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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Frugal Friday--Shopping at Home

It has come to my attention that the sagging shelves in my freezer have had enough.  I've been finding so many 'deals' over the last few weeks that I need to stop buying and let my usage catch up a little more.  

It's not that I haven't been cooking, but I've been in 'stock up' mode more than usual.  

The pantry isn't in quite as overloaded.  I know there are some good snack foods in there because J hasn't mentioned this in a while, but he's been know to say that there is nothing in there but ingredients.  

So I thought I would encourage everyone to take stock of their pantry and find those odd little bits of ingredients you know the can of artichoke hearts that you picked up because you were going to have people over and wanted to make spinach artichoke dip for; but didn't.  

The tiny jar of pimentos that you picked up for.... for.... who knows why you picked that up, but maybe you could find a recipe that used those now.  Of course they are pickled peppers so they aren't likely to go bad, but how many pecks of peppers can a gal pick?

You know the odd shaped pasta that never seems to get used?  Next Tuesday might be a good day to work that in to supper.  

Perhaps you haven't done a freezer inventory in a while and have no idea what is really in there.  

See if you can plan an entire week of your cooking, even if you only cook once or twice a week, surviving only on what you can concoct from what you already have on hand.  

By shopping at home you'll spend nothing for an entire week and have the ultimate frugal week.

I think I'm signed up.... 

...Except that we're almost out of milk.  People get a little cranky around here when the plastic cow goes dry.  

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Weekly Menu 2/2+



bbq little smokies
tater skins
chex mix

sloppy joes
broccoli rice casserole

baked chicken
green beans

sausage squash soup
butter dips

chicken alfredo

avocado-corn salad

Grocery Deals 1/30+

Sprouts     avocados .33 (vs $1 Randalls), green bell peppers .49, red/gold/orange peppers .99, roma .99/lb, sweet potatoes .99/lb, acorn/butternut squash .99/lb, oranges .49/lb (vs .99 Randalls), apples .99/lb, strawberries $2, chicken tenders 1.99/lb

Randalls    93% lean ground beef 2.99/lb, roast 2.99/lb, NY strip 4.99 (w/bone), 5.99/lb (boneless), strawberries $2/lb, bluebell 3.79, brownie mix .99, cake mix .99, poptarts 1.49,
Friday/Saturday/Sunday $5 deli ready to bake pizza

HEB            grapefruit .33, oranges .49/lb, apples .98/lb, asparagus 2.47/lb, potatoes 3.00/5#, chicken breast $1/lb, fajitas 1.97/lb, beef fajitas 2.97/lb, digiorno pizza $4

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Poultry Update

We've been lucky to have a number of great weather days.  I know many people have been living with crazy single digit  and teen conditions, but here it's been pleasant and warm.  

So the chicks have been able to get out and stretch their legs for about an hour every day.  

I think it is really helping them to grow.  

And we are learning more too.  

For example, we were keeping it too warm in the coop and they weren't producing adult feathers.  I think it would make processing easier, but apparently that won't help J in the showing stage.  So we turned off the heat lamps.  

Now we don't have nearly neked chickens.  That's a good thing.  23 still growing strong.  

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Laundry Room Part 2

Just wanted to share a picture of my Monday project last week.

I'm lovin the blue...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Week 2

Hard to believe, but the chicks are two weeks old today.  

Weekly Menu 1/26+


turkey burgers
sweet potato fries

pork roast

beef & barley soup
peanut butter mug cake

ranch chicken
baked potatoes

beanie weenies
potato chips


chicken fried rice
egg rolls

Grocery Deals 1/22+

HEB            cantaloupe .98, blackberries 1.50, pineapple 2.77, whole chicken .67/lb., beef roast 2.97/lb., pork ribeye roast 1.97/lb.
Randalls   chicken breasts 1.99/lb., beef roast 2.99/lb., sirloin steak 3.99/lb., barilla pasta .99, brownie mix .99, graham crackers 1.99 *with coupon

Sprouts     blackberries 1.50, strawberries 1.50, oranges .88/lb. (vs.99 HEB), tomatoes .88/lb., red bell peppers .33 (vs .98 HEB), green peppers .50 (yep green is more),  orange/yellow peppers .88, cabbage .50, onion .50/lb (vs .67 HEB)cucumbers .50, green beans .99/lb., avocados .99, pears .99/lb., apples .99/lb., grapefruit .50, boneless thighs 1.99/lb.,

Monday, January 21, 2013

Tip Tuesday--Gloves

I don't have to hand wash too many dishes, but every once in a while I do need to do some hand-washing and I am not a fan of how my dish soap leaves my hands feeling.  My name is not Madge and I don't use Palmolive.  So I bought a handy dandy pair of gloves.

Sunday, January 20, 2013


The last few days have been a lovely break from the cold (OK, cooler if you are outside of Texas) temperatures.  

Thursday J took the chicks out of the coop, and put them through their paces.

First around obstacle #1 a random piece of wood.
go chickie go... 
Then he decided a race was in order, but the video is not cooperating in uploading.  You'll just have to trust me that it was cute.

Some could not be torn away from the feed trough, even though there were curious moments. 

And then there is poor #31.  You can see her on the end.

Her poor little legs are not quite able to hold her up.  

We think the daily exercise is helping.  

By Sunday afternoon there was talk about maybe ending her misery, but then almost as if she knew what the discussion was about, she gimped across the garden where they all frolicked and played for about three hours while I worked on getting things ready for spring.  

I've contacted Shriner's, but they have not yet returned my call.  

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Frugal Friday--Save the Towels

I sometimes get personal here and today is going to be one of those days.  Have your towels ever gotten that funk?  I mean that stinky moldy smell that just won't go away no matter how many times you wash the towel?  

I hope it's never happened to you, but I have a feeling I'm not alone.  

I'm happy to report I have found the solution.  

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

One Week Old

From this: 

to this... 

Weekly Menu 1/19+


mexican black bean lasagna
lemon bars

chicken fajitas

broccoli cheese soup

panko chicken strips

chili mac

ham salad wraps

cowboy pie
carrot sticks
broccoli salad
grapes with vanilla yogurt

Grocery Deals 1/16+

Sprouts:    Gluten free jubilee 1/16-23; 25% off, apples .77/lb., oranges .77/lb., onions .50/lb., cabbage .50/lb., red/green peppers .33, cucumbers .50, green onions .50, avocados .99, lettuce .99, green beans .99/lb., celery .99, spinach .99

HEB              strawberries 1.97/lb, grapefruit .25, cantaloupe 1.77, apples .67/lb, potatoes 2.98/10#, pork roast $1/lb, pork or chicken fajitas 1.97/lb,

Randalls      pork roast 1.29/lb, *with coupon: goldfish $1

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Man Down

Well it's not an actual man.  It's not even a human.  I'm sad to report that we have lost our first chick.  

Monday, January 14, 2013

Tip Tuesday--Laundry Room Redo

Nothing like the New Year to get you fired up about reorganizing some of the spaces that have perhaps gotten away from you over time. 

I've heard that Spiffy Sue had her home office redone by a diligent daughter.  And that it looks wonderful.  

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Breaking News... We Have Wing Feathers

In case you missed the arrival of these cute little guys

you can catch up here.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Weekly Menu 1/12+


peas & carrots

chicken w/ florentine sauce
fruit n' yogurt pie

chicken chili

beef stroganoff

chicken parmesan
buttered noodles

onion beef muffin cups
ez chocolate mousse

sausage wraps
mac & cheese

Grocery Deals 1/9+

Sprouts   oranges .69/lb, blueberries 1.98/pt,  green bell peppers .50, cucumbers .50, onions .50/lb, cabbage .50/lb, lettuce .99, zucchini .99/lb, celery .99, roma tomatoes .99/lb, avocados .99, red/yellow/red bell peppers .99

HEB          potatoes 2.98/10# (vs .50 Sprouts), cauliflower .87, green beans 1,, apples .67/lb (vs .99 Sprouts), blackberries .98(vs 1.50 Sprouts), grapefruit .25, lemons .20, pork loin 1.97/lb, beef fajitas 2.97/lb, beef roast 2.97/lb, ribeye steak 5.97/lb

Randalls   boneless chicken 1.97/lb, ribeye 5.99/lb, 93% lean ground beef 2.99/lb,
*with coupon: pilsbury cake mix .99, milk ½ gallon 1.25 (or full gallon at $3)

J's New Peeps

Well they are finally here.  We picked them up this afternoon.  

J's new peeps have arrived.  

Monday, January 7, 2013

Tip Tuesday--Christmas Cleanup

I hope everyone has had a great Christmas season.  We had LOTS of fun and a few adventures too.  
A visit to the Capitol: 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Frugal Friday--Baby Gift

Two weeks ago we had a baby shower in the office for one of the girls.  As far as I know she hasn't had the baby yet, but then again he is not due until 1/13/13.  I know she is ready though. :)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Weekly Menu 1/5+ (100 weeks!)


smothered pork chops
mashed potatoes

garlic bread

easy chicken tacos

salmon patties
green beans

ham & cheddar loaf

baked chicken
pesto pasta


Grocery Deals 1/2+

Sprouts    blueberries 1.25  (6oz), blackberries 1.25, grapefruit .33 (vs .69 Randalls), oranges .99/lb, avocados .99, lettuce .99, red/yellow/orange peppers .99, green peppers .33, apples .99/lb, squash .99/lb, tomatoes .99/lb

HEB          blueberries 2.98 (pt), strawberries 2.48/lb, cherries 2.98/lb (vs 4.99 Randalls), pineapple, 2.88, grapefruit 1.97/5#, apples .98/lb, red bell peppers .98, pork chops 1.97/lb, boneless chicken 1.97/lb

Randalls   sirloin steak 3.99/lb, NY strip 4.99/lb*, roast 2.99/lb, 90% lean ground beef 2.99/lb,

*can download a coupon for $1off/lb so steak becomes 3.99/lb