Here’s a cheap and easy meal idea

With time and money being in short supply, I rely on my fast and favorite “eat at home” meals.  One of my favorites I call Shepherd’s Pie.  While I am working on getting more vegetables in this meal, I can sneak in a can of mixed vegetables and my Mr. Picky does not complain.

Ingredients:

  1. one pound cooked and drained ground beef (I microwave the log of meat and chop it with my stand mixer).
  2. One can mixed vegetables, drained well      photo
  3. one cube beef bullion, mixed with a little water and microwaved for one minute until diluted
  4. cooked potatoes, usually one per person
  5. additions to the potatoes when mashing: cheese (any kind), milk or cream, seasonings, butter, etc.  to please your family.  I add an egg to give it more “poof”   photo (1)

 

Follow steps 1 to 3.  In a separate bowl, complete 4 and 5.  Layer potato mixture on tip of meat/vegetable mixture and bake until golden brown.photo (2)

 

I would add another vegetable to round this out, and maybe a nice baked apple.  What’s your go to cheap and easy meal idea?  Please share!

Happy Holidays to everyone!

Back to School American Made Sock Deal!

photo (29)A dear teacher friend told me about a sock sale at The Renfro Corporation of Cleveland Tennessee.  This company manufacturers socks under such brand names as carhart, Dr. Sholl’s, Fruit of the Loom, etc. and is currently having great discounts on socks of all sizes, types and colors.

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Mr. Picky and I were able to buy for ourselves, and get a head start on Christmas gifts.  While they do not allow publicizing of particular name brands, the socks we bought for three dollars I saw on the REI website for between eleven and twenty dollars.

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Physical Location is 4405 Michigan Ave Rd NE, Cleveland Tennessee 37323 – Phone(423) 472-5095

Look for this sign:

I had no idea socks were made in Cleveland Tennessee

I had no idea socks were made in Cleveland Tennessee  

When I retire….or sooner!

Hope everyone had a safe and memorable 4th of July.  Mr. Picky and I were lucky enough to visit some dear family in Ellijay, Georgia at the Coosawattee River Resort.  I fell absolutely in love with the property, and if I ever win the lottery, our second home will be there.

While Ellijay is “far” off the beaten path, this property has amazing amenities: pool, tennis, fishing, you name it, but what I found absolutely charming was “Pickin on the Porch” at The General Store of Ellijay.   This is the place wher you make arrangements to go tubing, eat a great meal, get groceries, buy lovely souvenirs make by local residents, but best of all is  photo (18) the regular outdoor music.

We were entertained by

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It is a GREAT event for families; people brought chairs, picnic baskets, coolers, dogs 😉 etc.  How was your 4th of July?  Any particular special events you’d like to share?  Please comment below – I’d love to hear from you!

Eat Like a Local for Less!

Mr. Picky and I prefer simple dining over fine dining.  While we’ve never tried any of these restaurants, they come highly recommended as having a simple building, but outstanding food.  We are planning a trip in a few weeks, and hope to try at least one of them.

 

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“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food” – Paul Prudhomme.  What are your suggestions for a great meal in simple surroundings?  Please leave me a comment – we all gotta eat! 😉

 

 

Television History in Ringgold, Georgia

A few weeks ago, Mr. Picky and I had the opportunity to sell our antiques and collectables at Ringgold Feed and Seed (antique mall) during the Ringgold Junk Market.  I was worried that our friends and family would think we had fallen on hard times, but I actually wanted an opportunity to see something I found impossible to resist…

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Deep discussion of potential purchase

Great American County TV had chosen the RFS to film an episode of “Endless Yard Sale”.  The concept of the show is that 3 teams are given $$$, they shop with the intent of getting the best bargain for their money, the goods are appraised and prize money is given – this happens three different times during each episode and the winner (with the best profit margin) gets a cash price.

 

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Discussion with show producer about how to shop the show

Here are my unsolicited observations of the filming of this television show:

 

  1. To be a contestant on the show, you must be very young and very attractive.
  2. To be employed on this show, you must be very young and very attractive.
  3. Even though 6 hours were allowed to film this show (I found this out by talking with the RFS owner), everyone seemed to be in a terrible hurry.
  4. Antique signs must be much more popular than I ever realized.  I was chatting with another curious bystander and he asked me, “Have you ever seen these signs in someone’s home?”  I had to tel him the only place I’ve seen them is in Cracker Barrel.

So, next time you go to Cracker Barrel, look around for something you might have seen in this post.

If you’ve ever watched a television show being filmed, what are your thoughts?  Please comment and have a lovely day!

How the frugal shop

One of our (Mr. Picky and myself) favorite weekend activities is estate sale shopping.  In our area, estate sale shopping is going into a home (owners are deceased or not present)  and the entire contents of the home is sold…everything.  You buy clothing, household goods, cars, boats; anything the homeowner owns and the family chooses not to keep.  We have bought ordinary things such as Tupperware, but also special treasures such as war rations and love letters from one family member to another.  Many folks shop these houses for their antique mall booth or ebay (I always wondered where they got their stuff), but unless I buy it with the purpose of a gift, I have no intentions of getting rid of it – yet 😉

We use this internet site to find sales.  We have even used this site on vacation and scored some great deals at out of town estate sales.

I have treasures from total strangers and now deceased family friends.  Mr. Picky seems to gravitate towards the unusual – here is one of his favorites:

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This is apparently a personal size, hand crank ice cream maker.  I put it beside a bottle of water to show you how small it is.  While we have not used it (and won’t) we enjoy the cuteness factor.

Mine lean towards the practical such as kitchen linens (I have a wonderful collection of embroidered towels and I use them daily), clothing, kitchen tools, and things that make me laugh…while I didn’t get a picture of the gifted vintage squirt guns with a box lid caption “For the Happy Couple” with a bride and groom on the top, this is another treasure that makes me smile:

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“We get too soon old and too late smart” 😉  I sure hope not.  Happy frugal shopping –

Thrift Store Love

Many that  know me personally, know I have been thrift shopping for years and years.  Here are just some of the reasons I LOVE thrift stores:

 

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1.  I can afford pretty much anything I want in the store.  That doesn’t happen often 😉

2.  After you cut the tags off a “brand new” garment, you have a “used” garment – just like a thrift store item, only with the new item, you’ve paid about 75% more than at a thrift store.  j

3.  Most of the thrift stores in my area are run by charitable organizations such as Salvation Army,  Humane Society, various churches, etc.   An organization in my town called Providence Mission provides drug rehab, homeless shelter, religious services, etc.  I can feel very good about my purchase when I shop at these places.

Do I worry about cleanliness?  Nope, I wash unless I have an emergency.  Once, I forgot to bring a jacket to work and the temperature in our town dropped over 20 degrees during the day.  I was scheduled to be an outside greeter at church, so I went by Providence Mission and got a light jacket.  All was fine.  Another time, Mr. Picky came home from work wearing a shirt I “knew” he wasn’t wearing when he left home, and he didn’t own (that was a weird feeling) ;-).  He explained that he found out he had to give a plant tour for some fancy pants folks, and needed to dress more professionally than he was.

Different thrift stores are set up differently; they have different specials, hours, organization of items, etc.

And don’t worry at all about sizes.  I’ve been as many sizes as Oprah (honestly) 😉  and I’m unfortunately, at the time of this writing, I’m in an “up” mode.  I have always been successful finding clothing for myself.

Enjoy thrift shopping – do good and get good!

Need to save money on laundry? I have your frugal fix!

Twenty One years ago, we moved to a house with well water.  I became very interested in the products I used because I would be putting them down the drain, into the ground and on/in my body.  I became very interested in toxic and unnecessary chemicals in our products.

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I’ve been making laundry detergent for years, both liquid and powder.  My girl friends have convinced me I should add this product to our line of bath and body products at Centsable Scents (both liquid and bar soap, shampoo and colognes).  This detergent is low suds and fine for HE washers.  I’m “very” interested in your needs:  liquid or powder; scented or unscented and anything else you want me to know you better serve you.  Please comment, I look forward to hearing from you!

Cheap and Easy Baby Gift

My “love language” is gifts – I keep a gift closet filled with various baby and wedding gifts.  This 42 count newborn diaper deal is sweet – a four dollar coupon applied at checkout makes this a GREAT DEAL!  

I think these are great diapers because:

1. These diapers have a “color changing indicator”,

2. They contain hypoallergenic liner with Vitamin E & aloe,

3. The umbilical cord cut-out for baby’s protection and comfort.

4. They are cheap!  $3.50 cents for a gift ALL new parents need!

***(Please note this is an Add-On item and needs to be included in an order of $25 or more)***.

 

Purchasing through this link enables us to provide our staff with the dog treats they so richly desire 😉  Have a fun and frugal day!