My daughter and son in law rented a city park for the day so all of the excitement can be let loose in the great outdoors. My contribution to the food will be a macaroni salad, potato salad, and baked beans.
I got a five pound bag of potatoes a couple of weeks ago for .99. The mayonnaise was on sale for 2.00 each with a coupon. The eggs I'll use are the ones I get from the milk man, so they are a bit more of an added cost. A dozen goes for 3.29 and I used eight for the two salads. The baked beans were on sale for 1.67 for a large can. With my senior discount the savings was .07 a can. Since two large cans went into the cart the cost was 3.12 for the pass around dish. I'll add a bit more brown sugar to sweeten them up a bit. The pasta was .49 a box, so I got a good deal on that, too. So a total of approximately 6.50 plus a few stalks of celery and carrots which were also purchased on sale.
|I had to put the macaroni salad in two containers because|
there was so much of it.. This turned out super good so I brought
Let me interject a word of wisdom here. If your celery or carrots become a bit limp while being stored in the refrigerator, place them in a bowl of ice water for about 30 minutes to re - crisp them. The only reason they become limp is the moisture was being drawn out. This stands only if the color is still intact. Brown veggies are rotting veggies.
I started this post on Friday and got side tracked. Today is Monday so I can report that the party went well. All the kids had such fun with water guns and empty water bottles. The day was perfect - weather wise - so the water that soaked their clothes quickly dried them. There's nothing like a gaggle of boys running around acting like boys! The laughter was infectious and so nice to hear.
I didn't realize I could have brought the pup with me if she was on a leash. Next time we go there, I'll do that and let her check out the lake. Who knew there was a large lake tucked in the center of our city.
I like this city, even though I have always preferred a rural setting. The tallest building I have seen is the City Center building which is four or five stories. Needless to say it sticks out like a sore thumb. Our buildings are no more than two stories and the city is sprawled out like a big suburb with lots of green space and beautiful flowers everywhere. Small forests are tucked between housing plats for an added touch of nature.
The city is also clean because residents take great pride in the area. I have seldom seen litter and when I do, I pick it up just like others do.
After I left the party I was close to the Dollar Tree so I stopped in to check things out. I only
bought four items; shelf liner, Lysol wipes, labels, and computer paper. I watched a video where the poster used rubber shelf liner in her refrigerator door to prevent glass bottles in the door shelves from shuffling around when the door was closed. Great idea since my milk comes in glass bottles and resides in the door.
|My dollar store finds this week. The labels will be used to |
identify what goes in the clear containers in the refrigerator.
The wipes are for the vehicle and the paper is just because I have a
'thing' for good paper. I know I'll find a use for it.
1. Planted four bean plants. Since the spinach is going to seed, I'll plant more beans when the spinach is pulled out.
2. Washed all of the bedding and scrubbed the bedroom. It's time to wash it again today.
3. Scrubbed the kitchen with home made orange cleaner. I love this concoction on the stainless sinks in the kitchen. It removes the film that accumulates which no one can see.
4. Watched videos on organization.
5. Put back all of the items I had to put up when the carpet cleaning man came to clean the rugs upstairs and in the master bedroom. I let the upstairs wait until I had time to replace things and go through them to sort what I wanted to keep and donate.
6. Did a small grocery haul.
7. Went to dinner with the family.
8. Weeded the garden.
9. Watered the garden on the days it didn't rain.
Other things I can't remember!