Monday, September 1, 2014

Menu Monday

I just can not believe that September has arrived!!! Seems as if summer really just started.

My menus really don't change that much through the year, perhaps a few more casseroles and stews in the winter, but that is about it.

 With that being said, here are my menus for the upcoming week. Just the supper menus as usual, cause lunches are either leftovers or a sandwich.

Monday

Leftover chicken from the fridge freezer. I am craving a pasta type dish using this up.

Tuesday

Leftover ham from the fridge freezer (just added three packages of leftovers from Sunday's supper). I think that Scalloped Potatoes and Ham sounds awfully good, especially using fresh potatoes from the garden.

Wednesday

Clean out the fridge night. All those leftovers from Monday and Tuesday will be gone tonight.

Thursday

Hubby can grill some pork chops. I think I just might make a potato salad and have some fresh tomatoes and cucumbers on the side.

Friday

Salmon Patties, rice and peas sound perfect.

Saturday

We are going out of town to do our big trimonthly or so shop in the capitol city. Guess we will be meeting up with Kris and going out for a bite before we head home.

Sunday

Pork roast, roasted potatoes, roasted zucchini and roasted onions. A one pan meal hopefully.

Everyone have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Ramblings

Ahhh, the end of a wonderful weekend away. Now to catch up with my goal challenge for the month.


So how did I do?

1. Declutter the bookcase portion of the computer desk. Put all invoices and such in binders that have been decluttered full of recipes.  I still have a bit more to declutter on the desk itself but this goal has been completed as stated here.

2. One more month of decluttering recipes and then I am resting for awhile. I have completed this goal as well. Emptied two binders (and most of the third) and I am now using them in the completion of the first goal.

3. Sew the two cut out patterns from last month. Not completely done this one. I have one last pattern to sew of the two. Spent much more time in this lovely sunny weather working on my cross stitch project.

4. Cut out usable quilt blocks from scrap fabric. Done, but this is an ongoing goal. I seem to be able to cut up my scrap fabric all the time.

5. Make relish. Done, and I made enough for 2 years.

6. Make Bread and Butter Pickles. Done and pretty sure I have enough for 2 years here as well.

7. Go for zero waste if possible. Hmm, this one did not work out so well. We did have less waste, but not zero waste.

8. Package and freeze grated zucchini, I want at least twelve packages and I already have  4 done. There are 14 packages of grated zucchini in the freezer right now, plus lots more still coming in.

Over all not too bad. Stay tuned tomorrow for my new monthly goals and some pictures of our mini get away/reconnect weekend.

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thursday Tid Bits


Glad that we had many of these this month. Adding those no spend days to the fact that we have a gift card to the spa and that I managed to find deals for most of the attractions we want to see while on our mini vacation.... Well it isn't going to cost us much at all. Got to love an almost free vacation!!! This is what being frugal is all about.

The weather has gotten very warm once again (it is late summer so what else is new) and the past two days we have had to turn the air conditioning on. It still cools off nicely at night so at least with the windows open the house is cool in the mornings.

I have started to watch Downton Abbey on Netflix and am quite enjoying it. The costuming is wonderful and the story line seems to be one that will keep me engrossed.

Hope to have lots of pictures of our adventures to share with all of you when we get back.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lazy Day

Because we are going to Moose Jaw on Friday, today I decided to work in the garden and around the house.

Picked lots of tomatoes, worked on my cross stitch and spent the rest of the day reading.

Thought I would share a picture of the spa in Moose Jaw with all of you.

Here is the outside of the spa.


This is a picture of the pool as it goes outside.

The water is supposed to be nice and warm and I can hardly wait for our little get away.

We will be visiting The Tunnels of Moose Jaw as well. Hopefully I will have pictures to share with you of that adventure.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Day Of Thrifting and Other Such Things


I woke up to this.

A fog filled the valley on quiet cat's paws. I sat and drank my coffee and watched it slowly disappear. Just awesome!!! Watching the fog weave its way down the valley was something I don't get to see very often.

Then my day started.

I needed to go and get some papers photocopied at the church offices in the afternoon and found out that Pro Life was having their garage sale.

I decided to go a bit early so that I could visit the sale and look for craft supplies. I did find a few things.


A bag of fuzzy pink yarn. There is enough here to make a cowl or even some slippers and mitts for the winter ahead. Four full balls and two half balls.... Just perfect.

A full cross stitch kit with the fabric and threads. It also contained an extra package of cross stitch material and hoop.

I also found these two stamped embroidery fabrics.

It is hard to see the stamps on the fabric, but I am going to be busy this winter. One is little kittens and the other is flowers and vines. The kittens I can use as part of a quilt later on (I think Kris would enjoy one with these as the middle blocks), and the other is vines and flowers that could be used as a dresser scarf.. or.... I have an idea and if it works I will share once it is done.

All of these for $7.00. Not too bad since the yarn would have cost that much in the store, and the cross stitch kit even more.

Supper was something very new.


There is enough sauce left to use as a marinade for another meal, and it is residing in the freezer as I type. I used some chicken legs from the freezer that I bought on deep discount. A very frugal meal for Harvey and I.



Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.



Monday, August 25, 2014

Menu Monday


Chilly weather has arrived, along with lots of wind and rain. In fact it has been raining for a few days now and I am hoping that today things will turn around. I am not ready for a rainy, wet fall, especially when we still have lots left to harvest in the garden.

I have already changed menus around this week. First I forgot we were going on a bit of a get away, second it seems until the rain leaves we can't grill.

Monday

Leftover chili on pasta. Tomato and cuke slices on the side.

Tuesday

Chicken Legs, rice and some sunburst mini squash.....just got to figure out how to cook them.

Wednesday

Salmon Patties, leftover rice, and corn on the cob. Probably more tomato and cucumber slices.

Thursday

Hopefully this is sunny as I want to do grilled Ribs, grilled sunburst squash mixed with sliced zucchini and onions.

Friday

On our mini get away

Saturday

Still gone

Sunday

Beef Roast, roast potatoes, peas and sliced tomato and cucumber.

Everyone have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Ramblings

Today is the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time and we learned that all the times Peter practiced his faith in Christ and failed was leading up to one important example of him getting it right. Peter was the first to proclaim Christ as the Messiah!!!

Each week we are sent forth to practice our faith, to practice that Jesus is in fact the Messiah, sent forth in fact to put this in action. I often wonder how well I manage to do this.... Guess I just have to keep practicing until I can live out the question, "Who do you think I am?"


Another cloudy, rainy day here on the old homestead. We reached just over two inches of rain a few hours ago and it is still coming down. Supposedly we have another day of this and then things will turn around. Hopefully for the better as I am just not ready for fall to arrive. After all we have only had summer for a few short months.

So, as it was such a wet day again I spent the time puttering around the house.


I made myself a lovely mug of hot chocolate and headed into the sewing/craft room when done.

I made good headway sewing my sleeveless top and then came to a point (seam finishing) that the machine was not doing what I needed done. Strange as it had always done a great job before. I took the throat plates off and to my surprise found lots and lots of dust bunnies. Cleaned them all out with the little brush and put it all together again. Hmmm, still not working correctly. In fact working even worse than when I started the cleaning process.

I ended up taking the bobbin case out and cleaning that out. Oh, my!!! The area that the bobbin case in enclosed in was full of dust bunnies. Got those cleaned out, put everything together again and now my machine is humming along nicely. So much better than before.

Love, love, love my BabyLock Quilter's Pro machine. At least I do when it is running properly. I am just thankful that I could get it cleaned up and back to sewing a straight or zigzag line.

I also did a tiny bit of baking. I have been craving chocolate over the last few days.

So I filled the cookie jar with some Unbaked Chocolate Cookies. That should end the cravings, don't you think?

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.