Dairy Queen now has a value menu. To be honest I would get 4 sundaes. I"m an ice cream fiend.
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Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
I have found a new way to save some money. Actually it's been around for a while but I don't think that it's done in the home very often. I've been repackaging leftovers. I've found that if I put leftover spaghetti in a clear cute container, it gets eaten very quickly. Or a piece of leftover pizza in a baggie instead of wrapped in aluminum, it's gone in a flash. If I make the leftovers more eye appealing, they are eaten rapidly. And it helps if I move them to the front and center of the refrigerator. Ahh, product placement and packaging who would ever have thought that I could find a use for it in the home.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
I can't be the only one that is sick of their family by Sunday evening! I know that you are never supposed to admit that. And you are only allowed to say what a blessing they are. If you say something along the lines of, you are pissing me off or that I'm running away or perhaps I'm going to choke you, it means that I'm a terrible person. So I'm not admitting to any of those maybe just flirting with it.
The cat puked in the corner. So what did the three of them do, they argued about it. Then each one decided that it was the other one's problem. And of course, they left it. So 2 hours later, I find it. So a fight breaks out between the three of them because it was someone elses fault. You get only one guess to decide who cleaned up the puke. Me! Then I washed an entire pickle. Really!?!? I guess it was too much to ask someone(no one would own up to it) to scrape their plate. So they dumped the entire thing in the dishwasher. It held up surprisingly well, who knew you could run a pickle threw the dishwasher? At what point, do I get to get even?
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I'm always on the look out for cheap entertainment. It's almost a sin to tell you about this because I've become so addicted. I hate to see another soul lost. But I've been listening to the 80's on VH1. I'm dating myself by telling you. And then I've been playing Brick Breaking. It doesn't look like much of a game but the goal is to zero out all of the bricks. At first it seems so simple but it is so difficult to not leave any of the blocks. Have fun.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
One of the women that Den works with just got back from
Now here's the kicker, each of my children whole heartedly believed that I would feed them bugs. This incident makes you wonder about my parenting skills.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Little miss Anna was not going where she was supposed to be. She said she was going one place and then heading off to another. She was hanging out with an 18 yr old. She can date but we have to meet him. That's the rule and it's not negotiable. Well, she bypassed the rule but not for long. I came unhinged, who knew? I took her car, she was grounded from going anywhere and all friends and I took her phone. She is no longer with the boy and I'm thankful because he was in some trouble. The problem I ran into was the bus. She had told me a long time ago, after we had given her the car, that a lot of the kids were getting stoned at the bus stop. And when she started driving to school she was glad that she didn't have to deal with that anymore. She has sports after school and clubs so her schedule is up in the air quite a bit. Den said she should ride the bus. But that boy was on the bus too. So Den and I had a huge fight and I gave her the car back after 2 weeks. The school is
Did I make a poor choice in giving her the car back, probably. I've been very honest with the kids and I tell them that I'm making it up as I go along. When they grow up I'm sure they will have tons of stories about us but all I really want is for them to know that we really tried. I didn't always succeed but with all the love in my heart, I tried.
Thanks for reading,
Saturday, February 14, 2009
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Thursday, February 12, 2009
We usually start to dethaw in May and I don't want to start cleaning when I could be outside. So I go through the house twice. I make a list and go through every nook and cranny and donate everything not in use. I try to do 3 spots a day, maybe a couple drawers or shelves. In about a month’s time, I'm done. And then round two, I scrub the hell out of everything. I don't use harsh chemical because I'm an asthmatic. But soap, water, vinegar and anti-bacterial soap are my weapons of choice. It's not clean unless your arm is weak and the muscle is burning, is what my wonderful grandmother would say. I would help her scrub when I was about 8 until the skin on my hands would crack and bleed. It sounds miserable but I loved the time that we spent together and I wish so often for just one more brief moment with her. But that said it's easy to see where this obsession began.
I'm off to clean and it's a good day. (I need help!)
Thanks for reading,
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
These are the french bread rolls I made. I think that they actually cost less than $.55 but I have no idea how much the yeast cost. I buy 2 bricks of it a year and they cost about $3.99 a brick. SO really that doesn't help either of us figure out the costs but we bake quite a bit throughout the year. I could have broken it down by using those little packages of yeast but then it would of cost way over $1 for the rolls. Anyways, they are yummy and easy. Making bread is really easy like this, it just needs time to rise. And the best part is you get to punch it! I love being immature.
I got this recipe off the internet a long time ago and I have modified it quite a bit so I don't know who gets credit for it. But here it is...
French Bread Rolls
5 to 5 1/2 cups of flour
5 teaspoons yeast
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1.) In large bowl add 2 cups flour, 5 teaspoons yeast, and 1 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add 2 cups very warm water and mix well.
2.) Mix in the rest of the flour and knead into a firm ball. I knead right in the bowl so I don't make a mess. Knead 10 minutes.
3.) Place the ball into a greased bowl and cover, let rise 1 hour.
4.) Punch down and let rise another 10 minutes.
5.) Divide into 8 balls and place on 2 greased cookie sheets. I sprinkle the cookie sheets with cornmeal so they don't stick.
6.) Let rise anywhere from 45-60 minutes.
7.) Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes.
This is a very forgiving recipe. One time I forgot it and it rose for almost 3 hours. I just punched it down. Another time I didn't have enough time and I only let it rise for a hour total. It was flat but still really tasty. I did brush these with butter because I wanted the picture to look better but I normally don't do that. It doesn't change the taste just the look.
No one ever complains about having to eat these and I always have enough left over for the next night. We usually have this with homemade vegetable soup. So tomorrow, we will have left over soup, salad and the french bread roles. So for a few minutes of measuring and 10 minutes of kneading, I have enough good bread for two nights.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Great depression jobs parallel may not be far flung
Monday, February 9, 2009
I'm still trying to accomplish all of my resolutions but I'm faltering in some areas.
1.) Lose a few more pounds (I only lost
2.) Write 2 books at the same time
3.) Improve the blog
4.) Start generating an income from writing
5.) Knock down our debt (I will continue to make 2 extra payments on the house a year & will try to pay extra on the 2nd mortgage)
6.) Find a way to pay for Anna's college
I'm giving myself a boo or a yeah rating!
1.) I gained
2.) I'm writing 2 books now. It's really hard and is taking up a lot of my day. I'm hoping that it will get easier once I get into the swing of it. Anna thought that I might have a hard time keeping them separate but that's not the hard part, it's keeping up with my household chores. Yeah!
3.) Well, I'm still writing so I'm ok with this one.Yeah!
4.) Haven't made one penny. BOO!
5.) We are still paying down the house but I haven't found any extra to put towards the second mortgage yet. So Yeah! and Boo!
6.) I've been researching grants on line for a while and have gone to all the classes that Anna's high school offers. And I've been talking to Anna's cousin that received a bunch of grants and she said she would help us. I don't know how to rate this one it's not a Boo or a Yeah. I'm going to keep working on this but she can't start applying until August so I will have an idea then.
So far I've got 3 Boo's and 3 Yeah's so I guess I'm getting somewhere. Or I could look at it as a wash. But I'm going to look at the positive side of this and appreciate the fact that I'm still trying.
I'll check back and let you know if I'm actually getting anywhere.
This is just my what if budget I have been working on. I looked it up and in the state of
Here is the budget now
1296.00 House payment(bi-weekly) so we save $324 a week
122.00 Car Insurance
183.00 Nicor and Comed
25.00 Home phone
135.00 2nd mortgage with a little extra
280.00 gas for all three cars
480.00 groceries for the month
75.00 Den smokes
70.00 garbage and water
24.00 synthroid and iron pills for me
On unemployment (It's sketchy)
1190.00 House payment (stop all extra payments)
115.00 Car insurance(raise deductibles)
125.00 Nicor and Comed (line dry and freeze)
0.00 phone (drop it)
100.00 2nd mortgage(no extra$)
80.00 gas for car
0.00 satelite(drop it)
75.00 Den smokes (you tell him to quit)
60.00 garbage and water (bathe less and stink)
12.00 synthroid and iron pills (generic)
This is rough but I might be able to swing it. I think that I might be able to shave a little more off of the car insurance and the Nicor and Comed. I might have it too low for the groceries and the gas for the cars. But it looks like it might work itself out. I just hope that I never have to implement this. I feel very blessed that we are still hanging on.
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Andy. I consider it to be a honor that I can sponsor part of a giveaway. Please just poke around and see if there is anything of interest for you. I'm not a financial expert by any means I'm just a mom trying to find the best path for my family.
Thank you for
Sunday, February 8, 2009
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