Thursday, April 30, 2015

Make it Work May

I can't believe tomorrow is May 1st!  Where has the time gone?  This is getting into our busy season.  I guess I feel like it's always our busy season but this time of year is really busy!

We have fallen behind again on our credit card so my goal for May is to "make it work".  I am hoping to stay out of the stores for this month.  I want to use up what we have, if we don't have it, I will try and figure it out another way that doesn't involve spending money.  I will update weekly with our progress!

My freezers and shelves are pretty well stocked with food, so that shouldn't be an issue.  The kids are not in need of anything at the moment.  I  have a  baby shower I am preparing for but I have most of the items bought.  Almost all the garden has been planted with the exceptions of peppers and tomatoes which I will have to buy this year because our seeds did't do very well.  I have graduation, mothers day and fathers day coming up but I have some things up my sleeve to make for them.  

I am about 3 weeks out from surgery.   I go back to the doctor in 16 days.  I am hoping I will be out of my walking boot at that time.  This is a really bad time to be slowed up with a bum foot!  

I am actually looking forward to "Make it Work May".  I am hoping to save some money and find some creative ways to make things work without heading to the stores!  Care to join me?  I'd love to hear how you plan to make it work!   

Monday, April 20, 2015

Container Gardening

Container gardening is an easy way to grow your own food.  My  daughter helped me plant salad greens and spinach in flower boxes the other day.  This will be incredibly handy in a couple weeks to go out on the deck and pick greens for our salads each day.

 Here are a just a few reasons you should try gardening in a container.

Container garden is perfect for beginning gardeners.  All you need is a container, soil, and seeds.   If your intimidated by starting a garden, this could be a great place to start.

You can have a container garden in the smallest of places.  Even is you don't have a backyard or any land to till up-you can still grow your own food.

Container gardens are very kid friendly.  It's a great way to get the kids involved.  It's less messy and in my case safer for my plants if my kids garden in containers.   This way they don't go tromping through the garden squishing plants with every step.

There is no weeding necessary if you plant in a container!
Your plants could be less appealing to critters if you grow them in a container.  Occasionally  I have had problems with moles.  Planting in a container would probably solve that issue.

You can plant just about anything in a container.  Just remember if you plant anything that burrows into the grounds like radish or carrots-make sure your container is deep enough.  

Monday, April 13, 2015

Menu Plan Monday

This week will be a little hectic for dinner.  We will be at the ball field 4 nights for practice.  I am still not weight bearing on my foot so dinners are going to be easy and low maintenance.

Monday...Pulled pork sandwiches, veggies.
Tuesday...Clean out the fridge.  You find it, you can eat it.
Wednesday...Grilled hamburgers, asparagus, peaches.
Thursday...Turkey tacos, pineapple.
Friday...Nachos, apple slices, green beans.

To see what others are having this week check out Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie.

The Start of Gardening Season 2015

April 4th I got my first seeds planted.  Peas, lettuce, spinach, kale and swiss chard.

Thanks to my son Tony for snapping some pictures for me!

I am so excited for the nicer weather and getting out and digging in the dirt.  My wonderful husband got my garden all tilled up a couple weeks ago.  I have added a new area along the edge of my original garden.  I'm hoping to transplant some raspberry canes.

If you are curious if you can start planting you can check out this site to see what zone you are in. It is important to know what zone you live in so you can determine the last frost dates. is also a great site.  You can enter your zip code and it will tell you what zone you are in.  Local folks, Iowa is Zone 5 and this site will give you a calendar of when you can start planting your vegetables.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Slowing Down

I've been struggling with wanting to slow down, simplify and organize my life.  I certainly will be slowing down a little bit!

Yesterday I had surgery.  They corrected my bunions on both sides of my left foot.  A few years ago I had my right foot worked on.  The first doctor who did it wrecked my foot requiring me to have a second surgery from a different doctor 6 months later.  I swore I would never do it again.  However the last year I have been having increasing pain in my left foot.  It really got bad when I started working out again.  

So, I gave in and had the surgery, hoping that this will be an easier, quicker recovery.  They shaved the bones and placed 2 screws on each side.  Today has been rough to say the least.  Thankfully my husband is taking great care of me.  He has kept the kids busy, house picked up, and has done all the duties that I usually do throughout the day.  Plus he has gotten me ice packs, drinks, meds, and anything I ask of him he graciously does it.  I'm so lucky to have him!

So in my down time I rented some books from the library about finding balance, organizing and simplifying.  If anyone has any books they would recommend I would love to hear it!  

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Deal on Strawberries

My local Fareway had strawberries for $.99 lb.  We use strawberries every day in our breakfast smoothies.  I usually spend anywhere from $2-$2.50 per pound for frozen berries.

Yesterday I bought 12 lbs of strawberries. If I had more freezer space I would have probably gotten more.  I cleaned them, flash froze them, and placed them in a ziplock in the freezer.  Now we have frozen strawberries for the next few weeks for half the price I normally spend!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Menu Plan Monday

 I feel like I have spent a lot of money lately on groceries.  It's time to start using up what we have.  Here is what is on the dinner menu for us this week.

Monday-Japanese chicken salad, pineapple.
Tuesday-Roast, potatoes, carrots, pears.
Wednesday-Beef fajitas with colored bell peppers, green beans, peaches.
Thursday-Turkey tacos with all the fixin's, peaches.