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Frugal "Friday" - The Middle of April 2019, including Holy Week

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Holy Week is always busy for a Pastor and their family.  This year was no exception!   And I feel like I have run a sprint for the last two weeks and have been grateful for the days of the Easter holiday off school and work so I can get myself back together.  I also feel like we have spent quite a bit of money in the last two weeks - quarterly taxes were due, the children needed new shoes for Easter, and we completed a few small household repairs. 

In the midst of all that, here are a few things we did that are frugal:

* We enjoyed almost all our meals at home.  The exceptions were: Easter Sunday, where we ate all three meals either at church or with friends; Palm Sunday with the brunch at church, and a couple of Wednesday evenings with Lenten dinners, also at church. 

* Our friends gifted us leftovers after Easter dinner.

* I made bread, spiced carrot cake, granola, and two types of cookies rather than buying them.

* We purchased Easter basket goodies over a long period of time, s…

Menu Plan Monday - Easter Week 2019

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Happy Easter!   I hope everyone who celebrated had a wonderful holiday!  We did, though now John is completely exhausted and taking a few days off for a well-deserved rest.  Our weather was perfect and we enjoyed two meals with friends - I had to do no cooking or baking, other than what I chose to do!  Lovely.

We have a refrigerator full of leftovers (thanks to our friends and a meal at church) this week, so we are trying to finish those up.  I am grateful for that, too.

Spring term is almost over here at school and Summer term starts almost immediately after.  Our children will "graduate" from 8th grade in a few weeks.  They were able to spend a day over the Easter holiday "shadowing" at the high school they will attend next year.  They had an enjoyable day, meeting new friends and attending classes.  They are very excited about their new school now and I am very grateful!  They have been at the same school with mostly the same group of people since Kindergarten…

Menu Plan "Monday" - Holy Week, The Week of April 14, 2019

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Holy Week is always busy for a Pastor's family - four worship services, a funeral, two committee meetings, Confirmation, and all the other things that come with Holy Week.  Plus extra worship, dance and music practice for the children.  And all the other things that happen in a typical week.  Whew!

We spent $37 on groceries this week - fruit, spinach and a bit of diary. Eggs were on sale and so were blackberries, so we bought extra of those this week.  Here's what we are eating this week:

Sunday, April 14, 2019, Palm Sunday
     Breakfast: Toast and Smoothies
     Lunch: At Church (Palm Sunday Brunch)
     Dinner:  Roasted Veggie Couscous, Tortilla Chips

Monday, April 15, 2019
     Breakfast: Bagels with Cream Cheese
     Lunch: Leftover Couscous and Chips, Grapefruit
     Snack: Yogurt
     Dinner: Chicken Pot Pie, Apple-Blackberry Salad

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
      Breakfast: Oatmeal with Blackberries and Walnuts
      Lunch:  Meatballs from the Freezer, Pasta
      Snack:…

Frugal "Friday" - Most of March 2019

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Wow - March has flown by!  This much has been a hard much - we have had several disappointing, complicated, and very hard things happening and I feel like I have barely had time to catch my breath. I will not write about those difficult things until I have had a bit more time to process them, but suffice to say, March has been difficult. We started with a lot of snow and are ending with the perennials close to the house peeking out into the sunshine.  I am delighted that spring is on its way!   I am ready to get into my garden, dig in the dirt and enjoy the outdoors!

When difficult things are happening, time can be short and sometimes it becomes time-consuming to be frugal.  We persevered and were able to stay in budget and mostly on track. 

Here are some things we did this last month that may count as frugal:

* John brought home leftovers from two church meals for dinner this month.

* John and I each enjoyed a meal at work. 

* Our children worked a fundraiser for their school trip …

Menu Plan Tuesday - Week of March 24, 2019

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We are slowly heading toward the season of spring salads but in the meantime, chili and baked potatoes are a good substitute.  John has a family recipe for chili that is awesome and delicious and we enjoy it often in the colder months.

We are enjoying the burgeoning spring here - the snow is almost melted, the spring songbirds are back and the weather is warming steadily.  We have to wait a bit yet for the spring flowers to pop their heads out.  I am itching to get out and will start spring seeds indoors here in a week or so - things that take a long time to get to full size; everything else I will direct seed in the garden.

Here is what we will be eating this week:

Sunday, March 24, 2019:
    Breakfast: Toast, Smoothies
    Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese, Fruit Salad
    Snack: Clementine's
    Dinner: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup, Crackers

Monday, March 25, 2019:
     Breakfast: Bagels with Cream Cheese, Blackberries
     Lunch: Leftover Soup
     Snack: Walnuts and Blueberries
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Menu Plan Monday - Week of March 10, 2019

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We are now in the second full week in March. Lent is in full swing, Spring Break happenings are starting (depending on which school you attend or do not attend), and the weather is behaving quite like a Lion, as the saying goes.  We had rain, followed by sleet, followed by snow on Saturday. Our driveway is now a skating rink and we spent the last two days trying to clear out the storm drains on the street by our home to ensure that the water (from both melting snow and rain) has some place to go.  We are to receive rain Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week.  I am hoping it will wash some of the snow away and not cause too many problems! Here's hoping!
I am anxious for spring to arrive - I have garden plans and I would love to wear some of my lighter weight clothes after spending the last few months bundled up.  It will come.  I know that but, as seems the usual each year, I am eagerly anticipating it and want spring to arrive right now!

We did not do much grocery shopping t…

Frugal "Friday" - The First Full Week of March 2019

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No, we didn't dye Easter Eggs today - that will happen in April.  I was going through the photos in my folders on my computer and thought the colors in the egg dye are so pretty!  Ignore the rest of the mess, please....

I am making plans for Easter this year already.  When you are a Pastor's family, Lent, Holy Week and Easter seem terribly long and difficult.  It seems that the Evil One pulls out all the stops to try to make everything stressful.  It seems like there are more funerals, more interpersonal conflict, and all those types of things along with more worship and more events than at other times of the year.  This is also the time when the flu and cold season is in full swing and the weather is having one last hurrah as well.  As of right now, we have had rain for the last 3 hours and not it is snowing.  That means very slippery roads tomorrow.  I dislike driving anyway so that makes me nervous. 

Anyway, that's not what this post is supposed to be about!  It is su…