Grocery Budget

Over last few months I managed to get my grocery budget from almost 700 a month down to a $400 a month budget, which was my goal. For January I was able to get that budget down to $350 a month and have $50 left over for 4 bottles of wine. I’m officially a winner….

Best Cranberry Pastry !!

3 eggs 2 cups sugar 3/4 cup butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups flour 12 oz fresh cranberries Preheat oven to 350 degrees. With a mixer, beat the eggs with the sugar until slightly thickened and light in color, about 5-7 minutes. The mixture should almost double in size. The eggs work as your…

Can you do me a favor ?

Why do we feel the need to ask this of our husbands. I recently became aware of the way I asked my husband to participate in our household. . . Suddenly realizing why I always felt so taken advantage of, when in reality, Greg would do anything for me. Anything I asked of him. Historically,…

Sloppy Joe’s from scratch

Sloppy Joe’s from scratch was a HUGE hit. . . No shots of the finished product due to over excitement while taste testing. . . Oops. 1/2 cup tomato puree. 1 lb ground beef 1/4 cup WC 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 red pepper pureed 2 whole garlic cloves pureed 1 onion slice pureed 1tbsp…

An equal amount of happiness.

Does everyone just get an equal amount of happiness ? You hear of people struggling into their seventies and eighties. . Then there are the people that seem to have it all, passing away early. Maybe those that live longer get their happiness in smaller doses. Maybe those that get the biggest doses of happiness…

Be fucking happy.

I’ve learned a lot since leaving my job. I’ve learned how to start eating healthy again, something that always cared about. I’ve learned how to take more interest in my community. Again something I always cared about I used to be involved in until I thought I had no time. And that brings me to…

Don’t diet fail.

The biggest reason people fail at dieting and detox is that they try to go to extremes. There is this frenzy of media that insists that you must change everything about you in order to succeed. I’m a firm believer that if you just make minor adjustments over time, those adjustments will be life changing…

Be a part of something. .

I now realize that the most important part of self care is to be a part of something bigger than your family or the company work for. Without a doubt your family should be the most important thing to you, and pride in your work is valuable, but neither should define you. Unfortunately for most…

Don’t grow up yet

My daughter turned 11 years old yesterday. The celebrations were small this year. We had cupcakes with a few of the neighbors after school and she will have a few friends stay over this weekend. Gone are the days of inviting the entire class to her birthday parties to celebrate. Gone are the days of…

If it’s meant to be

So far I have blown several interviews that I never should have blown. A part of me wants to blame it on the fact that I’m still healing from the last 22 years. Another part of me wants to blame it on the fact that I’d much rather be a stay-at- mom for just a…

Role Reversal

My husband and I have been bouncing back-and-forth between who’s going to go back at work, and who gets to stay home. After a 22 year career of my own and his 25 year career, it’s a lot to think about. Obviously it’s going to be me. He already has several tiny businesses of his…

Steel Gray

Is it weird that I’m excited my hair is growing in a strong steel gray streak in the front? I have no real fear of getting old or looking old, but gray hair seems so much more distinguished than white. Luckily mine has more of a Morticia Addams look than a Betty White look. It’s…