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January 19th, 2014 at 06:43 am

Between sales and coupons (rare for what we buy,) my grocery amount was a little higher than usual. But we will eat many a meal!

Still on a soup kick...last night's was a black bean and rice soup - so delicious! I'd say it's my favorite, but I'm a bit fickle and say it for all my soups Smile I may be pushing it for the family, but I'd love to make a broccoli cheese one for tonight (adding cauliflower too because it was a great price at the store!) I love soup - it's warm (needed this winter esp!) It's forgiving and frugal - using up dribs and dabs in the frig. And it's adjustable - I can feed any and all sitting around the table at dinnertime and/or are blessed with leftovers for another meal or the week's lunches. Can't say enough good things about soup!

Our mail box got whacked by the county plow - the neighbor's box was on the ground, ours is hanging by a single screw. The route foreman has determined it was their blade and not the snow that did the damage (makes a difference on whether they're responsible!) I'm hoping the driver doesn't get into too much trouble, but we had just replaced it about a year and half ago. Finally - I might add!! Usually my husband is wonderful about all things needing repairs around here, but for some reason our old rusty mailbox was not on his radar. It got to the point that when you'd open the door, the whole box would tip over with it as it hung by one rusty screw. Eventually that thing would be either in the hands of the mail carrier or on the ground....so one day after a whole summer of teetering, I helped it a teeny bit on a Saturday Smile (Maybe the plow incident is payback for doing that??!)

Today's activities include a visit to the library and hopefully, some snowshoeing - it's predicted to be a heat wave today...followed by more of that crazy cold vortex thing coming our way again. Quite the gamut this winter!! Take care!

7 Responses to “Spent More to Save....”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I've been enjoy several soups this winter, too. You black bean and rice sounds very good.

  2. Buendia Says:

    I spent more to save this week, too! There must be a lot of sales and coupons out there in mid-January. I think we did the right thing! I would love your recipe for black bean and rice soup - sound like exactly what we like!

  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    "when you'd open the door, the whole box would tip over with it as it hung by one rusty screw." ---Made me chuckle. Ours is a city style box, mounted right on the house. About once every two years someone knocks it off one of its screws, and it dangles like a dead fish.

  4. Looking Forward Says:

    Soup is wonderful! Big Grin

  5. PatientSaver Says:

    I've had my mailbox damaged at least twice by snow plows over the years, and the town is very good about sending someone out promptly to repair or replace. All it takes is a phone call.

  6. littlegopher Says:

    Buendia, here is the recipe - I make this vegetarian, so either vegie stock or plain water. I also tend to add uncooked rice (brown rice for us, and a little less than the recipe calls for or it gets too rice-y for our taste) near the end, increasing the water and cooking rice as you normally would. I use an immersion blender before adding the last bit of beans - it thickens up nicely. I often have cans of black beans on hand for easy meals, but this works very well with dried. If you try it, hope you like it!

    allrecipes.com/recipe/quick-black-bean-soup/

    PatientSaver, we've been lucky in the 26 years living here in never having a plow do damage to the box. We live on a county road, and those plows are big and go by often (more than the city plows elsewhere in my town.) It has been a very busy plow year so far Smile

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Soup is great! Smile

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