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Day 8... and I got redirected... a little bit...

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Well like I said yesterday we were going to take this afternoon and do some yard work. We didn't have any lawn bags so we walked down to Dollar General to pick some up. We felt pretty good when we got back from our walk, so we jumped right into our back yard and started working. We raked most of the back yard and started trimming up some weeds and volunteer tree saplings. Then I totally squirreled... as we were loading some leaves into the bag I noticed how the leaves had already started to break down and there was an abundance of earth worms. Being back in an area where having a garden is much more of a reality than when we were in the desert one of my goals this year is to have a garden. I have already started picking out what I want to grow and where I want to put the plants and so on. I realized that if I just bagged up all the leaves and pine needles and such that I would just be throwing away money that I would have to spend later for garden enrichers to work into the soil when I go to plant. Sooooo I made my husband stop everything he was doing so I could jump on my handy dandy lap top and see what I had to do start composting. Well much to my husband's relief I did not have to send him to the store for any supplies :o) all we had to do to start was find a nice spot out of the way in our yard... luckily we have a good size yard and one corner is out of the way for us and all our surrounding neighbors. So now we threw ourselves into getting that corner of the yard ready we snipped back some tree limbs and started moving all the leaves to that corner of the yard, which was quite a task, in fact we didn't quite get the whole yard done before we ran out of day light. :o( But we did get about 85% of the leaves all raked up and moved to our *new* compost pile and will be able to get the rest of them throughout the week. After we came back in I of course again turned to my handy dandy lap top to do more research on what I have to do to compost and what can and can't be added from my kitchen scraps. Well it got a little late and my wonderful husband came to my rescue :oD he decided he was going to make dinner tonight, since his repertoire is very limited I had a choice of what was heat upable from the freezer, but we still ate at home so no matter I count that as a win in my book! :o)

So for day 8 we had frozen pizza and bread sticks.

Onward and upward we go, this week I need to figure out a menu and grocery list and restock our shelves because for once they are getting quite empty, but then that's a very good thing! :o)

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OLLYBIRD 1/9/2012 6:57PM

    I have been looking into composting too. We don't have trees to pick up after though so I am not sure how/when to start my pile. The city we live in offers classes on composting so I should look into it and get started. I would love to have a garden too.

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SHERYLDS 1/8/2012 9:33PM

    May your garden provide you with wonderful veggies.

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BEKAHP 1/8/2012 8:40PM

    Thanks! :o) I found a lot of information at and I know there are different sizes you can do depending your space available. I am so excited I can just taste all the fresh veggies this summer! :o)

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NEFARIOUS-01 1/8/2012 8:29PM

  Sounds like a fun project...I live in an apartment and grow some tomatoes. I'd love to compost, but have to check city ordinances and do some research...I run on a tight budget, but I think maybe you've inspired me to look into that on my next day off!! :-)

Congratulations on all you accomplished!

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I've been slacking... day 4-7

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Now that things have calmed down from a busy few days and we are relaxing watching football (GOO LIONS!! Sorry just had to get that one out) I have time to post and give an update. I have been pretty busy the last few days and my husband has worked late all week so I slacked a little bit, but I did not cheat. I did not really make dinner and just ate up leftovers to clean the fridge out. But things calmed down and today I did make dinner and all were new recipes that were a total hit. So here's the rundown...
Day 4... leftovers
Day 5... leftovers
Day 6... leftovers
Day 7... Broiled Barbecue Chicken, Oven Fries and Black Bean and Corn Salad
I do feel accomplished because I really wanted pizza for dinner a couple of times this week, especially tonight to have while watching football. I have also notice that food isn't sitting in our fridge to rot and get wasted, we are actually eating it, so we are saving money in the long term. I am very encouraged at seeing these things already and can't wait to see how much of a difference it will make in the long run. :o) Tomorrow we have church in the morning and then a lot of yard work that just never seems to go away (we're getting used to having grass and leaves again) so we will be a bit busy and active but staying home and sticking with my plan. :o)

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OLLYBIRD 1/9/2012 6:52PM

    When you're watching your food intake it's much easier to cook at home. I am not a big fan of leftovers but I will eat it if I have to. I hope you had a great weekend!

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JACKIEHAYNES 1/7/2012 9:12PM

    There is nothing wrong with eating left-overs. Some recipes make 8 or 12 servings and unless you have a big family, that automatically means left-overs.
We rarely eat at home, but tonight I made a sparkpeople recipe. It was really good. Honey Balsamic Chicken.
Have a nice weekend.

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Day Three...

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

... and things went smoothly today. :o) I got the split pea soup on and added extra dry peas to thicken it up a bit and had time to make a couple of loaves of whole wheat bread. A short post today but very happy that dinner went off without any problems. So here's tonight's dinner: Split Pea Soup with carrots, a slice of warm homemade whole wheat bread and canned (in juice) pears for dessert. Now to snuggle up with all my furry babies on the couch and watch Biggest Loser. :o)

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YOLINDANNE 1/3/2012 8:30PM

    That sounds like a wonderful supper. Enjoy your evening.

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Day Two...

Monday, January 02, 2012

Today again I had one idea in mind for dinner, I was going to make split pea soup... one of my (and my husband's) favorites. I was going to get on here and be able to post that I had thought ahead and was on top of it today and going good. Got everything in the crock pot this morning, felt like I was really on top of everything. When I went to add the carrots I realized that I had put way too much water in the pot, so it was incredibly watery. :( So again I rallied instead of throwing in the towel. I ran to the pantry to see what I could throw together... I found a skillet meal box that needed chicken but alas I did not have any chicken, but I did have some chicken smoked sausages :o) So here was dinner tonight: Cheesy Barbecue Pasta with Sliced Chicken Sausage, Steamed Broccoli Florets and Homemade Cranberry Applesauce (from the freezer). Here's hoping tomorrow will go a bit smoother. emoticon

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SHERYLDS 1/3/2012 11:58AM

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Day one to my inadvertant New Year's Resolution...

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Well I wouldn't call it a resolution so much as a goal. This afternoon when I went to start dinner I had one idea in mind and when that was not going to work usually I would tell my husband, sorry honey we are going out tonight and proceed to go to a restaurant, spend way too much money and end up eating something that isn't very nutritionally happy; then would come all the guilt from making poor choices. So deciding I was going to think on my feet and try and put something together at home. emoticon Then as we were eating I decided I wanted to set a goal for myself, and since it happens to be New Year's Day, I'm calling it my resolution too. So my new goal is to cook (or at least serve) dinner at home at least 28 days out of the month, it doesn't matter if it is just something I pull out of the freezer, just as long as its prepared at home. That's not a huge stretch for me, I cook most days but then I get stuck eating out (or take out) and have a hard time getting back into the swing of cooking at home. Now I'm putting that goal into action: I printed out a blank calendar to fill in each day that I cooked and what I made that night to keep myself accountable and to see my progress to encourage me. I am very excited about this and making a better habit for myself. So here goes.... for tonight's dinner I made beef pot pie with a package of microwavable cooked beef tips (the kind you find in the meat section at the grocery store), a bit of leftover pizza dough and frozen veggies and an orange to boost up our fruit/veggie count. Now to do some advanced planning and figure out what's for dinner tomorrow. emoticon

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SHERYLDS 1/2/2012 4:40PM

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Put that plan in Action...Yesssss !

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