Thursday, October 2, 2014


We had left overs last night. The choices were frozen quesidillas, one chicken thigh, many left over veggies, some fruit, salad, and/or bowl of cereal and milk.

The quesadillas are gone. One kid had cereal and milk. One kid had the chicken thigh and no veggies. They ate some sandwiches.

I didn't want to cook.

My kids have been to their mental health providers. We were charged the co payments, got new prescriptions, and my DD had to take a "personality test". I paid them in full and they are now caught up.

My DH went to the dentist this morning. He has 6 cavities. They took xrays, did some cleaning, and gave us a written treatment plan. There was no charge for today's' visit, since my insurance covered all the costs. He will have two cavities filled later this month. I'm waiting on an estimate of charges.

My kids and I go to the dentist on Monday. There's usually no charges for the cleanings. I believe we all had xrays on our last visit 6 months ago. I'm praying that there are no cavities that need to be filled.

Tonight's dinner in the crock pot:

our last five chicken thighs
five carrots
one onion
a handful of celery
garlic powder
poultry seasoning
a bouillon cube
a small amount of water

I am going to make another medium size salad, serve some other left over veggies (California blend).

Back to work tonight.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Shopping and dinner

My husband and I went to Sharp Shopper to pick up some produce and milk. We spent 28 dollars on the following stuff:

1 quart of fresh strawberries
1 fresh pineapple
a bunch of bananas
5 lb carrots
one head of lettuce
five tomatoes
two cucumbers
a gallon of fat free milk

and toilet paper.

Dinner tonight:

meat loaf using ground turkey, beef stock, one egg, last of the cream of wheat and some oatmeal (in place of breadcrumbs), onion, parsley, garlic, pepper, and Aldo beef "grinder" spices.

fresh sliced pineapple
fresh strawberries
California medley steamed veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots)
a large salad (lettuce, tomato, cucumber, pickles)

We are working on eating a bit healthier.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Dinner 9/29

I got home from work this morning and put five chicken thighs in the crock pot. I added some sage, poultry seasoning, garlic powder, a sliced onion, half a bag of frozen mixed veggies (carrot, green beans, peas, corn), and a handful of chopped celery. I added a bouillon cube and let this cook all day.

YUM! It was great. We have half a chicken thigh for tomorrow's lunch with a cup of veggies. We also have two cups of chicken stock for the freezer.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

What's been cooking??

We had been on vacation. We got home Friday morning and crashed into bed. Exhaustion set in. I had to go back to work Friday night and work all weekend....SLEEP DEPRIVATION!!

Friday I had from scratch meatballs in the freezer from two weeks ago. I put them in the crock pot with the last tiny bit of spaghetti sauce, the left over beef stock in the fridge, a few sliced peppers, a whole sliced onion, and three cloves of garlic....YUM! I served this over a small amount of steamed long grain white rice.

Saturday my DH bought some frozen pizzas and baked them in the oven. It prevented us from buying take out.

Sunday my DH made ziti with meat sauce.

Work is waiting for me in a few hours.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Home from vacation...

we had a great time! My kids and husband left Virginia on Saturday. I was working all weekend. I flew on Monday to meet them after I worked!

We left Florida yesterday at noon. We drove home and made it to Winchester at 5 this morning.

More to come!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Dinner 9/19

Mary, my daughter, made another round of scrambled eggs for dinner tonight. They were pretty good. No complaining from me. I love having dinner made when I wake up!

I didn't tell her I had a small piece of shell in my eggs. I found out the hard way.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dinner 9/18

I got paid today and finished paying the last of October's bills and paid December's mortgage. We are not going shopping for the next two weeks. We are going away on a short vacation. My dh and kids leave Saturday. I am working all weekend, I am getting on a plane Monday morning and flying to meet them in Florida.

Tonight's dinner is:
boneless pork chops in cream of something soup, with garlic, pepper, onion powder, and parsley
homemade mac and cheese (basically a white sauce with cheese added, and boil some pasta)
a small salad

Debt repayment

I am religious about getting my debt paid off. I have the regular house bills, mortgage, student loan, and an equity line that I have been working on paying off.

I love Dave Ramsey. I paid off prior debt using his method for the "baby steps". I have an emergency fund.

January 2014:
mortgage 71,932.53
equity line 23,446.73
student loan 14109.03

September 2014
My mortgage is down to 69,980.  payment 641.00 every month! no extra payments yet.
Equity Line is down to 18,870.  payment 70 a month
Student loan 11, 850   payment 167 a month

Well, I have been snowballing payments to the equity line every two weeks. The minimum is 70 dollars. I send 300 dollars every two weeks. Like clock work. I was on the phone this morning and found out that since the balance I owe has dropped below 20, 000 I am being charged a monthly maintenance fee of 75 dollars.

I can't believe it.  I increased my payment this morning to 370 dollars in hopes to keep this account moving in the right direction.

I pay 200 dollars every two weeks to my student loan.