Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sorry I've Been MIA

This week I decided to take a break from the computer and just spend time with the family. The Hubbeast worked and was on-call up until Thursday and when we could we were trying to finish up on Christmas shopping. We finished Christmas Eve (calling it close again).

My oldest son surprised me and showed up on Christmas day. AND he was in a suit, tie & hat! I hadn't seen him dressed up since his prom 7 years ago! We spent the day cooking, eating, and just enjoying being together. My youngest son didn't make it and was missed terribly. But then I got another Christmas surprise when we traveled to Virgina to visit my Father on the 26th- my youngest son was there!

It has been a WONDERFUL Christmas. Everyone got to spend time together and we are all healthy- what more could I ask for?

I hope you had a terrific Holiday! And I'll be back to posting regularly tomorrow!

Hugz

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Dealing With Life

The past few weeks, I have shared some of the events that have been going on with my family. Summer's seizure & migraine problems, The Hubbeast's panic attacks, etc... But, what I have not shared about is my own battle with depression & panic. For years I have battled depression and and agoraphobia and have been on medication for it. Up until the past few weeks, everything was OK ( except for having to MAKE myself leave my home). Then last Thursday, I had my first panic attack. Out of the blue, nothing seemed to set it off at the time. I started feeling like I couldn't get enough air, like I was running a marathon. I was getting light headed and getting these waves of heat over me. I was also experiencing severe stomach upset and couldn't get the words out that I wanted to say. I thought it was my heart condition (I have aortic regurgitation) and was trying to keep myself calm. Finally, after 45 minutes, I called the Hubbeast. He got home about 20 minutes later and took me to the closest urgent care.

At urgent care, I didn't want the Hubbeast in the room with me so, the nurses thought that he had something to do with what was going on. I tried to explain to them that he didn't even though I was having a hard time breathing. After a few minutes, things seemed to calm some. Then another of the waves hit me. The nurses were so sweet, talking to me so calmly. (they were both men & really cute to boot). They said that they had never seen someone having a panic attack so calmly before (I didn't feel calm). After a bit, I was OK and they sent me home.

Since then, I have felt the same thing several times a day. Not to the same degree as last Thursday but still there. Yesterday the doctor changed my meds to Paxil which is used for depression and panic disorder. I took my first pill this morning, so far so good.

The reason I have decided to share this with everyone is because I know that I am not the only one going through this. And, to give others that are dealing with depression, phobias, and panic attacks hope. Life throws some things at us that are beyond our control, even things physically. Something I have had to learn the past few weeks is that no one can be strong 100% of the time and you are not weak for asking for help.

Hugz to everyone!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

This Week's Shopping

This week since I wasn't feeling well, I sent the Hubbeast to the store with a list and the coupon organizer. I know, I must have been crazy right? But, to my surprise he did very well! Here is what he came home with:

  • a 24 pk case of water
  • 40lb box of Tidy Cats kitty litter
  • 2-4lb bags or navel oranges
  • 2 BIG chuck roasts (both over 4 lbs)
  • 1 large box of Hefty trash bags
  • Family sized box of Luzianne tea bags
  • 1 box of 1 gallon freezer bags
  • 1 bottle of shampoo
  • 4 cans of spaghetti & meatballs, ravioli, etc
  • 2.5 lbs of bananas
  • 1 Sunday newspaper
  • 1 1/2 dozen eggs
It came to a grand total of $61.77 with a savings of $21.05! Not too bad for sending the Hubbeast who usually adds all sorts of "extras" to our buggy when we go shopping! We still may have to pick up milk later this week but, other than that we are good to go!

Menu Plan Monday


It's been another week of this darned cold/flu (whatever it is). The Hubbeast came down with it last week, he is just about over it now (he always gets over things faster than everyone else). I also came down with an ear & sinus infection due to the cold. Walking around dizzy is NO fun! Kirstey is also suffering from a lingering cough and is terrified that she is going to lose her voice. She has a solo in this year's Holiday Concert and is also going caroling today. I think she will be OK though.

My family all came over this past Saturday and, of course, the Hubbeast had to work all day. I also had Luke and he was scared of EVERYONE so, I couldn't put him down the whole day. My Mom & Summer did most of the cooking after I got the turkey cooking. I love my family, don't get me wrong, but I was so glad when the day was over. 20 people is a lot at once! LOL- Luke ate so much I really thought that he was going to make himself sick! There was only one thing that he didn't like- deviled eggs. You should have seen the face he made- it was priceless! LMBO!

Now onto the menu for the week. Sorry it is so late but......better late than never!

*Monday (yesterday):
   Philly Cheesesteaks

*Tuesday:
   Whole Crock-Pot Chicken
   Rice
   Corn

*Wednesday:
   Roast Beef
   Pasta with Herb Butter Sauce
   Green Beans

*Thursday:
   Left-Over Buffet

*Friday:
   Eat-Out Night

*Saturday:
   Fried Chicken
   Mashed Potatoes
   Brussels Sprouts

*Sunday:
   Company is coming so I am not sure what we are having yet.
   Probably Roasted Pork Loin
   Sweet Potatoes
   Green Beans
But, don't hold me to it! LOL

For tons of more menu ideas, please visit the Organizing Junkie!



Monday, December 7, 2009

Menu Plan Monday



This past week has been hectic! And, this coming up week will be more of the same. I just hope that no one new gets sick this week. Summer, Kirstey & myself have all been battling colds with the colds winning (Summer has bronchitis).

This coming week my whole family will be coming for our Holiday get-together. Mind you, my Mother called me this past Saturday to INFORM me that it will be at my house this year AND that she was giving me 1 week notice! It doesn't matter that The Hubbeast is on-call from Thursday night until Monday morning! Hopefully he will be able to be home to at least eat. We still have to decorate the outside of the house, shampoo the carpet, decorate the inside of the house, and find, put up and decorate the tree by Friday! (My Mother also INFORMED me that she is spending the night Friday night, even though she has NEVER stayed over night at our home). Can you tell that I am a little irked about the way things were thrown on me last minute? LOL

I did, however, manage to do my weekly shopping and menu planning. I went WAY over budget AGAIN- spending a total of $226, but saved $136 with coupons & specials. My pantry is so stuffed I can't put another item in if I wanted to so, until the 1st of the year, it will be minimum shopping for necessities!

Here is the menu for this coming week.

* Monday:
   Stuffed burgers (I missed this one last week)
   Fries

*Tuesday:
   Roasted whole chicken
   Rice
   Corn

*Wednesday:
   Pork Roast
   Macaroni & Cheese
   Green beans

*Thursday:
   Left-overs delight

*Friday:
  Eat-Out Night (Mom is going to be here)

*Saturday:
   Turkey
   Ham
   Dressing
   Potato Salad
   Gravy
   Deviled Eggs
   Cranberry Sauce
   Green Beans
   Baked Beans
   Biscuits
   Cheese Cake
   Apple Crisp
   Pumpkin Pie
   Whatever else my sister's bring

*Sunday:
   Left-overs

This is the plan for now. Now to go rest & try to get my sinuses to clear. I HATE being sick, makes me feel so loopy! LOL

For hundreds of other menu ideas, please visit The Organizing Junkie!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Gratituesday



I don't know why, but today I have been thinking a lot about freedom. I don't know if it is because one of the women that I provide daycare for is 5+ months pregnant and her hubby is in Afghanistan right now or the fact that I grew up a military brat until I was 16 but, I have been thinking about how great it is to be free to live my life the way I see fit. And how so many people do not have that privilege. So, today I am grateful for our Armed Forces and our freedom!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

This Week's Grocery Trip

I didn't do to well shopping this week. I saved some $, don't get me wrong, but only $51! I spent a total of $176, leaving me with only $224 left for December (trying to keep it at $400 for the month).

Things I KNOW I did wrong:
1. I didn't research the weekly sales fliers (BAD BAD mistake).
2. I didn't have enough time to go through my coupons fully.
3. I just had a general list instead of a detailed one.
4. The Hubbeast kept saying "Oooooh, look! The New York strips are reduced"! Or, "We need peanut butter & it's on sale"!
5. I went on an empty stomach!

I DID, however, stock up on a lot of items! Here is a list of some of the items I bought for the stockpile ( what I remember anyhow):

Sugar
Veggies
ground beef
boneless, skinless chicken breasts
shampoo & conditioner
air freshener
scented candles
yogurt
popcorn (got a GREAT deat- BOGO & coupon)
coffee
tp
butter
macaroni & cheese
cheddar cheese

Some things that I completely forgot to pic up:
eggs
wine
bottled water

So, Jeff will stop and pick up those few items. And, Lesson learned- make sure I PLAN for the shopping! LOL

Menu Plan Monday



This week I will be trying some new recipes. I will report back on how the family likes/dislikes them (I've got 2 EXTREMELY picky people in the house). I am also getting back to the lower-carb diet that my doctor put me on to help control my PCOS. So, no pasta, potatoes, rice, etc... for me, I'll just eat more of the veggies ;o)

*Monday:
  Egg Noodles
  Green Beans

*Tuesday:
  Chili
  Cornbread

*Wednesday:
  Potatoes
  Brussels Sprouts

*Thursday:
  Salad

*Friday:
  Our 16th Anniversary!
  Eating out and the company Christmas party.
  Girls will both be out with friends!


*Saturday:
  Oven Baked French Fries

*Sunday:
  BBQ Chicken
  Rice
  Corn

Thats the plan for now. I REALLY need to start planning for breakfasts and lunches, it would my shopping SO much easier. I'll try for that goal next week!

For HUNDREDS of other menu ieads, visit The Organizing Junkie!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving yesterday!

Mine started with me waking up sick, not a good sign. The Hubbeast had to run a get a few forgotten items at the grocer store (how did I forget things this week)? And he picked up Summer who, also came home sick. I got the deviled eggs done and in the fridge, the bacon crescent appetizers baked and Summer made the pumpkin pie. Then I got a surprising phone call- my oldest son Michael was going to make it for Thanksgiving dinner! it was so nice to see him- I hadn't seen him in months and I swear that he had gotten taller! (Even though he said that at 24, he thinks that all of his growing is finished).

I got the rest of the dinner finished by 3 pm and we all ate WAY too much! The turkey turned out extremely moist since I injected it with melted butter (my little secret). Michael commented on the dressing, saying he had forgotten how good my cooking was. The Hubbeast cleaned the kitchen, dishes & all (he is toooo sweet)! While we waited for our stomachs to settle. A few hours later we had apple pie (Michael's favorite), pumpkin pie (the Hubbeast's favorite), cherry pie (Kirstey's favorite) and pecan pie (Summer's favorite). I'm not a sweets person unless it is cheesecake and I didn't feel like making one this year.

Then Michael had to go home ;o( 

It was a terrific day! The only way it could have been better was if my youngest son Robert was able to be home. We all missed him. But, we called him during dinner and talked while he has his Thanksgiving with his Father's family.

I hope your day was as special as mine!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Gratituesday



What am I grateful for today? I would have to say close friends. Whenever you need anything they are always there. If you need a reality check, they are there to provide it. If you need a shoulder to cry on- you always have that comfort. And, when you need a good laugh, they know just what to say. So, today I am grateful for my close friends.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Menu Plan Monday



Since I will be having a lot to do this week for Thanksgiving, the Girls being home from school, and having Luke & Landon, I thought I would keep it simple this week.

*Monday:
   Soup & Grilled Cheese (rainy day foods )

*Tuesday:
   Roasted Chicken
   Potatoes
   Corn

*Wednesday:
   Sausage & Peppers
   Rice

*Thursday:
   Deviled Eggs
   Bacon Croissant Appetizers
   Turkey
   Mashed Potatoes
   Dressing
   Gravy
   Green Bean Casserole
   Corn
   Biscuits
   Apple Pie
   Pumpkin Pie
   Pecan Pie
   Cherry Pie

*Friday & Saturday:
   Left-overs!

That is the plan right now. Looking for more menu ideas? Head Over to The Organizing Junkie for more!
 
  

Slow-Cooker Saturday & Shopping Sunday

We had a good weekend! The Hubbeast had put in for vacation pay and the check was deposited Friday. He had 80 hours of vacation time and it turned out to me more than we expected. So, now we are prepared for the hospital bills when they arrive. We also went ahead and paid all of the bills even if they weren't due yet. And, I did some MAJOR grocery shopping!

At Lowe's Foods our total came to $97.28 after $76.00 in savings!
At Food Lion our total came to $136.47 after $63.99 in savings!

So,  we got $373.74 worth of groceries for $233.75, total savings of $139.99! And my pantry is overflowing! I knew that we will have to be really tight with groceries for the rest of the year so, I stocked as much as I could. In the coming weeks, we will only need meats, milk, bread, eggs and yogurt each week! I already have everything I need for Christmas/Yule dinner except for the main course!

Also, my slow-cooker quit on me Saturday. We thought about running to Wally World to get a new one but, I know that they are going to have some great sales this Friday so, I will wait until then (but I MISS my slow-cooker)! That was my weekend, how was yours?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Just An Update On Summer & The Hubbeast

An update on Summer: She went for a EEG on Monday, it was the last test they needed to. We got the results yesterday and it was completely normal. So, they can find no reason for her seizure besides her migraine. We go this afternoon to see her new neurologist, Dr. Zen (I LOVE that name- he has to be the most mellow doctor around), and to see what treatment she is going to be put on. She is SO tired of me being so protective (I make her keep the baby monitor turned on in her room at all times so I can hear if something is wrong- and she HATES it)! I'm sure she will be happy to get back to just being a teenager and being able to hang out with her friends. And the Hubbeast and I will be able to relax a little and maybe I will finally be able to sleep- it's been a week with about 3 hours sleep total for me.


The Hubbeast is doing just fine. He went to the Dr. Tuesday for his panic attack. She wants to see him 2 more times over the next 2 weeks before she decides if he is going to need medication. She is thinking that it was the fear of losing Summer that caused the panic attack since he has no history of them. Hopefully this was a one-time-deal for it all!

Thanksgiving Will Be From My Stockpile!

After last week's happenings, I realized that this week's grocery funds went to cover the emergency room fees. So, I got to thinking of how I was going to feed us for the week, let alone on Thanksgiving. Then, last night a friend called and asked if I wanted her extra turkey. She has a 16 lber that she will not be able to use. She will be bringing it Tuesday so I can have it thawed by Thursday.

Then, I started thinking about the side dishes that we usually have. Every year it is the same. Mashed potatoes, dressing, green beans, gravy, cranberry sauce, biscuits, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. I check my pantry and realized that I have everything but the cranberry sauce, whipped cream and pie crust. I can make the pie crust with ingredients that I always keep on hand instead of buying a pre-made one. The cranberry sauce, whipped cream and buttermilk I need for the biscuits are all on sale right now.

I am SO glad that I have been stocking up on sale items over the last few weeks! My stockpile isn't the biggest but I will be able to have our traditional Thanksgiving meal and only have to buy meats and a few other items for the rest of the week. This will be two weeks in a row where the stockpile has been a blessing!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Gratituesday




    After the hectic past few days, I realize that I have SO very much to be grateful for! I am so lucky that everyone in my family is here today, alive and well. When you are faced with a life & death emergency, it changes your perspective, makes you realize what is truly important in life.  The Hubbeast and I have been so caught up in getting this bill paid, that bill paid, etc... that it was consuming us. Thursday was our wake up call.
I don't care if we loose the internet, cable, cell phones, etc... we are all HERE and that is all that matters!
    So, where you feel like life is overwhelming you. When life, bills, etc... are too much. Look around at what you have! Your Family! If you lost them, would all those things really matter?

What are you grateful for?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Menu Plan Monday



After the ER visit Thursday night, I went to the grocery store without a list and with limited funds so, this is what I came up with for the week.

*Monday:
    Kielbasa
    Potatoes
    Brussels Sprouts

*Tuesday:
    Oven Fried Chicken
    Rice
    Corn

*Wednesday:
   Pork Roast
   Mac & Cheese
   Green Beans

*Thursday:
   Left-overs

*Friday:
   Eat-Out/ Kirstey's Seussical Play (she plays the Grinch)

*Saturday:
   Soup
   Grilled Cheese

*Sunday:
   Whole Chicken
   Mashed Potatoes
   Corn

Thats the plan but, no telling whats going to happen! LOL

If you would like to see more menu ideas, please visit The Organizing Junkie!

Please Keep Us In Your Prayers!

Well, we have had a heck of a week here. Thursday afternoon my youngest daughter Summer came home from school complaining of the right side of her mouth and right arm being numb. I thought it was just a side effect of her migraines (she has had them since the age of 4). But, as I watched her, she started slurring her words and losing use of her right arm. I called the Hubbeast to rush home & I called her neurologist. The Hubbeast rushed her to the closest urgent care clinic while I waited for the doctor to return my call.

Her neurologist said that it did sound like an atypical migraine and told me to give her 2 Aleve and 1 benydryl.
She got home & everything seemed fine until I heard what sounded like a bowling ball being dropped in her room. I got her door unlocked to find her having a seizure. Needless to say things got crazy. I literally thought I was watching her die. Things are a blur after that. I'm not sure how long I was there talking to her before the rescue squad arrived, I lost all track of time. She came around & actually walked to the stretcher.I rode with her in the ambulance while my oldest daughter drove the Hubbeast to the hospital.

We were at the hospital only a minute or two when a nurse came running back telling me that they had the Hubbeast in front. So, I ran to the front to find my oldest daughter Kirstey in tears. The Hubbeast was in a wheel chair,  hooked up to monitors and fighting the security guards to get out of the chair. He couldn't speak clearly and his hands were cramped up. I thought he was having a heart attack or a stroke. I sent Kirstey to be with Summer and tried to listen to everything the nurse was saying. Well, when I realized that he was hyperventilating & having a panic attack I tried to calm him down but it wasn't working. Finally, I just got in his face and started yelling at him to calm down. He seemed to respond to that & started calming down some. LOL. The security guard saw that I could handle him & left the room.

I got the Hubbeast into a room even though he wasn't cooperating and went back to check on Summer & Kirstey. Summer was still doing well, talking on her cell phone & texting. Kirstey was still shook up and I found out that the Hubbeast had been trying to jump out of the car while she was racing to the hospital! She managed to drive 60 miles and hour, be on the phone to the Hubbeast's boss getting directions, and keep her Father from jumping out of the car! She deserved to be upset!

It took about 5 hours for the Hubbeast to come out of whatever was going on and I had to get in his face again when they needed to give him a shot (he is TERRIFIED of needles) I told him that if he didn't take the shot I would not let him in the room with Summer and I would have the security hold him down if need be. You should have seen his face- if looks could kill I would have been dead on the spot! LOL, but he took the shot!  Summer was getting checked & CAT scanned, etc. So, I was back and forth between room 6 and room 29 LOL. They found a spot on the right-front temporal lobe on Summer's brain but wasn't sure what it was. Her neurologist thought it was safe to send her home, however. We left about 2 am Friday morning. I sat up all night next to her bed, watching her sleep terrified that she would seize again.

Friday her neurologist sent her to the emergency room at Duke hospital. The nurses, doctors & surgical team were already notified that she was coming. And, after another CAT scan and MRI, they couldn't find anything abnormal! Not even the spot they has seen the night before! Which was terrific news! But, since we didn't find any clue to why she had a seizure I am still worried that it will happen again. I slept in her floor that night and every time she moved I woke up.

Last night, I slept on the couch with the baby monitor hooked up so I could hear. I am doing the same tonight. She thinks that I am being too protective and I think it is getting on her nerves but, I told her that I am just being a Mom and she could get over it LOL I will worry until we find the cause of her seizure.

The Hubbeast is doing well as long as her doesn't talk about what happened. Every time her does, he starts slurring his speech again and has a hard time getting the words out. I am not sure whats going on with that. I think that he just cannot handle the idea of what happened. He has an appointment Monday also.

I'm beat but I can't sleep. I thought about taking one of my sleeping pills but, then if something happens I won't be functioning 100%. I really need a BIG glass of wine (or three) but again, I have to stay level headed right now.

So, if you have a moment, please say a prayer that we will find the reason this happened to my little girl..

Thanks to everyone!
Lora

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Works For Me Wednesday


What works for me to help me & the Hubbeast to stay married for 16 years &  together for almost 21 years.

Marriage is hard, anyone who has been married for any amount of time knows that fact. For some people it doesn't get easier with time. I've seen so many couple live in misery even though they truly love each other.
Now, the Hubbeast and I don't always see things the same way, we do have some very heated discussions. But, thats what they are, discussions NOT fights! The thing that helps us is to always think before you speak  ESPECIALLY when you are angry! Once something comes out of your mouth, you cannot take it back! And, works can hurt worse than anything else! Not only does this work in a marriage but in dealing with anyone! Your children, co-workers, friends, etc.......

JMHO!
Head over to We Are That Family to see more Works For Me Wednesday Tips!

Monday, November 9, 2009

November's Grocery Budget

Well, the Hubbeast and I have set down and talked about what we can afford for groceries. With an extra $125.00  being taken out of the Hubbeast's check every week for the next 6 months, we have to be careful. I have applied for a few jobs for nights & weekends but so far, nothing. It really isn't surprising since I haven't held an "outside of the house" job for the past 18 years. Hopefully something will come soon. I want to work at night and/or on the weekends so I can still be home with the daycare kids during the day and my teenagers in the evening.

So, we budgeted $100.00 a week for groceries. Hopefully I will make enough in daycare pay to cover that. The Hubbeast has been volunteering to take call on weekends to earn some extra. So far, he has been able to compensate for the deducted amount but, the overtime isn't guaranteed this time of year. (He works in the commercial  HV/AC & Refrigeration industry).

This situation is really a blessing in disguise. We have been living "high - on - the - hog" for quite some time. If I wanted to spend $250 a week on groceries, it wasn't a problem. If we wanted new clothes- we just went & bough them. The girls asked for money and it was given. Now, we are all having to learn to budget & save. Which is something that we should have been doing all along, and we definitely should have been teaching our children instead of spoiling them rotten! And, if we still follow what we learn through this AFTER the deductions stop, we should be able to have a killer savings account in no time!

I Guess it's time to learn a lesson- LOL

Menu Plan Monday



Another easy week. I've GOT to get more variety into my menu! Here is what is planned:

* Monday:
   Chuck Roast (leftovers from Sunday)
   Long grain & brown rice
   Green beans

* Tuesday:
   BBQ Chicken
   Pasta Salad
   Corn

* Wednesday:
   Soup (Chicken Noodle or Tomato)
   Grilled Cheese

* Thursday:
    Chili
   
* Friday:
   Eat-Out night OR
   Sandwich night if The Hubbeast has to work

* Saturday:
   Kielbasa
   Baked Potatoes
   Green Beans

* Sunday:
   Honey-Lime Chicken
   Stuffing
   Brussels Sprouts (the kiddies LOVE them)


This is the plan, I may switch the days around but, this is what we are having!

To me more menus, jump over to The Organizing Junkie!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Shopping Sunday

This week's shopping was a total overstock purchase. We didn't really "NEED" anything for the upcoming week besides kitty litter so, I thought I would use the budgeted $100.00 to stock up on the sales. We also only were able to get to one store due to the Hubbeast being on-call for work. Here is a list of what I purchased:

  • Bounty paper towels (8 double rolls) for $7.50 each
  • 10 cans of green beans for .50 a can
  • 10 cans of corn for .50 a can
  • 5 cans of Del Monte fruit for $1.00 a can
  • 3 cans of evaporated milk for .69 a can
  • 5 cans of tuna for .79 a can
  • 4 cans of soup for .50 each
  • 1 can of pumpkin for $1.00
  • 4 large jars of Duke's Mayo for $1.80 each (BOGO)
  • 2 boxes of saltine crackers for $1.50 a box
  • 3 4-packs of Bryers Yogurt Inspirations for $1.75 each
  • Salami for .99
  • 3 lbs of butter for $2.50
  • 3 boxes of Velveeta Shells & Cheese for $1.66 each
  • Glade Candle for $2.50 plus the scented oil refills for free
  • Luzianne Tea for $1.70
  • Creamer for $1.50
  • 5 lbs of sugar for .99
  • 3 packages of Charmin TP (12 mega rolls) for $4.50 each
  • Tidy Cats Kitty Litter for $6.00
  • Diamond Walnuts for $1.00
  • 2 large hershey chocolate bars for $1.00 each (the Hubbeast threw them in, I swear)
  • 2 boxes of Turkey flavored stuffing mix for $1.00 each
  • 1 package of Kielbasa for $2.50
  • 1 loaf of bread for $1.39
  • 1 package of Chili seasoning for $1.29
  • 2 bottles of soda for $1.00 each
  • 1 package of white American sandwich cheese for $1.50
  • 1 package of yeast for $1.50
There is a few things more that I cannot remember but I got it all for $117.20
And I saved a total of $43.84

Not as good as I hoped ( I went over my budget by $17.20) but, 99% of it was for my stockpile pantry!

Next week will definitely be a meats week. I hope they have a good sale!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Slow-Cooker Saturday

Today I am using my slow-cooker to cook a 5 lb. chuck roast. Now, I didn't really have a recipe, just threw in what I thought would work together. We will see how it goes.

Impromptu Roast Beef
*5 lb. chuck roast
* 2 tsp. garlic powder
* 2 tsp. ground black pepper
* 1 can  condensed french onion soup
* 1 soup can on water
* 1/4 cup Moore's Original Beef Marinade

Rub the beef roast with 1 tsp each of garlic powder & pepper on both sides.
Add the Moore's Marinade, soup & water & turn over to cover the other side.
Cook on low 8 to 10 hours or high (which is what I am using) for 6 to 8.

I'll let you know how it turns out later after we try it. Wish me luck!

UPDATE:  The roast was a BIG hit! The Hubbeast LOVED the flavor and said that it was even "beefier" than usual-LOL. Must have been the marinade. Now to see how I can change it up some (I usually never make a recipe exactly the same twice- I have to add/change something). Maybe some mushrooms, potatoes, or maybe I'll try adding a little coffee to the sauce (I know it sounds crazy BUT, it really is yummy with beef). We will have to see next time I make it ;o)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Tip Day Thursday

Since I have had a hectic week, here are some more tips for the slow-cooker that I have personally used and found effective..

1. If you have a white ceramic crock and it gets stained, add hot water with 1/4 cup bleach and let it sit overnight, when you wake up in the morning, rinse well and your crock will look brand new!

2. Also, if you have a lingering smell in the crock you can use either some vinegar added to hot water or use a couple of tablespoons of baking soda to the crock, put on the lid, and rinse in the morning. The smell should be gone!

Of course, don't add anything else if you use the bleach solution! Hope these help!

And, I'm happy to say that my Father is home and doing good. When I talked to him today he sounded so much better! The sitting & being still is driving him crazy and he is antsy to get back to work at the daycare but, they will not release him for 6 weeks. So his wife is bringing up his sewing machine (yes, he sews & quilts) and he is going to make new sheets for the daycare cots & cribs.  Anything to occupy his mind & hands he said! LOL- that's my Dad!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Day Of Relief

Well, after visiting my Father last night I feel so much better. Yesterday was extremely stressful and I spent most of the day on the phone & crying. When we got to the hospital last night, my Dad seemed better than he sounded on the phone. He was keeping food down, his fever had broken and he had one breathing treatment left to do before his second set of x-rays. Then, he started his usual story-telling and joking. I knew then that he would be fine. He may have to go home catheterized for a time but he will be OK.

Thanks for everyone's prayers & well wished. I will back to my normal blogging tomorrow, with my teen daughters being home alone I have a disaster for a house. LOL

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A Day Of Worry

Just a quick post today. My Father went into the hospital yesterday for a in/out patient procedure. Well he is having complications and I will be running to the hospital tonight. Keep him in your thoughts if you would please.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Menu Plan Monday #4



Trying to get this posted early this week. We have the Hubbeast's birthday on Wednesday so that day is up in the air (even though I will list a meal planned, he gets what ever he wants for dinner that day). So, here is the plan :

* Monday:
    Baked Ziti
    Garlic Bread

* Tuesday:
     Lemon Pepper Chicken
     Rice
     Green Beans

* Wednesday:
     Jeff's B-Day
     Roast
     Mixed Veggies

* Thursday:
     Rotisserie Chicken
     Potatoes
     Corn

* Friday:
    Eat-Out

* Saturday:
     Left Overs

* Sunday:
    Hot Dogs with chili
    Fries

Shopping Sunday

Well, today was our weekly shopping trip and I didn't do as well as I had hoped. Last week we spent less than $50.00 so I knew this week would be more. I had budgeted $75.00 for Lowe's Foods and another $50.00 for Food Lion. I did realy well at Lowe's Foods and spent $74.00 (Saved $60.00 in coupons). But, when we wnt to Food Lion, it came up to $93.00! I'm still in shock! I stuck to my list but, forgot that I needed kitty litter and cat food (which totals about $32.00 for both). So, even with subtracting that amount, I was still over by $11.00. I did save another $58.00 between MVP and coupons. So, total for the week is:

* $285.00 worth of groceries for $168.00 OOP- total savings of $117.00 for the week! Not too bad if you look at it that way ;o)

Now, for the next 2 weeks, I will have to keep to $75.00 to $100.00 a week so we can make the house payment. With what I already have stockpiled, it shouldn't be to difficult.

How was your shopping this week?

Friday, October 30, 2009

Foodie Friday

Today Is Foodie Friday! This week, I will share one of my family recipes. This recipe brings back so many memories from my childhood! My Paternal Grandmother "Grandma White" was always in the kitchen and wearing an apron. Having a BIG family ( 7 children- 6 boys, 1 girl ), I think she lived in the kitchen! I remember her cooking a BIG breakfast, cleaning up from breakfast and cooking a BIG lunch, cleaning up after lunch and then cooking a BIG dinner-daily! Two platters full of home made biscuits filled the table at every meal and there were never any left over. Fried chicken, cooked in a cast iron pan, was another usual on the table. And, when the Grandchildren wanted something sweet (she had 49 of us), she would make Tea Cakes for us. Unfortunately, Grandma White is no longer with us but, her recipes are. So, I wanted to share her Tea Cake recipe with you.

Grandma White's Tea Cakes:
(makes 6 to7 dozen)


* 4 cups All Purpose Flour
* 1 tsp. baking soda
* 2 tsp. baking powder
* 2 sticks of unsalted butter,softened
* 2 eggs
* 2 cups sugar & a litle more for dusting the tops
* 1/2 cup buttermilk
* 1 tsp. vanilla


1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and baking powder.
2. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
3. Shape into a ball, cover with plastic & refrigerate for 1 hour.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
5. Flour your counter & roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness.
6. Cut into 3" squares using a knife or a pizza cutter & place on a slightly greased shett pan.
7. Dust with more sugat and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the edges just begin to brown and the center is set.

Enjoy!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tip Day Thursday

Well, I thought Thursdays would be a great day for tips!

 I use my slow cooker several times a week, and I forget to buy the liners (or they leak) and wind up with a BIG STICKY MESS to clean. Well, after trying almost everything I found something that works terrifically (I cannot take credit for this, but for the life of me, I can not remember where I learned this)! After your crock cools, fill it with hot water & add 1 tablespoon of either fabric softener or conditioner (yes, you read that correctly). Let it sit for a hour and clean as usual. You will be AMAZED at how easy it will be to get those messes off!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Works For Me Wednesday





This is my first entry with Works for me Wednesday hosted here at We Are That Family, I hope I do it right!

What should I write this first one about? I think, teaching my children to cook. All 4 of my children are excellent cooks due to time we have spent together in the kitchen over the years. And, not only has that given me the peace of mind knowing that as they go out on their own, they can feed themselves without relying on convenience, but it has also allowed me a way to get close to my children without seeming "nosy". There is something about cooking together that naturally leads to conversation. If you only knew how many times I have heard "Mom, guess what happened today", as we were in front of the stove. It just seems easier for the kids to open up. Plus, now that they are older- they take over Dinner some nights and I get a night off ;o)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Menu Plan Monday #3



Sorry for the late post but I had Summer (my youngest) was home with a bad migraine. I think that she is going to have to go back to the neurologist and try a different medication. The last one they put her on (Topamax) caused her to lose weight and she is very thin already.

So, now onto the Menu for the week!

*Monday:
Crock Pot Roasted Chicken Thighs
Pasta
Brussels Sprouts

*Tuesday:
Baked Mac & Cheese
Salad

*Wednesday:
Tropical Chicken
Rice

*Thursday:
Meatloaf
Mashed Potatoes
Corn

*Friday:
Eat-Out Night

*Saturday:
Chicken & Dumplings

*Sunday:
Pork Fried Rice with Broccoli

So far, that is the plan but I usually change things around depending on my mood. I may not have what is listed on the night planned but, I usually do not vary from the meals themselves.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Shopping Sunday, Cooking & Crafting

Well, the shopping went well this week. We didn't need much at all and managed to spend only $42.00 for the week! One of the best deals we found was: Hot dogs on sale for 69 cents a pack, I had a $1.00 off 2 coupon and spent 19 cents a package! We already had buns, chili & fries here so guess what we are having this week!

I woke up today at 7 am and made more bread and some cinnamon rolls. They were both a hit and I managed to put 8 cinnamon rolls in the freezer (individually wrapped) for later on in the week. I also made a large batch of pancakes yesterday and froze a dozen (2 to a package) for this week. And now, I have some Tropical Kielbasa in the crock pot that I am going to serve with rice for dinner tonight.



I finally got all of my yarn stash in my bedroom sorted today. It took me a couple of hours and an extra large vacuum bags . I didn't realize how much yarn I had until today! I have the whole back wall in my closet lined with cedar cubes and it is full, the top is covered with cones of various yarns, the top rack above my clothes is also covered with various cones, I have 3 LARGE rubbermaid containers (I think the larges that you can buy), plus 2 smaller ones. And now I have an extra-large vacuum bag, a medium vacuum bag and a smaller vacuum bag stuffed! Not including a box of cones of cotton and a small basket of sock yarns. That reminds me, I need more sock yarn LOL.

I did, however, find all my lost needles and hooks! Now I have to organize all of my patterns & books. That will be tackled next weekend! I'm sitting down to start some socks for the winter ;o)

That was my weekend, how was yours?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Think-Ahead Thursday

OK, I decided to title my Thursday "Think-Ahead Thursdays" because my grocery store sales fliers usually arrive on Wednesdays. So, I start thinking about my menu for the next week.

I already have plenty of groceries in the house due to last weeks extravagant shopping on Sunday so, I can plan a few meals already. I'm still not sure of breakfasts , snacks, or lunches yet (those are the meals that I always have trouble stocking up for).

Here are a few Dinner meals that I have in mind for next week:

* Chicken & Rice Soup from my new crock-pot cookbook.
I do not have herbs de provance but, I was thinking of substituting poultry seasoning and/or sage.

* Meatball Subs.
I have everything I need except for the rolls and I'll make them this Saturday or Sunday. I'll make a homemade marinara sauce instead of buying a jar because I already have all of the ingredients in my pantry.

* Hawaiian Chicken (My own recipe which I will post after making it), served with rice & veggie.

* Pork Fried Rice (I have everything except for soy sauce).

That leaves 2 other meals to plan between now & Sunday's Shopping trip.

I also need to make more bread this weekend (maybe before). We are down to half of a loaf left out of the 3 loaves I made on Sunday. I am also going to bake some cinnamon rolls on Sunday (wish me luck, it will be my first time making them from scratch). I will make a double batch and freeze some individually for quick breakfasts next week (I know, not very nutritious but, they won't be eaten every day, I promise).

As far as the weekly breakfasts, lunches & snacks go- I am thinking of trying a recipe for homemade granola. That may wait until the following week though. Lunches will be left-overs from dinner, sandwiches, mac & cheese or soup depending on how often I have Landon (he is actually a 4 year old with a taste for healthy foods- can you believe he even likes salads with bleu-cheese dressing)? I always keep popcorn and fruit in the house for a snack but, i like to have something sweet around also. Maybe I'll make some cookies with Landon one day.

That is what is floating around in my head so far for next week. We will see if it stays planned that way-LOL

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Terrific Tuesday

Today is going to be REALLY hectic! The kiddos come home early (right around 1 pm), Landon got her EARLY due to Jen having to go to court- I will also have him this evening while jen works so- a LONG day with him today (hopefully he behaves). Luke will be here soon and HOPEFULLY I can get both Luck & Landon to take a nap with the other children coming home around nap time.

But.......it is going to be a GOOD day! My new book "Make It Fast, Cook It Slow" is scheduled to be delivered! Authored by one of my favorite bloggers- Stephanie O'Dea from http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/! I cannot WAIT to open it up & start reading! Hopefully I will get a chance with all the kiddies today!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Menu Plan Monday #2




Time for posting the menu for the week. I only list our evening meals due to I never know what children I am going to have day to day (I run an in-home daycare) so, I always have a lot of choices for those meals. Trying quite a few new recipes this week, we will see how they hold up!

* Monday:
Tamale Pie (New)
Salad

* Tuesday:
Barbecued or Oven Fried chicken
Brown Rice
Green beans

* Wednesday:
Pork Steaks
Potatoes
Corn

*Thursday:
Left-Overs
or
Kielbasa Sausage/Egg Noodles/ Broccoli

*Friday:
Eat-Out Night

*Saturday:
Baked Chicken
Dressing
Brussels Sprouts

*Sunday:
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
French Bread

Thats the plan, subject to change as needed!

Sunday Shopping & Cooking

The Hubbeast and I do our weekly shopping on Sundays. It has always been this way mainly due to his work schedule and the fact that it isn't as busy.

I did spend quite a bit this week though, more than I had planned- $199.00 to be exact but, before you scold me- there were some killer buys and I stocked up on a lot! Here are just a few of the deals I found this week:

* 3 1lb packages of 93/7 ground beef for $2.00 a pound (reduced bin to sale today) that found a home in my freezer.
* 4 meals worth of chicken for $1.15 a meal! (6 thighs per meal).
* 3 meals worth of pork for $6.00 (Boston Butts were on sale for 87 cents a pound) I had the butcher cut it into steaks an inch thick. 2 pork steaks will feed the 4 of us.
* 2 cans of cram of chicken soup & 2 cans of cream of muchroom soup for 50 cents a can!
* 4 cans of chicken noodle & tomato soups for 75 cents a can (I stocked up with 4 of each)
* 3 boxes of stuffing for 75 cents a box (preparing for the Holiday cooking).
* 2 cans of evaporated milk for 20 cents a can

There was a LOT more. But 'm not going to list everything.

I did a lot of cooking this weekend. I cooked a whole chicken Friday in the crock pot and used the carcass to make broth yesterday so, I now have 12 cups of delicious chicken broth in the freezer ready to use at any time!

I also made 3 loaves of bread today. 1 for now and 2 in the freezer. We will see if they last the week. I don't know what it is but anytime I make bread instead of buying it, it seems to get eaten quick. Normally a loaf of store-bought bread will last a week or more here but, a loaf of homemade usually doesn't make it two full days! The Hubbeast also asked me to make some pretzels, we will see if I can find the time .

Well, that has been my weekend, how was yours?

Friday, October 16, 2009

Foodie Friday

Well, the TV repair person will be here to fix (hopefully) the problem between 1 and 3 today. Cross my fingers, eyes & tongue! We made it through one day with the TV not working but, it was WAY to quiet! So, I kinda borrowed the Hubbeast's clock radio out of the bedroom for some music (I cannot stand silence).

And, since it is FOODIE FRIDAY, I want to list a new recipe for the week so, here it is from Recipezaar.com!


Nate's Sausage

By: ussmcclenahan
Oct 15, 2009

Breakfast sausage that has a sweet taste. I made this up basing proportions on other sausage recipes I have seen. I like best the fast that no special spices like cure #1 or MSG are required. Enjoy

SERVES 6 -8 , 6 -8 patties (change servings and units)

* 1 lb ground pork
* 1 teaspoon kosher salt
* 1 garlic clove
* 1/2 teaspoon seasoned pepper
* 1 teaspoon onion flakes
* 1 tablespoon brown sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
* 1/8 cup water
* 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Make patties to fry until fully cooked.

If you try it, let me know what you think- I haven't made it yet!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Terrible Thursday

What a day it has been! First, our TV goes out! Not the cable, the flat screen in the LIVING ROOM! Luckily it is still under warranty but it will be tomorrow afternoon/evening before the repair person even shows up, let alone fixes it (that will probably take longer, of course). No cartoons for the 4 year old while the 11 month old naps (we usually watch a movie for his quiet time). Hopefully it won't take too long. BUT I can't watch Survivor tonight unless Summer will let me take over her TV for an hour tonight.

And, I found fleas on my cat! F-L-E-A-S! I absolutely HATE, DESPISE, no, LOATHE ENTIRELY <-----(think of Jim Carey as the Grinch when reading ) pests in my home of ANY type! So The Hubbeast is at the vet right now picking up treatments for ALL 6 cats and the dog plus the strongest over-the-counter flea control for the house (vet recommended of course). Now, if this does not work, I have already called around for exterminator prices and found that Orkin is the cheapest for flea treatment in our area (even cheaper that our regular exterminator that treats the outside of the house for pests (spiders & ants).

So, that has set us back $110 we didn't expect to spend this week. Another creative grocery week I guess! Oh well, good thing I have learned some trick from everyone on the net ;o)

So, that was my day- hope yours was better!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Grocery Budget For October

OK, the Hubbeast and I have talked about what we could reasonable try to get our grocery bill to each week. Now, usually we spend around $200 a week for a family of 4 with 6 cats, 1 dog and 3 children I provide daycare for. Our goal for October is $125.00 per week, if it is lower, I'll add that to my savings.

This past week was good- only spent $75.00 so, already $50 in savings. Now, to look over the sales papers & plan next weeks shopping trip!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Menu Plan Monday #1



I had to be creative this week with the menu. I always try to give myself a couple of options each day in-case it is a hectic day so, you will see two options some days.

Sunday 10/11:
Leftover Chicken
green beans
roll

Monday:
Soup & Grilled Cheese
OR
Taco Casserole & Broccoli

Tuesday:
Oven Fried Chicken
Rice
Brussels Sprouts

Wednesday:
Pasta & Ground Beef "Grub"
Or Brinner (breakfast for dinner)

Thursday:
BBQ Chicken
Pasta
Corn

Friday:
eat-out day

Saturday:
Chili
Salad


That's the plan & I'm sticking to it- LMAO!

Shopping Day Sunday!

Well, sorry it has been so long since my last post, things have been hectic. I'll try to be a better blogger- promise I will!

Today was a great shopping day. The Hubbeast said that we only had $100 this week for groceries. Now, I am use to not having a set amount to spend but, his hours have been lacking at work due to it getting cooler (he works in the Heating & Air industry) and I had to let one of the children I have been caring for the longest go due to her Mother's non-payment. Luke was out all but 1 day and I didn't have Landon at all since Jen was put on bed-rest due to pregnancy complications (she and the baby-bump are both fine) so, I only made $20 this week myself.

So, I looked through my pantry and refrigerator to see what was on-hand then went through the sales fliers & my coupon organizer. And, I must say that I did pretty well! I only spent $75!

Here are a few items that I got steals on:

*2 whole chickens for $3.00 each (sale for .69 lb).
*9 boxes of frozen veggies for .50 a box! They were on sale for $1 each and I had doubled coupons!
*4 packages of tuna for .25 each. Again, sale & doubled coupons!
* 2 boxes of Hot Pockets for .25 each. Sale & doubled coupons!
* Brand name shampoo & conditioner for $1.50 each and a free hair mousse! Sale & Coupon
* Brand name cat food for $3.00 Sale & Coupon.

There is more but in total I saved $58.00! I even got the kitty litter cheap this week and my kitties will ONLY use 1 brand. Spoiled aren't they?

That leaves us with $25 to last until Thursday morning when the Hubbeast gets paid again! The kiddos have lunch money for the week and the car is full with gas so....everything is OK ;o)

How did your Shopping go this week?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Slow-Cooker Saturday!

Sorry I haven't been posting, I got hit with a nasty cold this week. Still feeling a little weak but much better. And, since today is "Slow-Cooker Saturday" here is another recipe:


Whole Chicken Crock Pot Recipe

By: *Kathy*


Tender, fall-off-the-bone chicken! Skip the overnight refrigeration if you are in a hurry. For variety, eliminate the onion and substitute a quartered lemon or two, stuffed into the chicken cavity.

SERVES 4 (change servings and units)

Ingredients

* 4 teaspoons salt
* 2 teaspoons paprika
* 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 1 teaspoon onion powder
* 1 teaspoon thyme
* 1 teaspoon white pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
* 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
* 1 large roasting chicken (with pop-up timer if possible)
* 1 cup onion, chopped (optional)

Directions

1. In a small bowl, combine the spices.
2. Remove any giblets from chicken and clean chicken.
3. Rub spice mixture onto the chicken.
4. Place in resealable plastic bag and refrigerate overnight. (I usually skip this step because I'm always in a hurry).
5. When ready to cook, put chopped onion in bottom of crock pot.
6. Add chicken. No liquid is needed, the chicken will make it's own juices.
7. Cook on low 4-8 hours.


Now off to plan Kirstey's Birthday party which is at noon tomorrow! Thinking of doing finger food (since the Hubbeast caught the grill on fire- FUNNY story I'll tell another time). Thinking pinwheels, slow-cooker buffalo chicken dip with corn chips, my bacon crescent rolls, some stuffed mushrooms and possibly some meatballs or cocktail weenies. She has chosen an ice-cream cake this year ;o)

Monday, July 13, 2009

My- Day Monday

Well, today is My-Day Monday, the one day a week I take for myself. It started with me being woke up by Kyrah barking (my German Shepherd) because of a thunder storm (she is terrified of thunder). Now, I am so NOT a morning person so I was quite the Bitch for a while. I put some laundry on, made my breakfast and woke up fully.

After the daily chores, I got on-line to find my next project. I had it narrowed down to two patterns. Either "Hey, Teach" or "Candlelight Kimono" . I chose "Hey Teach" since I am loosing weight and not sure if I will be able to wear the smallest size of the "Candlelight Kimono". So, I got out my size 8 needles, my off-white Red Heart yarn and cast on. I got quite a bit done while watching the movies "The Skeleton Key" and "The Bone Collector"! And I even got to do my hair & make up today!


Today is also a bittersweet day for me. It is my daughter Kirstey's 17th birthday and the 16th anniversary of delivering my son Phillip stillborn (yes, he was born on her first birthday). I try really hard to make the day good for her but she always says "I wish I could really be sharing my birthday Mom". She remembers too. We always let the kids choose their birthday dinner so, she wanted Applebee's. We also gave her a $50 gift card to Barnes and Noble (she is addicted to books...especially anything about vampires)LOL. She is now spending the night with her best friend.

We are throwing her party this coming Sunday so I have a lot of planning to do. I am not sure of what I am going to serve. I was thinking of stuffed burgers but it would be WAY to expensive for so many people. I guess I will wait until the weekly sales fliers come out on Wednesday and go from there. Also, everyone is asking for my to make one of my cheesecakes but, we are going to have birthday cake so... maybe not.

So, that was my Me Day... now off to watch Harper's Island (on DVR) and knit some before bed. Night all!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Shopping Sunday

Well, today was Shopping Sunday! The day when I play a game with myself to see how much money I can save on groceries for the week. I got out the sales fliers and my coupons and hit the store with the best deals of the week.

I did pretty good! Between the store specials & my coupons I saved $98 and some change(that brings my total saving for a month to $376.00)!The best weekly total since I started shopping sales. One special I missed (and don't know how) is the special on laundry detergent. You buy 2 bottles & get 3 free this week! 3 FREE! The Hubbeast is going back for that- he will pick up 10 bottles (the limit you can get).

We got home & Angie came over to clean my bathroom & dressing area. Let me explain- she is a friend that I baby sit for (Destiny's Mother). She had gotten behind on paying me by $300+ and is a single mom with a very limited income. But, she does work for a maid service so......since I HATE housework (but I do clean daily), we bartered. She will clean for me and I will watch Destiny. It helps me out a lot since it is hard for me to get everything done with so many kiddos. I get the basics done, don't get me wrong but a lot of things that you don't normally do daily I just forget like dusting, baseboards, the blinds, cobwebs, etc....

Tomorrow is Me Day Monday so I get to relax & do some crafting after getting laundry done & vacuuming! I need to start a new project so, off to look for some patterns that talk to me!

Night all!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Slow Cooker Saturday!

Today is the first day of Slow-Cooker Saturday! Every Saturday I will post a new slow-cooker recipe and/or a link for a new recipe. The winning recipe for today is............one of my FAVORITE foods...........


Chicken & Dumplings


Ingredients:

* 4 chicken breast halves
* 2 cans chicken broth (3 1/2 cups)
* 1 cup water
* 3 cubes chicken bouillon or equivalent base or granules
* 1 small carrot, chopped
* 1 small rib celery, chopped
* 1/2 cup chopped onion
* 12 large flour tortillas

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in slow cooker, except tortillas. Cook on low 8 to 10 hours. Take out chicken and remove meat from bones, then place broth on stove in large pot. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces and return to broth on stove top. Bring to a slow boil.

Cut tortillas in half, then in 1-inch strips. Place strips into simmering broth and boil gently for 15 to 20 minutes, stir occasionally. Broth should thicken but if too thin, combine 1 tablespoon cornstarch with just enough water to dissolve and stir into broth. Cook 5 to 10 minutes more.
Serves 4.

Hope you enjoy!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Starting Today

Well, today is the launch of my blogging life! Nice to meet everyone! I guess I should introduce myself first.

My name is Lora, I am a 38 yr old SAHM of 4 (2 adult sons: Michael 23 and Robert 20), 2 teen daughters (Kirstey 17 and Summer 15). Married to the Hubbeast (Jeff) for 15 years. We live in NC and LOVE it.

Besides being a SAHM I also provide daycare in my home for several children. Right now I have Destiny who is 10, Landon who is 4 and Luke who is 7 months. In a few weeks I will also have 12 week old triplets Ashton, Bryce & Chase 2 days a week. I also enjoy reading, cooking, knitting & crocheting!

I am trying to learn frugal living. I have been spoiled by the Hubbeast and never given a budget so this will all be new to me. The first thing I have started doing is shopping sales & using coupons when we buy groceries and I have averaged saving $75 a week for the past month! I have also started stocking the basics and trying to keep the stock up for times when we may not have the funds available for a usual grocery trip. Also, I am saving up for a freezer to take advantage of even more savings.

Anyone have any good tips on frugal living that you would be willing to share?

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