Guinea Pigs!

@ free admission day at Valley Zoo


Homemade chicken stock

This is my first time making stock. I'm making it in the slow cooker
using the chicken parts/"garbage" I've froze when making other dishes.
I've been collecting parts for a while and now I have enough to make
stock. I used to buy stock - waited when it was on sale, but still $2/
L. This homemade stuff is essentially free. Well, less than $2/L


Testing email posting

Just testing posting from my iPhone. :)


Meal Planning

We are starting to get settled at the new house. I'm able to work again (evieheartsmilo.etsy.com) without it being scatterbrained or chaotic. This also means that I can get to meal planning again.

I am a big advocate for this because I can budget exactly how much to spend as I know exactly what I need to buy for the week. Especially when I am no longer contributing as much as I used to money-wise, this sort of budgeting is important to us. What I do is go through flyers on Friday for 'Loss Leaders' - ie, the really good deals, and then base my menu on that.

This week, for those of you who are interested:
Monday - Rotisserie Chicken, oven fries
Tuesday - Chicken Ceasar Pitas (from leftover chicken Monday)
Wednesday - Pizza (handmade/scratch)
Thursday - Meatloaf, mashed potato
Friday - Hot dogs w/ fries

There is a little leeway - sometimes there are good deals at the store that aren't in the flyers, but this is my guideline for the week.

Now if I can stick to it this week, I know I'm well on my way. =)


New house.

We've moved. Again. This would be the 4th house we've moved to in the 6 years we've been married. Hopefully that's it. I hate moving. Hopefully I can get a routine down where I will be updating more often. Stay tuned.