Saturday, November 9, 2019

A Little More Grocery Shopping - I Need To SLOW It Down

Yeah, so when you track your grocery spending you realize just how much you are spending.

I am on a roll, scouring the ads, well just the Publix ad because it is close, looking at the BOGO's and adding them to my list.  Aldi is my go-to for produce.

PUBLIX $42.00

The first picture has BOGO's:

  • Oscar Mayer hot dogs Chili Dogs are a thing here
  • Lesueur Tiny Peas the hubs LOVES them, a single can is $1.99.  With the sale, each can is $0.86.  
  • Blue box Mac and cheese Yep, another favorite
  • Arnold Buns Chili dogs 

Family Dollar

  • Castleberry Hot Dog Chili Sauce is the best.  We stock up. 

ALDI $86.00

Aldi shop this morning and I took my list.

I picked up stuff we will use.  Salad fixings, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions.
Frozen chicken breasts, (two bags) a pack of burger with a save $2.00 sticker,  tater tots, bread, apples, bananas, butter, cheese, salami, sandwich meat.

Picked up tater tots, and they were not on the list.  Found out when I got home, I already had a bag.  Note to self, stick to the list.  The hamburger was not on the list either.  But it had a coupon!


 (Includes Pet Food  $11.00 and Piddle Pads $11.50)


Thursday, November 7, 2019

Thursday's Adventures 9/7/19

No waiting for us, we had reservations!
Today was a busy day!  This morning there were eBay packages to pack up and a few listings to put up on eBay. 

About 10:00 today I took off for the post office to drop off my packages, and then I was off to Hollywood Studios to meet a former ultrasound student/ now good friend for lunch at the Brown Derby. 

We stay connected on FB since she moved about an hour away.  Before she moved, she lived near me and we would get up early and walk a couple of miles.   My friend also works part-time at Disney so we benefit from her 40% discount off of food and merch.

It was a good time to catch up on each other's lives and reconnect. Her momma was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer recently and I know just what she is going through.  My mom passed in 2013 from metastatic breast cancer and my friend was there for me when all that was going on.

The dining room in the Brown Derby

Her mom is currently undergoing chemo and radiation.  Not an easy thing for her mom or the family.

The Gondolas move along quickly

We enjoyed a great lunch, walked around the park to check out the Christmas decorations in the park.  Hollywood Studios is my absolute favorite park to visit.  I like to walk up and down the streets and look at the facades of the buildings, the landscaping, and do a little people watching. 

It is still hot here but luckily the humidity was only moderately high. After strolling through the park we decided to jump on the new Skyliner gondolas.

No lines, walk up and get in

We were a little nervous 
A few weeks ago, the gondolas had an operating error and guests were stranded in the gondolas for about three hours, 30 feet high, and it was night time.  We were iffy getting on, but we sucked it up and the ride was enjoyable!   The gondolas move along at a fast clip, which is helpful as there is no AC in the gondolas but they have windows up top that provides good ventilation. The seats are wood slat benches that are secured to the floor and the view is phenomenal.

When I got back to the house, I threw together soup and sandwiches for dinner, hung out with the grand kiddos out in the front yard. They were raking leaves because they thought it was fun. So I let them!!

I will work on a few more eBay listings this evening before I go to bed.  Tomorrow I am headed north about 30 mins away to check out a new thrift store and there will probably be a few garage sales along the way too.  After that, there are always chores around the house to do and a quick trip to Aldi's.

Too early for Christmas?  Not at Disney!

What are your plans for Friday?  

Weekly Menu Update Nov 7, 2019

We are lucky that the weather is pleasant enough to continue grilling.  When all else fails, I can always grill a frozen chicken breast or a frozen burger patty. 

We had take out pizza last week and once this week.  For us, that is pretty good.  We definitely could do some damage financially by eating out a couple times a week.  

But, since I resigned from my position at the school, we...well, me,( the hubs thinks we should spend it all now) ...I am better able to see where the money goes. 

Last week's menu
  • Tuesday:  Breakfast for dinner Eggs, Grits Bacon and Pancakes
  • Wednesday: Large salad and grilled chicken
  • Thursday: Sloppy Joe's and Tater Tots (Son in Law is cooking)
  • Friday: Drive-Thru  Theme Park night  I drive and my daughter pays for dinner. 
  • Saturday:  Grilled Salmon, Broccoli Grilled Burgers, Chicken and Salad
  • Sunday:  Chicken and Fettuccine, Salad and Bread and Lemon Brownies 
  • Monday: Grilled salmon, brown rice and broccoli  Take Out Pizza

This week's menu
  •  Tuesday: Grilled chicken and a large salad
  • Wednesday:  Tacoburgers and Taco salad.  Son in Law cooked dinner
  • Thurs: Grits and Eggs   Sandwiches and Soup
  • Friday: Chili dogs and Tater Tots 
  • Saturday:  Meatloaf, mashed potatoes  Son in Law is cooking
  • Sunday:  Ravioli Lasagne in Crockpot with salad and bread
  • Monday: Leftover Taco Meat - Tacoburgers and Taco Salad 

Do you stick to your menu or does it change?  

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

What I Have Spent at The Grocery Store So Far Nov 6, 2019

Publix had a few BOGO's that I wanted to pick up this week.  The first image is what I was able to get last Thursday.  There are a couple of more BOGO's that I still need, but the store was out. I need to get a few Prego Alfredo sauce, and there was cat food that was BOGO and Planter's peanuts, they were on sale as well.  The hubs takes peanuts in his lunch.

I will take care of that later today after an appointment in Orlando. Good news, I will be getting fitted for a new CPAP machine, I am so excited!  I think the new machine will make a huge difference. It has been a journey to get to this point, but I am glad we are finally there. 

We have been eating salads at more meals, so I will have to hit up Aldi's again to stock up on salad fixings.  That is not a bad thing, and we really like the produce at Aldi's.  

Publix Nov 1
BOGO Hershey's Syrup $2.75 x 2= $5.50
BOGO Prego Spaghetti Sauce $2.59 
TOTAL = $8.09

ALDI  Nov 1
Bacon $3.79
Artichoke Dip $3.69
Shredded Mozzarella $3.49
Potato Puffs $1.65
Goya Red Kidney Beans Bag $1.68
Butter Bread  $1.79 x 2
Romaine Hearts $2.39 x 2
Green Peppers $2.29
Canned Kidney Beans $0.69 x 6
1lb Box Spaghetti $1.39 x 2
Roma Tomatoes $0.99
Carrots $1.49
TOTAL $33.66 

Publix Nov 2
The Hubs stopped for milk and chips

We needed coffee,  soda, and french bread.  Well, that is what was on the list.  Then I picked up foil, cornbread mix, and brownie mix.  
 Target Nov 4  $29.29

Total to date $91.69

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Tried a New Recipe, Lemon Heaven Bars or Lemon Brownies

The hubs needed a lemon so he bought a bag of lemons and I had to figure out a way to use up the rest of the lemons. I don't know if the store was not selling single lemons, but I like the challenge of trying to figure out what to do with the extra lemons.

  After googling things to make with fresh lemons I decided on this recipe.  Lemon Heaven Bars looked reasonably easy and delicious.


For the lemon bars 

  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar 
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • fresh lemon zest from 2 large lemons
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/3 c. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. pre vanilla 
For the lemon glaze
  • 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • fresh lemon zest from 1 large lemon

1. For the lemon bars: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a 9 x 13 pan with parchment paper so that two opposite sides have an overhang.  I did not do this, but I did spray the pan with coconut Pam, which worked just fine. 

2.  In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Add lemon zest and whisk again to separate and coat the little pieces of zest.  Set bowl aside.  

3.  In a small bowl, whisk together butter, eggs, lemon juice, and vanilla. 

4.  Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until combined.  Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.  Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Remove from oven and let cool completely on wire rack.

5.  For the lemon glaze:  In a small bowl, whisk together all glaze ingredients until smooth.  Drizzle glaze over top of cooled lemon bars and then use a spatula or back of a spoon to spread glaze evenly.  
Place pan in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Cut into squares.  The original poster suggests keeping the bars chilled and serve cool. 

My review of this recipe is that it is easy to put together after the initial work of zesting and squeezing the lemons.  The taste of the fresh lemon in the bars and in the glaze really is delicious.
We found that the bars were much better the next day and they did taste better cooled.  

If you have extra lemons lying around, I would suggest trying this recipe out on your family.  They will love it. 

Friday, November 1, 2019

November Monthly Goals 2019

Monthly goals are hit or miss for me.  I have good intentions at the beginning of the month then things sometimes go south.  My last Monthly goal post was in August How's that for consistency? 

Oh well, I still want to keep trying to do better and keep things on track. 

  • Keep dining out to $150 
  • Track grocery spending this month 
  • Continue to build my eBay business (Here are my 2019 goals)
  • Rebuild  short-term savings account to $1000 Hovering at $865


  • Weekly dinner with grandkids, daughter, and son in law 
  • Have two date nights with my mister 
  • Touch base with my sons with text and or phone calls.


  • Walk at least 2 continuous miles 4-5 times a week. 
  • Lose 8 pounds  
  • Strength training at gym 2-3 times a week We have a gym membership through husbands' work but have not been for MONTHS!

  • eBay 

  • Spend time with a friend (time to use that Disney Pass)
  • Continue to research paternal side of the family  
  • Find a hobby that explores the creative side but does not break the bank :-)  Gardening, rock painting?

Here is to staying on track with a manageable list of goals this month.  We did get our two-mile walk in this morning.  The weather has finally changed and it was in the 70's which made for a much more enjoyable walk.  

I am pretty sure I need to upgrade my walking shoes, after this morning's walk my knees were hurting.  I  am currently icing them down to reduce the pain and inflammation.  I had both knees replaced in 2016-2017 and I sure don't want to do that again.

Do you set monthly goals?  Are they helpful or do they stress you out? 

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Thursday Things and a Menu Oct 31. 2019

Planning the menu is one thing, keeping to it is another.  Last week, I changed it up several times.  Most of the time I already had the items on hand or my son-in-law cooked and he provided the groceries.

It all worked out, and we only ate take out one day.  We had a busy weekend with the kiddos and by Sunday, I was flat worn out and after a two-hour nap, we decided to get pizza from Little Ceasers.

Today we will be going to the kiddo's school for their Halloween Parade.  The students get to wear their costumes to school, parade around campus and outback for the parents, and afterward, there is a school dance for all the students. Their school makes it a fun holiday for them!

Last week's menu
  • Wednesday: Chili Dogs and Tater Tots
  • Thursday: Breakfast for Dinner Eggs and Grits Sandwiches
  • Friday: Drive-Thru vs Grilled Salmon ( possible Disney Evening depends on weather) Spaghetti, Salad, and Bread
  • Saturday:  Grilled Zucchini Grilled Pork Chops  TacoBurgers (Son In Law is cooking)
  • Sunday:  Turkey Breast, Mashed Potatoes, Corn etc  Take Out Pizza

This week's menu 
  • Tuesday:  Breakfast for dinner Eggs, Grits Bacon and Pancakes
  • Wednesday: Large salad and grilled chicken
  • Thursday: Sloppy Joe's and Tater Tots (Son in Law is cooking)
  • Friday: Drive-Thru vs Salad and Grilled Chicken (possible Theme Park night)
  • Saturday:  Grilled Salmon, Broccoli Grilled Burgers, Chicken and Salad
  • Sunday:  Chicken and Fettuccine, Salad and Bread
  • Monday: Grilled salmon, brown rice and broccoli  Take Out Pizza
The rest of the day will be the usual.  Working on eBay, listing and packing up a few things that have sold.  Chores around the house include clean the kitchen, mop kitchen floor (done!) and that is about it.

Tonight after dinner we will be taking the kiddos trick or treating in the neighborhood behind us. Our street only has 7 houses, it's dark, and the houses are set way back on properties.  Not very inviting for trick or treaters.  I kinda miss that, seeing the kids all dressed up.  

Do you get many trick or treaters? Do you hand out candy?

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Wednesday Checking In and A Weekly List 10/30/19

The days go quickly with little projects to do around the house.  There are the everyday chores, dishes, cooking, laundry, cleaning that are important to maintaining my sanity and keeping the house
running smoothly.

My daily schedule for this week is as follows:

Walk the grandkids to the bus stop, and then continue to walk the neighborhood for about 1.7 miles with a goal to get up to 2 miles a day.  If I can get this consistent daily walking at least 4 days a week, I consider it a success. 

If needed, I pull and pack up eBay orders.  This can vary daily, as the sales are unpredictable.  Last week was incredibly slow (see my numbers here) After I run the vacuum, maybe mop a room a day, (maybe not) clean up the kitchen and if there are eBay orders I will drop them off at the Post Office.

At least a couple hours a day is spent listing items on eBay, which includes research and cleaning items.  After the items are listed, I put them away in the storage shed.  I keep the items in bins that are labeled and the item on eBay has that information in a SKU spot that is visible to the seller and not the buyer.

If there is yard work I will work that into the daily schedule.  Which includes mowing, weeding, sweeping off the porch and driveway.  Yardwork is my jam, I would much rather mow than clean house.

Laundry usually is about three loads a week and I also work that in the daily routine.  This includes sheets and clothes.

Figuring out dinner, well, that is something I try to plan but sometimes it just changes for whatever reason.  The son-in-law wants to cook, or we have a schedule change, or we just feel like something easy such as sandwiches.

Here is a list I have been working on this week:
  • List 10 items on eBay daily (23 items as of last night)
  • Mow Backyard  (Yard Mowed)  spray fence with cleaner
  • Sweep off front Porch Done
  • Clean up eBay packing Corner WORK IN PROGRESS 
  • Work on Menu for the next few days
How is your week going?  

Friday, October 25, 2019

Friday and It's Raining 10/25/19

The rain is setting in. 
The weather is sketchy.  The Forecast was for a 30% chance of rain, but it is definitely 100% chance
of rain as the heavens have opened up.

  Mowing the backyard was interrupted with heavy rain and lightning detected 4 miles away.  ( I love my weather app)

We are going to squash the Disney plans today due to weather and after dinner, I will work on cleaning up my packing corner for eBay and try to get a few more items listed.  I shoot for an average of 50 listings a week, and yes I have enough stuff to list for at least 3-4 weeks.

  I sm still working through the items my friend gave me from her mom's estate.  There are two good size boxes of stuff to clean and list.

Dinner was spaghetti, salad, and Cuban bread tonight.  Since we nixed the Disney plans due to weather I made everyone's favorite. My son-in-law went to the store to get the hamburger and bread, I had sauce and I cooked.   This worked out, it kept me out of the store and didn't impact my food budget significantly.

We are working on eating at home record, today is day d and tomorrow my son in law is coming over to make tacos tomorrow so hypothetically, that will be 7 nights in a row.  That will definitely be a record haha.

The day is almost done, and it is still raining.  They say it will be like that all weekend.  Meh. 

Here is the list from Thursday which will carry over for the weekend.  
  • Vacuum, Mop and Dust Master Bedroom 
  • List 10 items on eBay ( 7 items listed Thursday, 0 on Friday )
  • Mow Backyard or spray Fence with cleaner  Rained out on Friday
  • Sweep off front Porch FINALLY DONE
  • Clean up eBay packing Corner WORK IN PROGRESS 
 So my weekend chores are noted, and hopefully, the weather will cooperate.  Tonight will be TV and that's about it.  Not that productive, but there is always tomorrow.

Do you have any special plans for the weekend? 

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Thursday Things To Do And A Menu For Rest of The Week

We had a break from the heat yesterday, it was in the high 70's with super low humidity.  It was an absolutely perfect day and many things were accomplished.

There is still the corner of the garage that I store all, well almost all of my eBay packing supplies. It is a hot mess.
And I may have USPS boxes stashed in two other closets in the house.  Yep, It will probably take a couple of days to get it back under control.

I am trying to use up what's in our freezer and pantry for the rest of this month.  If all else fails we can always have breakfast for dinner.  It is a go to meal when all else fails.

Menu for rest of the week
  • Wednesday: Chili Dogs and Tater Tots
  • Thursday: Breakfast for Dinner Eggs and Grits Sandwiches
  • Friday: Drive Thru vs Grilled Salmon ( possible Disney Evening depends on weather) Spaghetti, Salad and Bread
  • Saturday:  Grilled Zuchinni Grilled Pork Chops  TacoBurgers 
  • Sunday:  Turkey Breast, Mashed Potatoes, Corn etc  Take Out Pizza

Today's agenda is what I  hope to get accomplished today.  It's a shortlist with a couple of big tasks.  Whatever does not get done today will get pushed to Friday.  Sooner or later, it will get done.
Keeping the house clean was barely getting done when I was working.  I know, a 6 hour a day job and I could barely get anything accomplished around the house.

30 years ago I was working two jobs, toting kids to different activities, and household chores .... I don't how I did it.  It is definitely age-related, comparing now to then.  So, we adust and do the best we can and make it work.

Thursday's List
  • Vacuum, Mop and Dust Master Bedroom 
  • List 10 items on eBay ( 7 items listed)
  • Mow Backyard or spray Fence with cleaner NOPE 
  • Sweep off front Porch NOPE
  • Clean up eBay packing Corner WORK IN PROGRESS 
Lists keep me motivated and on track.  Do they work for you? 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Wednesday List of Stuff To Do

My work situation has changed and I am okay with it!  I resigned my position at the Elementary School and after working out my notice I am a stay at home grandma/online reseller.    Working out my notice was partially interrupted by a bout of the flu.  The flu is rampant at school, multiple classes had at least 3/4 of the class absent due to the flu.  It was inevitable that I would catch it, even after my flu shot.

We had the metal replaced on our outside shelter, and it looks so much better.  It took us a couple of months to find an installer to take the job.  We had a list of recommended installers that the sheet metal facility gave us, but the first 7 individuals we called were busy or did not return our calls. 

Last week, we finally had an installer actually answer the call and come out and give us an estimate.  We were happy with the price, within a week, the old metal was removed and the new metal was installed.  It looks so much better!

New Metal on the outbuilding 
I need to find  a before picture

Today's list of things to do includes:

  • Kill weeds along the fence line 
  • Clean out eBay packing material corner
  • Clean Master Bathroom
  • List 10 items on eBay
  • Work on Menu for rest of the week

 Here is to a productive Wednesday!  

Monday, October 21, 2019

Pumpkin Dump Cake

We were hankering for a quick dessert with a bit of fall flavor.  There was this recipe that popped up
on my FB timeline earlier this month and since I had the ingredients on hand, it was a go!

The cake didn't last long and it will be on the menu for Thanksgiving.

Recipe credit Buns In My Oven
  • 1 can 15 ounces pumpkin puree
  • 1 can 12 ounces evaporated milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch of cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2- ish box yellow cake mix if you'd like a more cake-like consistency, use more - up to the full box. If you'd like it to be more like a pie texture, use around 1/2 the box
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup of butter melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugar, and spices until well combined. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
  3. Sprinkle the top with a yellow cake mix. I prefer half of a box, but use more if you want it to be very cakey.
  4. Sprinkle with the chopped pecans.
  5. Pour the melted butter evenly over the top of the cake.
  6. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and the custard is set.
  7. Serve warm or cold. Store in the refrigerator.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Monday Stuff

It's a new week and overall things are going well.  My emotions are a bit better, I think going cold
My Zinnias are winding down, but I have been saving seeds for
next year! 
turkey with no sugar in my diet may have had a bit of an effect. I do love sugar!  Last week was uneventful, no meltdowns at work, we ate dinner at home every night and I may or may not have put up all my clean clothes. Eh, there will always be more laundry.

It has been a week since I decided to change my eating habits and reduce my weight.  I do well with eating Keto, keeping my carb intake about 20 grams a day.  Once your body gets adjusted to the reduction in carbs, it gets easier to stay on track.

Breakfast is a boiled egg with siracha mayo and coffee.  Lunch is celery sticks that I use to eat the spinach and artichoke dip (from Aldi's) sliced block of swiss cheese (2 ounces) and tiny dry salami slices (also from Aldi).  When they are available, I will add a few fresh strawberries as well. Dinner will be whatever we have decided on, but I will not eat the carbs. 

For instance, last night we had grilled chicken, fettuccine sauce and noodles and steamed broccoli.  I substituted spaghetti squash for my noodles. It is definitely not the same as regular noodles but for now, it will be okay.

Here is to a better week than last week.  I was really struggling, but today is a new day!

Weight: -2.8%

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