Saturday, June 25, 2011

A Good Reminder for Me

From Oswald Chambers' My Utmost for His Highest.

June 25th.


"What shall I say? Father, save me, from this hour? But for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify Thy name." John 12:27-29 (R.V.)

My attitude as a saint to sorrow and difficulty is not to ask that they may be prevented, but to ask that I may preserve the self God created me to be through every fire of sorrow. Our Lord received Himself in the fire of sorrow, He was saved not from the hour, but out of the hour.

We say that there ought to be no sorrow, but there is sorrow, and we have to receive ourselves in its fires. If we try and evade sorrow, refuse to lay our account with it, we are foolish. Sorrow is one of the biggest facts in life; it is no use saying sorrow ought not to be. Sin and sorrow and suffering are, and it is not for us to say that God has made a mistake in allowing them.

Sorrow burns up a great amount of shallowness, but it does not always make a man better. Suffering either gives me my self or it destroys my self. You cannot receive your self in success, you lose your head; you cannot receive your self in monotony, you grouse. The way to find yourself is in the fires of sorrow. Why it should be so is another matter, but that it is so is true in the Scriptures and in human experience. You always know the man who has been through the fires of sorrow and received himself, you are certain you can go to him in trouble and find that he has ample leisure for you. If a man has not been through the fires of sorrow, he is apt to be contemptuous, he has no time for you. If you receive yourself in the fires of sorrow, God will make you nourishment for other people.

Text from here.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Frugal Wrapping Paper

We do the Dave Ramsey thing.

And Christmas and birthdays don't sneak up on us.

We don't go overboard on gifts and the amount we set aside is on the small side, so I do my best to make the money go as far as possible.

I don't like to spend that money on wrapping paper.  Occasionally I'll buy a pack of Christmas paper for the next year during the after-Christmas clearance sale for $1-2.

For birthdays and the rest of the year, I usually resort to Kraft paper (that brown paper by the packing/shipping supplies) and ribbons.  And not ribbon on rolls, where you get maybe 9 feet for $1.  I use the package of ribbon "scraps" from Hobby Lobby, usually bought when that department has it's 50% off sale for only a couple dollars.

I've recently found another option that's completely free.  (Well, we sort of pay for it initially.)  At work, sometimes our large printer or copier for house plans malfunctions, and the copies are pretty much useless.  So I take home the large pieces of paper, tape it down on our dining room table, and let Henry go to town with the colors or markers.

And then I save them and use it for wrapping paper.

(Although I'm usually not that organized.  I usually pull out a piece 5 minutes before I need to wrap a present and expect Henry to be creative.  There have been times where he made about two lines with one color and was done, but then you just throw on a ribbon.)

Custom wrapping paper made just for the recipient.

What are your cheap wrapping ideas?

Monday, June 20, 2011

Menu Plan Monday - June 20

Things have calmed down, and thankfully I'm no longer worried about having a completely chaotic plan when it comes to meals all supper long.  I try to have at least one meal that can easily be bumped until a week or two later without having ingredients go bad.  Because it seems that at least one thing comes up a week, whether it's an unplanned outing or I spent all afternoon mowing and painting the shed and come in much too late to start what I had planned.  Not that that's happened recently.

Monday: Grilled Cuban Sandwiches and Un-Fried French Fries

Tuesday: Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, and Salad

Wednesday:  Easy Cheese Enchiladas

Thursday: Tavern, Pickle Spears, and Chips

Friday: Grilled Chicken, Easy Mac & Cheese, and Cucumber Pickles or Grilled Corn on the Cob (depends if I want to try corn from the grocery store this early in the season...)

Saturday: Caesar Pasta Salad

Sunday: Breakfast - Very French Toast
              Dinner - Doug's parents, and I'm bringing Ho Ho Cake for dessert

Have a great week, and check back on Thursday since I will actually be having another post this week!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Menu Plan Monday - June 13

Here's our plan for this week:

Monday: Chamber golf supper

Tuesday: Black Bean Tortilla Casserole -using up leftovers from our tacos last week (Similar to this recipe, but I don't remember where I found mine)

Wednesday: Mile High Shredded Beef, Coleslaw, and Chips

Thursday: Club Wraps and Carrots

Friday: To my parents'

Saturday: Italian Honey Chicken, Roasted Potatoes, and Corn

Sunday: Breakfast: Cinnamon Bread
              Dinner: Easy Cheese Enchiladas

And blueberries are on sale, so I'll probably be making Lemon Blueberry Muffins today or tomorrow for some quick breakfasts for me.  Or dessert that I call breakfast.  That's my plan for this week, hopefully I follow it as good as I did last week!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Menu Plan Monday - June 6

Last week was busy.  Between the holiday, family get-togethers, our city's summer celebration, and a birthday party, we ate one cooked meal at home.  (Another night the "boys" had hot dogs and macaroni, and another we had quick sandwiches before heading out.)

This week looks slow - thankfully.  I could use a little time at home and Henry could use a little down time!

Monday:  Zesty Grilled Ham, Syracuse Salt Potatoes, and Green Beans

Tuesday:  BLTs and Vinegar Cucumbers

Wednesday:  Tacos

Thursday:  Egg Salad Sandwiches and Carrot Sticks

Friday:  Lemon-Herb Grilled Chicken, Salad, and Rolls

Saturday:  Pizza Bites

Sunday: Breakfast - Muffins (kind depends on what fruit goes on sale tomorrow)
              Lunch - Doug's Parents'

Have a good week!