Pin-Worthy or Not?

You have a Pinterest account, don’t you?

Are you like me and Pin lots of new recipes, but never try them?

Well, I finally tried one.  This one.

Was it Pin-worthy?  (Yes, that is a Seinfeld reference.)

I’m afraid not.

They were okay, but not better than french fries.  They were not crispy.  They did create a good deal of smoke in my house, however.

Unfortunately, I won’t be making these again.



Why I’m Giving Up Eating Out For Lent

I thought long and hard about what to give up for Lent.  I have lots of options…Facebook, chocolate, Candy Crush Saga, coffee, etc.

I wanted something that would be a sacrifice for me, but would also benefit my family.  I decided to give up eating out for the following reasons.

1)  It’s healthier for my family to eat home cooked meals.  I control the ingredients and portion sizes.

2)  It’s a sacrifice for me because ordering out or running to McDonald’s has always been what I did when I was too tired to cook or too stressed to figure out what to make.  Now for forty days, I don’t have that option.

3)  It’s healthier for our budget.  Eating out is expensive!  Our family of six can easily spend $30 on fast food.  I can buy lots of whole foods for $30 and even splurge on items, like shrimp, that I don’t buy on a regular basis.

4)  It’s forcing me to create and stick to a meal plan.  I’ve been trying to do this for over a year, but I always give it up after a few days because I have a stressful or exhausting day and I default to take out food.

What did you give up for Lent?

Why Am I Writing A Blog?

I decided to start this blog for a number of reasons.

1)  I want to capture the memories of my four children. They are growing up too fast and are currently 9, 4, 2 and 11 months.  It seems like just yesterday I gave birth to number four, but it was almost a year ago!  I’m not into scrap-booking.  I did not create a baby book for any of them.  I love to take pictures of them, but I’m terrible about sharing them in a timely manner.  This will be a place for me to document their childhood.

2)  I need accountability.  Last year I set goals for myself, but I only achieved one of them.  Pathetic, I know.  I never shared my goals with anyone, not even my husband.  If I share them here and report on my progress, I hope I will be achieve more (or all) of them this year.

3)  I want to share ideas with others.  Lately, I’ve been looking for information on line in a few areas and I haven’t found what I’m looking for .  Once I find what I’m looking for, I’ll share it.  If I can’t find it, I’ll just have to create it myself and I’ll share that too!

4)  I trying to help my family find financial stability.  I’m always looking for ways to save money and to earn a little extra.  We have financial goals that we are working toward and I hope this blog will help us reach them.