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A Little of This and a LIttle of That

I decided to do some baking for Thanksgiving today.
I baked two loaves of pumpkin bread and two loaves of banana bread. They are all from scratch.  After they cooled, I double wrapped them in aluminum foil and froze them. They will be part of our breakfasts while my family is here for the Thanksgiving holiday. So I will pull them from the freezer the night before I need them. 

So what do you do for dinner when you have been baking?  I was tired but didn’t want to spend the money to go out. So I grabbed some cooked chicken that I put in the freezer from the 2nd roasting chicken that I cooked  a bit ago. I diced it and added it to a Zatarain’s Red Beans and Rice mix that was in my basement stockpile. Hubby tossed a bagged coleslaw mix with diced apples, raisins and walnut pieces and added his own sauce. It was about 5 -10 minutes hands on time and it was delicious.

I wrote our two couples who I have been helping this past week because I hadn’t heard from them. They are both busy especially because they will be traveling for Thanksgiving. So they are going to write to me after they get back. When they update me, I will update you. 

I am happy that I have all of my Christmas shopping done and wrapped. I am almost ready for Thanksgiving. I just have some pies to make and bake either Tuesday or Wednesday. Tom turkey has been defrosting in the refrigerator since this morning. This is one of my favorite holidays especially when family is coming to visit. I miss my granddaughter so much and can’t wait to see her!

While I have been shopping, wrapping and baking for the holidays, we have been thinking about our goals for 2019.  We have been brainstorming for months. There are a lot of small things that we want to do to let us save some serious money next year. Have you thought about your goals for the New Year? It’s not too early to do so.

14 replies on “A Little of This and a LIttle of That”

Hi Liz, this is Chris. We do have a big goal for 2019, as you know. Hubby will be 60 in July and we have the goal of paying off our mortgage by the time of his birthday. The other big goal that we have been saving for is to be able to go on a cruise to Alaska. It is not booked yet, but hopefully soon. We will continue our frugal ways, and continue the path we are on. After the mortgage is paid off, we will have to plan for what we will do with that $$. I have some ideas, and plan to run them by you when it is time. I am thankful that you have been my accountability partner in this journey to pay off our mortgage early.

Hi Liz, this is Chris. I went today (Tues 11/20) to do the Target deal of get a $10 gift card when you spend $50 on food. I got a combination of things we were in need of, and sale items. I did not use any coupons, except the cartwheel coupons, and I also had a $10 gift card already to help pay for my items. The Target receipts are pretty wonky, and sometimes it is hard to decipher how much you paid, so I will just list the items, and note any good deals:

3 cans tuna (we were totally out)
4 boxes stove top stuffing (on sale 1.25 ea.)
2 great big boxes of cereal ($3.50 ea)
1 eight o clock coffee (20% cartwheel q)
2 store brand oats, big containers
1 bunch bananas
10 birds eye steam fresh frozen veggies (.90 ea on sale)
2 gal skim milk (amazed it was 1.48/gal regular price there)
9 packages of shredded cheese (on sale 3/$5)
4 laughing cow cheese (I can have this on my eating plan and 50% cartwheel)

After all my discounts, I paid $49.47 OOP and received another $10 gift card to use on a future Target purchase. I thought I did well for the trip and was happy with what I got.

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