Monday, August 29, 2016

Simple Grilled Asparagus

For years, and years, like every other veggie out there, I wouldn't go near asparagus ... that's like, a tree stalk, right?  It's right up there with the green tree shrubs (broccoli) and that funky white stuff (cauliflower)!

And then, I tried these little skinny stalks with garlic and olive oil and since then, I've been addicted to asparagus ... I'm the one in the produce section tossing the fat things aside, looking for the wimpy, skinny things.


Yup. That's ME!! Hi! Sorry if I held you up!  If nothing else, Whole30 has made me branch out and try all kinds of different veggies ... that in itself is a NSV, you know?

So a few weeks ago, Aldi's had asparagus. Imagine that!? $2.99 for a one pound bag. Now, mind you've I've seen asparagus there before, but it was either, you guessed it, fat and woody OR the tips were all mush which is a no-no in the asparagus world.

So whenever, I see them model thin stalks, I scoop them up, run home and promptly start cooking ... I LOVE LOVE LOVE these things!



I used to make them this easy way: asparagus, chopped garlic, diced onion, olive oil, salt & pepper mixture ... but then ... I discovered this:


Trader Joe's Lemon Infused Olive Oil  ... uhm ... HELLO!!??

So now, I just skip all that happy chop chop chop stuff and get straight down to this technique:

Snap and rinse your asparagus, toss the tops in a large bowl.

Drizzle with generous pour of that there Lemon Infused Garlic Oil

Liberally season with your salt & pepper mixture (ours is salt, black pepper, garlic powder and onion powder poured in to an OLD Badia spice bottle ... we live by this stuff)

With clean hands, fluff and mix to coat all the asparagus.



Fire up your grill and allow to heat on high. Reduce the heat to medium (make sure no flames are hitting the grates) and clean. Put a grill mat down (if you don't have one, you NEED one ... this is what they look like and I really need to do a review on these! I picked this up at Bed Bath & Beyond for like $10 or so but like the link better as there's 3 and they seem to be larger than what I have)


Toss on your asparagus (I did two batches as I made 2 pounds), spread them out a little and close the lid. After a few minutes, check on them, giving them a little toss with your tongs ... keep an eye on them as they will get charry really fast ...

I love, love, love these little things and this is such an easy recipe to make! Go ahead, give it a try!

Enjoy!

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Frugal Activities


Hey hey, it's time to share the Frugal Activities post and I know a lot of you liked them because of my full disclosure too!

So, what the heck, since I seem to have fallen off the Menu Plan Post, let's revive the Frugal Activities shall we?


I generally try to start my week on Monday with it ending on Sunday but pretty much keep Sunday out of the picture as I try to keep that as a stay home, entertain family and relax day!


Here are some of our Frugal Activities that we did this past week!


1. Only hit up the grocery store one time, and that was at Walmart and it was a proactive trip for the potential of a storm hitting us. Luckily, that fizzled out and well, what I bought we will be using. It was MORE than I anticipated, $130 ...

2.  Ate all 5 breakfast at home and packed my lunch for 4 of the 5 work days. The one day I didn't pack was Friday as my boss was taking me out to my favorite place, yet again. I'm telling you, I really do have the best boss! 

3.  Even though I didn't eat dinner too many times this week (busy and just distracted), we only went out ONE time and that was Wednesday night ... $86 for the 3 of us and I had leftovers that I ate for breakfast on Thursday.

4.  Did a little meal prep but not as much as I should have (hence, the shortage of dinners) ... we did have leftovers from Saturday and Sunday and Hubby made a large batch of tuna to tide him over during the week.

5.  Met up with some girlfriends for margaritas on Friday. We said only one drink each, ended up having two and only spent $30 with tip.  The best part? Free chips and salsa all around! 

6.  Thankful that I've been stashing the extra loaves of bread in the freezer lately as Saturday morning we all wanted toast but there was NO BREAD! Oh wait, yes there is! I ran out to the garage freezer and showed up with a loaf of sour dough bread! Perfect!

7.  Hubby was working on the generator this week and noticed that he had a flat tire AGAIN so he pulled it off and located the leak. It's a tubeless tire and he shopped around and lowest price he could find was $45 plus shipping. We hopped on Amazon and found the same thing for $20 with FREE shipping. Gave him something to look forward to! 

And of course, in keeping with tradition and to make myself accountable, here's the NOT so Frugal Activities from this past week!

1.  Finally paid the cable bill and I paid it short, come to find out. They slapped me with a $10 late fee because it wasn't revised like they said it would be. Need to follow up with them when I have the energy to do so this week.

2.  I had a little extra time waiting for my girlfriends on Friday so I ran in to TJMaxx ... picked up a pair of jeans and 3 new blouses for $80. Uhm, that's not in the budget this month! Most likely will be taking the blouses back and the jeans as well if they don't fit. I really should take it ALL back as I'm getting ready for the September Whole30 and well, hopefully, I'll get rid of this little muffin top that's going on and a smaller size might be in order! Maybe? Maybe not?

3.  Paid $2.80 per gallon for gas. Uhm, 17 gallons worth. That stinks.  Hubby wanted to me to check out the gas station. Gas had gone up 10 cents this past week with 99L hanging around out there in the ocean.h

So there you have it! I'm skipping out on Sunday, we anticipate having an open house IF the weather holds out ... Hubby and I will go scope out our "new" neighborhood and hit up the local neighborhood pub while out. 

What have YOU done frugal this past week?


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Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Simple Shrimp Dish

We've been working on eating down the freezers AND staying on budget. Just for the record, eating down the freezers DOES help the budget, except when you see a great sale on some frozen foods and think, hey, I've got plenty of room in the freezers for that!

Ahem. It happens ;-)


So, I was out of shrimp. Who would have thought that day would come? But never fear, there's always a sale on shrimp somewhere so of course, I bought more!

Not stock up more, but more. Because I wanted to make this ... *Sorry the pictures are crappy, they are OLD and well, if I can, I'll try and take NEW pics when we make it this week!*

When I came across this recipe, I immediately fell in love with the picture ... and then the SUPER SIMPLE list of ingredients. Awww, yeah, we can do this.

Of course, I had to stop at the store to get me a chili ... which brings me to the next point:

Are all chilis created equal? No, they aren't. But heck if I know the difference from one to another...I need to go google a guide and see what's what ...

So here you have it, without further ado ... and I must say, it's pretty damn good!

a generous handful of shrimp, peeled and devined (luckily, I was on top of my game that morning and took out a handful from the freezer)
olive oil
1 to 2 garlic cloves, thickly sliced OR just use the stuff you have minced already
1 chili, seeds removed and sliced
sliced up sweet peppers
pinch of paprika
dash salt
chopped parsley to garnish
sliced green onions for garnish
Crusty bread for sopping up the juicy stuff :-) ... found a half loaf of cubano bread in freezer ... may have to grill it up.

I had EVERYTHING except that big green chili on the left there




  

Stray loaf of Cuban Bread from freezer  and all the ingredients chopped and ready to go!

Heat oil over medium low heat and add garlic and peppers. Let cook for about 2 minutes and then add the shrimp and paprika. Cook til shrimp is pink and done, add salt.




Dish up in a large, flat dish, sprinkle with parsley and serve with crusty bread. Yummm.... this is a definite keeper!

I opted to toast the bread in the same skillet after I was done cooking ... it worked out pretty well ...




The bread actually had a slight kick to it from the oil that was still in the pan


Add in a Sea Dog Wild Blueberry beer while cooking, chat with a girlfriend and pretend you have a party going on ... 

Ok....so as much as I loved the dish (and the concept, so quick and easy!) ... I went a little heavy on veggies and not heavy enough on the shrimp. Also, I think next time, I will do oil AND ghee ... I think I used too much oil, and the heat needs to be more towards the medium range, I think. Also, the chili definitely gave it a KICK. Ummm, not a problem, except I was HOT from cooking, eating, drinking and rushing to get ready to go out with my girlfriend ... then I had a slight case of burpees the rest of the evening!  Yes, I WILL make it again but more shrimp, less veggies, add butter AND definitely cook up the bread in skillet!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Frugal Activities


Hey hey, it's time to share the Frugal Activities post and I know a lot of you liked them because of my full disclosure too!

So, what the heck, since I seem to have fallen off the Menu Plan Post, let's revive the Frugal Activities shall we?


I generally try to start my week on Monday with it ending on Sunday but pretty much keep Sunday out of the picture as I try to keep that as a stay home, entertain family and relax day!


Here are some of our Frugal Activities that we did this past week!


1. Hit up the grocery store (Publix) on Monday after work. Uhm, spent a little more than I wanted, $70, but that included quite a few cleaning supplies, salad stuff, milk and a few other things. My goal was to hit up Aldi once later in the week for salad stuff and Walmart for my Dad ... that worked out, NOT so much (see #1 below!)

2.  Ate all 5 breakfast at home and packed my lunch for 4 of the 5 work days. The one day I didn't pack was for a social luncheon that we were hosting for the office so FREE lunch that day (at my FAVORITE place!)

3.  Again, did my own manicure with a nice cold beer at my own bar in my own home. What can I say? This was done Monday, and as I finish this post on Saturday, they still look perfect with no chips, smudges, etc.


4.  Pampered myself to a 55 minute foot reflexology massage on Friday at lunchtime, courtesy of the boss. Honestly, I DO have the world's best boss ... 


5.  Hubby and I did another movie night on Friday night. Honestly, as much as we pay for cable/internet/phone service, I'm bound and determined to use it all up. Not to mention, it's kind of nice to not drink a ton of booze (as is standard because it's I Don't Care Fridays) and this way, we either each have a beer or two, or a soda, and movie snacks and snuggle in for a movie in the living room ... I'm glad we started doing this!


6.  We are having friends over for dinner on Saturday (tonight) and both of us had zero inspiration. I finally grabbed my Memories of a Cuban Kitchen and we settled on Piccadillo ... it's an all time favorite for us and guess what? I had 80% of the ingredients on hand to make ... a few things to be picked up and we are D O N E (uhm, watch for recipe soon, along with a repost of the Mojitos I'm making as well! These are going to be modified a little bit and if as good as the original, I'll share!)

7.  Skipped out on the Aldi trip ... much as I wanted to go. I guess I'll stop there on Monday night after taking my dad to the VA. They have boneless skinless chicken thighs for $1.29. Can't pass that up and the sale is good through Tuesday evening so go stock up!

And of course, in keeping with tradition and to make myself accountable, here's the NOT so Frugal Activities from this past week!

1.  Took a quick lunch break and ran to Walmart once I saw that Google Maps said it was only 2.3 miles from the office. Only thing is I have to go down Broward Blvd. and then over I-95 which is a pretty crappy traffic area. Regardless, went, spent $40 for the items on my list. Did not deviate too much from the list and was mindful of what would have to go in the office with me since I didn't have a cooler in the trunk. Why not so frugal? Because, I only intended to spend $20 or so and well, look what happens!


2.  Hit up Publix on Friday night after work ... and, just take a wild guess? $70.00 and 30 minutes later. W T F? This was totally not acceptable :-( I was there to pick up a few hot snacks (oven stuff) for our Movie Night. Well, they had a lot of stuff buy one get one free ... but still ended up spending way too much. 


So there you have it. I'm skipping out on Sunday as, fingers crossed, I'll be floating in the pool and chillin on the couch! 

What have YOU done frugal this past week?



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Monday, August 15, 2016

Cobb Salads

Somedays, all I want to do is head out to Sweet Tomatoes and have an all you can eat salad buffet with unlimited soups and a few other starchy things on the side. I never opt for dessert because I'm usually a stuffed pig by the time everyone is ready to hit the yogurt bar.  No thank you.


They do NOT serve Cobb Salads there but whenever I get around to making this, I'm always like, YUMMMM, we should do this more often!  So again, after making this for dinner the other night, only because I didn't have anything thawed, AND Hubby had made 6 hard boiled eggs, I got to chopping. Took me a whole 15, maybe 20 minutes top ... even to make it pretty like so!


It's really easy to make and I figure it's a bonus that I generally have everything on hand for the most part since I try to keep a healthy fridge! I even had a little bit of blue cheese crumbles left to put on Hubby's since that's what HE looks forward to when he orders it!


Me? I just stuck to the basics and used my homemade Honey Mustard Dressing too ... after we were done eating, we looked at each other and gave a high five ... these salads hit the spot!

Here's what you need:

1/2 head of iceberg lettuce, torn (or cut) in to bite size pieces
1 head of butter lettuce, torn (or cut) in to bite size pieces
handful of grape tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 seedless cucumber, cut in half, quartered and chopped into small bite size pieces
4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
bacon bits
ham or turkey, chopped (I used ham this time around)
shredded cheddar cheese
optional - crumbled blue cheese
optional - diced avocado (highly recommend but didn't have any)
Ranch, Honey Mustard OR Blue Cheese Dressing (these are 3 tried and true recipes!)

Ready to build this bowl of awesomeness?

Add a handful of each lettuce to each bowl, more or less as you'd like.  Put the lunchmeat down the center of the bowl.

Add a line of tomatoes and then a line of bacon bits.

Add a line of cucumbers and a line of cheddar cheese.

Add a line of eggs and then the avocado if using.

Garnish with the blue cheese crumbles if desired.

Serve with your dressing served on the side.  I like to keep my salad pretty when I eat it. Hubby, on the other hand, grabbed a big mixing bowl and dumped his pretty salad in there so he could properly "dress" his salad ;-)  MEN.

This is a big hit and I highly recommend you give it a try!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Frugal Activities



Hey hey, it's time to share the Frugal Activities post and I know a lot of you liked them because of my full disclosure too!

So, what the heck, since I seem to have fallen off the Menu Plan Post, let's revive the Frugal Activities shall we?

I generally try to start my week on Monday with it ending on Sunday but pretty much keep Sunday out of the picture as I try to keep that as a stay home, entertain family and relax day!

Here are some of our Frugal Activities that we did this past week!

1.  Stuck with my cash in pocket and budget for the most part ... $100 for groceries and $50 for miscellaneous stuff (hair/clothes/additional food, etc.) ... I carried over the $20 from last week.

2.  Paid off the credit card that had my new laptop on it. 3 months, not so bad and it was interest free since I opted for that plan when I made the purchase. Can I just tell you what a life saver Digit has been? It's a great passive savings tool that I use to make additional debt paydown payments with. If you have checked it out yet, you really need to! (Yes, this is my referral link and I will receive a whole $5 if you sign up using that link! Thank you if you do!)  ... just an FYI ... Digit scooped out $236 in the month of July and I did NOT miss it ... sort of like finding that change under your sofa cushions and between the car seats!

3.  We had the photographer come out on Tuesday for the new listing on the house. This was frugal BECAUSE I cleaned, cleaned, cleaned which led to decluttering even more. Seriously, I can't believe we still have stuff to get rid of! Clutter is NOT frugal, sorry folks!  NOTE: he came back on Wednesday to do the aerial shots with two different drones since it was way nicer outside. Spent about an hour doing that and Hubby is now excited ;-)

4.  Convinced Hubby to buy a new UNLOCKED cell phone. I'm paying for phone service as it is and his phone keeps locking up on him, missing calls and text messages and is just crapped out.  At least with an unlocked phone, he can go with whatever carrier he chooses down the road. Currently, we use T-Mobile (have for, oh, 15 plus years) but the service in Indiana where we plan to be spending a substantial amount of time in 2017, stinks.  *He still hasn't made up his mind WHICH phone to buy

5.  Stopped at Walgreens for dish soap as there wasn't anything else I needed and well, I know if I go in the big grocery store, I'm coming out with way more stuff. So I picked up a bottle that was on sale for 99 cents ... and paid 5 pennies for it since we had a $1 reward. I'm so glad I did that!

6.  Made a quick stop at Publix for the LaCroix sale (buy 2 get 1 free) and they had my fav: Peach/Pear! 3 12 pks later, a 15 pk of beer and a few other misc. items to get to my magic number of $40 to use my $5 off ... well, I ended up spending $59 ... really should have been closer to $55 (beer can't count on the total) but at least I didn't buy a bunch of crap! THIS was my only grocery shop all week! Sweet!

7.  Applied for my TSA PreCheck. Was also going to do my passport BUT the location I went to (county office!) didn't do photos OR take debit/credit cards.I was like, huh? Money order, cashier check or check only?  Doh.

8. Made 4 of the 5 work day breakfasts and 5 of the 5 work day lunches at home. The breakfast out was with my dad on Friday before going to the VA. $25 with tip but well worth it for him to get out and such.

9.  Stayed within the budget this week, even with a few extras (breakfast out) this week. I have money to carry over AGAIN! Sweet!

10. Even though we've kind of gone off the Weekly Meal Plan, we do still discuss options for dinners and what we have on hand. Hubby is getting pretty strict on that note, a little too much, if you ask my opinion ;-) He made a kick @ss Naked Pulled Pork with that hunk of pork I picked up a few weeks ago from Aldi ... half was frozen, the other half will be for lunches and dinners to come this week.

And of course, in keeping with tradition and to make myself accountable, here's the NOT so Frugal Activities from this past week!

1.  That proverbial food waste situation. Has anyone else see the new Ad Council for Save the Food? 48% of fruits and vegetables?? That's sad, but honestly, probably accurate!  Lettuce. Cucumber. Mexican Beef that was shoved in the back of fridge and totally forgot about. That made me the saddest :-(

2.  Ordered pizza and spent $40 (Hubby paid) Thursday night while chilling in the pool. Really should have just made a salad for more than one reason alone.

3.  The water bill! The sprinkler bill is $180 and the house bill is $180. WTF. That's almost as much as the electric bill this month. NO we do not have any leaks but it was really dry for a while there so we've been running the sprinklers 3 to 4 days a week (its usually around $50 a month) and then Hubby has a trouble spot that he hooks up a stand alone sprinkler OFF THE HOUSE METER and runs over night. Ugh. I think he forgets about it!  Regardless, I still set up the payment for them.

4.  Got sucked in to buying 5 (FIVE!) pairs of aviator sunglasses from Jane.com ... they were $3.95 each but of course after adding on the shipping, they came to $35 total.  It's ok, I love Cheap Sunglasses and as always BONUS POINT if you can name that song before clicking through!  This still kept me under budget for the week!

I'm skipping out on a Sunday update for this week as I don't anticipate doing ANYTHING besides chilling on the couch and floating in the pool!

What have you done this week to stay accountable and Frugal?

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Honey Mustard Dressing - Dairy & Grain Free

*I made Cobb Salads for Hubby and I this past week and was so glad that I opted to make mine with Honey Mustard Dressing! I'm sharing the recipe again as it's been a little while and it's always great to have some quick recipes to throw together at the last minute! It's NOT Whole30 approved BUT it is Paleo with the lack of dairy, grains and of course, processed sugar!*


I love making my own salad dressings ... I have a much better handle on what I'm consuming when I do so. You know that MOST shelf stable salad dressing are full of funky ingredients, right? So why not just take a few extra minutes and make your own and be healthier?

This is a dressing that I've been making for several years now. Back in the day, it was all about Kens Honey Mustard Dressing ... until I started reading labels. Whoops. The 2nd ingredient was HFCG.


So ... I had to pretty much kick my all time favorite dressing to the curb. *See how it says "Great for DIPPING"?? That's what it was all about for me!

But then I found this great recipe and I've been making it ever since that day!

Here's what  you need:

1/2 c olive oil. I've started to use the "light tasting" stuff for my dressings
3 tbs regular vinegar
2 tbs water
1/4 c honey 
1/4 c grey poupon mustard
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp salt
dash of black pepper

Measure all in a glass jar and mix well. This will taste best if you make it in advance and let it sit in refrigerator for about 4 hours before using.  




Go ahead, use it for dipping! Or just keep it simple and use as a salad dressing ... either way, you'll be glad you decided to go healthier!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

BBQ Legs in the Crockpot

I wanted to type Golden Brown Legs in the Crockpot but figured that might freak some people out. Better than Golden Brown Thighs in the Crockpot, don't you think?


Ok. Nevermind. Most folks know I've got an extremely odd sense of humor.

LAUGH!

So. This recipe came about for a few reasons:

1.  Hubby had bought a few packages of bone in chicken thighs AND legs a while ago. I am NOT a fan of legs, drumsticks, whatever you want to call them things.

2.  The bag of legs in the freezer have been getting in my way because we are getting low on protein products in the freezer and they seem to be just about the ONLY thing left in there!

3.  Whole Foods had their chicken legs on sale for 99 cents per pound. Being that I really like Whole Foods chicken (the air chilled or whatever it's called) and this IS a great price for said yard birds, I was all over it figuring this recipe looked good ... (update, I opted to forgo the Whole Foods sale as I know that I would walk out with way more than just legs ... instead, I decided to hit up Aldis for 69 cents per pound) (SECOND update: I failed at that as well, but it's ok, legs go on sale fairly often!)

Which is HOW this recipe came about!


Original recipe comes from The Frugal Girls ... who have quite a few crockpot recipes to check out!

3 to 4 pounds of chicken legs. Not quarters. LEGS. DRUMSTICKS.
1 bottle of your favorite bbq sauce. Preferable something sweeter
1 pkg of dry powdered ranch mix. I pick mine up at Aldis
Salt and pepper to season
fresh parsley, just because (I completely forgot to make my plate pretty!)

Ready?

Rinse those legs off. Pat them dry. Lay them neatly in the crockpot. Don't just toss them in there as you know one or two will try to Get a Leg Up (bonus point for those who know that song before clicking the link!)

All nice and contained, well behaved!

Sprinkle with salt and pepper and put the lid on.

Set to 3 hours on high OR 6 hours on low. Ok, tell me, I already know. Yes, the settings are  4 and 6 on high and 8 and 10 on low. Set your internal timer for 3 hours or 6 hours, ok?

Cooked Pale Legs

Ok

After 3 hours (or 6) are up, remove them legs and drain the chicken fat (NOT down the drain!! No! Don't do that!) and put chicken back in the crock.

Mix up the bbq sauce and ranch powder mix and pour over the top of them legs. If you really feel the need to, give them legs a little flip and get that saucy sauce on both sides! Personally, I would!  Put the lid back on and cook on high for 30 minutes (or low for one hour). After the time is up, remove the pretty legs from the crockpot and serve up

OR

To make this a little more appealing to ME, I went one step further and turned on my broiler to high, lined a baking sheet with parchment paper, tossed the legs on there, neatly, of course, and broiled them for about 5 minutes to make them a little more crispy and gooey. I flipped them midway and basted a little more with a little more sauce.  I highly recommend you do this!

Yes. I recommend you do it THIS way BUT it's not necessary!

Enjoy!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Frugal Activities



Hey hey, it's time to share the Frugal Activities post and I know a lot of you liked them because of my full disclosure too!

So, what the heck, since I seem to have fallen off the Menu Plan Post, let's revive the Frugal Activities shall we?

I generally try to start my week on Monday with it ending on Sunday but pretty much keep Sunday out of the picture as I try to keep that as a stay home, entertain family and relax day!

Here are some of our Frugal Activities that we did this past week!

1.  Hit Aldis on my way home from work on Monday night, AFTER I went to the bank, made a deposit and withdrew my grocery cash for the week!  Spent $51 and supplied the refrigerator with plenty of green stuff (veggies), 4 super large chicken breast and a massive boneless pork shoulder/butt. Oh, and some eggs. And a couple of avocados. And green beans. Because, you know, I could live on those 3 things alone and be perfectly content. Hubby, not so much ;-)  THAT was the one and only grocery shop this week! SCORE!

2.  Cooked up 2 pounds of ground beef from the freezer and had a Taco Tuesday at long last! Instead of margaritas, I opted to have a lime LaCroix...it's all about using what you have on hand!

3.  Made my breakfast all 5 work days and packed my lunch as well. I just took leftovers for the most part!

4.  Did my own manicure, again. Like I've said before, it's not spa quality, but plenty sufficient for me and work. Saved $20, well worth it to do it yourself!


7.  Set up all my payments for the month on line so I don't need to worry about them. Only thing left that comes up this month is the 2 water bills.

8.  Had Hubby work on Comcast this week. May have threaten to leave them. Last months bill was $300 a month.  Whee, we got it down to $220 ... still too much and I will need to work on Hubby and the number of channels ;-) However, he does need to go swap out the 3 big boxes we have for the new fangled ones (dvr or whatever the recording option is) ... I am going to insist that we learn how to use it so we can utilize movie night in the house more often (instead of our nights out eating and drinking!)

9.  Kept with the list of things for the week, for the most part!  It helps, physically writing on a piece of paper, for me!

10.  Even after our dinner out on Thursday, I still had $20 left for the week. I was going to hit up Whole Foods for their 99 cents per pound on cold chilled chicken legs, but then thought, heck, Aldis has theirs on sale for 69 cents per pound so I opted to NOT stop at Whole Foods. I know that I would have walked out with way more than chicken legs!

11.  Opted to not go see our favorite band play on Friday night. That would have put us over budget (between Uber and booze) AND most likely I would have been hungover and dragging on Saturday. Instead, we stayed home and made margaritas, bruschetta and chilled in the pool with friends.

And of course, in keeping with tradition and to make myself accountable, here's the NOT so Frugal Activities from this past week!

1.  Went to dinner on Thursday night ... had a few (too many?) adult beverages ... total amount, after tip and all was $79. Used cash and at least I had food for breakfast the next morning (half a bacon blue cheese burger!)

2.  Had a little bit of food waste this week, but nothing dramatic. Tossed a few sweet peppers, 1/4 head of lettuce, a little bit of canned coconut milk and tossed the jar of Almond Butter that no one, including myself, seems to be eating.

I'm skipping out on a Sunday update for this week as I don't anticipate doing ANYTHING besides chilling on the couch and floating in the pool!

All in all, it was a pretty fine week! I'm very proud of myself and hope to have another good week!

What have you done this week to stay accountable and Frugal?

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Fresh Frozen Margaritas

You probably already know that I LOVE margaritas ... uh huh ... but not the heartburn at 2am after a few of the ones using the pre-made margarita mix ... Hubby already has the system worked out where he just pulls out the bottle of Prilosec and sets it next to my glass. Pretty pathetic, don't you think? ;-)

I had shared this recipe a while ago and decided to make these again since I am having a few friends over ... I mean, heck, I have frozen strawberries, a ton of them, after freezing nearly 2 pounds last week to keep from having food waste! And we still have a lot of tequila in the bar area ...  (and I can't find my favorite bottle ... I'm concerned but at least I have 3 bottles of Patron!)  



This makes ONE generous drink ... last time, I had a couple and let me just tell you that 1 cup of tequila is a LOT ;-)  Take a few Tylenol or Advil with a large glass of water before you go to bed!

1/2 cup tequila
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
juice of half a lime
1/2 tbs triple sec
1/2 tsp powdered sugar
1/4 cup sparkling water (I grabbed the soda stream to carbonate some water from fridge)
1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar (per Nigella ... this is a secret ingredient that did make a difference!)
3/4 cup ice

Add all to the blender and let it rip. I've got a Vitamix and had no problem with it being too thick but you may need to add a little additional liquid (um, think twice before you add more tequila!)

I was so happy to see these little cocktail umbrellas at the dollar store ... 16 for $1 ... I'm in!




As always, please drink responsibly and call Uber or have one of your teens drive you if you are out and about ...

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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