Nov 232014

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013Having the monthly meal plan already typed up has been helpful.  I like that you all can see my month at a glance, if desired, and also it was a hands-on activity that showed me just how often we repeat some things.  Yes, I can see it on the printed menu also.  Typing it out was another way that made it more obvious.

Our freezer was pretty bare of the basics when the month began.  I had used up most of our meats, though had several pounds of pre-cooked ground beef and a bag of pork chops.  There was also a box of pizza dough balls, black beans, green tomato puree and various other vegetables.  As the month went along, I realized that the meat sales I was hoping for just were not happening.  We have had alternative meals several times.  Thankfully my husband likes spaghetti.  Last week I decided to buy extra salad items instead of paying $7 per pound for minute steaks.

When I mentioned it to my husband, his response was, “But I like minute steaks.  You should have bought them.”

“I do too, but not at $7 a pound.  For that price I would rather have steak, or salad. You like salads, too.B  I will buy them again … when a sale comes around.  But not at the current price.”

There is a reason I tease him that me going without him is one of the biggest savers of our grocery bill.

Speaking of our spending, I looked back over this months spending all together and noted that about half the time I used cash, and the other half I used a card.  Seems I was more comfortable using cash on the smaller purchases (under $20) than the larger ones.  Not sure if this was due to the amount of cash I had on me, or the reluctance to give the cashier all my cash.  I now see why having all your budgeted money with you in a predesignated envelope is recommended when you begin.

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There is also the option to purchase this as a gift for someone else. This would make a great gift for a new wife or mom, someone who says they do not want more clutter in their home, or that friend/relative who is trying to become more organized.  There are so many scenarios I am thinking of where this would be perfect.

strawberry handpie on plate 2

This week’s menu was made with the main goal being no leftovers.  I was looking for easy meals – easy to make, easy to clean up, and with as few ingredients as possible.


  1. Strawberry-Jam Hand Pies
  2. Cereal
  3. Eggs, Toast, Fruit
  4. Peaches and Cream Oatmeal
  5. THANKSGIVING  - visiting family
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  7. THANKSGIVING  - visiting family


  1. Eat Out
  2. Salad
  3. Salad
  4. Pizza
  5. THANKSGIVING  - visiting family
  6. THANKSGIVING  - visiting family
  7. THANKSGIVING  - visiting famiy


  1. Leftovers
  2. Basic Crepes
  3. Sandwiches
  4. Traveling
  5. THANKSGIVING  - visiting family
  6. THANKSGIVING  - visiting family
  7. THANKSGIVING  - visiting family


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Also check out Confessions of a Homeschooler’s November’s Monthly Meal Plan.


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Nov 222014


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Nov 222014

This week has been fairly quiet in the garden, if you look at just what I, personally, was up to.

The strawberry beds finally were covered for the winter.  I removed the bird netting and broke up a bale of straw to cover them.  (After looking it up, I now understand that hay is what animals eat and straw is what you use for bedding.  Seems I’ve been getting it backwards.)  I may cover this with old fencing.  Well, it will be ‘old’ once I pull up the broken stakes and remove them.  Next year I need to find fencing with smaller  holes and am going to invest in metal stakes.

I had bought two bales of straw for this, not realizing just how big the bales were.  The other bale will be used to cover the ground for next year’s potato patch, once I am able to turn over the soil and cover it with mulched leaves.  We are having a weekend of non-freezing temps that will hopefully aid in this activity.

Strawberry bed covered in straw

I also strained the apples peels from the jars sitting on the counter.  This was a first for me this year, making apple cider vinegar.  Once I get to the end result I will tell you all more about it.  It has been a learning experience and may be one I try again, after implementing the lessons learned.  :)

Apple Peels In A JarSo that is what I, personally, have been up to.  Now begins the not so quiet part, and that would be the cue for the construction workers to enter.

digging for garage foundation collage

It began with the arrival of the jackhammer, used to break up the concrete in front of the garage.  This will be the first winter, since we were married, that my husband will have to park outside and potentially deal with snow.  It should not last long though, as they are moving along fairly quickly. Maybe a month, or less, and the garage will be usable for vehicles again.

After the jackhammer came the bobcat.  This was the Day Of Little Boys.  Olaf was first to watch them work.  Then he left, to be replaced by George and Jack after school.  The kids were so excited they wanted to share the thrill, so invited some neighbor boys to come watch. Four boys, grade K – 3, running around asking questions and just over all excited to have a bobcat digging up the yard was fun. The one neighbor boy stood by a tree and watched.  And watched.  And watched.  I am pretty sure he was in love.  :)

Then came the COLD spell and all work stopped.  A broken hydrolic hose may have also helped with the break.  They covered the trench with tarps and let it sit for a few days.

Once work started again, the trench was dug all the way in front of the garage.  Now for sure we were not going to be parking in there.

Thursday rebars and other supports were added to the trench, followed by concrete on Friday.  Not sure how I thought concrete would be added, but a big yellow truck was NOT what I was thinking.

I contemplated bringing Jack home for lunch to watch the action, went so far as to call the school, but then realized I would never get him to go back to school afterwards.  Instead I took videos and a few pictures, which they watched on the way home from school.  Their greeting after school is no long, “Hi, Mom.  How was your day?”  It is now, “So, Mom, what did you do with the house today?”  Just a bit telling isn’t it?

Hope your week has been a good one.  ~Rosie



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They're Here!

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Free Address Labels from Shutterfly

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