Happy Leap Day to all!

Don’t forget to wear blue and yellow today!

Also, be sure to watch the 30 Rock episode, Leap Day to understand why I am saying Happy Leap Day and wearing blue and yellow myself.

 

For lunch today, I had some tuna salad and crackers. It’s all part of the grand plan to save money by bringing my lunch to work. If I brought my lunch to work four times per week, that could free up to forty dollars each week in my bank account. I don’t know how much I spend on groceries monthly but it is more than the national average for two people. And now for something different but sort of related…

I keep reading online how couponing is saving people hundreds of dollars. When I look at coupons in the paper or that come in the mail, I never see brands or products that I use. I am not going to buy a block of Velveeta just to say I’ve saved 50 cents. I thought that if I could make a list of brands and products I use and like, I would have an idea of what coupons to keep an eye out for.

Here’s the start of that list…

Late July Organic Classic Rich Crackers…. $2.00 @ New Seasons

¼ Cup Olive Oil

1 medium size yellow onion, cut into wedges

4 oz Prociutto/Pancetta, Chopped

1-2 carrots, sliced into rounds

2 stalks celery, diced

1 cup dried cannellini beans, picked over, rinsed, soaked overnight, and drained

3 cups chicken stock

2 bay leaves

¼ tsp dried thyme

Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Sauté the onions and meat in the olive oil in the bottom of the stock pot. Cook for until tender. Add the carrot and celery and cook to soften.
  2. Add the beans, chicken stock, and herbs, stir to combine. Cook until the beans are soft. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Remove bay leaves and serve with crusty bread or as a side dish for meat or fish.

Here’s a photo that I took after I started eating my dinner. It was great the next day also.

Links I’ve bookmarked and never done anything with.

http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2010/12/how-to_stitched_gift_wrap_and.html

http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2010/12/little_owl.html

http://curbly.com/capreek/posts/9566-how-to-make-your-own-mini-balsa-wood-tree

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/weightwatcherspointsrecipes/~3/EkoHowlxUKs/spinach-tortellini-en-brodo.html

http://the-gadgeteer.com/2010/12/15/racheting-readywrench-combines-16-socket-sizes/

http://the-gadgeteer.com/2010/12/15/tegu-magnetic-wooden-blocks-review/

http://whipup.net/2010/12/13/15-felt-ornaments-to-make/

http://blueeyedfreckle.blogspot.com/2010/12/handmade-and-fabulous-agate-druzi-slice.html

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/WhipUp/~3/URQCVItNwew/

http://www.thimble.ca/?p=2580

http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2010/12/how-to_tiny_plastic_canvas_gin.html

http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2010/11/noro_hat_pattern.html

http://curbly.com/diy-maven/posts/9436-diy-pipe-shelves-round-up

http://www.designmom.com/2010/11/diy-monogram-mugs/

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/WhipUp/~3/84kO4jQLzFw/

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/WhipUp/~3/_-ONznCqyKU/

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/HowAboutOrange/~3/lZHdNsIKUA4/how-to-make-recycled-paper-flowers.html

http://whipup.net/2010/10/04/bags-bags-bags-roundup/

http://curbly.com/diy-maven/posts/9125-how-to-make-paper-cake-treat-boxes

http://annekata.blogspot.com/2010/09/room-shoes-and-book-lovers.html

http://curbly.com/diy-maven/posts/9113-diyable-bike-shelf

http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20100920/digital-picture-frame-keychain/

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/WhipUp/~3/5GE2-x2gIUI/

http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2010/09/how-to_salt_light.html

http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2010/08/how-to_braided_ribbon_headband.html

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/WhipUp/~3/HqbkNvtjauU/

http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2010/08/how-to_embellished_tunic_tee.html

http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2010/07/how-to_newspaper_gift_bag.html

http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2010/12/binding_ebooks_for_gifts.html

http://www.kitchenipadrack.com/

http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2010/07/how-to_tissue_paper_hydrangea.html

http://offbeatbride.com/2010/07/diy-frosted-glass-centerpiece

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/apartmenttherapy/main/~3/oMMhYbO0wSY/how-to-create-paper-blossoms-120262

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/apartmenttherapy/main/~3/oMMhYbO0wSY/how-to-create-paper-blossoms-120262

http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2010/06/how-to_paper_rose_table_decor.html

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/WhipUp/~3/bwN6QMMy8B0/

http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2010/06/how-to_sew_a_tissue_paper_garl.html

http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2010/05/how-to_quilled_monogram.html

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/WhipUp/~3/jKSHaHOPK0U/

http://whipup.net/2010/04/23/paper-towel-flowers/

http://www.notmartha.org/archives/2010/04/01/easter-surprise-eggs-the-easy-version/

http://craftlog.org/craftlog/?p=3478

http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2010/03/pussy_willow_rainbow.html

http://yougogirl.typepad.com/you_go_girl/2010/03/crochet-like-crazy.html

http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2010/05/how-to_quilled_monogram.html

 

Here’s another recipe from Healthy Cooking for Two (or just you) by Frances Price, R.D.

Here’s another recipe from Healthy Cooking for Two (or just for you).

Other recipes suggested adding sautéed onions and garlic to the soup. It’s up to you. We found it be an extremely easy recipe to put together and will have fun customizing it in the future.

Ideas for toppings:

  • Bacon bits
  • Cheddar cheese shredded or sauce
  • Cooked broccoli chunks
  • Sour cream
  • Butter
  • Salsa
  • Grilled onions and peppers
  • Chili
  • Taco Meat
  • Fajitas beef or chicken
  • Beef Stew
  • Chopped chicken
  • Chopped ham
  • Gravy
  • Alfredo sauce
  • Pulled pork
  • Mushrooms
  • With mexican sides
  • Grilled italian sausages
  • Mozzarella cheese marinara sauce & mushrooms

Take your pick. Some maybe better than others.

Here’s a pudding I made for dessert the other night.

Source: Healthy Cooking for Two (or just you)

I’ve had this cookbook, Healthy Cooking for Two (or just for you), for several years but I’ve never used it. Over the last week or so, it has been the cookbook that I’ve turned to. The weather here is starting to turn towards winter. The days have been rainy, dark, and blustery. Talk about some comfort food.

I made this version of Rice Pudding the other day. Cory’s only “complaint” was that I didn’t make enough of it. *grin* That is the type of criticism I can handle. It was really handy to service it in the 8oz wide mouth canning jars (like these) and then use lids like these. This combination makes a great super easy way to serve or later for snacks.

Here’s the recipe…

Cory found this on his windshield about a year ago. We saved it because we wanted to share it with folks. Enjoy.

One of the members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster saw his symbol on the back of Cory’s car and decided to leave a message.

Here are some more links to more information about the FSM.

 

P.S. I’ve been struggling to write another post about my family. I thought I would try something light hearted to break the ice.

Today, just feels like it is going to be a long day. I’m working out of the CDS database at work. Meaning for each call I attempt today, I have to dial the phone number manually (no computer assistance here) and the person I’m trying to get a hold of probably hasn’t been in contact with a coach for months, so there will be lots of disconnected phone numbers and voicemails will be left today.

In between call attempts, I am randomly looking at different websites. I thought that I would post links to projects or ideas that I found interesting. This may end up being a long or short list. Here it goes…

Source: Re-nest.com

Source: Re-nest.com

Source: Home in the Country

 

I guess that is it for today.

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