Friday, August 28, 2009
I often look through the clothes because they feature name brands such as Chico's, Coldwater Creek and other stores in our Mall. I would much rather patronize our Goodwill store than the Mall stores and the bargains I find are 1/10th the cost of the store prices.
Today I did not find anything to my liking, but I did find my husband a denim shirt that he likes to wear when he is working on the car. It was a real bargain and I was glad to avoid the back-to-school crowd at the Mall. Besides Goodwill provides education, training, and career services for the disadvantaged and those with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. I feel like I contributed something to that in my purchase today.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
As September rolls around it seems like the activity level picks up even though my children are grown and gone. Groups begin meeting again, new things pop up, new classes and opportunities arise and I am always tempted to say "why not!" The suggestions for simplifying my calendar just might cure me of overload--a thing I am very guilty of many times. By the end of some days I feel like I started the day on a treadmill and just stayed there until bedtime. Maybe I can be reformed???
Saturday, August 22, 2009
She loved playing with our dog, Daisy. And I believe Daisy loved all the treats that she got from Miss Ella Bella! She also enjoyed playing with the neighbor's dog across the street.
We did lots of artistic activities. She loved to water color and create animals with her Play Dough.
The day we took her home we went to the photo store and got prints of all the pictures we took while she was here. As we drove her home, I put them in an album for her to take with her to help tell about her adventures while she was visiting us.
Friday, August 21, 2009
I tried to go to the Supercook link that she suggests and it did not work, so I just typed it into my search engine and it came up. It really does give some wonderful suggestions for recipes using the ingredients you happen to have on hand. For instance, I just bought a large bag of fresh okra (I LOVE okra!) and was looking for some new ways to use it. I typed in okra, diced tomatoes and ground meat (ingredients I had on hand). They gave me a recipe for Chile Gumbo that sounds just delicious. I can hardly wait to try it.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Helping Granddaddy in the yard.
And "washing dishes" after "cooking dinner" for her imaginary family this morning. She got her water from my pond and was fascinated by the tadpoles that she scooped up with her water. She decided she needed to take some tadpoles home to show her mother so we have a plastic container full of water and a few tadpoles to take home with her.
I will include more pictures as time (and energy??) permits. Meanwhile, we continue having fun. I believe we have a playground on our list of activities for this evening.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Next, I went to my already crowded closet and wondered what I really needed--maybe a new top for the last few weeks of summer?? Or a new pair of pants?? Maybe I could find something really wonderful, but as I thought of all those long racks crowded with clothes that are put on sale this time of year, my enthusiasm waned. I really dislike pawing through racks and racks of discounted items on the slight chance that I might find the buy of the year. I also dislike being elbowed by diligent sale-shoppers pulling things from the racks, standing in line to try my choices on, and waiting in another line to pay for my bargain.
This evening I have no new clothes in my closet, but I did have a delightful afternoon to paint and enjoy the peace and solitude of my own home. To me that was a real bargain!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1/2 C. green bell pepper (I also added some red bell pepper)
1/2 C. cracker crumbs
1/2 C. red salsa
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. chili powder
Red salsa for topping.
First, make foil "handles." Fold a long piece of foil in half lengthwise. Place in bottom of slow cooker with both ends hanging over top edge of cooker. The foil strip will make it much easier to remove meatloaf when done. Also put piece of crumpled foil or rack in bottom to keep meatloaf out of fat.
In large bowl, mix all ingredients except salsa for topping. Shape into round loaf and place on foil in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours, or until juices run clear. Top with salsa about 1/2 hour before done. Remove from slow cooker using foil "handles." Serves 6 to 8.
Friday, August 7, 2009
She suggests that one should first clip newspaper and magazine coupons. She also suggest going online to find coupons that can be printed out. Next she reads the grocery store flier and notes items that are on sale. An example she used was for a particular brand of frozen vegetables that were marked down one dollar--to $1.99. She had a coupon for $1 off on that brand of vegetables, so they only cost her 1/3 the usual cost. She said that her usual savings run 50 to 60% each week.
I clip newspaper coupons and also read the sales at the grocery store to obtain the best possible prices for the things that I buy. When I go shopping and use my coupons I usually save about $5 to $6 each week. I am always very proud of myself for that bit of frugality. I do not match the Coupon Queen's shopping skills and am thinking that I might need to pay more attention to online coupons. For me it is just a matter of time--how much computer time do I want to use searching for those coupons??
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
What a wild and wonderful clan we have!