Sunday, January 31, 2010
My dad loves red meat so I have to have some of that in most meals so I am looking for deals there. Yesterday my dad and I swung by Safeway and found ground beef marked down for $1.50 for 3 lbs! $0.50/lb is amazing! So we bought two and left a dozen others for someone else (but those were marked $2.50 each for 3 lbs-still an amazing deal!)
cold cereal, pancakes, scrambled eggs with mix-ins, french toast, homemade donuts on Friday (for my birthday-anyone have a fool-proof homemade recipe?)
Monday: Roast, acorn squash, carrots in the crockpot, bread & leftover salad
Tuesday: Leftovers, soup (parents at Bible study tonight)
Wednesday: Thai Peanut noodles with leftover roast on the side for dad, frozen broccoli
Thursday: Chili and Cornbread
Friday: Red Robin for my birthday (free birthday burger-yay!)
Saturday: Meatloaf from freezer, mac n cheese, peas
Sunday: Enchiladas, green beans
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Saturday, January 30, 2010
Ah well, I am learning a lot about not holding onto treasures on earth these days:)
You can see the whole series if you look under the label "home renovation".
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
She is such a joy to us. And she FINALLY began sleeping through the night again, after many months of weeping and gnashing of teeth. And one night where we did the dreaded crying it out (sort of on accident-she was inconsolable anyway because of a cold so we just kept checking on her after we figured there was nothing else we could do for her:( Liv doesn't crawl, she scoots. On her tush. From the front she looks like she's crawling, but she's dragging a (what looks like) bum leg underneath her. It looks hilarious but it works for her. I guess eventually she'll either figure out how to move the leg out or will learn to walk instead!!
So have you signed up yet? If you are thinking about it sign up HERE!
Its basically a mindless way to earn points towards fun stuff like amazon gift cards while doing google searches you would do anyway. I wasn't super sold on it until I found out that I had earned so many points (especially because of nice friends who signed up through my link earlier:) Anyway, I am excited because we can order a book or two while in NC since we can't pack much. Sweet!
Notice how low the ceilings are above-very dark and closed in as well as the carpets and layers of previous wall coverings.
The space now feels very open and bright. The cabinets are the same to save money but they were all removed and put back in a different configuration to make better use of space. A new (when I say new I mean new to this house!) stove, microwave, sink, (brand new:) counters, floors, walls, lighting, wiring...etc. etc. etc.! We lived in this room (literally-we've even slept in here!) for 6 months. Daniel did a great job and had lots of help from friends at church to finish this room.
Monday, January 25, 2010
cold cereal, oatmeal pancakes, eggs
Monday: Taco Soup, fresh tortilla chips
Tuesday: Pasta with alfredo sauce, green beans
Wednesday: Taco Salad
Thursday: We'll be traveling to my grandmother's funeral this day (in Marysville)
Friday: Funeral today -we'll be eating at family's house/at the church
Saturday: Frozen pizza or something easy since we may travel over the mountains today
Sunday: Whole Roasted Chicken with potatoes or rice on the side, broccoli
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Saturday, January 23, 2010
I also picked up a few things at Walgreens: hair dye (getting old stinks!), diet pepsi and some other things?
Its been a trying week or two and this next week is going to be hectic to say the best. We are doing our first check on potential renters, finishing the final million house projects and packing our whole lives up to move to my parents'/North Carolina for missions training. The girls and I are sick with colds Daniel and I are sharing our missions plans twice at church in the next two days.
So...we'd appreciate prayer to say the least!
Friday, January 22, 2010
I'm running again! After a LOOOOooong hiatus I am running again. Well jogging or plodding is more accurate. A hard couple of weeks and a doctor's visit sealed the deal that I need to work on better health. Plus I'm coming up on Liv's 8 month birthday. I still feel way to post-partum for it to have been that long!
Every morning for the past three mornings we head to the track as a family and I jog a little, walk a little for a about a mile and a half. Not much but its a start and I am enjoying it a little even (minus the sore everywhere part:).
Thursday, January 21, 2010
M'ana looking pensive:
Liv and a ring toy:
Where is M'ana?:
Who you calling "Elmer Fudd?"
M'ana and the school(what she calls this cupboard for some reason) & Gramie:
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
cold cereal, oatmeal pancakes, eggs, fruit, maybe super power muffins?
Monday: Leftover baked ziti (good but made wayyyy too much)
Tuesday: Baked potato bar with chili and broccoli, cheese
Wednesday: Spinach Rice & Cheese Casserole (to use the free spinach from FM!)
Thursday: Meatloaf and Mashed potatoes (meatloaf from freezer), broccoli or veggie burgers and home fries
Friday: Homemade Pizza, veggie sticks
Saturday: Quiche or frittata
Sunday: Turkey Tetrazinni from freezer or Pasta with alfredo sauce, cooked carrots
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Sunday, January 17, 2010
"Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails" Proverbs 19:21
Honestly, this has been a very difficult week for us. We have had no less than four things fall through that we were hoping for. Nothing that changes our big plans (to go to missions aviation training for 4 months this spring) has come to pass. But other relevant things we were praying about have come back to us as "no".
That said, we have much to be thankful for. We have had 5 people tell us they would like to partner with our mission efforts this week. That is a huge praise! Not only that but we sold our lazy susan for the same price we bought it-after a whole week of zero interest in it on craigslist. But the disappointment of those other "hoped for's" lingers. I am reminded that our trust and our hope is in Him and not in our circumstances. And that's a good thing.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
So...I just got some basics at:
All detergeant $0.99 after coupons
I spent just under $10, but got rid of my receipt so not sure on exact.
Albertson's: $.24Green Giant Potatoes $0.99
Huggies wipes $1.29 but used $1 coupon doubled
Puffs tissues $1.39 but used $1 coupon doubled
Bumblee tuna (used free coupon but it was $.11 over max amount) so $0.11
Cream of mushroom soup used $1 off coupon doubled
So I had overage to make the potatoes and tuna only $0.24!!
What did you buy this week? Any hot deals I should be sad I am missing:)?
This recipe is adapted (with changes) from "The Daily Bean" by Suzanne Caciola White.
High Protein Pumpkin Pie
1 cup cooked garbanzo beans
1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup sugar or other sweetener (I used some white sugar, some apple juice)
1 cup canned pumpkin
crust (optional-I did not use)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Puree the beans until smooth. Add eggs and process until smooth and creamy. Transfer bean mixture into a large mixing bowl and add the evaporated milk, and then beat to blend. Add spices and sugar. Mix well. Add pumpkin and stir again. Pour into pie plate or crust. Bake for 15 minutes at 425 then reduce to 350 and bake for 45-50 minutes or more (the "or more" was definitely my experience) until knife inserted comes out clean. Let cool for at least 2 hours. I actually did not like this when I first tasted it straight out of the oven. The next morning after refridgeration it tasted almost just like a pumpkin pie. Plus it fills you up in a way that regular pumpkin pie doesn't!
(thanks for the book mom-in-law Karen!;)
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
And this one? She will eat anything including dirt on the floor. And hair. Gross. But she will figure out how to be picky in her own time I bet:)!
Monday, January 11, 2010
cold cereal, buttermilk muffins, eggs, pancakes, fruit
Lunches:Leftovers, sandwiches when the leftovers are thin
Monday: Tuna Noodle & Zucchini Casserole (using frozen shredded zukes from this summer)
Tuesday: Bean & Cheese Enchiladas, green beans
Wednesday: Butter Chickpea Curry-just cooked a huge pot of chickpeas, so I am making this and probably walnut chocolate chip garbanzo cake:)
Thursday: Meatloaf and Mashed potatoes (meatloaf from freezer), broccoli
Friday: Nachos with bean dip, salsa, sour cream (need a deal on tortilla chips-any ideas?)
Saturday: Baked Spagetti, Italian Cheese Bread, green beans
Sunday: Spinach Rice & Cheese Casserole (to use the free spinach from FM!)
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Saturday, January 9, 2010
I have been discovering how great Fred Meyer's deals can be! Many can be found at Puget Sound Prudence.
Fred Meyer: $1.24 after coupons!!!
2 bags baby spinach
1 Kroger salad mix
4 jars free!! salsa (we go through this like water-plus I got paid $1 to buy it:)!
1 free international delight creamer
1 Kashi cereal
1 Star olive oil
Albertson's doublers trip $0.22 with overage on the Beechnut meal
Safeway/Walgreens $3.20 oop (used a catalina, got one back) -$1 steak, free crackers cookies and salsa! We needed the bananas, baking soda and tomato sauce
Albertson's $2.24 oop -just two things we were out of, used $0.75 catalina from earlier and in ad coupon for cheese
Albertson's/Fred Meyer: $13.82 but received $7.50 in catalinas which I used the next trip. The soup seems to violate my eat from the pantry project, but I was able to buy it cheaper than making homemade this time and I am almost out of the last bunch!:)
Albertson's: rolled that catalina $1.30 oop and got $5 cat back!
Liv will be eating cheerios soon and the veggies we need! The cookies...well other than having coupons for them they just helped me reach the $20 total-no excuse;)
Total for this week: $22.02
A lot higher than I would like for a pantry challenge week. My goal is to use the $5 catalina at Albies next week and less than $5 for other stuff the rest of the week.