Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sweet & Simple

Ever wondered around the kitchen at lunch time trying to figure out what to fix for either yourself or your family? I sure did. There was some left over english peas, mashed potatoes, and a hamburger. Well, well decisions, decisions, right? No way!! Ewwww was my first thought. Then it quickly turned into beggars can be choosey right?? NOT NOT NOT!!! So off to the cabinet I went!! Yep you guessed it. Blast from the past jumped into my hands. A nice personal sized can of Cambell's Tomato Soup... I know yuck right? Well, top that warm soup off with a beautiful grilled cheese sandwich. And then you have the best cafe or diner food around. It was delicious. Maybe it was truly because I had to go to the dentist this am for the dreaded 6 month cleaning. Yeah sore teeth!! So the warm tomato soup and gooey cheese was just perfect for lunch. Oh did I mention it was just me for the wonderful meal? So it didn't matter to others. I only had to please myself!! This is why it was just Simple & Sweet.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dollar Short

Money Train? Wonder what that means? Well, to me it means that I have been waiting on it, but have come rot realize that it isn't coming my way. I am unemployed and seeking employment. But have learned how to run a house with one paycheck. It isn't a big paycheck either. Learning how to cut corners and somewhat do without isn't a bad thing. I have looked at it like a learning curve. Potatoes and rice have become a big part of the diet in my home. You learn what you "need" and "want" quickly. You learn to cut off lights, tv, air conditioner, and any other thing that plugs in and uses energy. I have learned to make lists of things. This helps to decide the needs and wants much more clearly. Sorry to ramble but this is something that everyone should learn to do. I have stock pilled foods in our freezer and dry goods. Now it is time to match the two together. Take last nights dinner for instance. Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich was delicious. Haven't had that in years, but it was filling and very satisfying. Meal preparing is a good thing. I wanted to do a big freezer meal for the crock pot. But haven't got the money for it yet. And we need to use what we have. This somehow brings me to hoarding. Are we hoarders? Maybe some of us are and some not. We would all be a little better off if we did make those meal lists. I can understand the BOGO deals at stores. But I have a hard time understanding why one needs or feels compelled to purchase 80 boxes of cereal. The Extreme Coupon people drive me crazy!! Thank goodness that Boo Boo clan is no longer on tv!! People don't realize that those items will go bad. I remember getting a good deal on the BOGO oatmeals and repurchased several of them. Well, after about 8 months I finally got to using the last couple of boxes. I opened up a couple of packs of oatmeal for breakfast and just before the hot water went in. I noticed that something in my bowl was moving!! It was like meal worms in my bowl. Yep you guessed it. BAD!! So stockpiling some foods are not necessarily good. Keep that in mind. Just try to consume the items you need within in a month unless you are dehydrating foods or vacuum sealing foods. Thanks for reading my ramblings.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Baking Queen (sorta)

Ok I guess the bread goo yesterday got me in the mood to try the bread items again. I wanted to make turkey burgers for supper tonight. Well that would consist of getting in the car and going to I guess ALDI (2 blocks away) and having to purchase 1 pk of buns. Then to end up trashing 4 of the buns or freezing for later. I remembered seeing on one of my favorite vlogggers something about bread making. Well I searched Noreen's Kitchen and found just what I needed. The hamburger bun recipe in all its glory. I jumped right in as soon as I found that pk of dry yeast!! Pictures below. I was able to alter the variation of ending results with 4 hamburger buns, and 16 dinner rolls. How awesome is that!! I did get a little impatient on waiting for the bread to rise up fully. But first timer here and I am doing my best. I will wait next time. So it looks like yummy buns for the burgers tonight.



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Monday, October 13, 2014

Baking Time

It was time to make a couple of batches of homemade biscuits again. I make like 4 at a time. Then I freeze them so all we have to do is cook what we want at a time. Like those frozen ones in the store, except I make my own. I try to save a little where ever I can. During the biscuit process I noticed on the bag a recipe for chicken and dumplings. I though hey I can do that!! So that is what I did. I removed 2 frozen chicken breasts to thaw and I started on the dough for the dumplings. Basically it is the same as biscuits. I made a large pot to. It was delicious!!

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

2014 Garden Update

Yep you guessed it. I am about to be a slacker here on this blogging. I took photos and thought about what I wanted to post about, but I always seem to fail to post. Good thing I am not "having" to do this. Weird how we make up lists of things and try to stay on track. But for some reason we seem to swerve off path. LOLOLOLOL. Which is exactly what I have done here. I took pictures of my garden progress and yet I have made the blog start out with something totally different. Guess thats what blogging is all about.
Well, here is a couple of pictures of my turnip greens and my kale. And looks like at the edge of the garden I have a couple of tomato plants eagerly trying to break out for a second growing. I plan to pull these guys up and bring them in the house for a interior growth. Maybe they will stay stable till spring. Thanks for checking out my garden progress, I am really looking forward to cooking up kale, turnip greens. I have also planted swiss chard in cement pots on the porch. They are doing well also. I need to get a picture of them to.



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