Monday, April 27
Saturday, April 25
Thursday, April 23
Tuesday, April 21
Saturday, April 18
all ready to hunt down the eggs
Thursday, April 16
The other day I was at the the mall, I walked over to Burger King at the food concourse and ordered a Dr. Pepper. The cashier filled me up a cup and said "here you go". *I* said, "What your not taking my money"? "No, that's alright" was the answer. I said, "you sure?" "Yes, I am sure, have a nice day" "Alright, thanks", I said.
Alright so I attempt to pay it forward (yano pass on the same good deed) the woman behind me just arrived and did not see or hear any of what went on so I attempted to give her a dollar toward her bill. I know it's not much but hey she had 2 small girls so any bit should be appreciated. I asked her if she ever heard the saying pay it forward, and she had, so I explained to her I wanted to help toward her bill. SHE REFUSED!!
Next woman behind her heard this whole thing, she looked well off and she too didn't want to take it, I told her I was trying to pay it forward and to please give me some help here. (with a smile) she cautiously took it and said she would donate it someplace. I said that was awesome.
she ate her lunch and waved bye to me as she left.
Just last night I was at McDonald's and I didn't take my purse, I had cash in my pocket but was short 17 cents. lol, I asked the cashier if he would take $8.00 he just looked at me. The guy waiting for his food offered me some change. Wasn't that a nice thing. I was embarrassed but what could I do. I told him he was very kind and to have a fun evening.
Did you ever pay it forward?
Tuesday, April 14
What tips do you have?
Friday, April 10
Today is Good Friday, the day that Jesus was crucified for our sins, however horrible of an ordeal He had to suffer, He did this for all of us, including you, so that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life.
THIS IS MY 100th POST!!!!!
Sam decided today to call off work (to spend the day with ME). He rarely ever calls off work and to do it because of ME, makes me feel really special.
We got up at our regular time (6:00 A.M.) we didn't sleep in.
He took me out to breakfast.
On the way to breakfast we picked up a LARGE CLEAR bag full of toys including a swing with the chain included and the chain is even covered in the protective coating so no fingers get pinched, AND it was in good condition, for Blake's swing set (OK, yes, we,..well *I* dumpster dived) but I know the people and she said last night when I stopped to take all I wanted. :-) Last night we stopped and loaded up a sand table that the kids will have fun with, minus 2 legs. More on this stuff in another post.
Over breakfast, Sam told me that his customer where he has been consulting has extended him 2 more weeks. (this is his 3rd extension). (He's been working contract for this customer since Jan of 2008)
My sister and brother-in-law are on their way here for a few days.
Tonight at church there will be at least 30 individuals getting baptized.
When Jennifer came over this morning to get that big plastic bag from the garbage (above) Sam and I decided to keep Jayde for a few hours while she went to work. It was great having JUST "Jayde time". (But I thought we were going to break Blake's heart, he is the one that gets to stay here w/o Jayde all the time). To my delight he was a just a tad sad but Jennifer said he could come back and ride his new bike after she was done working.
Thursday, April 9
Sorry Jayde, grandma DOES really love you. Both pictures were MY bright idea.
8# of ground round
5# of bagged salad
5# of mozzarella cheese
140 oz of diced tomatoes
2# of shredded cheddar cheese
celery leaves (they charged me 3 cents) did they really need the 3 pennies? I'm not complaining, it's just weird, the produce guy put a upc code on that read 25cents but rang up 3 cents.
40 oz of pasta shells
3# of spaghetti sauce
6 onions (Monica had these on hand) That is the other family a.k.a Tom's wife or Cori, Seth and Joel's mom. They're part of several post so I thought I'd tell you who she is.
1# tomato paste from Monica's pantry
7-2 litters of pop Monica had these on hand
1# of bacon bits
2 mega size cans of green beans
We borrowed the salad dressing from our church refrig.
Whew! I think that's all for the food. I had a recipe I've been wanting to try and it was called Gorilla casserole (feeds 20 hungry people) I took from this recipe and another and multiplied it by 3. We're supposed to cook for 40 but we like left overs and NEVER want to run out of food. Second and THIRD helpings are ALWAYS offered.
I dropped Sam off at home and headed over to Monica's and we cooked on Saturday.
We had a HUGE pot (not pictured)that took a long time to boil water for the pasta but it worked.
Cori browned up ALL 8 pounds of burger in 2 frying pans while Monica and I chopped up carrots, onions, and celery leaves.We eventually dumped the meat mixture in the big pot of tomato mixture and then I scooped it evenly into 2 large pans.We cleaned up the kitchen and I took the pots home to keep in my refrig till the next day when Tom stopped after church to take one home to bake and I baked the other one in my oven. We met at Chosen and the folks there were so gracious telling us how much they appreciate all the meat we put in and it tasted so delicious.
Monica's mom made the dessert and it was really good. Some kind of pumpkin and peach bars.
In the very top picture you can see how we over did it, these dishes are the left overs plus another 9x13 pan not pictured. This works for me because I'm having company for Easter and this will be our Saturday dinner.
Finally, I couldn't take it any longer, I was cold, the furnace is on HOLD at 64 till later in the morning so what I did was....I pulled out the space heater, took off the plastic bag , plugged it in and on she goes to heat up the computer room. I got the smell you get in the fall of the first run of the furnace. I have to keep reminding myself "it's only temporary", it WILL get warm again. :-)
We had flurries on Monday so I decided to dress a little wintery for the day.
Wednesday, April 8
When the bills come due, I write 10 days before due date on envelope and the amount. I paper clip the bills together in order of due date. This way even if your busy and don't get to them that "due date" you still have a couple day buffer. I've been doing this for over 5 years!
Next, how would you like a kitchen tip, something that can make your time with dinner prep a snap...I buy bulk hamburger and brown it all up in 2 frying pans, drain off as much grease as I possibly can. I even dab it with paper towels. THEN I freeze it in 1 pound containers. I have plenty of Tupperware square aways and I have found that a container packed full and making sure you get it in the corners too will do. Plenty of recipe's call for 1# and so I take it out and defrost it or let it sit over night in refrig. and its ready by dinner time. You can defrost 2 at a time or as much as you need.
What tips do you have to share?
Sunday, April 5
As you can see, I was able to snatch up a bunch of yogurt and then 2 bundles of 216 ct. wipes all for a grand total of $7.52. I like yogurt and it's good for a snack anytime of day.
Below you will see 8 packs of Cheetos I even picked up a couple bags for my son-in-law, Jim, he enjoys HOT tasting food so the flaming hot ones are for him. I did try them and can not eat more than 2 at a time, so at that rate, they will be stale. I didn't want them anyway, just needed a sample. Then with Blake wanting fruit snacks I threw in a box and yahoo, my total was....drum roll please...44cents, FOR EVERYTHING IN THE PICTURE. To make things more exciting I used my gift card I got when purchasing the razors in a previous post. I just may take up shopping for others, oh, wait, I already do that for my church food pantry.
P.S. I just couldn't keep my hands still they had to have their 2 cents.
Friday, April 3
After this post, I know your ready for a pretty sight so here comes one. Look above (next post).
I actually sent this to my daughter as an idea for Blakes soccer team snack she will be providing one week. Anybody can get into the game though.