Tuesday, April 3, 2012



Got the kids off to school ok this morning.
The youngest child is going on a field trip today
to Cincinatti to an Underground Railroad Museum
and won't be home til after 5:00pm tonight.

I've been sitting here doing bills. I hate the first of
the month! Got all my regular bills done and now are working
on the doctor bills. Trying to figure out a way to pay
on the doctor bills without putting ourselves broke about
like last year. By the end of last year we were scraping the
bottom of the barrel and didn't even have money
for Christmas presents.

Mom suggested I only pay half of the larger
doctor bills for the moment which I think I will do.
The smaller doctor bills I can pay off all at once.

I'll sure be glad when they are all paid off!!
So sick of doctor bills hanging over our heads.
For the last year and a half we have had a ton of
medical bills from urgent care, regular doctor visits,
3-4 ER visits, ambulance ride, a 3 day hospital stay, digestive specialists,
diabetes specialists, a minor "operation" on my foot/toe,
a colonoscopy, blood/stool & urine tests and 3 cat scans along
with many prescriptions. (and I'm pretty sure I am missing
a few things in there as it all makes my head spin just
thinking about it)



Mom called this morning and wanted to know if we could
go thrift store shopping. I bought one thing out of
two thrift stores, that was a small bookshelf for $1.91.
In my basement I have been working on some small bookshelves
for storing magazines, cook books and misc hints, tips and remedy books.

After the thrift stores mom wanted to go to Dollar Tree.
I decided while there to pick up things to make Easter baskets with.
I try to make our own Easter baskets at a fraction of the cost
of store bought ones. Plus they get more in the homemade
ones than the ones that are $5 to $20 in the store!
Those mostly have fillers, a couple pieces of candy
and a cheap toy.

This year along with some candy I wanted to add
more nutritional treats.

For the candy I got each of the boys
a chocolate bunny & jelly beans (have a bag from last year that we didn't use)
and coins for plastic egg fillers.
(plastic eggs saved from previous Easters or egg hunts)

For treats that were under 100 calories I got-

box of 4 chocolate chip granola bars,
4 pack of pudding cups,
4 pack of applesauce cups,
8 snack pack of cookies,
2 boxes of sugar-free berry pouch mixes you add to water,
2 boxes of YooHoo strawberry pouch mixes to add to milk,
A 4 pack of bubble gum eggs

For a special treat I bought a package of graham crackers,
a package of peep chicks and a Hershey candy bar.
I plan to divide this all up into baggies. Each baggie will have
one peep, 2 graham cracker squares and a piece of chocolate
to make S'Mores.

I have a couple of small stuffed bunnies from previous
Easters I plan to put in the baskets and I'll see
if I can find some kind of little toy to put in there as well.

Total cost for two totally filled Easter baskets
with snacks, candy, stuffed animals and a toy $14.
$14 to me still sounds like a lot but I think of it
as less groceries I have to buy the week of Easter
because I've already bought snack items
for the baskets and won't have to buy any for that week
like I normally would during my regular grocery trip.

I'm reusing plastic eggs, baskets and Easter grass that I have saved
from previous Easters to save money.


Bob Evans has a printable coupon for
buy 1 get 1 free breakfast.
Coupon good til April 7th.
Time to hook up my new printer!!
I have been without a working printer for quite some time.

Pot Roast Hash here I come!!!!!

That's about the only time I can afford to go to
Bob Evans. Me and mom will split a Pot Roast Hash
since it's big enough to split between two people.
Just the tell the waitress you want to split one
and sometimes they'll even dish it up on two plates instead
of bringing out an extra plate.
My step dad will pick another breakfast.
So there's the buy 1 get 1 free deal for us.
Then add in two drinks (me and mom will split one drink).
So it's a pretty affordable breakfast for three
when you find someone to share it with.



Jonathan finally made it home just now from school.
Gosh that had to feel like a long day for him considering
he got on the bus at 8:25am.

For supper I fixed stuffed shells.

I cut up and fried some smoked sausage in a skillet.

Boil shells in large pot, drain when done and run
cool water over them so you can handle them.

In a large bowl I added a large container of small
curd cottage cheese, 1.5 cups mozarella cheese,
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, 2 eggs slightly beaten,
and a small package of fresh mushroom finely cut up.

Once the sausage was cooked through I stirred it into
the cheese mixture.

Spray a large casserole dish with cooking spray.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spoon filling into shells. Pour spaghetti sauce
over top and sprinkle 1/2 cup mozarella cheese over top.

I didn't time it but I'm going to guess I baked it for
about 20 minutes.

This makes enough for at least two meals!


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