Tuesday, November 8, 2011

it is possible to live on a budget AND eat healthy

to anybody who thinks poor people can only afford junk food:

i have learned quite a bit in the 3 years of being married and here are a few of them. feel free to comment and add your own.

1) store brand brown rice and dry beans are your best friend. there were a few months of our life where that was basically all we could afford. things have changed but each time i go grocery shopping i still buy a bag of each. we can get several meals out of each

2) cook your own beans. its easy people, so stop buying cans

3) just don't go out to eat. simple as that. better for you, and you'll have lots more $$ in your pocket to buy healthy food

4) stick to basics. eating healthy doesn't have to be fancy. with some veggies and a few spices (plus the rice and beans!) you can make a million different meals. add some eggs or tofu and bam! veggies and protein.

5) don't be so american in thinking you just HAVE to have a giant chunk of meat on your plate for every meal. its just gross and you know it...not to mention, freaking expensive

6) WATER! scary, i know. but pop does NOT hydrate you so just don't even bother. plus it takes 8 glasses of water to balance out the acid in your body from 1 can of pop.

7) desserts are not from satan just chill out on how much you eat. 

8) this is the main one: people worry about eating organic and all that. well guess what, if you can't afford it, don't do it. do the best you can with the money God is giving you and He'll bless you. feed your family healthy food. do what you can with what you have. thats all there is to do. its not complicated so GET ON IT!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

what NOT to do with rice

rice milk: take 1 = big fail. it was more like rice paste when i was done with it. this could be partly due to the fact that last night i cooked it the rice and instead of finishing it, i made chris watch new moon with me. so it sat all night in the water and turned funky. so i turned it into horchata and gave it to the kids for breakfast. today i will try again.

this is what was left of my attempt. rice paste stuck in the cheesecloth. oh well.
i made an attempt at orange chicken. this also failed. chris ate it. it wasn't great though. it was no panda express for sure. i could have given in and fried the chicken pieces but i still haven't given in to the southern ways of frying everything. also, it was WAY too orangy. ick. 

tonight will be a freezer meal from my sister addie. im going to pretend its because i have to spend my afternoon knitting for the christmas extravaganza tomorrow and this is partly true, but also i just don't feel like cooking tonight. so its spaghetti and meatballs :) 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

things i've learned in 2 years

we're coming up on our 2 year tennessee anniversary on sunday.

1) if you don't like your old house trailer you can just pull a new one up right next to it and move
2) there is no such thing as "halloween decorations". thats just how you do landscaping down here
3) everyone hoards tires...and then burns them

4) if your truck doesn't work, throw it in neutral and give it a push down the nearest hill
5) who needs a firepit when you could use a garbage can

6) literally ANYTHING can be fried. its scary.

7) if anyone so much as sees a snowflake there will be a walmart raid and they will be out of food for 2 days

8) cigarettes are part of every families food budget

9) road rage can lead to a gun shot wound
10) you are guaranteed to see the following on any given day at walmart:
a. mullet...on a woman
b. a kid with no pants
c. a man with way too much amo in his buggy

but i also have learned a few other things. when people ask you how you are doing they really want to know. when they say "call if you need anything" they mean it. anythinhg...and sometimes get upset if you don't ask.

its ok to drive slow
tobacco season smells delicious

rain clouds mean business

lots of people live on dirt roads (including my family)

tennessee is beautiful

i love the view from my house. right now i see all the oak trees changing color out my kitchen window. i can finally see where the cliff drops off in the back yard since the trees are losing leaves.
this is all i see from every window. no houses, no traffic, no roads.
once in a while you can hear the old man across the valley singing.

so i would have to say that when we were offered this house and 2 weeks later were driving down here with all our stuff, we made the best decision ever.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I thought I could multi-task before...now I have 3 kids under 3 and I learned that what I was doing before September 18th wasn't multi-tasking. Thismorning I did 2 loads of laundry, fed 2 kids breakfast, put away the dishes from last night, and started a blog, all while nursing Hank; and thismorning was easy.

Mothering takes a little planning.
You can't just plop yourself down anywhere to feed a newborn when you have two crazies running around the rest of the house. Bad things could happen- plastic food and books being thrown in the toilet, the garbage can being emptied one piece of garbage at a time, or Reed being hit in the head with a potty chair by his sister. So after the spankings, I sat in my chair in the middle-est part of the house and watched. Its funny how quickly little ones can go from hitting and pushing to saying "I love you brudder, give me a hug". And these moments are what keep me going.