31 March 2017

Cath's Meal Plan 2/04/2017 - 8/04/2017

This week we will be eating:

Sunday: Roast Chicken

Monday: Fishcakes, gems, coleslaw

Tuesday: Spag bol

Wednesday: Enchiladas, salad

Thursday: MOO Pizza

Friday: Stir-fry

Saturday: Omelettes & salad

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26 March 2017

The Week that Was 26th March 2017

It has been a while since I posted my accomplishments through living the Cheapskates way. I've been running on half-strength for a few weeks, not able to sit for too long, and this week I spent three days in hospital in what I hope is the beginning of getting this problem solved.

Here is a catch-up of what's been going on in the Armstrong home.

The Week that Was 12th March

We have Wayne's father staying with us this weekend.

During the week I did some baking to fill the biscuit and cake tins, he likes his morning and afternoon teas and supper. I made a fruit cake, blueberry muffins, scones, gingerbread and a batch of coconut biscuits. Whew! And all without having to buy a single ingredient. Thank goodness for a well-stocked pantry.

Dried the washing on the clothesline.

Spent the day with Pamela on Tuesday making cards (and talking and laughing and eating and drinking tea and coffee).

Kept the house shut tight during the heat of the day, and opened doors and windows wide at night to let the cool air in.

Picked more tomatoes from the lone tomato bush.

Added to the stockpile with a tray of tomato soup and a tray of baked beans and six kilos of plain flour using leftover grocery money.

Wayne needed a new mobile phone so he went shopping. My only comment was that it couldn't cost more than what he's paying now. He came home with a new iphone and a Samsung tablet plus $120 worth of accessories and it's $1 a month less than he was paying for the same value in calls and data. You should have seen the smile on his face!smile on his face -

The week that was 19th March

The card ladies came for our monthly cardmaking session. This month Wendy and I showed them how to make a very simple cold press soap. They were all able to take home a few cakes to cure and use.

We had a stamping demonstration and everyone made a pretty card to take home. I learnt a new technique (new to me anyway) and had some fun too.

Watched a YouTube video and learned to make a gift set - very simple to make and cost nothing as I had all the materials in my stash.
Maureen very generously gave me some capsicums which I oven roasted and then packed into olive oil. I love roasted capsicum so this will be a special treat during winter.

Grace gave me a bottle of the beautiful Lavender pillow spray she makes.

Picked lots of tomatoes from the lonely tomato bush.

Repurposed a sweet dish into a floral arrangement for the tall boy in the entrance. I used silk flowers I had, and recycled a piece of oasis. To finish the dish off I spread a bag of glass chips around the oasis so it can't be seen. I knew I'd find a use for them one day, I've been saving them in the craft box for about six years! I haven't quite finished with it, I'll keep tweaking until I am happy with it.

Made a batch of vanilla yoghurt.

All the usual things such as collecting shower water, drying the washing on the line, cooking our meals and so on.

Paid a specialist bill and checked the next day to make sure the Medicare rebate had been credited to our bank account. It had, but I've had to chase a couple in the past.

The Week that Was 26th March

 I spent three days in hospital this week.

Knowing I'd have at least one day in hospital this week I batch cooked on Monday and Tuesday and made dinner for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday ahead of time.  I froze Friday's dinner, and left Wednesday and Thursday (which is pizza so easy) in the fridge with warming instructions on a sticky note. Hannah works late Wednesday and Thursday so the boys had to get their own dinner. They know how to turn the oven on (I have taught them too cook) but still need guidance for meals they haven't prepared before. A sticky note gave me the peace of mind knowing that there would be no excuse for an overcooked dinner.

Last week Grace gave me a bottle of the beautiful Lavender Pillow Spray she makes and I've used it a lot this week, as I've spent a lot of time flat on my back in bed.

Downloaded some free ebooks for my Kindle.

My darling husband brought me home a bunch of beautiful Australian wild flowers from a nursery he was working at, as a surprise. They're on the tall boy in our bedroom, where I can see them all the time.

Reminded everyone that now the days are getting shorter and lights are being used, to turn them off when they leave a room.

Arranged for Wayne to drop me at the hospital entrance where I was met with a wheelchair rather than park and take me in himself. At $10 for 20 minutes it gets a bit expensive.  We did the same thing in reverse when I was discharged.

Checked prices on my prescriptions and took advantage of the hospital pharmacy to save $3.20 over the three scripts. I rang my local chemist to ask the prices, then ordered them from the hospital. I always compare prices between brands of drugs and if there is a cheaper option that my pharmacist recommends usually choose that.

The Grand Prix was on this week, and Wayne and I had a Grand Prix afternoon tea today. We had pita chips (made ahead), dip, veggie sticks, MOO sausage rolls, MOO mini quiche, sandwiches and a cheese platter with crackers, oven roasted capsicum, olives, semi-dried tomatoes and cheese cubes. All from the fridge or pantry and washed down with Overnight Gingerbeer, 50:50 Cordial or iced water. Luckily it was our lunch too, and we had a very late dinner!

What have you done to save money, time and energy this week?

24 March 2017

Cath's Meal Plan 26/03 - 01/04/2017

This week we will be eating:

Sunday: Roast Lamb

Monday: Swedish Meatballs, noodles

Tuesday: Bolognese Pasta Bake

Wednesday: Lamb kebabs

Thursday: MOO Pizza

Friday: Haystacks

Saturday: Sub sandwiches

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17 March 2017

Cath's Meal Plan 19/03 - 25/03/2017

This week we will be eating:

Roast Chicken

Meatloaf, salad

Chicken Alfredo

Shepherds Pie, carrot,peas, corn

MOO Pizza



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10 March 2017

Cath's Meal Plan 12th - 18th March 2017

This week we will be eating:

Sunday: Roast Beef

Monday: Meatloaf, salad

Tuesday: Refrigerator Lasagne

Wednesday: Lamb curry, steamed rice, papadums

Thursday: MOO Pizza

Friday: Tacos

Saturday: Haystacks

06 March 2017

The Week that Was 5th March 2017

Made a batch of Miracle Spray.

Made four loaves of bread this week.
Cooked all our meals from scratch, using ingredients on hand.

Mended the lining of my favourite handbag, where it had torn down the side.

Took the hem up on a pair of trousers for Mum.

Dried the washing on the line and carefully folded it as it came off to reduce ironing (not my favourite household task).

Cut the buttons off some of Wayne's old work shirts before tearing them into rags for the shed.

Gratefully accepted rhubarb from a friend and made a crumble for dessert - lasted three nights.

Spent a lovely day with Pamela making cards. We were super productive with 50 cards between us!

Kept the house shut during the heat of the day and used fans to circulate the air instead of using the air con. Opened the windows and doors wide overnight to let the cool air in.

Learned the hard way that gardens need water! I usually water in the early morning, around 6am. This week it has been a bit dark and of course I would get busy and forget to go and do the watering. The plants in post were looking very sad. Glad to say they've revived with a little regular watering.

Used a discount voucher to fill my car with petrol.

Picked lots of lovely tomatoes and zucchini from the garden.

What did you do to save money, time and energy last week?

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03 March 2017

Cath's Meal Plan 5th - 11th March 2017

This week we will be eating:

Sunday: Roast Chicken

Monday: Rissoles, vegetables, gravy

Tuesday: Spag bol

Wednesday: Chicken parmigiana, salad, french fries

Thursday: MOO Pizza

Friday: Stir-fry

Saturday: Muffin Surprise