This Dusty House

Meal Planning Monday

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

Last week was, more or less, a meal planning success. We overspent the week before, so I pulled meals together based on things we already had. We also had a plethora of produce that came from my grandmother's garden; beets, green beans, onions, rhubarb. We managed to stay very close our $100 budget, mostly because I didn't...

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Saturday Survival

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

Saturday.

We were up at 6 am, but really at 2 am, with a teething but playful baby who really really didn't want to sleep. Coffee didn't help - brewed, creatively, through a paper towel, since both coffee presses were in the dishwasher, and drunk black because both the cream and the milk went sour in the fridge two days ago....

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Garden 2015: Weeds Galore but also Vegetables

Authors: Jeanette deBoer


At the beginning of the season, I was very hesitant about our garden this year. If Mark had agreed, I probably would have thrown the towel in on the whole thing and purchased a bunch of rolls of sod instead of seeds for the space. This is the fifth year we've planted, and, over the past three harvests, I've learned a few...

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Meal Planning Struggles: Searching For Success

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

Meal planning does not come easily to me. Does it come easily to anyone? I need to know your secrets. There's something about the task of deciding what we're going to eat for the week that sends all recipes and favourite foods scurrying out of my head.
These days, I'm using two things to help this predicament.
One


Pepperplate...

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Refrigerator Confessions

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

My refrigerator is embarrassing.

Today, I cleaned it out. I threw out:
  • One large ziploc bag filled with half a package of macaroni noodles and one head of chopped broccoli, left over from a camping trip we took two and a half weeks ago.
  • One serving of pork chop pieces, left over from approximately four weeks ago.
  • Half a box of
  • ...

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Progress Report: Plans and Reality

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

We are one week into our money-saving project. Last week, I read through all of your comments. I was a little blown away by the interest in our project, and all your tips and encouragement will come in handy over the next number of weeks. It seemed pretty unanimous that $100/week is not only doable, but, in fact, pretty...

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Grandma, 1937-2015

Authors: Jeanette deBoer


I don't have a first memory of my grandmother. She was just always there, her presence so closely tied to the farm on which they lived. She was always there, bringing home turtles from the pond in a feed bucket, and showing us where the cat had made a nest for the kittens in the straw mow. She was always there, scooping ice...

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Money Talk: Curbing Spending

Authors: Jeanette deBoer


Back at the beginning of June, I let my employer know that I’m not returning now that my one year maternity leave is over. They already knew, and in fact, knew from before my maternity leave began, but at the beginning of June, I confirmed it. It was a bittersweet moment, knowing I am on to new and exciting things, but also...

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Books for Babies: Isabel's Favourite

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

As most of you know, I'm currently in student in library school, balancing baby and student life for about 7 months of the year. During my winter semester, one of my courses focused on library services to youth and children. Much of what I learned in that class felt so applicable to my life at home with Isabel. I learned...

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A Little Harvest

Authors: Jeanette deBoer


Our garden has been greatly neglected and yet, it thrives. In the midst of a hard week, the husband and I, with Isabel, took refuge in the labour of pulling weeds, harvesting what was readying to be plucked from the earth, and watering each bed carefully. It was a healing chore. Over the past number of weeks, we have been...

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