Monday, January 13, 2014


Friday we bowled to celebrate Aubrey's birthday, which is actually today. Happy birthday to my soon to be sister-in-law who I am so glad I actually like as a person and friend. That doesn't always happen when your people get married! Enjoy your last birthday as an unmarried lady Aub. Above you see me and MFD with my two brothers and Aub, as well as my bowling name - Queenie - that's how I appear in my mom's phone. hahaha
Last week kicked my ass. We had a glorious sleep in on Saturday and I made a nice breakfast. I also put together that lamp you see there behind our new purple chair. Both were purchases budgeted for in December with extra December cash, bought after the Christmas stuff was away. I made a simple dinner of flounder, broccoli, and rice - all out of the freezer. I'm trying to cook out of my freezer and pantry until both are bare.

Other Saturday things: watching a marathon of Extreme Cheapskate and two viewings of Revenge of the Nerds. 
Another fun night of Coach Bingo featuring Frank as the best caller. Did I hear a niner in there? We didn't win but we had a fun girls night out. 
Sunday morning relaxing with the dogs, drinking a lot of coffee, and doing blog things. 

Weekly food prep was pretty easy this week. Breakfasts are egg muffins with sausage and sharp cheddar. Lunches are butternut squash and bean burritos pulled from the freezer. Snacks are kiwi, celery sticks, and pretzels. 
1. I needed to use up some goat cheese, so I made a sauce with roasted red peppers, diced tomatoes, onion, garlic, and milk. 
2. That was added to bowties and black olives. The side will be spinach salad. 
3. More freezer cleanout: veggie rotini, ground beef, onion, garlic, basil, crushed tomatoes, spinach topped with a bit of monterey jack cheese and baked. I basically threw a bunch of shit together and it tasted great. I love when that happens.
4. A simple berry cobbler to round out the day. Recipe coming soon.

I watched Sliding Doors and Meet Joe Black before the Globes (see my catty Golden Globes commentary here). Between cooking and laundry, it took me about four hours to watch Sliding Doors. 
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January spending freeze people, how's it going for you? Both of my budgeted weekend activities came in under budget. Remember: this freeze is about what you need - it doesn't mean doing nothing or spending nothing if that doesn't work for you. My January is jammed with activities, and my main goal with those is to stick to my budgeted spending amount. This Friday coming up I have an unplanned activity that I have to attend. So I'm using the money from something I bought in December and need to return on that, but will still document it for what it is. 

Bloggers: Check out Not Entirely Perfect's Blogging Resources Part I and Part II culled from a weekend full of all the blog things. She's on her game and now you can be too. 
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  1. your recipes always amaze me and makes me hungry!!!!! and happy birthday to aubrey :) looks like yet another fantastic weekend for you guys!

    Vodka and Soda

  2. All that food looks amazing!!

  3. My brain stopped working after I read goat cheese and roasted red pepper sauce. Oh yum! I think you need to do a week of just recipes. I don't think that would be boring, and I guarantee so many would love it!

    Happy Birthday, Aubrey!

  4. I love goat cheese. Why do I never buy it and try to incorporate it into a recipe? I need to add this to my list of goals!

    Also, isnt it so wonderful when you actually like your in-laws? I got really lucky with mine! It makes life so much easier!

  5. I also watched that marathon of Extreme Cheapskates on TLC on Saturday. I could NEVER be that cheap! As per the spending freeze, I (and my husband) can't believe how well I am doing. Very proud of myself!

  6. aubrey and i are a day apart! I'm sure she's awesome. i love how you make food with food youhave leftover (aka the goat cheese) i need to be better about that. even though I'm not really participating in the spending freeze I'm trying my best and it's going well!!

  7. Looks like a blast! Bowling is so fun! I totally broke the spending freeze to donate TWICE! I am such a bleeding heart! Oops. I did have leftover grocery money so it didn't technically make me go over budget. Love all the food, makes me what to be better with freezer meals.

  8. How else are you doing on your freeze, otherwise? I'm thinking about doing it in February, because I've been so terrible lately about being like "it's cold, I'm going to take a cab!" Every day. Bad.
    I wish we had Coach bingo here, I'd do it.
    I made my egg muffins for this week! With spinach, onions, and mozzarella cheese. My dad is very pleased with all the iron and protein I'm eating. I'm pleased with the real food breakfast versus my usual soy latte. I have you to thank for that :)

  9. There's nothing better than throwing random things together and having it come out delicious. Whenever our freezer or pantry is overflowing, I call it 'Lazy Man Dump' (sounds tasty, huh?) Haha. I swear, some of the best recipes have come from those situations!

    It also made me laugh that your nickname for bowling/from your Mom is Queenie. My mom has called me Queenie since I was a little girl as well.

  10. The goat cheese sauce sounds delightful. Congrats on adding a good member to the family! Also, I am really liking your purple chair...

  11. I really love that purple chair. If only I had somewhere to put it. I am totally intimidated by kiwi and I have never eaten it. Isn't that weird? I pretty much love all fruit, but there is just something about it that I don't know what to do with.

    I bought some goat cheese chevre at Trader Joe's and I basically want to bathe in it.

  12. I really love that purple chair. If only I had somewhere to put it. I am totally intimidated by kiwi and I have never eaten it. Isn't that weird? I pretty much love all fruit, but there is just something about it that I don't know what to do with.

    I bought some goat cheese chevre at Trader Joe's and I basically want to bathe in it.

  13. I love Cheapskates like we talked about on twitter. Those people are sooooo extreme!!

  14. I LOVE that purple chair and I LOVE its surroundings - Blue and purple are my favorite color combination!

  15. Happy Birthday to Aubrey!

    Diggin' the purple chair! We're probably going to do a little redecorating in our living room, but I told Aaron we can't do that until after we put in the new sink/countertops.

    As you know, I love goat cheese and I also love berry cobblers.

    What you DON'T know is that I'm participating in the spending freeze, in my own way of course. I'll be linking up in February to detail my sins.

  16. I was so caught up in the Golden Globes blog, I forgot to read this one. Love the purple chair!!!!! Love the picture of all of my chickens, too!!!
    Glorious warm temps earlier today and sun! #I'lltakeit!
    Love your MOMMA

  17. Food looks great as always! I love bowling, I wish I could do it more often. Not a fan of the shoes, but the game!

  18. I love your purple chair! I haven't been bowling in so long! I want to now. I also haven't seen Sliding Doors since in came out. I need to watch it again.

  19. That purple chair! Want!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I could see myself reading on that bad boy while you fetch me snacks!

  20. I LOVE your purple chair!! I want a cool accent chair, but they are always so flippin' expensive and the ones I find feel like they are going to break. One day...


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