Sunday, May 27, 2018

My Frugal Ways this Past Week and the Menu Plan for 5/27/18!



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



Hung clothes on the line when it was hot and sunny (this is a recycled picture).   It helped to keep the house cool and it seemed like they were dry in an instant.

My heart skipped a beat when the washing machine wouldn't turn on a couple of days ago.  My husband put on a new plug and we were back in the laundry business.  Total cost was $5.00 for a good plug. 


I stocked up on many of the Memorial day grocery deals. Hamburger, watermelon $1.99, Buns $1.00 (with my coupon there were 80 cents), Kroger Pop 4 for $9, and strawberries (99 cents a quart). 

We received had 30 cents off a gallon a gas after shopping at Kroger and filled up both vehicles.  

I also recieved a survey from Kroger on my receipt but decided to wait to answer it till June (you have seven days).  I have never done this before but I hope by doing this that the points will go on June's fuel rewards instead of May's.  

Fixed a window screen.




Used grass clippings to mulch what we have planted so far in  the garden.

Enter the county fair online and saved 1/2 of the cost of entering ($5.00).   

I was able to buy another Walmart gift card through Swagbucks for Christmas.  

Menu Plan:


Monday              Picnic and parade to honor the veterans  (hot dogs and hamburgers)

Tuesday              Leftover picnic

Wednesday         Grilled chicken salads made with leaf lettuce from the garden

Thursday            Hamburger helper, mashed potatoes, and green beans.

Friday                 Smoked pork chops and a salad

Saturday              Out to eat

Sunday                      Roast w/fixings if it's cooler or we will figure something else out.


I'm so thankful for our active and retired military for keeping us safe.  I hope you have a great Memorial Day.

What are the ways you've saved this past week?  

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Getting Started In The Flower and Vegetable Garden



I bought this bike planter last year at a garage sale.  It was originally rusted black and it seemed invisible.  This year I painted it white and it's so much better!  I've decided it's okay to change up old things.  


The herb garden that I grow in Mom's old wash tub came back full force and I only had to buy a rosemary plant.  I've already used the chives this week.  Unique planters I think jazz up the garden.  Don't you?  



The lettuce that I started from the winter sown jugs is growing so well.   I've harvested the leaf lettuce multiple times.  It just keeps on giving!   

You can see the feet of my husband roto tilling the garden.  He just tilled the top, trying to help it dry out.   He had mud all over him!

When you can make mud balls it's not ready yet.   Maybe by Monday.  Today looks like.. we may get more rain.    




 Another picture of my lettuce (I think I had mud on my lens before).

How's your garden growing?  

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Free Kindle Books for 5/26/18 Plus 1/2 Off Money Saving Mom's Courses this weekend only!

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Dogwood Alley by [Helton, Alyssa]
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Christine's Promise by [Moser, Kay]


Christine’s Promise



Strawberries Growing: 20 Proven Tips How To Grow Strawberries And Crop First Harvest This Year: (Gardening Books, Better Homes Gardens) by [Fenn, Nathan ]

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Free Kindle Books for Today 5/25/18 Plus Kroger's Free Friday Download!

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Up in Smoke by [Conway, Hannah R.]

Up in Smoke



Sam's Story by [Kuhnke, Jean L.]

Sam's Story 


Container Gardening Month by Month: A Monthly Listing of Tips and Ideas for Creating a Professional Container Garden (The Weekend Gardener Book 1) by [Daniels, Gloria]



Upcycling Crafts: A Compilation of 197 Upcycling Crafts for Beginners - Includes All of Kitty Moore's Best Selling Upcycling Books! by [Moore, Kitty]


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Crocheting: Beginning Crochet with Pictures and Illustrations (Yarn Basics, Color Changes Basic Stitches) by [Wilters, Susan]

Crocheting: Beginning Crochet with Pictures and Illustrations (Yarn Basics, Color Changes Basic Stitches) 


Amish Foods: Eat Like the Amish with Authentic Amish Recipes by [Press, BookSumo]

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Book Review: Plain Perfect by Beth Wiseman

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Plain Perfect (Daughters of the Promise Book 1) by [Wiseman, Beth]

Plain Perfect (Daughters of the Promise Book 1)


From Amazon:


Lillian Miller hopes the Plain life will offer her the peace of mind her heart desperately seeks.
Lillian's first twenty-seven years have been challenging at best. Her decision to get reacquainted with her Amish grandparents in Lancaster County, PA, is an attempt at finding peace in a complicated world. But her plan has a flaw . . . Lillian is practicing the Amish lifestyle with no real understanding or relationship with God. And despite her best efforts, complications arise when she takes a fancy to Amish widower Samuel Stoltzfus who has an eleven-year-old son, David.

My thoughts:

Plain Perfect was full of God's love, forgiveness, and understanding. I felt such peace in the story with the wonderful descriptions of the countryside and people.

I loved Irma Rose in this story.  What a strong Grandma to keep on going when times were rough and life didn't go as planned. She's a great teacher, hard worker, and a loving wife.  I felt like I was right there listening to her and now I too have a greater understanding of the Amish ways. 

Not to forget Lillian because she just bounced off the pages with her exuberance.  Sometimes, when she got things a little mixed up, I was a little embarrassed for her. She was a great character!  

This book reminds me to always try to stay in touch with your family before it's too late. 

A wonderful wonderful read! 

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Free Kindle Books for Today 5/24/18!

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TEXAS ROADS (A Miller's Creek Novel Book 1) by [Bryant, Cathy]


TEXAS ROADS (A Miller's Creek Novel Book 1)


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Twins for the Cowboy (Triple C Cowboys Book 1) by [Goodnight, Linda]


Twins for the Cowboy (Triple C Cowboys Book 1)



Raising Backyard Chickens: A Guide to Chicken Keeping From Incubating Eggs, Caring for Chicks and Feeding Chickens to Egg Laying Hens by [Brandt, Trista]


Raising Backyard Chickens: A Guide to Chicken Keeping From Incubating Eggs, Caring for Chicks and Feeding Chickens to Egg Laying Hens



Chicken Recipes: Top 50 Most Delicious Super Easy 3 Step or Less Chicken Recipes for Family & Friends (Chicken Recipes, Easy Chicken Recipes, Quick Chicken Recipes,Easy and Delicious Chicken Recipes) by [Kelsey, Nancy]


Chicken Recipes: Top 50 Most Delicious Super Easy 3 Step or Less Chicken Recipes for Family & Friends (Chicken Recipes, Easy Chicken Recipes, Quick Chicken Recipes,Easy and Delicious Chicken Recipes)


Easy Camping Recipes: Foil Packet – Campfire Cooking – Grilling – Dutch Oven by [Davidson, Louise]


If My Name Was Amanda by [Edmonds, Curtis]


If My Name Was Amanda 















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