Monday, March 18, 2019

My Menu Plan for this Week 3/18/19!









It took three times going over to my daughters before I finally remembered to get the sauerkraut in her basement.  Got it this morning just in time for Reuben sandwiches today.   It stays nice and cool in her basement pantry.  Without a basement or cellar it can get too hot here to keep.  

I'm not really sure I like those green canning jars so much when I fill them with kraut.   Kind of look like Kraut has something wrong with it ha ha.  All is good though and the sandwiches will be great today.  

Yesterday was a new beginning on our low carb diet.  I'm going back to one cheat meal a week which seemed to work great for us before.  He is on board again, thank goodness.  I will eat everything he does, so I'm glad.  Never give up I guess.  



Monday              Reuben  Sandwiches (with low carb bread) and leftover  baked beans

Tuesday              Chili (made with leftover hamburgers)

Wednesday         Ham and cheese omelets

Thursday            Pork Chops (just fried down brown), sweet potato fries, and coleslaw

Friday                 Turkey and Dumplings (turkey that was frozen from last turkey dinner-cheat meal)

Saturday             Spaghetti  (grandkids will be here-spaghetti squash for us)

Sunday               Out to eat with grandkids- where ever we go I'm going to be good


What's on your menu plan for this week?

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Free Kindle Books for Today 3/18/19!

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Free Kindle Books for today 3/18/19 Make sure you check the price before you buy, Amazon prices can change frequently. If you don’t have a Kindle you can download your favorite Kindle Book on any tablet or smartphone with a free Kindle Reading App


Her Irish Surrender (Holiday Mail Order Brides Book 4) by [Morgan, Kit]



Amish Mystery and Romance MegaBook by [Augsburger, Abigail ]

Spiralizer Cookbook: Inspiralized, Creative and Healthy Spiralizer Recipes for Energy Boosting and Weight Loss (Spiralize Everything  Book 2) by [Fawn, Brendan]


How To Crochet - A Guide For Newbies (Crafty Creations Book 1) by [Taylor, Sarah]

Trapped (Tales of Friendship Bog Book 3) by [Repp, Gloria]





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Sunday, March 17, 2019

My Frugal Ways this Past Week 3/17/19!


Snow after a tornado



What can I say about the weather this past week in our part of Michigan, except for it was wild.  We had a wonderful 2 hours of 60 degree weather on Thursday, then the wind picked up and the tornado sirens went off.  They said that we ended up with 4 tornadoes touching down in our area.  There were many homes and barns that were damaged or completely destroyed.  I haven't heard of any serious injuries so we are blessed that way for sure.  

Then a cold snap blew in and we ended up with snow on the ground yesterday morning.  Okay, I've changed my mind "crazy" is a great word.  

So far this morning all is calm and the corned beef is in the crock pot.  I hope you have a great St. Patrick's day.

Here are the ways I've saved this past week:

Our daughter gave us a box of food she wouldn't use before it went bad.  It was full of potatoes, onions, mozzarella cheese, garlic, and carrots.   I used the potatoes. onion, and garlic to make fried potatoes and used the mozzarella to make fat head rolls.

I picked up the cat food with the free coupon I got in the mail.  The bag even had a coupon on it for a free can of wet food. 


An estate sale quilt

My greatest find at the estate sales this week was a quilt (queen size) for only two dollars.  It doesn't have a stain or tear, it's just beautiful.  This estate sale was quite disorganized and you had to hunt for the treasures.  For this it was worth the hunt. 


I'm making waffles and blueberry syrup (both low carb) as I'm typing.  I'm making enough to freeze ahead for another breakfast.  Although we try to keep it mostly low carb I feel that we have fell off the low carb eating quite a bit.  I  hope to remedy that from here on out.   In other words he doesn't get mashed potatoes with his corned beef today!  

Goals:

Keep sewing and crocheting projects.

Keep Spring cleaning.  

What are the ways you saved this week?

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

My Grocery Shopping Total for this Week 3/16/19!












Normally when I go grocery shopping on Saturday I put that total on the next week's bill.   I decided this week though to just go ahead and show you since I already have went this morning.  We needed to go get our corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick's Day!  This total though will go on next week's grand total.  So this next week I hope to only spend around $50.00.  It's how I make it work in my head...I know it probably doesn't make any sense!     

In case your new here - I grocery shop for 3 people and the grandkids when they come.  

Meijer

Bananas       .84
Cabbage   $1.18
Tomatoes  $2.01
Corned beef  $9.51
Purina one cat food (free with coupon in the mail)
Purina one wet cat food (free with coupon on the bag of dry food)
2 cake mix $1.00 each
3 Eckrich Franks $1.00 each
Lays Potato chips $1.00
2 Meijer buns       $1.00 each
8 cans of soup      $1.00 each
16 jars of Prego   $1.00 each  (I feel good about this price because we love this spaghetti sauce the best)
2 gallons of Milk  $1.79 each
-3.00 for 3 free items

Total $49.96


The beginning of the week we went to Walmart and I didn't take a picture.  Sorry.  

2 variety packs of snacks for the grandkids (we keep these in the car)  4.74 and 6.72
2 packs of bologna  $4.32 each
Chicken breast $7.72 ($1.69 a pound -reduced)
Milk  $1.89
Bananas $1.25
Diet pop   $1.88
Total $33.72


How did you do grocery shopping this past week?

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Free Kindle Books for Today 3/16/19!

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In Love by Christmas: Three Sweet, Clean, and Heartwarming Christian Romances by [Verde, Alexa]

London Loves: Four sweet and clean inspiring Christian romances from the Love in Store series by [Macarthur, Autumn]


Seasons of Change (Under the Sun) by [Ueckermann, Marion]


Tasty Homemade Pasta: The Pasta Cookbook with Effortless Recipes by [Marshall, Joseph ]
Daddy Dragon Saves the Day: Picture Rhyming book for kids age 3-6 years old, Short and funny bedtime story for preschoolers by [Blair, Marie]



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Friday, March 15, 2019

Book Review: Citizens of Logan Pond: a Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Series by Rebecca Belliston

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Citizens of Logan Pond: a Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Series by [Belliston, Rebecca]

Citizens of Logan Pond: a Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Series by 


The economy crashed, the country is floundering, and Carrie Ashworth struggles to keep her siblings alive. She has two jobs in her newly-formed, newly-outlawed clan: grow crops to feed thirty-six people and maintain contact with Oliver Simmons, their local patrolman. Carrie’s life is almost content when Greg Pierce shows up. A man with the ambition to help them survive. 

A man determined to hate her.

Citizens of Logan Pond is a dystopian trilogy that follows Carrie and her family's fight to survive in a financially collapsed America. Within the confines of their small neighborhood, the people of Logan Pond must pull together to hide from the oppressive government. But when Greg Pierce shows up, he threatens to destroy the clan's delicate balance--or to save them. 

This series has heart-pounding, page-turning suspense that is "all too real," a clean romance that is sure to leave you wondering:

What price would you pay for your life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?

PRAISE FOR LIFE: "A powerful, realistic story about life and love and the resilience of the human spirit. Just the right mix of action, drama, and romance." - Readers' Favorite

PRAISE FOR LIBERTY: "A piece that should be required reading for young and old alike." - In D'tale Magazine

PRAISE FOR THE PURSUIT: "An amazing series. These characters have jumped off the pages, coming to life for me. I feel like they are real friends (and enemies) and this thrilling conclusion is perfect." - Katie's Clean Book Collection


My Thoughts:

This book is a page turner plus a stay up all nighter.  The circumstances that led up to the downfall felt so real and described so perfectly, that I know that they could definitely come true.  We never know what will happen and we should be prepared. 

I love that I could read one book after another in this series.  I had to know what and how it happened and it was good not to wait.  Although bad things happened in this book I was never depressed too long because they never lost hope for the future.  Full of action and romance, Citizens of Logan Pond kept me interested till the end.    

The characters were so well described that I felt like I knew some of them by the end.  I especially admired Carrie because of her love for everyone and the way she made sure her family were protected.  She didn't let her circumstances make her angry.  


This is listed as Christian, and I admired most of the characters because they tried to live right, Christianity though was barely mentioned.  That's the only downfall I had with this great read.  Well, worth the read though!  

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