Goodwill, Here I Come!

When we moved last November, I vowed to get rid of all the crap I don’t need and never use.

I ended up getting rid of about 50% of all the crap I don’t need and never use. The rest is boxed up in the garage, robbing my car of it’s nice, warm, comfy bed.

Although my car is an old junker, it treats me well and I can only imagine it will continue to treat me well if I do the same for it.

Also, we have a deep freeze (I’ve never owned one until now) that’s currently living with a friend of ours because there’s just no room for it at our house.

My plan? One box a week to Goodwill. It can’t be that hard, can it?

Starting next week and every Sunday after, I’ll post a list of items that Goodwill can expect to receive on Monday. If I come across anything that I think will be useful to my fellow Simplifiers, I’ll post a give-away announcement with my Menu Plan Monday post.


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Quick & Easy Chili

1 lb ground beef
1 green pepper, chopped
2 clove garlic, minced
1 can chili beans, undrained
2 cans Rotel, undrained
1 can diced onion and garlic tomatoes, undrained
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
1 tbs chili powder

Brown ground beef with green pepper and garlic. Put everything in the crock pot and cook on low 6-8 hours or simmer 30-45 minutes on stove.

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Wednesday Ramblings

“Sometimes an ‘adventure in savings’ is a bad adventure.”

Since MC’s a super picky eater, I shouldn’t have been surprised at all when she refused to eat the Oven Denver Omelet I made.

I ran the recipe past her before I started cooking and she thought she’d like it. She took one bite and asked if she could make a sandwich instead.

I couldn’t understand it. Eggs, cheese, ham, hashbrowns… all edible in her world. Then I took a bite. There was something horribly wrong with the dish. She wasn’t just being picky this time, she was making a smart decision to quit eating something that tasted like a mix between plastic and unscented all-purpose cleaner.

After my first bite, I kept taking tiny bites to try and figure out where on earth that nasty taste was coming from. Then it hit me: I used a generic non-stick spray on the casserole dish. It was the only thing that made sense.

I’ve heard that saying “You get what you pay for.” And in this case, it was so true. I’m a big fan of saving money by buying generic or store brand items, but from now on I’ll always splurge on name brand cooking spray.

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Menu Plan Monday ~ January 10, 2011

Christmas with GW’s family was great. Good food, lots of laughs and enough presents for the girls to completely pack the car full. We got home about five hours before the snow started falling and it hasn’t stopped yet.

This is going to be an easy week. The girls have semester break on Friday and they both have plans for the entire weekend, so I’ll only be making supper Monday – Wednesday since they’ll both be out of the house ASAP after school Thursday.

I’m excited to try a few new recipes this week. I’ve only made turkey breast once and it was over 11 years ago so I’m a little foggy on the recipe… and the outcome. This time I’m going to drag out my crock pot and rub some salt and honey on the turkey. I’ll let you know how/if it turns out 🙂

Supper: Oven Denver Omelet, toast

Supper: Honey roasted turkey breast, stuffing, green beans

Supper: Chili Cheese Cornbread

Supper: Kids are gone, so YOYO

Supper: Kids still gone, so YOYO again

Supper: Out

Supper: Steak, baked potatoes, green beans

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Wednesday Ramblings

“I love it that you’re a dork like me.”

Today when I got all excited about how many (usable for our family) grocery items were on sale, GW came over, gave me a hug and said “I love it that you’re a dork like me… We just don’t get excited about the same things.”

That’s one thing I absolutely love about him. I can jump for joy over saving money on groceries and he’ll jump for joy with me. He could really care less about my savings, he just loves my excitement.

So weekly grocery flyers came out today and I got a head start on my menu for next week. Usually I write down 3/4 of a page of sale items, but this week I had over 1 1/2 pages! I’m only giving the girls one night each to pick a meal and hope to try a few new meals. Normally I limit myself to one new recipe a week, so I hope the ones I pick for next week are edible or we’re all going to starve.

I’m Most Excited About…

Chili – 89cents plus a 55cent/2 coupon
Pork spare ribs – 1.29/lb
I have a Chili Cheese Cornbread recipe I’ve been wanting to try so I think now is the time. I need to find a recipe for pork spare ribs since I’m sure they’ll go great with this dish.

Turkey breast – $1.29/lb
Split chicken breast – 99cents/lb

Since MC’s the only one who actually got to eat turkey for the holidays, none of us are burned out on it. I’m not sure yet what I’ll do with the turkey but I have a great Orange Chicken recipe.

Fruit pot pies – 39cents
Hershey’s candy bars – 29cents

We’ll all be treated next week to two nights of dessert. We don’t usually do dessert, but when we do it’s more than just a simple little candy bar. I’m sure I’ll get some silly eye rolls when I pull them out, but it’s better than nothing, right?

Mangos – 88cents
I’ve never had a mango. GW and JT have never had a mango and I’m positive MC has never even heard the word “mango”. So I’ve decided we’re all going to try one.

Pasta – 69cents
What?! That’s crazy! We really don’t need pasta but I’ll stock up anyway 🙂

5lb potatoes – 88cents

If we can use up the 3 lbs we have left from last week then I’ll pick these up. Can you freeze potatoes? I’d hate to miss out on this price just because we don’t need them NOW.

V05 Shampoo – 69cents

I usually stick with Suave, but my hair has a mind of it’s own 95% of the time so I’m not picky when shampoo goes on sale.

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Menu Plan Monday ~ January 3, 2011

I hope 2011 is starting off great for everyone! I have yet to come up with my New Year’s Resolutions, but I know #1 will be to menu plan every week no matter what else I have to contend with. It just makes life easier!

We’re finally wrapping up our Christmas celebrations this week. On Friday JT and I will celebrate our first Christmas with GW & MC’s family up in South Dakota. Saturday we have a full day of snow tubing planned. I haven’t been sledding in over 20 years so I’m looking forward to playing in the snow like a kid again, however I’m not looking forward to spending the day outside in the cold.

Supper: YOYO

Supper: Scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy

Supper: Sloppy Joes, homemade fries, corn on the cob

Supper: Steak, mashed potatoes, cream cheese corn

Friday & Saturday – Trip to SD

Supper: Roast, potatoes, carrots, celery

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“Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.”

-Charles Dudley Warner

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