Monday, August 29, 2016

Menu Monday

We are home now and it is back to regular posts. I will fill you all in over the upcoming week with our holiday.


Ham, rice and yellow beans. Lots of ham leftover.


Eggplant made into Moussaka.


Scalloped potatoes and ham, sliced veggies and dip or slaw made from a kohlrabi.


Clean out the fridge (should be lots of Moussaka and scalloped potatoes and ham left).


Fish fillets, homemade fries and coleslaw made from the kohlrabi.


BBQ pork kabobs, creamed potatoes, and sliced fresh veggies and dip.


Roast Chicken, roasted potatoes, roasted carrots, and more kohlrabi slaw (got to use up those kohlrabi).

This will be a relatively frugal cooking week as I am using up garden produce and items from the freezer. I also plan on baking a cake to use as dessert on the weekend. Kris should be home and I want to make sure I feed him well before sending him back home. Hmmm, perhaps if I manage it I can even make a batch or two of cookies (he can take some home with him when he leaves).

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Holiday.....Pouring Rain

Hi everyone,

We  are safely at our destination. The day we  arrived and yesterday were just lovely. Sunny, warm, and perfect for hiking and walking.

Today, not so much. We woke up to a thunderstorm, and cloud for most of the day.

We did manage to get a short hike in, a drive to admire some of the huge cottages, and a bit of a walk through the business area. Now the storm clouds are rolling in once again.

I am hopeful that we will be able to get in a few short hikes and an evening out for supper.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Saturday Round Up

Well, I have spent most of today getting ready for our vacation. I need to ask why it is so important to us women to have our homes spotless before we leave?

As you can gather that is what I have been doing and between cleaning binges I have been packing. Sure hope we can fit everything in our vehicle. It's at times like this I really miss our larger Buick and all the packing room. Still I hope to get everything into the vehicle and be on our way by 11:30 tomorrow morning. Harvey thinks it will be about a 4 hour journey (I figure a bit longer) and we should arrive just at check in time.

I don't think there is WIFI available so I will have to fill you all in when we get home in a week.

I am so looking forward to the peace and quiet of a National Park, not cooking (Harvey is going to be BBQ master or we will eat out), lazy sleep in days, enjoying nature, and just being.

Everybody have a wonderful evening. I will see you all in a week or so.

God bless.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Frugal Friday

Frugalities this week..

1.  Using up all the leftovers in the fridge for suppers and lunches when available to use.

2.  Air conditioning off the last couple of days since the outside temperatures are dropping.

3.  Still using rain water to water all my flowers.

4.  Used up some quilting strips making up the top for the quilt the students started at the end of last year.

5.  Reading library books and watching television using my android box.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thursday Tid Bits

A cooler day today, which made working out in the yard and taking my morning walk a great experience.

Really not much happening today. I have been busy making packing lists, finishing up that quilt the students at school started (meant to get it done way before now, but life flooding and a basement to clean out and demolish), dried some thyme and did a whole bunch of reading.

Tomorrow it will be back to the grind, except for spending time in the sewing room getting one of the three tops I have cut out done and perhaps doing a bit more reading. Must remember not to read all my books or I will have nothing to take to the cabin.

Using up leftovers for meals and trying to stay out of stores has been my main goal this week and so far seems to be working out well. However tomorrow I need to get some cash for our trip, pick up some OTC meds, and just a few groceries (most of what we will be taking I already have in the cupboard, freezer, fridge or garden).

Getting really excited to have this break, only problem is I am not sure if the cabins have WIFI. I could really be out of touch for the week. Hmmm, wonder if I should make the vehicle a WIFI hotspot once again?????

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Mid Month Update

It's time for my mid month update. Now that the basement is cleared out and ready for repairs I actually got time to finish a few things (well 2) on my goal list.

1.  Sew skirt.  Done

2.  Sew tops.  Not done.

3.  Finish rug.  Done.

4.  Sandwich that darn quilt.  Not Done

5.  Have 16 no spend days.  Up to 11 no spend days,

6.  Harvest and process the garden.  Working on this a bit every day.

7.  Get new computer set up once I get it. Hopefully this week.  Got new computer, and have it mostly set up except for a few book marks and my Print Shop program.

So things are moving right along. I do hope to complete a few more goals before we leave on our week long trip to a cabin at one of our National Parks.

So now I will post a couple of pictures of finished projects.

First the rug. I put it under the table just to see what it looked like and now it is going to be pressed and returned.

Harvey says it is lovely to have something under his feet.

Now the simple knit skirt.

Just the way I like my skirts, ankle length and flowing.

Lastly a picture of the spaghetti sauce I made from the tomatoes I harvested today.

Lovely fresh sauce to be used this winter. Mixed with meat and put on spaghetti, it will sure hit the spot.... All that lovely tomato goodness in the middle of winter. This now makes 4 containers residing in the freezer if you add in the sauce I made with the frozen tomatoes. I hope to get a few more containers yet this harvest.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Thrifty Tuesday

Today was a get the fridge slightly cleaned out day. I want it nice and clean when we leave on Sunday so I have no surprises when we get home.

I finished off the last of the salmon patties ( made instead of a casserole on Friday) for my lunch. One bowl of leftovers gone.

Then instead of making the hotdogs that were on the menu I made stuffed peppers. That way I used up two of the large green peppers from the garden and the leftover stuffing mix. Another bowl of leftovers gone from the fridge. The hotdogs will be used when we are on our trip so will not go to waste.

I have some leftover ham steaks that will be made into another meal tomorrow and that will take care of all the leftovers in the fridge (unless I make more before we leave and if I do I think I may freeze those to be used when we get back).

I also spent some time mending. All those pesky buttons are now replaced and a few seams repaired in Harvey's favorite work shorts are now done. I even darned a couple of socks. Repairing clothing just makes sense in the long run.

Lights are turned off in rooms not in use and doors closed to keep the air conditioning just in the rooms we use.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.