Hello all! Hoping you all are doing well and are having a good week so far. We made it through some harrowing winds yesterday. It got kind of scary a couple times - such high winds. Lots of limbs down here, but there was a tornado in another part of state. Tis the season!
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Sunday, February 26, 2023
- Had to change out a couple light bulbs - why do I mention that? I can't remember the last time I had to change bulbs!! I hardly ever turn on lights - so no need to change things out.
- Baked a batch of brownies - man I had a craving!
- I had to change out the disk in my digital camera. I have used the same disk for YEARS! It finally decided to quit. I went searching and sure enough I had a new in package one that G had purchased many years ago!
- Worked on the wallpaper some more - taking it slow!
- Made iced tea and added a couple apricot tea bags for flavor
- Got to air the house on a couple days
- Had my chime/angel on porch get blown over and chime broke. I fixed it and have it back out there.
- Paid everything I had for March
- Did more yard work when I could - just cleaning up some
- Did a walk about and picked up trash from walks and alley
- Ran to feed store for corn
- Went to library and returned and got some more books. I have looked at a couple I got before - but will re-read.
- I also went to grocery this week. I used a $5 off total coupon I had for Feb. I got a couple buys with digital coupons - strawberries 1.88/lb., cherry tomatoes, milk - 1.29/half gal., Bumble Bee tuna .79/can (limit 5 w/coupon). I have been going on Friday, when I go lately - as I use the 4X points on Friday coupon. Points give money off on gasoline.
- I topped off the gas tank and used last months points. I saved .50/gal.
- Eating from home and using leftovers
- Just doing all the normal stuff
Thursday, February 23, 2023
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Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Sunday, February 19, 2023
- Had company on Sunday - that was wonderful
- Took down the winter door decorations
- Changed out the yard flag from mittens to tulips!
- Raked up a bunch of stuff in back. Sunflower seed hulls and peanut shells. The squirrels need to learn how to clean up after themselves!!!!
- Picked up a ton more sticks - we had another big wind event
- Got to air the house 3 days
- Started stripping wallpaper - oh what a job
- Saved 2 glass jars to use for jar mixes (for gifting)
- Did some mending
- NO grocery store this week
Thursday, February 16, 2023
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Sunday, February 12, 2023
- I did go out Tuesday to a luncheon with a lot of my high school alum. They do this every other month - my first time going. It was really nice and it was what I needed to lift my spirits. Many of the people I even went to grade school with - so it went back a 'few' years!!!!!
- Cleaned and scrubbed all the watering holes outside
- Did a big yard pick-up of limbs and sticks. Some trash - but most just kept on blowing down the street!
- Cleaned out a couple more drawers
- I did run to Kroger to get a few fresh items. I found a bag of firm, large green tomatoes (3) for .99. This week is going to be fried green tomatoes!!!!!!! YUM!
- I did try the Dove for sensitive skin on my hair this week (Elise). I liked it. My hair was very clean and soft. Today I did shampoo - kind of a controlled study. I think it was much softer with the Dove. I am wondering now about Ivory bar soap. I have about 12 bars of that. It was always advertised safe for babies - hmmmm.
- Basic cleaning - the mention of company sure does keep the house dusted and vacuumed well!! LOL!
- I did get to air the house on 2 days - very nice temperatures.
Thursday, February 9, 2023
- Spritz roasting veggies with a bit of Italian dressing before roasting. Talk about a yummy taste - lots of extra flavor.
- Top hot brownies or layer cake with about a half bag of chocolate (or any flavor) chips. Do this as soon as it comes out of oven. They melt - spread around and you have a delish "icing" or topping. I am always asked my secret when I make brownies!!!
- An easy-peasy way to chop an onion! I always chop by hand (no machine) and this just works so well.
- Always keep dehydrated onion flakes on hand - just in case you have no fresh and none in freezer
- When slicing a tomato - cut slices from top to bottom. Stem to butt. I just learned this not long ago - and it makes a huge difference. It keeps the juice from running out all over everything!!!! Seriously! I always used to slice side to side and juice would flow everywhere. Not now!
- When making any baked good in chocolate - add a bit of brewed coffee or a bit of instant in water to recipe. The coffee so increases the chocolate flavor.
- Have stale chips or crackers? Place a few at a time on a paper towel (to absorb moisture) in the microwave for a few seconds. They will taste fresh a new.
- For a quick fried potato - use a mostly cooked baked potato. You can microwave until almost done - then place in a pan with a little oil - use your potato masher (or the bottom of a heavy mug) to smash. Fry on both sides until golden. These are so good!!!!!
- Use your veggie peeler to make slivers of chocolate from a bar - to add pretty ribbons on top of desserts.
- Cut on onion in half (kind of like view 1 above) - top to root and then use your veggie peeler to make long uniform slices - easy. Slice from top to root.
- Use an egg slicer to slice strawberries, mushrooms or bananas. Nice and easy. You can cut anything soft that way.
- When measuring out something sticky (like peanut butter) - always measure an oil first. Makes the sticky item come right out of spoon or cup.
- Keep all kinds of milk on hand for cooking or baking. I keep fresh, evaporated, dry, shelf stable and frozen cubes of milk. I also keep Coffee Mate on hand as well - just in case! Always be prepared.
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
- Buy what is in season for the best price
- Check if your store has a clearance area for produce - usually have bags of goodies for .99
- Check bags of produce to make sure there is no bad item in the bag - that can make the rest of the bag go off quickly
- Weigh prebagged produce (apples, oranges, etc.) Not all 5 lb. bags weigh 5 lbs.!!!!!! Some weigh more!
- Don't buy chopped lettuces or cut up veggies or fruit - it will always cost more than just buying it whole and cutting up yourself
- When you get home - DRY off any wet produce before storing.
- Never pay full price for meat. Always get it when it is on sale!!!!!! Stock up and freeze.
- Most times it is more economical to buy whole instead of cut up. Whole chickens, whole loins, larger beef cuts, etc. Cut it up yourself and freeze in meal size packages
- Look for inexpensive cuts of meat that you can marinate or slow cook to make tender
- Don't buy the pre-marinated, seasoned or stuffed meat. It always costs more.
- Think about other sources of protein - canned tuna, salmon, beans, etc.
- Day old breads are great for toast, crumbs, making croutons and stuffing
- Plain pasta and rice are a lot more economical than the pre-seasoned mixes. You can make up your own flavor combination.
- Bigger boxes of cereal are a lot more economical than buying smaller boxes - look for those 'bags' of cereal, they are a different brand, but much cheaper sans box! Think about buying hot cereal in bulk (oats) - not those indiv. packets. Make up your own blends.
- Frozen fruits and veggies are a perfect way to get some items that are out of season
- Buy plain veggies - no sauces. That causes them to cost more and adds calories. Make your own sauce or gravy or seasoning.
- Skip buying frozen pancakes, waffles, biscuits, French toast - etc. Make your own for pennies and then bag them up and freeze for quick breakfasts and meals.
- Buy a block of cheese and shred your own. It isn't necessarily cheaper - but it sure does melt better. Pre-shredded cheese has an anti-clumping agent added - so not just plain cheese. Shred you own and bag up. I freeze shredded cheese for cooking and baking.
- Check for markdowns on milk or cream - if it is getting close to "best by" date it may be marked down. You can drink now or you can freeze for later. I often keep milk fresh and flavorful for more than a couple weeks past the date. (store at the back and bottom of frig - it is colder).
- Cottage cheese, sour cream or other container items - store upside down in the frig. That removes the air that causes spoilage and makes it last longer.
Tuesday, February 7, 2023
- First - shop at home first!!!!! Not just groceries - but all things. The pantries and freezers can contribute to an endless variety of meals if you just get a little creative.
- Go through your closets and drawers - your basement or even the attic. I bet you have a ton more than you can even remember. I have boxes of holiday decorating things, that haven't been opened in many years. I have all kinds of goodies tucked away. I have found brand new undies and socks, that got pushed to the back and bottom of drawers. I HAD a lot of kitchen small appliances that I never used - finally I got rid of them. I kept what I could use for something else.
- Check that garage! There may be yard things and tools that have been forgotten. I know my hubs was the king of buying tools of every type at yard sales - and I keep finding things I can use.
- Borrow what you need. Borrow from a neighbor or family or friend if it is something you need just once in a blue moon!!!! Many libraries have a 'borrow' policy as well on tools and such. Always make sure you get it back to the person in as good or better shape than you got it.
- Shop second hand - yard/garage sales, estate sales, thrift stores, etc. You can find sooooo many neat things for pennies on the dollar and often for free!
- Think about swapping with others - clothes swaps, kids toys, books, kitchen gadgets, tools, etc. What a neat idea!
- Utilize free local groups if you have them. Craigs list (for cheap), neighborhood FREE groups, mom groups, etc. (start a group)
- Think about buying some bigger ticket items second hand. You have to be aware - as furniture needs to come from a neat and clean place (no buggers). Furniture is not made as well today as some of the older stuff. Quality has slidden a lot over the years. I bought myself a bread maker at the thrift store - you could tell it hadn't been used - for $10 years ago, and it still works. Just something to think about. We have some pretty nice high end "thrift" stores around that deal with quality goods. Check your area.
- Remake things into something new! Maybe remake older clothes into new styles. Alter and adjust things. Use off the hook types of items in the garden and flower beds as decorations. Re-use wood in new ways. There is no limit.
Sunday, February 5, 2023
- Spent time Monday at the emergency vet
- Doing a lot of extra laundry
- Cut my hair - boy it sure does grow fast
- I did run to the feed store to get more supplies - great part ALL bird seed was on sale 25% off - deal until 2/15!!!!! That was a nice savings and surprise
- Restocked all the feed cans and feeders
- Got my new months' worth of extra coupons from Kroger - I sure do like getting those now. I went forever not getting any
- I did stop at Kroger while out at feed store. I got milk, bread, tangerines and cherry tomatoes
- Using supplies I have on hand and cooking from scratch & using leftovers
- Just doing all the normal things we all do - nothing exciting at all
Friday, February 3, 2023
Just a gentle reminder to all. Some days we ALL need to be reminded that "stuff" happens we cannot control, and we will get through it - eventually. TIME is what it takes and that is just fine!
Take time to be gentle to yourself and love yourself. You are worthy.