Monthly Archives: April 2009

My Second Toilet Paper Post in 24 Hours

My Second Toilet Paper Post in 24 Hours

How long can I stretch our toilet paper stock?

I’m trying to avoid going to the store before we leave on the Big Grand Canyon Hike. Two Adults (1 female and 1 male) x 2 weekend days + 2.5 work week days + 2 more male adults for an overnight (the night before we leave for the trip) = 2.0345 rolls of toilet paper?

I’m not above making our house a BYOTP home for the next 4.5 days. Nor am I above rationing it into rolled up wads in small snack sized ziplocks.

I Can See The Future Part II

I Can See The Future Part II

Here are three delightful garden boxes that my husband and his Special Friend built for me. Step three will be to put them into place. Then we will dig up the grass that they will be replacing and we will use it to patch up where Princess Pixy, the dog has ruined the grass with her super powerful urinating machine.

Next we will fill them with dirt.

Before I leave on our vacation, I will plant some more starter seeds indoors in my little pathetic greenhouse wannabes.

Finally, we will return and I will wait 1-2 more weeks and put my precious little seedlings into the ground.

Viola! Garden!

Total Cost so far: Aprox $200 (Seeds, potting soil for seedlings, greenhouse wannabes, garden box materials).

I Can See the Future!

I Can See the Future!

I’ve been hoping for a garden for some time. I’m thinking raised beds, maybe two or three or four. Two with vegetables and the rest with flowers for cutting.

Remember my attempt to grow starters indoors? It went well but I planted waaay to soon. I might have created more death than life.

I’m thinking right here.

Now My Readers Know I Poop!

Now My Readers Know I Poop!

I take my free samples very seriously.

I wondered what a free sample of toilet paper would look like. Would it be folded? Would it be rationed for 1 wipe? What kind of wipe? Today I found out when I got my Cottonelle toilet paper and Cottonelle Fresh wipe in the mail! Cottonelle has always been on the more expensive side when it comes to toilet paper. I probably buy Cottonelle about 25% of the time because it’s on sale and it’s soft. It’s made by Kleenex so it better be!
I got a tiny roll of toilet paper and a single wipe in the mail. The wipes are allegedly flushable but I was still hesitant to put it in the toilet. They claim to break up after you flush – that’s not quite good enough for me. I was also uncomfortable with the idea that you use the toilet paper first and the wipe second. I don’t want a wet butt when I pull my pants up. I followed the direction but then used some more toilet paper AFTER the wet wipe.
Thoughts. None. Really. My life wasn’t changed. I wonder if anyone will comment about this or what weird searches might turn this posting up on Google… 

Wednesday Weight In – Week 7

Wednesday Weight In – Week 7

It’s days like today I’m really glad I didn’t call this the Wednesday Weight Loss. I’ve gained back two of my pounds. Don’t worry! I’m not worried. I actually expected it a little bit and I’m not surprised. After our 24 hours of starvation, we ordered food from this amazing Cajun place. Let’s just say that they don’t go easy on the cheese in their chili cheese etouffe. Not only did I order that wonderful, sinful dinner but it was closing time so they gave us extra AND we ate it again on Sunday. Free isn’t always free.

Down: 7 total.

Baked Cinnamon & Sugar Tortillas with Caramel Sauce and Bananas

Baked Cinnamon & Sugar Tortillas with Caramel Sauce and Bananas

 

Mix together about 2 teaspoons of Sugar and about ½ – ¾ teaspoon of Cinnamon
Melt about 2 tablespoons of Butter
Brush melted butter over tortillas, sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the tortillas.
Cut in fourths or eighths depending on the tortillas size. I used small homemade tortillas so I cut them in fourths.
Put into a glass baking dish and cook in the oven on 350 for about 5-7 minutes or until desired crispiness.
Let cool or serve warm topped with caramel and sliced bananas.
I used one of those small caramel packages used for apple dipping and sliced in two bananas (we’re trying to up our potassium intake). 
 

Mexican Lasagna

Mexican Lasagna

This evening I made one of our new favorites: Mexican Lasagna. It’s an enchilada/lasagna type meal using tortillas to layer ingredients.

2-3 small flour tortillas
1/2 pound of ground turkey
Shredded Cheese
1 Can of Black Beans
1/2 a can of Refried Beans
1/2 packet of Taco Seasoning

I began by browning about 1/2 pound of ground turkey. I strir together the cooked turkey and a can of black beans in a bowl with about 1/2 a packet of taco seasoning.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray PAM in a glass baking pan. I use the bread loaf size because there are only two of us.

Next I put down a layer of tortillas on the bottom of the pan. I use my homemade tortillas. Then I spread a layer of refried beans over the tortillas. Then I sprinkle a layer of cheese (Cheddar/Jack mix) over the beans followed by a layer of the mean and black bean mixture (As pictured – sometimes I use leftover CrockPot Taco Soup instead of meat and black bean mixture). Repeat the layering ending with the bean and meat mixture. Top with a layer of cheese and then place in the oven for about 30 minutes. Larger pans might need more time. Serve with sour cream and salsa.

 

 

Menu Plan Monday

Menu Plan Monday

After planning my menus ahead for some time, being a part of Menu Plan Monday and reading what others are doing, I’ve decided to step this up and do my menu planning a month at a time. It’s going to save me so much more time AND money. I’ll still post my menu weekly but monthly is really the way to go I think. I’ll let you know!

Monday – Mexican Lasagna (using leftover CrockPot Taco Soup & homemade tortillas) with a Salad and Cinnamon Sugar Tortillas with Caramel Bananas

Tuesday – BBQ Chicken (Chx Leftover from last week Whole Chicken in the Crock Pot) and Green Beans

Wednesday – Chx Pot Pie (Chicken and Veggie filling leftover from Puff Pastry a few weeks ago)

Thursday – Maundy Thursday Meal at Church

Friday – Pizza with Homemade Pizza Crusts

Saturday – Grill out at a friend’s house – I’m taking a fruit salad or fruit tray

Sunday – Easter Meal and Leftovers – I’ll bring a traditional PASSOVER apple dish

Practice Hike – What Happened Out There

Practice Hike – What Happened Out There

This weekend I went camping and hiking with 2 of the other 4 people going on the BIG Grand Canyon Backpacking Hike. To say it was hard would be an understatement. To say it was probably what Hell will be like might be pretty accurate.

Half of our group punked out on us. We got a late start because of work schedules and whatnot but that was fine, it made the scenery much more beautiful to look at with fading light.
We hiked about ½ a mile into the woods with 40-50 pounds of gear on our backs. That was okay. We set up our tents in near darkness with our headlamps on. That was even fine. We discovered that a 2 man backpacking tent really won’t be conducive to sharing for two adults who aren’t showering for 3 days, which means that someone has to pony up for a new tent. (Trip Fail ONE)
 
It was chilly out, much like the conditions that we are expecting on our first night at the top of the Grand Canyon. No one could start a fire using the flint and knife and no one brought a lighter. (TRIP FAIL TWO)
We decided to go to bed. I couldn’t sleep because my sleeping bag wasn’t warm enough. Guessing by the snoring in surround sound, I was the only one with that problem. That wasn’t too bad I guess. The bad part came when my husband woke up out of nowhere and woke me (I had finally just fallen asleep). He couldn’t sleep, didn’t know why, his mind was racing, feeling kind of claustrophobic. I sat up; we turned our headlamps on just in time to see that one of our drinking water containers was leaking water from being laid down incorrectly. It was leaking into my sleeping bag and saturated it quickly. It was 32 degrees out and I’m in a soaking wet sleeping bag. (TRIP FAIL THREE)
After very little sleep we woke up expecting to cook a yummy breakfast of oatmeal on the camp stove that our friend Camp Guy had. The stove didn’t work, we didn’t eat. This also meant that we couldn’t eat our Mountain House dehydrated food that we brought for lunch. (TRIP FAIL FOUR AND FIVE)
Living off of Power Bars and Goldfish Crackers, we hiked 9 miles. I got my boots soaking wet…I guess they’re broken in if they’re very dirty, right?
We had a very difficult time with the uphill hikes while carrying our packs. We decided that we aren’t ready for the Grand Canyon. (TRIP FAIL SIX)
(We’re good fakers at smiling in these photos) After some long conversations, soul searching and meeting with people who have hiked the Grand Canyon within the past year, we decided to give it our best go and the trip was back on.
We came home after over 24 hours of eating nothing but power bars and those Goldfish crackers and took some Codeine for the pain in our backs and necks and legs and feet and called it a night.
The Codeine gave me horrible nightmares including two where I was being chased through Gander Mountain, our local outdoor sports store. Anyone else ever have that problem?