Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Childhood Foods Revisited

While my husband and I were drinking our morning coffee, we were reminiscing about favorite elementary school meals.
We both agreed that neither of us had eaten a Sloppy Joe in forever.
I decided to see if I could pull together a slightly more adult version that would meet our dietary restrictions.

I used the bread machine to bake a loaf of gluten free bread.  
I like the results.
(I would love it if I could make a fluffier loaf, but at least this one tastes good and the texture is good.)

For the filling I browned a pound of ground turkey breast with just a little olive oil added to the pan.
Add in:
1/2 of a can (approximately 8 ounces) of tomato sauce
1 package of Red Fork Sloppy Joe Skillet Sauce (This is gluten free.)

Simmer for 10 minutes.

We had open faced sandwiches so we could simply eat them with a fork and knife.

Our verdict was we enjoyed them enough we will be having them again.

(I bought the tomato sauce and the skillet sauce mix at Aldi.  
The ground turkey is from Zaycon.
The bread mix is a Namaste brand and I order mine from Amazon.)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Last Week's Frugalities

Last week was a pretty good week for us as far as frugalities went.

I did not leave the house until Friday morning, so we saved on gas and it kept me from spending.
I ordered a few household items we needed.  I was able to get them on sale and then the store offered me an additional $5 off it I would take slower shipping.  I said of course!  Ironically everything arrived within a day of each other anyway.

We ate from our storage until Friday night.  My husband requested pizza and we used coupons to get the price lowered.  Two ended up costing us pretty much what one usually costs.

We tried the new gluten free pizza from Papa John's and I did by "cheese" my husband could eat for us to add to it.
That ran the cost up some

While out over the weekend, I picked up some more mushrooms from Dollar Tree, some flowers for a wreath, and some note cards.
I use the notecards for writing to my penpals.

We spent some time clearing some more things out of the garage.
While we were out there I found my jello molds, so they are now hanging in my kitchen.
I had begun to think they were lost in the move.

I found stocking stuffers for my son's Christmas gift.  I also found a board game for my grandson.

I had guests over, and I pulled together a corn chowder from food storage.
It was a hit.

Because I had to go to the "expensive" store to buy the vegan cheese, I checked their seasonal coffees.
We usually buy a bag or two each season as a treat.
Two bags will last us a while.
I cannot drink horribly strong coffee, so I make it 2/3 to 3/4 strength and I add milk to my cup.
The bonus is that stretches out how long a bag will last.

Of course, I did a few things that were not as frugal as I could have chosen.
I did not hang clothes to dry.
We had a week with an odd schedule for my husband and I needed a quick turn around.

We also opted to pick up a take out lunch.  I did use coupons, but I know I could have made something cheaper at home.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Frugal Fall Decor

This afternoon I took the time to pull together a wreath for our front door.
I spent $12 on supplies (plus tax) and bought everything at Dollar Tree except for wire cutters.
(I already had those on hand.)

I had originally only picked up the autumnal colors, but I felt like it needed a pop of something.
The purple was the perfect choice.  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Busy Fingers

I am rarely without a project, but this time I decided to pick something to make for myself.  I asked my husband what color yarn he thought would look good for a shawl for me, and he chose this pretty purple.  I've started a simple pattern called Shells and Lace Shawl that I found in an old crocheting magazine I had on my shelf.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Finished Shawl

I've finished the skull shawl for my best friend's birthday gift.
In fact, I think it will make it to her a little early, which is fine with me.

She loves to collect skulls and Steampunk type items so I am hoping she will love this.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Last Week's Frugalities

We were spared from the wrath of hurricane Irma, but prepping for her turned last week into a less frugal than planned kind of week. I spent right much on supplies, but I was careful to only buy things that could be rotated into our meals.  The only exception was a few disposable plates, bowls, and silverware.  If we had found ourselves having to treat water or use what was in storage I did not want to have to use it on washing dishes.  Technically even those items will be used for future things -- perhaps another hurricane, a spell of sickness, or even an impromptu gathering.  

 We also opted to run the dryer to speed up the laundry process just to be safe, which is not on my frugal list.

 However, I did do some frugal things:

 1.  We cooked from our food storages and I cooked enough in the evenings to cover lunch for the next day.

 2.  I bought 13 books at the 50 cents book sale at our local library.  One was the cookbook I referenced and the rest are pleasure reading.  I'll read these, pass them on to Mama, who will send them back to me, and then I'll redonate them to the library.  An amusing cycle, but a great way to support the library and to introduce myself to some new to me authors at a low cost.

 3.  I did our stock up supplies at Aldi, with the exception of some extra water I purchased at Sam's Club.

 4.  I ordered two cushions I needed online.  Target was advertising them on sale, but the local store didn't have them.  I ordered them online and managed to get a 10% additional discount on the sale price.

 5.  I continued to entertain myself with my research project and the shawl I am crocheting.

And my shawl is growing:

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Pasta, Grains, and Beans

Our local library had a 50 cents book sale, and I found this great book.
All the recipes have easily identifiable ingredients that can be altered to match most dietary restrictions.
I'll try to share recipes as I try them.

Childhood Foods Revisited

While my husband and I were drinking our morning coffee, we were reminiscing about favorite elementary school meals. We both agreed tha...