Joys Of Having A Cat
We like having a cat she is funny, sometimes moody and complete bed hog. The part that's not fun about having an indoor cat- is cleaning out the litter box. I've tried a few different brands and kinds of cat litter from clay to clumping. The higher the price doesn't necessarily mean it's going to work better than a cheaper store brand. We were running low on cat litter so when I stopped at Family Dollar I decided to try their brand of clumping cat litter. The price was good too is was $4.50 +tax for a 10 lb jug. It's about 1/3 of the price of the cat litter I was buying. It works like it's supposed too so I'm sold, I'll keep buying it. Our cat doesn't seem to care what is in her box, she just wants it keep clean. I grateful she's not picky either. Yes we do enjoy having a cat (especially when we can't smell the box...ha ha).
Spending Today at Home
Thanksgiving was enjoyable and I was blessed to spend time with my family. Today however I'm enjoying spending time at home. Yes I will always have chores to do but today is more relaxing than normal. I got all the dirty dishes done before I went to bed and I dealt with the little leftovers we had so I'm already ahead of the game. Ha ha. I'm am not a black Friday shopper because I don't like crowds or fighting over those deals. So you won't see out & about today...I'm spending today at home.
Have a happy & safe Thanksgiving everyone.
Growing Food In The Winter
I don't know about you but I like to have fresh vegetables in the Winter. I always start lettuce & spinach to have fresh salad greens throughout the winter. I cut some of the leaves and let them grow back. This year I also started radishes and carrots but so far only radishes have sprouted. Another tray will be started soon but I haven't decided what else to grow. The temp dipped down below 30 I'll be bringing the pans inside to put in a sunny window. You can do this too it's easy and good for you.
What A Way To Spend A Saturday...
Not the ideal way to spend a Saturday but I hoping that next year my gardens will produce more than the last couple of years. I was disappointed in the garden results needless to say. I live in a rural area there is always neighbors with animals that produce more manure than they know what to do with....that's why I was able to get a truck load of horse manure that was pretty broke down already. It took me almost 3 1/2 hours to unload it (mostly by myself). I unloaded 7 wheel barrows then got smart and moved the truck closer to where I wanted the manure to go and tossed it over the fence and that help cut the time tremendously. I topped off all my raised bed gardens and the last amount went into my compost area. This is an inexpensive way to fertilize my garden and I'm truly grateful to have great neighbors like I do. Don't be afraid to ask your neighbors for compost items-manure, used straw, wood chips, etc. I wouldn't have thought about getting a truck load of manure until a neighbor read my WANTED sign out by my driveway. I was happy! I know that sounds funny I guess I'm easily entertained. Ha ha! I will post more on the results in the spring. I'm hoping for lots of moisture this Winter whether it's rain or snow. See why I said what a way to spend a Saturday...ha ha ha.
Safeway Shopping Trip 11-17-2017
This was a quick trip after doing some merchandising work but even tho it was quick I was able to save $50.00 or 55% in this trip. I finally picked up the turkey for Thanksgiving- 18+ lb frozen turkey for $11.60, 6 boxes of stove top stuffing $6.00, Best Foods Mayo $2.99, 4 cans Swanson broth $2.00 and more for a total of $40.21. Now I was happy with that total. I didn't use any paper coupons but I did load digital coupons to my Safeway card.
After I got home I was get cash back from 2 apps on my phone. The first was Checkout51 where I earned $1.25 cash back. Best Foods mayo $1.00
The second was from Savingstar where I earned $1.00 cash back on Best Foods Mayo.
So the mayo ended up costing my $0.99. If I would have printed a coupon (no longer available) from coupons.com it would have brought the price down even more on the Best Foods Mayo.
Don't be like me and miss out on savings click on the link below and save on your broth. There are many other coupons available like Reynolds Foil, Campbell's Condensed Soup, Mezettas Olives, Ziploc Bags and more.
More Gift Ideas
Coffee cups or mugs are great for gifts. This could be for everyday gift or a great Valentines Day Gift. It contains 2 hot cocoa mix packets and miniature marshmallow. The mug and ribbon coordinate with the hearts. Cute and simple. One of my favorites.
Gift Baskets Ideas
Gift baskets are so much fun to make and I really enjoy making them. These are gift baskets I have made. They can be for several occasions- birthday, Christmas and more. All these gift baskets are made with reusable containers. I will have some available for sale soon.
Our Chickens Update
Wow our pullets have grown so much and we put them in with the big girls so they all will be warmer this winter. They are so fun to watch, are discovering so many new things and learning a lot from the older chickens. I was worried for a while about them getting to cold but the weather has been abnormally warm so that helped to calm my fears. Now they are fully feathered so that will help keep them warm. The picture on the right are the older chickens and on the left is the younger (6 of the 8 we have). The older chickens have not been so nice when we've add to our flock previously but they seem to better with these girls, maybe because there is 8 of them not just 1 or 2. Chickens are so easy to raise and nothing beats having fresh eggs. You can't get more local than your own yard. I love my chickens. :)
With the holidays and new grand-baby(s) on the way it has gotten me thinking that I need to shop more. I'm a procrastinator when it comes to Christmas Shopping. That is from stores putting up Christmas around Halloween. That is way to soon but what do I know. This trip I bought 3 items but the diapers were the best price. They are on sale thru 11-04-2017 for $6.50 then a digital coupon took off another $2.00. Since my items totaled over $15.00 I used a store coupon $3.00 off $15.00. I received the coupon from doing a store survey. The Luvs diapers were only $3.53 for a package of 40. That is now the cheapest diapers I have bought so far. Have a great weekend everyone! :)
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Hello I'm Michele & I'm the matriarch of the Leverone Family Farm. I'm a wife, a mother of 2 grown/married sons and have 4 adorable grand kids. Thrifty for more than 30 years. I love gardening, cooking and saving money.