Asparagus Quiche…

RESERVE YOURSELF

This light asparagus quiche makes an elegant late lunch or dinner dish and is the perfect way to spotlight the humble spear.

Ingredients:

For the pastry:
1½ cups all-purpose flour
pinch of sea salt
3 tbsp cold lard or vegetable shortening, diced
3 tbsp cold butter, diced
2 tbsp cold water

For the filling:
8oz (175g) asparagus
a little olive oil
4oz (115g) cream cheese, cut into pieces, at room temperature
2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup shredded, aged Cheddar cheese
2 eggs
1/2 cup half-and-half

Directions:

1. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Add lard and butter and rub in with the fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Mix in cold water to form a firm dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface. Roll out and use to line an 8in (20cm) tart pan with removable bottom, set on a baking sheet…

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Back on the Cash Wagon

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I created these envelopes to get myself back on track and following my cash only budget plan. The first photo shows a bank envelope and two that I made. I like the envelopes that I get at my bank but they are boring. I took apart a bank envelope and traced it onto thick scrapbook paper. I cut it out and folded it. The only glue needed for these envelopes is the tab across the bottom. You can see the flaps a little easier in the close up shot of my Christmas gift envelope. There is a slot for cash and also an extra flap that you can tuck your receipts into.  I do not record all of my spending but I like to keep track of my receipts so I can see what I am spending my money on and see where I can cut back when I need to save more.

This is the budget that I try to stick too every two weeks. I get paid on the 1st and the 15th of the month. Each time I get paid I withdraw $400 and divide it up as follows:

week #1 gas and groceries $100

week #1 flexible spending $100

week #2 gas and groceries $100

week #2 flexible spending $100

Christmas: anything extra

I don’t like to carry around a lot of cash so I only carry the current week’s envelopes with me.

Ideally when I’m out of cash, Im done. If I am careful this usually works. The past three times I got paid I did not pull out the cash and I thought I could follow my budget using my debit card, how wrong I was! I ended up getting charged three different times from my bank for overdrawing my account. I had to pay a total of $90. The sad thing is that I had the money, just in a different account. So I am back to the cash system. It has worked for me since July (5 months). I am obviously not ready for a debit card.

I will make a few more of my own envelopes and just change them out when they wear out or I get tired of them.

Please share any of your budgeting tips. We can all use new ideas. ❤

 

I Love the Rain

rainsmileI really do enjoy the rain. When I was little I was very afraid of the rain. I was a nervous kid and many things frightened me, weather included. I was terrified of the earth shattering booms of a thunderstorm. My dogs are terrified of the rain, thunderstorms, lightning; they hate it all. Their fear reminds me of begin a child scared of the unknown. We comfort the pups the best we can and they have their spots where they find some solace during a storm. It never seems to be enough, until it passes us by.

Now as an adult I find the sounds of rain very comforting. Sometimes I like to open my window, just a bit, to hear the raindrops falling. I enjoy restful sleep when it is raining outside.I am comforted by the rain and the cocoon like state it offers. I feel like life is slowing down and being cleansed of everything. The rain is giving us the opportunity to start anew, try again, and continue forward.

If is not raining where you live and you are looking for this relaxing sound you can listen to 10 hours of Gentle Rain  on you tube. Who knew.

 

Haiku: Focus and Stray

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Focus on the task

My mind wanders to the beach

Just one more stray shell

 

I am always dreaming of the beach when I should be doing my work. My hubs collected all of the sea glass in this photo in Cape May, NJ. This is a small fraction of the sea glass we have. I do not have the eye nor the patience for finding such gems.

 

Click on the Weekly Haiku Challenge photo to join in the creative fun at ronovanwrites.wordpress.com
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Simplify on Saturday

One of my goals for NaBloPoMo is to share with you how I am de-cluttering my life and my house. This is a large task and I am always chipping away at the clutter little by little. I feel like clutter is taking over my life, especially in my house. A few months ago I enlisted Guru Grandma aka MacGyver, aka my mom to help me tackle the master bedroom. She is amazing at clearing out the junk and making a room look open and fresh. We did the master bedroom in one long day. It was too embarrassing to even take before photos but for this challenge I promise I will do it, no matter how bad it is.

If anyone is interested in joining me please post a link to your photos in the comments or just share your experiences. I must admit it always helps to see friends too have piles of clutter.

One Lovely Blog Award

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A big THANK YOU to Marije at sonyador83.wordpress.com for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award.  I accept the award and I am happy to participate. This is an award where everyone is a winner. If you decide to participate it is a great way to get to know new bloggers.

The One Lovely Blog Award nominations are chosen by fellow bloggers for those newer and up-and-coming bloggers. The goal is to help give recognition and also to help the new blogger to reach more viewers. It also recognizes blogs that are considered to be “lovely” by the fellow bloggers who choose them. This award recognizes bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a beautiful manner to connect with viewers and followers. In order to “accept” the award the nominated blogger must follow several guidelines:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
  • Add the One Lovely Blog logo to your post.
  • Share 7 facts/or things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers you admire and inform the nominees by commenting on their blog:

Seven Things About Angie:

1. I am kinda scared of the dark in new places. Ok most places.
2. I sing funny, made up songs to my dogs when I am doing chores at home.
3. I love to eat elbow macaroni with ketchup.
4. I think I still know all of the words to “It’s the End of the World” by REM
5. I haven’t used traditional shampoo in 6 weeks.
6. When I come to a stop light at night I roll up the windows so I don’t get car jacked.
7. I love making new friends while blogging 🙂

I nominate the following fifteen blogs for the One Lovely Blog Award

1. lovehappynotes
2. Idahobluebird50
3. rachelmankowits The Cricket Pages
4. perelincolors
5. saturdaynightstitch
6. Fancy Frugal Lady
7. bettylouise31
8. teal dragon quilts
9. Striving for Simplicity
10. only nomes
11. Little Bits of Granola
12. berryduchess
13. Lunate and the Mermaid
14. Living Intentionally Simple
15. Running Away to Booktopia