Monday, December 31, 2012

Check out this challenge. This is a good way to start the New Year.

My Goals are :

To use up what I have too much of and what I shouldn't have bought to begin with.

Give my pantry and freezers a good clean out, including an easier defrosting in the end.

Use the money I save from not buying groceries for catching up back bills (thanks to medical problems),increase the savings account that has took a huge hit, buy seeds/plants for the garden and buy a new chest deep freezer to replace the upright deep freezer I do not like.

Fresh produce and items like milk,eggs will still be bought but not more than 2 NEW items will be included in any meal.

I will journal what meals we have, make notes of recipes used and whether that should ever show back up on the dining table again.

I will TRY to post every day what we eat and check over at goodcheapeats what others are doing...

care to join me?

Blessed Be Juls

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Boxing Day

In the old days this day after Christmas would be called Boxing day. Were the landlord would box up his leftovers and what ever and give it to his workers as a present.

Today even though I am not a land owner I would love to box up the anger and violence in this world and send it to HADES.

I would love to box up the commercialism of Christmas and dump it where it belongs.

I would love to pass out boxes of love, kindness and cheer to each and every one.

But I can only give myself...and pray that it makes a difference to each and everyone whose lives I touch.

Blessed Be

Sunday, December 16, 2012


We have had several deaths and serious illnesses in the family since Oct. I got diagnosed with Crohn's and have to change what and how I eat and how to deal with stress.

Our insurance changed and my treatments for my birth defect are no longer covered. So the choice it go without treatments and be in pain and not able to function in daily life or cut the grocery budget to cover the cost of the treatments.

Grocery budget is getting cut. I do plant a large garden plus 8 4 ft x 4 ft square foot gardens each spring. Right now I have one of those growing lettuces while covered with a tee pee of plastic to make a mini hot house.

So we have made the following choices

#1 we have made is to make sure that we eat daily foods that help lower inflammation and increase our immunity.

#2 that we don't waste food. I have found when I am not able to cook that the veggies in the frig get bad because hubby doesn't do fresh veggies.

#3 that we focus on eating out of the pantry which is huge as I have a year's supply of entrees in it and about 3-4 months of side dishes.

#4 that what foods we do buy are in season for our area.

My 2 deep freezers (one upright that I have a love hate relationship with) and a small chest type are full. Both refrigerators freezers are full also.

Tomorrow I will go through the 2 refrigerators and check what needs used up or if something needs pitched since trash(refuse/garbage, what every you want to call it) goes to the road Monday night for Tuesday morning pick up.

Prayers for all...
Blessed Be