Last week flew by and now it’s Monday and I have absolutely nothing planned that would require me to leave the house today.  Jesse came down with a fever Saturday night and it continued yesterday, so I sent Joshua on the field trip to the Bell School with another family.  Today I’ve been busy cleaning, catching up on laundry, and making bread.

I made it to the grocery store on Saturday before I headed to my last night of work.  I was armed with coupons and ended up getting $75 in groceries for a little over $30.  Some of what I got included:  (2) Freschetta Pizzas, (4) cans of tuna, (2) boxes of Mueller pasta, (2) bags of pretzels (a great WW snack!), (2) boxes of Frosted Mini Wheats cereal, (4) bags of Green Giant frozen veggies, (2) boxes of Banana Babies (another great WW treat), a 24-pack of granola bars, and a large bottle of olive oil.  Then I went to Sam’s Club and got lots of chicken, a big container of organic spinach for our smoothies, oranges, a gigantic tub of peanut butter, a 5 lb. container of honey (for our bread recipe), two large packages of yeast (again for bread), two huge cans of fruit, and a huge can of mushrooms.  My total between Publix and Sam’s was $90!  That stuff will last us for quite a while.  Josh picked up another case of mason jars so I could divide the fruit and mushrooms into smaller containers and preserve or freeze them.


I love wearing long dresses and skirts in the summer.  I am not a shorts girl.  I don’t feel comfortable in shorts, so I usually prefer capris, skirts, or dresses.  I can get my skirts and dresses for between $10-$15 at Marshall’s and Ross’ but I thought it would be fun to try and make a long skirt if I could find fabric that was cheap enough to be worth my time and effort.  Indeed I did.  I found two different fabrics at Joann’s for $2.50 and $3.50/yard.  I got two yards of each.  One is cotton and the other is knit.  Once I got home, I realized the pattern on the cotton fabric was a little too busy for a skirt, but would be perfect for place mats and cloth napkins!  Looks like my mom may be getting cloth napkins for Mother’s Day.  🙂  I’m hoping to cut out the knit fabric today and get started.  I don’t have a pattern, so it should be interesting!

Lastly, I went to Weight Watchers to weigh-in on Saturday and was told that they couldn’t officially record my weight because it had only been five days since I joined.  Haha!  I thought if I waited all the way until next Saturday, they would consider me having skipped a week.  I guess I was wrong.  However, she wrote my weight and a big smiley face on a sticky note and stuck it on my chart because I was already down 4.2 lbs!  I’m looking forward to weighing in officially this coming Saturday.

The new system has been wonderful!  The other day I had a plate full of food (six slices of turkey, 24 pretzels, and a handful of grapes) and it was only 4 points!!  I’m allowed 33 points a day!  Today I plan to sit down and make a list of all the convenient foods I normally have available and figure out how many points they are per serving so I don’t have to think too much about it while I’m at home.


Happy Monday!

Garden pics to come later.