Sunday, August 26, 2012



Tony and a coworker just left to head down
to U-Wrench It or maybe it's Pick N Pull out in Groveport in 
search of a Dodge full sized truck.
Right now we're just searching to see
if  a junk yard has one.  If he finds one then
this coming weekend Tony and my high school
friend will go and try to remove it.
A new steering box would run $400+.
A junk yard one costs $51
so that's why we are going that route.
Our junk yard has warranties that say
if they part does not work return it within
30 days.  I've done the dirty work of trying
to see what years of these trucks are
compatible with one another which will
increase our chances of finding a truck 
in the junk yard.  Our truck is a 98.
We should be able to use a steering box
from Dodge Ram 1500 trucks that are from 94 to 98.
Slowly but surely we're trying to
fix up this Dodge pickup.  Don't have the money
to do it all at once.  Last weekend we fixed
and replaced a gas tank strap that broke off.
With a little macgyvering we found strip metal
at Menards for less than $5 to fix it.
New ones (2 per kit) costs $52 to $56!
So we saved $21 to $23 on the one alone.


Yesterday we took the boys to the beach.
Me and Tony didn't swim.
I took along umbrellas to keep the sun off us
as it was HOT out there along the
water sitting on the sand.  I think it got to 93 degrees.

 Christopher metal detecting at the beach.
He managed to find and dig up a quarter.
I bought them a handheld colander from
Dollar Tree for a buck so they could
sift sand in it and find treasures.

 Had cooler with sandwiches, pop,
and chips.  Brought along our freebie wagon
Tony found at work to haul everything.

Last night a high school friend of mine
and his girlfriend brought their van over
and we helped them changed their oil.
They were not allowed to change the oil
in the parking lot of the apartments they lived in
so that's the reason for coming over 
and using our drive way.
In return they gave us a 12 pack bottles
of Budweiser beer.  They work at Busch
as security guards and get free beer.
Plus now we may have an extra set of hands
for when we find a steering box at the junk yard 
this coming weekend to help remove it and bring it home. 


The kids are wanting me to make more breakfast
sandwiches like the ones I made last week.
I found bakery style dinner rolls marked down at kroger
for $1.49 last week.  There was 12 in each bag. 
So for $3.98 I had only 24 rolls.
I was thinking about making my own rolls for much
less than that and ones that probably taste better.
I have always loved the cake mix rolls
I make for Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Jiffy Cake Mix Rolls 
The recipe above calls for a Jiffy cake mix.
You can use a regular boxed cake mix
(Kroger, Duncan Hines, etc)
and make double the amount.
A Jiffy cake mix is 1/2 the amount of
a regular cake mix.
A jiffy cake mix will make 15-18 rolls.
If using a regular boxed cake mix you
can make 30-36 dinner rolls.
I haven't doubled the recipe or know if you can
so when making with a regular cake mix
only use half the cake mix at a time
and make two separate batches. 



Went to Kroger and did some grocery shopping.
Spent $45 for the week.
Some mark down deals we found-
angel food cake .99 cents
1/2 gallon milk .49 cents
gallons of milk $1.89

Once home I started on laundry.
It shouldn't be as much as last week thank goodness.
I usually don't pretreat clothing for stains
but I had two shirts that needed it this week.
I splurged and bought a small bottle
of originall Dawn dish soap.
In a bucket I added the dish soap,
peroxide and some powdered dishwasher soap
with some water.  I added the shirts
and now have them soaking in it.
One shirt was Tony's new white work shirt
with oil stains on it from changing oil last night.
Another shirt was a nice school shirt of
Christophers.  He got a nose bleed and
some blood down the front of it.
I hope my stain concoction works.

Went out and watered the garden.
I gathered a few more tomatoes,
green bell peppers and hot peppers.
I'm hoping this week to make
some salsa and get some grape jelly made.

At Kroger I got some chicken legs.
I was hoping to get some chicken quarters
for cheaper but I didn't find any even
after asking our friend the butcher, hmmm.
But anyway I tore off the plastic wrap over top
them and left them on the styrofoam tray
and poured some teriyaki over them and
put them in the fridge to marinade.
In a couple hours I'm gonna mix up a seasoning
mix with some breading and coat them with it
and put into the oven.


Got a couple loads going in the washer and dryer.
One child and hubby are out back tidying
up the back yard and have unloaded the truck
from going to the beach yesterday and
have reloaded it with stuff that needs dumped.
Me, well I am getting ready to make
a cake for someone at hubby's work for
tomorrow and make a couple batches of
rolls and make some more breakfast sandwiches
with them for the upcoming weeks.
This time around the kids wanted deli shaved
turkey slices instead of ham.


Got the cake baking in the oven.
While that is baking I mixed together the dough
for the rolls.  I set a wire rack over top
the one burner on the stove which vents
heat from the oven and placed the two
bowls of roll dough on top.
The warmth of the oven will help the dough rise.
I'll let it sit and rise 1 hour.
Then divide dough up into balls,
butter the tops and let rise another
hour before baking.

Got another 30 minutes to wait for the rolls
to rise then will put into the oven.
Right now I have some chicken legs in there baking.
This is keeping the rolls kinda warm 
on top the oven to rise.  
I used a butter cake mix instead of white.
While I've been doing laundry and the cooking
Tony and Jonathan have been outside
working under the truck getting the steering
box removed and getting all dirty.


Was talking to mom on the phone and they wanted
me to check around to see who might sell
large wedge pillows to sleep on.
These things aren't cheap running from
Think, think, think!
How can I make something like this
for free or cheap.  And the light bulbs goes on, lol.
Find some couch cushions at Tony's work
and cut them in the shape of wedges.
Then sew a cover out of some cheap flat sheets.
This is what a pillow wedge looks like.



Just starting to slow down.
Got home around 8:30pm from
taking a load of stuff over to Tony's work
to dump.  Once home I finished making my cake.
Sure hope my customer is happy with it. 
Would like to brew up some more
business by word of mouth around hubby's work :0)

Oh and I got 32 breakfast sandwiches made
with homemade rolls.  Some have
turkey, egg and cheese while others
have ham, egg and cheese.
Cost was between $5 and $6 to make.
.15 to .18 cents a sandwich.

Well I got clothes laid out for tomorrow for
everyone and lunch money in envelopes ready to go.
I know not everyone says this,
but I'm ready for Monday to get here
so I can have somewhat of a day off
in between runs to and from the bus stop.

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