Friday, April 12, 2024

Rising Costs and Beating Them Back

 


I don't have a recipe to share with you today, so I thought I would share how I am trying to beat back the rising cost of living.


Really watching electrical and natural gas usage. Turning off a few lights is not a problem. We also turned down our heat by a degree over the winter. I am hoping to turn it down another degree or two next winter when we are all abed. I am also hanging more on the lines downstairs.

Water is another big expense so I have been trying to save on water usage the last week or so. Not sure how that is going but will continue for the month. Most of the Utilities bill is things we can not control though. 

As far as grocery shopping I am trying to stick to items on sale and that means if chicken is on sale that is what I purchase. Cooking larger amounts so as to be able to freeze something to use later. Warming something up takes way less time (time is important around here) and I can use my toaster oven to heat it up, thus using less power.

Of course using up what we have is a great way to beat back the rising costs of groceries. I look up substitutions if I don't have an ingredient and look for ways to cut back on meat. There are always substitutions that are actually less expensive.

There are always ways to save on clothing as well. You can go to a secondhand store, or make your own (which is what I do). If one manages to get good sales on fabric or purchase from garage sales the money saved can be amazing. Being able to repair my own clothing is also money saving. I'm working on making cards as well. Saving lots that way cards are really expensive. I purchase Christmas cards on sale after the holiday

Couponing here in my city can be difficult, so I watch for sale items and stock up on what I can. Many a time I purchase enough of one item to last a year or longer. While I do live in a small city, things are much more expensive than if I lived in Regina or Saskatoon, where there is much more competition.

Blogger is doing strange things so I will sign off. Things are being inserted and I am having a problem posting. Tomorrow I will share the next chapter in my Simpler Living book with you all.


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

Good bless.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Thrifty and Frugal Thursdays

  Thrifty and Frugal  

My goodness the weeks keep right on rolling. It always surprises me just how quickly the days pass by. 

We have had some lovely weather lately, along with a bit of rain, the sun has shone most days (not the day of the eclipse though), which has kept the house from needing the furnace most days. 

I have been using up the bits of leftovers well that are in the fridge or freezer and I am loving how that saves us some cash. 

Harvey figures he has fixed the snowblower. The rod that moved the chute broke during it's last use and he had to use his hands to change the direction. Hopefully this works, as one can't get that part any longer and to get a welder to make one would be slightly costly.

I have been decluttering, and finding lots of unfinished projects as well. Should have enough of those to keep me busy for a very long time. 

I was going to purchase some white quilting thread today, but when I went through my box, I found some dark green. Since every embroidered block has some green in it this works perfectly and saved me a little bit.

Groceries were expensive, but I did save almost $60.00 according to my receipt. I didn't get much in the way of meat, just bacon and stuffed chicken. Hoping for better sales in two weeks. 

I decided to wait to do my ironing this week as it didn't make sense to pull out the necessary tools just to iron one shirt. I did sew a couple of missing buttons on a few items though. 

Still saving the water as it comes out of the tap until it heats up. I now not only use it to water plants, but fill the Brita and fill my kettle as well. Sometimes a mug of tea in the late afternoon really hits the spot. Some days it is a cup of instant coffee or iced tea (just need to put some ice cubes in for the tea).

I have been going for my walk every day and really enjoying being out in the fresh air. 

Entertainment has been reading free books on my Kobo, and watching free movies on Pluto TV, or CBC Gem. 


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Midweek

 


We have had a couple of slight rains over the past few nights, but could use much more. Everything would be washed clean with a good rain. 

My specialist appointment has been canceled for 2 weeks. Not a bad thing as the extended forecast is calling for snow the two days we would be gone. Might be slushy snow, but I would rather not travel in that type of weather. It also gives the plants Kris started for us another week of growing time.


I have been working on decluttering and organizing a few areas of the house. I pick one small area a day and get that cleared up. This week it has been clearing things I haven't worn for awhile in my wardrobe, moving empty canning jars to an area of the basement, using up small jars from the fridge, and today was cleaning and tidying under the bathroom sink. Tomorrow I will clear/declutter the hall coat closet after shopping.


Speaking of shopping tomorrow.... I noticed there is much less in the meat department on sale. Right now all I see on sale are stuffed chicken breasts, and thick sliced bacon that we would use. Forget the Tomahawk steaks, at a supposed sale price of $29.99 a pound way out of our reach. So this week my meat stock up will be bacon and stuffed chicken breasts. Certainly will be getting some very strange looks once again. I was hoping for pork ribs and pork chops (whole chickens would have been nice as well) but will work around what I can get. Still have to take a close look at the Walmart flyer and see if there is anything there. 


I have been working on some of my projects as well. Knitting takes place when other projects are completed or in the evening. Today I cut out a dress, and yesterday I sewed the tunic top I had cut out last month. At some time tomorrow I will start hand quilting that baby quilt.  


Soup is simmering on the stove and perfuming the house. Love the smell of soup of any kind. Not sure about Harvey, but he never complains as long as his belly is full. 


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Tuesday Tidbits And Stuff

 


I am sorry that I did not visit everyone yesterday, but I got some shocking and sad news. In less than a month I have lost 2 cousins, one I really did not know well as Ric was younger than me, but the one last night was about 7 years older and I knew very well. 

It has taken me a bit to come to terms with the fact that my generation is aging and eventually most of my older cousins will no longer be with me. 

While Gloria and I were not what could be considered close, I was great friends with her younger sister, my cousin Terry. I guess I should be thankful that my Aunt let me know via Messenger and was actually the only cousin (other than her family) that was told quite soon after. I believe it was because the three families spent many a Christmas, Thanksgiving, and weekends together while I was growing up. 

Gloria and a friend lived with us for a bit while waiting for their apartment to be ready to move into. They also came quite often to do Mom's hair, for some unknown reason and always stayed for a meal. One time I during a school break, I really wanted to go and visit Terry, and since Gloria (and friend) were going back to Port Colbourne on the train, they invited me along. Took some convincing of Dad, but he finally let me go and said they would be down the next weekend to visit Uncle Arnold and Aunt Sigrid so would pick me up. So much fun watching my gorgeous cousin and her equally gorgeous friend putting those guys that were trying to pick them up in their place. 

The last time I saw Gloria in person was about 15 years ago. She was still the feisty, gorgeous woman I remembered. 

Ric was one of my Uncle Albert's younger children and so I did not have much to do with him. However, we became better acquainted through Facebook and our last family reunion. He was always joking, and had a smile on his face. 

In both cases I did not realize they were ill, or perhaps in Ric's case he had a heart attack (not sure but he was a very large man). 

In Ric's case both Uncle Albert and Aunt Irene passed away before him, but in Gloria's case Aunt Siggy is still alive at the age of 96 (just like an aunt on my Mom's side of the family). 


Everybody have a wonderful evening. Give those you love a hug.

God bless.


 

Monday, April 8, 2024

Menu Plan Monday

 


Thought I would try something out and get a few posts started and ready to post later. 

I do a monthly menu and try to use things up in my fridge and two freezers. 

Here is my menu for the upcoming week.


Monday

I will be making a really bid meatloaf recipe. Tonight it will be served with either warmed up potatoes from Sunday, or I will pull out the instant potatoes and use up one of those packages. Our veggie will be peas. The extra meatloaf will be frozen and used later this month.


Tuesday

Leftover chicken made into a casserole. I still have some cabbage that needs using up so will make some more coleslaw.


Wednesday

Soup and sandwiches. I have pulled a container of Pea Soup from the chest freezer. Sandwiches might just be that last tin of flakes of ham made into ham salad.


Thursday

Leftovers from Tuesday.


Friday

The pancakes I did not make last week.


Saturday

Smoked sausages, salad, and pasta.


Sunday

Roast pork, roasted potatoes, and roasted carrots. Hopefully I will make a salad to go with this meal.


Everybody have a wonderful afternoon.

God bless.

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Sunday Ramblings


 While it is still slightly windy today, it isn't near as windy as our previous two days. Our temperature is in the mid teens as well so it looks as if spring just might have arrived. 

Went to Mass today and instead of the usual sermon, we prayed the Divine Mercy Caplet. So while the service was a tiny bit shorter, my back still acted up a little bit. Darn those hard pews!!!

My oven has decided to act up this late afternoon, so out came the toaster oven to roast my chicken. Could take a tiny bit longer to cook and it will be fun pulling the ceramic roaster out to put the potatoes and carrots in. Still I am very happy that I do have another method to get the cooking done. This is the worst range we have ever owned for problems. I think we might have purchased a dud.

I got one of my goals for the month completed today. All old paper work is now shredded and ready for recycling. The desk looks so much better. I may try and get a couple of seams done on the top after I finish this post. We shall see how my back feels from sitting. 

I have decided that after the top is sewn, I will cut out my next dress, and once that is completed start hand quilting the baby quilt (which will take awhile). Evenings will be for knitting.

I am already trying to figure out next month's projects and goals. One will be getting the yard cleaned up (really things are still too wet right now) and getting my garden in and my pots filled and planted. That takes some time. Pretty sure next month will be when we wash the deck, chairs, and get the furniture set up for summer enjoyment. Might not have much time for handwork, but we shall see.

I think spring cleaning will start next week (on my extra cleaning list), only one room at a time. I will start with the smallest room and work my way through the house. 

Off I go to check out what all you have been up to on this fine Sunday.


Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Saturday Roundup

 


I have completed a couple of goals this week. I finished sewing my shorts (picture to come on the 15th), moved my wardrobe around, decluttered some, copied out the recipes we really liked, found some recipes in my folder to try this month, and made my appointment with my prayer partner. 

Tomorrow after Mass I will probably shred paperwork, and start on the matching top to the shorts. 

Of course the evenings will be spent knitting. Now I am working on the front of my knitted tank. 

I finished the chapter in my Simpler Living book. This chapter was more focused on what a person who works can do to simplify their lives. 

There was one section that could call to all of us though. That was to do with shopping. The author said one should always ask these questions.

1. Do I really need this object?

2. Will this make a difference in my life?

3. Will it pay for itself shortly?

4. What are my options?

The other suggestion that made a great deal of sense to me was to recruit some allies to help you with your quest.

The next chapter is entitled "Cooking Up Solutions, If You Can't Stand The Clutter Simplify Your Kitchen." Now that should be an interesting chapter.


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, April 5, 2024

Recipe Friday

 


I don't remember if I ever posted this recipe before, but as it is one of our favourites, and was passed down to me by Harvey's Mom, I am sharing it once again.


Rhubarb Sponge Pie

1 unbaked pie crust

3 tbsp softened butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs, separated

2 tbsp (heaping) flour

1/8 tsp salt

2 c chopped rhubarb (I usually use frozen and drain some of the liquid off)


Stir softened butter with sugar, egg yolks, flour and salt. Beat egg whites until stiff. Add rhubarb to first mixture and then fold in egg whites. Fill the pie shell and bake at 400 F about 50 min. or until top browns. Enjoy warm with ice cream or cold.


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Thrifty and Frugal Thursdays

 Thrifty and Frugal  


It seems like most weeks are passing by in a blur. Time is speeding by, and there are times I would really like to slow the passage down.

I have been doing the regular frugal and thrifty things over the week, and now that the sun is shining more, our furnace is cutting in less and less. Means more money in our pockets and less being spent on heating the house.

I hang what I can on the lines downstairs and am really looking forward to using the clothesline. 

I repaired a couple of pillowcases, and did a bit of decluttering of my closet and drawers. Those items will be donated and someone else can get good use out of them. This was done when I completed one of my goals/projects for this month. 

Using up bits and bobs still in the fridge, pantry and fridge freezer. Leftovers are being eaten for our lunches or if there is enough leftover for another supper. 

I baked a loaf of bread.

Shopped at home first for anything I needed and substituted where needed. 

Combined errands in order to save fuel and cash.

Harvey bought a couple of more wine kits which while not exactly frugal at first will be so once the wine is made. He also got 2 beer kits from Kris for Christmas and plans on getting those made once the wine is completed.


My frugal addition this month is to be very careful with the water usage. I am saving water when I wash dishes before it warms up to water my plants. I am also trying to save water when washing dishes. I have always only used the dishwasher every second day when it is just Harvey and I, but now am making sure it is really full before starting it. I also fill my kettle while waiting for the water to heat up. 

I am also collecting a few items to list for sale on our Facebook garage sale sites.

Off to get supper on the table. 


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.



 

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Midweek


 

Once again it has been a quiet day here on the old homestead. Perfect day as far as I am concerned.

We took all our tax information to the accountants today just before noon. I got a phone call a bit ago and surprisingly they have started on it already. Could actually be done by the end of this week. We are hoping for a good result where neither of us owes anything. Doubtful, but we can hope.

Last night I started to do some work in the bathroom. A wicker shelving unit has now been removed, and boy does the bathroom look totally different. I even managed to clear space in the cupboard we have in there for towels, toilet paper, and extra personal care items. Tomorrow, I hope to get the cupboard under the sink cleared out, and perhaps the drawers as well. We shall see.

I copied more recipes that we enjoy onto index cards and got the 14 done. They are now in the photo album I am using to keep them. I will eventually have to go through and perhaps make an index page. Sounds like a task for next winter. 

I have gotten a bit more knitting done, and hopefully (keeping my fingers crossed), I will be finished the back of my knitted tank by tomorrow.

Brought up a tote from the basement to store my projects for this month in (a few items that will be worked on if I finish them). That tidied the corner beside my chair a little bit. I do have to get the material out for the sundress/tank dress that I want to cut out... Need to find the pattern as well.

Goals for my projects tomorrow are change wardrobes around. Perhaps sew the shorts (easy sew as they are elastic waist and only a few seams). 

Extra cleaning will be the washing of the window sills, and washing the walls in the bathroom and washing the shower curtains as well. May even get the floors a good washing as well.

My back is good and with a bit of a rest between tasks should be able to complete all I want to get done. Will let you all know how things go in a couple of days.


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Tuesday Tidbits


 

We have had a very lovely day. So hope that this weather continues as it could mean setting up our outdoor furniture can take place very, very soon. It could also mean that we can do some spring clean up in the yard. It definitely needs it, lots of small sticks down from our windy weather. 

I promised you some pictures of what I managed to get done project wise. Of course I also need to catch you all up on my projects/goals for this month as well.


One of the two lapghans I made. The other is a light blue.


Two Rhubarb sponge pies to have over the Easter holiday.


The start of the first tank top. I am up to the arm holes now on the back.


The shorts and matching top I had cut out.


The sandwiched baby quilt.


Even though I did not get much done on the cross stitch, I thought I should have a picture for comparison over the next months.

I didn't get pictures of the recipe cards but I did get 14 more of the recipes we love done. 



1.  Copy 14 tried and true recipes and get them in the album.

2.  Work on cross stitch.

3.  Sew shorts.

4.  Sew top.

5.  Cut out a summer tank dress.

6.  Quilt the baby quilt.

7.  Start knit tank top.

8.  Shred papers.

9.  Make an appointment with my prayer partner.

10. Go to the accountant.

11. Transfer fall/winter and spring/summer wardrobes.

As you can see some are very simple and will only take a short time. Others of course will take a bit longer. Keeping my fingers crossed that I can get through them all again this month.

I should probably add clean up the yard and set up the outdoor furniture. Yet I am worried that we could in fact get more snow and that could cause problems with the furniture.


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.



Monday, April 1, 2024

Menu Monday

 


While it is warming up, the wind is very strong and making it feel much colder. Sun is shining though and heating the front of the house nicely. So even though it is cooler outside, our big front windows are doing their job and allowing the sun to do its job as well.

So what will be eating this week. 

Monday

Leftover pulled pork, fries and the leftover salad.


Tuesday

I will be using a can or two of salmon and making salmon cakes. Serving these with rice and mixed veggies.


Wednesday

Pulling out the bag of frozen leftover roast beef. Heating that up and serving with mashed potatoes, coleslaw, and peas.


Thursday

Oven roasted chicken breasts, a package of noodle mix, and corn.


Friday

Breakfast for supper. I will make pancakes and serve them with maple syrup or jam (trying to get the bits and bobs of jam used up that are in the fridge).


Saturday

Hotdogs, baked beans and I will probably make some more coleslaw.


Sunday

Roast chicken, rice, green beans and any leftover coleslaw.


The extra chicken will be bagged up and frozen. 

Lunches will be sandwiches or perhaps other items leftover from meals. 

Breakfasts will be toast, yogurt, or muffins. There is also lots of fruit that needs to be eaten or made into something baked (may try some pear muffins this time around).


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Happy Easter

 


It has been a quiet day here today. Kris left for home this morning and because of this we had our Easter meal last night. Wish Kris could have stayed one more day, but he had lots of laundry to get done, and he had some other plans that needed done before he works again on Tuesday. Of course I sent Kris home with a care package. He took home one of the packages of summer sausage lunch meat, an Eggplant Parma, a container of Potato Soup, some leftover frozen ham, 6 homemade buns, a jar each of mint jelly and tomato jam. Wish it could have been more, but we will be going up again next month so who knows what I will be able to share with him. 

I did up our spending for the month and while some lines were over, many were under. So that enabled us to be under total budget for the month. I really hope to be even further under the month of April, and keeping my fingers crossed that I can get a better handle on groceries and the cost of replacing items in this house. Seems our front door knob is worn out, which is not a great thing really as replacements are quite expensive. 

As it is the end of the month I guess it is time to fill all in on what projects I have managed to complete or am still working on.


1.  Cross stitch. Working on this and will continue next month. I hope to have a picture soon to show all you how much this has progressed. Right now not a great deal as so many daysD this month were cloudy.

2.  Sandwich the quilt. Done

3.  Knit first lapghan. Done

4.  Start second lapghan. Actually completely finished this month as well.

5.  Organize and make pantry book. Done

6.  Do up freezer inventories. Upright freezer completed, but not the chest freezer as of yet. I decided I needed to clear some items out before making the inventory.

7.  Copy up to 14 recipes on cards that we enjoy. Done

8.  Cut out shorts. Done

9.  Cut out top. Done

10.  Organize freezers. The upright is done, but not the chest freezer. 

So not too bad, but I could have gotten a bit more done if only I was more on the ball at using items of veggies, fruits and baking that are stored in the chest freezer. 

I have next month's goals ready to go and will share them with you all in another post. I also need to take a few more photo's of the finished projects. I will share with you all on Tuesday.


Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.


Friday, March 29, 2024

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Thrifty and Frugal Thursday

 Thrifty and Frugal  


Another week has gone by since my last Thursday post, which I actually did on Friday. Guess I got my days confused.


Today has clouded up and is really quite cool with the wind. I guess the snow that has been predicted is on it's way. I just hope we don't get too bad a storm that it prevents Kris from getting home or Kurt and his students from getting to their plan from Calgary on time (supposed to be very icy there). I am keeping my phone close so that any messages that come through can be read quickly. I had to move the bird feeder from its mounting as the wind had started to blow it off.

We have had Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers at the suet out front for most of the winter. Harvey decided to make a bird house for them (well one set at any rate). Thrifty man is using up bits of wood from his workshop downstairs. He plans on hanging it out near the suet. He also plans on taking down one of the nests out there and cleaning it out. Having our feathered friends visit is a very simple pleasure. I will be getting ready for the return of the Hummers and other such birds as well.

Thrifty and frugal habits are helping keep bills down once again. Lights are off in rooms not in use, and since winter seems to be sticking around I have still been putting out the draft dodgers to keep the cold air from coming inside.

Shopping my fridge and freezers as well as the pantry to use items up. My grocery shopping has been held to just a few meat items that are on sale each time I go. Now that the upright meat freezer is organized and inventoried it will be so much easier to use things up.

I have been shopping my yarn stash and found enough yarn of the right type to knit two tank tops for the summer. I did purchase some cotton yarn to make another, but I am sure I can find enough of the type I need to make 4. I am very short on the tank top summer type shirts this year. 

Still hanging clothing on the lines downstairs, I can hardly wait until I can hang things outside, thus getting all the washing dry at the same time. 

I have started to figure out what it costs per our dinner meals. I would like to get it down to about $3 or $4 per meal and our daily meal costs down to less than $10 each day. 

I am making more of our sweets and desserts as well as bread products. I am going to try and make new and interesting types of bread. 

I mended a couple of seams and replaced some elastic in a pair of Harvey's pajamas. 

Worked on various projects around the house and have tried to figure out ways to get my life simpler. I am still thinking about the loom versus the heat press but am leaning more and more towards a loom.

The one unfrugal thing I did this week was purchase a duvet and duvet cover. Harvey wanted something like we had when in a hotel, so I got that for him. He says it makes doing the bed in the morning so easy. Now Harvey likes it, me, well I am not so sure.


I was asked the name and author of the book on Simpler Living I am reading once again. It is entitled Simpler Living and is written by Jeff Davidson. 


Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.



Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Midweek A Journey to a Simpler Life

 


First off some slightly bad news. Harvey was at the optometrist today to have his field of vision checked again (this happens twice a year) and it was discovered his glaucoma is getting worse in one eye. Not bad enough for an operation, but bad enough that the eye doctor is going to write a letter to his GP to ask him to change one of the blood pressure pills. One Harvey is on is known to cause glaucoma or make it worse. So now he has two separate eye drops to use every day and needs to go back in a month.


I finished another chapter in my Simpler Living book and will share a few things with you all.

1. Get those piles organized. Collect everything on your desk or table that needs your attention. Sort into four piles using the terms urgent, important, interesting and recycle. Rank those important items by putting the most important on top. Work on that item first.

2. Try and reduce the size and volume of your paperwork. If only one page of a report is actually needed, just keep that one.

3. Use holding bins which can even be a shoebox to stem the accumulation on your desk.

4. Separate belongings according to season. 

5. Store frequently used items in multiple locations in your house. I have glass cleaner beside the computer, and in my bedroom as well as the bathroom, along with the cloth to clean my glasses.

6. Try and keep some space in your file drawers, desk drawers, drawers, closets and shelves (this includes the pantry.... I have trouble with this one).

7. Do not allow items to enter your home that are frivolous or will complicate your life. I throw junk mail into the recycle basket immediately.

The second chapter was entitled "Create Clearings in Your Life."


The third chapter is entitled "Anticipating Complexity". We do live in a very complex world.


My back has been pretty good today. I have been doing gentle stretches, and have cut back on my D3. I was taking 1450 IU a day and now I am only taking 450 every second day. I am hoping the lower dose works for me. I also have osteoporosis which could be part of the problem so I am walking more, even if it is just around the house.


Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Tuesday Tidbits


 

I was asked if I had a diagnosis on my back pain as of yet, and the answer is no. My doctor figures it is arthritis as it seems to be worse when there is a weather change. He has me undergoing a few tests over the next while. Today, with the sunshine and no snow or rain, I have very little pain. I am also learning that I just might have to slow down a tad and rest between tasks and move a bit more. 

While cooler today, the sun was shining and I managed to fill in a bit more of my cross stitch. Picture when I get a bit more done. While I won't get even close to being done by the end of the month good progress is being made on it.

I finished knitting the second lapghan and did cast on for one of my knitted tank tops. I even got the upright freezer inventoried and organized. This was a good day. 

Changed the menu for this week as I did not have enough chicken to make what I had planned. Instead I pulled some cabbage rolls out and warmed them up. There is enough for another meal, which we will have on Thursday. Tomorrow will be a ham casserole, the extra will be frozen for a meal later on. 

It has been a very quiet day. Hopefully more to share with you all tomorrow.


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, March 25, 2024

Menu Monday

 


My back is still giving me a bit of grief. I just have to move a bit more often, which makes getting things done a bit difficult.

I actually changed the menu already (well moved things around a bit). 


Monday

Instead of the chicken legs and backs (we had those on Sunday), we will be having the Ham Pasties. Served with the last of the salad.


Tuesday

Pulling out a bag of frozen leftover chicken and making Chicken a la King. That will be served over toast along with peas.


Wednesday

The last bag of leftover ham will be made into a Scalloped potato and Ham casserole. Serving this will sliced raw cucumber and dip.


Thursday

Finishing what is left of the casserole from yesterday, and served with green beans.


Friday

Eggplant Parma.


Saturday 

Potato Soup and grilled cheese sandwiches (unless Kris plans on heading home tomorrow then I will make the Sunday meal today).


Sunday

Roast ham, mashed potatoes, tossed salad, mixed veggies and some kind of dessert (probably a pie of some sort). I have pickles that need using up as well so will get those cleared out of the fridge. If I have made this on Saturday, because Kris wants to leave today, Harvey and I will have Saturday's meal.


Off to get supper on the table. I will do my best to visit all of you at some point tonight.


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Sunday Ramblings

 


We managed to get to Palm Sunday Mass, but man my back was causing me grief. Ended up leaving right after Communion which is something I really dislike doing. By this time however it was starting to hurt to even walk. 


Got home, had some toast as I wasn't hungry really and rested my back for a bit. I can only sit or stand for a certain length of time and so in between I walk or move a bit. This is not fun in the least. 

Needless to say, I need to figure out some way to work with the pain and not against it. I will be trying a heating pad tonight to see if that works to reduce the pain. 

I did get some knitting done when I could sit, and when I needed to move I dusted the entire living room. I also managed to get some of my lists of tasks done for this up coming month, the to do lists for next week as well, and started to work on the shopping list.

We are heading into the most important part of the Catholic calendar and I am wondering how much I can take part in this year. Keeping my fingers crossed for at least Holy Thursday, and Good Friday. I know I won't be able to take part in Easter Vigil, but perhaps Easter Sunday. We will just have to play it by ear I guess.

The only thing I enjoy about getting older and having to slow down is that it makes me appreciate simple and frugal living. 


Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Saturday Roundup

 


Nothing really completed as far as projects go this week. Hopefully during the next week much more will be able to be posted about. I do plan on working on my new goals/projects for next month at some point tonight as well as my extra cleaning list with the added spring cleaning items. 

So what will my post be tonight??? I was asked a week or so ago to post my Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe and so that is what I will do.

Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 cup smooth peanut butter
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 to 2 cups chocolate chips (I used the Reese's Pieces I saved from the Halloween candy left over)


Cream butter and both sugars together. Beat in eggs one at a time. Mix in peanut butter. Stir in flour, soda and salt. Add the chocolate chips or in my case (and Hubby says the Reese's Pieces were an awesome change). Make dough into small balls. F Place on ungreased baking sheets allowing room for expansion. Press balls with a fork. Dip fork into flour to prevent batter sticking (I did not have to do this). Bake at 375F (190C) for 12-15 minutes. This makes just over 6 dozen for the size of ball I roll.

Enjoy!

Everybody have a wonderful evening.
God bless. 


Friday, March 22, 2024

Thrifty and Frugal Thursdays

 Thrifty and Frugal  


We are home now from out trip for my appointment and our visit with Kris. So nice to be able to sleep in our own bed. Got back early enough to do some needed work around the house and get everything put away or in the hamper to be washed. 

While the last couple of days have not really been overly frugal, everything I did purchase was on sale, and I did save lots of cash. 

On the way home we stopped at the Warehouse store in the city just an hour away from us. Mostly just to pick up my tinfoil containers and lids, (my goodness the price has really gone up on those) and decided to take a walk around the store. Years ago we used to purchase large rolls of summer sausage, chicken breasts, turkey breasts and roasted beef (sometime bologna). We would bring them home and cut them up and package them into sandwich meat sized freezer bags. It has been a very long time since we have done so, but picked up a large 5 pound summer sausage roll to see how it could save us some money. The roll cost $19.00 but we got 12 packages of 12 slices each, and a small package of 5 which is in the fridge. 

Now to purchase the same 12 slice packages in the store would cost well over $7.00, and that is on sale. So the 12 packages would have cost us $84.00. The roll cost $19.00 so I saved close to $70.00 when you take into account the package of 5 in the fridge. 

Harvey has now decided it might possibly be worth our while to make a trip there every couple of months to pick up a few things for this purpose and perhaps get some other meats as well.

Before we left I did the usual frugal/thrifty things like hanging clothing on the lines downstairs, opening the drapes on sunny days so the sun would heat the house during the day, using small appliances whenever possible to cook our meals, shopping sales, taking walks on those nice days for free exercise, reading free or inexpensive books that I had downloaded onto my ereader (used gift cards to pay for those that had a cost) and turning off lights in the evenings.

I also saved some twist ties, and washed out some plastic bags to reuse.

We took two meals up to Kris's, after all he is saving us about $250.00 in hotel bills when I need to go and see my specialist. Having to supply some of the meals is no problem and saves him some money as well. I should say that he does supply the electricity to reheat or cook the meals. 


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Tuesday Tidbits


 Our trip to the city went very well. Sky was clear and even though we fought the wind part of the way, our gas milage wasn't  too bad.

We went to Fabricland and Harvey pulled the cart for me, with a great deal of eye rolling. Which of course cut my shopping pleasure a bit.

Now we are relaxing, Harvey is watching curling, and Kris is playing with his phone.

Off to start our supper, since I supplied it.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.



Monday, March 18, 2024

Menu Monday

 


A new week has arrived, bring with it surprise weather and me keeping my fingers crossed that Kris will be able to make it home for Easter and then back to his own home. The snow is supposed to start Wednesday night here and continue all the way up to Easter with a day's break from it. At least the amount of snow we are supposed to get is dropping each day. 


Monday

Leftover Lazy Perogy Casserole. 


Tuesday

I am taking a container of Chili up to Kris's. He is going to supply the bread for toast. Probably taking some veggies with us as well so they do not spoil. We can have them with whatever he wants to make on the next day.


Wednesday

Kris will surprise us, or perhas we can go out for supper. We shall see how we feel.


Thursday

Home and I have pulled some Cabbage Bread to warm up for supper this night.


Friday

Fish fillets, rice and a salad.


Saturday

Pulling out a package of frozen pork and warming it up. Probably have the leftover rice and salad with it.


Sunday

I am going to pull the last remaining Ham Pasties out of the fridge freezer and make some peas to go with this meal.


Slowly making headway on the using up the bits and bobs, as well as meals from the fridge freezer. The next week before Easter I will be trying to use up even more from this area of my house. It will also be a clean out some areas of the fridge and the crispers as well. 

Still doing research and finding out loads of interesting stuff on supplements. I may have fallen down a rabbit hole on this research.


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Midmonth Goal Roundup

 


Time to update everyone on what I have accomplished so far this month.


1. Counted cross stitch angel. Plan on getting as much done as possible. Working on this.

2.  Sandwich the baby quilt.  Done

3.  Finish the first lapghan.  Done

4.  Start the next lapghan.  Started and almost halfway completed

5.  Make pantry book.  Done

6.  Make freezer books (I want to get two books done, one for the meat freezer and one for the chest freezer).

7.  Copy at least 14 recipes of the ones we have tried onto index cards. Add them to the recipe album.  Done

8.  Cut out a top.  Done

9.  Cut out a pair of shorts.  Done

I hope to get the one freezer book started tomorrow, perhaps even finished. The chest freezer may take just a bit longer to create. This is the only inventory I am leary of trying to do. So much in there. I am beginning to think I should use some items up before even attempting the inventory.


Off to check in with all of you, and do some more research on the Vitamin D problem. I think when I said "flush it out" I should have used a different term. Everything I have been reading says to cut back on calcium enriched foods or supplements, and drink lots of fluids. Mainly because an excess of Vitamin D can cause calcification in the blood and various organs. That can be flushed out. However since I have osteoporosis I am loath to cut all calcium. I need to read more on Vitamin K because some of my research states this is another method of controlling the amount of Vitamin D in one's body. 


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.