Menu Plan Monday - Week of November 9, 2019

We did not purchase much for meals this week - our pantry, freezers and refrigerator are quite full.  That is always a good feeling!  I did purchase some baking supplies for later this year on sale this week.  I am grateful for the money to stock up on things while the prices are good.

Here is what we are eating this week:

Sunday, November 9:
   Breakfast: Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
   Lunch: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, Apples
   Snack: Popcorn
   Dinner: Taco Soup, Cornbread

Monday, November 10:
     Breakfast: Eggs and Toast
     Lunch: Leftover Soup
     Snack: Cookies
     Dinner: Linguine with Vegetables

Tuesday, November 11:
    Breakfast: Overnight Oatmeal
    Lunch: Leftover Linguine
    Snack: Yogurt
    Dinner: Hamburger Gravy, Rice, Apple Slices and Orange Wedges

Wednesday, November 12:
     Breakfast: Lemon Scones, Pineapple Smoothies
     Lunch: Leftover Hamburger Gravy
     Snack: Cookies
     Dinner: Cinnamon Biscuit Twists, Bake Eggs, Cinnamon Apples

Thursday, Nov…

Frugal Friday - The First Week of November 2019

I have been going through some photos from the Minnesota Quilters Annual Quilt Show held in June 2019 in Rochester, Minnesota.   I've been doing quite a bit of sewing lately which has been an enjoyable change.  I have many plans for making items going forward and am excited for me to see how things actually play out.

We had a quite week this past week. It was very nice after several weeks of busy, busy, busy, it was a lovely change. 

Here are some things that we did this past week that we count as frugal:

* We made homemade soup, pizza, breakfast tacos, and pasta sauce and garlic bread this week.

* My husband and I each enjoyed one meal at work this week.

* Our daughter won a homemade apple pie at a raffle and we enjoyed apple pie for several days dessert and/or snack.

* I hemmed the pants for our son's concert tuxedo.  The school had recommended a seamstress that charged $10 to hem the pants.  It took me about 30 minutes to complete, including having my son try on the pants …

Work, Home and Family - Homemade Christmas - Gift #1 Updated Earrings

Gift #1: Updated Earrings Our Christmas budget is tight this year - tighter than it has been in a long time.  That means I needed to get myself in gear and make some things for Christmas.  I started making one gift per week starting in September.  I also had several larger gifts that I worked on in bits and pieces as time allowed.   Hopefully, this series will give you some ideas and spark your imagination in your own gift-giving endeavors.
Gift #1 is a pair of updated earrings for our daughter.  These were placed in the box shown and then tucked into her stocking.  We open stockings on Christmas morning before attending Worship and then open larger gifts after our Christmas dinner, which happens about 3pm.
This gift cost me nothing out of pocket since I had all the pieces to make it.
Our daughter has been very enthralled with the fringe style earrings that are currently in stores and does not own a pair.   I decided to make her a pair using a pair of earrings she had discarded.

Frugal Friday - October 2019

October has been a wild month here - we have had so many things happening.  Most have not been good - and completely out of our control.  I am thoroughly exhausted and am planning on sleeping until I wake tomorrow (Saturday), no alarm setting for me!   I may even take a nap in the afternoon too. 

Our children have adjusted nicely to school and have made some nice friends.  Both children have attended birthday parties and, last night, a Halloween party with those friends.  I am grateful for new friends who have helpful, lovely parents and the same types of interests and goals as my children.  The children who hosted the parties are all Pastor's children which is another level of connection for our children - Pastor's children, whether we like it or not, always have challenges that non-Pastor's children never face.

Our big good event in October 2019 was that our children celebrated Affirmation of Baptism, better known as Confirmation on Reformation Sunday.  In the Lutheran …

Menu Plan Monday - Week of October 6, 2019

We have been passing a nasty head cold around here.  Not anything too bad, just enough to make everyone miserable and a lot of time in bed recovering with tea, toast and hot showers.  Yuck.  Not the way I want to spend my week and my weekend. 

There was not much in the way of grocery shopping this week as a result.  We did buy some dairy, a package of bacon (for a recipe this week) and a couple of needed toiletries.

Here is what we are eating this week:

Sunday, October 6:
    Breakfast:  Toast, Banana-Mango Smoothies
    Lunch: Cheese Quesadillas, Apples
    Dinner: Beef Chili

Monday, October 7:
     Breakfast: Toast and Eggs
     Lunch: Leftover Chili
     Snack: Cut Veggies
     Dinner: Perfect Potato Soup, French Bread

Tuesday, October 8:
     Breakfast: Overnight Oatmeal
     Lunch: Leftover Potato Soup
     Snack: Cottage Cheese with Mango
     Dinner: Pasta with Tomato Sauce, Garlic Bread

Wednesday, October 9:
     Breakfast: Oatmeal Muffins, Banana-Mango Smoothies
     Lunch: …

Menu Plan Monday - Week of September 29, 2019

It's the first week of October this week!  I am amazed at how quickly this year has flown by.  We have a busy October, including a Wedding and helping my in-laws move to a new home.   We also have two baby showers for a my two sisters-in-law that are due with babies in January and February respectively.  It will be a busy month!
Our garden is still plugging away - we harvested tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers this past week and are looking at harvesting more plus cauliflower, broccoli and carrots this coming week.  We have the end of year Harvest Party for our CSA on Saturday this week; something we look forward to each year.
Here is what we are eating this week:
Sunday, September 29:      Breakfast: Peanut Butter Toast and Raspberry-Banana Smoothies      Lunch: Waffles with Walnuts and Peaches      Snack: Popcorn      Dinner: Three Sisters Soup, Cornbread, Grapes
Monday, September 30:      Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Toast      Lunch: Leftover Soup      Snack: No Bake Energy Bites …

Frugal "Friday" - the Last Full Week of September 2019

This week felt like such a busy week.  I ended up with a sinus headache the end of the week and that took up so much time.  We have settled into a schedule now, which does make things easier.  I am grateful for the weekend and some time to relax and play catch up with all the things that went undone this week.

Here are the things we did this week that we count as frugal:

* Made soup, two types of bread, roasted chicken and vegetables, and pancakes at home this week.

* I started another Christmas gift this week.  I hope to finish it early in the week so I can make another this next week.

* My husband cleaned out his office at work and brought home some unused notebooks for us to use at home.

* I "canned' four more pint jars of tomato sauce this week.

* We harvested tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers from the garden.

* We cleaned out two more boxes of items from the utility room in the basement.

* I picked flowers from the garden for the kitchen table.

* We brought home 3 butter…