Friday, August 9, 2013

A Day in the Life of Creative Thriftiness

I am often asked if I use all the stuff I make.  I was also asked how I find time to do what I do.  I thought I would share a day.  I picked a Sunday to share with you.  During the summer it's a typical day.
It's Sunday and the hubs has to work.  He works until midnight on Saturdays so I try to wait up for him.  This means I sleep in on Sunday.  The kids and I go to church on Saturday night so sleeping in is an option.

I woke up and stayed in bed until 10:00 reading the news and writing.  After that, I got up and mowed the lawn.

The kiddos helped out with the yard work.  My son used the weedeater and did a lot of the trimming.  Front and back yard. . . done!  We also do the neighbor's yard.  Her husband died a few years ago and it's a good lesson to teach the kids.  Done and done.

I came in and made lunch for the kids.

Yeah, not a lot of thought went into it.  For myself, I pulled the leftover copycat artichoke dip out of the fridge for my lunch. . . .

Too bad the kids think it's yucky.  My lunch wasn't wholesome, fat free or healthy but it was very, very good.
Old Chicago Copy Cat Artichoke Dip

1 12 ounce jar marinated artichoke hearts, quartered
1 brick cream cheese
1 teaspoon fresh minced garlic
1 green onion
1/4 teaspoon creole salt (seasoned salt with a bite)
1/8 cup shredded Parmesan cheese.
couple shakes hot sauce

Whip your cream cheese in the mixer until a bit fluffy.  Add 1/8 cup of the marinade from the artichoke hearts.  Add the minced garlic, salt and hot sauce.

Chop the green onion fine, including the "green" parts.  Roughly chop the drained artichokes.

Mix artichokes, cheese and onion into the cream cheese mixture.  Put into a microwave safe bowl and microwave until hot and the cheese is melted. 

Serve with bread and vegetables.
After lunch I loaded up the dishwasher and started it, using my homemade dishwasher soap recipe.

While it was washing, I took out some beads from an old necklace that I had washed with vinegar and baking soda.  They dried for a week:

. . . and I turned it into a rosary for my sis.

I got to sit down and watch an NCIS rerun while I did this.  No rest for the weary, though. . .

My kitchen floor was covered in sticky yuckiness, thanks to my husband's midnight forage through the fridge.

Yuck.  Yuck.

I figured I needed to do it right so I cleared out the kitchen. . .

. . . and gave the floor a good scrubbing with my Citrus Vinegar. 

Not too bad!

I started a load of towels in the laundry using my laundry soap. 

We're getting ready for a trip so I started packing up the clothes my kids and a few toiletries.  I made up some lotion for myself since I was running low.

I found a smaller bottle to put it all in.

I ran the vacuum, using my carpet refresher.  

I made dinner a bit more wholesome than lunch.

Garlic Shrimp Skewers

1 cup olive oil
1/8 cup fresh minced garlic
hot sauce (I use the Chinese hot sauce and use a good squeeze of it)
Bag fresh, uncooked, peeled and deveined shrimp

Put ingredients into a zip lock bag.  I put my shrimp in the bag frozen and thaw it in the refrigerator.  Marinade for at least an hour.  Thread the shrimp on to skewers and put on a hot grill, about five minutes each side or until cooked through.  Serve hot!

We had Raspberry Lemonade Cake for dessert (tutorial and recipe to come soon!)

After dinner found me folding the laundry and unloading the dishwasher.  The kids had their chores done so I made a few phone calls to plan a "play date" for tomorrow.

There was also an NCIS marathon on so I sat down and watched a bit of it while I folded clothes.  I want to be Ziva when I grow up!  Anyone know where I can take knife throwing lessons?

It was a great day!  Tomorrow will be a bit more relaxing and I should be able to get to some crafting after we swim!

1 comment:

  1. What an industrious day! You have some very kind and helpful children too. I want to try out your grilled shrimp marinade too...looks yummy. Thank you for sharing with us.