As you know, I like trying to figure out ways to be economically responsible (aka frugal) and after some cost analysis, Matt and I took the plunge and got a Costco membership about a month ago. Since I cook a lot and try (when possible) to do as much scratch cooking as humanly possible for an extremely busy family with a toddler, I thought it would give me the opportunity to be both frugal and creative with meals.
So, the other week I made a few quiches to freeze for later and last night I made homemade tomato soup. I’d never tried to freeze quiche before and I’d never made homemade tomato soup either – we usually resort to the Campbell’s variety.
And I probably will never freeze quiche again. Or make this soup recipe.
They were failures. I was the only one who liked the soup. No one liked the quiche. And…since I took the smallest helping of the soup (thinking I would be eating quiche) I ended up eating this for dinner instead:
But I did finish the Advent calendar! My first choice on how to construct the calendar didn’t work. I wanted to do something similar to this but of our own variety. And then I decided that I didn’t like option 2. So I settled on option 3, and I like it! It will work for this year and I’ll have a whole year to come up with a permanent solution for Christmas 2014.
Each envelope has an Christmas/Winter activity to do.
This was yesterday’s activity.
She loved the green sparkles, but once the red paint came out – it was all over! Its decorating our shelf right now, waiting for all the other decorations to come out of the attic. But that’s Monday’s activity….
Wasn’t Thanksgiving fun??!! We loved being with everyone to celebrate and all the fun that came with family, food, and Munchkin. It was the best!
Driving home wasn’t the best. But not the worst either. When we FINALLY got to our house, Munchkin was a little disappointed that we weren’t at Gram’s House. Too bad 2-year-olds don’t get sarcasm. ”No, Munchkin. We didn’t just drive in a huge circle for the last 12 hours. We really are at our house.”
So, yesterday was the start of advent! The anticipation of Christ’s birth is upon us, the music out (and has been for…awhile) and the calendar is….not finished. But it WILL be. Tomorrow.
So today is Day 2 of advent and Munchkin is spending it practicing her Christmas carols. Here’s a sampling to get you in the spirit: (click on picture or link below)
She’s awesome – the timing’s a little off, but considering she was just introduced to the song this weekend, I feel like this is the start of a beautiful heart of celebration! So as the advent season progresses, I’ll try to share some of our activities and moments of celebration – as well as other news I’m sure.
Now I’m off to make a paper chain so we can countdown to Christmas! (It’ll be here before you know it!)
Well, Thanksgiving was fun, wouldn’t you say? A beautiful day, with a bit of frost and the smell of roasting turkey in the air, it was nearly like living in a Norman Rockwell painting. That doesn’t happen very often.
It almost seemed like the holiday stretched over the whole week, actually. It was full of family get-togethers from Sunday on, and baking and cooking almost all week as well, culminating of course in yesterday’s feasting. And I don’t know about you, but I need a break! Although it was awesome to see so many friends and family, especially since I probably won’t get to visit with many of them again until about this time next year.
I’m so glad getting up in the middle of the night to fight crowds for “deals” is NOT a part of our traditions. (No saving of money to buy things I don’t need could compensate me for crowds of people in the cold, dark dregs of night. I have nightmares in which hell bears some resemblance to such a scene. Seriously.)
So I think today should be a recovery day. A day of knitting, reading, and enjoying more sunshine.
All the dishes are done, and the house is pretty much cleaned up from yesterday. We might go for a good long walk with the dogs while the Munchkin rides her bike. Or work (play) in Dad’s yard.
The pies could probably be finished today.
And then there are all the other leftovers.
That looks like a multi-day project.
Tomorrow we celebrate what we’re thankful for – and there’s plenty to fit that category.
What am I thankful for? Here’s a small sampling of five -
- Being an American, a Floridian, and a Virginian
- Munchkin’s morning jam sessions
Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten to see it yet myself. Our Saturday travel didn’t work out exactly as planned. After leaving the house at 5:15 am, we didn’t get out of town until nine, maybe. That delay caused a chain reaction, and we touched down in Jax at half past eleven at night instead of seven. Maybe tonight.
Setting that aside, it’s already been a satisfying trip. Yesterday we worshipped with our old church and got to catch up with old friends at lunch. Dinner was spent with family, some we haven’t seen in months, (maybe longer on Charles’s part). So we’ve gotten a jump on the visiting already. Have spent this morning recovering, necessary since things will pick up again soon and not slacken off until, well maybe until we leave. I’m not used to all this socializing.
I’m sorry I don’t have much of interest or excitement to tell you. Life right now is bounded by the embrace of family, and our family isn’t terribly dramatic, touch wood. But it is actually quiet at the moment, and I feel I should take advantage of it. Might need to go back to bed for a nap.