Monthly Archives: September 2012
Ever have great intentions to eat healthy and buy a bunch of spinach for smoothies?
…only to have it turn into a bag of slimy green mush?
*sheepishly raising my hand* 😀
Recently I decided I should start eating healthier again, and with the school year starting I tend to drink more smoothies. They are great to bring to work to have as a breakfast/snack as I then am not eating with my hands which helps to avoid any cross contamination allergic reaction.
Only I bought a HUGE bag of spinach, and there it sat for the last week… slowly turning.
I needed to save it so I didn’t waste anymore produce!
Out came the strainer and I washed and dried it separating the few already mushy leaves out. Chopped it into smaller pieces and squished it into ice cube trays making sure to compress them. I popped them into the freezer for a few hours till they were frozen
Handy little serving sizes… I can easily throw 1, 2, or 3 into a blender!
Into a freezer ziplock bag…
…and into the freezer for the next time a smoothie craving hits!
This is great as I can now buy organic spinach when it goes on sale and feel good about the fact I will not let it go to waste! It takes a bit of prep but if I added up how much money in spinach I have given to our chickens or to the compost pile I may be a bit embarrassed!
Which is great as I am trying to follow a thriftier un-wasteful lifestyle
….like I’ve read about on the blog, Small Notebook.
I really wanted to do a No Spend Month, but with our sport activities, and fees that go along with them AND back-to-school, I wasn’t sure when I could ever find a month that didn’t have a lot of financial commitments.
So instead I am trying to be more mindful of my spending, and use up items I have already purchased in my crazy overfull freezer/ cold room /pantry storage this month! Plus, I am trying to follow some of her other ideas, to clear the clutter and simplify my life. Wish me luck! *I may need it!!*
So I guess I will call this month, Mindful Spending September…
Have you every tried a NO SPEND MONTH?? How did it go??
Sadly, the summer is over again! I had been back already for a couple professional development days but now it’s time for the kids to go back…. :'(
Since I do not start working with my student for at least a week I thought I would take advantage of my kid-free day to surprise them with a special back to school supper!
Mixing some bread dough, notice the dough is white…
Look away if you are looking for a healthy eating option as this is not a healthy supper idea!!
I just used a very simple Amish white bread recipe for the bun found here.
5lbs of extra lean ground beef seasoned with chopped onions, BBQ sauce, a couple of eggs and some oats as a filler went into the two 9″ pans.
Onto the burger to keep it a little generic I only put BBQ sauce on the bun. If someone wanted a specific condiment it could be added at the table. One more patty to go!
…hopefully it’s still a hit tomorrow as they are having it for leftovers!!!