Monday, January 24, 2011

Leftover Mom

I would venture to say that this post is actual proof of what I've been saying:  "When it comes to being frugal, I have no pride".  When I was growing up, I cannot say our family was poor.  In fact, we enjoyed a lot of luxuries other families didn't, like one of the first Apple Computers on the market (a pain in the butt to use) and a big- screen projection TV.  So I don't really know where my obsession with thriftiness came from.  But, I do remember that one of my fathers big issues was not wasting food.  Growing up in the depression-era, it's easy to figure out why he would have this hangup.

So here's the rundown of my culinary delights of the day (...or more precisely: "what I ate today shows exactly how we can afford piano and cello lessons, birthday parties, and new camping equipment"):


  • leftover peanut butter and jelly sandwich from Halibut's lunch on Friday (it sat in his lunchbox over the weekend)
  • Herbal tea
    • last bit of microwave popcorn left from yesterday's afternoon movie
    • handful of 'Cap'n Crunch" that was left in the bottom of the box this morning
    • remainder of Starfish's bottled water that she took out of her lunchbox this morning  
      • Cream of Wheat cereal with leftover blackberry juice (someone ate all the berries and put the container back inthe fridge) and cream 
      • smoothie made from the last bit of orange juice and the banana from Halibut's lunchbox on Friday (it sat in there over the weekend and got overripe) 
      • remainder of apple the kids didn't take in their lunches 
        • glob of cookie dough from the cookies we made for this week's Great Cookie Project run

        Ok, I actually had my own food for dinner - not the remains of someone else's.  BUT, I did use some leftover rice from the fridge!

        Saturday, January 8, 2011


        We got an unexpected surprise this Thanksgiving. While we were up visiting Grandma and Grampa, we were able to visit with cousins Jessie and Kelly, who we haven't seen in a very long time! Kelly just graduated from college in Utah and Jessie is in college in Boston. It wasn't very long, but it was a nice visit. We are happy that they are doing so well and hope we will get to see them again soon!
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        Well, it took forever, but Halibut has finally lost a front tooth! It looks like the new one was already coming in before the old one came out. It just wouldn't give up! It is such a milestone in my little guys life - he is GROWING UP! But I have to say, I'm a little sad to see these changes - I will miss his baby-teeth smile!
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        Gigi's first orchestra concert was a huge success! After just a few short months of playing the cello, she wasn't even as nervous as I thought she'd be! The whole production was very professional and we were able to see the huge difference between the first year players and those who have been playing longer. Gigi did a wonderful job and we are so proud of her for trying her hand at a new instrument and working so hard to develop her talents!
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