Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Where's The Beef?

I've been re-assessing the way I do grocery shopping and meal planning. Feeding a family of seven is not an easy task, especially when trying to be frugal and save as much money in that area of the "budget" as possible.

So after reading much and talking to a dear friend of mine about what they do to feed their large family...I decided to go "meatless" for one to two suppers each week, in an effort to lower our grocery bill AND reap the health benefits:)

My dear husband is a real meat and potato kinda guy and really enjoys a good slab of meat on his plate after a hard day at work. So it's a big adjustment for him. Here's an example of his not-so-subtle, yet kinda cute, hint that he's still getting used to the idea...

Last week I made Cheese Tortellini Bean Soup. It was good but I got the recipe from an email from Family Fun magazine and it was kid-friendly (which = mild flavor). So the conversation went something like this...

Me: "I don't know. It was pretty good but I think it's missing something."

Hubby: "Yep, the meat."

Me: "No, you know, it's just missing a little something."

Hubby: "Yep, it's missing the meat."

Bless his heart. He just eats what I fix, without too much complaining. But I know that this is a little hard for him to get used to, what with him being such a carnivore and all. All in all, I know he just appreciates the fact that there is a meal on the table for him. So I'll take a little joking about our new menu...for now:)

"He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD." -Deuteronomy 8:3

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

My overseas pen pal...

Some days this blog is a little like that overseas pen pal, that you were assigned to write to in elementary school, that never wrote back. I don't expect comments on my posts, but I sure get a kick out of them when someone takes a moment to leave one:)
Apparently, my need for adult interaction with others has been reduced to looking forward to comments on a blog...I know, I need to get out more:)

Anyway, I said to my husband the other day that I get tired of "being a broken record" and it occured to me that my children probably won't understand that phrase, due to the fact that I don't believe they have ever even seen a record. When I say record, they think Olympics or might think I was refering to the Guiness Book of World Records...I'm sure they would believe it if I told them that I hold the world record for World's Wackiest Mom:)

I guess maybe I could relate to them by saying I'm tired of being a scratched CD or DVD, which they would totally understand because I don't know if we own a CD/DVD that is not currently scratched. That's what happens when you have five very independent children that love listening to music and watching "kid's shows". But actually, I'm quite certain that the downloading of pretty much all media will wipe out any form of that phrase whatsoever.

Which leads me to my fun, yet needy, attempt to get a few comments...
Can you think of any phrases that young children today wouldn't understand? If you're feeling spunky and up to the challenge of some brain work today, leave me a comment and let me know what you come up with!
Really, you can do it...
I'll be waiting to hear from you (wink).