Monday, May 20, 2024

Menu Plan Monday ~ May 20, 2024

                                     


My Frugal Week

Last Monday I took the meat off two rotisserie chickens, weighed them out into meal sized portions, and placed them in the freezer for future meals. I also made some fruit salad to go with dinner and used my new to me food chopper to cut up the apples and celery. 

I also made a cucumber and tomato salad using my food chopper this week. Linda asked me what brand of food chopper mine is and it's a Shanii brand if you're interested.  We've been eating the cucumber tomato salad every day as it's very refreshing. I need to make more today as we are almost out.

On Sunday I made enough jello cups for the week using cherry sugar free jello and fruit cocktail. 

It's been the usual here this week using up what we have and making meals with it. 

Recipe of the Week



Cheese Sticks


This is a simple recipe with no flour whatsoever. This would make a terrific base for pizza and you can add your favorite toppings too. The next time I try this one I will add turkey pepperoni and black olives to mine.


Ingredients:


1 cup parmesan cheese

1 cup mozzarella cheese

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 egg


Directions


Mix all ingredients together.

Spread on parchment paper.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Cut into pieces with pizza cutter and enjoy.


Beverages This Week


Lots of Water as usual

Iced Tea, sweet or not

Iced Green Tea

Watermelon Coolers

Ryse Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Protein ~ Bailey bought this off of Tik-Tok using a coupon deal and it really does taste like marshmallow.


What’s for Dinner


Monday ~ Rotisserie Chicken, Baked Sweet Potatoes, and Fruit Salad. 

Tuesday ~ Grilled Chicken Salads

Wednesday ~ Orange Chicken, Cauliflower Rice, Stir Fry Vegetables, and Fresh Pineapple. 

Thursday ~ Took some chili out of the freezer and made Chili Tacos for dinner. 

Friday ~ Chicken, Cucumber & Tomato Salad, Stir Fried Vegetables, and Baked Sweet Potatoes. 

Saturday ~ Homemade Pizza

Sunday ~ Salmon Patties, Baked Sweet Potato Slices, Cucumber Tomato Salad, and Green Beans with Onions.

What’s on the Menu for This Coming Week

We will definitely serve a couple of meatless meals this week to save money on meat, so beans will be on the menu for sure. I'll also make the homemade chicken nuggets one night, and I have some pork so BBQ will probably be on the menu as well. 

Be sure to come back next week to see what sides we serve with these main dishes.


What’s been on the menu in your home this past week?


Belinda
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~ Living within our Means ~
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Friday, May 17, 2024

Third Frugal Friday May 2024

 

Welcome to Frugal Friday! 

My Frugal Week

On Monday I called the electric company and they said our power was off for sixteen hours. The fridge and freezer were not opened, and she said food remains good for up to 24 hours, so we are going to assume all the food is OK except the seafood, which I've already tossed. 

I received the best news from my retina specialist. I won't have to go back for eye injections for six weeks instead of the usual four weeks. Woo Hoo!

I saw a hummingbird in the grass this week hovering around some wild flowers. 

On multiple mornings I had to sweep off the back porch as the first of the cicadas and their shells appeared. They are very loud this year too. 

We went to Academy Sports because I was looking for a new sport bra, which I bought on sale, and some Columbia shoes. I've had my current shoes for several years, so it was time for new ones, which I found on clearance. These are very sturdy, which I need these days. 

I earned a rebate from Paypal for 88 cents and one for 24 cents, which isn't much, but I'll take it. 

We had someone come this past week and clean up the area where we've been putting trash from downstairs and where the tree was recently removed. It cost a pretty penny, but the limbs were just too heavy for me to move by myself and it looks so much better and all the trash, for the moment, is gone. Whew! 


I plan on putting down fresh mulch in the flower bed with Mom & Dad's Camelia bush and planning a rock garden like this. It will be an ongoing project as I collect the rocks to make this possible. 

Our thrift trip to Atlanta last week was so much fun for me and Bailey. Over the last few years I've been losing weight and need smaller clothes, so this gave me the opportunity to buy several pieces. I even bought some really nice pieces in my next smaller size because I will need them soon en0ugh.  

On our first day in Atlanta the Park Avenue Thrift stores offer seniors (55+) a 50% discount on Wednesday on clothing items. We saved a pretty penny using this discount with one savings being $85 at one store and the other being $75 off at a second store. There are four of these stores in Atlanta. Needless to say, Bailey is restocked on clothing for her shops. 

I've gotten quite a few small tasks done around the house this week. I fixed a wooden desk organizer that was coming apart with a couple of small nails in the side to secure it, I glued the clock in my bedroom because it fell off the wall and the frame came off, but I fixed it and you can't tell it's been repaired.

I vacuumed all my lamp shades and glued back one of the felt pads that had come off recently. I hung an organizing caddy behind my bedroom door to corral items. I also secured my other caddy behind the door, so it wouldn't hit the door when opened or closed.  I made multiple phone calls taking care of business, and have done some laundry and cleaning as well. 

I've had two physical therapy appointments for my shoulder this week, my annual mammogram, and a bone density scan. I'm staying home today and am looking forward to it. What are you plans for the weekend?


Thank you for dropping by my frugal blog, you are always welcome here. 

We would love to hear all about your week in the comment section.


Belinda
Homemaker at Heart
Mortgage & Debt Free
~ Living within our Means ~
My Linktree

~ She looketh well to the ways of her household ~
Proverbs 31:27


Monday, May 13, 2024

Menu Plan Monday ~ May 13, 2024

 

My Frugal Week

Guess what I found while thrifting last week? 


A food chopper! The price was $7.00 (New ones are selling for $22.00) at a very expensive thrift store. It was one of the few things we bought there as the prices were outrageous! 

They had a pair of pants in my size with the clearance price of $1.00 from Walmart still attached and they were trying to sell them for $15.00.  Crazy prices, but I do have a food chopper again. I used it Saturday night to chop onions and then on Sunday I chopped pineapple and it works like a dream. 

Photo of the Week


Four new cloth napkins, which are 100% cotton, which I prefer. These are the bigger size and measure 20 inches by 20 inches, which I also prefer over the smaller cloth napkins.


What’s for Breakfast


We enjoyed a free breakfast buffet at the hotel on Thursday & Friday mornings. They had scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage gravy, a waffle station, fresh fruits, yogurt, cereal and milk, chocolate muffins, bagels, toast, and danishes along with coffee, tea, and several fruit juices.


Tuesday ~ Grilled Chicken Salad at home.


Wednesday ~ This was our first night in Atlanta and we ate at Taco Mac. Bailey had the  Chattahoochee Burger with Bacon, smoked Gouda, caramelized onions, fried pickles, smoky BBQ mayo, and an egg on top. 


I had the Peachtree burger with caramelized onions, American cheese, bread and butter pickles, lettuce, and '79 sauce, which reminded me of Big Mac sauce. We both had the fried pickles and it was so much food that I didn't finish my burger and we took the fried pickles back to the hotel. 

Thursday ~ This was the night of the concert, so we stayed in and ordered food from Taza Grill via Grub Hub to our hotel room. This was Mediterranean fare, and Bailey had the Chicken Alfredo Pasta with a side of Crab Macaroni Salad while I had the Chicken Kebab Dinner Plate. 

Friday ~ We were so tired from thrifting, but stopped at the Hibachi Buffet in Duluth, Georgia and had the best Sesame Chicken and Teriyaki Chicken ever! They also had this jello dish that was a creamy yellow, which I believe was orange juice. It was so good and refreshing. They had bowl fulls of fresh watermelon and BIG strawberries. It was all so delicious. 

Saturday ~ Back home and to our regular dinners. Lemon Pepper Salmon, Cucumber Tomato Salad, Butter Beans, and Corn. 

Sunday ~ Mother's Day - Bailey picked up my favorite pizza from our local Italian restaurant, Rafael's Italian Restaurant. She also picked up drinks from Sonic, fresh pineapple and two slices of cheesecake at Walmart. 

While she was there she found some rotisserie chickens on mark down for $3.20 and picked up two of those. I'll take the meat off of those today and freeze for later meals. 

What’s on the Menu for This Coming Week

Regarding the safety of our food, I did hear back from my neighbor who is a lineman for TVA and he said everything, but seafood should be fine, so I do have some fish in the freezer, which I will toss.  

Please come back next week to see what we have on our menu this week. 

What’s been on the menu in your home this past week?


Belinda
Homemaker at Heart
Mortgage & Debt Free
~ Living within our Means ~
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~ She looketh well to the ways of her household ~
Proverbs 31:27


Saturday, May 11, 2024

Saturday Update

Hello to all my friends! 

We've been gone this week to a concert & thrifting trip in Atlanta since Wednesday. The storms came through here Wednesday evening around 6 pm and so I am trying to determine how long our power was off. 

According to our electric company's Smart Hub, it was off starting sometime on Wednesday, all day on Thursday, and part of Friday, but I don't know for how long.

I'm trying to figure out if I need to throw food away or not. I sent a text to my neighbor who works for the electric company to ask his opinion and I'm waiting to hear back. 

Here is a photo of a set of rainbow bowls that I picked up this week. These are melamine bowls, which I love, as they are not too heavy to use. 

It was so funny, I originally found the set with three bowls and as I continued shopping the kitchen section (my favorite place in any thrift store), I found two other bowls both in different spots. It was like a treasure hunt. 

I'll share various pictures throughout the week as I update you all on what's been happening here this week. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Thank you for dropping by my frugal blog, you are always welcome here. 

We would love to hear all about your week in the comment section.


Belinda
Homemaker at Heart
Mortgage & Debt Free
~ Living within our Means ~
My Linktree

~ She looketh well to the ways of her household ~
Proverbs 31:27

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Thursday Update

 Hello to all my friends! This is just a note to say that there won’t be a Frugal Friday post this week. We have a few things going on here this week, but I wanted to let you all know we are safe and sound from the storms, which hit our area pretty hard. I’ll be back soon with an update. 💕 


Thank you for dropping by my frugal blog, you are always welcome here. 

We would love to hear all about your week in the comment section.


Belinda
Homemaker at Heart
Mortgage & Debt Free
~ Living within our Means ~
My Linktree

~ She looketh well to the ways of her household ~
Proverbs 31:27

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