Friday, January 20, 2017

Thrifty/Frugal At The Grocery Store.

This week I worked at being more thrifty and frugal in the kitchen. 
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For me being Frugal and Thrifty begins with making a plan before I shop.  I make a weekly menu.  I share my post on Monday and join Sandra at Family Corner for Happy Homemaker Monday.  
I plan my menu based on what we already have on hand.  And what I find on sale.  
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I rarely purchase anything that isn't on sale.  And we eat well!
 If what I need isn't on sale I rethink my 'game plan'.
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                                        Aren't I cute. HeHe.  I can dream can't I?

All of our meat is bought on sale or marked down.  Last week the Cowboy found pork loins on deep discount.  He bought one and cut it up and put it in the freezer.  
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We are extremely lucky in that we live in an area that has every grocery store you could want.  Or in my case 'not want.  Here's the list of stores available to me.
Aldi I don't shop there. 
Sprouts most of my produce comes from Sprouts but only on sale.
Kroger my main 'haunt' 
Tom Thumb I/we shop the ads.  
Central Market I/we rarely shop at CM a little pricey but I will go there for special items.  The do have fantastic produce as well.
Albertson's  I/we purchase a lot of meat.  They have super sales. Other sale items are purchased.  But I have found Kroger is much cheaper and I like Krogers store brand items. 
Winco I/we like Winco for some items.  I love the bulk area.  Rice and Beans are super cheap!  The one in our area is super clean.  There are other locations we went to before the one was built by us that weren't as clean as I prefer. We didn't go back.
I like to go to Winco at Christmas time for special candys.   
The best day I have found to shop is a week day.  I like Wednesday.  It's a little like Walmart.  Very busy on the weekend.
Walmart I hardly ever go to Walmart.  I will go in for craft items or garden.  I never buy food.  Just don't like it.  
Traget We do not shop in Target.
Dollar Tree we have found some food items are great. The have a powder soup mix similar to Lipton Chicken.  Much cheaper 3 packs for $1.00. Lipton only has 2 and always over a $1.00.

It is convenient when you have so many options!  The Cowboy passes all of our favorites on his way to work so it's easy to stop in and check the marked downs!  We save alot.  
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We also have a freezer we will buy another one in the spring.  A freezer is great to have to fill up with bargains.  There are weeks that we don't even go to the store!  
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I don't freeze milk.  We rarely even buy milk.  Sometimes I get a hankerin' for cereal so I'll buy a gallon if it's on sale.  I did buy one last week.  Our grandson likes to have a bowl of cereal for a snack with me.  One of those things that just makes the day like a holiday.  

For cooking or baking I use powdered milk.  I can usually find it on sale and so I stock up.  Also my mother gets meals on wheels and she won't use the powdered milk so she gives it to me.  I can mix 8 oz for use in a recipe.   
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So that's a few ways that I am thrifty and frugal at the grocery store.  

I enjoy being Thrifty and Frugal.   
Do you?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

What's For Dinner?

Don't you love those days when you make plans and they go awry?

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Mom's can you relate!  I never thought of monkey brains. 

But did you know where Brussel Sprouts come from? 
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And did you know that those really aren't  pearl onions in the peas.
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Can you guess it?  Why baseball's of course! 

So I guess your wondering why I started this post with when plans go awry.  I might be cooking the monkey brains for dinner after all.
Because the Cowboy cooked what I had planned for his lunch.  

Makes me wish I had a printer so I could make a really cool menu like this.  
But alas I'll have to resort to just writing it down and putting on the fridge.   I guess in all fairness I shouldn't be annoyed because I didn't stick to the menu this week anyway.  But the good news is the Spaghetti I planned for Wednesday we'll just cook tonight. 

All's well and no monkey brains!  Yea!
So do you plan a menu?
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Thankful Thursday

Hello.  I hope your week is going as great as mine has been. 
Today I am linking with Michelle at It's A Small Town Life
and sharing a Thankful post. 
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If your a regular reader of my blog you know I read and review alot of books.  
I do love books.  
The library used to be a weekly haunt of mine. But then we moved to a smaller town.  On my first visit I was sad to see I had already read everything on the shelf in the genres that interested me. 
There was a time that I/we didn't have to worry about a budget. 
We indulged too much really.  But one of our indulges was books.
Back in the day when our kids were 13 and 16 we went to Barnes and Noble every Friday night.  We drank hot chocolate and looked at books.  We each got to choose a book to purchase.  Most of them were books about horses.
I like to display our books in our home.  Some day I hope I have a book room/library.  Maybe it will look something like this...
English decor-what a warm, inviting room.:
Or maybe...
#library #book:
I love rooms filled with books.  Although I not a reader of the classics.  I do appreciate them.  I don't read Civil War books 
the Cowboy does I do appreciate them.  I love looking at books.

I love displays of books...
Staircase Bookshelves - How great is that, books to skim and a seat while you're doing it.:


13 bookshelf decorating ideas, including this bookcase makes use of an old piano. How grand!:
I love books.  I am thankful for books.  
I am thankful for amazing writers that give us hours of reading pleasure.  
Have you read a good book lately?

Linking with Michelle for Thankful Thursday 
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Linky Parties Live Join The Party

Did you know the Fabulous January Link Party is going on over at  Our Holiday Journey?

And beginning this week I added the Valentines Party
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Eden The Animals' Parable-Keith Korman-Book Review


About the book (provided by Litfuse) 
“Ask the animals, and they will teach you.” —Job 12:7
Experience the Gospels in a way that you never imagined.
In this beautifully inspired retelling of the Gospels, we see Jesus and his disciples in the Holy Land through the eyes of the animals—especially his intrepid and loyal dog, Eden.
With a wise, old donkey, innocent lambs, and legions of curious field mice—the animals follow their master’s journey across Galilee and onto Jerusalem, rapt with awe and wonder and bearing great tidings—even if they don’t fully comprehend the divine events they witness.
Simple, clear, and spiritually profound, Eden is for readers of all ages, this artful retelling is captivating, moving, and alive with the joy you felt the first time you opened the Bible.
Book Available: Amazon

About the authorKeith Korman is an American literary agent and novelist. Over the years he has represented many nationally known clients through his family's agency, Raines & Raines. The agency is most noted for representing the following books: The DetectiveDeliveranceDie HardCruisingMy Dog SkipHow to Eat Fried Worms and Forrest Gump.Korman's novels include Secret DreamsBanquo's Ghosts (with Rich Lowry), and END TIME -- (Macmillan, August 2015).   

And I thought ...
A very creative and interesting fictional read.  As an animal lover I was fascinated with the animals' perspective.  The story is told by Eden Jesus dog. Amazing.  It made me realize that of course the boy Jesus probably had a dog.  The tale is imaginative and makes the reader think.  and 
It was interesting and might cause a reader to want to read the gospels. I hope that anyone who hasn't is drawn to read the actual 
'real' and 'true' account.  
Since this is a book of fiction there are imagined dialogue and does stray from the actual true events. 
I enjoyed the story but I can't help be cautious about suggesting it
or recommending it to non-believers.  My concern is it might just cause enjoy caution from someone searching to be confused.  

With that said how do I rate this book.  I might have a better feeling if there had been an author's note explaining to the reader that the events are fictional and that in some instances the story strays away from the actual Biblical accounts.  A suggestion to the reader to read the Gospels would have added much to the book. 

This is not a book for a young reader.  Although reading as a family unit it could be a great read allowing parents for deeper discussions.   

This review will appear on Amazon and Good Reads and 
My Reading Journeys.  

Monday, January 16, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday

Good Morning.  Thanks for coming over and starting our week together! It's Monday and time for a peek at my week!

The Weather...
Rainy.  On Sunday night when I am writing.  There are tornado watches.  Alerts going off!
On My Reading Pile...
   A Fine Year for Murder (A Thorny Rose Mystery Book 2) by [Carr, Lauren]   
Favorite Post (mine or other)...
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Something Fun To Share...
I added a Pinterest board for the Monthly Theme Parties over at Our Holiday Journey beginning this week I will pin each post that is linked at the party.  The party is over here
Blog Hopping  (newly discovered blog)
This one isn't really new but Mary Ann at The Beehive Cottage is posting again.  I love her blog.  Click here to visit.
On The Menu For This Week...
Monday-Gumbo, Fried Fish and Salad
Tuesday- Crock Pot Pinto's and Corn Bread
Wednesday-Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread
Thursday--Kid Friendly homemade pizza plain cheese for the kid
the works for us!
Friday--Pork Roast, Stuffing (from left over cornbread), Green Beans
Saturday--Tortilla Soup and Chicken Flauta's
Sunday--Leftovers or Nacho's
On My To Do List...
Organize photo's and get off computer
Organize Pinterest board
Normal house cleaning
Find shelving for my sewing/crafting room 
In The Craft Basket...
Nothing until I can get shelving and get this room organized.
Looking forward to this week...
The season premiere of Scandal.  I know bad!
Looking around the house...
Actually chaos at the moment.  Trying to get shelving in the sewing/crafting room.  Still trying to put away Christmas because I've waited to get boxed craft supplies out of garage.
It's been an never ending battle that I hope ends soon!
From the camera...
A Saturday breakfast date.  Read the post on Tuesday!
Bible Verse, Devo, or Printable...
FREE printable - Holy Spirit You are welcome here... from #SoulInspired:

So that's a look at my week's plans.  Have you planned your week?  Come over and join everyone at Sandra's for Happy Homemaker Monday!  The party is over here
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Day of Rest

Welcome to my blog.  Today I wanted to share a few things I've been thinking about.  Put your feet up and grab a cup of tea or a 
Dr. Pepper and let's chat . . . 
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At the beginning of 2016 I began posting a  Simply Sunday post.  Simply I just posted a scripture or photo.  Simply because I wanted to give you something uplifting to start your week but yet take my own day of rest from writing. 
            It was all good because honestly sometimes I've felt like this
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Some days I feel like this . . . 
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I am sure from time to time we all feel like this.  And even though I don't do alot other than provide meals on Sunday after church there are times I do have to run a load of laundry.  Seriously it's crazy there are only two of us!  

Basically I rest and relax from a hard week.  And gather strength for the next hard week to come.
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Sunday is a day I spend Simply resting and relaxing.  Most days with a book.  Well actually there is always a book to read.  
Whether it's one I've been asked to review or one I've found offered free on my Kobo app.  I am always reading a book. 
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I always have a few books or a stack to read while relaxing and 
resting.  I try to review all the books I read whether I am asked to or not.  Just because I want to 'share the love'.  HeHe
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Did you know I have a blog dedicated to books?
My Reading Journeys
It's over here
I'm trying to get a following over there so that I can post more reviews there so that there aren't so many review posts here.  
I'd love for you to come over there and follow me.  
Check out some of the great books I've read that I didn't post here. 
So that's how I rest.  
What does a day of rest mean to you?
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Simple Sunday

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Have A Blessed Day

Saturday, January 14, 2017

My Thrifty Ways--New Friday Feature


I mentioned on Tuesday when I posted my Monday post that I was running late. 

Well it's Saturday and I'm still behind and posting my Friday post!
This week I wanted to begin a new feature inspired by Laura at 
Harvest Lane Cottage is that not the cutest name for a blog and a home?  
Here's the sweet cottage photo she has on her blog.
Each week she shares what she has done to be thrifty.  I was so inspired I decided to begin documenting my own thriftiness. HeHe

This week I began working on the post cards for a swap this month .I used post card mailers and cut them to the correct size.  I used bits and pieces of trims from my stash.
I sewed on  fabric scraps and cut images from old news letters.
No expense.  I made 6 post cards
The fabric cards do cost a little more to mail because they are mailed in an envelope. 
Next week I'll share some painted cards
Most of you know I/we moved into a house in Oct. There is a hug yard in desperate need of a makeover.  
It is so big I know that I need lots of fast growing plants.
I harvested Trumpet Vine seed pods from a clients home.  
This is a vine that you either love or hate.  
But it's fast growing and just what I need. 
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I changed my blog background to a different winter theme using a free template.
I like to use post dividers in my post. 
Always free
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The Cowboy made bacon this week. 
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Curing your own bacon is super simple.  
The hardest part is finding a supplier to purchase your pork belly.
When we find the pork bellies we alway buy 4 or 5 and put in the freezer
It's a simple process you mix special curing salt and some spices and rub all over the meat.  
Then place in  zip lock bag for 9 days. You have to turn it everyday.
Since we love bacon this is a super thrifty method for us.
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The Cowboy was into pork this week he found a pork loin on sale.
He cut chops and 2 roasts
We are having chops tonight and a roast with stuffing later in the week.
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I plan my menu's and post on Monday. 
It keeps me organized and I have fewer leftovers. 
I will cook pinto beans on Monday with cornbread then I will use the leftover cornbread for stuffing later in the week with the pork loin.  
The will be leftover beans I'll probably put in the freezer for burrito's or guacamole chulpa's
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I bought black berries on sale.
A treat for me!
Avacado's were on sale too.  Will have to wait for them to ripen.
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It's fun being thrifty. 
I enjoy seeing how much I can save at the grocery store.
Thanks Laura for inspiring me to be more thrifty!

Next week I'll be linking my thrifty post at 
Fabulous January Tidy Up Party
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