Monday, September 19, 2016

Gas Shortage

The shortage is alive and no so well in our neck of NC. Hubby asked me yesterday why I wanted to fill up my car even though it was nowhere near empty. I told him about the shortage. Where have you been man?!  He was like oh it will be okay. Hmmm...not so fast my friend. Look at what he saw as he finished fueling up this morning. 

Maybe some of the Prepper folks aren't so "crazy" after all. Now I'm not suggesting to go all Doomsday Prepper and build a shelter but we really need to pay attention to the news. What about the trucks that deliver food to grocery stores?  If they can't fill up then we can't fill up. 

Are you seeing signs like this?

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Scenes from Friday and Saturday

Well it's that time of year again. Football season and trips to Boone. I know that some of ya'll don't understand why we do this but it's our thing. My husband loves it. We save up for it so it's fine really.

Friday we stayed in a little mountain town of West Jefferson. I truly could live there. The people are so nice and I love the little  downtown "district ". Very artsy and kind of granola. 

Saturday we left bright and early for Boone. Miami came to town to put the beat down on us. Oh well. You can't win them all can we?😜

Here are a few pics our time there. 

This is an Amish store on the way to West Jefferson

I love this cat!

Friday, September 9, 2016

My Neighbor Was Found

Last night.  So thankful that she is alive and safe.  Thank you to all who prayed for her.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Urgent Prayer Request

Our neighbor Serena is missing since Saturday.  She went for a walk and never returned.  Please pray for her and that she will be found alive.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Credit Card Got Hacked and Odds and Ends

So I pretty much check our accounts every day.  On Thursday I logged on to check to see what the mortgage balance was since I made a rather large payment.  Imagine my surprise when I noticed there was a balance our Visa from some software company that neither of us had ever heard of.  I promptly called the bank, they told me that since the charge had not actually posted I could not dispute the charge but they could close the card and issue another one to keep any other fraudulent charges from happening.  This really makes me boil.  

Folks check your accounts daily.  It pays off.  I work for a financial institution and oh my word fraud is so big.  I can't believe how much information people give out no questions asked.  Do NOT give out your financial information to anyone.  Don't believe when you get an email from someone telling you that you will receive a large sum of money in a wire.  They just need your account information. Lord have mercy please don't buy cars from Europe and wire money.  Yes that has happened.  Oh goodness it goes on and on.

Oh to some other things.  Yesterday we went to this fancy schmanzy kitchen store in Raleigh.  It's lovely but man oh man are the prices HIGH.  I love roosters and chickens.  There was this way cute little rooster spoon rest.  Oh my mouth was salivating.  I wanted that rooster.  $25?  Holy cow no!  I could get a real rooster for that probably more than one.

Do you have tomorrow off?  If so, what will you be doing?
Well I have to go watch Notre Dame play Texas!  We are ND!

Oh and here is a pic of a deal I got on peanut butter.  5 jars for a total of $4.00

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Stocking the Pantry

Stocking the pantry, a topic that many a blogger discusses.  Some have massive pantries that are not only functional but so beautifully decorated.  I sit in awe of them.  I mean some are decorated nicer than my home.  LOL.  I think to myself------how much time is devoted to this and then how much money did this cost?  Then there are bloggers that have very limited pantries due to finances or space or a combination of the two.  One of my favorite bloggers, Brenda, has a limited pantry because both her and her spouse are disabled and they live on a very. tight.budget.............but she does not allow those budgetary confines to get in the way of providing good food for family and hospitality to friends.  She has to keep a close watch on what she needs vs what funds she has available to spend on those needs.

So all of this leads me to this question-how much do you like to have on hand at all times to feel like you have it under control?  Now we do not have much room at all in our home so that does impact how much we can have on hand but there are some things that I like to have 5 or 6 of, like Rotel or the generic variety.  The generic kind is usually a good 25-45 cents cheaper.  Another item I like to have on hand is cream cheese, especially when I can find it for 1.00.  Cream cheese keeps for a long time and comes in handy when making tailgate recipes for football games.  It makes my mouth water just thinking of  2 blocks of cream cheese, a can of Rotel and a pound of sausage.  Oh my, put them in a crock pot and voila! Deliciousness! I like to have several cans of various types of veggies like french style green beans, corn, beans (black and chili), cream of fill in the blank soups.  You know those basics.  I bought a can of potatoes mixed with red and green peppers from Walmart that were oh my so good!  I think it was the Great Value brand but I can't remember.  I usually buy just one when I am trying a new thing.  I need to go back and get more.  It was delicious in my chicken pot pie.  OH and CHEESE.  Cheese is a must have for us.  The more the merrier.  Flavors range from american to cheddar to feta and everything in between.  You can never have too much cheese.
Peanut butter is also one of those items that I like to buy 3 at a time if it is $1.79 or lower for 18 ounces.  I mean, why is peanut butter so expensive?  

I'm not a huge baker so just one package of flour and one package of various types of sugars suits our needs.  Now someone who is an amazing baker needs much more than that.

We do keep a lot of spices and sauces on hand to make those everyday blah dishes just a bit more exciting and thanks to stores like Aldi and the Dollar Tree, you can get spices for really cheap prices.  I would also throw out there that the spices at Penzeys are great as well.  One thing great about Penzeys is you can buy what you need plus they have some great free items quite often.  So don't let their regular prices keep you away.

Sometime in the next few months most stores will have some good deals on baking goods and turkeys and anything associated with Thanksgiving and Christmas.    I wish we had a deep freezer to be able to stock up on turkeys but we only have the freezer on top of the frig and in all honesty we don't have room for it anywhere else.

Do you cook casseroles and bake cakes ahead of time and put in the freezer to take out when needed?
Wow, this topic could be discussed for days, couldn't it?  Well ya'll have a good night!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Christmas Is Just Around the Corner

Can you believe it?  These eight months have gone by so fast it's a blur.  I don't know about you but I am looking forward to cooler weather and I dearly love to watch Christmas movies especially on the Hallmark Channel.  I know those movies are super sappy and ooey gooey feel good but I like them.  I always wish that life could really be that way.  But I digress....................

Are you ready?  Have you purchased gifts or at least saved up for them?  We've purchased gifts for my sister in laws and really only have my father in law left.  He is one tough bugger to buy for.  He has every thing he needs and he doesn't have hobbies so it's really difficult.

If you have family over to your home for food have you included those costs?  We always travel out of town so we don't have those expenses but we are kind of kicking around the idea of having a friend or so over just to hang out.  So I need to figure out what we want to eat and get the best deal for those said items.

Do you go all out when it comes to decorating or are you a bit more subdued?  There used to be so many homes like the Griswalds but not so much anymore.  I love to look at them.  My husband told me he wants us to do a bit more this year on the decor front.  Nothing outrageous just a bit more festive.

Frugal Queen has some great posts on how her family has frugal Christmases over the past few years. Go to her blog and check them out!

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