Thursday, August 28, 2014

Using the Garden Produce - Tomatoes

Continuing the garden produce theme from yesterday - Tomatoes!

What I harvested

Chopped about 3 cups for Italians sausage & veggie soup

In the Soup

Share some grape tomatoes with a friend

Cut up the rest to add to the sauce for Pizza Pasts 
It's pretty easy to use tomatoes around here. 

Katie

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Using the Garden Produce - Green Beans

I thought it might be fun to show you how I used up my garden produce last week.

Here's what I picked last week:

I cooked most of the green beans for a side dish one night.  I cooked some chopped bacon, tossed in the beans, added some water and spices and voila!  



I chopped the remainder into bite-size pieces and put them in the freezer.
 

Yummo!  So excited to make the bacon green beans again this week!

Katie

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

GF Menu Plan

This week is another home week - Hurrah!

I usually post on Mondays, but I got home from a weekend away about 11AM and fed the kids leftovers for lunch and dinner.  I got unpacked and ready for the week, and today I'm posting the meal plan.

Here is a photo of my GF girlie eating pulled pork on a lettuce leaf.  I told her how the fancy Chinese restaurant (P.F. Changs) at Bellevue Square serves lettuce wraps and they're super yummy and popular.  She was convinced to give it a try and had three 'wraps'!  Yes!

This weeks plan for dinners:

Tuesday - Chili, cornbread, zucchini crisps
Wednesday - Dinner out
Thursday - Burritos (with leftover chili, blended when cold for bean insides) & salad
Friday - macaroni & cheese pie & green beans
Saturday - Pancakes, sausage, fruit
Sunday - Popcorn & smoothies

plan for lunches:
Tuesday -Waffles
Wednesday - nachos with gr.beef
Thursday - Finger food lunch
Friday - Italian sausage & veggie soup
Saturday - quesadilla - Rice tortilla for GF kiddo
Sunday -taco salad

Katie


Sunday, August 24, 2014

2014 Week 34 Groceries - $109.19

I had a big Costco trip this week.  I spent $75.27 on feta, butter, chips, almonds, grapes, veggie straws (not pictured), and string cheese.  My kiddo took this photo and left the vitamins in, but I don't count those in the grocery total.


I dropped in to Albertsons because I needed hamburger buns and picked some eggs for $0.90 and because the kids were hungry I bought some ice cream bars.  I spent $6.38.

Finally, I had a quick trip to Fred Meyer before I left town for the weekend.  I didn't want DH to run out of sour cream or fruit while I was gone.  I bought the stuff in the photo for $14.67.
 Milk delivery - 12.87

Week 34 Total - $109.19
Year to date 2014: $2,747.60
Weekly Average $80.81

Katie




Saturday, August 23, 2014

Thrift Shop and Garage Sale Finds

Two weeks ago we were camping with family and dear friends.  One of the highlights of this trip every year is going shopping with the wives and daughters of this group since we all love a bargain and are all happy to go to thrift stores and garage sales.

One day we all went out thrift store shopping and another day we just spent 2 hours going to a few yard sales.  I found lots of great stuff, naturally, and wanted to show you my haul.  The photo shows only some of the stuff because I bought for other people, and a bunch of clothes were in the laundry when I thought to take the picture. 


Garage sale #1
  • A cribbage board with pegs for $0.50 for my dad and uncle who had been keeping score on a pad at the campground. 
  • Fun Thankgiving candles for $1.00.  I really love Thanksgiving and I have a hard time finding decorations.  
  • Two kitchen utensils to leave in the camping gear for $0.25 each 
  • 3 ice packs adding up to $1.00  
  • This sale also had a bunch of free old road maps so I picked up a few from far away states for my cousin who is wallpapering inside her camper's kid bunks with maps.  

Garage sale #2 - This was my favorite - $4.00 for everything!
  • 4 Corelle cereal bowls in plain white (matching my set)
  • 2 Corelle serving dishes in plain white (matching my set)
  • Heritage blue pint canning jar
  • Roll of Aida cloth for crossstich
  • 3 folded pieces of Aida cloth (one a large weave perfect for DD#1 who is learning)
  • 3  kitchen utensils  
Garage sale #3
  • blue hoodie for myself $1.00
  • pjs for DD#4 I put up for a Christmas Eve gift $0.50
  • jeans for DD#1 - $0.50
Thrift Store #1
  • Shoes for myself - $4.00
  • Socks for myself - $0.50 each pair
  • Sparkle shoelaces for stocking stuffers - $0.25 each
  • Cupcake liners -  $0.25
  • Hair product I like - $0.50
  • Jam jar - $0.35
  • Napkins - $0.50 (love to treat the girls with fun napkins sometimes)
  • Thanksgiving confetti - $0.35
  • Another kitchen utensil for camping
 Thrift Store #2
  • jeans for DD#2 for $1.00
  • 3 things for my nephew including a Janie & Jack sweater vest for $0.50
  • belts for DD#2 for $0.25 each
  • brand new pjs for DD#1 - So cute!  Also put away for Christmas Eve gift.
  • long sleeved tee for my niece - $0.50
  • Capezio leotard for DD#2 who is starting dance class this fall - $1.00
  • Black pants for DD#3 - $0.50
Yay for lots of good finds!

Katie

Friday, August 22, 2014

Resourceful Camping Kitchen Fix

One of our camping trips was to Camano Island to stay in teeny cabins at Cama Beach State Park.  There's a kitchen sink and fridge, but no stove.  I mostly cooked on our electric griddle and in the microwave.  I didn't have a place for my kitchen utensils so I fashioned one our of our graham cracker box.  It made me feel sorta resourceful so I thought I'd post a photo here.

Katie

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Disney Savings Update

DD#2 and I have been diligently saving since January for our Disneyland trips in 2015.  In my last update we were at Week 20 and 30% of the total savings goal.

This time we're in Week 34 and about 56% of the end goal of $1,376.  We have saved $778 so far this  year and did weeks of $51 and $52 this summer.  Phew!  I love when the big baddies get checked off!

DD#2 is really good now at adding the new total each week.  She lines up the numbers like she sees in her schoolbook math problems with a plus sign on the left and a bar under the addends.  I just enjoy watching her learn so much!

Goal is still to aim for those big weeks - I still have 7 spaces over $40!

Katie

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Apricot Jam

I made Apricot jam a few weeks ago and didn't post about it yet.

Here is the box of apricots that sat in the garage for about a week ripening.  It got tripped over and landed on by a kid's rear so a few were smushed, but still just fine for jamming.  I later moved them all to my fridge as I continued to procrastinate.

Halved, pitted, and chopped

Tupperware full of apricots I pulled from the fridge

Chopped



Foamy after sugar & pectin


Lots o' jam.  
Unfortunately the jam didn't congeal well so it's all liquidy in the jars.  I have to dump and re-cook it all so I can try to turn it into jam before canning again.  Maybe this fall . . .

Katie