Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sunday dessert...

Only took five minutes.  Quick and easy, AND I had a helper.  :)

Strawberry Fluff
  1 angel food cake (store bought or homemade)
  1 14 ounce can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
     (may substitute one 3.4 ounce pkg of instant vanilla pudding 
      prepared as per pkg directions)
  1 cup of sour cream
10 ounces of frozen sweetened strawberries (thawed)
  1 8-ounce container of Cool Whip topping (thawed)

Tear angel food cake into large-ish bite-sized pieces and put into a deep bowl.  Mix sweetened condensed milk (or vanilla pudding) and sour cream.  Pour over torn cake.  Pour strawberries on top, and spread to cover.  Top with Cool Whip topping.  Refrigerate until served.  Can be made a day in advance.

You may notice my helper and I got the steps out of order a little.  It doesn't really hurt anything.  This kind of recipe is not an exact science.
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Friday, May 20, 2016

Frugal Friday File, week 20...


Successes:
1.  Previewed the auction, decided there was nothing I couldn't live without, left early.  

2.  Did not deviate from grocery list for impulse purchases.

3.  Paid bills on time, returned library books on time...no late fees.

4.  Ordered water with lemon when dining out.

5.  Still no new fabric purchases.  *Ű*

Keep Tryings:
1.  After making the week's menu, shopping list, and trip to grocery with digital coupons on my phone, I forgot my pin# to access the coupons.    
  

Frugal From the Kitchen This Week:
Saturday:  Spanish rice
Sunday:  Sunday family dinner at Kasey's
Monday:  *lunch out with m-i-l, leftovers for supper
Tuesday:  meal from freezer for Carey, *friends' night out for me 
Wednesday:  *barbecue
Thursday:  Beef Koftas and Homemade Yogurt Flatbread
Friday:  Mandarin Pasta Salad

(*not-frugal takeout or dinner out)
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Outside my kitchen window...

 This harmless-looking female cardinal has been camped outside the window.

And repeatedly hurling herself at the glass...

again...

and again...

and again.  ALL.  DAY.  LONG.

Stopping occasionally to give me the evil eye.

She's creeping me out, man!
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What I'm reading Wednesday...

Happier At Home by Gretchen Rubin

I'm picking this up now and then, but need to finish it as it's borrowed from the library.  I haven't read the author's other book The Happiness Project.  I'm not sure how I'm feeling about this one.  

Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore

I've spent more time with this one, as it's on my Kindle, and I read in the car while on our road trip earlier this week.  It is based on the life-long correspondence between Jane Franklin and her famous brother, Benjamin.  It's very interesting, and I'm enjoying it, but it isn't an easy read.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Girls night out...

Girls' night out around here quite often starts with an early dinner at The Cheesecake Factory...Sheila's Chicken and Avocado Salad for me.

Then on to the auction.  I had my eye on these shutters, which had more of a beautiful blue tint than they appear in the photo, and were about 2 feet wide and about 5 feet tall.  I thought 3 of them side by side might make a cool headboard.  Sadly they were selling them in a lot of 10, and I just didn't want to deal with loading 10, not to mention figuring out what to do with the extras.

I also thought this rug would look good with the blue-shutter headboard.  But it was an inch longer than my bedroom is...and since I decided against the shutters, the point was moot.


I really, really loved this typewriter, and I TOTALLY would have bid on it...  

...but it was all Greek to me.


Since there was nothing I couldn't talk myself out of, I decided to scoot back to my little blue dot before the bad weather coming in from the west hammered us.  They were talking about another possibility for large hail.
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Monday, May 16, 2016

Long day, but a good one...

We got on the road this morning at 7:00, drove 4 hours to see Carey's mom, stayed about 5 hours that included taking her out for lunch as well as having a great visit with her and Carey's younger brother, then said our adieus and drove 4 hours back home.  No packing.  No nights away from our own comfy bed.  No imposing on the hospitality of family or charging hotel bills.

I'm so glad we live close enough to make trips like this.  It was a fun day.
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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday family dinner...


Today I made Faithy's Favorite Layered Dessert (only slightly differing measurements from Mom's Texas Delight by nixiechick on All Recipes from which I borrowed the photo above, because tonight's was eaten before I thought about photos).  I used coconut pudding and toasted coconut to garnish the top.  It was pretty popular with the troops.  The kids kept sneaking just a wee bit more while we were playing our Sunday night game of choice.

The game, by the way, was 5 Second Rule in which you have 5 seconds to name three of whatever topic is listed on the card.  Chloe (9) got this one:
To which she responded, "What's a stereo?"

Her mother feels old.  I feel ancient.  You'll have to excuse me now.  I just want to go put some music on the hi-fi.
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