Sunday, December 5, 2010

Meandering or Babbling? You Decide

I love days like today for a change of pace  in the wintertime. The temperature was just about perfect at 53degrees.  A little bit of layering and not having to wear a coat makes my day. I finally realized that the weather here is just about the same as it will be in the area of  Arkansas we have been looking at. Yeah, yeah, I'm a bit slow sometimes. But I can see first hand what we will be dealing with if/when we make it there.

We had some pretty good sales this week at the local grocery store. Knowing how cheap....errr...  uhm...  frugal I am, of course I had to take advantage of a couple of them.  They have pork loin halves for $1.99 lb with free cutting and wrapping so I picked up two of them.  I stuck one in the freezer to either put on the pit.  You just can't beat smoked pork loin!   I had them cut the other one into thick slices about 3/4" for some nice chops later on..  That ended up being 3 meals for the 4 of us for a little less than $3.00 a meal.  Now THAT is a great deal!!
Chuck hamburger is also on sale this week for $1.89 lb.  That is one of those deals that I really couldn't pass up since even hamburger has sky-rocketed up around 3 bucks a pound here. I ended up picking up around 25 pounds of it.  I know you are probably thinking WOW that's a big bunch of hamburger meat. Of course I have a plan for it all though.We  put up a few pounds for regular meals and have some set aside so MrsM can teach me how to make hamburger rocks.  I've been wanting to try my hand at it for awhile now.

The rest we are making doggie treats with.  MrsM has been making dog treats for her lil guy for quite some time now. Instead of giving the lil guy  those store bought doggie treats, which are chock full of fillers and chemicals, she makes them herself.  I can't share MY nickname for "the little guy" here... LOL  Anyway, in the long run home made dog treats are cheaper than the store-bought ones and he LOVES them. She takes cuts of meat and slices them very thin and then dehydrates them.  Lately, she has been using hamburger meat for his treats. He actually seems to like the hamburger even more than the other meats. I call that a plus since hamburger, even as high as it is getting, is cheaper than the other.

Mars has been kicking around an idea for a new project he saw over at Backwoods Magazine.  Of course the first thing that needed to be done was to locate some pallets.  There is a lumber yard a few blocks from here that has had a pile of them sitting outside the gate for quite some time.  Yesterday on my way to an appointment I stopped and spoke with a gentleman about them. I sure wouldn't want to get busted loading them up without permission. Anyway,  he gave me the ok to take them. So we took the truck over this morning and picked them up. I'll be sure to share with you all about how it turns out.  

While he was messing around with pallets in the back yard I was picking up pecans in the front yard.  There are still a whole bunch of them yet.  We have picked up a huge bucket of them so far.  When I say bucket what I mean is one the size of a big horse watering bucket.  Several gallons worth.  It won't be long before we all start sitting around and shelling them.  I found a recipe  that I want to try for Sugared Pecans.  If it turns out I will be sure to post it here and take some pictures.  I have a couple of other projects I'm getting ready to get done in the next day or so as well.  Thank goodness!  It gives me something to write about....

I saw this little video and it made me giggle like a 6 year old.  And no comments about that being about the right age    

                                             ~~~ Hey ... I'm Just Sayin' ... ~~~


  1. How does Mrs.M make the hamburger dog treats?

  2. Hmmm...I would say all babble is meandering, don't you think? If babble is focused, well...that's like saying organized chaos, huh?

    Great deals on the meat. We love pork loin, pork chops, pork ribs ...anything pork, really. We're having the same weather down here, sounds like. The high is only 58 today and tomorrow. The horses and YOF love it. I'm layered up and dealing with it. LOL

    Enjoy your day!

    : )

  3. Dad picks up pecans around here to have a project in the winter. I think he has about forty gallon now. He cracks a couple of gallon and picks them out on cold days. Hope you all do well with your bird house idea. FK