Monday, October 9, 2017

Columbus Day

I had a lovely day off.  I went shopping with a good friend as we both had the day off.  We went to the mall to take care of a couple exchanges and hit up an awesome department sale.  We had a delicious sushi lunch downtown.  We then found an awesome little boutique.  I bought a vest, blush jacket and a long sweater, just right for fall.  We finished the afternoon with my first trip to Costco.  I spent about $100 at Costco.  It was nice to go with a friend for my first trip there as she showed me why she always gets and what she loves. I think I am going to get a membership there but I will definitely have to watch how I spend money there.

I also spent $125 at the grocery store this weekend.  I was hoping to make it another week but we were out of almost all produce.

This is what we had for meals this past week.
Thursday-- I ate at the funeral and DH took the kids out
Friday-- I was exhausted and cooked a shrimp sesame veggie meal from the freezer.
Saturday-- Saturday lunch we went out with a friend and I made spaghetti for dinner.
Sunday-- My in-laws came over for lunch and we made eggs and biscuits.  I made a rice, sausage, spinach and tomatoes with cheese.
Tonight-- I made spinach salads and topped them off with Costco quinoa salad.  We are having carrots and cauliflower with dip as we watch the Vikings now.

So far I've spent about $225 this month with groceries.  I'm hoping we can skip grocery shopping this weekend.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Using Leftovers

We had a dinner comprised of leftovers.  We had meatball sandwiches on buns from last week.  The meatballs were left over from a party I had last Friday evening.  We had frozen veggies on the side.

I did stop at Walmart after work for milk, bananas, romaine lettuce and a yellow cake mix.  The cake mix was a must as I'm making bars tonight for a friend's baby's funeral tomorrow.  Her baby had Trisomy 18 and was lucky to live a week.  It makes me so grateful to have healthy children while also feeling for my friend.  Y didn't want to go to the funeral with me tomorrow.  I was going to push him to go but my bf told me not to.  She said it was likely too soon for him to handle another funeral after his brother's 3 months ago.

In good news, I had a huge sales presentation today to 22 people.  It went well and I'm so happy it's over.  Public speaking is hard but sales presentations are even harder.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Monday Eats

I was held up at work so DH made dinner.  He made rice noodles with stir fry sauce with green beans and chicken, topped with almonds.  It was delicious but Lil G didn't like it.  

Tomorrow Punk has basketball practice 30 minutes after daycare so I made us a lunch.  I made her a pb & honey sandwich.  I made a sandwich with leftover boneless pork ribs, onions and jalapeƱo mustard for myself.  I threw in some cherry tomatoes from the garden and veggies straws.  I would love some suggestions about how other parents handle dinner with bringing kids to sports right after school/daycare.  We live out of town so we can't go home quickly to eat.  

I'm praying for everybody affected by the terrible shooting in Las Vegas.  What a horrible and senseless atrocity.  

Sunday, October 1, 2017


We had a really nice Sunday.  We watched the Vikings lose unfortunately.  Then we went outside and did some chores we've been putting off for far too long.  I tossed several old hay bales out of the barn.  We then loaded a neighbor's trailer with some old scrap metal that was in an outbuilding.  DH would like to tear it down and build a new shop.

We started the day off with banana chocolate oatmeal.  I used the last of the oats and the last of the cocoa powder plus the one leftover banana that was almost too ripe.  The kids didn't love it but they ate it anyway as they love oatmeal.  For lunch, we had bacon cheeseburger wraps which were really like tacos but slightly different ingredients.  Inside a flour tortilla, put cooked ground beef, bacon, cheese, tomatoes, onion, lettuce and pickles.  I used a spicy horseradish Mayo for my sauce.  For dinner, DH and I had leftovers.  The kids had pancakes and lettuce salad which is what the requested.

I have chicken stirfry planned for tomorrow.  I did dry 5 gallons of apples this weekend which turned out really well.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

October Grocery Challenge

I'm going to challenge myself to eat down our pantry and spend less on food for October.  I told DH that we are not grocery shopping this weekend.  I'm going to try to post what we eat for meals.  For tonight's dinner, we had boneless pork ribs in the slow cooker, garlic mashed potatoes and green beans.

Tomorrow is a football day as the Vikings play.  We are planning bacon cheeseburger lettuce wraps, basically aa bacon cheeseburger without the bun and wrapped in lettuce.  It's what DH wanted so we will see how it goes.  

We just bought half a beef so that will help the challenge but we aren't just going to eat beef for an entire month so we might have to get creative.  

Anybody want to join me?

Friday, September 1, 2017

Still Alive!!

I'm still here.  Summer is over with this weekend.  I've met a few of my financial goals but I've had difficulty focusing on finances with everything.  Have a good long weekend!

Saturday, July 1, 2017


Greetings!  I've missed blogging and have thought about coming back but just haven't done so.  It's been a very busy rough few months.  My brother-in-law passed away unexpectedly this past month at 33.  Dealing with funeral arrangements and everything else has been very hard.  We still don't know if he had life insurance with his work so we might be paying for part or all of the funeral.

Financially we are doing well.  I might do a separate post about that.  We are heading to the lake this weekend with my in-laws.  I'm usually annoyed that we are spending our Fourth of July with them in a small camper but this year I'm much more thankful for family and just for being with my loved ones.

Have a wonderful Independence Day weekend.