Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Thrifty Tuesday

It was a misty, damp, snowy day today. I did manage to get my morning walk in and even added a couple of blocks to my route. I was however happy to get in out of the wind and damp. Had a cup of coffee and got to work.

I made my shopping list for tomorrow using the fliers and the coupons from the store I visit the most. Surprising enough they have a $5.00 off of $40.00 shop, plus a $3.00 off any roast of beef. You can bet I am going to use those. 

I pulled out my mending pile and took out the first sock to darn. Hmmm, I would be darning over darning for the third time (my, Harvey is rough on his socks). This would make them a bit to bumpy to walk on so I turned them into ties for the garden, and a couple into dusting mitts.

I added a bit of water to my shampoo about a week ago, and I am still using it. Getting lots of lather still. Rinsed out the dish washing liquid and got to use that for a few more dish washing sessions.

I got three lovely candles from Kris for Christmas. Two of the smaller ones are finished (well at least as far as the wick is concerned). I scraped out the wax, got rid of the wicks and metal clips. I will melt the wax and repour into one of the holders. I should be able to get a bit more use out of the lovely scented wax.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Menu Monday

This week will include one of our very infrequent dining out nights. I was a leader for Girl Guides of Canada Guides Du Canada for many years and am what could be classified as a sucker for any fund raising done by them. So this year when my neighbours grandgirls came knocking at my door with "Steak Night Tickets" I bought 2, really quite inexpensive considering. However if the meal is not up to Harvey's standards there will be another place we won't be eating at.


Chicken breasts, just not sure how these will be served. I am leaning towards lemon chicken.... and serving with rice, the remainder of a bag of frozen corn and some type of dessert.


Out for Steak Night (yeah no cooking).


Leftover pork roast from Sunday. I am leaning towards a stir fry.


Soup and sandwiches. I will likely use up the Turkey noodle soup from the freezer and as I have lots of eggs make egg salad sandwiches.


Fish fillets, coleslaw and fries.


Clean out the fridge, or if there isn't enough in the leftover department I will pull out a bag of leftover ham and make Scalloped potatoes and ham. Either way I plan on having a salad with the meal.


Beef roast, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables and the leftover salad. 

As usual lunches will be sandwiches or leftovers (or in my case some toast).

Everybody have a wonderful day. 

God bless.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday Ramblings

I decided like a few other bloggers to try and finish up 9 projects this month. So far I am on track to finish 9 knitting projects. Sure they are only socks, but to finish 9 pairs in about 3 weeks (bit slow on the uptick here) is pretty much pushing my knitting capability.

I am on pair number 4 and moving right along, however I am beginning to get the urge to knit something else and have to remind myself I am almost at my goal. Hopefully I will share pictures of the finished group at the end of the month.

It has been another quiet day here. As I was busy knitting I decided to start a new series on the box. I picked Vera. My this series is going to take awhile to get through. Each episode is the length of a movie. In season 1 there are 6 episodes so I have a feelin each season will be 4 or 6 episodes and there are 9 seasons to watch. I am really enjoying it so far and it makes the knitting just zip right along.

Mass was different today. I can't really explain how, other than it was way longer than usual, perhaps it was because I noticed things happening that I never noticed before. After distributing the cup and I had gone back to my seat I watched the interaction around the altar. One lady more or less pushed one of our older parishioners out of the way in order to take the leftover hosts to the tabernacle. Then went and sat beside the woman (who is a sacristan) whom she pushed aside. I have noticed little things before with this same person, and I don't like what I see happening. I don't know if it is because of rudeness or because something else is going on. This same woman was waving from the sanctuary at her grand daughter, and making faces. Must think long and hard about what is going on and whether or not this is a change the Mass should take.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Frugal Friday

1.  Harvey cut the vents in the floors to save the hours on our bill from the heating people. He only has one left to cut.

2.  Managed to use up all leftovers this week, with no waste. I did make a tinfoil meal for Kris to have when he comes home.

3.  Combined errands to save wear and tear on our vehicle.

4.  Turned down the heat in our bedroom the last two nights as it has been warmer out. I will probably be turning it down a bit more tonight.

5.  Using up the orphan skeins of yarn plus any leftovers to make socks. Anything left from this project will be used to make a warm many coloured blanket.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Thursday Tidbits

This has been a slightly upside down day. I am going to end up re cleaning many of the areas I cleaned this week. Mainly because this has happened.

We now have the hole cut through the cement into the new part of the basement. Work will begin on the venting as soon as M is finished the job he is on now, probably towards the end of next week.

We are now one step closer to being able to finish off the basement and get all our things out of storage. Thus saving us some of our hard earned cash. 

Once the venting is done we will get the electricians back in. They should be done in a couple of hours and the phone line can go in next. 

Harvey is looking forward to doing the finishing work. He said it will be nice not to wait for anyone. Me, well I am looking forward to having my house back to normal and room to move around my sewing/craft room once again.

A project we only expected to take a few months has grown into almost a year and a half of waiting. Now we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Using It Up

The past couple of days have seen me use up some of those proportioned bags of leftover roasted meats in the fridge.

On Monday I used up a bag of frozen ham to make a casserole. Turned out pretty darn good.

I didn't get a picture of this one (couldn't find the camera when I needed it) but thought I would share the recipe with you all.

Ham, Rice, Broccoli Cheese Bake

1 cup rice
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 can of water (I used the rinse water from getting the soup out)
1 1/2 cups finely diced cooked ham
1 cup finely diced broccoli
2 cups grated cheese
1 can mushrooms

Mix everything together in a greased casserole and bake at 350 for 1 hour plus a bit more.

Harvey actually had two helpings the first night and since I had so many leftovers finished it off for his supper tonight.

The next night I pulled that bag of frozen chicken out to use up.

I did get a picture of this casserole.

I used a recipe that actually called for leftover turkey, but I have always used chicken interchangeably with that ingredient. I was also missing a few ingredients, but with some subbing things worked out perfectly.

Southern Turkey Casserole

2 tbsp. hard butter (I used a bit of oil instead)
1 medium onion chopped
3 cups chopped cabbage
2 cups chopped turkey (I used chicken here instead)
1 cup long grain rice
2 tsp parsley flakes
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 to 1/2 tsp pepper
1/8 to 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (I seem to have run out of this but have plenty of hot sauce, gave a good shake into the mixture and stirred it in)
3 cups tomato juice (didn't have this so subbed in another can of the next ingredient with a bit of water added)
2 398 ml (14 oz) cans of stewed tomatoes with their juice (break up the tomatoes)

Melt the margarine (or heat the oil) in a large frying pan on medium. Add the onion and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring often until softened. Turn into greased 3 qt or 3 l casserole. Add the next 8 ingredients and stir well.

Pour the tomatoes and the water over top. Stir. Cover and bake at 350 F (175 C) for about 1 1/2 hours or until rice and cabbage are tender. This serves 6.

We have enough leftover for us to eat tomorrow for our supper and to make a tin foil meal for Kris.

Surprisingly this tastes almost like cabbage rolls (stuffed cabbage), but is a great deal easier to put together.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Thrifty Tuesday

Perhaps the most thrifty thing I do every week is to make use of all leftovers in other meals. I have paid good money for the items I use in making meals and I want to get the most out of each and everything.

As you have probably noticed I always do a roast meal of some sort on Sundays. Once the meat is cut up and we have eaten I package up all the leftover meat for meals later on. Usually I portion everything out and freeze the bags in the upstairs freezer. Sometimes the leftovers seem never ending (which is good) and other times there are only two or three bags to be used. 

I usually make casseroles from the leftovers, which stretches the meat even further. I always get two meals for Harvey and I from one casserole, and sometimes there is enough for a lunch later on. Or I make a tin foil meal for Kris to take home with him in his care package if I think he will enjoy it. 

This week we will be having two meals made with freezer leftovers (one last night and one tonight) and the remains (Harvey was pretty hungry after his snow removal yesterday) and on Thursday we will have another meal from one of the casseroles (the other will be used for lunches). 

I fooled around with my blog a bit today and finally got how to add reply to comments. So simple, that I wonder why I didn't do it before. Now I can actually reply to everyone.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.