Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Menu Plan (January 8-14)

Yes, I know it's Wednesday, but I'm just now thinking about writing this up. lol! I've had the menu finished for awhile and, in fact, we've been eating from said menu. Just haven't written it here! Here's what's on the menu for this week:


Mashed potatoes
Lima beans


Fried cabbage
Green beans


Baked eggs
Apple slices
Fried Spam


Confederate Beef Stew/German Beef Skillet


Out to dinner


Your On Your Own


Deviled eggs
Cheesy creamed spinach
Mashed potatoes
Pudding parfaits

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A Long Week!


Hello! As I mentioned, last Thursday we had a blizzard. Do you know there is still no school? Fingers crossed it starts back tomorrow! It's not the kids, they are great! But, we have a family friend who lives with us (who is a teacher) and they are driving me crazy!!! I am so ready for them to go back to work! lol!

I am joining in Patsi's $5 a week Pantry Challenge. When I ventured out to do my shopping on Monday, I found some spectacular deals! One of the best was on the store brand flour. I was able to pick up 5, 5 pound bags for $0.99/bag!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

In My Home This Week (January 1-7)

Well! What a week we had at my house this week! The children went back to school on Tuesday and on Wednesday they had an early release due to an impending snow storm! It did, indeed, snow Wednesday evening and into Thursday. We had a blizzard, which is not common for our area, and measured 11 inches in our back yard! Needless to say, there was no school on Thursday or Friday and there will be no school tomorrow as the roads are still bad. Thankfully, the temperatures will get above freezing tomorrow, so hopefully the snow will melt!

I did go out on Wednesday afternoon to pick up a few things, but we were in pretty good shape. Because of the snow and the kids being home, not much went on except having a good time! We had homemade cocoa, the kids played in the snow, I did a little card making. It's been nice, but I'm ready for school to start back up! lol!

I'm starting to run low on a few things, so I think I'll try heading out tomorrow morning. I could actually make about three more meals or so from things in the pantry, but I know it's not stuff everyone would like. lol! I know the main roads are good, it's just getting to them!

Have a wonderful week!

Monday, January 1, 2018

January Goals

One of my favorite bloggers, Patsi, recently shared her 2018 goals which she then further broke down by month. I thought this was a fabulous idea and decided to incorporate it here. Thank you, Patsi! Here are my January Goals:


Finish the Christmas stockings
Sew pj pants for the boys
Sew pj shorts for DD17
Sew a nightgown for DD13
Crochet a hat for a birthday gift


Make birthday cards for January  (done!), February, and March
Make an anniversary card
Make a stash of get well cards


Finish dehydrating cabbage and store


Set aside $20 each week
Put all change in my change cup and keep a running total


Declutter the linen closet


Go to church every Sunday
Attend the morning Ladies Bible Group when I am able (currently carless)
Read the bible every day (we are reading our way through the New Testament this year)


Go to the gym at least twice a week
Continue with my new eating habits
Weigh everyday


Blog at least three times a week


Start planning a Spring garden

Menu Plan Monday (January 1-January 7)

A very happy 2018 to you! A new year starting on a Monday! Can't get a better start than that! Here's what is on the menu for this week:

Monday (New Year's Day):

Pork chops
Hoppin John
Mashed potatoes


Cube steak
Homemade noodles
Green beans


Marinated chicken
Cottage potates
Steamed broccoli
Fruit salad


Homemade tortillas
All the fixin's






Shepherd's Pie
Lima beans

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

In My Home This Week (December 24-December 30)

Happy New Year's Eve! Even though the children were home this week, enjoying the holiday and their Christmas goodies, it was relatively low key and quiet around here. Here's what on this week:

1. Gratefully accepted Christmas dinner leftovers and brought them home to use throughout the week

2. Gathered up all of the bags used on Christmas to reuse next year

3. Watched a few movies on Netflix

4. Shopped my craft stash to make a gift for a friend

5. Found cabbage on sale for $0.29 cents/lb. I bought several heads and will dehydrate them

6. Found white sweet potatoes for $0.10 cents/bag! I bought $1.00 worth

7. Was reminded of a few ways to get ahead in my pantry

8. Made my 2018 goal list. Interested? Here it is:
     1. Blog more regularly
     2. Build up my pantry by
         a. taking advantages of sales
         b. utilizing preserving methods
     3. Make the majority of my gifts for gift giving or shop very frugally
     4. Use my planner
     5. Keep up with my housekeeping chores (I usually do well with this and then slack off and have to play catch up. This repeats all year. I'd like to stop that cycle this year!)

Happy 2018!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Menu Plan for This Week (December 25-30)


Good Morning and a very merry Christmas to you! As I type, it is 8:37am and my kids are still asleep! Can you believe it? Last night we enjoyed watching A Christmas Story together after we came home from dinner out. It's hard to believe that this is the last week of the year. It really flew on by! Here's what we'll be eating this week:

Dinner is at my in laws. I made a ham yesterday for us to eat tonight if anyone is hungry when we get home. 

Spinach lasagna

Ham and cheese fritatta
Fried cabbage

Chicken and broccoli stir fry

Either the last of the ham, leftovers, or we will go out

You're On Your Own! 
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