2019 blog topics

So, I said there would be some changes coming.  At one point I was going to just stop updating the blog.  With the world (California wildfires, politics, etc) being so weird lately I felt like talking about DIY projects was just dumb.  But after stepping away for a while I realize that I like blogging, but just not the way I was.

My word this year is to Focus – on my family, my health, finishing projects, etc.  Blogging isn’t my main hobby.  So, this year I definitely won’t have a set schedule (I am just not able to commit to that), but I have decided there are certain topics I want to blog about.  So, some of the topics will be the following, but there will be other random topics as they come up.

  • Bargain of the month – Years ago my mother-in-law and I would talk about our ‘Bargain of the Month’.  I realized that I had fun telling someone about my super deals so I decided I will post them on here, if nothing else.  Sometimes they won’t have a photo, but most of the time there will be a photo.
  • Money saving topics – This could be able a new book I heard about, a discussion I saw on the internet or a tip that we follow.
  • Projects –  There are multiple projects that I have been working on.  As they are completed and/or given away I will post them.
  • Favorite blogger, Instagram or YouTube site I follow.

So, I am not going to commit to a posting schedule, but I hope to post at least one a month, if not more often.

If there is a topic you would like me to approach leave it in the comment section.

Later – Heather

 

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Jordan Page YouTube Blogger

Do you watch or listen to YouTube.com?  Did you realize there are bloggers who post on YouTube?

I have found that I can listen to the YouTube bloggers through my smartphone and get things done around the house at the same time – hey, it at least makes the time go by faster when I am doing the dishes, etc.

So, here is the first (I think, since I have been planning on posting these for a long time, but don’t think I ever wrote one up) of the YouTube.com bloggers that I listen to weekly.

Oh, and no, these are not sponsored and if you say you found them through me they would have no idea who I was, but I would love it if you did tell them 🙂

If you see Jordan Page’s face you might recognize her from the Rachel Ray Show or other television shows.  I had never checked out her blog or YouTube channel until another YouTube blogger mentioned her earlier this year.

Jordan Page – https://www.youtube.com/user/funcheaporfree or search Jordan Page

or go to her blog:  http://funcheaporfree.com/

So, in September Jordan did a challenge called #Shelftember Challenge.  The premise was to eat the items you already have in the your refrigerator, freezer and pantry before going to the store and shopping for groceries.  You were give a small amount to buy fresh vegetables, milk, etc each week.

Since we were going on vacation in mid-September (yes, we had fun and I will post about it in the future) I thought this was a good idea for us to implement.

Well, other than a few shopping trips where we picked up bargains, something special,  something we needed to make a dish that went along with what we were eating from our refrigerator, freezer or pantry or to replace something we were running low on we have been eating mostly this way since September.

Oh, and I will say that we still go out to eat randomly, but I consider those ‘Dates’ and the cost falls into another bucket in our budget.  Hey, we need to have some fun in life and at least once a week I don’t want to cook 😉

I can’t tell you exact amounts, but our food bill was definitely lower in October versus August.  The other bonus is we are starting to see some blank space in our freezer, etc so I will be able to buy the turkey that is on sale this week and have room for it in the freezer until Thanksgiving.

I will always be happy to have a stockpile of food for in case of emergencies (earthquakes, snow, floods, power outages, etc can all happen here), but it was getting a little crazy that each week we saw multiple things for sale in the ads and had to go buy them instead of having multiple days a week that we ate the food that we already had.

So, after doing this for a couple of months the husband appears to be on board.  From now on I will plan my menu for the week and then look at the local sale ads.  If there is something we are craving, a super bargain (think baking supplies that go on sale before Christmas, etc) or something that we are running low on then I will buy those items, but I will always be looking to get the items on sale or with a coupon, if at all possible

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How do you keep your food bill under control?

Later – Heather

 

 

 

My word for 2018 – Be

So, a few years ago I heard about people who were picking a Word for the Year.  The last few years I have done it and semi-failed.  I had picked Simplify one year and that year didn’t get any easier, but more complex even, but it really wasn’t in my control.

So, this year I wanted a Word, but I was struggling with what it should be.  Then I was listening to Kimmy @ She’s in Her Apron on YouTube (you did know that there are bloggers, other interest topics and music available on YouTube, right?) and she said that her Word was ‘Be’.

I loved it!  I was already heading for ‘Be’ being my word, but I didn’t think it was specific enough.

So, this year I want to:

  • Be present
  • Be creative
  • Be joyful
  • Be curious
  • Be thankful
  • Be patient
  • Be active
  • Be humble
  • Be loving
  • Be kind
  • Be brave
  • Be adventurous
  • Be protective of my time

I am hoping I can live up to my word of Be this year.

So, did you pick a word for 2018?  If so, want to share what it is?

Later – Heather

 

Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas

I made a slightly modified version of this recipe tonight and it was a hit.  So, I figured I would share and post it here so I don’t forget where I found it.

Do you watch/ listen to YouTube bloggers?  Well, I have found some I really like, but that list will be for a post in the future.

But, this recipe was published on YouTube on June 28, 2017 by ‘She’s in Her Apron’.  A friend of hers found it from ‘Gimme Some Oven’ and the direct link is below:

https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/crispy-slow-cooker-carnitas/

I actually had two cooked, plain, shredded chicken breasts in the fridge that I didn’t have a plan for.  So, I put the shredded meat in a saucepan and made the sauce with the addition of the juice from one Halo mandarins.  I then simmered it on medium-low for about 30 minutes.

After than I followed the actual recipe.  The husband commented on how good the house smelled when he came in the door and was more than happy to eat three tacos with this meat in them for dinner.

So, let me know if you try it and if you liked it.  This is definitely going in my list of Go To meals.

Heather