zoodles and other food stuff

I stopped at our local fruit stand and picked up some corn. I like to keep a few bags of corn kernals frozen so I can add to soup or whatever in the fall or winter.

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Then we went to another local market that sells farmers produce, I picked up Kirby cucumbers for some refrigerator dill pickles.  I’d like to can then but that cooks the cucumbers and supposedly isn’t as good, so I’m just doing the quick pickles.

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Then another zoodle dinner. This recipe is from one of my absolutely favorite You tubers, Downshiftology.

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The recipe alls for homemade pesto and those cute little fresh mozarella balls. Also cherry tomatoes but I dint have any. It was delish!!

Go check out her site, she is Celiac so it’s all gluten free.  I’m not but I have to say all the recipes I’ve tried are excellent. Plus she eats like we do, simple and not alot of ingredients.

I also cut up 4 of our cabbages from the garden and started some sauerkraut. It squished down to 1/2 quart Ball jar size for 2 batches. The second batch I went and bought caraway seed so that will make it tasty!

Today was a Costco day and it was a whopper. Mostly because we bought pool shock in a big box and that’s $70, a special champagne to celebrate my daughters promotion, $40, T shirt, socks, they had wild sockeye salmon so I got some to freeze. ( I should have bought 2). Plus beer for B, cheese and who knows what else. But I won’t need to go down for a while except the dog medicine wasnt ready so I know I will need to make another trip.

Dinner is homegrown potatoes in a potato salad and burgers. I need to use up some organic beef from the other day. If it’s not too hot I’ll grill outside.

 

 

 

Friday Five

  • Yesterday my daughter and I took a huge load to Goodwill that was mostly my son’s stuff. Hurray!!!! Maybe the decluttering is sinking in for him. ( Probably not, but it was a good start).  Plus it was two Kirkland dog beds that the border collies just don’t use. The books I saved out of the drop to take to the pet bookstore as I’d rather support them.
  • Did the budget with B’s check and we’re on track to finish the credit card that we put Z’s spring tuition on by July.  Also, I finally paid the last of my Invisalign costs. So that was exciting. After the CC is done, I’m determined to finish the Santa Fe. It’s 2014 so, that’s 4 years of payments and I want it gone. If I did that by the end of the year I’d be happy.  I don’t see us getting another car for B’s work. Even though the company does do a stipend it would mean another car loan and right now, I don’t want that.
  • Retirement is looming for B so we need to be as debt free except the mortgage as possible.
  • My daughter and I went to the gym and then after the thrift store drop headed over for some tostadas. Yummy.
  • For dinner, I made baked tofu and then made a really yummy coconut curry vegetable stew. It was delicious. Plus I made a peanut sriracha sauce for the tofu.

Today it’s hot. So I might just hang out at home and read. My son lent me another graphic novel, TheWatchman, so I’m curious about it. He said it is the # 1 graphic novel of all time.

I might wash the outside windows with the Windex outdoor product. It actually works very well and you don’t need to wipe them when done although it does help.

Tonight is pizza night.

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Cheese and pepperoni pizza with basil.

 

 

 

Simple Sunday

It’s been an okay couple of days.

Not getting up to walk is definitely weird but I think till I see the podiatrist, smart thing to do.  I got a small foot brace from a friend that holds the foot but it’s not the boot that I’m hoping to get.  I walked around our driveway ring and there was slight pain but it does seem less. Who knows since this is what happened off and on for the last 4months. It would feel better one day and not so good the next. Now I know probably because I kept reinjuring the stress area.

Today, I’m going to the gym to do weights and that’s it. It’s hard not to jump on the treadmill. I don’t have any other chores so just that.

Happy Father’s Day to all you Dads and my husband, who was and is the best Dad ever.(Ha ha, next Sunday is Fathers Day,)

I’m making blueberry pancakes and scrambled eggs.

The bathroom zone is this week so I may do that later. Even though zone work is the whole week, I try and do it on Mondays. Sometimes Sunday.

I finally got the library copy of ‘Meet the Frugalwoods’ and most of the negative feedback was about her not really disclosing the high incomes they both had( him more than her, in the $200,000 range and more).  Also, she does quite often mention their ‘privileged’ life which is honest, just there’s not real transparency about them achieving financial independence not so much from penny-pinching but making huge amounts of money and saving as much as possible.  While it is commendable to be frugal and even extreme frugalness, but the fact remains about the income ratio to that.  It’s ironic and hypocritical on her blog to have reader cases reviewed which DO in Fact require the reader to fully disclose INCOME as well as EXPENSES.  When they do their own monthly accounting all it is their expenses. so while their expenses may be $4,000 a month their income is maybe $25,000. Or whatever 12 months divided by their annual income of over $300,000.

Anyway,  to each their own.

I went to Goodwill yesterday and picked up a few things. An OXO container for .69, a vintage Pyrex casserole dish for $4.00, a vintage milk glass vase that was $3.00 and a few pairs of jeans one being NYDJ which run $100 new. So that was a good score. Also 2 T-shirts but after trying them on at home they didn’t fit right for some reason, so I’ll give those back. Also, a sisal/grass rug for $12 that I put in the front room. It has a nice summery feel and was brand new.

Well, off to start those pancakes!!

 

 

Meal Planning and budgets

I like having a meal plan if only for the simplicity of it. I know what the week will bring and then it’s just simpler.

This week we’ll be having:

Monday: is usually fish or pasta / so we’re having cod from Costco, asparagus and spinach with a sprinkling of goat cheese

Tuesday: Taco Tuesday but we’re having Amy’s cheese enchiladas with beans or rice

Wednesday: pasta night so I think we’ll do spaghetti with sauce and a salad

Thursday: Crockpot Thursday, so I’m thinking a nice soup in the crock pot maybe lentil.

Friday: Friday night pizza, I’ll either do homemade or perhaps we’ll order. It depends on the mood. Usually, I prefer my pizza plus the price of ordering is fairly steep but sometimes it’s a nice change.

Saturday: I thought of grilling something as B got the gas grill ready to go, but I think it’s supposed to rain. Maybe some grilled chicken then or I still have a few cornish hens in the freezer and B bought a lentil loaf from a natural foods store he services in Nevada City.  I guess we’ll see how it goes.

B is gone most of the week traveling for work up to Eureka so he won’t be here. Dinner will just be my daughter and me. My son is at school late so doesn’t eat dinner with us.

Generally eating vegetarian and B has been one for over 50 years, we eat lower on the food chain. I think it’s healthier overall. I’m fairly skeptical of food fads like Paleo, keto, Vegan, whatever. Back in our youth, it was macrobiotics. I remember going to a cooking class in Macrobiotics back then… interesting… but later he died of some sort of cancer fairly young ( 40ish) so that didn’t help much.  I think all things in moderation.

I do like Michael Pollan’s take on using meat as a side, organic and harvested ethically.  I generally always buy organic meat( chicken, beef,) but sometimes bacon slips by and it’s not organic.  Well, I guess if one is trying.

Budget wise, food is still our biggest variable.  Although, total with animal food, Costco, nonfood, wine, we’re still averaging @ $800 for 4 people so I don’t think that’s too bad.

I finished the entryway zones and even washed the front door.

We went to the gym and it was nice to get back to the rhythm. It was closed yesterday for Easter.

 

Not a frugal week at all:(

It usually stems from a Costco trip and sure enough, it did.

I spent $375 on food and nonfood items. Nonfood added up to $165 and included Lysol wipes, toilet paper, and tons of other nonfood things. Food was lots of cheese, nuts and some other things. So about $200 in food. Since this will last about 6 weeks of basics it really isn’t that bad.

Overall that’s not bad.  The Arlo security was pricey since we’re not used to spending that kind of money.  But we had it on our list of things to buy for our small house to add security.

Today I -80 is closed due to snow all the way the to Nevada State line. My daughter attempted to get to Truckee but was turned back. Hopefully, it will be gone by tomorrow. Well, the snow won’t but the snowing.

Two movies we just watched I’d recommend.  ‘ The theory of Everything’ about Stephan Hawkin who just died. And then ‘ The Imitation Game’ which was superb. It was so well done. It’s on Netflix if you want to watch it. The other we bought from Amazon Prime.

Dinner is something as we had a pizza last night my son bought for us.141367066

 

 

Friday stuff

Well, I’m not sure where the week went but it’s Friday.

I did a proper house tidying session including vacuuming. I start getting a little crazy when I see things piling up or not put away.  So It took maybe an hour to sort it out.

Then I went to Safeway to get some food to prep some meals. I mostly wanted lots of veggies to go with the homemade hummus and for salads. So that was a success.

My new Cuisinart food processor showed up so I made the hummus and it’s a dream.

To make;

  • I use a can of organic garbanzos
  • juice of a lemon
  • 2 tablespoons or a glug of olive oil
  • a garlic clove
  • a couple of tablespoons of tahini
  • Just whiz together till creamy

My old food processor was I think over 25 years old and was kind an off-brand Oster maybe. So I plan on trying slicing some veggies and grating too.  It says you can make nut butter but I’ll have to see how that goes. It’s not a Vitamix but after thinking it over I decided to wait on that. We don’t drink smoothies and having jumped on the kale bandwagon.  I paid $65.00 for this from Amazon and it was normally $185.00. So that’s a pretty good deal, I think.  I make a lot of salsas too so you need a food processor for that.

No big frugal things this week, the budget is set for the month with a bi-annual bill coming for Allstate. Then I need to have my VW smogged and get the registration paid. All our registrations went up by about $30, I ‘m guessing it’s the California auto tax or something. It was quite noticeable. My VW is a 2000 and usually, the registration is just over $100, but this year it jumped to $130.

This Sunday is Daylight Saving and that will be interesting walking. It’ll be later time wise but the light will be about the same. I’m not sure what time I’ll get out there, but walking at 7:30 as opposed to 6:30 won’t work. It’s too late as I like to be done by 7am at the latest.

Tonight is pizza night. Nothing homemade just a take and bake thing.

 

March in like a lion!

Wow, we are in for quite the storm. Right now it’s really raining and there is wind. It’s supposed to be like this all day. There’s a blizzard warning for the Sierras, so my daughter is not driving to Truckee because it would probably take all day. Instead, she’ll go to another branch closer to home. I’m glad she has this option.

I’m staying home and not going to the gym. I’m going to make a minestrone soup and maybe some chicken. I have the soup in the crockpot so that’s done.

I worked on the budget and things look pretty good. We spent $130 at Home Depot yesterday on garden stuff. I really need to budget garden stuff because every year we have a garden and it’s not cheap with seeds, plants, soil etc.  I’d like to order a truckload of topsoil /manure for the gardens as they really need it. We will see.

We’re getting lots of eggs from the girls right now so my daughter can start selling eggs again. That gives her cash for a coffee or lunch at work. Her co-workers love the eggs.

 

That’s about it.  I’m rewatching Downton Abbey. It’s great for rainy afternoons.