Thursday, August 23, 2012
I absolutely adore them.
I absolutely have to have them.
Somewhere between child #1 and child #4 my brain decided to take a vacation. As in it decides at random to simply hang the "Gone Fishing" sign on the door frame...or "Out to Lunch", "Gone Shopping", "Be Back Shortly", whatever and whenever and never with advanced notice. (This has been a source of comedy relief to my husband on more than one occasion.)
So, not only do I simply love lists, but I have to have them to get any job of any real size accomplished. Plus, I think I get some sort of immediate gratification from being able to mark things off. I get this sense of accomplishment when I have a neat little list of to-do items all marked off. Oh, yes! I really did something today! See! See!
I prefer to explain it that way. The other alternative is to equate my love of checking things off with the same pleasure a toddler gets when she adds a sticker to a chart and while my attention span may rival that of a toddler...well, anyhow...
And while organizer/list apps for my Droid are great and all...but there's nothing like having a list on paper that I can scribble on, doodle on, mark up, add to, and vent all my frustrations and celebrations upon.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
All that golden juice in the bottom of the baking sheet can be used to make a delicious gravy. And I just realized I never mentioned that you really do NEED to use a rimmed baking sheet to cook your chickens on, otherwise, all that lovely, golden, good-ness will end up on the bottom of your oven in a nasty, not so golden mess.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
So this has been an interesting couple of days...and harder than I thought.
On Monday we went over our $9.00 (family total) for the day. I had a small pork roast in the refrigerator that I had thawed the week before and intended to cook over the weekend....but never got to it. Letting meat go bad in the name of poverty just seemed wrong somehow, so I cooked it and added to our supper. Monday's total = $12.90 ($3.90 over)
Tuesday was a better day. We managed to eat for $8.35 ($0.65 under). We're hoping to balance out from Monday by the end of the week.
Today is going well...so far.
Well, here's our Wednesday and Thursday update:
Wednesday we totalled $10.79 (over $1.79).
Thursday we totalled $8.58 (under $0.42).
To make it to our goal of $1.50 per person per day for 5 days (6 people = $45.00 for the week) we'll have to keep it under $4.38 today.
I honestly don't know if we'll make it or not, but we are trying.
This has been a pretty eye opening experience. I thought I had a handle on how cheap things were/were not...and I kind of did...but it's definitely more of a challenge than I thought.
I had to remind Jonathan last night that Ranch dressing wasn't in the budget and Michael had to forego the pickles with his beans. Seems like small things...
On Wednesday night we had a missionary service with Bro. Craft from Eastern Europe. Michael shared with the congregation what we have been attempting in the Live Below the Line campaign and Bro. Craft shared some further info with us on E. Europe.
Did you know there are a lot of people in E. Europe that only make $10-$20 a month for food? That blows the $1.50 a day per person out of the water. And seriously, Europe was one of the last places I would have labelled as fitting this description. Africa, yes...Asia, yes...Europe, wow. Bro. Craft told us that they typically eat a barley mush one to two times a day to fill the belly cheaply.
Michael looked at me and asked if I would please not try that! I had to tease a little so I shared with him the fact that I *do* have some barley in the cabinet...and at the rate we've gone we may have to eat it to make the goal, lol!
Well, off to finish our day. :)
God bless you! And if you have a roof over your head, food in your refrigerator/cabinets, and clothes on your back He definitely has. ♥"
And now it's over.
On our last day we totalled up the cost of our food for the week. Our grand total was $45.47...$0.47 over what our goal amount was. All things considered, I was very proud of my family. Each of us is a little more aware of how blessed we are...and we're definitely planning to get under the target amount next year...stay tuned...
A couple years back I got connected to bzzagent.com. It's a word-of-mouth advertising type thing-a-ma-bob...basically, company's contact Bzzagent because they want their product promoted, Bzzagent puts together a sample pack/offer for the product, locates people who are potentially interested in it, offers the opportunity to try the product out, and what they ask in return is if the sampler(bzzagent as we are called) like the product would they please talk about it to their friends/family/sphere of influence.
So, in the last couple years I have had the opportunity to sample a variety of products...milk to shampoo to car related stuff (that I declined because I wasn't interested) and have really enjoyed the chance to try new stuff and talk about it, too.
I say all that to give you a heads up...the next couple posts are going to be related to things Bzzagent has introduced me to recently.
These posts are NOT the start of an advertising campaign that is taking over my blog. Only the opportunity to share with you some things I have enjoyed.
I really am planning to start blogging more about all the different areas of our life: faith, fun, and family. And as I think I am getting a new computer (oh, please!) sometime this summer, blogging should get easier for me. Hooray!
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
(By the way...I love run-on sentences...)
So, without further ado...if you haven't seen/heard of/checked out Pinterest yet, hurry! Your time will never be the same and your head may actually expand a little with all the amazing inspiration you find. Seriously.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Then whisk in your orange juice.
Just mix gently until everything is nice and smooth.
Then whisk in the egg. I got a litttle carried away with the whisking and it really foamed up. I was worried, oops!
But no worries, after bringing it to a boil and whisking it constantly as the recipe stated...
It all evened out and I was able to add the orange zest, butter, and pinch o' salt.
Pour it into a bowl...
And cover it with plastic wrap. You want to press the plastic right onto the curd. This keeps the top from forming a thick skin. Ew! (Please, forgive the reddish pink color...I'm still trying to use up all the holiday plastic wrap I bought by accident at Christmas.)
Now, stick it in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it. I used this as the base of a Panna Cotta (that recipe will come next) but this would also be good in miniature tart shells topped with some sweetened whipped cream, or on a toasted English muffin. The recipe says to only store it for 3 days and this is a good guideline. I kept some of it in a bowl for a couple days longer, just to see, and the curd began to break down and got rather watery.
Also, next time I make this I will probably omit the zest. The curd had a good orange taste, but I thought it was a little bit strong. I think if I cut out the zest or at least halve it, the flavour will be just right for me.