Thursday, December 30, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
So I thought I'd try my hand a making homemade vanilla. Everyone is doing it you know! Well at least her and her.
I read the ingredients on my bottle of vanilla- water, ethyl alcohol, vanilla bean extract, sugar. What SUGAR?? WATER??? Gag. Really can't thing be what they are supposed to be. One fifth of vodka, vanilla beans plus six months to age and voila I'll have so REAL vanilla.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Monday we had Tex-mex squash soup -which used up the butternut and acorn squash.
Thursday was Spaghetti with well used up the spaghetti squash.
All that is left is pumpkin which will be made into custard or plain pie filling tomorrow.
Monday morning I popped them in the oven so they would be waiting for me when I needed them.
All done!!! Cut open, discard seeds, and scoop out flesh. Puree flesh with stick blender until creamy. This cooking before cutting worked awesome on all except them spaghetti squash, it was kind of hard to get the seeds out with out everything else coming out.
That would be eight loads just in case you were wondering. I didn't even begin on the bedding yet....sigh.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
6.) cuc- shortened so she didn't have to write too much.
7.) oluv oill
There were illustrations also just in case I couldn't read her writing!!
Here is the list for you non phonics readers!:-)
Monday, November 29, 2010
We even took the kids to McD's for the first time ever this weekend! It was the end prize of the room cleaning competition, boys vs. girls.
So this evening I grabbed a food pharisee in training, Lula, and hit up the grocery store. This is what 42 bucks will buy you. I feel better already. The rutabaga is the "new" veggie for us. The kale is slowing becoming a staple.
Racky the other day, "I'm beginning to like kale chips!" Hallelujah!!! I did hit up Rite Aid yesterday $1.60. They forced me to buy the candy bars, okay not, but she said I had to spend 62 more cents so that is what I grabbed. I'm down $3 UP rewards but the toothpaste alone would have cost $5.49. I hope to get better at making coupons work for our "needs".
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Here the math, because I'm a nerd like that.
$3 for lids
$20 of apples
So $23 divide by 60, we got 60 quarts out of it plus they ate mad crazy gobs of it all day today.
.38 a jar!!!!!
Not too bad I do say.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
He had answers like "I don't know what they are talking about??" And "Huh?"
Nice! Why not just ask me?
So I guess I need to start checking his work daily or at least every other day:-) The joys of a homeschooling mother.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
This does cause a problem for making lunches come Wednesday morning.
Veggies to the rescue! Slather your bread with butter and pile high with veggies, the more the better!
No meat needed, this is so yummy.
(Do I get a prize for using Wednesday about a zillion times in one post?)
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
I exceeded the budget by way too much! I just can't handle the pressure;-)
The hubby did end up picking up 4 dozen more eggs and a couple of loaves of bread. $17.
I also spent a nice chunk of change on a quarter of a grass feed cow. But we're not going to talk about that because I still don't have the meat and it cost quite a bit.
If anyone was counting here is a rough estimate of a few staples.
12 pounds of butter
14 dozen eggs
13 quarts of yogurt
10 bunches of bananas
13 loaves of bread, including rice bread, Sami's gluten free bread, Ezekiel bread and hot dog buns
1 box of wine (what wine isn't a staple at your house?!?!?)
We have lots of food left too. We only used 2 pounds of the venison, and 2 pieces of salmon. We also have a package of chicken sausages from Costco we haven't even opened. Plus about 18 packages of the chicken sausages from Meijer. Also we have salsa for the the next month or month and a half. And toilet paper we have plenty of that for a while.
The hubby wasn't really into my little experiment. He kept buying chips, and cookies and ice cream. I know if things get to the point that we really do have to watch what we spend that he will realize that those things are optional and are empty calories of no nutritional value. He usually doesn't go to the store that much but I was stuck home with a bunch of kids with the chicken pox so I was at his mercy. He was of a great help this month.
Things I didn't need to buy diapers and toiletries other than toothpaste. I have only spent about 85 dollars of diapers of the baby so far and she is almost 9 months old. Shampoo and soap and other essential are picked up for pennies and horded for future use. Fruit was another thing I didn't buy much of we still have tons of canned pears and peaches.
Because we have the means I stick to buying organic things off the dirty dozen list like potatoes, lettuce and celery. Also meat we try not to buy cheap meat.
We also didn't go out to eat, not once. Now how many families in our day and age can say that?
$23.22 per day
$3.87 per person per day
$1.29 per meal
Well I'm off to Costco to buy more butter!!!!
Saturday, October 30, 2010
That is over 200 calories of butter per day per person. This is just butter and not all the olive oil we've gone through. If I had to guess on olive oil I would say about 5 to 6 tablespoons per day for us. Or another 100 calories per person.
I usually eat three whole eggs and about 70 calories of butter for breakfast. Between the egg yolks and butter most of the calories are from fat.
People fats do not make you fat!!!!!
I am nursing so I get to consume a mass amount of food so this does help. But bring on the cream on top yogurt and eggs yolks, butter, olive oil. Eating a bowl of granola and full fat yogurt to the tune of 4 or 5 hundred calories keeps me from diving head first into a bag of chips or cookies at 10:30 in the morning. Fats digest slow causing you to not have to eat every two minutes.
Full fat milk will not make you fat, skim milk will. Extra calories will make you fat. And you will eat too much if you constantly feel hungry or starved for nutrition. You will eat mixing bowls of ice cream made out of skim milk but try eating more that a thin slice of full fat cheese cake or scoop of coconut ice cream.
Real food is hard to binge on. When is the last time you over indulged on broccoli or carrot sticks. Keep it real and you body will figure the rest out.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Yes that is crap chocolate but at 50 cents a bag and three girls COVERED with the chicken pox it is helping save my sanity.
I also bought three things of toothpaste, per the hubby's request, and rented a movie for the girls so 8 more dollars for that.
I'll be doing more shopping too because we're almost out of eggs. Yes we have less that a dozen eggs left, we ate over 4 dozen eggs this week. I think its safe to say we have a big family and big families eat a ton of food.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
We've looked up the four year old cheeseburger on YouTube that even mold and bacteria won't touch. But now the bakery goods!!! I wonder what would happen to those Costco cakes everyone raves about. GAG!!!
So please go read this WITH YOUR KIDS!!!
If it doesn't rot don't eat it!!!!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
We also were gifted a deer which we had to pay to have process so $45 for that.
Maybe it because you're watching me but I can't seem to stop spending money. Really the money is flying out like crazy.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
She is my official grocery stacker. 51 more dollars. Really I have no restraint! But these were REALLY good deals! My receipt said I saved $171!!!!! I used $65.49 in coupons!!!!
Sausages- $1 (I bought 24)
Olive Oil -Free
Toilet paper -$1.69 each
Cans of MSG - .09 each
I needed contact solution and few groceries, bananas, canned salmon and corn.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
The Epsom salt and sparkling waters are for my patients. Puddin and Racky have the chicken pox- ugh!!!
The hubby also picked up bread and eggs for me on Friday but it came out of "his" money so I'm not counting it.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
I am forever having to go through the house to get rid of stuff!!!!
If I turn my back it breeds, like bunny rabbits!!!
I sometimes wish I too lived in a simpler time. A time without the plastic trinketty crap. A time of true contentment.
Go here and read this. It is so worth your time.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
My receipt says that I saved 38 dollars??? The cans of MSG, I mean cream of mushroom, are for my mom, she uses them so she might as well get them while they're cheap- 9 cents a can. Canning lids are 49 cents a box after coupon- must hunt down more coupons. Taco seasonings were 14 cents a package- they will be donated. The Franks hot sauce stuff was 15 cents, it is the hubby's new favorite, well that and mustard!
I also had a Meijer $2.50 off any dairy coupon so I bought more butter, well you know we have a thing for butter around here. That sweet darling in the picture eats it with a spoon straight from the dish.
Things I didn't buy but wanted to: garbage bags and mint flavored toothpaste. Whoever came up with berry and orange toothpaste has some serious issues but I will use them up before we get more. As for garbage bags were using paper bags and just dealing with the mess that they make.
Well better scoot off to the kitchen and get food in order for the next few days so we can make lots and lots of applesauce.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Also the kids got to learn how to pick apples. They did really well. We only spent about a 1 hour and 15 minutes and that's with all the kids along.
Okay she really has nothing to do with apples, but look how big she is getting. Last week she pulled herself up on a chair to the standing position. Really baby girl please slow down and be a baby a little while longer.
Monday, October 11, 2010
So today we ventured to the Fish Ladder to watch the salmon jump. Before we left we read about salmon and spawning in the encyclopedia. Words like eggs, males, females, fertilize and sperm were used. Lula even asked if the boy and girl fish are like mom and dad and always find each other, so monogamous was even used.
You think they are too young?? Ha, these kids have some ideas and questions sometimes.
"Wow God gave Aunt Michelle a baby really quick after they got married! You (me) had to wait a few years before he gave you one." Lula
"Our babies come every two years. I wonder what the next one will be. We're going to need a bigger car." Racky
"Mom you probably saw the baby first because you probably heard her crying." (Like I had been sleeping or something when she "appeared".) Puddin'
See, their little brains are full of ideas and one of these days I'm going to have to let them know how and why.
It was great fun had by all.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Homeschooling is scary and daunting. Easily overwhelming most days. It is also a great mirror for all my shortcomings.
What have I taught my kids? To count, to read, to multiply? Have I taught them to be patience with one another? Have I taught them contentment? How about doing everything to the glory of God. Have I taught them to love wisdom? Do they see God's mighty hand a work all around us? Have I shown them Christ's love. If they could not hear me and could only see my actions what would they be learning?
What am I not learning from them?
Yes they need to know their "school" but somethings are more important....
What will I teach them today?
Today we ate:
Oat/ rice pancakes topped with butter, lots of butter, and either jam or powdered sugar.
Lunch was left over taco soup, yogurt, corn chips, apple slices and leftover diced potatoes.
Dinner: Salmon casserole (just think tuna casserole)
Snacks were more pancakes and apples with a little chocolate throw in there:)
So far so good.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
So another $59 for that. (Half of my total because we order every eight weeks.)
Sunday, October 3, 2010
The foil pans are super cheap there. But you have to buy 30 at a time. They come out to 20 cents a piece which is awesome compared to say Family Fare or Meijer for them.
We, my mom and us, keep getting 10 bucks off anything at Kohl's so we had to go spend those. First 10 off we got Lula 2 pairs of tights and Lettie and pair of sandals for next year- .94 cents- sweet.
Then Racky's turn, lounge pants. Well he happens to be tall and REALLY skinny so the only ones that fit were $17.50 before our gift card, who on earth would spend 17.50 on a pair of pj pants for a kid?? So just under 8 dollars for those- ouch.
Lastly I hit up Family Fare again for more yogurt and some ice cream for the hubby. $12. The ice cream cost more than all the yogurts.
I did turn so of that yogurt into some waffles that the kids love this morning. I must make some more for the freezer. This isn't going so well. I haven't even been to Costco yet.....
Saturday, October 2, 2010
5 loaves of bread, 2 multi grain, raisin Ezekiel, Ezekiel and rice bread. Rice bread is $6.29 a loaf- ouch!! Also a bottle of sugar free ketchup for Puddin', we're taking him off sugar for a week or two. Can't forget the eggs, three dozen.