Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Thrifty Tuesday

On Sundays I usually make a big meal. Some kind of roast, two veggies and potatoes. The meat is always sliced by Harvey and because I buy the biggest roast, ham or chicken that the budget stretches to, there is always at least one bag of meat (more often 2 or more) leftover and put in the freezer. There is also usually a bag with a few slices to be used to make sandwiches at lunch.

One bag of meat always makes the basis of another meal or two in the following week. Last night we used up the leftover veggies and potatoes so today I decided according to my menu plan (which got last nights supper changed to a use up all the leftovers type meal) to pull out one of the two bags of roast beef and make a meal. I had half an onion to use up, as well as half a green pepper, so I thinly sliced them, added a can of mushrooms and the package of leftover roast thinly sliced. Browned those in butter for a little bit and then added some flour and beef stock. Soon I will add some sour cream which needs using up as well.

Served over noodles this will make a hearty meal or two. One for tonight and one for the clean out the fridge night later this week.

I still have another bag of meat in the freezer and will use that sometime down the road. So for a cost of around $15.00 I usually end up with 15 meals making my protein for these meals cost in the neighbourhood of $1.00 a serving. I can sometimes get this even lower.....

Using up all you can saves time and money..... thrifty in my books, and a wise use of resources.

I am also using up the yarn I bought for my wrap. It seems that I was told to buy a bit too much by the pattern. I should have known as patterns quite often get you buying more than you need for certain items. I need some socks (the ones I bought are not made very well) so I am using this yarn to knit myself a couple of pairs. I have enough leftover yarn to stock a store and I don't plan on adding to the pile, rather I am going to use all these bits and pieces to knit scarves, hats, cowls, and socks. Things we can always use in the cold prairie winters. I can even gift friends and relatives with them. Win - Win. Thrifty gifts, thrifty clothes and a bit of decluttering happening in the house.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Menu Monday

Already been changes this week and the ink not even dry on my monthly menu plan. Oh well, things will be used up and that is what counts.


Clean out the fridge night. Lots of leftovers to get out of the fridge. I will probably cut up some fresh veggies to go with and make up a d


A package of the frozen leftover beef slices fashioned into perhaps a stew or stroganoff type meal.


Cabbage rolls. I work today and I know I will be tired, hence something I can pull out of the freezer and stick in the oven.


Spaghetti and meat sauce. I was going to make this Monday, but realized how much in the way of leftovers were on various shelves in the fridge.


Lazy Perogies, and some fresh veggies and some dip.


Baked spaghetti with garlic bread.


Baked ham, mashed potatoes, peas/carrot mix and a salad.

There you have it. The first weeks menus leading up to BBQ season.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Monthly Goal and Decluttering Update

 Time to update my goals for April, and make my goals for this month.

1.   Finish knitting the lace wrap.  Done

2.   Sew quilt top. Make more quilt blocks if necessary.  Done

3.   Try for 14 no spend days this month.  Made 16 no spend days this month

4.   Go through hall closet and declutter.  Done, Hubby even went through his coats and such.

5   Move spring/summer wardrobe in and winter wardrobe out of closets and drawers.  Done.

Project declutter did not go as well this past month. However 11 more items did leave the house.

Now on to the month of May.

1.  Finish my quilt.

2.  Work on rug (finish it if possible).

3.  Finish off some knitting projects (knitted hoods need sewing up and one needs the hood knitted).

4.  Knit two pairs of socks for myself.

5.  Cut out three skirt patterns.

6.  Cut out 4 top patterns.

7.  Try for 18 no spend days this month (could be tricky as it is plant buying time).

Hopefully these will all be finished quickly as I want to start on Christmas gifts next month.

Project declutter is continuing.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Saturday Roundup

This week has seen a few finishes on projects.

I finally finished my knitted wrap (still need to take a picture of it), and the extra yarn is being used to knit myself a pair of socks. I may even get two pairs out of what is leftover.

I started sewing the quilt blocks together to form the top of my quilt.

The strips were then sewn together to form this top. I managed to get the borders put on this morning. Now comes the fun part. I just need to find a space big enough to lay everything out to sandwich. And of course figure out how I am going to quilt it.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Frugal Friday

1.   Managed to get a few extra items in my pantry stock up yesterday due to the BOGO sale at my favorite grocery store.

2.   Packed my lunch for work using leftovers from supper the night before.

3.  Have had a few more no spend days this past week, bringing me beyond my goal for the month.

4.  Came in under budget for the month thanks to an income tax refund instead of payment.

5.  Started some flowers and veggies for the garden.

6.  Harvey planted the potatoes this week.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thursday Tid Bits

Not a whole lot going on around the old homestead. I did manage to finish my wrap and pinned together the blocks for my quilt top. Tomorrow I hope to get the strips sewn and pinned together once again to finish sewing on Saturday. I am still waffling on the inner border, but hopefully when I look at my strips I will have a better idea on how it will be designed.

I did my shopping today and stuck to my list. I managed to pick up some lovely BOGO to have a small stock up on some items. Toilet paper (toilet tissue) was sold out and from what I overheard was not expected in for quite awhile.

Change was emptied from my purse into the various jars and containers. I am hoping for a nice build up for next summer and the two family reunions we will be attending. Perhaps enough at least to pay for our hotel rooms on both occasions.

I actually phoned my sister today and we had a lovely gab fest. I really should travel the 30 miles or so for a visit one of these days.

My seedlings are breaking through the soil. I am hoping that the eggplant Harvey planted comes up. So far there is no sign of any growth in the pots. We had this problem another year and ended up buying starters.

So, as you can see a very quiet day.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Latest Text Messages From Our Youngest

Two nights ago my phone went off with a text message from Kris.

This is our conversation.

Kris: Damn it. The pigeons are back and I didn't notice right away. Now the eggs they laid have already hatched. :(
          Baby pigeons.
          are kind of cute.

Me: Crap. What are you going to do?
       Guess you could destroy the nest and babies. But that would be mean.

Kris: Sigh. I moved my bags of cans outside and they built the nest nestled in the corner so I could see them. Noticed all the ##&@ when I went out to BBQ tonight. I will think on it tonight but am leaning towards destroying the nest/babies.
         Maybe they'll get the message if I do that.

Me: You do need to get rid of them somehow. Too bad you didn't notice before.

Kris: Yep....feel a lot less guilty about just destroying the eggs.

Me: Are Mom and Dad flying around you when you are outside.

Kris: No they scatter as soon as they see me.

Me: Just one pair then. Hopefully you can touch the nest without them attacking you.
       Let us know how it goes.

The conversation ended with him saying he was going to get rid of them yesterday night.......

Got a text yesterday saying he had to work late so would take care of it tonight and would phone when the deed was done.

Phone call came tonight just after we finished supper. Kris had just finished his supper and said that he would be taking care of his bird problem tonight......

Wonder what his next message to me will be.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.