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Pin #16: Can $50 Feed Two People all Week?

Trader Joes

Can it be done?

I decided to take the challenge and find out for all of you!
I had two additional challenges but, you’ll be happy to know, I overcame them both!

First:  My oven is broken!
Second:  My husband is a picky eater! The children have improved in this
area, but he has not!

I set off to Trader Joes, printable list in hand, with only  a few modifications to appease the picky husband.  Armed with my list and calculator, I began to shop.  I even added a bottle of Trader Joe’s Pinot for $2.99 and spent a grand total of………$50.29!

Breakfast for the week consisted of apple cinnamon oatmeal or greek yogurt!  Lunch for me each day was either a turkey wrap or greek yogurt and fruit. Lunch for the husband was leftovers from dinner! He was not interested in the delicious wrap loaded with veggies!

The dinner plan started out using my crockpot to cook the whole bag of frozen chicken breasts!  I used the chicken for 4 different dinners plus the leftovers for hubby’s lunches!  I highly recommend this because the chicken was moist and delicious with very little effort!

The other dinners, (jumbo ravioli, vegetable and cheese omelets, and Mexican pizza) were postponed until the following week because my daughter and her husband stopped in for a weekend visit!

My son-in-law is a pretty amazing cook and I didn’t want to subject him to my experiments.  (I’m just a little bit nervous about cooking for him!)

Check out their cooking blog if you really want to satisfy your hunger!

Can you and your significant other eat all week spending only $50?

Take the challenge!  Here’s the link!




Pin #15: Why Do We Decorate Our Doors?

frame for door

I was very excited to make this wreath for my front door so I could repurpose part of my daughter’s wedding reception table centerpieces.

The wooden frame was the brilliant idea of a good friend and beautifully enclosed the other items on each table.  They also provided a lot of photo opportunities for the wedding guests as they framed themselves for photos during the reception.

Now I have a beautiful reminder of that special day to see each day as I enter my front door!

After hanging the frame on my door, I was curious about why people feel the need to decorate their doors and what meanings might be associated with style or colors.  I found an interesting webpage explaining the meaning of color for front doors in regards to paint color, but I thought it could also apply to the color of the decorations you choose to adorn your door as well!

Red means welcoming and the red accents on the frame hopefully give that welcoming vibe to my guests!

Happy decorating!

Pin #14: Mayonnaise and Water Rings?


Mayonnaise and Water Rings?

This water ring catches my eye every time I walk up or down the stairs.  It is located on a piece of furniture that I love, an antique hall tree, purchased at a local shop.

I saw a Pinterest pin stating that mayonnaise, left on the spot overnight, would remove it completely. Luckily, my son-in-law really dislikes my Miracle Whip and brought his own mayonnaise for our refrigerator!

I applied a heaping tablespoon to the spot and left it on overnight as stated.  I cleaned it off this morning and here is the result!


The ring is still slightly visible but it does look much better!

So…if you have any pesky water rings driving you crazy at your house, I hope you have some mayonnaise handy!


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