Sunday, October 11, 2015

Snack Time...

Trying to get back into the habit of writing again...

Having 4 boys means having lots of snacks around!

I have a 3 tiered snack drawer thing that I keep in the kitchen that is their designated snack drawer.
The first drawer has microwave popcorn(I can get 3 bags for 77¢ at cheapo grocery store). 1 bag per 2 boys. I also have a bag of popping corn that I can make on the stove top.
In the second drawer,  I use containers that I got from the Dollar Tree that I wrote their names on with sharpie that I use to portion out dry goods (pretzels, cheese its, animal crackers, nuts, sunflower seeds, trail mix, etc).
In the third drawer, I keep bags of graham crackers ($1), a jar of peanut butter ($2) and marshmallows (75¢). They can make fluffernutters for snacks.

For the fridge, I also have other containers (again, don't you LOVE the Dollar Tree?!), labeled with their names that I use to portion out cold things from bulk for the fridge (applesauce, yogurt, canned fruit, jello, parfaits, cheese cubes, etc). There are always cut veggies and ranch for dipping. Every other week, I usually boil some eggs.

I also bake some sort of goodie once a week, sometimes twice. Cookies, quick breads (lots of banana...), muffins, etc. If it's cookies or quick breads, it gets sliced and portioned into baggies and put into their snack drawers as well. Those are usually the first thing eaten out of the snack drawers. :)

Also, fruit is always available. They always know that they can grab a snack. But, when their snacks are one at the end of the week. They're gone! Trying to teach some self control in there also..

Monday, August 11, 2014

Frugal happenings August 11-18

It's been such a long time since I posted and my frugality has really fallen by the wayside. This is the week that I'll try to get back on track, out of necessity.

I worked with a $35 budget and was able to come up with these modest meals. The kids are in school now, so I don't have to worry about their breakfasts or lunches.  But,  do have to have breakfasts and lunches for the husband and myself,  along with afternoon snacks for the kids.

Eggs and toast
Peanut butter sandwiches

Chicken salad with crackers
Tuna salad sandwiches
Peanut butter sandwiches
Turkey burger, carrot sticks
Egg sandwich

Burritos (homemade tortillas, refried beans, and salsa), fresh corn on cob
Fish sandwiches, cheesy borccoli rice
Church for dinner
Hot dogs, broccoli and cauliflower

Other frugal goals for the week:
* keep thermostat turned up a few degrees
* stay home as much as possible
* line dry laundry on the days weather permits
* keep lights turned off on the sunny days
* be vigilant about using less (detergent,  shampoo, dryer sheets cut in half when used)
* use up or save all leftovers

My ultimate goal this week will be to spend no momey at all. This should be easy, I have no pocket money and only $100 in the bank. :)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

And so the work begins...

From the time we moved into this new house 2 years ago, we  knew the kitchen floorboards were starting to rot. We just never had the money to do anything about it. But, now we have and now the work is beginning. Were doing it all ourselves and working with tile will be a learning experience from us, but I'm so looking forward to having new flooring in there. After the flooring will come painting, hopefully a nice, soft, sunny yellow. We'll see.
This house isn't my dream house. This kitchen isn't my dream kitchen. After 2 years here, I still can't seem to get things arranged how I want them to be. The space doesn't flow correctly. I'm still grieving over the loss of my kitchen that I worked in everyday for 16 years. It was perfected, organized and me.  But, changes happen and I'm trying to roll with the punches. It's been a faith building exercise for me, loosing it all and leaning on God to provide. And, provide he has. We have a beautiful home, more abundant than we had ever hoped for. God is good. So, I'll fix up this kitchen and happily work in it for however long I have it.

Thursday, February 28, 2013


FOR TODAY: February 28, 2013

Outside my window... it's dark, it's 9:46pm

I am thinking...that Spring is around the corner with the plethora of birds that have arrived over the last week.

I am thankful...that the day is coming to an end, the house is clean and quiet and I have a few moments here before bed.

In the kitchen... tonight we had homemade waffles and turkey sausage for dinner. I'm still amazed at how many waffles/panckes our family of 6 can go through.

I am wearing... my pj's and no socks..

I am creating...a plan in my mind for better, wiser grocery shopping and meal planning

I am going... out to lunch with my husband tomorrow. A weekly treat!

I am wondering... if I'll ever be able to get my appetite and weight under control, and whether or not the lady on facebook with the $10 exercise bike for sale has written me back yet.

I am reading...Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half By the Economides family

I am hoping... that the plans Joe and I are thinking up for our future can come to fruition.

I am looking forward to... sleep, and the arrival of March tomorrow. New month, fresh start.

I am learning...that I'm not as young as I used to be.

Around the house...stillness and slumber

I am pondering... life plans, what we REALLY want.

A favorite quote for today..."Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without!" Such wisdom.

One of my favorite has been my waffle maker. Bought for $1 at a thrift store 6 months ago. It's still working wonderfully and I love making fresh waffles or just building up a freezer supply for quick breakfasts.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Lunch with Joe tomorrow, and I'm working on Saturday.

A peek into my day...No picture today..

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Ponderings @ the coffee shop

One of the great pleasures in my life is sitting in a coffee shop, with my friends, drinking wonderful coffee. It only happens once a week, but it's enough to rejuvenate this stay at home mom. Good friends are essential in life. They build you up, bring joy to your soul, and even bring you down a notch when you need it. I'm thankful to God for the ladies in my life, all of whom enrich it in their own little ways.

Today, my friends aren't here and the bagel I ordered is a bit too crispy for my liking. But, I choose joy. I'm enjoying myself, alone with my thoughts in my own little bubble. Life, as a mother of 4 boys can get a little hectic sometimes. I don't often get quiet time to myself, even when the boys are in school. There are always core and errands to do. So, forcing myself to sit here, with myself is good. I need time to reflect.

God has brought me so far in the past few years. Tested my faith with a flood, taking all my possessions away from me. But, never turning his back on me and restoring my faith, and my possesions twofold. So I choose joy.  I need to daily choose joy more than I do. Instead of letting life get me flustered, I need to choose joy I need to focus on the positive, choose to see my blessings. The darkness will come, but God will bring me through it to the light. He always does.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY : Feburary 27, 2013

Outside my window...It's a dreary, rainy, cold day. I'm so ready for Spring to arrive.

I am thinking...that I hope my little guy is over his stomach bug soon.

I am thankful...for finally getting my house back in order. It's been a wreck with me being sick and working.

In the kitchen...tonight for dinner it's twice baked potatoes and cheesy broccoli

I am wearing...grey sweatpants, grey shirt, a grey sweatshirt and grey socks. It was a stay home and clean day.

I am creating...this post. First thing I've published on the blog in about a year.

I am going...nowhere. Aaaah, bliss.

I am wondering...if my little guy will go back to school tomorrow.

I am reading...a book that a friend Dennis Sharpe wrote. Blood & Spirits.

I am have a low key evening.

I am looking forward to...Spring and garden planting!

I am learning..patience. Every day with 4 boys. Always patience.

Around the house...Little guys are playing DS, making puppy sculptures (out of toilet paper rolls, and occaisonally bickering

I am pondering...The state of the nation. So many people blind to what's really going on.

A favorite quote for today...Proverbs 31:30 "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."

One of my favorite things...Today it's my sugar cookie candle.

A few plans for the rest of the week: seriously need to clean my closet out, make some snack food. Go to lunch with my husband and work on Saturday. Nothing major happening this week.

A peek into my day... my favorite light.
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Friday, August 19, 2011

Life can be defeating sometimes. Money, desires, responsiblities, dreams unfulfilled. Sometimes I need to slow down, refocus, redirect my thoughts and energies. Right now is one of those times. I need to become more grounded and make more moves tword my desires and dreams. One of my biggest dreams right now is to live a nomadic life with my family. To travel from place to place experiencing the culture, the energy of life. To live more simply, unencumbered by the tie to material wealth and possessions. To live with nature, to live authentically, in the moment.