Saturday, February 6, 2016

What song is running through your head?...


Hello, Kindle, my old friend.
I've come to read with you again,
because innkeepers found you by peeping
where you fell hidden while I was sleeping.
And the sorrow that was planted in my heart
did barely start
till the return of Kindle.



Yes.  I know.  I'm a dork.
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Friday, February 5, 2016

Frugal Friday File...


Successes:

1.  Quilt retreat was a very frugal one...nearby, lower fee than any others, we provide our own meals...plus I used up only supplies on hand.

2.  I lost my Kindle on the last day of the retreat.  After turning the place upside down, I had to come home without it.  Happily the owner has found it, and I should be able to drive over this weekend to retrieve it.  A quarter tank of gas for the trip to pick it up is cheaper than replacing it.

3.  I've toyed with the idea of cutting my hair short again, but the nice thing about keeping it long is that it doesn't need constant trimming every six weeks.  I'm not ruling it out completely, but I'm putting it off awhile longer.

4.  We considered going to the movies, but there are none playing that we want to see.  Frugal win.

5.  Eating out of pantry and freezer.


Keep Tryings:

1.  ordered yet more fabric today


Frugal From the Kitchen This Week:

Saturday:  I was fed at retreat...Carey ate leftovers at work
Sunday:  I was fed at retreat...Carey ate leftovers at work
Monday:  I was fed at retreat...Carey ate leftovers at work
Tuesday:  (not so frugal - friend date, salad out)
Wednesday:  Twice Baked Potato from freezer and salad
Thursday:  Sweet Potato Hash with Sausage and Eggs
Friday:  Beans and Cornbread
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Some assembly required...

Last summer I joined in on the Midnight Mystery Quilt by Meadow Mist Designs.  Each month instructions arrived by email.  The photo above shows the fabrics I selected for this project.

I made some progress, but I didn't keep up with the monthly schedule.  Since January's instructions were for finishing (!), I decided that this HAD to be the project that I took to work on at the quilting retreat.

Here is one finished block.

Here are all the finished but unassembled pieces up on the design wall at the retreat center.  I finished sewing the top with about ten minutes to spare  before heading back home this afternoon.

 Once I got home, I laid it across the guest room bed.  I can't wait to take it to be machine quilted!  

Yay me!  Yay 2016 Goals progress!

The retreat was SO fun!  Tonight I am stiff from sitting over the sewing machine for the past 4 days, exhausted (and looking forward to sleeping in my own comfy bed tonight), and happy from all the shared laughter and ideas with excellent company.  :)
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Friday, January 29, 2016

Frugal Friday File...


Successes:

1.  Cards made and sent from my stash of supplies.  Nothing purchased.

2.  Cancelled scheduled friend-date for dinner and auction.  It was rainy, I was already in city for mammogram, and didn't want to wait there for hours till meet up or waste gas to come home only to turn around and go back, so I called friend and begged off.  Coming home and crawling under the covers to read was much cozier and way more frugal.

3.  Suffered through a really awful cooking-with-leftovers experiment.  Blech...but on the other hand, no one was hungry afterwards and no $ spent.

4.  Really mild temperatures this winter have made for low heating bills.

5.  I found rolls of my favorite shelf liner tucked away in a cupboard.  Saves me buying any to line the newly painted shelves in the laundry room.  Yea!


Keep Tryings:

1.  Forgot to get cash before my mammogram appointment; wasted $4 in ATM fees using on-site ATM to get cash for parking.

2.  Ordered more quilt fabric.


Frugal From the Kitchen this week:

Saturday...Tuna Casserole, Broccoli
Sunday...Southwestern Twice-Baked Potatoes
Monday...ate leftovers out of fridge
Tuesday...(not frugal...burgers out)
Wednesday...Quesadillas
Thursday...Italian Chicken Twice-Baked Potatoes
Friday...chicken something-or-other (cooked extra chicken when I was prepping potatoes last night)
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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Retreat meal prep...


The quilt retreat is this weekend.  I am not ready, but I'm closer than I was.

We will be cooking ourselves.  No, that's not right.  We will be cooking FOR ourselves.  Everybody brings their own breakfast preferences, and since the numbers of lunches and dinners that we will be having there equals the number of attendees, we drew lots to see who would provide and prepare which meal.  I got Tuesday lunch.  Since we are leaving there right after lunch on Tuesday, I wanted something really easy, so I wouldn't lose Tuesday-morning productivity, and also easy to clean up after.

I found a recipe for Southwestern Twice-Baked Potatoes (not pictured) that I thought would be a possible solution.  I made them Sunday, and the family really liked them.  When I went to buy groceries today, I decided to switch up the recipe to use diced chicken, butter, sour cream, Parmesan, sliced black olives, green onions, garlic, Italian seasonings, topped with mozzarella, and after baking, topping with some extra sour cream and pesto.  I gave them a trial run for dinner tonight. (Tonight's are pictured above.  I had limited mozzarella, so I used cheddar on ours.) 

The retreat potatoes are done and in the freezer now.  Then Monday night, I'll move them from the retreat house freezer to the fridge to thaw, and just pop them in the oven to bake late Tuesday morning.  I'm also going to make some Mason Jar salads to serve with them.  
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What I'm reading Wednesday...

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

This one has been on my Kindle for a long while.  It has been made into a movie (being released later this year, I think), so thought I'd better get it read. 
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Think pink...

Got my mammogram today.  It had been a few years, so I am glad to have it off my conscience and to-do list.
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