I removed the skin from four chicken leg quarters ($3.39),
wrapped apple smoked bacon around
the chicken pieces ($1.49) and then brushed
an orange glaze (free) over top them all. You could also use an orange marmalade.
I set the crock on low til supper time.
Serve with chicken rice-a-roni (free)
and carrots ($1.00). Loving my new $1.00
crock pot from the yard sale. It is actually
bigger than the one I currently have.
It could easily fit 10 chicken leg quarters
into my new crock if I wanted.
Tony didn't understand why I wanted a third crock pot.
I actually had three at one time but gave
one to mom. First starters they are great for
keeping Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners warm,
can send one to a pot luck at work and still
have more at home to use for supper,
I can make supper in one, dessert in another
and bread in another if I wanted all at the same time.
And when I feel energetic I can make three
meals at once and then store them in the freezer for another time.
Those come in real handy especially if I am
not feeling well with a flare up and don't
feel like cooking. The family can still get a warm, home
cooked meal and not have to turn to
hot dogs or ramen noodles, lol.
I've almost depleted any meals from my freezer
so it's time to make some more and stock up.
Got some carrots sliced up and boiling in water in a pot. In a smaller skillet I added a couple tablespoons out of the crock that had a mixture of bacon grease and orange glaze then sprinkled a little corn starch to make a thick gravy. Then I added in about 1/4 cup frozen apple juice, and a squirt of vanilla spice maple syrup and a couple dashes of cinnamon. Once the carrots are tender and drained I'll stir this into them.
Instead of rice (since we had rice yesterday) I'm boiling up some elbow macaroni and will add some velveeta, cheese, butter and salt to it once drained and tender.
Chicken turned out really good :0P
Tony must of had a rough day because he went to bed soon after eating. I'm having a rough day as well. I can't for the life of me find that Kroger receipt from Saturday evening. I have searched high low and everywhere in between double, triple and quadruple times. Where in the world would it have gone??? I had it with me when I returned to the store.
Well we were going to go to National Trail Raceway today.
Got as far as Morse and Hamilton Rds and
the transmission in the truck decided it
didn't want to work today. Stopped and put
transmission fluid in it. Still not working.
Drove all the way back home in second gear,
wouldn't shift into any higher gears.
Tony's friend (the one that I don't particularly like
that lives in Groveport) works at a transmission shop
so we called him. There's a guy there that will work
on transmission on the side rebuilding them.
I'm thinking that if we took it to a transmission
place to have it rebuilt it would cost
$1,200 to $1,300 to rebuild a 4x4.
We got a price quite from this guy
for $300 for parts and $250 for labor
for a total of $550.
Well it seems like I may have to push back
a $548 doctor bill for another time to pay off.
We need the truck fixed!
Plus we know another friend that owns
a tow truck business. (the brother of Tony's friend from
Groverport that works at the transmission shop)
Not sure if he would cut us a deal with towing our truck out
to Reynoldsburg or not. And not sure that if we
spent money to have it towed if our insurance
company would reimburse us that money.
Not having a good day
or a good yesterday.
Here's a couple photos I took yesterday
evening but was too tired to post.
The first one was of a locust shedding
on the rear tire of the Suburban.
Gross. I had to fetch a stick to get
him off before leaving.
Then last night after leaving the pool and
before going to Kroger we stopped
at a carry out to get something to drink.
I sat in the truck and could see a LARGE
black spot on the wall of the building.
I assumed it was a moth being by a light.
But the kids had to call me out of the
truck and ask me what bug this was,
another gross out moment.
It is called a Stag Beetle. I had
never seen one like this before
with the large pincers and very large body! I am used to Japanese Beetles. Close to the size of the palm of my hand! No fingers or even a hand for comparison as I did not want any body parts close to this thing for fear he would pinch me!!
This morning we had our first Morning Glory bloom. Grandpa Ott's Morning Glory.
Last night while at hubby's work me and Jonathan found these under the bed drawers in the bulk furniture pick up area. I've been wanting some of these! I've priced twin captain beds to possibly get for the boys later on. They cost way too much so was thinking about a plan B with finding some wooden drawers. Bingo! I will have to Jimmy rig something to make them work.
Well I guess it's time to go do some laundry and some housework. Would have preferred being at the race track today :0) People wonder how I have stayed calm throughout the truck breaking down. Just thankful that once again we made it home with the truck and didn't get clear out to Hebron, Ohio. If you've ever been stranded and broken down on the road before you'd know what I'm talking about.
Got 12 bell pepper halves in a pot of water getting ready to boil along with a skillet of deer burger frying up. I added in water, white rice, 1 box of
beef rice-a-roni, 1 can italian diced and stewed tomatoes
and a can of tomato soup for the filling.
Will top each pepper with mixture and
a little velveeta type cheese then bake.
This sucks. I wanted to make some "ice cream" pudding bars today and have no cream cheese. Wonder why???? I was going to use chocolate graham crackers and use cheesecake flavored pudding with cream cheese mixed in for the filling then freeze them like ice cream sandwiches.
Wolf fleece blanket .25 cents. Got this for Damien for Christmas.
All this Halloween stuff below for $1.00! I basically wanted the Witch costume and two wigs but everything else came with it for a buck.
Found another wig at a yard sale for .50 cents.
These 6 movies were $5.00 or .83 cents each. I just watched Scary Movie 3 last night on tv, lol.
These movies were Bloody Mary $1.00 Mean Girls .25 cents the other two movies Tony found at work.
Other items not listed-
Box of legos $2.00
Laser radar detector $5.00 Putting back for Tony for Christmas.
I also found a lot of paint at Tony's work but only came home with 3 gallons of gray. Was thinking about sometime redoing Jonathan's room in scarlet and gray and doing an OSU theme.
In the mail today I got a free bottle of 5 Hour Energy Drink.
I also got our electric bill today. I thought it would have been much more than it was considering that most of June was 90 to 100+ degrees. It was actually cheaper than last year. Last year $222. This year $213. I'll take this over other people's electric bills. I've been hearing of people talking about $300 to $500 electric bills.
Took the kids swimming this evening then went over to Kroger before coming home on the NW side of Columbus to get some picnic type groceries for our outing tomorrow along with a few other things for the upcoming week. Went to put the refrigerated groceries away and the only thing we had in the way of refrigerated stuff was milk. Totally missing the other stuff and have rechecked the truck and everything more than once looking for it. This totally sucks as this Kroger is 5 miles away and the stuff is needed tomorrow morning. Just once why can't they put all your freaking groceries in your cart when they bag them????!!!!! I mean how do you miss putting a bag in the cart with a large cottage cheese tub, 2 packages cream cheese, 2 large packages cheese slices and a package of sliced honey ham. So pissed and so tired wondering if we should haul our butts back over there and ask them what's up. I mean come on now this store had very few people in it to even screw up something like this. I did notice that before the bagger had everything bagged and put in our cart the cashier was ringing up the next person behind us and sending their groceries down the line. This is where they screwed up!!!!
Back home after making a 10 mile round trip back to Kroger in Upper Arlington to complain about not getting my groceries. I told them how far I had to drive to come back for my groceries. They told me to come back tomorrow they can't do anything tonight. I said really??? The reason I'm here now is because I'm going on a trip early tomorrow morning and won't be home to come back tomorrow along with the fact that the groceries I just purchased were for my trip and to pack my cooler with. Still got, sorry we can't do anything. I was so irate and loud at this time (picture a store with no customers in it at about 11:30pm, it'll echo in there!) after driving clear back over there at this time of night when I should of been home in bed. I said so, I'm supposed to rebuy all my groceries that you failed to put into my shopping cart that I PAID FOR! This was not my fault at all! And he said yes! And the best part was that the guy I talked to was the guy who bagged up all my groceries to begin with. The guy who more than likely put my other part of my groceries in the couple's cart behind us because there was no extra bags of groceries at the checkout when I returned. He even called another person to the checkout on the intercom. What I didn't like was the fact that instead of standing in front of me to discuss this with me they both stood a distance away from me with backs turned whispering. Helloooo, remember me the customer? You can keep the store open 24 hours but have no one working in charge to take care of matters like this? Then have to go into a football huddle to discuss this like it's my fault or something. Kroger is my favorite store but when you mess with the bull you get the horns when you do stupid crap like this to your customers when it's not their fault!!!! I will be going back at another time and I will ask for the manager to get this issue resolved. I'm so pissed and worked up right now it ain't funny. I try so hard to plan for things ahead of time. When you mess with my money that we work hard for and try to take it from us and we get nothing in return then you better look the bleep out. I will defend that little bit of money because I sure as heck don't have a money tree in the front yard to replace it with. It's 12:10am so I need to get to bed. Should've been there awhile ago!
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I completely overlooked this item I bought at the church sale today. Not sure how when it was the biggest item, lol. Rolling suitcase $2.00. We have one and needed another one for when we go on trips. On our last trip we had to borrow a rolling suitcase.
I decided to hold off on making the stuffed peppers tonight for supper. Instead I used a Subway gift card we got for our anniversary last week.
Visited Tony's coworker friend at his work. Also stopped to say hey to this nice elderly lady that always chats with us everytime we visit Tony's friend. She has health issues and doesn't have anyone to really talk to except the maintenance guys. We all keep an eye on her.
Mr. Baby Bunny comes out every evening when we visit. He thinks if he holds really still in the grass you won't see him. Sometimes you almost step on him!
Stopped in one of the units that hubby is punching out. Wanted to show everyone one of the kitchen and bathrooms he remodeled years ago. I would love to have these cabinets and counter tops in my kitchen and bath! We have always wanted black appliances also.
No thunderstorms this evening. Instead we had a pretty sunset.
While at Tony's work I did a lil DD'n. Found some food and first aid supplies.
I can actually say that after a week of taking my antibiotics that I am actually feeling better, thank God! You just don't know how bad I was feeling. This was worst flare up since January! I still have a week to go of taking antibiotics three times a day. Whatever it takes to keep the pain away. I wouldn't wish it on anyone!
and the throbbing and pain is at tolerable levels.
Got the dishes loaded in the dishwasher and going.
Jonathan was bored so I decided me and
him would go into the basement and work
on it some more. Also got a load of laundry done in the dryer and
one going in the washer. I'm trying to plan different areas
of the basement for specific things as I go.
One area I really need is a place
to store seasonal clothing. I used to store some
under the beds but that is not the best option anymore
because Jonathan now has a futon and you can't
get any totes under there for storage. So
I was thinking about putting a few bookcases
along one wall in the laundry room to store
folded seasonal clothes on along with my laundry detergent & supplies. Me and Jonathan managed to
get 3-4 totes full of crap to go out.
It's true when people say that they always find things after they go out and replace something. After missing for almost a year Tony bought another ear piece for his cell phone this past Sunday at the flea market. And would you know that me and Jonathan found it in this basement today, 3 days later after purchasing a new one. It figures. The replacement was only $5. Now he'll have a backup when he loses this one, lol.
Got the calzones done. I made the kids different ones because I knew they wouldn't eat sauerkraut, onions or mushrooms. I added homemade spaghetti sauce to their smoked sausage along with swiss cheese. With ours I added a combo of mayo and ketchup with a smidgen of mustard to mock a thousand island dressing you would typically find on a reuben. I made 12 calzones with the pizza dough recipe, rolled each one out, topped with desired filling, suace and cheese then crimped the edges together with a fork. I placed on an ungreased cookie sheet then brushed an egg wash over top and sprinkled with parmesan cheese. Baked 350 for about 15 minutes.
I forgot to tell everyone I discovered the newest thrift store Sunday, woo hoo! We were eating at Taco Bell on Henderson Rd. and when we went to leave we noticed a Grand Opening sign in the shopping center behind there which caught our attention.
We took a truckload of basement stuff over to Tony's work and dumped it. From there I took everyone over to check out the new thrift store. For being a thrift store there was many new things from furniture to clothing and even the prices of the used things were high. We did get a few things.
box of Vanilla wafers .99 cents 60 Freesia flower bulbs $2.99 Yankee Candle lilac petals plug in air freshener $2.99 (putting this back for mom for Christmas. She loves lilac scents)