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Category Archives: Our Life
January 19, 2011Posted by on
Wow, I came to my blog and realized how long it has been since I’ve posted. I was totally into blogging and getting my blog ‘just right’, that I took a hiatus from all the time I’d spent on it. 4 months is a bit too long, though!
I’ve just updated my 2010 Savings total – $1862.64! That was since March, and while it is no where near as high as some others, it was pretty amazing to me. How can I NOT coupon? If I am willing to put in the effort, it will truly benefit my family.
We are currently vacationing in Florida, and I cannot coupon like I did in back home. I feel the urge to go buy things at a great price, but have to be careful to not add too much weight to our trailer. So, I will stick with the needs, and see how that goes!
I have returned, once again, to Weight Watchers, and will try to focus my shopping on those items that will help me be successful – rather than all the low cost candy bars I’d been buying! If I buy them, I will try and maintain my willpower to give them to others!! Since we will be vacationing several months, this will be a great time for me to organize my shopping needs, so that I can hit it hard when I get home.
Looking forward to a great year…
September 9, 2010Posted by on
My buddy, Char, had me over this week to make some Pico de Gallo using fresh veggies from her garden. It was SO good and fresh – we had to have some with tortilla chips, just to verify it was good enough for anyone to eat!
|Fresh Celery and Peppers|
|Fresh Pico de Gallo!|
While I was there, she started her chicken dinner using some of her Pico de Gallo and it looked like it would taste good. So, never one to be imaginative *grin*, I made a very similar dinner the next night using MY Pico de Gallo! It was awesome.
I browned some chicken with Goya seasoning, threw the fresh veggies (with the juices) on it and let it simmer for a while. Then I just broke the chicken apart and put in some rice to let it cook in the juices…so good and easy. Add a little cheese on the top and refried beans on the side – and it made a quick, great tasting meal!
September 7, 2010Posted by on
Lately, our bananas seem to turn brown very quickly. I asked several other people and they have had the same issue. Hmmm, is there a banana epidemic, I wonder?!?
Well, we have been just throwing them out; but I saw this recipe at $5 Dollar Dinners, so I had to try it.
Since my hubby is diabetic, I modified the recipe by using Splenda Sugar Blend in place of sugar. The banana cake was delish! It was still a little sweet for him, so next time I am going to try only Splenda and see how it turns out.
So, when life gives you brown bananas, make Banana Cake!
September 2, 2010Posted by on
Ahhh, the aroma of the dinner wafts through the air! Tasting so much better because you have smelled it for over an hour (you know how that is)!
We’ve been married 21 years and I just started making this meal about 10 years ago. Every time we would go up ‘north’ to see my in-laws, my mother-in-law would come greet us and say “Guess what I am making?” With a inward groan, but a happy voice, I would say “Boiled Dinner?!?”
You see, I am not a ham eater, nor did I care for carrots too much, so this meal was absolutely not on MY list of favorites. But, after several years, it grew on me. And after several more years, I tried making it; wow, so easy! For the most part, this is a pretty frugal meal too, which is always a plus!
So, we enjoyed our boiled dinner this week, which turned out to be as good as mom’s!
December 21, 2008Posted by on
I had wanted a tall, thin tree to put white lights on. When Niki was pregnant with Julia she found this tree after Christmas for $11 – what a deal! She had to race to get the last one from a woman that was eying it; but, pregnant and all she got it – and I was thrilled!!
Here are some of the decorations:
I had such a blast shopping for these ornaments after I knew I was going to finally be able to decorate a tree in white lights. We have enough now, but I still love looking at burgundy and gold ornaments at the stores….
Our Mickey/Minnie tree skirt
Our IKEA lights – love these (copied the idea from Niki)