January Meal Plan: It’s All In The Pantry (and Freezer)

I’m changing how I do my meal plans. The last few months, I’ve been throwing together what I can find. Buying for one meal at a time.

With Dot’s schedule (read: college, work, boyfriend), together-at-the-table time just isn’t as frequent. But that doesn’t mean I can’t still cook well even on those evenings she’s not home.

This year, in keeping with my Word of 2014, my Better Plan for meal prep is improving:
Taking what I have and working with it. Why buy what I don’t need?

So last week I made a list of what I had and … read the rest. . .

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What I’ve Been Up To

It’s been a month since I’ve posted. I’ve never gone this long before; and I apologize. I hope you didn’t think I’d forgotten you. No, far from it. But I really have been Just.That.Busy.

I turned my focus to amplifying my Amazon Author’s Page as well as finishing The Penny Parable for eBook publication. I’ve been attending my monthly Writer’s Club meetings, and I’ve joined a critique group. Every other week, nine of us gather to review our works. We email them out a week before each meeting and go over notes and suggestions in the group. It’s quite a … read the rest. . .

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May Day

I love the first of each month. I really do. It’s a fresh start, a clean slate.

A chance to set new goals, and look back on the ones I just completed. And we all know April was very good to me! A few job interviews, cookbook sales, Family Game Night… it was a great month.

This coming month, I’ve got a lot going on. I’m going to do a new Meal Memo Jar and this month, at least half of my dinners will include rice. Wanna know why? Because I finally got a rice cooker, and I couldn’t be … read the rest. . .

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I Hate the End of the Month. But I Love It.

I hate the end of any month. I really do. It means I have to spend several hours going over the budget for the next month and trying to figure out how to make ends meet.

But it means seeing how we got through this month when we weren’t sure four weeks ago how we’d do it.

It means planning another month of meals and snacks and extras that usually include more than one dollar sign.

But it means fine tuning the Meal Memo in a Jar plan we started in March, which is saving us time and money, and … read the rest. . .

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I’m glad last week is over!

Just a side note posting, but does anyone else feel the same way?

It seems that last week was just crazy. Personally, I was busier that usual with the extra job searching (NOT complaining, just crossing fingers and praying!); we had seriously bitter cold winds for days; and all the tragic news that kept me glued to the television: TJ Lane, the constant tornadoes and heavy storms, and the death of Davy Jones. There were very few moments when I wasn’t watching news or The Weather Channel.

And to top it off, there’s a stray cat that loves … read the rest. . .

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