Beautiful day here in the South. 75 and sunny. Mike is mowing the lawn; daffodils, tulips, forsythia and red buds everywhere! So, the perfect day for yard sales Abby just asked me last week to pick up a pair of white retro roller skates (not blades) if I found them. I told her that wouldn't be an easy find. Guess what I found-in her size- at the very first yard sale for 50 cents??? Woot! Lots of baby clothes for a friend and like new jeans and shorts for the boys. And one pair of running shoes. I think I spent about $12.00 all told. Just love being out there!!
Appreciated all the meal planning posts. I think most of us are about the same. "Loose" plans, but nothing super structured. That would be how I do it. I generally shop on Monday mornings. (It was Friday for years.).Sunday night I look in the freezer and see what needs to be used up and what I need to fill in around the edges. Then I check all the sale papers and see what I can put together. I rarely think of something I want and just buy it. (Exceptions are special days: eg. I always have corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day and the kids get to pick their birthday meal) It's all about what's on sale. I try not spend over $4.00 total for the whole evening meal (for 7 of us). I put a plan on paper, but rarely follow it all the way through. Things come up and change as the week progresses.
I try to shop weekly, although being so close to many stores makes it easy to pop in if a super sale comes up. We do eat together 98% of the time and try to make this a priority. It's not the same time every night, but we are together. I am so aware of the fact that there won't be many years left with everyone around the table and I want to make it last as much as I can.
There have been times in my life (esp when I had 4 kids 5 and under, or even during the homeschool years) when I cooked more ahead. Now, when I get up in the morning I look at schedules and the "loose" plan and unthaw meat, make sure I have ingredients, etc. That way, I'm not crazy at night. If I'm working, I'll try to use the crock pot....a girl's best friend!!
In the summer we eat veggies from the garden. We don't have a very big garden spot here, so I try to grow super productive plants: green beans, tomatoes and cukes top the list. When we lived in the country, I had a huge garden and canned and froze lots of stuff. I miss that, but I do what I can with my little spot here.
Did I hit it all? I'll wait until tonight to draw the winner of the book and will post it tomorrow! You all are the best!! Make sure to check out http://www.southernsavers.com/ for this weeks drug store deals!
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Don't forget free cone day at Ben and Jerrys on March 23 from 12-8. On that same day, Starbucks is having free pastry day with purchase of a drink, click here: http://www.starbucks.com/freepastryday . Only good from opening until 10:30 am, so hurry in!