Monthly Archives: June 2011

Thoughtful Thursday – Date “Line”



Dear Abby:  I found the following in an old textbook in a thrift store.  I want the boys who will someday date my granddaughter to read it, believe it, and live by it.

This is My Date “Line”

  • The parents of my girlfriend place their trust in me.  I will not violate it.
  • I will respect my girlfriend as I expect other men to respect my sister.
  • I will respect womanhood because my mother is a woman.  I will ask my girlfriend to do nothing I would be ashamed of if my mother found it out.
  • My girlfriend has given me the honor and pleasure of her company.  It is wrong for me to expect more in payment for this date.
  • My girlfriend will be a wife and mother someday.  She must be an example to her children and the pride of her husband.  I will help her to be as pure and decent as I want my wife to be.
  • Manhood means strength of character as well as body.  Lack of self control is a sign of weakness.  I want my girlfriend to know that I am manly.
  • God is everywhere, sees everything, knows everything.  Darkness may hide me from people, but it cannot hide me from God.

– Submitted by Martha Clark (Jupiter, Florida)


Menu Monday

Another week, another menu…I feed my family of four on a monthly budget of $250.  That budget includes any going out to eat, diapers for my son, and general household needs (toiletries, cat food, etc).  I wanted to post what we eat on a weekly basis to give you an idea  :

This week’s menu is going to be tough…I’m starting my gluten free diet, and as of yet, I don’t actually have any gluten-free flours, baking mixes, or anything.  SO…no baking for me, I guess!


Here’s my plan:


Monday – Bean and cheese burritos in corn tortillas


Tuesday – Homemade taco soup


Wednesday -Roasted potatoes, salad, grilled chicken


Thursday – Salisbury steaks, mashed potatoes, carrots


Friday – Leftovers


Saturday – Citrus baked salmon, rice, salad


Sunday – Roast chicken and potatoes

Friday’s Frugal Food – Homemade Chocolate Pudding and Raspberries

I have to thank my son for inspiring me to make this.


(In other words, he screamed “I want pudding PLEASE!” over and over until I couldn’t stand it anymore.)  I didn’t have any boxed or premade pudding, so I searched online and found this great and simple homemade recipe:



(Read more about it at,1940,144177-224201,00.html Content Copyright © 2011 – All rights reserved.)

  • 1 (almost heaping) tbsp. Hersheys cocoa
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 c. milk
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 (heaping) tbsp. flour
  • Stir sugar, flour and cocoa together and mix well. Add milk slowly while stirring. Continue to stir, on low heat. When pudding thickens add butter and vanilla. Serve.


I followed some of the suggestions and added a little more cocoa, and I thought it was lovely.


Of course, you may not want to stop with pudding.  You may be craving a fancy-shmancy, delectable-like dessert.  You may just happen to have some fresh raspberries that you got on sale for $1 a package….you may also just happen to have some leftover homemade whipping cream (from Father’s Day, of course!)


In which case, you just may decide to pour some of that fresh pudding over your raspberries:


And top it with the whipping cream.

Total Cost:

Homemade pudding – $1.50

Raspberries – $1-$2 (depending if you want to use more than one package…I did!)

Whipping Cream – $1

Total Cost:  $3.50 – $4.50 to serve 4.

Friday’s Freebies


Don’t forget that tonight you can take in the coupon here to your local Panda Express after 9 pm tonight and get the free Orange Chicken entree.


P&G is doing a Crest toothpaste giveaway sometime today…so be sure to like their facebook page so you’re ready for it.

Go here to request a free AlternaVites sample.


On July 8, come to any participating Chick-fil-A dressed like a cow and get a free meal.


Updating or Putting Together a 72-hour kit (Emergency kit)

I’ve had emergency kits for years now, but I’ve never felt like they really held all that they should.  Every month it seems that we hear of a natural disaster somewhere…whether it’s incredible numbers of tornadoes hitting the south or earthquakes local or overseas, these disasters are a part of our lives, whether we like it or not.


So, I’m going to be “revamping” my emergency kits, and I hope you’ll join me in updating yours as well!  If you don’t currently have an emergency or 72-hour kit, I hope you’ll start one.  Each week I’ll be posting information about items you can add to your kit, along with some helpful information.


The first step, of course, is to get yourself a container.  (One for each family member is best, if possible.)  You want your container to be big enough to hold everything you need, but small enough that you can grab it and go if needed.  It’s a hard challenge.  I use backpacks with wheels for mine, in hopes that if the kids can’t carry their own, they can at least drag them.


The second thing you need to do is to assess what you need.  If you’re unsure, don’t worry.  There are so many resources available to give you ideas.  I’ll be going through that weekly, sharing what items I’m personally adding.  Here are a few online resources you can look at, however:


Now it’s time to do some shopping.  As always, I’m going to recommend that you do your first shopping at home!  You know all those freebies I post weekly?  Most of those are for trial sized items, and I’ve received dozens of personal care items FREE in the mail.  Those are great to put in emergency kits.  Do you happen to have a small stockpile of toothpaste, soap, or deodorant?  What about a pantry full of ramen noodles?  Take a few things that you can spare, and stick them in your kit.  The idea is to have AT LEAST enough stuff for three days, although if you can fit more, it’s definitely beneficial to have stuff for even longer.


So, your assignment this week:

  1. Get a container (one for each family member if possible)
  2. Read up on different ideas for emergency kits; get an idea of what you’ll need.
  3. Do some at-home shopping.  Find extras that you can put in your kit.

Good luck!!

Menu Monday June 20

Another week, another menu…I feed my family of four on a monthly budget of $250.  That budget includes any going out to eat, diapers for my son, and general household needs (toiletries, cat food, etc).  I wanted to post what we eat on a weekly basis to give you an idea (an asterisk indicates a new recipe I’m trying) :


Monday – Breakfast (Scrambled Eggs, Pancakes, Fruit)


Tuesday – *Cordon Blue Casserole


Wednesday – Beans and Rice


Thursday – Roasted Potatoes, Dijon Chicken


Friday – Leftovers


Saturday – Spaghetti


Sunday – Grilled Hamburgers, Baked Fries, Salad



5 Things Challenge 6/19

Holy cow, what a week.  I may never catch up with the little things this summer (you know, like laundry), but I sure as heck am doing a lot of fun, extraordinary stuff!  So that’s good, right?


Maybe I’ll make next week a mellow one.  Maybe I’m completely fooling myself.


Anyway, here’s how I did last week:

  1. Take Munchkin to the dentist.YES, got her two fillings
  2. Help Munchkin get set up and ready to post on her craft blog. – YES, and I’m excited for her next few posts!
  3. Spend a few days working on my mom’s backyard. – YES, and oh my gosh, it was tough…but SO worth it!  I had a blast learning to drive the mini tractor too.
  4. Get some cardio in at least 3x this week. – YES, I got cardio 5 days this week, so I’m pumped for that.  I didn’t do the workout videos I’d planned, but have you ever dug up, bulldozed, turned over, and redone 3,000 square feet of yard?  I got a LOT of cardio this week. :-)
  5. Read at least 2 books (I’ve got too many checked out from the library!!) – YES, and who cares if one of them was a children’s book?  It went back to the library yesterday.

So…I’m thinking this week I’ll work on my yard…and cleaning around the house.  That’ll be the main focus, anyway:


  1. Fertilize and mow lawns.
  2. Catch up on the laundry, and remain caught up!!
  3. Release the butterflies we’ve been raising.
  4. Reorganize my entire bedroom (I had to move things out of my closet so the cats couldn’t jump up and attack the butterflies…time to move it all back).
  5. Revamp the budget. With a new car purchased, our car insurance has gone up way more than we expected, plus of course the new car payment, so I want to go over everything and see where we need to make cuts and apply whatever changes will be needed for the future.

Yep, I’m taking it easy.  And proud of it. :-)


Have a great week!