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Friday, February 12, 2010

2 Years & 29 Days and the Constant Battle

I remember when I was in my 20's (and still married to my first husband) watching an older couple that we knew struggle financially and hoping that I had my financial life in order by the time I got their age. Guess what? I am about their age. And I don't.I remember when I was in my early 30's, thinking that I should have my financial life in order by now. But I didn't. It's a little bit distressing, but we just keep trying. I dream of the day that finances won't be a constant battle for us. I wonder if that day will ever come.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

2 years & 28 Days and steak tips recipe

Thanks goes to Mandy who sent me this recipe. I made it last week. It is easy and very yummy. Even Tasha liked it! LOL!

Easy beef tips
2 lbs beef tips (I just cut a sirloin steak into small pieces and browned it in a skillet on the stovetop a bit before mixing everything)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of celery soup ( I used cream of mushroom)
½ c water
1 package dry onion soup mix

Mix all ingredients, Cook in crockpot on low for 8-12 hrs. My crockpot cooks super fast so you'll have to watch yours and see. Mine did not take nearly that long. We served it with mashed potatoes. Mandy also suggested rice and I was thinking egg noodles might be good.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

2 Years & 27 Days and looking for ways to earn extra money

So, Tom & I are searching for ways to earn some extra money. He's still off on Fridays and I still do not have my openings filled. We are taking the test this Saturday to work for the Census, but that does not sound like it will be an immediate thing. So we are looking for ideas of ways to earn extra money. We really need to get our Emergency Fund built back up and get and stay caught up on all of our bills.

As always, prayers are greatly appreciated!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

2 Years & 26 days and Tom's lunches

Since Tom started at his current job (almost 15 years ago!), he has taken his lunch. Before we knew that they had a microwave, he took sandwiches for months. Once we knew that they had a microwave, that opened up lots of new possibilities. Recently, I decided to get more organized with his lunches and posted a note on the freezer. On the list, I put whatever there is in the freezer for lunches and it gets marked off when he takes it. That way, he knows what's up there and I know if I need to add more. Since I've only got 2-3 kids for lunch most days right now, when I fix something for the kids that I think Tom will like, I fix him a plate and stick it in the freezer. When we have a supper with leftovers, I do the same thing. So far it's been working great and is saving us time and $'s! Always a great combination.

Monday, February 8, 2010

2 Years & Days 23, 24, and 25 and busy weekend

Phew, what a weekend! Saturday, I worked providing child care at the women's retreat here in town (had 7 kids), then we spent the evening at some friend's house having supper and playing Wii. Yesterday was church, long nap, and church again. LOL. I am still fighting with the asthma and a cough. I just keep hoping it does not develop into bronchitis. I have neither the time nor the money to go to the doctor.

Once again, I did not accomplish my goals for last week, so here we go again.
Today, I am going to try to get Josh's and Tasha's taxes done. I'll get Serenity's done when I get her information.

Valentine's Day is coming up next weekend. Tom & I were going to go to the dinner at church on Saturday night, but we decided to stay home alone and watch movies instead. I have a coupon for buy one enchilada dinner, get one free at El Chico's so we could get supper from there for less than $10 and bring it home. Tasha will be gone to BB games so we'll have the house to ourselves.

Have a super week, everyone!