Thursday, September 22, 2016

Meals this week

Sunday breakfast was McCain's babycakes, eggs, bacon, toast.  Rest of the week is croissants (freezer) english muffins (big y and bay's) turkey sausage links, cereal.

Lunches have mainly been leftovers and last of cold cuts.

Dinners chicken escarole soup, grilled chicken breasts with rice, pork pepper pot stew, london broil and mashed potatoes.  Ground Turkey with eggplant and indian spices.   Various veggies.

I am making sure I make double batches of things so there is an assortment of leftovers for Gpa P as we will be away Friday through Sunday.  I have subs for my students.  Woohoo!

Here is a photo of the finished Pork Pepper Pot stew.  Leftover pork cubed from last week, jalepenos, roasted and fresh peppers, Goya Large dried white corn (hominy?)  Two packages of Goya Sazon, last carton of turkey stock, onions.  Lots of onions.  I can't eat this due to the heat and my gastro issues but Gpa said was a winner.  Not as good as the Escarole, but he was happy.

I also made fake baked potato soup (cauliflower, butter, onion, celery, chicken stock, blended with cheese and crumbled bacon)  I hope that will tide him over while we are away (Fri - Sun)  

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Frugal Activities and keeping busy

I have felt like a chicken with her head cut off this week.  DH second week of working, and he is frustrated, but I am not going to get into that here.  Hopefully receiving a check tomorrow will at least make this temporary gig worthwhile.

I have been getting back into my school year routine, and with him out of the house in the morning I can stay focused and get a lot done.  I'm trying to get all errands and chores done while he isn't here, so that we can focus on each other when I get home (who are we kidding, he's usually asleep on the couch by time I get home)

So, this week I've done business related paperwork during the mornings.  I combine book keeping with exercise (ipad and quickbooks) and doing strength training and elliptical.  So far it's been working.   I use voice activation for dictating emails and lesson plans.  I just proof read afterwards before hitting send.

Actual teaching hours are M 3-8, T 9 - 8, W 3-9, Th 2-7, Fri 1-7 and S 730 am - Noon.

Also took my Mother to an eye appointment.  (she has wet macular degeneration and has  partial vision loss)  She has a big milestone birthday coming up this year, and we are taking her to Amish country to see all the sights and quilts that we tell her about before she cannot see them.

Anyway, laundry.  In the past I was doing hang up loads and dryer loads separately, even though they were like colors.  I thought it was saving me time, but it actually was costing me more time and more resources (water, electric, soap)  I have gotten 4-5 loads down to 2.  Darks and whites.  I just have to be vigilant when separating for drying time.

Making my own coffee, both hot brewed and cold brewed.

Baking a cake from scratch.  Was a bit dry (I did taste a corner) I think I baked it a bit too long.  But it tastes good, and I know what's in it!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Avocado Deal

Two Hass Mexican Avocados (I had to hunt through them because some were from Chile) 3.98 - .80 SavingStar - $1.49 coupon - 1.50 checkout 51 if you purchased 2 with a can of rotel tomatoes (which I needed).    Avocados were free!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Weird Al

I don't go to shows very often. I tend to like silence or just spoken word when I am not at work. I do not even listen to music if I'm driving because I find it distracting. I have to figure out time and key signatures… Then I start arranging the music in my head for my ensembles. 

This show was so enjoyable.   It started on time (another reason I don't want to attend the shows. I tend to compare them to how I run my own performances, and I like promptness, clean language and staying on schedule)

I enjoyed every second.   Did not want it to end.    We had orchestra lower box seats, and my husband insisted that I must have had discount code, though I did not.   We paid $123 for both seats including the fees.    I do not know how that happened as the box seats at the box office when we were looking tonight were 93.50 each.   SCORE!

Finale complete with storm trooper

Not really a frugal nights except that we got the tickets at such a low cost. But I feel a blogger asked me to share photos so here you go Nathalie!

Today's Recipe Chicken Escarole Stew

Escarole from the farmers market was the inspiration.   Two BS chicken breasts were browned in olive oil.  Meat was taken out of oil to cool for dicing.   Organic Garlic (from my garden) Organic onions (farm share) were chopped and added to oil.  A can of rinsed Cannelini beans and a can of tomato paste added.  Once meat was diced, all ingredients as well as a carton of organic chicken stock were added to crock pot and cooked on high for 4 hours.



Gpa P will have plenty for dinner while we are out.

City Seed Farmers Market (Four Root Farm)

Such beautiful produce.   I spent $3.75 on a sourdough. 

Fresh Ginger.   Going to read about how to reroof this.   Escarole, Swiss Chard, Kale and Bok Choy

Two lbs of onions, okra and delicata squash

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Shopping for Deals

DH's favorite holiday is Halloween.    I have always held a special place in my heart for Dio de las Muertos.  I have even held special classes on the subject.    Many cultures remember their deceased relatives on special days. This one is just a bit more colorful and festive.   Hubby's living room lap blanket has seen better days.    I got him this one for free at TJ Maxx with my TJ dollars from using and paying off my Credit card in full each month. I did get a set of my favorite colors cloth napkins, and a 12 pack very nicely scented pumpkin spice satchets.  

At Kohl's I used my $20 Kohls cash to get this beautiful orange leather bag on clearance because it had a little Pen Mark on it. I also got a package of my favorite underwear, six pack cotton on clearance.