Archives for January 2012

Thrifty Thursday: eating out at home

Recently my daughter stayed overnight at my in-laws house (for the first time!)  When we arrived to pick her up, she told me that she had eaten pancakes and bacon for breakfast.  The kitchen showed no signs of breakfast though.  My mother-in-law told me her secret….she went to a local breakfast buffet and purchased breakfast for the entire household.  She got the typical breakfast foods (pancakes, sausage, bacon, etc.) for the 8 people who would be eating and get this—–she paid $10 for it all!!  I was stunned.  Since the buffet-to-go was priced by the pound, she paid for the cooked weight.  Around here a pound of bacon can cost about $6 and then you have to cook it, clean up, and have that bacon smell in your house for days… when the pound cooks down it barely feeds 4.  Know what I mean?  I was super impressed and plan to do this in the future.   Making pancakes at home is definitely affordable but for the pricier things like meat, this would be an idea to consider.   Sometime we don’t have the energy to get the troops in line for a dinner out, but we could bring the dinner in.

What do you think?  Is eating out at home something you would try? 

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On My Bookshelf: Secretly Smitten

Secretly Smitten is on my bookshelf this week. Such a great read!!!! I received this book to review, but that doesn’t change my opinion of it.  It was an adorable, fun story.  Secretly Smitten was written by four real-life best friends, which made it even more appealing to me. I loved the idea of having four intertwined short stories in one book. Although romance isn’t normally my favorite type of book to read, this one was truly adorable. The short story format really eliminated the extraneous fluff that I normally despise in romance novels. The characters are so tight-knit that the flow from one story to the next was very fluid.  I loved the way that each story highlighted a different character, yet the entire book was blend of each story.  Smitten is the kind of small town that I’d love to visit.  [Read more…]