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Helped a Friend Move

March 27th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I helped friends move out of their apartment yesterday. They live in the building across from our apartment. They didn't know they were moving until 2 weeks ago and with a newborn baby they didn't have time to sell anything or make their way through the food in their fridge. They only had a single rented truck for they 3 day trip ahead of them, and they knew they couldn't fit all of their possessions.

So from all of this I ended up taking home tons of food and a bit of furniture. I brought home 5 bags full of food including soup can, 3 cans of non-stick spray, jelly, frozen vegetables, sauces, and so much more. I also got a small side table that I put into my entryway. I'm going to paint it sometime soon as it's all scratched. I got a box of action figures which I will gift to my nephew. I also got a hamburger cage for the grill. I'm totally excited about all my new things. I don't have to go shopping anytime soon.

Food Revolution

March 25th, 2010 at 11:42 am

Just as a Follow Up to my earlier post:

Yesterday I went to Kohl's. I bought a wonderful blouse for my presentation. Between the clearance price and my 15% off coupon, the shirt was only $12.57. I love that store. The clothes are adorable and normal.


Just watched Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. I thought the show was really great. I know that the school lunches are really awful around here. My husband started packing his lunch after 1-2 days of school lunches. They are so inexpensive though! His meals cost $2.50 and most of the students get them free/reduced.

My grandma grew up in West Virginia and after the depression, she used her Home Economics degree to teach women how to clean clothes and cook "healthy" meals. Of course even with this most of her recipes are pretty heavy. My mother is always amazed that we cook from scratch, but most of my recipes are just easier that way.

How to Get Rid of Extra Beer

March 14th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

I don't know about you all, but somehow, I always have a little bit of extra beer left in my fridge that I will never drink. Whether its the fruity beers from a seasonal pack, expired beer, or the leftovers of a friend's six-pack, I seem to always have one or two beers I will never drink. Here are two cheap recipes to use up the beer. Anyone know any others?

Beer Bread Rolls
3 cups self-rising flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 bottle beer (best with darker beers, no sweet beers!)
2-3 tablespoons butter/margerine, melted

In a bowl mix the flour, sugar, and beer.
Grease a muffin tin (12-piece regular) or bread pan.
Put batter into tin/pan. If using a muffin tin, divide the batter evenly. The best way is to use a wooden spoon to scoop it and then the back of a greased metal spoon to get it off.
Cook for 45 minutes at 350 degrees (or until golden brown.

Beer Pancakes
3 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 T sugar
2 eggs, separated
1 cup beer (use sweet beer if you have it)
1 1/2 cups milk
1/3 cup butter

Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks with a fork. Stir in the beer, milk, and butter. Combine with dry ingredients & beat until smooth.
Beat the remaining egg whites until stiff & fold into batter.
Cook like normal pancakes.

Another Goal Completed

March 2nd, 2010 at 05:00 pm

I finally updated our address with Costco. I realized last time we were there that we had never received their coupon mailing. I called them today and found out that we had not updated our address from our move a year and a half ago. Whoops!

Goals for March

February 26th, 2010 at 07:27 am

[ ] Get me onto H's Rx insurance ($15 per month savings)
[ ] Try out a digital envelope system (we have no cc problems so we charge everything and pay the balance)
[ ] Get district to pay extra paycheck for H's extracurricular work
[ ] Make sure address is changed for Costco (coupon book)
[ ] Move extra money in no interest checking to savings
[ ] First paycheck going into retirement!!