The Caffeine Addict

Good to the last drop.

Grocery challenge January 3, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 5:24 pm

Hello all! Thought I would try my hand at blogging again.

We are trying to cut costs in the grocery area. I am trying to be realistic about my budget – we do eat organic whenever possible. I am feeding 5 total.

My goal this month is to spend $600. I have already spent $375 mainly because I menu plan for the month and know what we will be having. The only thing left is to buy cheese, fruits, veggies and milk.

Here is what we are having this week (fruits and veggies are sides):
Sunday: Egg burritos
Monday: Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Tuesday: Homemade bean burritos
Wednesday: Corn Chowder (lots of veggies – kids have NO idea)
Thursday: Meatballs and Mac and Cheese/Salad
Friday: Cereal/yogurt with granola – kid choice
Saturday: Taquitos
Sunday: Fried Rice (using up all veggies that did not get eaten)

I am trying to use what I don’t spend on groceries towards our travel budget!


Dead fish December 15, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 7:57 am

Our first dead fish. Now what? Can you still flush it? Bury it? My quest for an answer led me to my best friend Google.

Here is what I found courtesy of yahoo answers:
flush it
bury it
burn it
put it in the trash
eat it
preserve it and put it on the wall
finely grind it and add it to pasta
let it break down
the possibilities are endless…

We decided to throw it away since it was trash day…Now to change that Christmas letter…


Does anyone blog anymore? October 17, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 9:26 pm

Or have we all become Facebook addicts? 🙂


Masula September 4, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 7:15 pm

Our youngest has an imaginary friend named Masula Depending on the day, she migrates living down the street from us or in California. She has a special phone that calls her and most days it is her birthday. This is all very interesting for me because none of the other kids have had imaginary friends.

My first thought was to get her more friends that are real. She is around other kids most all the time but Masula is talked about even when she is around friends and brothers and sisters. She is starting preschool tomorrow so we shall see if Masula is still around as the year progresses.


Finally, home made donuts! August 17, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 1:44 pm

Kids enjoying home made donuts
I have been all talk and no action for the last year on making donuts! Finally an overcast day with nothing to do! The girls and I made the dough this morning and let it chill for 2 hours. We had a neighbo over wo of course wanted to help! I used a basic recipe from a Betty Crocker cookbook. They turned out pretty good but next time I will add a bit more nutmeg and some vanilla extract.

Home made donuts
We used some leftover frosting – next time I will make a glaze.

Home made donut holes
I love donut holes. Next time I will make them a bit bigger!


Salsa or pumpkin pie anyone?

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Bush early girl tomatoes
These are my tomatoes this year – I am getting a lot!

Sunsugar Tomatoes
These ones are sweet and small.

Pumpkin patch
This is the harvest of what the cub scouts planted.
Baby pumpkin
These are what they start out looking like. I have about 12 of the small ones and two of the above big ones! Last year, we carved the pumpkins and I roasted the pumpkin seeds! Yummy!

Big pumpkin


A little concerning April 9, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 1:06 pm

Hello all. Awhile ago, I received what I thought at first to be a funny email from a friend. It was about a major talk show lady being the anti-christ. (I do not want the name up so that it will not come up in a search). Then I saw a YouTube video about a new church starting by this person. I am a previous viewer like a lot of you but please google the real names and do the research.

Okay, enough of the doom and gloom. Darling hubby of mine took me on a fantastic date the other night to the Melting Pot. Awhile ago I posted a question asking if it was worth the money. We did the 3 course meal plus a free coupon for the fourth dessert course – It was so good. He was totally into cooking the meat – me not so much – I loved the veggies! Good thing those were never ending! Go register online for the ClubFondue and you get coupons – the last one saved us $14! Thanks honey for an awesome date!

We are doing well here – I am looking forward to school being out soon! I tested in early March for my orange belt and testing in May for my blue belt. You should see my round house kicks – watch out Danielson!

I slowed down on the cooking thing because I started working at our local 5 star 5 diamond hotel. I worked in an old English pub that was rebuilt here in the states! It was fun but not worth the money and the toll it took on the family by me being gone. At least I know I am still hireable! Hope to post more regularly but I need to go walk to pick up the kids!