get back to it.  I missed my girls, my kitties and my chickens.  I missed my silly little routines, cleaning my house, doing laundry and drinking my own coffee.  When I walked through the door on Wednesday afternoon I was very happy to be home once again and felt ready to get back to it.  Good thing too, because I only had about an hour to myself before the rat race began again.

This little stinker really missed me

Taking a break and getting away for a short time was just what I needed to refuel my tanks and get myself re-energized.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Pizza Bake!

Whether you are on Keto or a low carb diet or not, you are going to want to check out this recipe.  We love it and it will definitely take care of your pizza craving.  Click here and if you do end up making this let me know what you think.  It is so good!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Last Week's Thrifty Moves

By the time Sunday rolled around this girl was ready for a day of rest.  Other than driving with my daughter and dropping the Poldark DVDs off at the library I had nothing on my plate.  Well, not really.  I did have one big project to get done and I did, surprisingly.  I got my daughter's graduation announcements laid out, set, proofed, printed and cut.  Yes!!  I was running behind on that project so it is a HUGE relief to have those done.  And I used all stuff I already had on hand.  Even better!

After making up the announcements I got busy on the photo collage to go with them.

Monday I picked up the youngest at the library after her violin lesson.  She checked out a DVD and we watched it after dinner that night.  If you haven't already seen A Dog's Purpose I strongly recommend it.  Very good movie.

Tuesday I picked up the youngest after she volunteered at the Idaho Food Bank with her NJHS group.  They are my charity of choice, especially at the holidays.  Then home for a quick bite and to get our chores done before heading out the door to my oldest daughter's last band concert of her high school career (sigh).  The concert was beautiful, best they've ever had.

Wednesday I stopped by Walgreens after work to pick up the prints I ordered.  That morning I uploaded the photo collage once she gave me the okie dokie on those and go them printed.  I used a  50% OFF promo code offer they had running at that moment to shave off a considerable chunk of change.  Now all I need to do is get a book of stamps and she is ready to get those all addressed and off into the mail.  It will be so nice to have that task completed and checked off of my list.

On Thursday I had to run my youngest to an orthodontist appointment.  We stopped at the feed on the way home to pick up a bail of Timothy hay for Miss Daisy.  My daughter used a gift card she was given at Christmas to pay for that so no money out of pocket and she still has a little bit left on it too.

This little girl is just way too sweet

Friday and Saturday were much quieter, for me anyway.  The oldest worked five days last week plus school, a band concert and trying to squeeze in homework and studying.  It was a bit rough, but she made it.  She is shucking everything she can into her savings account right now.  Good girl!

I worked more overtime last week.

I sold two dozen eggs to a friend.

I rinsed out a shower gel bottle with just enough left in it to make some foaming hand soap solution.  I refilled the dispenser in the downstairs bathroom.  We now have a bottle of shampoo and one of conditioner sitting upside down in the shower to get out every last drop we can.  I'm in the process of finishing up the last of a stick of deodorant.  I may make it another week with that, maybe two.

We used up quite a few items I had pulled from the freezer to make our meals last week.  All of our leftovers were eaten up and we gave some extra produce we had to our chickens.

My oldest bought a take & bake pizza with her employee discount at the place next door to where she works.  For $6 she got a large pizza and a container of chocolate chip cookie dough.  She and her sister prepared that for their supper on Saturday.

Some of the 15 Minute Chores I accomplished to keep my home in order:

Laundry Room & Half Bathroom - vacuumed floors, washed mirrors.  Daily swish & swipe.

Dining Room - vacuumed floor, washed window.

Kitchen -  vacuumed & spot mopped floor, cleaned microwave, washed window.

Bedrooms & Main Bathroom - vacuumed & dusted, washed mirror & windows.  My oldest cleaned the bathroom.  Daily swish & swipe.

Other - three loads of laundry, dusted & vacuumed living room, hallway & entry, mopped the entry way.  Swept front porch.

How was your thrifty week?

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