November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving & stuff

BBQ wienies - some of our hor dourves

Well we got through Thanksgiving ok. Only thing we ran out of was cool whip and the only thing that didn't turn out was the noodles. And actually the noodles were probably ok but the broth on the other hand was NOT! My mom was here to help & eat with us. SR also was here to eat, although I practically had to force him to come =(

Later that night we went out to a few Black Friday sales and got some much needed things that was on sale for real cheap. I got a new griddle, blender, food processor, printer, thumb drive, blank DVDs, and some towels. This has been a real rough year for us on appliances. Actually it's been a rough couple years on them! In the last 3 years we've replaced -- 5 food processors, 5 stoves, 5 refrigerators, 2 crock pots, tons of can openers, 4 griddles, 4 electric skillets, 1 microwave and right now I'm in need of a washer!

I think it's the way they are manufactured or something because we've also went through a ton of electronics too.

But anyway. We also got the kids some Christmas presents but just a select few. Normally I'd be spouting how we're going to do very few presents for Christmas -- "no reason for such an excess!". This year I've not been saying that. Oddly no one has even noticed. We just don't have the money for stuff this year.

Normally I say that we're doing minimal but we still break our necks to get everything we can - this usually amounts to about $300-$500 plus with their grandparents & local organizations helping the kids make out like bandits! This year the local organizations did sign-up in secret or something because we missed the deadlines. Plus it doesn't help that older kids always get over looked here so I don't think it would of done much good to sign up anyhow for 3 out of 4 of the kids.

And both grandparents are currently broke because of Soc Sec screwing them out of their benefits (temporarily). SR is lucky and has some money put up for this type of thing. But my mom is having to stay with HER mom (who also lives off Soc. Sec.) and us because she doesn't have any savings.

But anyway. I have a bad feeling that this will be a meager Christmas. I'm positive my kids won't mind - in fact they have already said there isn't much they'd like to receive anyway =)  It just weights heavy on my mind though.

What else........

Oh yeah we went to the surprise birthday party. It was alot of fun! Real relaxed and I think that my friend really appreciated it. It's always nice to have your efforts appreciated.

Last week we also worked a day of overtime -- it SUCKED!!  Let me be honest here. Currently for income we are doing newspaper routes - we have been off and on for about 4 months. In the beginning we had 2 routes but after 2 months we gave them up. After a week we picked them back up for another 2 weeks, then dropped them again. A couple weeks after that we picked up a new route. It's a rather big route - more than our 2 old routes put together! Last week we got the chance to pick up another semi-large route. At the same time we were also offered (from a different guy, same company) to substitute 2 routes that is HUGE when put together. We know we're low on money and Christmas is coming so we said yes to both offers. ummm...yea. We just about killed ourselves! It was over 300 papers! It took over an hour to roll them all up and over 4 hours to deliver them.

It's very little income but hey it's something. And hopefully after this week we'll also have some unemployment too. Oh and I have a few ideas on how to make money but I have to find the customers LOL  Kinda hard when everyone you know is broke like you.


November 20, 2011

slowly working it

Well I didn't word it correctly obviously and now I'm going to be going there on Tuesday. At least I'm not too busy then.

We went out Sat nite and had a blast! First we went to some friends' house for about an hour - then we headed up to the bar. I drank WAY too much but we had lots of fun and that's all that counts =)

Then I got up before I should have and got told by my oldest daughter that a chicken hawk was trying to get my rooster =( So the chickens had to be put up all day. I hope tomorrow or Tuesday I'll be able to build a roof like enclosure so they can safely go outside.

Oh and go figure we've decided to move again. Maybe I'm meant to be a nomad?! Oh well. I really like our yard here but can't stand the neighborhood, neighbors, pests, problems with the house, and I am soooo done with this town. Don't ask me why I was dying to move back here 3 years ago! I must of forgot the bad parts of living here. I sure do remember them now though.

This time we're looking at going closer to the Mississippi River but stay within driving distance of here. No far off places! We need to be able to come back easily -- like an hour or so trip.

sooooo we're looking but still got a couple of months =)

And tonight I started thawing 2 turkeys and cooking 1 -- by the end of the week I'll be sick of smelling bird cooking LOL!


November 14, 2011

dilemmas & friends

Well I have somewhat of a dilemma. Last Friday I finally got to meet a new friend's daughter. Afterwards we added each other on Facebook and she left a comment on my wall. She said how much she enjoyed meeting me and that we should all get together again soon - like next weekend for her Mom's upcoming birthday (which is on Wed). It was a really sweet thing for her to be so polite to leave a comment but I had already talked to her Mom and we was all planning on going out to the bars on the weekend to celebrate.

Here's the catch. In my infinite wisdom (HAHA!) I say that sounds great but I think your Mom has plans? but pm me cause I have an idea. She pm'ed me and said hey why don't we throw her a surprise birthday party on Friday or Saturday cause that works for her. OMG! What do I do now?!

She's only 14 so I don't want to hurt her feelings cause you know how every kid wants to do something big for their Mom's birthday. But my idea wasn't a surprise party! My idea was to help her out by picking up a cake for her - maybe even a picnic supper so her Mom didn't have to cook on her birthday.

Why do I get myself into these things?! 

So here I go to leave a message to her on Facebook - wish me luck!


November 12, 2011

honey mustard dipping sauce

This sauce is our new favorite! It tastes so much better than the store bought stuff and it's WAY cheaper! I found the recipe here. We've only used it for crescent dogs (mummy dogs) so far but our plan is to try it with other stuff in the next couple weeks.

Here's the recipe:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
Mix all ingredients together and chill overnight.

Some hints - if you use immediately like we did it'll taste GREAT! But if you chill it and notice it's a tad too sweet then add a little more yellow mustard. Personally I thought it was a little to sweet after chilling but everyone else was ok with it.


November 11, 2011

putting the menu together

I've been trying to get more prepared for Thanksgiving so I put together a menu and have started to buy the food needed. Usually I just wait till the week before and then buy everything I need but this year I'm trying to do something new =)

So this year here's the planned menu (links if possible)-

BBQ smokies
Veggies (celery, carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, tomatoes)

2 Turkeys
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Green bean casserole
Cranberry Sauce

Watergate Salad
Cherry Fluff
Apple Cobbler
Pumpkin Bites
2 Pumpkin pies
Coconut pie
Chocolate pie


November 10, 2011

Man I am so tired of running out of time constantly! We've been trying to go to a nearby town now for 2 days -- this town is only 1.5 hours away, not that it matters cause I've not got out of town yet!

We have plastic that we need to get on the rabbit hutches & chicken shed to weatherize it -- been trying to get that done for 3 weeks!

Then we still need to get the wood stove put in. Running this furnace is NOT going to be cheap but we have been for about 2 weeks.

Right now I'm looking at a bucket of parsley that's wilting on the table - it just got cut yesterday! There's been about 8 nights that have dropped beyond frost points.

The house is a COMPLETE mess -- not even gonna think about the yard! There's no way everything is ready for winter out there.

Too much to do and never enough time! wish me luck that's for sure!


November 9, 2011

what happened to the 7 day challenge

Well I was unable to participate in the 7 day challenge this year. It's a difficult one for us every year because of the oldest son & youngest daughter's birthdays are in September. For 2 months we've said we were going to do days 2 - 7 but we still haven't.


November 7, 2011

new blog address

Well I moved the blog over to here. To me I feel a little less exposed this way. Crazy I know but oh well. So here I am =)