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Wednesday Snap Shot

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Good (late) afternoon friends! I was set to work on this post when I got up this morning but my hubby wanted to run into town to pick up a few things and get some groceries. So off to town we went. It was nice to get it all done early, before the traffic picks up and the whole city can end up a snarled mess.
Over the weekend I enjoyed finally having some time to sew. I made my aprons and potholders. I'll share about those in just a minute. It made me remember how much I love to sew and how much I've missed it in the last couple of years.
On Monday I spent time doing housework and getting the home back in shape after a weekend of neglect. :)
On Tuesday my daughter Hannah and her children came over (along with her nephew that she was watching for the day). It was a cold and very windy day but we didn't let that stop us from getting out and walking. Here's a pic of my grandbabies (and the sweet little nephew) with the Columbia River behind them. 

The other news I&…

Chicken Bacon Spaghetti

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Oh my gosh this was good!  I enjoyed it and it was very much 'husband approved' :)
You will find the recipe at the bottom of this post. 
I started making this recipe by getting my pasta going and baking my bacon. If I'm going to use the bacon in a recipe I will bake it in the oven. If I'm going to use to go with breakfast I cook it in cast iron. It's just a personal taste preference. 
To bake the bacon I laid it out on a tray lined with parchment paper.  I don't worry about it overlapping.



Bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 25 minutes depending on your desired thickness.  And for this recipe you will want it fairly crisp.
When the bacon has finished cooking put it on a plate lined with a napkin or paper towel to absorb the fat and let it cool for a bit. 



Now you can put it in your food processor and let it do the crumbling for you. It makes it a very easy process.      





While the bacon is cooking (and the pasta boiling) you can cook your chicken and onions. Cook until t…

Menu Monday!

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Good morning friends! I hope you had a good weekend and are ready to tackle the new week. I'm still on my freezer challenge this week and will be using what I have and only buying to restock the pantry, replace regular items we've ran out of and fresh fruits and veggies.
After looking through my freezer and pantry here is the menu I have planned..

Monday: Fried chicken, corn bread, bean soup & salad. I had this meal planned to make on Friday but instead used some of my frozen individual meals. I'll use my air fryer for the chicken and try and get pictures of it. I had a request for me to do a post on this. The corn bread will be from a mix that is in my pantry that I want to use up. I'm now thinking I'll make a simple black bean soup. I need to see if I can find a recipe. I'm sure there will be leftovers from this meal which will be a bonus!
Tuesday: Pizza & salad. I'm going to try the Costco frozen pizza and see what we think. I'll ser…

How to Make Wool Dryer Balls

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(this article contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support :) Wool dryer balls are a super easy project. They really are amazing to use. If you are not familiar with them they are used in the dryer for drying clothes. They can be a frugal alternative to dryer sheets. I don't use dryer sheets for several reasons, but one being the cost. For me, they seem like an unnecessary expense. I'm not a big fan of things used once and thrown away (I don't buy paper towels and only buy 1 - 4 pack of napkins from Costco about every year to year and a half), I use towels and wash cloths instead of paper towels and I have my own homemade napkins instead of paper napkins for our daily use.
Back to these dryer balls. Aside from the benefit of helping reduce static they also can reduce drying time. I wasn't too sure if I believed this but now after using them I can say that they do reduce the time by anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes. This has been my observation so far.

The am…

Grocery Haul for Two and Cajun Brown Rice Medley

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This week was a quick and easy grocery haul. I'm currently on a freezer challenge. I'm using up what I already have in my freezer. I only needed to purchase some basic items.
The one and only stop this week was at Winco...

I purchased a lot of fresh veggies. I got spinach, kale, celery, butternut squash, carrots, beets, mushrooms, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and sweet potatoes. 

I also picked up our weekly supply of fresh fruit, apples, oranges and bananas. 



Some brown rice pasta in the bulk section.



And finally, milk and cookies (the perfect combo! :).

Total for Winco and my grand total for the week: $31


Not bad! Now to keep my freezer challenge going! :)
How many of you do freezer and/or pantry challenges?


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Cajun Brown Rice Medley
I started this recipe with the thought of making jambalaya. I ended up varying so much from the recipe that I had my own thing.
The only thing I used my Instant Pot for was cooking the brown rice. So you can obviously cook it in the way y…

Wednesday Snap Shot

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Good morning friends! I hope your week is going well. I've been sitting and procrastinating with a cup of coffee this morning.  The sun is shining, the fire going and it's a beautiful peaceful morning.  It's now time to get moving with the day! :) 
The weekend was quiet and I spent some time in the kitchen. I made a pot of veggie stock and a batch of chicken stock. Both are in the freezer now.
I also had a nice long conversation with one of my daughters which is always a blessing to me.
On Sunday the weather had been really cloudy and would pour down rain and then the next minute the sun would come out and it would be dry. It did this all day. On one of those sunny dry moments I happened to look out the window and this was my view...

These little deer come and visit often. We've actually seen up to 6 of them here at one time.  They are at the point they don't really run off easily. They'll stop if we are outside and they see us and just look at us for a bi…

Menu Monday!

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Good morning! After grocery shopping the last couple of times I now have a very full freezer. So full that I'm on a “freezer challenge” to eat from the freezer and buy only pantry restocking items and fresh fruits and veggies. We'll see how that goes, I'm a sucker for a good deal! :)

Monday: Costco orange chicken, pot stickers and a salad. I had this on my menu last week and ended up being out later then I thought I would and bought a rotisserie chicken for dinner instead.
Tuesday: Ham & cheese sliders, split pea soup & salad. I have Hawaiian dinner rolls in the freezer to use for my sliders and I'll make my split pea soup in the IP.
Recipes: Sliders IPSplit Pea Soup


Wednesday: Lasagna, french bread, & salad. I have a Costco lasagna and french bread in my freezer.
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Fried chicken, corn bread, bean soup & salad. I'll use my air fryer for the chicken and try and get pictures of it. I had a request for me to do a …