Showing posts from May, 2012

Thrifty Thursday

One of my favorite activities when we go to St. Augustine.  Ride down old A1A along to Ormond by the Sea and view the incredible ocean views.  Cost for gasoline under $5.  

I'm afraid this week's post is a bit short...Vacation last week and not much time at home this week.  That is due to change, however.  I'll be back on my savings trend.

Friday:  Last day of vacation.  I did nothing today except prepare a simple meal for our lunch and that was leftovers from yesterday.  We spent the entire day enjoying our last day of vacation.

Boiled eggs earlier in the day and made egg salad for John's work lunches.  I added the water I used to boil the egg to my saved water and poured over the rose bushes I need to plant.

Saturday:  I had some leftover rolls from Thursday and Friday meals.  I thawed a 1/2 pound of that good meat market ground beef and made little slider burgers from the rolls. I managed six little burgers, enough for me and enough for a work lunch for John. 


A Little Economy, A Little Splurge

This photo a good example of my splurge/thrift notions
Thrift store treasures and new purchases co-mingle

A while back reading Cranford, I came across a few paragraphs in which Mary noted the strange economy of various households in Cranford.  It explained the scene in the series where Miss Mattie notes to her sister Deborah that the candle had burned down below the unlit one on the mantel.  Apparently the two sisters preferred to have their neighbors think that they burned two candles each night.  In fact they did...but only one at a time, lol.  They burned one at time and kept them as nearly even as possible by putting out the other when it was below the level of the second candle, at which point they used the flame to light the second candle, and put out the first.

Mary went on to note the little economies other neighbors made as well.  I was amused reading this account but all too aware that this is true of many households even 200 years later.  For instance in my household, I choo…

Menu Day - Shaking Things Up

Vacation is over...Insert extremely sad face...It was grand, truly it was and I had the best time all around.  Now Shabat is over and it is the start of a new week.  I thought I'd like to tackle menu plans right away from now on.  After all this is my 'first day' and the day when I really need my plans for the week to start afresh.  
I didn't plan  meals last week, except to take some meat from the freezer at night and start thawing overnight in the fridge. I was flying by the seat of my pants.  Take out a packet of meat and have NO plan in mind?  That was tough!  Especially when my refrigerator is so low on fresh produce.  I will be happy to shop for groceries on Wednesday. In the meantime I shall do my best to use what I have.  I do hope to make it to the grocery early tomorrow morning to pick up a few sales/coupon specials that I would like to take advantage of but it won't be a big shop by any means.  Just a few items that will nicely add to our foodstuffs ove…

Coffee Chat - Vacation Is Fun!

Hello Hello Hello!  Won't you join me for a cup of coffee and a chat?  Just store bought cookies in the cookie jar this week.  I broke down last week and bought them so I wouldn't have to bake right away when we got home.  I took one package of sugar wafers with us...That was more for nostalgia's sake.  Granny almost always had the Nabisco Sugar Wafers on our pantry shelf.  I bought a less expensive brand but to me they taste just the same.  Then John spied chocolate chip cookies on sale at the grocery while we were out of town and we bought those.  I've got cookie overflow!  There are far far worse things to have an overflow of, don't you agree?

Our vacation really started a few weeks ago when we returned to the air museum to complete our tour there.  We'd gone several months ago and due to an unexpectedly long delay for a car service we barely saw one hangar of planes and displays.  So a couple of weekends ago we went back, walked through all the hangars and…

Choosing Our Way

Recently we took a short trip.  I was surprised to find my attention caught by signage all along the way.  It made me think about a portion of our life at present where we are questioning and seeking answers.
 Here's one.  This sign makes it plain that a time of choice is ahead.  Go this way or go that.  It seems  safe enough choice knowing that it is an acceptable place to turn or go straight ahead doesn't it?
 And another, which makes the choosing a bit harder.  Choices...Oh they do rule our lives!
 This is plain enough.  WRONG WAY.  I could have used a few of those signs along the pathways of my life.  Oh the troubles it would have saved!
 I encounter this one all too often.  It helps tremendously  to understand that this is just a sign to protect me and keep me safe.  It's not really a sign that I should stop and go no further.  It is a suggestion that I stop and carefully consider what is choice I make before I move ahead.

Sometimes signs are confusing.  There are …

Menu Monday - Here and There

One more day of work for John after today and then he's off for a few days more than usual.  We've made plans to  lend a holiday feel to our time off this go round.  That means planning picnic worthy meals as well as meals that can be served at home or quick meals after we've been gone all day.  No rhyme or reason to the way the days are laid out, so I'll not label them, just jotting down a week or so worth of menus.

Red beans and Rice, Waldorf Salad, Cornbread Muffins, Oatmeal Cookies
I actually made this meal for today.  I've had Red Beans on my menu list for the past two months. I haven't felt well over the weekend and didn't really want a meat heavy meal, so this seemed the perfect solution.I had a couple of leftover apple halves that I used to make the salad.

Grilled Ribeye Steaks, Corn on Cob, 7 Layer Salad, Crusty bread
7 layer salad:  Mushrooms, frozen peas, turkey bacon, halved grape tomatoes top lettuce and then a creamy dressing is poured over the …

Coffee Chat

I don't know where time went this week.  It seemed it was Monday just yesterday...and here it is Sunday!  It's not like I did anything special this week or even got projects tended to either.  It was just one of those sorts of weeks.  I did my routine work, I was tired, I went to bed, got up and did more and was tired.  Over and over again all week long.  It didn't seem as though the week was rushing past...until I realized yesterday afternoon that Thursday had come and gone and Friday was fast passing by as well.

John and I went off Tuesday to get haircuts.  I got a short cut for summer and the hot months ahead.  It stands to order, doesn't it, that it would turn off cooler these past few days?

I was out with Mama on Wednesday.  I'd had several ideas for her gift but she mentioned that she wanted wind chimes and pointed to the ones she wanted.  I bought them for her and gave them to her right away.  It's the best way with Mama.  She doesn't want to wait,…

Thrifty Thursday/Frugal Friday

Our picnic lunch.  Friday:  Up earlier than usual this morning.  I'd promised John a big breakfast since we had nothing to do until late afternoon.  While breakfast was started, I also started dinner for today and tomorrow.    I noted that a friend of mine had lined her crock pot with aluminum foil one day...I took her idea a step further.  I wanted to cook two entrees but I didn't want to mess up both of my crock pots.  Instead I used foil to shape two dishes inside the largest crock pot.  I put chuck roast and onions in one dish and two chicken breast in the other. Both meats cooked on low for the same amount of time.  The juices remained in each dish...I was very pleased with how this worked.

John has been mentioning Harvard beets for the past two pay periods.  When we were in Aldi on Wednesday he mentioned them again.  I can't buy Harvard beets, only plain, at Aldi.  However, my cookbook had a recip…

Menu Monday - May Thunderstorms

Monday Monday...Gracious but Mondays do seem to come around rather often!  I've been struggling today and it's all to do with a silly back that wants to spasm and be painful (currently under control, thankfully).  I can't imagine what I've done.  Was it cutting the branches last week?  Tugging on the heavily laden wagon?  Lifting too many grocery bags at once the other day?  Who knows?  It hurt and though I just use the standard over the counter pain reliever, I feel slightly groggy from them.  It's an adventure when you are medication sensitive, lol.  Aleve tends to sort of knock me into a cotton stuffed head sort of person.

I did have a bit of fun this morning after chores, while I was waiting on dinner to cook and dressed up a $.50 composition book I picked up at a thrift store a few weeks ago.  I'm making myself a fancy journal out of it.  I've already recovered the outside and the front piece inside.  I'll add pictures, words, quotes, etc all thro…

A Size for Everyone, Not Just Some

I've spent the afternoon and evening  yesterday reading through the blogs on my bookmarked list.  I have a mix of blogs.  Some cooking, some decorating, some simple living, some faith based, but almost all have one common theme: every one of them has a frugal slant.

I'd just finished reading a blog in which the author stated what she felt was excess, taking a slap at anyone who didn't subscribe to the same viewpoint, when I felt the need to stop and think.  Truth is while this author accomplishes a lot in a small space, her 'style' of frugality is not mine...and I resent being told that it should be.  I've been frugal for 33 years or more...I don't believe I've been doing it wrong all these years simply because I don't subscribe to all her methods and ways.  And I think this is one area where we who blog must be very careful.  We can encourage or we can discourage.  It's all in our approach.

This brings to mind a discussion Friday night with an…

A Day in My Life

Much amused by the hoohaw surrounding stay at home wife/mom not working a day in their life, I decided to track a day in my life.  Just one day.  And this wasn't a FULL day, doesn't include blogging, writing, phone calls, creating shopping lists, etc.

Here's my day as it transpired on Tuesday:
When John left I made cinnamon rolls.  The recipe calls for buttermilk.  My carton was only 1/3 full when I made this recipe, so I added as much milk to the carton and set it on the counter for 24 hours.  Wednesday morning, I had buttermilk.
The cinnamon rolls, waiting to go in the oven.  I went outside to finish clearing up the limbs, weeds, etc.
My second wheelbarrow load of limbs...I had two more to go after this.

All winter I've watched a red cockaded woodpecker pick up pecans and come to the Sweet Gum tree with it.  I suspected he was finding a handy place to lodge the nuts and crack them.  Proof that my suspicions were right...He was on the security light pole pecking away …

Thrifty Thursday - Merry Merry Month of May

My kitchen window garden as of Tuesday morning.  Two romaine lettuce end pieces that are meant to root (the smallest is already producing new leaves as of this morning), mint I mean to plant on Friday morning, a cabbage end piece with five or six new cabbages forming upon it, and a  small bottle with ivy and an African violet leaf rooted in water...

Friday: It was meant to be a fun Friday, though I do confess I was feeling spendy.  I wanted to go to Walmart to find the items on my growing list.  Nothing pricey but altogether bound to get expensive.  Well I had a spendy day all right!  Four new tires and an alignment later...However, as my husband pointed out, we save for rainy days and we were certainly in a rainstorm yesterday.

Money saver for the day?  That Premium AAA membership we bought last year.  I had no idea, I really didn't, what a savings it was!  I thought it was an unnecessary expense.  I certainly thought no such thing yesterday when I found myself with a f…