One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Random Tidbits

What's on the breakfast plate lately?  I should have just dumped the cowboy candy right on the dandelion scramble.
Lots of vitamin C and other goodness, and loads of hot peppers to free up my nasal passages. Green peppers for more vitamin C, and dandelions for Vitamin A (immune system help), C, the B's, and a lot more. I also added garlic and hot peppers to the scramble.

  Instead of freezing rain on Friday, we got snow. 

And lots of it.
   It was perfect for making a snowman too. I wanted to, but I knew I would be pushing my recovery, so I didn't (and regret it).  Vet-Tech daughter and her co-worker built one at the kennel, ha ha!  This morning, it's already starting to melt.

Our Vet-Tech Daughter paid off her car loan.  All of it.  Now she can get insurance in her own name and guess what?  Our cost will drop almost in half.  She is one more step to independence and the reality of adulthood.

(loaded with vitamin C)

My meal plan this week had to be done, regardless of my head cold.  It was just done a bit backwards.   I could not let my organic brussels sprouts go bad, nor the thawed homemade condensed mushroom soup.  So....

I made tuna and noodle casserole, mashed potatoes (using homemade yogurt), and a new brussels sprouts casserole with a shallot and blue cheese sauce, with a corn bread topping.  We all tasted it.  We all agreed, for the work involved there wasn't a "wow" moment when tasting.  We much prefer the roasted brussels sprouts with onion and garlic (less work, less calories).  Other than Hubby.  He loved the brussels sprouts casserole.

Leftover rolls to go with dinner.  These were still good a day later.

I got yelled at too.  I wasn't supposed to be working so hard in the kitchen.  Or at all.  I took it easy, and the girls helped prepare the dinner.  I think they enjoyed it.

The dog gate is still down.  However, I had to block them from the upstairs.  I heard a book drop off of something (getting good sounds lately), and went up to investigate.  Sure enough Youngest had a book by her bed and it was on the floor.  I saved it, but noticed they tore apart an entire box of kleenex.  Zuri, in the past, ate an entire hard cover book cover recently.  Just another day of in the life with dogs.



Mama Pea said...

Our daughter suffers from sinus infections now and then and she showed me something new she got from or organic co-op . . . it made me think of you. It's put out by the Neti Pot people, looks like a tube of Chap Stick, is like a nasal spray but a little different. You insert it in a nostril and breathe in. She says it really helps clear her head and unclog the sinuses. Sorry I can't remember the exact name but it starts with Neti-something.

Rain said...

Just looking at the Cowboy Candy gives me heartburn lol...I wish I had a stronger stomach, it looks so tasty the way you presented it! And those mashed, one of my weaknesses and I make mine with my homemade yogurt too! Yum! I love Brussels Sprouts, but I always get disappointed when I make anything other than a simple dish with them. Oh gosh dogs stop at hard cover books...but our cat Dana loves to nibble on Kleenex.

Sam I Am...... said...

The brussel sprouts (could be my favorite vegetable) casserole sounded great with the blue that too! You make yummy stuff! Congrats to your daughter on the loan pay off!
Are the dogs teething or are they still pups? I have several cook books with chewed edges from puppies of the past! LOL!

Kristina said...

Thanks Mama Pea. I'll have to look for it when I visit the health store next.

Kristina said...

Rain, Zuri loves to chew stuff up.

Kristina said...

Sam Am I, they are going to be 2 this fall. Thankfully. I sure hope they move onto the more relaxed stage of their puppy-hood.

RB said...

How old are the dogs now? Seems they should be getting past the teething stage. Maybe the book-eating one is missing some vitamins or minerals, that he's eating paper. Kleenexes though, they're just a toy. LOL Had an older dog I never could break of playing with tissues, but it was the only thing she ever did wrong, so I excused her for it. Anyway, just something to think about.
I pray you're feeling better, day by day.
We're doing ok here in south central NC, even though it seems to be Spring one day and Winter the next. LOL
God bless.

Kristina said...

RB, they will be 2 this coming fall. Yesterday, they were both fighting over the same toy. So funny.