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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

I haven't been frugal this past week,

but then again, I haven't been not frugal (if that makes any sense).

I'm still here, just busy with a big assignment, taking care of the home and arranging repairs, and being a mom.

When I'm really busy, spending money on anything takes a back seat for a while. Shopping is time-consuming. We've eaten mostly from our supplies at home, with one very brief grocery shopping trip to pick up vegetables and fruit. If I had had more time, I might have browsed the store longer and found items that I thought we needed, and spent more. But as it turned out, we really didn't need more than some bananas, blueberries, carrots and broccoli to get through the week. I also didn't shop for anything for the house or personal stuff. Just no time. So there is an upside to being especially busy.

Simple meals at home often take less hands-on time to prepare than driving out to pick up dinner at a restaurant. My simple meals are not at all in the gourmet-league, more like fried hotdogs with rice and plain veggies, or ramen noodle soup enhanced with chicken and vegetables. Tonight it will be some sort of quick pasta dish, making a quickie marinara sauce from tomato paste, herbs and garlic powder, then poured over cooked noodles. A few more weeks and I will have more time for better meals again, and blogging more, too!

I hope all is well at your end.


  1. Hi Lili,
    I am glad you are hanging in there. My mom used to fix up ramen noodles. She would turn it into egg drop soup.
    Just mix up some eggs like you are going to make scrambled eggs and stir it into the hot broth. If she was feeling extra fancy she would put some green onions on top or chives that she would clip from the window sill.Your meals sound good.
    You have been in my prayers.

    1. Hi Patti,
      Ramen egg drop soup! We had that a when our kids were very small. I love the extra fancy touch your mom would add with the green onions!
      I hope all is well with you Patti!

  2. Lili, I am intrigued with your making marinara out of tomato paste. Can you share your recipe? I recently got some tomato paste, with plans to do the same.
    Carol in CT

    1. Hi Carol,
      The recipe for quickie marinara is coming right up! This is how I make pizza sauce, too. Super fast and tastes pretty good.

  3. Lili,

    Glad to "see" you. Been wondering about you.

    Our meals are simple these days too! Last night was a roast beef from the crockpot on Sunday over rice and sauteed zucchini squash and it was good. Tonight is chicken rice soup from Saturday's roasted chicken.

    If all else fails, my "NEW" thing is green smoothies. Just dump a bunch of greens, some fruit, peanut butter, water, juice, leftover oatmeal,and blend it all up. Absolutely delicious. We're on our third week of breakfast smoothies every single day and I'm NOT tiring of it at all. The taste is delightful and I'm full until lunch. Lunch is very small, almost a snack and dinner is normal.

    Take Care!


    1. Hi Alice,
      Green smoothies. That actually sounds pretty tasty and fresh. I've been making steel cut oats for myself for breakfasts lately. Always filling, though not terribly light. I hope you've week is going well, Alice!

  4. Good to hear from you!

    I fully "get" where you are coming from. I am rarely extravagant in my spending, but I do notice that when my schedule is lighter, my frugality increases. It probably evens out, because often (but not always) when I am busier, my work schedule has picked up ... so at least I am bringing in more money!

    Hope you get some down time soon!

  5. We are doing well here, Lili and completely understand about being busy with other things. Take good care of yourself. :)

  6. Hang in there, Lili. We all have faced tension filled times when our lifestyles take a hit. Life will get better. You have the skills to make the life that works for you. Stay calm and roll with it. Good thoughts and prayers.

  7. I hope that in this week, you will be able to do something new to manage things and share the new knowledge for us.

  8. Well, I'm guilty of the same...not being as frugal as I would like lately. For me, it is "all or none". I find the middle ground hard to tread.



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