Monday, January 20, 2020

Taking it Easy, Menu Planning and Egg Shells!

(Picture:  lettuce I harvested from one of our grow barrels.  You can read about how we're going to use it further down in this post.)

I continued the protocol I’m using to treat my vertigo and it continues to improve.   Lying down or getting up, leaning my head back and sudden movements with my head still bring a bit of dizziness, but it is much better than what it was.  I’m so glad to be recovering!

I boiled some eggs this morning to have to eat this week.  I rinsed out the egg shells, placed them in a bowl and set the bowl by the wood stove so the eggshells would dry.  As soon as they’re dry I’ll crush them up and add them to my jar of crushed egg shells that I’m saving to use when we plant tomatoes.

Yesterday, when my vertigo was the worst I was able to sit still and do okay.  So, I got caught up on the Youtube channels that I watch and in the process discovered a new one: Centsible Living with Money Mom.  I watched several of her videos and liked what I saw.   I thought some of you might like this 'new to me' channel too!

I earned a $5 Amazon gift card from Bing!  Yeah!  I'm adding this to my Vicky Challenge total which brings it to $191.

While I've been taking it easy recovering from vertigo, I made out our dinner menu for the rest of the week:

Tuesday:   Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwiches (using tomatoes grown in our greenhouse and lettuce grown in one of our grow barrels), chips and potato salad.  The bacon was purchased a few weeks back when it was $1.99/lb at a local store.  Needless to say we stocked up so now we have bacon on hand for awhile to use when desired.  The bread (sourdough) for the BLT sandwiches came from a Mennonite store we stopped at while traveling last week.

Wednesday:  Okra soup over rice  (This will be an easy meal to prepare as the last time we made okra soup we made extra and froze it.  We did the same with the rice.  This meal is simply a thaw, heat and eat meal; I like those kind of meals!)

Thursday:  grilled steak, steamed broccoli, stewed potatoes  (the steaks were purchased several weeks ago and brought home, divided up and frozen, the potatoes are some we brought back from the Mennonites last fall that need to be used.  The broccoli was purchased in bulk from Sam’s Club a couple of weeks ago.  The bulk bag has 4 individual steamable bags inside.  We’ll pull out one of the individual bags, seal the big bag back up and leave it in the freezer. Even though there are only two of us, we still buy everything we can in bulk and preserve most of it.  It’s less expensive and a good way to add to our pantry.)

Friday:  meatloaf (I’ll make 2 and freeze 1 for a later meal), green beans with mushrooms and onions, sweet potato wedges.  The green beans are home-canned as are the mushrooms.  The sweet potatoes are from our freezer.

Saturday:  home-canned pulled pork, home-canned beets and home-canned white beans

I worked on my doll's hair a little more today, I've decided to name her 'Lilly' so from now on, that's what I'll refer to her as.  When I get Lilly's hair finished I'll share a picture of the style I decided on, I think it was the best option for her hair.

That’s it for today, I hope you find something that will inspire and encourage you in your frugal, pantry building, money saving walk.

The high temp today was 41 degrees!  We had a cold front to come through over night and our temps dropped 20 degrees!  Brrrr!

I hope you've had a great day!


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  1. Your menu sounds yummy! It is great to have all those meals frozen and canned! BLT's sound so good but I think I am waiting for better tomatoes. I had about 5 pounds of sprouting potatoes here so today I peeled and cubed them all and cooked all but enough for mashed potatoes for tomorrow night. Those are covered with water in the fridge. A third of the rest made potato salad, another third will be breakfast potatoes and the final third will be cheese potatoes served with salmon in a few days. I was glad to have those dealt with and to not have wasted them all. A few went to the compost.

    1. Lana, I just peeled and am now cooking potatoes for tomorrow's potato salad. Cheese potatoes sound, how do you prepare them? I'm trying to use the ones we have left before they get to the 'composting' stage! Even so, if there are some that wind up in the compost, they'll just be recycled into soil for the garden!

    2. I will put them on a shallow greased casserole and dot with butter, s&p and shredded cheese. Cover and bake until hot. It is a good way to use up odds and ends of cheese. A Hubby favorite.

    3. Lana, that sounds like something we would enjoy! Thank you!

  2. I'm currently trying to use up some of my pantry supplies and avoid shopping. My pantry and freezers are so full, I can't fit much more in! My mom and I stopped in a grocery store today to pick up milk, and I found sausages on sale for $5, with $2 off stickers on the pack (short dated). Since we were low on sausages, I grabbed three packs. My mom looked at me and said, "we need to get out of here, don't we?". Yup, thus why I need to avoid shopping!

    At the same time, the famiy is bored with the same old meals. I'm trying to find new/different recipes to make with what we have on hand. That's always fun. It's a challenge, but we've tried a few things that may stay in the meal rotation. My daughter is on a lentils kick (we just discovered she loves lentils), so lots of experimenting with lentil recipes for her school lunches right now, too.

    Thanks for sharing the Youtube series with us. I'm going to check it out! A couple months ago, I watched the "Struggle Meals" youtube series, and really enjoyed it. I was sad there were only 2 seasons worth to watch. If you haven't watched this one, it might be of interest to you.

    1. Rhonda, I will check out the 'Struggle Meals' Youtube series, thank you. I think all of us get in ruts from time to time with eating the same ole meals. I know we do and I have to stop and, like you, make a concentrated effort to find new ways to fix what's in our pantry. I find it helps to keep a list of meals we eat to get ideas from. A list of 30 - 45 different meals to choose from gives lots of variety and helps with food fatigue. If we need to we'll buy new things to add to what we have on hand to make a new dish. As you know, meal planning is a skill that we just keep fine tuning. I chuckled at what your mom said while the two of you were at the grocery store, I would have bought the sausage too!!!

  3. Pasty, would you let me know how you fixed Lilly's hair? I have an old doll (she's about 2 to 3feet tall). I want to refurbish her. Thank you.

    1. Unknown, Here's the link to what I did …


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