Sunday, November 3, 2019

Weekly Wrap-Up 11/3

Good morning everyone.
I hope you all remembered the stupid time change!!!!  Yes, that is how I feel.  They need to just leave it alone.  They say "oh, you get an extra hour of sleep".  Obviously they have never owned any kind of animal.  They don't care what the clock says - they want to eat at 'eating time'!!!

We have had quite a weather week.  Cold, sun, wind, rain, snow - you name it.  Halloween was miserable all day and all night.  That was our first snow of the season.  It didn't last, but it was nasty.  We have had our first hard freeze as well (woke to that Nov. 1).
Friday the leaves were falling from the tulip poplar tree like rain drops or snowflakes.  Constant dropping all day!  It was kind of pretty.  The maple tree hasn't lost much yet.  That cold snap did make the colors change drastically on the trees that were still green.

My week:
  • I FINALLY got all the stuff at the bank taken care of - 3rd time was a charm.  One more thing off the to-do list
  • I made a run to the feed store - and got stocked up pretty darn good.  I discovered a good use for the non-working chest freezer in the garage.  It is a great mouse proof storage area for bags of seed!
  • I received a lovely bouquet of fall colored flowers last Sunday from my brother and SIL for my birthday.  So sweet.  They are just as pretty today as they were last Sunday.
  • I ran into Lowes the day I went to the bank and returned all the extras that were purchased for 'in case' while doing the plumbing in bathroom.  Received a credit of $46.
  • Laundered all the bedding and added a thinner 'grandma' made quilt under the comforter.  I keep the house pretty chilly at night (I get so hot at night) and the quilt is almost too much.  I don't want to be HOT at night.  The quilt is actually thinner than any blanket I have, so I will leave it on.
  • Got all the water bowls set up with electric to keep them from freezing for all the animals.
  • Added extra blankies to kitty beds (in greenhouse) and set up heating mat (they love it)
  • I got taken out 2 more times for meals.  Wednesday friends from over 40+ years took me out to dinner at an Italian restaurant.  Thursday relatives took me to Taco Bell (my choice).
  • Pulled out the plants in the actual garden plot and removed cages.  Now it is ready for added leaves as I gather them.
  • I did run to Kroger on Friday - they had 3X gas points on meat, fresh produce, floral, and seafood.  I got some salad fixings, 3 bags of 1/2 off candy (thought for holiday - but it won't make it that long!).  Found 18 oz. jar candles B1G1 (5.99/2) .  They smell heavenly.  I may go get more for that price before sale ends.  I got 2 boxes of 10 each - hot chocolate mix on clearance for .79 each.  Those will work in my cups being filled for gifts.  My DEAL was 12 lbs. of boneless skinless chicken breasts for about $11!!!!!!!  It was a markdown and will last me all winter.  WOOHOO!  What a deal. (about .91/lb.)
  • I am still eating tomatoes I grew.  I will probably have enough to last for a couple/three weeks yet.
My menu this past week:
Homemade tacos
Egg rolls (homemade)
Potato soup (from freezer) and grilled ham/cheese sandwich
Lasagna (taken out)
Nachos Supreme (taken out)
Bacon/Swiss burger and small salad
Turkey cakes and small salad

TURKEY CAKES:  I used a box of cornbread style Stove Top stuffing mix, 1 C HOT water, 3 eggs, and  2 C shredded turkey (I found in freezer).  Add water to stuffing mix to dampen - let it set 5 minutes.  Add beaten eggs and meat (you could use less meat).  Mix well and fry about 5 minutes on each side.  I used my non-stick griddle to avoid grease.
OH MY GOODNESS, they were yummy.  The recipe on the package called for 12 oz. crab meat (I will do that another time).  It said it makes 6 cakes - I got 8.
This would be a fantastic idea for leftovers at Thanksgiving (just add eggs). You could also use diced ham instead of crab or turkey.
Meat, bread, eggs and veggies in salad - pretty well rounded dinner.  I have plenty left too! (going to freeze them)

How was your week?  Did you get any deals?  Are you getting all stocked up for the winter and holidays?  Hopefully baking and poultry & ham deals will be starting soon.  Take advantage while you can.
I sure envy those in the southern hemisphere on the mornings where the temps are in the 20's here.  Good grief, I am over it already, and I have a whole winter to go!!!!  LOL
It would be nice if the temperature just kind of mellowed and didn't get so nasty.  Oh well, such is life in Indiana.

I pray for you and your families that you may stay safe and healthy.  I hope you have many good deals and blessings this week.
Blessings from my humble little home to yours.


  1. Those turkey cakes look absolutely delicious, going to give them a try for sure.

    1. They were so good. Such a nice change. Hope you enjoy them!

  2. I'm definitely trying those turkey cakes, too! I do love your recipes as they are easy. I used to enjoy tackling new and complicated recipes but no more! I'm heading toward Stouffer's frozen singles. ; ) Happy belated birthday, Cheryl! I love your photo!

    1. I think you will enjoy them. I have gotten to loving simple recipes as well.
      Thank you and you are too kind!

  3. Happy Birthday, Cheryl.

    We use an old dishwasher to store things in as it's airtight and nothing (animals or bugs) can get to the food. Kudos on using your non-working freezer for the same thing.

    We had a good week with multiple freebies, which makes me happy lol. I hope you have a great week!

    1. It just hit me to use the freezer the other day as a mouse had eaten a hole in one of my big plastic bins! Good idea on the old dishwasher.

      I love hearing that people are getting freebies and deals. Keep it up!
      Have a good one.

  4. Today Cheryl I had turkey and dumplings. If only I had read your post a lot sooner I would have had turkey cakes!
    Your birthday sounded wonderful. You have some caring people in your life.
    We skipped shopping this got some greAt deals.
    Have a great day!

    1. I love dumplings! Sounds good.
      I do have a lot of kind people around me.
      I have skipped many a week - if you need nothing, why shop?
      Hope you have a good week.

  5. Sounds like you had a very productive week. Your chicken was a great bargain. I like the sound of the turkey cakes as easy and adaptable. I made a big batch of tomato, carrot and lentil soup today with what I had to hand. Also an apple cake with fruit frozen from the garden.

    1. Your meal sounds so good. I love simple and hearty meals. Soup is a favorite.
      I like things I can make in many ways and that are easy.

  6. Happy belated birthday! Your flowers are lovely! Meals sound yummy too. Great idea to use the freezer to store feed.
    Thanks for the turkey cakes recipe. Sounds good!
    Great deals at the store.
    I wish we would stay on daylight savings time too. Seems like it takes me days to get adjusted to the time change.
    Hope you have a good week.

    1. Thank you!
      The little meat cakes were tasty!
      Oh, I wish we could stay on one time. This is so crazy. I do better with this change than the spring one - but I do love the spring one, as we have later daylight hours!
      I sure do hate going out in the dark in the morning and in the dark in the early evening to take care of kitty dishes. UGH.
      Kids will soon be going to school in the dark and coming home in dark. (I see some buses going by at 5PM)

      Have a good one.

  7. Those turkey cakes sure do look good. So you don't cook the stuffing as usual and let stand for five minutes but you just add a little water to moisten it? You accomplish so much! A belated Happy Birthday. Nancy

    1. That's correct. You just add the water to the dry mix and let it set, then add eggs and meat and fry.
      Super easy and tasty.
      Thank you!

  8. Wow, $.91 per pound for chicken! I feel fortunate when it drops to $3.99 a pound here.

    It's cold here too and it doesn't like we'll see any improvement. Makes me wish for the years when the snow didn't arrive until after Christmas.

    1. I nabbed up the chicken when I saw it marked down for sure. That is crazy cheap.
      I am not a cold type person. I like cool and sunny!
      It could snow for Christmas day, then melt and I would be happy!!!