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Forum: Vegetarian and Vegan   07-19-2016, 02:47 PM
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Posted By Ragana
I do this one with lime juice, plus/minus mustard...

I do this one with lime juice, plus/minus mustard and sometimes use agave syrup instead of honey.
Forum: Meal Planning   07-13-2016, 10:44 AM
Replies: 4,785
Views: 109,130
Posted By Ragana
Yesterday - Udon noodles/tofu with pad thai sauce...

Yesterday - Udon noodles/tofu with pad thai sauce and broccoli on the side
Today - Out
Tomorrow - Pasta and sauce made of tomatoes I rescued just in the nick of time today!
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-11-2016, 10:48 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,578
Posted By Ragana
Thank you for this thread - it got me thinking,...

Thank you for this thread - it got me thinking, since we have spent quite a bit on food already this month. I'll list the meals I can make out of my pantry/fridge/freezer so I have a record here and...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   07-11-2016, 07:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 294
Posted By Ragana
Time management methods like the Pomodoro...

Time management methods like the Pomodoro Technique also help with onerous tasks, like cleaning :wink:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique
Forum: Organize & Declutter   07-11-2016, 07:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 294
Posted By Ragana
The main thing is figuring out which of the...

The main thing is figuring out which of the things on your master list - it helps to do a brain dump first - are must-do's and which are optional. It's better to stick with the real must-do's first -...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-11-2016, 06:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 607
Posted By Ragana
Just had to say this is a great thread, and I'm...

Just had to say this is a great thread, and I'm taking notes as the mom of a rising junior and a rising 8th grader!!

:nerd::grin:
Forum: Meal Planning   07-06-2016, 09:53 AM
Replies: 4,785
Views: 109,130
Posted By Ragana
The New Orleans Style Shrimp and Rice was SO...

The New Orleans Style Shrimp and Rice was SO good. Definitely a keeper. With more shrimp it would be great for 6-8 people at a get-together (plus sides).

I wanted to roast my potatoes tonight, but...
Forum: Meal Planning   07-05-2016, 09:21 AM
Replies: 4,785
Views: 109,130
Posted By Ragana
Mon. - We were barbecued out after the weekend,...

Mon. - We were barbecued out after the weekend, so I made pasta and tomato sauce, pineapple on the side.
Tues. - Shrimp & rice from a Martha Stewart recipe, vegetables on the side.
Weds. - Hot dogs...
Forum: Meal Planning   07-01-2016, 09:04 AM
Replies: 4,785
Views: 109,130
Posted By Ragana
You could blanch the cauliflower and freeze it to...

You could blanch the cauliflower and freeze it to use later. Same with the eggplant if you make curry or something out of it.
Forum: Meal Planning   06-30-2016, 06:44 AM
Replies: 4,785
Views: 109,130
Posted By Ragana
Weds - Thai yellow curry tofu with leftover veg...

Weds - Thai yellow curry tofu with leftover veg stirfry (onion, carrot, green pepper) & leftover rice - a clean out the fridge meal
Thur - Sausages, corn on the cob, pesto pasta
Fri - I am going to...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   06-28-2016, 07:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 295
Posted By Ragana
Wow! I had a screw, not a pin, in my foot - it...

Wow! I had a screw, not a pin, in my foot - it was a planned surgery, not an accident, but the bone had to be fastened together until it healed. I had twilight anesthesia both for the original...
Forum: Meal Planning   06-28-2016, 07:12 AM
Replies: 4,785
Views: 109,130
Posted By Ragana
Sun. - panini with sauteed mushrooms and onions,...

Sun. - panini with sauteed mushrooms and onions, tomato on the side
Mon. - jalapeno and green onion Korean pancakes with rice & kimchi
Tue. - Chicago hot dogs at a b-day party
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-21-2016, 08:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 490
Posted By Ragana
I am a freelancer, but I've been doing it pretty...

I am a freelancer, but I've been doing it pretty steadily for 15 yrs. My income does fluctuate somewhat, although for me it's not crazy. Having a cushion to fall back on is pretty much the key, but...
Forum: Meal Planning   06-21-2016, 08:06 AM
Replies: 4,785
Views: 109,130
Posted By Ragana
Last night was sweet potato, red lentil and...

Last night was sweet potato, red lentil and coconut curry. Not as good as I had imagined.
Tonight DH's idea for sandwiches - BBQ tofu, fried egg & arugula. It's sort of a vegetarian version of a...
Forum: Meal Planning   06-16-2016, 01:41 PM
Replies: 4,785
Views: 109,130
Posted By Ragana
Tonight it's black beans & rice with toppings -...

Tonight it's black beans & rice with toppings - salsa, guac, etc.

Tomorrow I'm making red lentil/sweet potato/coconut curry.

This weekend I'm hoping for an outing to a Cajun restaurant!
Forum: Meal Planning   06-14-2016, 05:40 AM
Replies: 4,785
Views: 109,130
Posted By Ragana
Made a spaghetti dinner last night because there...

Made a spaghetti dinner last night because there was a sleepover here. Otherwise I'm letting people fend for themselves tonight, since I'll be out.
Forum: Meal Planning   06-10-2016, 07:03 AM
Replies: 4,785
Views: 109,130
Posted By Ragana
Wow, those are really cool! Speaking of foodie...

Wow, those are really cool! Speaking of foodie gifts, we got DD2 a "snack box" subscription for her b-day this year - every month she will get a box of snacks from a different country. The first one...
Forum: Meal Planning   06-07-2016, 01:00 PM
Replies: 4,785
Views: 109,130
Posted By Ragana
Those sound awesome - how do you make them? I...

Those sound awesome - how do you make them? I would also have 1/2 eating chicken and 1/2 eating tofu.
Forum: Mental Health   06-07-2016, 12:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,275
Posted By Ragana
Me, too! Right now I am tracking my to-do's in a...

Me, too! Right now I am tracking my to-do's in a spiral notebook as well. I have pages for work and personal. Those lists are the master lists of everything (within reason) that needs to be done in...
Forum: Meal Planning   06-07-2016, 05:52 AM
Replies: 4,785
Views: 109,130
Posted By Ragana
Yesterday was frozen pierogi, radish salad...

Yesterday was frozen pierogi, radish salad (radishes, sour cream, S&P, fresh dill), and lettuce salad with bottled dressing. Tonight everyone is going their own way, so I am going out with a friend....
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-07-2016, 05:50 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 2,758
Posted By Ragana
I hear you. We have definitely been giving in to...

I hear you. We have definitely been giving in to small summer temptations, but I have also been making a big pitcher of lemonade (1 c. lemon juice, 2/3-3/4 c. sugar, about 8 c. water) and a gallon of...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   06-07-2016, 05:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 532
Posted By Ragana
There are so many factors involved in this...

There are so many factors involved in this decision, and it's a very local question as well - in our area it's more expensive to buy, but in other areas it can be more expensive to rent. Your mileage...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   06-05-2016, 09:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 532
Posted By Ragana
In our case, I wasn't comfortable with 50% or...

In our case, I wasn't comfortable with 50% or more going toward a mortgage, because I am a freelancer, and we also have family on a different coast, so being financially able to travel to visit them...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   06-05-2016, 09:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 532
Posted By Ragana
Our place is old - almost 100-year-old brick...

Our place is old - almost 100-year-old brick building. The sound is not too much of an issue. We hear some footsteps and occasionally the dog above us. If someone is washing clothes in the basement,...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   06-05-2016, 05:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 532
Posted By Ragana
We rent by choice. It's from a family member, so...

We rent by choice. It's from a family member, so we feel like we're "keeping the money in the family," and we get a better price for helping keep up the place. Our town is a pretty wealthy first-ring...
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