Everybody likes to win something, right? Well, my friend Gayle, who operates the grocerycartchallenge.blogspot.com listed on my favs, has a great prize to hand out to some lucky winner. I have learned so much from her blog, and it is always fun! Be sure to check it out!
Remember how you are supposed to remember not to wash and dry your wool sweaters? Well, I forgot. My sweater is now about size 4T!
So, I cut off the bottom of it, turned under the top to make a casing, sewed the front closed, and Inara has a new felted wool skirt! I was thinking of using the sleeves to make a few coin purses or something. Any ideas?
We had a very good food storage/pantry before the fire. We are slowly beginning to rebuild it now. Notice all the 50% discount stickers on packages/cans???? We normally don't buy pre-packaged food stuff, but when it is unbearable cheap . . . . . I was going to take a picture right after I canned and got it all on the shelves, but didn't remember to until just now. So, there are a few bare spots already!
Chicka kept insisting that I take her picture today. She had the setting all ready - she wanted to show off her "chicken". This has got to be her favorite toy ever. It is a Pete/Repeat parrot that repeats whatever sound it hears. She loves the thing! She takes it with her EVERYWHERE, she gave it a bath, from which we thought it wouldn't recover (darn!). She takes it with her into her tent and her play closet and teaches it Chinese words!
OK - any of you who really know me, know my grilled cheese sandwiches. They don't resemble the traditional sandwich - they are more like black hockey pucks. That is NOT an exaggeration. For some reason my time management skills go on hiatus and I can NEVER remember that I need to watch them. I would say 99.9% of them are near inedible.
Well, guess what? I actually made a good grilled cheese sandwich today! When I asked IBoy if he wanted me to make him one, he had no hesitation in saying "no thanks, I'll make my own". Surprise, surprise, surprise - this is what I made - he decided to accept it.
I was SO excited that I had to take a picture of it just to prove that I CAN make a grilled cheese sandwich! Notice that BOTH sides are edible.
The only teensy-weensy problem was that my sandwich was happily grilling while I was doing a photo op. Here is my sandwich - not as bad as most, but still a touch on the dark side! Ah, well - at least I am used to it!
Here is what the street on the way to Grandma's looked like this morning.
Grandma's house doesn't have water at it, but the report is that there is a 50/50 chance that the dike next to her house will spill over the top sometime today!
So, Grandma will be staying with us for awhile. Her main source of entertainment is drinking tea and watching TV. As many of you know, we haven't had TV reception for going on 15 years. What to do?????? Well, there is always Guitar Hero! Yes, she is actually playing the drums! Right now we have an Audrey Hepburn movie on for her and I really think that she is enjoying that a little more than playing the wii!
This is from a road leading to our house last night - you can't see it here, but there was about 2 feet of standing water on the road.
Not a very clear photo, but you can see that we had a couple of visitors to our yard yesterday - just outside the dining room! There were 3 or 4 more of her friends in the trees just behind her that you can get a peek of. There were probably more, but that is all we could see!
Dinners. OK - some of you have been asking what we eat for dinner. I don't know why, but here goes.
leftover ham, scrambled eggs, onion, mushroom in fried rice
baked chicken breasts in Thai Peanut/Coconut Milk sauce
cheaters saffron rice (I used turmeric)
popcorn for dessert
broiled buffalo steaks
mixed sauteed vegetables
bottom crust blackberry pie (from summer harvest) with crumb topping
The BEST BUY?????? The turkey drumstick mark-down package!
$6.57 for at least 8 dinners to serve 6 people each! (I always cook for at least 6 diners, even though there are only 5 of us. If we don't have company - which around here is almost always - it is sure to get eaten the next day for lunch or a snack by someone!) Turkey soup, turkey pot pie, turkey tettrazini, etc.
OK, fellow frugal moms. A member of our homeschool co op has a great blog set up where she shows just how much she spends and what she gets for her money each week for groceries. She feeds her family of 6 on $60 a week! Please check it out - it is listed in my lists to the side under grocery cart challenge. Although that is a figure that I would like, I just don't have the time to shop the bargain stores regularly. But, I thought it would be fun to compare just how much we do spend each week and what we get for our money! Anyone up for sharing?????
Here is what we came home with today - not knowing that we were going to share this in advance! Granted, our refrigerator does have enough milk to last a week, bread is in the freezer from past sales, or home made, but for the most part this is a fairly typical shopping spree for a week. I am really looking forward to seeing some of yours!