Update

Update on my pregnancy, baby is doing good as far as we know and I'm not having any more problems, just the usual "good" signs of pregnancy - fatigue and nausea! Thank you for the prayers and please keep praying that all will be well with me and the baby, thanks! :)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

More Grocery Tips from the Economides

She does her meal planning like I do, with a menu book and planning for 30 days AND inventories.  I just don't use coupons or store ads, but then again I think I might if my family was as big as theirs!



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Monday, July 28, 2008

Money Saving Tips from the Economides

The Economides are the authors of "America's Cheapest Family" and they also have several news story done about them on youtube. They put a new one up tonight and it has some great tips:





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Friday, July 25, 2008

Lunch Choices

  • PB and Jelly or PB and banana sandwich
  • Tuna sandwich, carrots
  • Egg Salad sandwich
  • Tuna cakes, veggies
  • Leftovers
  • Bean burritos
  • PB on toast, milk
  • Bev's Healthier Nachos
  • Soup, crackers
  • Baked potato, toppings


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Friday, July 18, 2008

Breakfast Choices

  • Homemade WW pancakes, syrup, eggs, berries
  • Homemade WW bagels, cream cheese, tomato
  • Scrambled eggs, veggies, toast
  • Scone, homemade jam, cheese or egg
  • Oatmeal or Oat Bran, almonds or flaxseed, berries
  • Shakes
  • French Toast, syrup, berries


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Meal Planning 101; Step #5

You have prayed, with a stocked pantry, have all your inventories and you have created a calendar for your month of meals.  Now you will:

Make lists of meals

Take some paper and label with each meal of the day.  I use one side of the paper per each meal of the day: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks and Desserts.  Now that you have it labeled you will start with Breakfast.  It is here you will make a list of the choices you will have for Breakfast.  Continue on with each meal, listing choices for each. 

I scour recipes online, in books and use ideas I have up in my noggin for things that would be "frugal" to make.  In the next few posts, I will be listing my meal choices for each section, so you can get a better idea of what we eat and have to choose from each day. 


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Meal Planning 101; Step #4

You prayed, have a stocked pantry and also did your pantry/fridge/freezer inventories and you know what you have in your house!  It's on paper!  So the next step is to start the actual meal planning.  You will:

Make a calendar for your meals

You can print out monthly calendars online for free but why waste printer ink when doing it with an ink pen is much cheaper! :)  I take paper and simply do a calendar that contains the 2nd Tuesday of the month till the next 2nd Tuesday of the month.  Usually it is about 30 days or around there. 

This will give you a layout (which you will in later steps put meals) and it will also help you know how many meals you need for the month.

This step is just making the calendar.......I told you all I was taking this very slow so everyone understands how I do this.  


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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Organizing my Daughter's Closet

My daughter is growing way too fast!  She went from a size 11 shoe to a 12.5 seemingly overnight.  I had to go replace a lot of shoes this week because of the growth spurt.  She also is growing out of her dresses, some of my favorites too!  : (  I'm buying her fall/winter clothes and its almost done!  She still has some things leftover from last year that will work this year too.

I organized her clothes, one section for dresses/outfits and the other for skirts, then tops, sweaters and jackets.  She wears a lot of tights...I love the stripes, designs, etc and how they dress up an outfit!  So I made her a drawer just for her tights lol.  I know, I know.......but hey it is my first girl and it is FUN to dress them up!  While it lasts anyway......  I also did a drawer for her scarves and gloves.

Here are a few photos of the organizing I did today:

 
  
  
 


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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Baking Queen Today!

I figured since it has been pretty hot during the day, I would wait till evening to do the baking.  So I baked 6 loaves of 100% Whole Wheat bread this time, instead of the half white/half wheat.   Then I baked a batch of granola bars also. 

It hurts to type this because I burnt 2 of my fingertips OOPS!  I thought I had the oven mitt on my left hand when I grabbed the granola bar pan.....then I realized I didn't and it was too late!

I did several risings to try and get my whole wheat bread to be at its fullest, you can see in the photos below and then the finished product.  I'm going to most likely do 6 more loaves tomorrow or Friday for friends.

 
Then here are the granola bars fresh from the oven! 



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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

My Daughter's First Homemade Pizza!

I taught my daughter (who is 4) how to make her own pizza tonight while I was making the regular one. She used her small rolling pin and with her apron on, rolled out her own dough. Then topped it with sauce and I shredded the cheese for her and put on the pepperoni. She was so excited and loved having her own "mini" pizza.



Then here was ours and it was delicious!  We like using whole wheat for the crust and the recipe can be found HERE.


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Monday, July 7, 2008

Meal Planning 101; Step #3

You've prayed, you have a pantry with basics stocked and now its time for Step #3:

Make Inventories

I make inventories of my pantry, freezer and refrigerator EVERY time I start my monthly meal planning.  This gives you a hard copy of what you have in your kitchen so you don't have to run to the cupboard or the freezer searching for an item.  It will also help you realize things that you need to use up within a week or within the month.  Which is the reason why I also make a separate list for things that "need to be used up" and keep it in my meal planning section of my homemaker's journal.

You can do what I do and just use a blank piece of notebook paper to write down your inventories OR you can use my free printables found here:

http://www.christianhomekeeping.com/2009/09/pantry-and-freezer-inventory-list-free.html


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Salmon Chowder

I have loved this recipe and used it for about 2 years now! It is from Crystal and there are many ways to change it up or "soup" it up lol. :) I normally don't use corn in the chowder because I like it good enough without the corn or sometimes make corn on the cob as the side. It also tastes great with cornbread!!

You can add some cheez wiz for a cheesy chowder or instead of salmon you can use tuna or some other meat or no meat at all. Use more milk for a thinner soup or less for a thicker chowder style. Get creative....its very frugal and good and with the salmon you are getting a lot of calcium.


I almost forgot......you can find the recipe on Crystal's site HERE. (I normally just make half of the recipe because its just the 3 of us but even that lasts us for 3 meals!)



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Have You Laughed Lately??




I guess Skype somehow got ahold of the Comedy Barn guy (see that video if you haven't already here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4Y4keqTV6w)his laugh cracks me and my husband up to no end LOL!

I don't endorse Skype, but it sure was funny to hear those people laughing LOL.

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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Sorry for the Absence

I was getting to the next few parts in the Meal Planning and had something come up on Friday that prevented me from doing so.  

I hope that I can continue with the Meal Planning posts tomorrow (Monday).  However, I'm planning for our yard sale this Friday and that does take priority this week. 

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Update

Yesterday was a wonderful day! It started talking over coffee with a bloggy friend! Then I thought my day was done and on my way to do a few errands and then home but God had different plans for me. Ended up helping a friend and watched God move in that family and it was just AWESOME!

Was it over then? NOPE! It was around 9pm but I stopped by another friend's house and turns out they were just talking about us and then we knocked at their door lol. We had a good visit with them and we were driving home, I was thinking WOW.....what a day!

Today I'm cleaning up the house, baking some bread for some friends and starting to organize our huge yard sale that's coming up next week!

I will try and do a meal planning post tomorrow or the next day.....have you all read them? Has anyone read them? lol Should I go on or what?


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