Sunday, July 1, 2018

In My Home This Week (June 17-23)

It was a pretty quiet week this past week. Not a lot going on, which is nice :) I like to be busy and productive, but sometimes it is good to slow down and take it easy. Here's what I was up to this past week:

1. I've been invited to go with a friend to get a facial, so I made a thank you card using supplies on hand.

2. I continued to use things on hand to stretch my food budget.

3. The children and I went with my mom to her neighborhood pool. This will be a weekly summer treat :)

4. I cleaned out my dresser and bagged up some donations for the thrift. I also made a list of items I need to look for.

5. I downloaded a few free kindle books.

6. I attended a free sock making class presented by a member of my needlecraft guild. It was the second one and there will be two more. I've always wanted to learn how to knit socks!

7. I worked on said sock, plus a small cross stitch pattern, a knitted summer hat, and I made a dishcloth using a new to me technique called corner to corner crochet. It was fast and kind of project!

8. I started another dishcloth using the same technique.

9. I did the usually cooking from scratch and cleaning.

10. I went to see my eldest girl :) She's attending a five week summer program at the school she'll be attending in the fall. She's only been gone a week, but I miss her so much! It was wonderful to see her. The school is about two hours away.

11. I worked on a summer schedule for the remaining children at home, using free online resources. I have two wanting to learn German (one of whom will be taking German in the fall. She just wants a jump start), two wanting to learn how to knit, one that needs to practice guitar, one that wants to start Geometry, one that needs to keep up with their Latin, and they all need to do summer reading.

12. I signed up my middle daughter for the summer bridge program at the high school she'll be attending in the fall. It's four, half days in August.

13. I started making my list for the beach! We'll be leaving on July 16 and I can't wait! The children and I look forward to this trip all year long :)

That's about all for me this week. What did you do?

Monday, June 25, 2018

Using What You've Got...MPM (June 25-July1)

Hey there!

This year has really flown by! Summer is already in full swing and in just over a week, it will be Independence Day! There has been a lot going on around here and my menu has been all over the place. So has my cleaning routine, but that's another story for another day! I'm back at it though. Some unexpected purchases have me searching in the pantry and freezer for easy summer meal ideas, as I haven't had my usual grocery budget.

Unfortunately, we are one of millions of households that live paycheck to paycheck. I do my best though, to really stretch my dollars when I can. The freezer isn't very stocked (it's small and honestly hard to organize. When I get a new fridge...whenever that will be...I will not get one with the freezer on the bottom!), but the pantry has some treasures. DH is out of town until Saturday, so that has helped stretch the budget, too.

Here is what is on the menu this week:

Monday- kids ate at Grandma's.

Tuesday- breakfast nachos

Wednesday- my version of American goulash

Thursday- kids will be back at Grandma's.

Friday- cheesy polenta with cherry tomatoes and spinach

Saturday- Your On Your Own

Sunday- Hungarian hamburger steak, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, cucumber salad, peanut butter pie

What's on your menu this week? Check out orgjunkie for ideas.

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

What's on your menu? Check out orgjunkie for inspiration!

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

What's on your menu for this week? For more delicious ideas, visit!