When Jay and I were married (almost) five years ago, we were given many generous gifts. I opened the final two this week. Yes, they were already unwrapped but we had them put away and stored for better times – times that we didn’t have a roommate living with us and perhaps when we had a little bit of cooking under our belt.
When my friends come to visit me they often leave their shampoos and conditioners behind in the guest bathroom. Since we rid ourselves of our housekeeper:( I’ve been responsible for cleaning this bathroom — up to this point I’ve never really set foot in here. Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon Shampoo Heaven!
I know that the cost of these shampoos doesn’t really add up to the $60 price tag I’ve attached but my shampoo usage for the next 2 months does! Not wanting these to expire or go to waste, I’ll use them! I’ll probably reserve the Suave for use right before my coloring appointments since it’s not really color safe.
Dear friends, thanks! I must say that YOUR shampoo and conditioner isn’t as nice as mine and doesn’t leave my hair feeling as soft as my shampoo does but then again, that’s why I’m broke and you can afford to leave your shampoo behind!
I promised you all a story about our infamous neighborhood Cat Lady. This is how we can all tell it’s Spring time – the neighborhood characters have all come out to play and so have I! The other day I mentioned that my neighbor, the Tech Teacher was selling everything in her home and that her sale was very popular in our community. Lucky for all of us, the neighborhood cat lady went to check out the sale and Tech Teacher had a wonderful encounter with her.
Since we aren’t eating out, I figured I can finally succumb to the pressures of “Menu Plan Monday” and post what I’ll be serving in our home.
My stomach is growling just thinking about this
Those were exclaimation points of fear and dread, not excitment.
My mom is my accountability person when it comes to getting my taxes done. Today she told me that I need to hurry (we get an extension — sometimes TWO every year). She’s worried that the government is going to run out of money and instead of giving us money they will write an IOU. Problem is, I don’t even know if we’ll be getting any money back this year… In that case, I want an extension!!!!!!!!!!
Has anyone else heard these “rumors” about not getting money from the government?
My name is Kat. I grew up in Orange County, California in an amazing house with an amazing family. We went through a lot together and now I live far, far away from them and miss them and the beach every day. I moved to the Midwest and got married so now I’m stuck here living in the suburbs with my puppy and my husband. I just left my job working for a major Dot Com and now I’m working for a Non Profit. Next month my husband and I are joining three of our best friends for a 3 day hike down into the Grand Canyon and back!
I served for two years as the Vice President of our neighborhood (I’m really into politics (NOT) and this was a stepping stone for me..actually, I think I just like “knowing what’s going on“). I’ve been featured in the Wall Street Journal for my humorous outlook on Christmas decorations (yes, it’s a joke). My blog is full of stories about the crazy people I come into contact with in the suburbs, keeping up with the Jones’, passive aggressively battling with my neighbors (or am I the crazy one?) and the exciting things I am doing to begin “nesting” (whatever that means). I’m so excited to take part in my first Blog Party ever! If you want to join in you can check out my line up below or take part by clicking on the banner above!
Kat’s Blog Party Line-up
Monday: In addition to my menu planning entry for the week, I’ll have a new story about the neighborhood cat lady.
Tuesday: Besides my newest money saving sacrifice, I’ll give you a sneak peek into my terrible, horrible garage nightmare – maybe you’ll have some suggestions or maybe my photos will just make you feel better about your nightmarish areas.
Wednesday: After my Wednesday weigh-in, I’ll have some kind of fun giveaway that you can enter to win a prize.
Thursday: I’ll post a link to one of the best podcasts of all times featuring my friend Chandra and I.
Friday: I’ll probably whine and moan about something that our neighborhood trash man did to make me mad.
The point is, I’m just like you and I probably live in your neighborhood. Just as every neighborhood has a Cat Lady, every neighborhood has a Kat, telling everyone else all the dirt about what’s happening.
Canned Items: all manner of tomato products, diced tomatoes, whole tomatoes, spaghetti sauces, tomato paste. I keep a variety of sizes available, too. Canned beans: black beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, whatever bean you can find that you’ll eat. It’s less expensive to use dried beans, but these are still cheap and will work in a pinch. Canned fish: tuna and salmon. Canned fruit and vegetables: stock the ones you like and will use. Canned soups and broths: stock the ones you use. I use a lot of chicken broth (low-sodium has more flavor). Canned milk: sweetened condensed, evaporated both work great in baking, if you need them.
Condiments: ketchup, mustards (yellow, Dijon, whole grain), pickles (dill and sweet), relish, mayonnaise, A-1, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, salsa, stir fry sauces, soy sauce (low-sodium, if you can find). Once opened, store in fridge (except soy sauce).
Oils and Vinegars: Vegetable oil of choice (I like a cold pressed safflower oil by Hollywood), olive oil, sesame oil for stir fry. All oil will go rancid staying out. After it is opened it has to go in the fridge. Olive oil will solidify, so put it in a wide-mouth jar and spoon it out to use. White and red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar and balsamic vinegars.
Peanut Butter and Jelly: Peanut butter (crunchy or creamy), jelly, jam and fruit spread or conserve, honey. My peanut butter needs to be refrigerated after opening. Check your label to be sure.
Herbs and Spices: To keep the price down on these spices, go to a dollar store or Wal-Mart to stock up as much as possible. Basil, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, chili powder, paprika, oregano, ginger, dried mustard cinnamon, peppercorns for the peppermill, nutmeg and curry powder are in my spice cabinet because I USE all of them. Only buy what you use.
Baking Center: sugar (white, brown, powdered), flour (white, whole wheat, other), pancake mix (I hope you made mine!), baking powder (should be kept in fridge after opening), baking soda, salt, baking chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, chocolate chips, nuts, baking mixes (cake, brownie, etc.)
Pasta and Rice and Grains: an assortment of pastas that you will use. Lasagna noodles, spaghetti noodles, ziti, rotini, fusilli, fettucine, linguineÉonly what you use. Rice I much prefer brown, but get what you’ll use. Oats, split peas, dried beans (white beans, navy beans, black beans, pinto beans), lentils, barley.
Breads and Cereals: whatever you use. Bread should go in the freezer if it doesn’t get used up right away. Tortillas should be stored in the fridge.
Potatoes and Onions: Russets, Red Rose potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash (or other whole squash in season, except summer squashes which need refrigeration) brown onions, red onions. Keep potatoes away from the light or they turn green (and those green parts are poisonous and must be cut off before eating). Also, don’t store potatoes next to apples. Apples give off ethylene gas that causes potatoes to sprout.
Lasagna noodles for 3 layers in each pan (I used one package)