Learning to live a more Frugal lifestyle 

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If anything, the past 11 years, has taught me how to live a more frugal lifestyle and how much “fluff” and extras I really don’t need. 

While having to be Dairy Free, generally Gluten Free, and generally Egg Free, that costs more than your normal grocery haul would, unless you shopped solely at new seasons or Whole Foods or some place life that. 

I have been learning how to live with my food intolerances and live a frugal lifestyle. 

That is one of the things I am wanting to do, is live more frugally, and do as much as I can, myself. I definitely prefer doing my own canning. While I would rather spend a bit more on buying local fruit and vegetables and canning my own fruit, pickles and jams as well as doing freezer jam. I have been learning the value of not having cable tv, or even hulu plus or Netflix. While it is nice to have some movies and some series of TV on DVD, I have learned the value of a hard days work. I am tired of being stuck in the city, where it isn’t as easy to get out side and work with my hands and be productive, as gas prices are climbing, and it is so expensive to live in the city. I honestly don’t miss having Netflix and Hulu. 

I am also trying to spend my time more wisely, and not waste my time on computer games when I could be knitting, or reading books. 

While I do have a list of yarn and knitting things I would like to accrue, I am trying to work through the yarn I have. The needles and swift I would like would be useful for more than one occasion. 

I am also trying to reduce my Scentsy budget to something more reasonable, like keeping a few bars of my favorite year round scent, one or two summer scents, a couple fall scents, and one or two winter scents, and not have excessive amounts of any one scent.

Books are one “luxury” and pass time, besides knitting that is worth while that is more of the enjoyment of it. 

Learning how to live a frugal lifestyle is important to me, and while I would live to live in, or near a small town, I really don’t want to more than a couple hours away from Portland. This is on the sole basis that my bakery is here, tea and tea shops are plentiful here, and Bob’s Red Mill is here. Not to mention the Gorge isn’t all that far away, to go get fruit to can, or Sauvie Island, or other farm stores that would carry pickling cucumbers, dill and garlic to can garlic dill pickles. 

I have been realizing that I don’t need as much stuff as I once thought I did. 

You don’t need the fastest internet, or all the cable channels, or a wall full of dvds, or the most expensive car or house, or best vacations to live a fulfilled and happy life. Honestly, I prefer the feeling I have at the end of the day when I have worked hard and am actually tired, or spent the day with those I care about, or played a board game with good friends, or watched the sunset over the ocean, or sat around a campfire at night, away from the city lights and saw all the stars in the sky. There is so much more to life than having to have all the latest and greatest, or the biggest and best. 

Life is so much more than being focused on the material things. Yes, having a comfortable house is nice, but so is making memories with friends and family and taking joy in the simple pleasures. 

Honestly, I am not a huge fan of eating out. I would just as soon grill up some burgers or salmon on a summer evening, and make some side salads, and a homemade dessert, and enjoy dinner on the back patio or in the backyard, and have a fire in the fire pit in the back yard once the sun goes down, over going and sitting a restaurant for however many hours. That is part of my aversion to city life, I always feel like I am having to go somewhere and do something, and spend money left and right to have fun. I am the type who prefers sitting at home reading a book, and some of my best and favorite memories involve sitting around a campfire with friends having a good conversation. 

As I get older, and I learn more about who I am, I definitely feel like I live in the wrong era. I feel like I belong in a by gone era, where women did more Homemaking and living off the land. While I really don’t want to give up indoor plumbing, running water, electricity, modern appliances (and refrigeration), there is something to be said of the country life. You know, having a freezer full of chicken meat that you raised yourself, as well as ham, pork chop, bacon, pork roasts and such that came from pigs you raised, fish that you caught (and some that you also smoked yourself), as well as venison, maybe some moose, and elk. Not to mention some homemade freezer jam, as well as a pantry that is well stocked with home canned fruit and pickles, as well as the gluten free and shelf stable dairy free necessities. 

Changing up my Meals 

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I feel like I may have finally figured out how to fuel my body for the day and stop gaining or maintaining my current weight when I am trying to lose weight. 

This past week I started having salads with meat (like chicken, tuna or salmon) and a flat bread or a serving of pretzels or crackers for lunch, and then having meat and a small serving of carbs for dinner and occasionally some extra vegetables in addition to that. I had also made baked oatmeal for breakfasts and then had brown and serve turkey breakfast sausages and a fruit plate with breakfast. 

I used to have a sandwich with processed lunch meat and a lot of carbs and a banana for lunch and I noticed I was still really hungry by 4 pm and the had a hard time eating all my dinner. That had prompted the decision to start having salads with meat for lunch and then having a smaller dinner and that has been working so far. 

What I Ate Wednesday 

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Wednesday came and went again, and I forgot (again) to finish my post yesterday. So sorry about that. 

For breakfast I had two vans gluten free homestyle waffles with earth balance vegan spread. I also had 4 brown and serve breakfast sausages and a fruit plate. With breakfast I took my hair skin and nails tablets as well as a Thermofit tablet. 

After breakfast I have been drinking water, drinking my tea and I also ate my greens chews and drank my greens. So yeah, a lot of drinking fluids has been happening. 

For lunch I had a ham sandwich and a banana. Seriously though lunch is the hardest meal for me, I am not a huge fan of the whole normal lunchy foods. 

For dinner i had the last of my meat and beans, I also had chips and salsa and a salad. 

I also had had a total of two Litres of water yesterday. 

Jumping on the Clean Eating Bandwagon 

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Who here like to eat boring food with any flavor? Who here likes to eat vegetables? Who equates boring food without flavor to vegetables?

I am here to tell you that vegetables don’t have to be plain and boring. Herbs and spices are a cooks best friend. 

I too used to equate plain, boring food that didn’t taste good with vegetables. As I have gotten older, learned to cook, developed food intolerances and just wanted to try new things, I began trying new healthy recipes. 

Of late I have been stuck in a rut food wise, and now I am breaking free. I bought myself a clean eating cookbook and a quick & easy vegan cookbook a couple weeks ago and now I am breaking them out and trying new recipes.  

I am also doing clean eating on a budget, which is so far going well. Beings that I wasn’t buying any chicken I was able to get what o needed on my list an stick to my budget.

  

For lunch I had made Sicilian Bruschetta on gluten free bread, and I had a coconut milk yogurt and some lotus green tea.

 

For my dinners during this next week I made tropical quinoa, which also has black beans in it. Brings that quinoa is a complete protein, the black beans just help bulk it out and help fill you up. The recipe I used called for mango, but I am really not a fan of mangoes so I used pineapple instead. 

Chicken and Potatoes

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This week I made some chicken, where I cut up an onion, a green bell pepper and then seasoned the chicken with some celery salt, poultry seasoning, onion powder and garlic powder, and stuck the chicken in a pan with the pepper and the onion and baked it until it was done. It took close to an hour since the chicken pieces are thick.

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I had also cut up some red potatoes and fingerlings and seasoned them with olive oil, salt, garlic powder and onion powder.

I didn’t measure any of the seasonings and just added until it looked and smelled right.

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Smoked Paprika Rub

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For this week’s recipe, I was kind of at a loss at what to fix for dinner, so I kind of just put this together as it sounded kind of good. For lack of better words, I was uninspired for what spices and herbs to use.

I created this rub using about:

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
1 tablespoon of onion powder

and

1 pound of boneless skinless chicken breast.

I mixed the garlic powder, the onion powder and smoked paprika together in a bowl and rubbed it all over the chicken.

I then baked the chicken at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about half an hour.

Dill & Smoked Paprika Chicken

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This week, for my dinner, I made dill and smoked Paprika chicken.

For this recipe I used the following ingredients:

⋅1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs

⋅3 tablespoons olive oil mayo
⋅1 1/2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
⋅1 teaspoon smoked Paprika
⋅1 tablespoon dill pickle juice

I mixed the mayo, mustard, smoked Paprika and pickle juice in a bowl and then put the chicken in a glass Pyrex. I then spread the seasonings over the chicken and baked it for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.