HAPPENINGS AROUND HERE TODAY:
- It never did rain yesterday but we got so much rain on Sunday that I didn't bother with the garden today. We had a huge rainstorm at about 8:15p.m. so no watering tomorrow either.
- "We" went through a mild state of panic last night when we realized that our son's brand new PC kept on asking him to validate Windows with the product key code. Greg couldn't find the key code anywhere (it wasn't on the disk or any documentation that they had included). Nathalie to the rescue! I mentioned that I had seen the key code on a sticker that had been affixed to the side of the CPU. This is why we wives still need to watch men unpack electronics even if they say they don't need any help :)
- I earned my daily Bing Rewards credits and met my first daily goal on Swagbucks (102 SB today).
- I packed a lunch for Greg to take to work.
- My Slow Cooker Red Beans & Sausage recipe called for green pepper and I had some that I had frozen, but I also had a red pepper in my fridge that was threatening to go bad so I used that instead. I added spicy links that I had gotten on clearance at Save A Lot several months ago, about $0.15 worth of links in this dish! The colors of the uncooked mix were wonderful!
- The recipe also called for Creole Seasoning, which I thought I had. However, I had Soul Seasoning so I used that instead. Later on, I realized that I did have Creole Seasoning. Need to remember this for the next time!
- I mixed a batch of Ten Things Farm Chicken Seasoning. That stuff is gold. Seriously.
|This is like sand art! Sadly, I had to take everything out to|
mix it all up.
- My daughter wanted plastic bags or trash bags to line the trash can in her bedroom but I didn't have any plastic bags since I use reusable bags and I'm trying to limit the use of trash bags in our house too as much as I can. I decided to get a couple of plastic bags from the Publix plastic bag recycling bin tomorrow since I'll be going there anyway.
- Still trying to declutter my house little by little. I found 2 unopened tubes of fruity toothpaste that my kids have outgrown so I texted my BFF to see if she would want them for her young daughter.
- I also decluttered and cleaned my bottom kitchen cabinets and put some items in the attic in case the kids need them for their own apartments. One item even found its way to the thrift store donation box.
- I baked my now daily loaf of bread. So good.
- I had defrosted a big bag of yellow squash last week, intending to use it in my Ratatouille Bake but I had defrosted too many vegetables in the end. My neighbor had given me those squashes from his garden. I pureed them in the food processor, drained them of as much water as I could, and used them instead of zucchini in my Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe. I put them in the 450F oven that I had turned off right after I had baked the regular bread, waited 15 minutes until the oven was at 350F and then finished cooking the Squash bread. I made 2 loaves and was planning to freeze them in halves but my son quite enjoyed the bread (I didn't tell him it was squash or he might not have been so eager to eat it!) so I might just put it in the fridge.
- I peeled and cut up some carrots for my daughter since she had asked for baby carrots to snack on and I didn't have any. I put the peels and ends in my "Veggie Scraps" bag in the freezer so they can be reused for making stock.
- I rewashed 3 plastic zipper bags to reuse them at a later date (1 gallon, 2 quart size).
- Lunch was the free hot dog from Racetrac yesterday, topped with homemade zesty pickles (Greg didn't want it so I made him a PBJ), a small caprese salad with basil from my garden, the last quarter of cantaloupe, and the small piece of strawberry cake from two days ago. Oh and I had some of my fresh bread to soap up the caprese salad dressing, of course!
- I was able to request the free monthly sample from Pillsbury (via their e-newsletter). This month it is an Old El Paso Mini Taco Boat. Free food!
- My daughter and I spent 3 hours decluttering her room and reorganizing it. She has prepped a large trash bag of things to throw away but I went through it and pulled most of it out to keep (reuse) or donate and lectured her about being quite entitled if she couldn't understand that other people might be able to benefit from what she was mindlessly throwing away. Then we went through the rest of her room. The result? I had 4 large laundry baskets to sort through and most of it will be going to the thrift store tomorrow. I am keeping several items for us though:
- A t-shirt that I had given her and that I think will fit me.
- A stash of rubber bands (yes! I needed rubber bands desperately!)
- some paperclips
- 2 binders
- 1 page protector
- old stained tshirts (will be turned into rags)
- an index set
- and more...
- Dinner was the Slow Cooker Red Beans and Sausage that had been cooking all day (so glad I didn't have to cook tonight!) with a side of white rice that I cooked in the microwave. I also served corn muffins that I made with the free mix from Publix last week. Despite the Soul Seasoning that I had added to the beans and sausage, we found the dish to be pretty tasteless. We also have A LOT of leftovers. I put everything in the fridge for the night and I will freeze it tomorrow in 2 smaller portions, after adding some spices (Cajun Seasoning!) to it.
- I used rainwater to water my indoor seedlings and zombie plants... my zombie lettuce is coming alive! The heart that I set in water last week is regrowing tiny leaves :)
|Ignore the black parts there... zombie plant, you know?!|
WE SPLURGED ON:
- Renewing our flood insurance policy. We're not in a flood zone, but ever since the 2005 hurricanes (4 hurricanes hit us in one month!), I've been paranoid about having a disaster hit us only to discover that we weren't carrying the right kind of insurance for the damage that we had. Those insurance companies are so... savvy. Yeah, that's the term we'll use. About 3 years ago I finally got around to getting a flood insurance policy and even though it's gone up every year and (knock on wood) we haven't had to use it, I'm glad we have it. Tampa, a mere hour from us, has been experiencing tons of rain and apparently a lot of people are flooded. So you never know what can happen. This is Florida, after all!
- Gas: my daughter and her BFF needed to drive to Howey-in-The Hills to complete her dual enrollment paperwork at the school district level (it's been a mess) and obtain the necessary books for her college classes. However, once her paperwork was dropped off, she was told that she needed to pick the books up from the LSSC Bookstore in Clermont. Her BFF (who now lives just a couple of streets away from our house) is also dual enrolling in the same classes, albeit on separate days and times. I'm glad that my daughter isn't one of those girls who is into making sure that she's with her friends at all times. She does what benefits her and I'm proud of the way she's handled all her schedule issues so far!
HOWEVER, WE FAILED IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS, BUT LEARNED SOME LESSONS:
- I was planning on cooking red beans in the crockpot for dinner tonight but I had completely forgotten that dried beans should be soaked overnight first! I looked for solutions online and a saw that a couple of people had recommended putting the beans in water, bringing them to a boil and then letting them sit in the boiling water for an hour so I did that and then prepped the crockpot. My forgetfulness cost us the price of boiling the beans instead of letting them soak in cold water.
- Greg told me that he'd been buying Clif Bars at work at $3 a pop, every day. Weird that it never came up in the conversation before, right? He asked me to get them at Publix since they're cheaper by the box. I'll get him the Aldi version instead and see if he likes them.
Did you have any frugal successes or failures today? Please do tell!