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Peach State says: It’s Called Economic Fasting!

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We have all felt the effect of rising grocery prices and know the hardship caused by necessary cutbacks. The “little extras” we had on hand have disappeared along with items of monetary frivolity. I have gotten used to saying “We don’t have that!….and We haven’t had that in quite a while!” to the curious starving mouths in my home. “WHY?”

It’s Called Economic Fasting!

I made myself a bowl of quick oats and realized I had used the last of my hoarded Splenda Brown Sugar for Thanksgiving. “Yes I use Splenda…I have been using it since I was diagnosed with Diabetes and even after losing all my weight and having a normal A1C level.”
Needless to say my oatmeal was a bit tasteless and was not as comforting and satisfying as I had hoped. I ate it anyway! My convenient little snack bars and crackers disappeared almost a year and a half ago. You would think I would not have a problem dieting…wrong! I can no longer buy the low-calorie-carbohydrate-deficient-sugar-regulated-between-meal supplements. If I snack…well it is not pretty! “Truth be told…I walk around with a growling stomach.” The healthier food I used to purchase and prepare have become unaffordable and I have had to resort to creative and less expensive substitutes. I still watch my sugar intake and watch my carbs but, it is difficult to watch those blasted portions!

Items on my Economic Fasting list:

Special K ( cereal, bars, etc.)
Splenda (white and brown)
Lean cuts of meat
Sugar free syrup ( This is for waffles and pancakes…I am now out of this!)
Low fat or fat free yogurts
Low fat and sugar free desserts
Fresh fruits and veggies (they cost more than the canned substitutes)
Unlimited supply of lettuce and specialty dressings
Snacks for the family ( hubby and boys)
Individual bags of chips for my youngest’s school lunches ( large cheap bag of plain chips in a Tupperware type of container)
Individual cookies packs for his lunches ( old-fashioned pack your own in a Baggie)
Cereal bars and pop tarts for the boys to grab in a hurry
Yogurts for the boys
Sugar free Hot Chocolate ( I added dark chocolate chips and little non-fat milk to it…)
Low calorie sliced bread

“Okay…I am getting hungry and my tummy is rumbling.”

I know there is more and I know I am not alone in this struggle. We all feel the pinch when it comes to the trip to the grocery store. My hubby, at least, is beginning to understand the reason I am running out of grocery money so quickly. How you may ask? I let him cook dinner one night and he went to the store with one of the boys to pick up the items he needed. “It didn’t cost this much last time I cooked this meal!” he said.

So…we will march on! Doing what we have to when it comes to feeding the family. Sacrifices will be made and complaints will be heard. “I double-dog-dare the boys to complain!”

Have a great day!

Peach State

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Peach State says: My Thanksgiving Menu

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As promised My Thanksgiving Menu!

Turkey
Mashed Potatoes
Stuffing
Squash Casserole
English Pea Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole
Mixed Fruit Salad
Rolls
Gravy
Cranberry Sauce ( lots and lots)
Pumpkin Pies
Carrot Cake

Snacks:
Homemade Chex Mix
Sausages in Crescent Rolls

Okay…the casseroles precooked and ready for a re-heat tomorrow. The pies are almost done and the cake is sitting in the fridge…a beautiful decorated masterpiece that was sent home with my hubby (It looks yummy!), the turkey will be started in the morning. Everything else just before we get ready to eat. My family can’t wait! I am glad they will be in charge of cleaning…of course maybe I should quit cleaning up behind myself. Hehe!

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Time to take the pies out of the oven. Have a wonderful evening!

Peach State

Peach State says: Football…You Bet!

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Anticipation mounts and snacks are prepared. My hubby was notified last night that the control of the family TV has been turned over to me and my 19 year old. “He moaned and agreed knowing he could lean his chair back and nap…well in between the cheers and jeers!” That time of year has finally arrived…Football…You Bet! I am in are you?

I love my SEC Football and have a connection with several teams. Of course the Sunday following game day can be hard to maneuver but, I have learned how to navigate the stormy waters of wins and losses. I am a Die-hard fan and love my team…even on those not so nice game days. Whether you watch or not there is someone you know who is a sports enthusiast.

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“I am so ready for some football!” I hope your team of choice wins unless you play my team…then again if we are cheering for the same team…I hope your team wins! I will put on my special team outfit and wear my colors proudly.

Now if only the weather would cooperate and become a beautiful, crisp day it would make my day complete. But we can’t have everything so knowing the weather forecast for today is hot and muggy I will hold to the dream of a great football day inside with a ceiling fan to keep me calm, cool, and somewhat collected.

Have a great day!

Peach State

Peach State says: Pampered…Not Forgotten!

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I did not forget about writing this morning…I was just a little preoccupied with cleaning for a Pampered Chef Party. The funny thing is…the house was clean Friday and ready. Sometime between Friday and last night there was an explosion of dirty dishes, dust, clothes and unexplained collections of debris. That was only the beginning.

Yesterday I dropped off a prescription and my son said he could pick it up for me. I told him the pharmacy closed at 6pm…sooo…he left the house about 6pm to pick it up! I had to pick it up is morning and then take a pill to my youngest at school. “Wasn’t that a fun way to spend 25 minutes?” I was driving into the school parking lot when a scary thought penetrated my overloaded brain. “Food…what was I going to serve? Oh No! I forgot to get the ingredients for the Pampered Chef Consultant to demo!” So the rush was on…and I still needed to complete the spit shine cleaning. I pulled up the recipe on my phone and darted through the store…completing my mission I raced home. I pre-heated the oven…and vacuumed the remaining floors, then I turned to lighting the candles for atmosphere. The doorbell rang…and all that I had left was the dusting of one table. I was thrilled and ahead of schedule. The food was laid out and my special little plates were laid out for my guests.

Later:
I am able to rest…there is nothing left for me to do…dishes are all clean, floors are clean…I am tired!
WAIT! I need to fix dinner!

Have a great evening!

Peach State