Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Menu Plan, er, Tuesday - Week of August 27, 2017

Last week of Summer Vacation!

Lots of veggies in the fridge this week, both from our yard and the CSA.  I seriously had three shelves full in the fridge of vegetables.  So, lots of vegetables this week!

John brought home part of a meat and cheese tray and about a dozen sandwich buns leftover from a church lunch and a parishioner gifted us with a dozen delicious cookies.  We're so spoiled! We did buy milk, strawberries, apples and spinach as well as some toiletries this week. We didn't need to buy much.

Sunday, August 27, 2017, Sunday
     Breakfast: Toast and Jam
     Lunch: Pasta with Sautéed Vegetables
     Snack: Popcorn, Cookies
     Dinner: I honestly don't remember 😊 Obviously something exciting! Ha, ha.

Monday, August 28, 2017, Monday:
     Breakfast: Oatmeal with dates and walnuts
     Lunch: Sandwiches, Spinach Salad with strawberries and cucumbers
     Snack: Cookies
     Dinner: Baked Perch, Fried Zucchini, Strawberry-Apple Salad

August 29, 2017, Tuesday
     Breakfast: Pancakes with Strawberries
     Lunch: Yogurt and Fruit
     Snack: Zucchini bars
     Dinner: Baked Turkey Sandwiches, Homemade Cole Slaw, Cucumber Watermelon Mint Salad

August 30, 2017, Wednesday:
     Breakfast: Oatmeal with Walnuts
     Lunch:  Leftover Coleslaw and a Hard Boiled Egg
     Snack: Zucchini Bars
     Dinner: Taco Soup, Corn Bread

August 31, 2017, Thursday:
     Breakfast: Breakfast Sandwiches
     Lunch: Leftover Soup
     Snack: Popcorn
     Dinner: Roasted Vegetables, Chicken Rice
September 1, 2017, Friday:
     Breakfast: Maple Oat Scones
     Lunch: At a family event
     Snack: Popcorn
     Dinner: Homemade Pizza and Breadsticks

September 2, 2017,Saturday
     Brunch: Vegetable Frittata
     Snack: Soft Pretzels
     Dinner: Hamburg Gravy, Roasted Vegetables, Rice

What are you eating this week?

Friday, August 25, 2017

Frugal Friday - This Past Week

We played board games a few times this week. My children received Harry Potter Clue for Christmas last year and it has been a hit!

After spending the first part of summer teaching, the middle part working to get my health and energy back, I've been spending the last few weeks catching up on all the things that needed to be done.  I feel like we have been terribly busy.  I know that's not necessarily true but it feels that way.  Since I haven't posted a Frugal Friday for quite a while, I am going to just start with this past week on frugal things we've done.

Here we go!

* Ate all meals but one at home.
* Attended a taco buffet pot luck for one meal.  We brought shredded cheese from the freezer.

* Harvested tomatoes, cucumbers, beans and peppers from the garden this week.

* Hemmed five new pairs of pants for my son for school this fall. I found that if I order them on clearance sale in June unhemmed, I save a large amount of money and I can hem a double hem that can be let down later.

* I blanched and froze beans, corn, and cabbage.

* I used items we had on hand too fix a curtain rod. 

* I used items on hand to make tie backs for three sets of curtains.

* I used zucchini to make cookies, bars, and bread.

* I worked as an "expert" at an event for the Solar Eclipse.  We did not have a full eclipse here, but at over 80%, it was quite good.  My family was able to attend for free and I was paid a small gratuity for working.

* The children and I scrubbed the bathroom and kitchen and the master bedroom. I had a bit of painting to do in our bedroom, so the walls had to be washed before painting.  Finished up the painting using things we had on hand, including paint.

* Hemmed a set of curtains that were way too long for the location they are in. I will use the leftover fabric to cover a cushion on a bench.

I think that's it for this week.  What did you do this week?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Menu Plan Monday - Week of August 13, 2017

Apple Pie! John's Favorite!

I'm so surprised that August is already halfway gone! This summer is sizzling by in a blink.  The zucchini and cucumber plants are trying to take over the garden and we're heading toward school starting yet again (we start 'late' here - September 5). 

We spent $40 on groceries this past week and collected our CSA box, which included Swiss chard, cucumbers, fennel, broccoli, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, peas, carrots and onions this week.  We still have kohlrabi, beets, and cabbage from previous weeks.  I have to admit that I'm really feeling quite blessed that we get to have home-grown veggies most of the year thanks to our CSA! All the work branching and freezing for later is definitely worth it!

Anyway, here's what we're eating this week:

Sunday, August 13:
     Breakfast: Eggs and Toast
     Lunch: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, Apples, Strawberries, Cherry Tomatoes and Sliced Cucumbers
     Snack: Popcorn
     Dinner: Pizza (we didn't get to that last week)

Money, August 14:
     Breakfast: Oatmeal with Dates and Walnuts
     Lunch: Leftovers
     Snack: Root beer Floats (the children won root beer at a carnival and we had ice cream in the freezer)
     Dinner: Chicken, Rice, Broccoli-Cauliflower Salad, Strawberries

Tuesday, August 15:
      Breakfast: Smoothies, Muffins
     Lunch: Leftovers (we had a bunch from last week that need to get used up!)
     Snack: Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies
     Dinner: Pan fried Potatoes and Veggies (zucchini, cabbage, onion)

Wednesday, August 16:
     Breakfast: Maple Oat Scones
     Lunch: Leftover Rice with Pan-fried Veggies
     Snack: Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies
     Dinner: Grilled Fish and Potatoes, Kohlrabi Coleslaw

Thursday, August 17:
     Breakfast: Oatmeal with Blueberries and Walnuts
     Lunch: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Leftover Slaw
     Snack: Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies
     Dinner: Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Zucchini 'Fries', Watermelon

Friday, August 18:
     Breakfast: Eggs, Smoothies
     Lunch: Lunch: Leftovers
     Snack: Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies
     Dinner: Rice Bowl with Pork and Cabbage, Watermelon

Saturday, August 19:
     Brunch: Spinach, Potato, Zucchini Frittata, Hashed Brown Potatoes, Apple Crisp
     Snack: Popcorn
     Dinner: Homemade Pizza and Breadsticks

What are you eating this week?

Monday, July 31, 2017

Menu Plan Monday

Camping dinner from a few weeks ago - hot water for tea (and washing up later), hot dogs and bratwurst, served with buns and fruit. 

Happy end of July!

After a rough start to summer, things are starting to settle back into rhythm here.  I'm so very grateful.

We are harvesting a few things from the garden, collecting our weekly CSA box, and have kept the shopping to a minimum these last two weeks - first with a camping trip which we had already stocked up for, and, second, we had so much food in the house, particularly produce, that we needed to eat.  This last Saturday we did a $61 and change shop and stocked up on a few things that we were either low or out on - ground beef and canned corn are the two that come to mind right now. We did buy some fruit and dairy products too. 

I'm loving the garden produce - Buddy picked another two cherry tomatoes today and they went right into his mouth - and we've been averaging a handful of strawberries each day (ever-bearing plants) and green beans too.  I've picked several yellow zucchini with more coming each day. My cabbage and cauliflower should be ready this week (they looked good this morning but not quite ripe) and the 'dragon beans' I'm trying this year (they're super cool!) should be ripening this week too.  Our CSA has been a plethora of good things and I've been really excited to try some new dishes (grilled turnips - yum!).

Here's what we're eating this week:

Sunday, July 30, 2017:
    Breakfast: Fruit salad and toast
    Lunch: Leftovers (we each ate something different)
    Snack: Tortilla Chips
    Dinner: BBQ Pulled Pork, Buns, Sliced Apples

Monday, July 31, 2017:
    Breakfast: Cinnamon Biscuit Twists, Scrambled Eggs
    Lunch: Leftover Pulled Pork, Buns and Apples
    Snack: Nuts
    Dinner: Pasta with Tomato Sauce for John and the children, I'm bringing cut fruit to a pot luck party for work

Tuesday, August 1, 2017:
     Breakfast: Chai Spiced Oatmeal, Banana-Blueberry Smoothies
     Lunch: Leftover Pasta with Sauce and Cheese
     Snack: No Bake Energy Bites
     Dinner: The children are at a friends' Birthday Party, so John is taking me out to dinner for my Birthday

Wednesday, August 2, 2017, My Birthday:
     Breakfast: Maple Oat Scones, Strawberry-Mango Smoothies
     Lunch: At the Zoo (we're going to the Zoo for my Birthday!)
     Snack: No Bake Energy Bites
     Dinner: At Church: Bring Cherry Tomato-Mozzarella skewers

Thursday, August 3, 2017:
     Breakfast: Oatmeal with Almonds and Blueberries
     Lunch: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches on Homemade Bread, Cherries or Cantaloupe
     Snack: No Bake Energy Bites
     Dinner: Pork Loin, Roasted Zucchini, Cantaloupe

Friday, August 4, 2017:
     Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Toast
     Lunch: Leftover Pork and Zucchini
     Snack: No Bake Energy Bites
     Dinner: Homemade Pizza and Breadsticks

Saturday, August 5, 2017:
     Brunch: Buttermilk Coffee Cake, Cantaloupe-Mandarin Orange-Apple Salad
     Snack: Homemade Soft Pretzels
     Dinner: Roasted Veggie Couscous, Tortilla Chips, Cantaloupe

What are you eating this week?

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Of summer and other things.....

Our purple dwarf iris - unfortunately I don't know the name, it was  hand me down from a family member.

It’s been a long time since I posted.  So, if you’re still here, thanks for hanging on with me.

We’ve had an… eventful? Full?... summer so far.  I’m not quite sure of the right word. Very shortly after I last posted, my laptop met an entire cup of coffee.  It did end up being salvageable but the keyboard and track pad needed to be replaced (way cheaper than buying a new one) but, of course, that took a while.

I taught summer session.  John had 12% of our congregation in the hospital, 4 funerals, and a wedding.  The children had sleep away church camp and then we’ve had to juggle childcare.  There was a major, very stressful, not good, and quite unexpected happening at my work and John had to handle a major thing with the property at church too. 

All in all, by the time I got done with summer session, I was so tired.  I would fall asleep sitting up in a chair, something I would only do when I had taken my PHN medication at the wrong time.  I needed to take a nap every afternoon, no matter what.  I did go to the doctor.  Nothing is wrong, I’m just fine and apparently tired.

After a full month now, I am finally on the upswing, my computer is working and I’m hoping to be back to posting more often again.

I have quite a few things that I’m hoping to share with you over the next few months. 

Thanks for sticking around and come back tomorrow to see what we’re eating this week!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Menu Plan Monday - Week of May 21, 2017

My flowers are blooming again!  I'm super excited!   Spring is one of my favorite times of year with all the green and fresh and the beautiful flowers!   I don't have a lot of pictures uploaded, but, boy I have a lot taken!  More on that later.

My Mom and Dad are still here and bought us groceries this week.  They didn't buy much - spinach, tomatoes, milk, English Muffins, cantaloupe and grapes.  That was about it!
We're starting to wind down on happenings here.  We have something every weekend but the weeknight evenings are calming down.  Hurray!  This week we just have a band concert on Wednesday night and then a graduation for the local high school on Saturday.  That's it!  It feels like a "lazy week" after everything else that's been going on. 

I'm in summer session now, the children have a few more weeks of school left (three) and Mom and Dad are here for another week.  This past week we had two evenings of school plays, our final dance competition of the season, and my youngest sister-in-law's wedding.  It was a wonderful, busy week and I am so grateful for all the time with family!

Here's the menu this week:

Sunday, May 21, 2017:
     Brunch: Post-wedding at my brother-in-law's house
     Snack: Leftover Wedding Cake
     Dinner: Beef Stew in the crockpot, Bread

Monday, May 22, 2017:
     Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Toast
     Lunch: Leftover Beef Stew
     Snack: Peanuts
     Dinner: Noodles with Tomato-Meat Sauce, Cantaloupe, Strawberries

Tuesday, May 23, 2017:
      Breakfast: English Muffins with Peanut Butter and Jelly
      Lunch: Leftover Beef Stew
      Snack: Peanuts
      Dinner: Chicken Gravy over Biscuits, Spinach Salad

Wednesday, May 24, 2017:
     Breakfast: Breakfast Sandwiches
     Lunch: Spinach Salad with Tuna
     Snack: Yogurt
     Dinner: Sandwiches, Cut Veggies
     Dessert: Ice Cream with Rhubarb Sauce

Thursday, May 25, 2017:
      Breakfast: Oatmeal with Pecans and Raspberries
     Lunch: Spinach Salad with Salmon
      Snack: Peanuts
      Dinner: Chicken Noodle Soup in the Crockpot, Bread

Friday, May 26, 2017:
     Breakfast: Breakfast Sandwiches
      Lunch: Leftover Soup
     Snack: Peanuts
     Dinner: Homemade Pizza and Breadsticks

Saturday, May 27, 2017, My In-Law's 44th Wedding Anniversary:
      Brunch: Buttermilk Coffee Cake, Bacon, Fruit Salad
      Snack: Soft Pretzels
      Dinner: Wild Rice Casserole, Spinach Salad, Cantaloupe

What are you eating this week?


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Frugalities of May - Friday "Friday" or Saturday, whichever You Prefer!

No special significance for the photo - just a pretty one of the few that I've managed to upload!  And it reminds me of the beauty of the flowers all around us right now - the tulips are almost done, my rhododendron is finished, and the lilacs are in full swing!  I hav buds on the peonies and several other things popping up.  My patio table is full of seedlings and the seeds are ready to plant.  I guess that means it's officially spring!

I have several posts partially done but haven't finished any.  We have had company for almost two weeks and we have one, yes, one free weekend day between the last weekend in April and the 4th of July.  That was last Saturday.  Our weekdays have been just as busy and I've chosen to spend my time with my family and on urgent matters (grades for my students, laundry that is immediately needed, anything else that must be done now).  My twins turned 12, we have had two dance recitals, two dance competitions, and a piano recital since I last posted.  I think tomorrow (Mother's Day) will be one of rest for me!

Anyway, we've been trying to be frugal here too.  Eating meals in, taking lunches, doing our own mending and all those things.  Here's some "extra" stuff that we've done since May 1.

* I spent a lot of time working on an embroidery for a Wedding gift.  I won't finish it for the wedding, unfortunately, but I will be able to send it about the time they move into their newly purchased home later this summer. 

* We checked out several books from the library and returned others.  We also watched a few videos online.

* The children asked to go see a movie at the movie theater for their birthday present.  We went to the $5 theater and were able to buy popcorn and drinks for 5 along with the tickets for less than $40!

* My mother altered a dress for me.

* We took another load of donations to the thrift store.

* My husband lead a worship service for a church with an ill Pastor.  He was paid, even though he offered to lead worship for free.

* We have done all of our spring yard clean up, garden prep, etc., with the exception of having the lawn mower serviced, ourselves.  We are so thankful to have both our own compost bin and curbside pickup of yard waste (goes to the city compost site)!

* We sent cupcakes to school with the children for their birthday.  We did by cupcakes ($14.99 for 30 frosted cupcakes) but we added cocktail umbrellas we had left from something years ago with homemade candy shells (molds and melting candy we already owned) and candy pearls, also leftover from something else.  They turned out really cute and their classmates really liked the "beach theme"!

* The children had their spring "formal" dance at school.  They wore clothes they already had and really enjoyed their time.  "Formal" for their school's definition is no jeans, shirt + tie for the boys (my son wore his blazer too) and dresses or skirt with a nice blouse for the girls. 

* My CSA lady called and asked if I wanted her extra broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage seedlings.  I said yes!  I have 15 plants total (3 sprouts, and 4 of each of the others) and passed on two broccoli to a friend. 

* I purchased plants at my work as a fundraiser for summer scholarships - tomatoes, peppers, squash and bush beans plus several annuals and perennial for a total of $30 for two flats of plants!  I need to plant my pea seeds and transplant the lettuce and tomato seedlings that are coming up but I only need to buy a couple of things before my garden will be complete now!  It will be completed for under $100 total including the grass seed we need for our yard!  I'm super excited about that!

* My Dad patched and painted a portion of my kitchen wall where we had taken down a chair rail and it left a huge dent in the wall.  He also touched up the paint in our main bathroom for me.  We had all the supplies leftover from other projects but hadn't had time to get that done.

* I hemmed a pair of pajamas for our son.  He received them for a birthday gift and were too long but otherwise fit fine.

* I reattached a lot of sequins that had come loose on our daughter's dance costume.  Easy but time consuming! 

* I cut off the legs on a pair of pants that had a hole in the knee and turned them into shorts for our son.

I think that's it! 

What have you done lately that is frugal?