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Forum: Meal Planning   02-12-2016, 08:40 AM
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Super tired. Going to pull something together...

Super tired. Going to pull something together with the last of the monstrous quantity of rice noodles I had left over in the fridge + some veg + shrimp + some kind of peanut or stir-fry sauce.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-11-2016, 07:47 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 3,910
Posted By Ragana
Stopped by the store this morning, so about...

Stopped by the store this morning, so about $305/$800 left for the month.
Forum: Meal Planning   02-11-2016, 07:46 AM
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Posted By Ragana
Nope, happens here, too. Usually because I make...

Nope, happens here, too. Usually because I make something for the kids that DH and I don't eat much of and then the leftovers accumulate.
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-10-2016, 11:13 AM
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Posted By Ragana
True that school doesn't get any easier, but my...

True that school doesn't get any easier, but my own kids' groups of friends changed 100% in middle school/junior high, right about 7th grade. And then a change (expansion of friend group) again in...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-10-2016, 08:13 AM
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Views: 3,910
Posted By Ragana
Ruthiegirl, I love Budgetbytes. The latest recipe...

Ruthiegirl, I love Budgetbytes. The latest recipe that has been popular at our house is the Spanish Chickpeas. Yum!

Right now I'm baking banana bread, because I had exactly 3 overripe bananas....
Forum: Organize & Declutter   02-10-2016, 08:08 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,188
Posted By Ragana
All I can do at the moment because of work and...

All I can do at the moment because of work and other commitments is little bits, so yesterday I

* Cleaned and organized a kitchen drawer
* Went through the mail, sorted tax notices, and...
Forum: Meal Planning   02-09-2016, 07:21 AM
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Views: 96,014
Posted By Ragana
The vegetarian pho-like soup was good - I used...

The vegetarian pho-like soup was good - I used the OhMyVeggies blog recipe but added tofu and some broccoli & used a lot more hoisin.

Making the taco salad tonight instead of tomorrow. Also I have...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-09-2016, 07:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 453
Posted By Ragana
At a family party last summer the kids ranged in...

At a family party last summer the kids ranged in age from 3 to 12 and the title of the play they put on was "The Princess Who Died" - she was poisoned...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-08-2016, 05:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 453
Posted By Ragana
Yes! Stephen King and Anne Rice here when I was...

Yes! Stephen King and Anne Rice here when I was only a little older than the OP's child.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-08-2016, 08:06 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 3,910
Posted By Ragana
I did a Costco stock-up yesterday, but stuck to...

I did a Costco stock-up yesterday, but stuck to the basics (no big bags of chips - I got lunch snacks at Aldi the other day) apart from a new wok. So I have about $340 left for the month or $365 if...
Forum: Meal Planning   02-08-2016, 08:03 AM
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Posted By Ragana
Switched it up and made crockpot chickpea/potato...

Switched it up and made crockpot chickpea/potato curry Saturday, because we were out visiting a relative during the day. Sunday decided to celebrate the Japanese holiday of Setsubun (my daughter is...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-08-2016, 07:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 453
Posted By Ragana
If you haven't noticed any other signs that...

If you haven't noticed any other signs that concern you - and it sounds like you haven't: she does well in school, has friends, good family relationships, teacher is encouraging her talent - then I...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   02-05-2016, 08:57 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,188
Posted By Ragana
Keep on truckin'! Tiny progress is still...

Keep on truckin'! Tiny progress is still progress! I am really focusing this year on "getting back on the bandwagon" instead of considering a derailed attempt a "failure".
Forum: Meal Planning   02-05-2016, 08:54 AM
Replies: 4,657
Views: 96,014
Posted By Ragana
Wow, I actually stuck to my meal plan! :grin: ...

Wow, I actually stuck to my meal plan! :grin:

Now for the next couple of days:

Tonight - Ciabatta pizza
Saturday - Pasta with tomato sauce & meatballs
Sunday - Roasted potatoes
Forum: Meal Planning   02-04-2016, 10:09 AM
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Views: 96,014
Posted By Ragana
Your mention of pork lo mein made me remember...

Your mention of pork lo mein made me remember this recipe I used to make. At this point, I would be the only one in the house to eat it, but it would make a really good lunch for me next week...
...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-04-2016, 10:07 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 3,910
Posted By Ragana
Is it bad that that makes me feel a little better...

Is it bad that that makes me feel a little better about my $1,250 January? I'm embarrassed as it is, and I don't feel like we're going crazy at the supermarket...

Good news, though - this week's...
Forum: Arts & Crafts   02-04-2016, 10:04 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,034
Posted By Ragana
Hugs, zebra15!! I hope the yarn helps! One of my...

Hugs, zebra15!! I hope the yarn helps! One of my daughter's coping mechanisms is folding paper cranes - it's something about the repetitive movement. Hang in there!
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-02-2016, 10:09 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 3,910
Posted By Ragana
That's where I'm at right now, too, but have to...

That's where I'm at right now, too, but have to check the receipt on the fridge - I think it was $66. However, I wasn't starting at zero, so I'll have to pick up some things this week. Also no good...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   02-02-2016, 12:58 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,188
Posted By Ragana
:grin: I pulled two projects out of the basement,...

:grin: I pulled two projects out of the basement, and the date on one of the printed-out patterns was 2006! It's a nice scarf pattern, too. Happy to have found it again. The other one is a piece of...
Forum: Meal Planning   02-02-2016, 12:55 PM
Replies: 4,657
Views: 96,014
Posted By Ragana
Last night - Black bean burritos/tacos Tonight...

Last night - Black bean burritos/tacos
Tonight - Thai curry soup
Wednesday - Breakfast for dinner
Thursday - Baked mac & cheese
Forum: Arts & Crafts   02-01-2016, 12:34 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,034
Posted By Ragana
Pulled out an old, unfinished project (a basic...

Pulled out an old, unfinished project (a basic lacy scarf) from the basement today for knitting group. Still need to get yarn for the Center Squares hats I want to make, but that might need to wait...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   02-01-2016, 12:30 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,188
Posted By Ragana
Haven't been decluttering due to working lots of...

Haven't been decluttering due to working lots of overtime. Today, though, I did make time to go to a knitting group and pulled out an old unfinished project instead of starting something new. The...
Forum: Meal Planning   01-31-2016, 11:26 AM
Replies: 4,657
Views: 96,014
Posted By Ragana
Only have two meals planned for the coming week....

Only have two meals planned for the coming week. Last night was roasted potato bowls with eggs and toppings. Tonight pasta alla norma (with eggplant) or eggplant parmesan, depending on how ambitious...
Forum: Meal Planning   01-29-2016, 10:09 AM
Replies: 4,657
Views: 96,014
Posted By Ragana
Cool! We are having a Japanese exchange student...

Cool! We are having a Japanese exchange student come for a week in March.
Forum: Meal Planning   01-27-2016, 02:02 PM
Replies: 4,657
Views: 96,014
Posted By Ragana
The Midwest got spared this time, but I've been...

The Midwest got spared this time, but I've been following along on Facebook. A friend in VA still only has a small lane plowed out by her house (no school for the kids all week), and another friend...
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