Thursday, December 31, 2015

HAPPY 2016 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I will probably be busy for the next couple days getting ready for and entertaining company.  I will more than likely not be back on here to post till Sunday.

We have had ups and downs this past couple weeks with G's brother.  We are again in one of those down times.  Continued prayers would still be appreciated.

I wish each and every one of you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.  May your coming year be filled with lots of wonderful things, and may we all learn new hints and tips from one another.  I am looking forward to doing this blog for a whole year and learning from each of you.
God bless you all and please stay safe!
I think this little poem says it all.


May our home
Be a haven
Of peace
And contentment,
Knowing laughter
And love
Without strife;

May our home
Be a harbor
Where we find
New courage
To sail the sea
Of life.

By: Phyllis Michael

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015


Good morning everyone.

I have been thinking a lot these last few days about changes I want to make in the next few days, weeks, and months.  I don't plan anything drastic, but there are things I want to improve on.

I DO NOT make resolutions!  Resolutions are to be broken - ALWAYS!  I just try to set small goals that I want to accomplish, and I also don't set any real time limits.

I plan on doing more de-cluttering of things that just take up space.
I plan on prepping more for the future, for if/when things go down the tubes in this country.
I plan on only spending minimal money on groceries in the next few months.
I plan on cooking from scratch.
I plan on being able to save $ again, by the end of the year (when soc. sec. kicks in!)
I plan on letting go of many negative feelings and being happy more!  (I am happy - just want to be happier).
I plan on gardening and canning a LOT this year.
I plan on being my healthiest EVER!
I plan on trying to teach others SOMETHING that will help them in their lives.
The list goes on and on.  Most of all I just plan on being the BEST ME I can be.

Do you have any goals that you hope to reach in the near future?
Let's all work together and support one another for what ever goals are set!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Frugal Happenings 12/27

Hello everyone.
I hope you have all survived and flourished during the Christmas holiday!  We still have one more family gathering next weekend, but for now all is calm.
We had a very quiet day at home, watching Christmas movies and eating goodies!

It is sure hard to believe that this year is almost over - this is the last weekend of 2015!
I have been working on articles for posts in the upcoming year, to help us all save a little more money, or at least stretch our money a little further.
I have been thinking about some changes that I want to make in the coming year.  I really want to continue my efforts of de-cluttering our home.  We just have waaaaayyyy to much stuff and I think if I donate it, maybe it will bless someone else.

My washing machine died on Dec. 16.  I guess I can not complain, as it turned 30 years old in October!  I have decided that I will look for another one AFTER the new year, as I just don't want to mess with it for now.  I may have to 'borrow' my mother in-law's machine a time or two, but I can wait on spending on all that money!

We have a small lake starting up in the back yard, as do all the neighbors.  We have rain, rain, and more rain this week.  We had about 20 tornadoes in the state 2 days before Christmas, and yesterday we were having thunderstorms.  Before all this rain ends late tomorrow, they are estimating that we will have received about 6" over the weekend!!!  Sure glad it's rain and NOT snow - because that would be a bunch!!
Winter storm "Goliath' as they are calling it, seems to be affecting MOST of the country in some form.  There are have been tornadoes, heavy rains, and snow storms.
I guess that by the beginning of the new year, they are saying that in our area temps will be back to highs in the low 30's - seasonable.

Right now, we have daffodils peeking their noses through the ground, as well as lilies!  What crazy weather we have had.
The squirrels have been VERY 'frisky' this week (if you know what I mean).  I do believe we will have a bumper 'crop' of babies this coming spring!!!!
Yesterday morning it was still slightly dark when I went out to feed the kitties, and I saw this 'deformed' looking dog walking down the alley - it was about as tall as my knees and very long, but walking funny.  The more I looked, I realized it was a raccoon!!!  That dang thing was the biggest coon I have ever seen in my life.  It seemed to know where it was headed, and was on a mission.  I sure hope it stays away from my yard - GEESH!

Have you been frugal this week?
  • I stayed out of stores all but once this week.  I stopped by a different Aldi on my way home from a hospital visit.  I got the last 2 give away hams for $5/off each.  They also had 1 lb. bags of dry black eyed peas on clearance for .25 a bag.  I got several and with what I had already, we are good for a couple years!  I also got 8  large (3.17 oz.) solid milk chocolate candy bars in Christmas wrapping for .25 each.  Those will be for the kids next week (and a couple here!).
  • Stayed home and used what we have on hand and cooked from scratch.
  • Made a ham for us on Christmas day and we are still enjoying that!  It is excellent.
  • We were 'gifted' cookies from 2 different neighbors and they got some home canned goods from us.
That is about it for us.  It has been a quiet week.
I suppose many of you will have another short work week.  I do remember that those were always nice and appreciated, as holidays are slim and none for many more months!

Take care, check in, and have a wonderful week.
Blessings to all.

Thursday, December 24, 2015


I want to take a moment to wish you ALL the happiest and merriest Christmas of all.

Thank you all for following me on this blog journey that I am taking.  My wish is that someone at sometime will gain some knowledge that will help them to make their life a little better and easier.  Thank you for following along and offering your ideas.
I hope in the coming year, we will all be able bless one another even more.

Lord, we come before you now -
Please hear us as we pray
And thank You for the special reason
We celebrate this day.
Not just for the gifts
That are wrapped beneath the tree
But the blessed gift of life -
The gift which sets us free.

So as we open our Christmas gifts
And give thanks to everyone
Far greater thanks we give to You
For the gift of CHRIST, Your Son.

MERRY CHRISTMAS from our home to your home!!!!!!!!  God bless you and yours.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Checking In

Hello everyone.  The big day is almost here.  I sure hope you all have your preparations done.
I am ready for the day!  I do believe it will be a quiet simple day here, just G and I.
We will be having our last Christmas celebration on January 2.

Earlier this week, we got what was considered extremely bad news about G's brother, but things have turned around wonderfully, and hopefully he will be leaving the hospital this week for rehab.  There is not a soul on this earth that can tell me that prayers don't work!!!  They have surely been answered for this family this week.  We couldn't have asked for a better gift for Christmas.

We are currently having thunderstorms here in central Indiana!  Crazy, two days before Christmas, and they are talking threatening weather with possibilities of tornados!!

I know everyone is busy, I just wanted to say hello and to thank any and all of you who said a prayer for our family.

Waiting for Santa's arrival!!!!!

Thank You and God bless!!


Monday, December 21, 2015


Good morning all.
I think during this time of the year we all get a bit nostalgic.  It is especially so for me this year, as life has been a bit stressful lately, I don't feel good, and I really MISS getting a hug and encouraging word from my Momma and Daddy.  I sure do miss them.

I am going to relate a Christmas story to you about my childhood.  I just love thinking about these wonderful memories. 

My Daddy read Twas The Night Before Christmas to me every Christmas eve that I can remember as a child.  Back then, the story was printed in the newspaper every year.  Daddy would sit in his big overstuffed rocker and I would sit on his lap.  He read it with such animation in his voice - it was the best.  Daddy did this up through my 18th year ( my last Christmas at home before marriage).  That year I had to ask - as he thought I wouldn't care any more.  I sat at his feet and he read me the story, as I looked at the tree lights.  I will never forget those days.
To this day, there is a Santa on one of our local news stations on Christmas Eve that reads it AND I LISTEN.  He sounds like Daddy and I close my eyes and go back in time.

Christmas morning was always special and an event.  I slept upstairs, and the stairway came straight down into the living room.  Well I ALWAYS (through 18) had to close my eyes and Dad would guide me down the stairs and into the dining room past the tree and gifts!  Then we had to have a big breakfast - whether you ate any other time of the year!  After breakfast Dad always had to smoke a cigarette and make you wait just a little longer.  Mom used to get so aggravated at him, as she knew how anxious I was.
After that we would go to the living room and open presents.  We didn't have a lot of money, especially when I was little or when the others were young, but the room looked full of gifts.  Mom would wrap everything separate, so it looked like more.  She made most of our clothes and even made me doll clothes.  There was always something unwrapped that Santa left - a big teddy bear, or a tricycle, or doll.

The entire family always came home for dinner on that day.  Mom made everything herself - there was no pitching in back in the day.  I always felt sorry for my siblings kids, as the got dragged away from all their Santa stuff on Christmas morning.  That seemed so unfair.

Mom would start making cookies and candy right after Thanksgiving.  She had so many storage containers that she used.  We always had big gallon glass jars, tins, and some sort of Tupperware like storage.  Candy and cookies would be placed out a few at a time during the month of December unless we had company - then a platter would be set out.  Mom made dozens and dozens of cookies in such an assortment.  She also made special holiday bread (or cake) that she made in soup and coffee tins.  It always had dried fruit and spiced jelly candies in it.  It was one of those things was only made at the holiday, and she would give them as gifts to all sorts of people that popped in during the month.
Mom always made, what are still some of my favorites every year.  Of course we had the Springerle cookies, then there were hermits, date/nut bars, iced sugar cookies (in all shapes) and divinity.  That wasn't it, but those were my favorites.
The cookies and candy were hid in all kinds of nooks in the kitchen and the back porch.  Sometimes she would forget about some, and they would be found around Easter, when she was cleaning out cabinets!!!  Too funny.

I sure do miss those days.  I thank God everyday that He has given us the capability to have memories forever!
I still like to sit in the dark and look at the tree lights and just think back.

Christmas back in the day at Mom and Daddies (as an adult)
Me at age 3 on Christmas morning.  I see a trike and a baby doll!   Life is so wonderful through the eyes of a child!

Do you have any special memories that you would like to share?  I love hearing people's Christmas stories.

I hope you all take some quiet moments and reflect back to your childhood or to those folks who are no longer on this Earth.  Those were times that we can never regain except in memory.
Hug your families and hold them tight - for those will be the memories THEY have someday.


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Frugal Happenings 12/20

Good morning everyone!
I hope this finds you all well and rested and ready for Christmas day!  It's hard to believe it is less than a week away.
In less than 2 weeks it will be 2016!!

It has been cold the past few days, but it supposed to start warming up again today.  We definitely won't be having a white Christmas in Indiana.  I heard on the news yesterday, that the warmer weather has really hurt sales this holiday season.  I don't really understand that - Christmas comes whether its cold or not - so you would think people would still be shopping!

This past week has been a stressful one here.  G's brother Gary got sick and went to emergency to be checked out, only to find out that he had pneumonia.  They kept him, and then towards the end of the week he had to have an emergency surgery and is still in ICU on a vent for a couple days.  This is particularly worrisome as he has muscular dystrophy too (like G).  I'd appreciate any prayers!  I have been unable to go to the hospital since the surgery, as I have developed a nasty cold, and sure don't need to be around him. 

On a happier note - Christmas shopping is done.  I went to Kroger early in the week to buy pop for the holiday company (store brand on sale for 5-12 packs for $10).  That was all I intended to buy - well we all know what is said about 'the best laid plans'!!!!
The meat department had all kinds of clearance, as did the aisles!  I shouldn't have looked - but it will save me BIG money in the future.

My weekly frugal:
  • Kroger had organic chicken wings and legs on clearance for what worked out to be .39/lb.  G always wants wings for Super Bowl, so I stocked up.  It is amazing how much wings cost now, they used to be the cheapest meat.
  • Bought 8 packs of smoked sausage (6 per pack) for .99/pack - regular 2.29 ea.
  • Bought 4 pounds of Bob Evans rolled sausage for .99/lb. was regular 2.99 (I got all they had)
  • Bought 10 cans of Chicken of the Sea pink salmon on clearance (2017 date) for 1.89 a big can, regular 4.29 a can.
  • At Aldi, I have so far bought 3 ham butts/shanks for less than $4 each with their coupon.  One is for us, the others will be gifted.  I will still get 2 more this week.
  • I was given a gallon glass jar - that I will be using for dry storage.
  • All meals from scratch this week
Our meals this week have been pretty darn frugal.  One night was leftovers, then we had some homemade potato soup, grilled cheese, chicken legs, fried chicken livers, breakfast one night and so forth.  I soaked beans over night and will be fixing soup beans today, which will last a few days.  I also have potato soup leftover.
I usually fix a roast on Christmas (I have in the freezer), so I will need nothing for that meal either.

I am sure everyone will be quite busy this week with all the last minute Christmas details.  I hope you still get a chance to check in and let us all know how you are doing.

God bless you all and have a glorious week!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Legend of the Candy Cane

I love this little poem and thought you might as well.


Look at the candy cane
What do you see?

Stripes that are red
like the blood He shed for me.

White is for my Savior
who's sinless and pure.

"J" is for Jesus, my Lord,
that's for sure!

Turn it around
and a staff you will see.

Jesus my shepherd
was born for me.

CHRISTmas blessings!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Hi all.  I'M DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Yes, I am officially done shopping, and if I'm not - I AM!
I did a marathon shopping spree today, and I say marathon, because nothing was making me happy.  I had to go several places to find what I wanted, and then I settled a couple times.
I am so over shopping for ANYTHING!
I am pooped!
My goal in January is to not buy anything other than maybe milk.  We'll see.

I had a question on the 'fancy' trail mix.  That's just what I call it.  I usually just mix together M & M's. salted peanuts and raisins or craisins.   This time I did that AND also added whole almonds (from clearance), small pretzels (cheap), and chocolate drizzled popcorn (.99/bag - used 2). 
You get a hand full of yummy every time!  Everyone liked it, and said it was good and different.
Just made it a little different this year - and it also stretched it out a little further.

Flour, 4 cups
Baking powder, 2 tsp.
Eggs, well beaten, 4
Sugar 2 cups
Boiling water, 2 tsp.
Anise seed, 2 Tbsp.

Sift flour and add baking powder.  To well beaten eggs, gradually add the sugar, beating till thick
Pour boiling water over anise seed and add to egg mixture.
Stir in flour.  CHILL

Roll out on a lightly floured board to 1/4" thickness.  Roll with a spring form roller or press with a springerle cookie board.  **If you do not have one of these simply cut into 1 1/2" x 2" blocks.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet and let air dry for 6 - 8 hours at room temperature.
Bake in a 375* oven for 11 - 14 minutes.  (No grease needed when baking either).

That's it - very easy!

Wishing you all a great evening!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tuesday TidBits

I hope you all are having a good week thus far.  Just think - tomorrow is HUMP day!

My week started out lovely with the sibling get together at my sisters.  All of us brothers and sisters were there, and many of the nieces and nephews.  We had tons of food (everyone pitches in), lots of laughs, and just an all around good time.
Some of the nieces and nephews I only get to see about once a year - so it's nice.
Everyone seemed to like their gifts - I know we sure did.
As usual we made a haul - got lot's of home canned goodies, gift cards, snuggly blankie, candles, etc.  It was great.
We have one or two more family occasions to host.

Some of the goodies I baked Saturday - fudge made last week.

Springerle cookies made for brothers and sis.  Old family recipe.
Mom made these our entire lives (I was probably teethed on them!).  We all love them.  It is definitely an acquired taste.  This cookie and our family dates back to before our great grandparents when they lived in Bavaria before coming to this country.  We have them once a year - which makes them special.
The German restaurant/bakeries in town make them ONLY at Christmas as well.  They charge a minimum of $7.99/lb. (about 12 cookies) for them!  They are cheap to make.
I have to do another batch when the other family members come in town.

Goody bags and kids gifts I took Sunday.  Blue containers contain fancy trail mix I made, there was banana bread, home canned goods, and toys!

If anyone is interested in the Springerle recipe, let me know and I will post it.  They have anise in them, which is why I say they are probably an acquired taste.  I love them.  It takes several hours (due to drying time) to finish the product, but they are extremely easy to make.

Yesterday did not go as I planned - but I made it through.  Today I got one ham at Aldi with the $5 off coupon.  You can only get one per day.

Well I'm off to fix homemade taco salad for dinner and get some laundry done.  Need to work on wrapping some as well.
Have a WONDERFUL week everyone!!!!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Frugal Happenings 12/13

Good morning.  Hope this finds everyone well and happy.
We have been having incredible weather.  Yesterday was 70*, and today should be real close to that.  I actually got to air out the house yesterday with 4 windows open!  The kitties were loving it too.  It looks like we will be in the 50's most of this coming week, till the weekend then back to normal 30's and 40's.
All I know is it is one less day that I had to turn the heat on, and one less day till spring!

What have you all been doing to stay frugal this past week?  Here are some of my frugal adventures:
  • Made a dozen hard boiled eggs and a batch of polenta to help with quick breakfasts
  • Made cookies, breads, and candy with supplies on hand
  • Stopped at Fresh Thyme and got 15 oranges and 10 red grapefruit all at the price of 5/$1.  They are very yummy. (I crave citrus this time of year)
  • Across the street from there to Kohl's.  Got 1 gift.  Was $30 now 50% off, I had a 20% off coupon and a $10 off coupon - so spent $4 and change!
  • Colored and trimmed my hair at home
  • Made 'fancy trail mix' and mini loaves of banana bread for gifts (for today)
  • Meals from scratch
I noticed in our Aldi ad this week a coupon for $5 off ANY ham purchase (no other purchase required).  So far I have managed to accumulate 5 coupons.  I will get us a ham, and use the rest to give ham to others.  Hams run from .99/lb. to 2.99/lb., so it would be possible to get a ham for as little as $5 or less.   You might want to check your ads THIS past week or this COMING week.  The coupon is good through Dec. 24.  I sure hope your store has the coupons!!!!!
It's funny how the same store in different areas has different deals.

I know everyone is getting into the hustle and bustle of the holiday.  There seems to be something to do just about every day.  Today is my first Christmas celebration of the season with my siblings and some of the nieces and nephews.
I hope that no matter how busy you get, you still take time to relax and enjoy, and to remember the reason for this glorious CHRISTmas season.
Have a wonderful week.

God bless and peace!

Friday, December 11, 2015


Have you ever tried polenta?  Ok, have you ever tried cornmeal mush?  Basically the same thing!

I have purchased rolls of polenta or mush - whatever you want to call it.  G likes it fried and I don't find it too bad either.  That stuff is kind of pricey!
I decided to try to make it myself.  Well let me tell you - it's just crazy  easy to make.

4 C water (or broth to add flavor)
1 tsp. salt
1 C cornmeal
Milk, butter, salt and pepper to taste.

In a heavy saucepan, bring the water and salt to a boil and gradually whisk in cornmeal.
Continue to whisk until the water returns to a boil and polenta begins to thicken, then turn the flame to low.  Simmer, stirring every 10 minutes or so, until polenta is thick and pulls away from the side of pan, about 40 minutes.  If it seems to be too thick add a splash of milk.

Remove pan from heat and keep covered until serving.  Season with butter, salt, milk, to taste.
This is basically if you want it like a thick oatmeal.

I dumped mine into a 7 x 4 loaf pan and refrigerated.  Now I cut slices and fry in a bit of melted butter till lightly browned on each side.

You can add chopped onions, peppers, shredded cheese, bacon, parm, ham pieces, etc., anything you like for a savory polenta.
It can be fried and then topped with butter and syrup for a sweet polenta.

You can't get a much cheaper dish, that is filling and yummy.  Give it a try if you haven't before.  You might be surprised and like it!
Today, December 11th, this is what I walked outside and picked!  I told you it was warm!  I don't believe I have ever picked dandelions in December!!

ENJOY  your weekend!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

This and That

Happy Thursday everyone.  I hope your week is going well.  We are having exceptionally unseasonable weather in this neck of the woods.  Today should hit 60* and we will be close to 70* on Sunday.  Isn't that just crazy?
Now please understand - I am not complaining.  I could do without snow and especially ice all winter.  I do know however, that we need freezing temps and layers of snow to help things grow well next year as well as killing off bad things.

According to an article I read in the US Today the whole winter will be warmer than usual for most of the country because of el Nino.  I still don't understand that thing, but it is what it is.  This is the first time since the civil war that Buffalo hasn't had any snow at this point in the year.


I am working hard on doing research and writing articles for the first of the year.  I am hoping to do a series of money saving ideas and ways of thought on saving.  I have truly been learning and loving the reading I have been doing.
There are so many things we can ALL do to increase our bottom line - and many can be enjoyable as well!!!


I have started making candy, and I have all I need to make cookies and breads in the next couple weeks.  Gift bags are getting stuffed and items getting wrapped.  I still have 2 kids to shop for, but other than that I am done.
 I have done extremely well with the budget this Christmas.  I have watched sales, used % off coupons and coupons that make items basically FREE, and I am gifting a lot of homemade items.
How are you coming with your Christmas BUDGET????
Be wise and don't create debt for the new year.


I have experimenting with some new recipes as well.  I love to try new things.  Some food items have been around forever, and I just never tried them.  I am now getting more open to trying new things (still NO on cottage cheese - LOL).

Life is good and we are so blessed.  I hope each of you realize how blessed you are each day.  There are so many in this world, that would consider us all wealthy beyond belief.   
I pray daily that people won't have to go without ENOUGH food or a warm dwelling.

Till later - peace to all.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Legend


Long ago, a gleaming star led the way
to a child born in a manger.
Today it is believed that the snowflakes
are little pieces of that star that
Leads us to the light of the world.  Jesus.
God bless us all

Monday, December 7, 2015

Tree Safety

Good morning!  It is a beautiful Monday morning here.  The sun is shining and the temps are warming a little.  By next weekend it is supposed to be in the 60's!

Today I want to talk about tree safety.  No one wants a tree tragedy.  Be safe this season, that will keep your homes safe, and that my friends is FRUGAL!

The main thing to remember with this type of tree is about the lights.  DON'T put the old fashioned big bulb, hot lights on an artificial tree, as it will melt the needles.  Cool lights are a must.  Melting needles and the excess heat MIGHT cause a fire or a short.

  • Look for a nice green tree - devoid of a lot of dead needles.
  • Make sure you have a stand that will hold water, and large enough for the tree
  • Cut a good inch off the trunk of the tree, so there is a fresh cut for water to absorb into the trunk
  • Keep the tree well watered.  There are items that you can add to water to help preserve the tree - but I worry how safe these would be for pets.  Sometimes pets might try to drink the water.  Add sugar to the water to best resemble sap.
  • Again, always use cool lights!  I know the old fashioned lights are beautiful - but they are HOT!  New cooler types of lights keep the trees from catching fire
  • If you are not home - keep the lights turned off
  • Keep your tree away from heat sources in your home.  Away from registers, heaters and fireplaces - that should be self explanatory.
  • If you can't bring the tree into the house for a day or two - keep it outside or in a cool garage in a bucket of water

  • These are wonderful, because they can be planted outside and add to your beautiful yard, and it is very environmental
  • These tree are balled with a healthy root system attached
  • Keep them in a large tub and keep the root ball damp - not overly soaked
  • Again, keep these away from all heat sources in the house
  • After the holiday, place these trees in your garage and keep the ball damp - till weather allows for planting (ex:  frozen ground).
  • When planting, make sure the hole is larger than the root ball, and add manure, peat moss, or some other light blend to keep the soil from packing down the roots
I love Christmas trees, as do most people.  It is just a lovely symbol of the holiday.  Keep your home and family safe - follow simple safety rules.
**Another idea I like to promote - is to MAKE SURE your smoke alarm and fire alarm batteries are fresh.  Better to be safe than sorry.

Stay safe and totally enjoy this Christmas season.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Frugal Happenings 12/6

Hi there everyone.  Hope you all had a good week.
It's less than 3 weeks till Christmas and counting.  It's just hard to imagine that 3 weeks from today - it will all be over and done with!

I am still trudging away to get it all done.  This coming week, the baking and candy making begins.  I THINK!!!  That is my plan!  I do have to bake a certain type of cookie for the sibling get together - it's a family favorite that mom used to bake.

How frugal were you this week?  Did you get any great deals or did you just behave yourselves?
My frugal week;
  • Ran to Aldi for milk (of course) as it was 1.49/gal.  While there I spotted a bunch of clearance items.  I got 15 - 20 oz. cans of raspberry pie filling/topping for .99/can!  Flour was on mark down for .99/5 lb.  I also got 4 - 1 1/2 lb. bags of waffle fries (G loves) for .99 each.
  • Found out my feed store is NO longer going to be a feed store as of 12/31.  They are going into landscaping only.  Being my only supplier at this time, I freaked!!!!  I have now purchased enough critter feed to last a good part of the winter.  This gives me time to find a new 'family owed' source.  I also got 3 new thistle feeders for 50% off.
  • Kroger had Domino sugar on sale (if you buy 4) for .99 bag.  I got 8 for the stockpile.
  • FINALLY got the new kitchen faucet installed after having it for 6 months!  There is a story here!!!!!
  • All meals from scratch.  Made chili one day - beans and meat - and served one meal with it over rice.  Second meal I added pasta.  Balance will be used this week on baked potatoes.  Not bad for 1 lb. of ground beef!       Making a big pot of a chicken gumbo type soup today.  It will last a few meals as well!  Love it when you get more than one meal from a pot!
Guess that is about it on this end.

I asked my neighbor (handyman) to help me with the faucet.  He basically did it all himself, I had water, no leaks and I was thrilled.  Gave him a little money for his help.

After he left, I realized the faucet wouldn't move!  Crap.  Well he was gone already from his home, so G and I decided to mess with it today.  G gave me encouragement and a little guidance, but I did it all myself.  My neighbor dropped an important part behind the base cabinet and never retrieved it.
I turned off the water and took everything apart and redid it all.  NOW I KNOW HOW TO CHANGE A FAUCET!!!!  It was soooo easy.  The best part - is the faucet now moves.  YAY!
It's amazing how happy something as simple as a new faucet makes this simple gal.  I am over the moon.

Never doubt that you can't do something.  Most things are much easier than expected.  The hardest part of changing the faucet was laying on my back and working with my arms in the air.  I will sure try anything once - especially when it will save me a big amount of money.  A plumber would have cost a small fortune.

We have received 3 Christmas cards so far.  I guess I need to get mine out this week too.  I think I will hand deliver the family ones at the get together next Sunday - saving stamps.

I hope your week ahead is wonderful and that you are blessed in many ways.  Always try to be kind to strangers, your act of kindness may just change someone's world.
GOD BLESS you all.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Pet Safety

Christmas can be fun and exciting for the kids, and our fur babies get excited too.
There are so many things that can harm out babies this time of the year.  Please be vigilant with your babies to keep them safe.  This will help you avoid vet bills as well - a frugal thing!

There are lot's of holiday plants that can be seriously hurtful to animals.  Keep them away from Poinsettas, amaryllis, paper white daffodils, Christmas cacti, and holly and it's berries!  These plants or parts of them can be fatal.

Do NOT let your pets eat chocolate.  It reacts much differently in their system.  'People" food really shouldn't be given to pets - although a lot of people do it.  It is just far to rich for their little systems.

Be careful with your decorations as well.  Tinsel and icicles can be eaten and then clog up the digestive system.  Glass ornaments look like fun to play with, but if broken and ingested, it could be fatal.  Please try to keep your pets from chewing on lights and electrical cords - need I saw more?!

We just don't think about all the pretty glitz and glamor causing any harm, but it sure can.  Let's all be vigilant and keep our precious fur babies safe.
I generally give mine a couple of the big pre-made bows to play with.  I just found one the other day from last Christmas when I moved the TV armoire!

If you pet becomes sick, get ahold of your vet immediately.  If you can not reach your vet, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control line at 1-888-426-4435.
Merry Christmas to all the sweet and adorable fur babies!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Mid-week Musings

Hi everyone.  Sorry I have M.I.A. for a couple days.  It's been one crazy week so far and not in a good way.  My mind is just about exhausted, but onward I go.

There is so much to get done in the next few weeks.  I have my first Christmas get-together on the 13th, then more after that.  So life will be busy, busy, busy.

Here are a couple yummy recipes you might like to try.

2 c sugar
2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1/2  milk
6 Tbsp. butter
1/2 C peanut butter
2 C old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Combine sugar and cocoa powder in a saucepan.  Stir in milk and butter and bring the mixture to a boil.  Cook for 2 minutes and remove from heat.
Stir in peanut butter, oats and vanilla.
Lay out waxed paper.  Drop teaspoons of the mixture onto it and let it cool.  Makes 3 dozen candies.
Pretty darn easy!

20 oz. bag of frozen hash browns - thawed
4 C shredded cheese
2 c cooked dice ham
7 eggs
1 C milk

Place potatoes in a greased 13 x 9 pan.  Sprinkle the cheese over the top of potatoes.  Beat milk and eggs and seasonings together and pour over other ingredients.  Bake covered for 1 hour.  Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes.
This will serve a lot of people.  I would suggest to serve with muffins or biscuits.  Mmmm - biscuits/gravy would be good with this as well.
What a fun and easy morning (or any time) meal.

Have a good day.  Talk with you all later.