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28 September 2015

Menu Plan Monday for September 28th.

It's money saving time around here.  You know, those times during the year when the belts get a little tighter.  Fall brings on birthdays, hunting and of course, Christmas shopping. 

The best way for me to free up some cash is to plan my menu.  It doesn't just save sanity, it saves a good bit of money.

And that's always good.

I actually sat down this weekend and made up my menu plan for the month of October.  You can check it out here.  My goal is to take about $50 a week from my grocery budget and grab a Christmas gift.  In reality, if I can squirrel away $30 a week, I'll be thrilled. 

This weeks plan is all about comfort food.  I think the chill in the air is getting to me.

Monday:  Awesome chili with venison and lick the pan cornbread
Tuesday:  Honey grilled chicken, green beans and carrots
Wednesday: Spaghetti & Meatballs, salad, garlic cheese biscuits
Thursday:  Cheeseburgers, oven fries and applesauce
Friday: Beer butt chicken, egg noodles and cheesy broccoli
Saturday:  Homemade pizza
Sunday:  Best meatloaf ever, roasted red potatoes, green beans

Yum, right?  I'm trying to make some room in the freezer before operation "If it's brown, it's down" (also known as deer season) starts.  With all four of my guys finally heading out, I need to work on clearing out space for some venison. 

So, what's good at your place this week?

25 September 2015

Favorite Things Friday.

It's Friday and there's no better time for me to give you my unsolicited advice and opinions. 
I thought I would share with you a few of my current favorite things.
  1.  Bai5.  Can you say yum?  All natural, sweetened with Stevia, no weird aftertaste and all for 5 calories.  I've been ordering it from Amazon for a little over a year but they're finally starting to show up in stores locally.  My personal favorite - blueberry.
  2. My Well Planned Day planner.  This, for me, is as close to the perfect planner as I can find.  I love, love, loved my Erin Condren last year, but it didn't have enough room for me to put everything in it.  This has enough room that I can keep everything homeschool and everything household management in it.  And thanks to some creativity, I've modified it so that I can keep up with my blogs (Hippie, Woven & THESIS) all in one place.  Oh!  I'll mark down right now to show you my tricked out planner next week.
  3. Loreal BB cream and NYX pore filler.  A couple of co-workers were talking about the awesomeness of BB cream and pore filler after their trips to Sephora.  Since I'm not Scrooge McDuck-ing it over here, I looked for a cheaper alternative.  NYX pore filler is like spackle for this tired 40+ year old face.  It fills in those fine lines and smooths it all out.  I put it on around my eye area before applying my foundation.  I found this on Amazon for right around $10.  Loreal BB cream was just under $10 at Walmart and is fantastic.  It gives you a chemically induced youthful glow - and I'm OK with that.  I dab it on at the same time I put on my foundation. 
  4. My Big Berkey water filter.  Let me be honest, this thing cost a whack.  But it was worth every penny.  We've had ours for a little over four years.  We had been discussing buying one for a while when I ended up horribly sick from a parasite in our "safe" city tap water.  Apparently there was a break in the line that we hadn't been aware of and since I drink close to a gallon of water a day, it got me.  After several trips to the hospital for IV fluids plus a lovely in depth interview from the Health Department where I had to list everywhere I had eaten in the past 2 weeks, we decided it was worth the money to get the filter.  The Big Berkey works by gravity and is what many missionaries use to basically turn mud water into drinkable water.  It removes  pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites entirely and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces nitrates, and unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury. This system is so powerful it can remove food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs.  I am a huge believer in this system.  And even with my ridiculous water consumption, we only have to change this filters every 18 months or so. 
  5. My "new to us" TV stand.  I am loving this repurposed dresser turned TV stand.  Each family member has a drawer for their stuff - you know the random books, magazines, toys - that get strung all over the living room.  The 6th drawer is used to store DVD's and remotes.  My friend Michelle from All Things New; Rev 21:5 added her magic touch to an old dresser and voila!  I love it!
Now that your curiosity is quenched and you're no longer sitting around wondering what my favorite things are, go on and enjoy your day!

23 September 2015

Seeing Something New.

Here's something you might not know about me: 

I love, love, love those crazy remodeling shows on TV. 

Fixer Upper, Rehab Addict, my girl Jen Hatmaker and her show My Big Family Renovation.  Heck,  Ronnie's even caught me sucked into an episode of The Vanilla Ice Project (Ice, Ice, Baby). 

They find these houses that are just eye sores - neglected, sagging, no where near serving their purpose.

And while I'm sure the rest of the neighborhood just wants them torn down, these designers are able to look past the water damage, the broken windows, and the 70's shag carpet to see the vision of what this home could be.  To restore it not always just to it's former glory, but to an even better state.  To make it a real show piece.

I don't know about you but a lot of times I too feel neglected, like I don't have a purpose and, well, now that I'm 44, a little saggy also. 

But I have a God who loves me.  And He looks at my mess and see's my potential.  He want's to restore me not only to my former glory, but to what He has designed me to be. 

You see, just like these homes, there's beauty in the restoration.  We don't have to wait for the "big reveal" for everything to be finished and perfect.  If you will allow Him, He will chip away at those broken walls.  He will make your foundation solid.  He will remove all that ugliness that is holding you back from fulfilling the purpose that He has for you.  He can use you, even as the "work in progress" that you are.

Is it any wonder that I love a good restoration story?