Fall Back Foods (& Link Up)

Back when I was expecting Meg, there were many days months when I didn’t feel like cooking. I had wiped out our freezer meals. Menu planning was fruitless. If I thought of a meal for more than a little while, by the time it was ready to eat I couldn’t stomach it.

Unless we had fish. Fish always sounded good. At first I held out. We were in our last year of law school and fish isn’t exactly the most thrifty option.

Grilled salmon and onions with rice. Ladies, a grill is one of the best presents you could ever get a man! 

But some nights I just couldn’t bring myself to cook, so Joshua sweetly picked up something for dinner.

And then I had a frugal aha moment: fish may be more expensive than beans and rice, but (if you buy it on sale/at Aldi) it’s still cheaper than fast food*! And ever so much yummier and healthier! So fish became my fall back food.

Now that I’ve had my baby, fall back foods are still my friend. Somedays we’re crazy busy. Somedays we’re not feeling great. Somedays “life” just happens.

Having a few meals that you can fall back on in a pinch makes life so much easier. It doesn’t have to be fish. Just something really easy to prepare that your family loves.

*For our family of (then) four, it cost about $10 to buy a cheap fast food meal. The grilled salmon pictured costs about $7.50 (1 lb wild-caught salmon at Aldi, $4.50; brown rice, 50¢; 2 onions, 50¢; seasonings & lime zest, 50¢; a simple salad, $1.50)

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Why Not to Take Unisom at Midnight (and Thrifty Thursday)

Well, I am about three hours late getting the Thrifty Thursday link up. So sorry!

I had a headache threatening all yesterday afternoon and evening, but didn’t make it to bed until nearly midnight. I was afraid that I might be too tired to fall asleep, so I decided to take half a Unisom (sleeping pill).

It worked.

I had no difficulty at all falling asleep.

But, I was planning to get up nice and early to help Joshua get ready for work and blog. I even told him I could cut his hair in the morning.

Well, at 6:30 I was still in bed. Joshua gently asked if I could still cut his hair.

I mumbled something and stumbled downstairs. After spending five minutes shakily trimming the back of his neck, we both decided me trimming the rest of his hair was not a very brilliant idea.

I made it back to bed (which was fairly impressive) and soon was sound asleep again. My sweet munchkins must have been up for a while playing quietly, but I didn’t regain consciousness until nearly 9:00.

So, what’s the moral of all this? If you want to get up early, don’t take a Unisom at midnight.

It’s not even a thrifty moral, but will have to do. Thanks so much for linking up with Jenn and me once again!

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A Move & Thrifty Thursday #23

Hello dear friends. The children and I made it up safely to Missouri on Monday after a crazy weekend filled with packing, good-byes and more packing.

We sure are going to miss the South, and the many dear friends we have made there!

Lord willing, we are closing on our new home tomorrow, and then we’ll be busy painting, cleaning and unpacking. Thanks for your patience with me during this crazily busy and exciting time!

And thanks for joining Jenn, from the Purposeful Mom, and me for our 23rd Thrifty Thursday.

Brown Thumb Mama shared a great post on  preparing an emergency folder. Just in case your neighbor burns down his house, you know!

Heather, from Healthy Family Cookin‘, shared an insightful post on the hidden costs of stuff. Another great reason to embrace simplicity!

Have fruit flies attacked your kitchen? Dawn, from Small Footprint Family, shared great ways to control them naturally and thriftily.

Thrifty Thursday #19

So, about 4:00 a.m. last night, I remembered I’m a blogger! Bloggers aren’t supposed to fall off the face of the earth for a week with no notice.

I’m sorry!

This past week has been one of the most adventurous, stretching weeks of my life. Saying “I drove 1283.7 miles by myself with three kids and signed a contract on a home” sounds both more impressive and less interesting than it really was. So… once we get settled back in, you’ll get the real story.

For now, join Jenn (from The Purposeful Mom and me for yet another Thrifty Thursday!

We were so blessed, once again, by the great posts you linked up with us last week. Here are a few of our favorites. We have been learning so much from you all! Picking which posts to feature is a serious challenge.

Lauren at Serving From Home shares how a frugal and fun nature walk with her kids turned into a lesson about God’s amazing creation! 

Amanda at The Cadence of a Conquering Housewife shares her recipe for grilled pizza! This recipe looks so delicious and I can’t wait to try it on my outdoor grill!
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