A Good Wife & A Mischievous Daughter

Last night from about 5:45pm until 11:30pm I was in the kitchen cleaning & cooking like a good wife. 🙂

After spending much more time than I intended removing the skin, fat & bones from 1 chicken leg quarter I fully realize why boneless, skinless, chicken breasts are more expensive. While my hands were covered in chicken goo I asked Terry for a quick hand getting a frying pan down & the garbage closer to me. Then I remembered Terry saying Abigail was playing in her room and my thoughts immediately went to her garbage. It has a lid but Abigail has been really curious about it and likes to pull on the edges of the bag.

Terry hurried around the corner to see Abigail standing up next to her garbage pulling dirty diapers out and tossing them on the floor. As soon as she saw him she tried to close the lid but she had already been caught! I really chuckled from the kitchen while terry deposited the diapers back into the garbage, washed both of their hands and firmly closed the door to her room. I wish we had had the camera ready because I would have loved to see the expression on her face! Abigail is really good at emptying containers, her other favorite is the laundry basket!

Now back to the chicken. I didn’t do a very good job cleaning the bones so I decided to make some chicken stock out of my leftovers. Basically you put some water in a pan toss your chicken bones in with whatever else you’d like (veggies, spices) and simmer for 4 hours. I started with 2 quarts of water,  1 chicken leg quarter with most of the meat off and realized I didn’t have any fresh veggies in the house. So I tossed in some dried onions, 1 clove of garlic, some basil, thyme & celery salt. I ended up with about 1 quart of liquid when it was finished at 11pm last night. I let it cool for about 1/2 hour and then poured it into square plastic freezer containers.

While the chicken was becoming stock I watched most of House, most of 24 and baked 9 dozen monster cookies. Terry brought 2 dozen to work today for a friend’s birthday and I hear they went pretty fast!

Abigail also turned 11 months yesterday. We’ve taken her to a couple of parks recently and she loves the swing! She just laughs and laughs and laughs! She moves really fast and we have to keep a much closer eye on her now. 🙂

Here are two pictures so you can see how much she’s changed. In the first one she’s 3 weeks and the second one she’s 10 months 3 weeks.

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Yes, that is the same sweater!

Frugal Friday

Since the Fall of 2007 I’ve changed clothing  sizes a few times. I guess having a baby can do that to you. 🙂 We recently got a nice size tax refund and a small portion of that was set aside for the procurement of nice work clothes that fit & were appropriate for summer. Most of the items I found will be year round additions to my wardrobe.

The first shopping day I went to Upscale Consignment, Goodwill & Kohl’s

Upscale Consignment:

Dress: $16.00

Gray short-sleeved cardigan: $7.00

Black lacy bolero: $5.00

Red & Black top: $8.00

Total: $36.00

Goodwill:

Ann Taylor dress pants: $5.99

Kate Spade purse: $4.99

Total:  $10.98

Kohl’s:

Clearance black dress pants: $9.60

Clearance gray skirt: $17.60

On Sale mint/brown top: $16.99

On Sale magenta floral top: $16.99

Total:  $61.18

Total for day 1:  $108.16

Day 2 shopping trip I went to Walmart & a different Goodwill.

Walmart (all on clearance):

Black Suit Jacket: $9.00

Gray Pants: $9.00

Gray Skirt: $9.00

Black Top: $9.00

Total:  $36.00

Goodwill:

White/Black Top: $6.99

Blue/White Top: $4.99

Gray & black Jacket: $8.99

Total:  $20.97

Total for day 2:  $56.97


Average Price Paid —— Total Items Purchased

10.49 —— 6  tops

9.00 —–  2  jackets

6.50 —— 2  “over” items

8.20 —— 3  pairs of dress pants

13.30 —— 2  skirts

16.00 —— 1  dress

4.99 —— 1  purse

I think I did pretty well and I didn’t even use the whole allotment! I found some great deals by looking places I hadn’t considered in the past. Next time I go out I’m going to think about the prices I pay even more.  If I hadn’t shopped at Kohl’s my averages would have all been below $9/item.

Kohl’s was the most expensive even by only shopping sales/clearance.

Goodwill was the cheapest but I had to look much harder to find some really good stuff. But the stuff I found (especially the 1st day) was REALLY good!

Upscale Consignment had  great deals and everything looked really good. I will probably stop back there in a couple of weeks to see if they have anything new!

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The items I picked up on day 2.

March FOs

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I finished this pair of socks (Rav link)on March 3rd for my brother Jon’s birthday.  This is his second pair from me and I can see how I’ve improved since his first pair 2 years ago. I used under one skein of Dream in Color Classy in Cocoa Kiss bought at 3 Kittens.

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This is the Offset Wraplan (Rav link)I knit for my friend Eunice’s yet to be born baby girl. I would have to say that I think this turned out even cuter than I imagined. The more I look at the pictures the more sure I am that this is my favorite project finished object. I think part of the reason is that I reknit the buttons bands until they were done right and it made all the difference! I had to reknit the first one 3 times before I got it right (because I didn’t feel the need to read the directions). I finished this on March 14 using Wisdom Yarns Poems in colors 553 (2 skeins for main body-with 1 yard leftover!)  & 564 (about 1/2 a skein for the ribbing & button bands). I got this yarn at the Purple Iris & knit the 6-9 month size though I’d say it’s probably bigger than that.

I’ve actually started a second version in a larger size using Twilleys of Stamford Freedom Spirit in color 515. I picked this yarn up on DizzySheep.com.

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The final completed project this month was this sweet little bonnet (Rav link). I used The Unique Sheep Pima Petite in Silver bought from Eat.Sleep.Knit.