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Yard Sale Find to Treasure

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Last year after we moved into this new house, I was grabbing supplies from Home Depot when I noticed a nice cast aluminum table & chairs set for $299.  Considering the $699 original price, I sat my butt down in the chair next to the table and tried to grab any employee to help . . . → Read More: Yard Sale Find to Treasure

Spring Is Coming!

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Last Saturday was just above 60 degrees.  Hooray!  Tomorrow it will be again!

A couple mornings later there was snow on the ground again, and there’s tell of a Nor’Easter heading our way this coming week, but we’ll ignore that for the moment.

Spring is coming!  The robin (which never left all winter and . . . → Read More: Spring Is Coming!

Recipe: Chicken Bog (Eating on the Cheap)

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Last month I had very little after bills.  This month, I have even less.  Combine the $570 oil bill, the $320 electric bill, the quarterly $120 water bill, the quarterly $156 sewer bill, and then add in all the other usual bills and I have to say we’re pretty much bust.  These things definitely . . . → Read More: Recipe: Chicken Bog (Eating on the Cheap)

Aaaaand…We’re Done. (Gluten Free Month, Abridged)

A tip for those attempting to do a month long dietary test:  don’t do it in the middle of the worst winter in recent memory, while simultaneously trying to do a no-spend month.  The lack of sun, massive amounts of shoveling, general winter malaise, and lack of most entertainment outlets to keep your mind . . . → Read More: Aaaaand…We’re Done. (Gluten Free Month, Abridged)

Halfway Through (Gluten Free Month Update)

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We’re halfway through.  I have survived two weeks without gluten.  I cannot honestly say that this has been without complaint, there was most definitely some whining involved.  I remember walking through the supermarket, thinking “OHMYGOD!! BREAD!!! CEREAL!!! COOOKIES!!!”  I think I would briefly consider assaulting someone for a good cheeseburger.  But, we’ve made it . . . → Read More: Halfway Through (Gluten Free Month Update)

Recipe: Zero Alarm Chili

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On friday, I started sneezing at 8am.  I didn’t slow down until 8pm.  Despite working from home and generally avoiding sick people, there was one inlet for infection that I forgot:  I pick up medications at my local pharmacy.  I often have to wait in line at the pharmacy counter, surrounded by red-nosed, snuffling, . . . → Read More: Recipe: Zero Alarm Chili

Day 3 Gluten Free

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We started gluten free on Saturday.   3 days down, and I haven’t run screaming for the bread drawer or broken down and run for Dunkies.  Saturday was hard, and I was hungry.  Sunday was tough, and I was hungry.  Today was…less tough.

I’ve been focusing on simple foods: Slow Cooker  chicken provencale (using chicken thighs . . . → Read More: Day 3 Gluten Free

Prepping for Gluten Free Month

Gluten Sources

Photograph of 4 gluten sources. Top – gluten flour, Right – European Spelt, Bottom -Barley, Left – Rolled Rye flakes. Author/Camera – Pdeitiker. Wikimedia Commons.

After realizing he had a 8 out of 10 match on “signs you may be gluten intolerant“, my husband has agreed to do a gluten intolerance test by . . . → Read More: Prepping for Gluten Free Month

What’s Old Can Be Made New(er)

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I have an old pair of adult mittens.  They weren’t mine to begin with, I think they belonged to my mom.  They’re dark blue suede with fake lambswool on the edges and the cuffs and seams.  My guess they’re from the 70′s or early 80′s.  Somehow I ended up with these, and while I . . . → Read More: What’s Old Can Be Made New(er)

Planning for the Future…A Garden!

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I’m 44.  The fact that I’ve just bought a house with a 30 year mortgage, which means I’m probably not going to be able to retire until I’m 74 has not escaped me.  The fact that I took a good chunk out of my retirement funds to help buy said house may seem like . . . → Read More: Planning for the Future…A Garden!