Monday, February 28, 2011
We had a busy weekend! :)
My husband started working from home on Thursday. Now his office will be put to good use on a daily basis.
Then that evening was Upward practice. I am an assistant coach to one of the cheerleading squads and Emeri is an assistant coach to another cheerleading squad.
Friday evening 2 of my nieces spent the night. Then on Saturday morning we had Upward games followed by some photography practice that afternoon. The 4 girls and I had a blast and found a couple new spots in town.
Saturday evening my girls went to my Sister's house and stayed all night. (the girls had a blast being together all weekend) While hubby and I enjoyed a dinner date to Red Lobster. Yum!
Then on Sunday we went to my Mom's for a cookout. It was a super fun and busy weekend.
Last weeks menu went very well. It helps me so much more just to plan when we will eat at home and when we will eat out. It keeps me on track and definitely saves money. When I don't plan this way I find that I convince myself to get take out much more often.
Now on to this weeks menu:
Breakfast options: Cold Cereal, Eggs, Oatmeal, Fresh Fruit, Yogurt
Lunch options: PB&J, Grilled Cheese, fresh fruit, fresh veggies, applesauce, yogurt, cheese, crackers
Monday: Black Beans and Rice
Tuesday: Mexican Soup (instead of beef I will be shredding 2 chicken breast halves)
Thursday: Brown Rice & Lentil Casserole
Saturday: Grilled Cheese and Salad
Sunday: Sandwiches, fruit and veggies
**All meals will be served with fresh veggies and possibly fresh fruit.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Did any of you try it?
Monday, February 21, 2011
In this weeks menu we are trying to use up items that we have on hand because we are in the process of going organic! We do not have a huge stock of food, it's actually relatively small, but I cannot just afford to get rid of everything non-organic. So instead we are going to work our way through what we have on hand and slowly start bringing in organic until we our 100% organic.
This past friday was my off week in shopping, the week I only pick up a few things, but I did get a large container of organic baby spinach, fresh organic broccoli, a 5lb bag of organic oranges, organic milk and organic peanut butter.
So here is this weeks menu:
Breakfasts: Cold cereal, oatmeal, eggs, fruit
Lunches: PB&J, Grilled Cheese, yogurt, fresh fruit and/or veggies
Monday: Eggs, Turkey Bacon, Toast, Fruit
Tuesday: Mexican Rice, Fruit, Salad
Wednesday: Crockpot Chicken, Saffron Rice, Corn
Thursday: Gortons Beer Battered Fish Fillets, Mac & Cheese, Green Beans
Friday: Pizza, Nieces staying the night!
Saturday: Date Night!
Sunday: Free For All
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
My head hurt until I went to sleep that night. I didn't write out a plan and on Monday I texted my hubby to bring home Subway for dinner. On Tuesday I woke up feeling fine. I was gone all day long. Hubby and I got home just in time to get the girls and head to the County Spelling Bee. Jonah our youngest got runner up at the Spelling Bee and afterward my Mom went with us to eat at a local Mexican Restaurant for dinner.
Wednesday we had sandwiches and Thursday I made shredded chicken tacos. Friday was mine and my hubbies 17th Anniversary. We did not get to go out that night and I didn't want to cook so we had "free for all" (everyone eats anything they want). Saturday my hubby and I had our date and we ate at Red Lobster and on Sunday we went to our friends for a Super Bowl Party.
So what about this week? Well my hubby is out of town for a few days. So here is what we are looking at.
Breakfasts: Oatmeal, eggs, toast, fruit
Lunches: PB&J, Grilled Cheese, yogurt, fruit, pretzels, granola bar
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Hubby is gone so the girls and I are eating easy. My plan is sandwiches, soup, fruit, veggies.
Thursday: Baked Chicken Breast
Saturday: Homemade Waffles with Strawberries and Whipped Cream (this did not get made last time)
Dinners will include fruit, veggie!
Friday, February 4, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
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You may or may not know that we do not have satellite. We used to have satellite for what seemed like forever but when we started revamping our budget and trying to save money we dropped it. So in order to get our television or movie fix we rely on DVD's as well as being able to stream shows.
We have a ton of DVD's, both movies and television series. I really prefer to watch television through DVD where there are no commercials involved and I can watch whenever I want to. However I only want to purchase DVD's when I can get a good deal on them.
Today only, 2/3/2011, Amazon.com will be running and unbelievable Gold Box deal on the entire Deadwood series. I love to be able to buy my favorite shows by the season but a hot deal on the whole series is so much better. If you desire all things Wild West this is a deal you should definitely check out.
When I think about the old West the first person that comes to mind is Jesse James. He is a legend that will not be soon forgotten. Despite the fact that he was a pretty dangerous individual he was still a charmer and loved by many. Although I can enjoy watching shows set in the old west I prefer the modern conveniences we have today and don't think I could possibly live in that era.
So tell me guys, are you a fan of the Wild West? Are you a fan of Deadwood? Do you think you could live in that era?
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
How Can I Recycle This
This last week has not really went as plannned. We have a large upright deep freeze in the basement and I love it. It is digital and has buttons across the front of the door which turn it on/off, change the temperature, lock it, etc.
Apparently someone accidentally turned it off. Yeah the freezer was off and I had no clue until one week ago today I went down to the basement and just noticed the little screen on the front said "OFF". Uggh! I really did not want to open the freezer. Thankfully it wasn't very full but it held a turkey, 3 chickens, 4 rolls of ground turkey, 4 rolls of ground sausage, 5 packages of bacon and a huge package of FISH!
I threw everything out and began cleaning with a mixture of hot water, soap and bleach. I scrubbed out the freezer, I scrubbed the concrete floor underneath and all around it. I did this multiple times but as the day wore on the smell of fish seemed to be getting stronger.
Since I do my laundry in the basement I thought the smell had gotten into the dirty and clean clothes that were in the basement so I started washing everything and then taking it straight upstairs to be folded and put away.
By the time my husband got home from work it seemed as the the smell was permeating through the house but worse in the basment. I scrubbed the area down one more time and went to bed for the night.
The next day I started with the bleach, soap and water. I had windows open in the house and fans in the windows. It was so cold here and I had the heat cranked up so I wouldn't freeze. I finished washing all the clothes in the basement.
After scrubbing multiple time with the bleach/soap/water solution I did some googling. I came across a forum discussing power outages and meat/fish odor. (cannot seem to find it now) One of the tips I read was washing the area with vinegar and water. So this I did! I made hot vinegar water and washed down the entire area, let it dry and then repeated 2 more times. Another tip was to pour coffee grounds on a plate or pie pan and put in the freezer while it is off and shut the door. This is supposed to absorb the odor.
Because the smell seemed to have lingered all over the basement and up into the house I put out like 8 or 9 plates of coffee. Most of them I put around the basement and then I put one in the kitchen, one in the living room and one in my bedroom. By the next day you couldn't even smell it upstairs at all anymore and the basement was drastically better. I left the coffee out for a couple days and guess what......it worked! :)
Everything I used we had on hand however I didn't want to use my good coffee just to soak up nasty fish odor. So I ran to Fred's which is like a Dollar General Store and got a big can of generic coffee for $5. Still super frugal!
Have you ever had a freezer disaster? How did you remedy it?