Monday, January 29, 2018

This Week's Meals

Well, long time between posts! I have been struggling to keep my head above water , moneywise.
As you know my husband broke his back at work and has been off since July. Then my son broke his back last month!! How can this be?!
But it is . And money is super tight and getting tighter. Michael, my husband, isn't healing but workmans comp checks only last so long! So I am trying to stretch everything as much as possible so I can leave as much in the bank as possible.

I used to spend between $ 200-300 a week in groceries. I buy organic and I don't skimp on is fuel. I don't buy processed and I buy lots of healthful snacks. And I buy for between 7 to 9 people.

I should say bought not buy because things have changed. Now I spend $175 a week. For 7 people. And on weeks that I need certain products that I don't buy weekly, like olive oil that I spend $10 a bottle on, I allow myself a few more dollars.

It's all about how you view food and that's different for everyone.

That said, let's get into the meals for the week.


Breakfasts are almost always smoothies or granola

Sunday...pancakes, chicken noodle soup ( I add peas and carrots to mine and use homemade broth.

Monday.....grilled cheese ( I used the ibotta app to save money on the cheese and baked the bread myself)

Tuesday.. egg salad sandwiches (eggs came from my own chickens) and salsa chicken...( just salsa and cheese over chicken breasts in the crockpot)

Wednsday...spinach and mushroom omelets,  ( organic spinach was on sale) and bean burritos with nachos ( I use bags of beans since they are cheaper than cans)

Thursday..pbj (again on homemade bread  , see recipe on tab above) and roast chicken with veggies

Friday..salads and baked potatoes for lunch and caesar chicken ( noodles, mixed veggies, shredded chicken and caesar salad dressing for supper

Saturday...fried egg sandwiches ( try adding mushrooms to yours!) And  tuna casserole

And that is this week's list of meals. I didn't write down our snacks  but they are usually chips and salsa, fruit, popcorn , raw veggies and homemade ranch, or we bake.

What's cookin' at your place?

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

My Hamburger Bun Recipe

My hamburger bun recipe that I got  from A Taste of Home. I copied this exactly from their website and I dont have my own pictures euther..they disappeared from my gallery! So words and pics are not mine but theirs. But I really do make these and they are great. Keep in mind that they may be a bit different shaped than your store bought ones.

  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil...( I use olive oil instead)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add oil and sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the egg, salt and enough flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 3-5 minutes. Do not let rise. Divide into 12 pieces; shape each into a ball. Place 3 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  3. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Bake at 425° for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 1 dozen.

There ya go...a yummy easy hamburger bun recipe!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

How I Do Our Budget

Over on the Facebook page I have started a discussion about budgets.
I thought I would write about mine here.

We get paid every week and I  have our bills divided by 1/4.  Every week I take out 1/4 of the money needed to pay for the car, car insurance, water,  land payment, etc. and put them in individual envelopes.  At bill time I have enough in each envelope to pay those bills. I then add $5 a week in savings and $5 a week in a Christmas account.


I also take , each week, $25 for my husband and $25 for me. This is not always possible but we get to most of the time , so far! This money is for us to do the individual projects we have going without "upsetting" the other one with how much we spend. I usually use mine on prepping and he uses his on starting a new business. We both disagree with each other on expenses for these things so it's best not to involve each other!!

I take out grocery money, propane tank money, and animal feed money in cash and head straight to those stores right after the bank . That way I have all the necessities covered right away. What a nice feeling!

So are you with me? I take the check to the bank, envelopes in hand. ( Actually I do the envelope business in the car in the parking lot. 😛)
I pay 1/4 of all my bills, and take out cash for groceries, feed, water,and propane. Oh and our separate money!! 😁


I also, while sitting in the car, I pay my electric bill. It is all prepaid so I put on, using my smartphone app, whatever amount I feel necessary. My power bill is $100 a month in summer and about $30 a month in winter.

I am blessed that we receive a bonus check right before property tax time so I use that to pay that bill each year.

Now, anything that is left in the account is free game!! Well, not really.  I have kids and they always need something!!

So how do you handle the bills? How does the budget work in your house? Let me know in the comments below.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Frugal Meals, First Cars and Snow?

Monday... sausage and egg quiche with fruit, homemade vegie beef soup and cornbread

Tuesday..fried potatoes, scrambled eggs and sausage, pizza burgers

Wednesday .. spicy rice with cheesy tortillas, homemade chicken noodle soup,

Thursday..bean burritos and coleslaw, salsa chicken with corn

Friday..pancakes and fruit, beans and rice on hard shells with a salad

Saturday.. PB&J, chicken tacos

Sunday...grilled cheese, chicken and rice

Now that those are out of the way,

My son got a new car! His first!

I am so freakin' proud of this boy. He was working a demanding job where he always worked loooong hours and the place just shut down. Within 3 days he had another good job based on the high recommendations of his previous employer. Parker has a strong work ethic and it will carry him far in life.

Weather is turning cold...down in the 30s at night, only a short time before it is that all day. I am hoping for snow this year, even tho I still need work done to winterproof the goat barn. With hubby unable to do much because of his back a few things have slid to the wayside. Latest doctors evaluation states that he is still unable to go back to any type of work. He has been off since July!

What all has been going on in your life? Anyone else's kid get a first car? Will you get snow? Tell me in the comments below.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Menus This Week

Menu Monday Time again. Only a day late lol.
Anyway, let's get started.

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Monday.. waffles for lunch  ( I got the waffle iron for free by using the ShopYourWay program explained here) ( I also bought a belt sander ..$75  on sale for $50 that I paid $24 for)  and minestrone soup with cornbread for supper.

Tuesday..fried eggs and watermelon for lunch and steak and baked potatoes for supper. (We never never get steak but it was a buy one and get two free deal and hubby said take it!)

Wednesday..egg burritos and tacos

Thursday.. obj on homemade bread and vegetable soup with more homemade bread

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

So I Can Join In

I came across a great blog titled Organizing Junkie and she has a Monday blog hop where bloggers can list their menus for the week. I decided to join in even tho it's not Monday!

I just bought groceries last night so this is perfect timing.

Thursday...bbq chicken and mashed potatoes (bbq sauce was free with rebates from checkout 51 app)
Friday...tacos ( cheese and shells were bought buy one get one free)
Saturday...spaghetti and salad (which was bought on sale and used rebates from Ibotta)( noodles were another buy one free deal and they were organic too!)
Sunday....waffles for breakfast for supper and fruit
Monday... Tuna casserole
Tuesday... chicken salad sandwiches with carrot sticks and ranch dressing.

And that is my menu plan for the week. Comment below and share yours!

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

My Food Storage Plan

In light of all the recent catastrophes I thought I would share with you how I have been working at having a year's worth of food storage in case something happens that affects my family.

First I planned 10 meals for breakfast, 10 for lunch and 10 for supper. 10 is the number that came out when I began writing down easy inexpensive meals with a long shelf life ,keeping in mind all the eggs I get from my chickens. Thankfully our winters are fairly mild and I get eggs most all year.

Then I began to buy 1 meal at a time, with all the fixings.  Tuna casserole means tuna, noodles,and sauce. So I buy all 3 items at the same time. That way I always have 1 meal complete each time and I don't get stuck with 12 boxes of spaghetti and no sauce!!

For food like pancakes, or homemade bread, for example I need many of the same ingredients. So for example  I figured out how many cups of flour each meal will take and add all of them together. Then I multiply by 12 so I have a year's worth.
Sugar, flour, cornmeal and the like I simply buy in bulk.

I store things in their original package in foodgrade buckets. This way I don't have the expense of mylar bags and such. Most things at the supermarket have a shelf life of 1 year. I am not planning on including my freezer for this since we probably won't have power.
My plan is to rotate everything out at the one year mark so I don't have food go bad.

I also plan to can several different soups so I have ready-made meals that won't require any more thinking other than heat up.
Speaking of heating up...we will be cooking these meals on our wood burning stove or an open fire pit. We lived totally off grid for years so each member of our family knows how to build a pit, start a fire and cook a meal. And yes, we have the firewood!

One tip- Instead of using precious water to cook certain foods, I plan on using the milk I get from my goats. It won't work for everything but I will save where I can.

And of course our garden helps things along! Fresh food will be possible,  even if not for everything.

While my plan may not work for everyone and I'm sure that I may have a few holes somewhere I feel like I have a workable goal to strive for.

Proverbs 27:12 - 
“A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”

What about you? Do you store food for emergencies? Tell me more!!

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