Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Right Guy and Exciting Things

Sometimes it is the little things in life that tell you you married the right guy.  I was talking to my husband about feeling disconnected because I hadn't posted on here in a while.  It was one of those conversations we often have where I know he is listening to the words I'm saying, but I'm not always sure he is listening to the  Today he surprised me when he said take 30 minutes and catch up with your blog.  So ironically a day after posting that I might be away for a while, here I am.

Everyone is well.  We went through the cycle with all of us and we went through all the snow/ice cycle during it.  All I can say is thank goodness for stocking up.

I have a ton of exciting things to share. 

1.  Daughter is doing well in college and more importantly is loving it.  She seems to be finding her own voice, which is the most exciting thing to me.  We weren't sure how she was going to find the social aspect -- she has both dysgraphia and a pragmatic language disorder and it makes it more difficult for her to relate to people her age.  The wide mix of ages and back grounds at the community college has been wonderful for her.

2.  This summer I am going back to college!  I can't believe it.  After all these years.  I didn't finish my degree the first time.  I got side tracked with children, life and helping my husband run his business.  Now everything has lined up for me to be able to go and I'm both excited and nervous.

3.  In 2012 the doctor's found masses on my liver and I have been the full cycle of repeated testing, special diets, cancer screenings etc.  However, my MRI last week showed that the masses are totally gone.  I'm under strict orders to continue with a higher protein diet and exercise.  While I'll have to be tested every six months or so with blood work, if all stays well they'll stop the MRIs and biopsies.  The doctor was absolutely amazed and I have to say I am too.  In fact, I had to ask her twice if she was sure they were gone.

4.  I've also reconnected with several friends from high school and I've been enjoying renewing those friendships.

Of course, during all this there has been work, babysitting, school help with/for daughter, and general life.  I've been missing everyone and even though I haven't commented I have had a few minutes to read blogs today because while I am renewing old friendships I don't want to give up the new ones I've formed here.

Monday, March 2, 2015

A quick post to let y'all know I haven't fallen disappeared.  I didn't realize how thin I was spreading my time, but things will only get busier between now and April 15th.  I'll do my best to be back before then, but if not I certainly will after then.

Thursday, February 19, 2015


Between work, one down with pneumonia, one down with flu and general life -- things are chaotic at best around here.  I'll be back soon.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Trying a New Freezer Quiche Recipe


These are fabulous!
Of course, I did make a few changes to use what I had on hand.
I made my own pie crusts using coconut oil as the fat.
Instead of using half and half, I had heavy cream on hand.
I cut it in half with water.
The ham was leftover ham and I used a mild cheddar.
As always to daughter's preferences I used 1/4 tsp. of onion powder instead of onions.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Blogger Woes

For some reason I am having difficulty responding to anyone's post.  I've got my teenaged guru seeing if she can sort it out, but I haven't been ignoring everyone.  I'm reading, but not able to respond.

Grocery Totals -- Goals

One of my goals for 2015 is to keep an accurate account of exactly what I spend on groceries and where I spend it.  (I'm also keeping a record of meals served for planning purposes.)  As opposed to setting a specific dollar amount per month in mind, my goal is to average out at about $500 per month.

I'm excited to say we kept our January grocery total to $364.19, with a portion of that going into the freezer for February.  This also included pretty large amounts of sodas, gatorades and lemonades for daughter to take to college....she has to have bottles that have a screw on lid....and with us buying them on sale they were a much better price than her buying them at school.

Today we did February's stock up and our totals will be a little higher this month.  I had to do a warehouse stock up and that always adds up, but I also resupplied the freezer and some pantry items and I am expecting to not have to buy anything else this month other than milk and eggs -- relying on fresh veggies/fruits for the first two weeks and then frozen/canned for the second two.  This was also a run for toilet paper, paper towels, dog food, cat food, toiletries, etc.  I am not counting those things in my grocery total though.  Just a few days into February I have spent $442.92. 

This includes both a Sam's Club stock up (including some great prices on marked down meats) and a trip to CVS for some sale snack items. (I also now have $38 in CVS extrabucks saved up that I will use up this month.  I'll be keeping my eyes on the sales paper each week to see what I can add to the pantry.)  I've purchased daughter's drinks for the month in this total, as well as some convenience items I don't normally buy.  I think those items are really what ran my total up, but with me working until April 15th, I find that if I don't keep some convenience items on hand we just give in and eat out.  So the convenience foods are definitely less costly and I picked as healthy as I could find.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Ham Goes a Long Way

By midday I seemed to be feeling a lot better.
I just have a lingering slight sore throat, but the fever is gone.
Since the ham was already cooked (and I'm glad it was)
I kept the sides simple.  I cooked a bit batch of rice (leftovers will be fried rice or served with beans), string beans from our home canning, oatmeal rolls (food storage items), and fruit salad (canned fruits and some freeze dried). I set our a variety of condiments and everything was well received.
I served a large plate of ham (with leftovers in the fridge for sandwiches.
Then I put away a bone, 3 bags of pieces for soup/casseroles/beans, a bag of slices for baked beans or something of the sort, and 2 cups of diced pieces for quiches for the freezer.
I also saved 3 pints of ham broth for beans or potato soup.


Since I was making the oatmeal rolls anyway, I went ahead and made another 2 lbs. of bread dough.
I made two 8" square aluminum pans of rolls to go in the freezer.
I just make them through their first rising and then freeze.
I'll thaw, let them rise and bake when I need them.