It’s all about adjusting your expectations – Small Successes

Here are my three small successes for this week:

1.) I put away all the summer clothes and pulled out all the winter clothes. This included switching out my summer purse for my winter purse. My grandmother would surely have rolled over in her grave if I hadn’t done this. She would have no more considered carrying the same purse year-round than she would have worn white shoes after Labor Day or gone out her front door without lipstick. I’m still a slacker in the lipstick department, but I’m trying, Granny!

2.) I remained calm when I couldn’t locate my ten-year-old when I went to pick him up at an all-day drama camp. Inside, I was already hashing out a plan for a multi-state search with the FBI kidnapping specialists, but I appeared to be calmly waiting for my child’s skit, even though all the other kids his age had already performed, the actors in the last skit had just been introduced (no Jack) and I hadn’t seen him at all since I’d arrived. Turns out they’d bumped him up to the middle school group, he’d told them his name was John, and he was wearing a full beard and mustache. SIGH!

3.) I got through Jack’s parent-teacher conferences successfully. It actually went quite well. He and I chatted cheerfully on the way home about how well he was adjusting to his new school, what enthusiastic teachers he has, and what wonderful suggestions they had for him. WHEW! And I was just hoping for a conference I could drive home from without pulling off the road because my hysterical sobbing was blurring my vision. It’s all about adjusting your expectations.

Make Your Own Cards!

I’m just loving the Penny Pinching Party at The Thrifty Home! Check it out and join in! This week I want to share something that started as a frugal necessity and turned into a family tradition. I make my own cards – birthday cards, Christmas cards, anniversary cards, get well cards, thank you cards, all of it. I’ve done it for several years now, and it’s gotten to the point that if I’m short on time and stop by Hallmark for a card I get a disbelieving look or a “Are you mad at me?” phone call. And the family members all want cards that involve pictures. I used one of my favorite techniques on these two cards that are going out for grandparent birthdays later this month. All of my card techniques are modified scrapbooking techniques, and all my card-making supplies are leftover scraps from scrapbooking, school projects, etc, and that’s where the THRIFTY part comes in – these cards don’t cost ANYTHING!) Here’s the scrapbook page where I used this technique originally:

You start with both a color copy and a B&W or sepia copy of the photo you want to use. I print them up on my regular computer printer for card-making purposes. This stuff is going on someone’s fridge door, not in a frame. You can print on photo paper or card stock, either works well. Cut out or punch out a square around the subject’s face in the color copy. Attach it to a slightly larger piece of black paper for a border (if large enough) or just attach it directly to the B&W or sepia photo with a pop-dot or dimensional adhesive if it’s smaller. I love the way this focuses on the subject without totally cropping out the background. I’m thinking this would make an adorable Christmas card if I could just get everyone in one spot at the same time for a picture – what are the odds??

Chicken Caesar Wraps ~ Lunchbag Week 9

Here’s a great recipe for using up leftovers. I saw the original version in a Kraft Food & Family magazine, but altered it to suit my own preferences. In other words, I put in more of the yummiest stuff (bacon and croutons) and substituted things that were going to waste in my refrigerator for other ingredients. That’s just how it works around here.
  • 3 cups shredded romaine lettuce (or whatever’s in that half-eaten bag of salad mix in the fridge)
  • 2 cups chopped or shredded cooked chicken (I like shredded because it stays in the wrap better)
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (yes, SIX, get over it)
  • heaping 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (can be mixed with Romano or Asiago or whatever’s in the bottom of those containers in the fridge)
  • 2 big handfuls croutons (I like the garlic ones)
  • Mix thoroughly in a large bowl, add 1/4 cup bottled Caesar dressing and toss lightly.
  • Spoon onto four large flour tortillas (burrito size) and roll up.

This makes four LARGE wraps – they really are a meal by themselves.


By the way, this is the first picture I’ve taken since my new granite was installed. This post is just an excuse to take a picture of it. I stare at it and pat it and rub it like it’s a new puppy – sick, I know.
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