Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I've been busier than usual, with time just flying by.
I've gone back to weighing daily, which for me is a good thing.
Something new: I decided to write it down my daily weight on a calendar like FlyLady does. I moved a calendar into the bathroom even though it doesn't fit and is in an odd place. I attached a string to the clip in a Sharpie's cap, and hung the calendar on the wall with the string tied to the push-pen. Done!
I went through all my canned goods, and wrote down a list of menu ideas as I organized. Then I did the same with the freezer but quickly realized I also needed an inventory of freezer items. Next I went through the fridge.
I put it all in a Word document, then made a monthly meal plan organizer that I can use as my master sheet, but based it off of what food I had on hand.
I thought I'd have to fill in alot, I thought there'd be alot of blanks when I got done, plus might be repetitive and boring. Just the opposite is what happened. Wow, I would have never believed it. I need fruit, some veggies, and buy or bake bread, and that is it FOR THE ENTIRE FIVE WEEKS.
I didn't get the monthly plan finished but I got a good chunk done.
Then made a checklist page of things to get done this week, daily and weekly, and started penciling in when I might do them? It is starting to come together, and is looking quite a bit different than I imagined. Yes I am still behind in everything, but, when I get straightened out the new plan is going to be better, I can tell already. I'm holding onto that happy thought.
I'm also re-doing my FlyLady routines.
Sunday I had my 3rd Financial Peace University (FPU) class, and it was great. I'm already an FPU grad, and I'm already debt-free in fact FPU is how I became debt-free! But once you take the class you're a lifetime member and can take the class again as often as you like. Dave is so VERY encouraging, and I really *need* that encouragement right now; so I re-upped. I'm so glad I did!
Between church and FPU, I reviewed end-of-the-month coupons in my coupon box, and boy I am soooo glad I did! If I had waited til after class, I would have missed that I had 3 Wisk laundry detergent coupons, for $3.00 off one bottle; and they expired THAT DAY. So before I left for class I went to all the grocery store online-ad sites; Safeway, Giant, Bloom, Bottom Dollar, Food Lion, Superfresh, and Magruders.
I found what I was looking for: Food Lion had Wisk on sale for $3.99. I tried to find it for less at another store, but no one else had it on sale. So I went to Food Lion after class, on the way home.
My Food Lion Bargains 9/26:
• 3 Wisk, paid $ .99 ea after $3 off coupons
• 3 purple Gain Dish Liquid, paid $ .99 ea after $1 off coupons
• 2 whole chickens, sale $ .67 lb each
Regular price: $29.55
Price paid: $11.97
Percent saved: almost 60; 59.5%
Monday FLEW by in a blur. In addition to the regular, I started setting up SP Other Goals so I can make SparkStreaks. This helped me even more with clarity on my new Weekly Plan.
Then last night I went back to menu planning, as I want to post a weekly menu from now on, on Monday.
This is the first time I've done more than just scrawl on a piece of paper; this is the organized way where you print out the menu plan and the recipes for each day. Wow, I really, really like this! Who knew??! It is similar - scary just how similar - to the power of doing a budget.
My First Menu Plan Monday
-No lunches are listed for the week as I eat leftovers, salads, and soup for lunch.
-No snacks are listed because I don't eat snacks.
Breakfast: skipped - 10 lashes!! - I forgive you Carol - do better tomorrow.
Dinner: Crockpot Beef Stew with side salad
Side: organic Spring Mix, fresh tomatoes, and dressing
• frozen 2.5lb boneless beef, thawed, trimmed, and cubed
• gravy packet (I don't buy this anymore; no prepared foods)
• onion soup packet (I don't buy this anymore; no prepared foods)
• 16 oz bag frozen Stew Veggies
• 28 oz can stewed tomatoes, roughly chopped
• 28 oz can green beans (I don't buy this anymore; fresh or frozen only)
Breakfast: Oatmeal Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce; 2 Brazil nuts, and tea.
Dinner: Crockpot Tortilla Soup
Side: Black un-fried beans-n-beef tostada with lettuce and taco sauce.
Breakfast: Omelet - chicken, cheese, and onion omelet. 2 Brazil nuts, and tea.
Dinner: Ginger Pineapple Chicken (Slow Cooker)
This recipe is veggie anemic so I'll add a frozen 16oz bag of stir fry veggies, thawed, during the last hour of cooking to make it a meal in one; use fresh ginger and garlic; and increase the pineapple to a whole 20oz can (the recipe is unclear); and serve over rice, with a fresh green salad.
Breakfast: Cherry vanilla oatmeal, boiled egg, 2 Brazil nuts, and tea.
This is Ellie Krieger's Food Network recipe. I make it with old fashioned oats, I never cook mine with salt, and I don't care for milk. Here's the 3-min how-to video of Ellie making it if you're interested:
Dinner: Beef Enchiladas with side salad
Again this is to use up what I have on hand; I'd make them from scratch otherwise. I'll alter them to sneak in more veggies.
Breakfast: LadyIrish's Breakfast Soft Tacos, 2 Brazil nuts, and tea.
Dinner: Salmon patties, Brussels sprouts and tabouli salad.
Leftover Buffet, no cooking.
Breakfast: Cereal w/ almond milk and fruit. A boiled egg, 2 Brazil nuts, and tea.
Lunch: Make-Ahead Manicotti prepared Thurs night, slide into the oven after church, served with zucchini and Italian salad.
This looks cute, even printed on my black & white printer. Here's the free download link:
Sunday, September 26, 2010
It was record-setting 91 degrees with 100% humidity on Friday.
Today and thru Tues it is supposed to be rainy & much cooler, 72, 73, and 79. We are getting true "Autumn Rains" as spoken of in Joel & other places, today thru Tues.
Today is Sunday, FlyLady calls it Renew Your Spirit day.
I am looking forward to church, and to FPU class tonight. I'm taking homemade oatmeal cookies.
See you in the threads!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
$1.00 coupon for Grandma's Molasses:
$ .55 cent coupon for Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Milk:
Organic Food Coupons
After opening, look on left, there is a very long list of categories with many links.
Today is Thankful Thursday, walking and lower body ST.
This is the first week of living with my New Weekly Plan, and switching Sabbath back to Saturdays. I am behind the 8 ball. I just realized today, that Thursday will now be Preparation Day. Preparation for weekend and for upcoming week. I am so UNprepared. That means routine chores, groceries, etc. must now all take place Mon, Tues, & Wed. Wow that puts things in an entirely new perspective. It seems like I'm cramming everything into 3 days. So I guess Thursdays from now on will be batchcooking night, weekly clothes prep night, and specific Fri, Sat, & Sun meals prep night. Mon will be Meal Planning and clean out the fridge, Tuesday will be produce day & prep, Wed will be groceries and errands day. I'll divide FlyLady's Weekly Home Blessing between the 3 days M-W. I'm not sure where I'll fit in "Administration Day" tasks; I might have to spread them out between several days like I do Weekly Home Blessing; but they really all go together. I am finding my way to a new weekly plan and it's harder that I thought it'd be. But the end result is worth it.
Today is the First Day of Autumn.
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