Na Na pinches her pennies

Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.

November foodbank day

I hope everyone had a good holiday meal and time with friends and family.  I cooked the turkey at my house while my daughter made everything else at her house.  We ate at her house.

I ate and ate.  Should not have eaten so much but it tasted so good!  I took leftovers home to be my meal on Friday but at about 3 am I woke up and ate those leftovers.  Then went back to bed.  Friday morning at 9:13 am I tested my sugar and got a terrible scare!

I’ve never, ever seen my reading that high.  Its always less than 200 even after a meal.  I panicked big time before I realized I had eaten all those carbs but in a rush I totally forgot to take my meds that day.  That ain’t gonna happen again.  Its way too scary to see a reading that high.  Today at 9:40 am the reading is back to 133.  Whew!  Thats more like a normal reading for me.

I did a video of the food I got from the foodbank this month.  I missed the first November foodbank day but managed to make it to the second one. If it were not for these food give aways I don’t know how I’d manage.  Getting food every two weeks would be much better so I seriously need to do a better job at getting to the first one each month.

I gave my onions, carrots, and cabbage to my sister and she gave me her milk, oranges, and a bag of potatoes to be canned.  I plan to start canning those tomorrow.  Well I needed to fix supper for Ladybug so I made a meatloaf with mashed potatoes and peas.  I thought I had found a rock in the meat and then had a good chuckle when I realized what it actually was.

Ladybug rarely ever asks for seconds but this time she did.  She told me it was the best meatloaf she ever had.  Really?  Has it been so long since I made an actual meatloaf that she doesn’t remember eating it? Well yes it has been a very long time since I was able to buy ground beef and I hadn’t gotten any from the foodbank either.  I’m hoping to get another one but that rarely happens.

22 comments on “November foodbank day

  1. Christina @ Bargainblog
    December 4, 2019

    Anita, I just love meatloaf! You reminded me by mentioning it that I haven’t made it in a REALLY long time! Our beef prices here in Alberta are more reasonable, so I’ll wait for a sale before getting some and making a lovely meatloaf. 🙂

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    • Anita
      December 6, 2019

      Hi Christina, I think maybe a lot of people haven’t had meatloaf in quite awhile. It seems to have fallen by the way side as newer fast food options came along. At least in my area that’s one reason other than price. Enjoy your meatloaf.

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  2. susan rizzi
    December 2, 2019

    I must have missed something in the video! What was it that you thought was a rock in the meat?

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    • Anita
      December 2, 2019

      It was a clumped piece of the onion soup mix that had the color and look of a rock. I need new glasses. 🙂

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  3. Tracy
    December 2, 2019

    Glad you quickly realised and got the blood sugar back under control. I find salt, alcohol and processed food mess with mine too.

    I got a slow cooker like you suggested btw, haven’t used it yet.

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    • Anita
      December 2, 2019

      Ooo Tracy I think you’ll love the things you can cook in it. A nice pot of vegetable soup would be nice to start. I hadn’t thought about it but there was probably a lot of salt in the food my daughter cooked. I don’t cook with salt but she does. If I want salt I put it on the food after its cooked.

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  4. catherine young
    December 1, 2019

    Nice Foodbank haul. I don’t get ground beef or beef often at all. Pork and chicken are staples for me. Just got 3 loins from Costco on sale. Funny, hamburger meat was the budget food back when I was a kid but now it’s too pricey to buy. But you got me hungry for some good meatloaf. Yours looks delicious. Lucky Ladybug!

    I have 40 lbs of potatoes to use too. Made a huge vat of mashed, OBrian, scalloped and diced and froze. As well as stew vegetable packs.

    Sorry about the Thanksgiving Day mishap. I’m glad you enjoyed the food and sorry that the sugar count couldn’t give you a break. I cooked 3 20lb birds, and my kids’ friend brought a deep fried one too. One eaten, one given away in goody packs and one for frozen future packs. The fried one was used for leftovers. Not bad , but my roasted birds were much better. I
    Made a low fat gravy and stuffing. Asparagus giveaway was the vegetable—but it was way too wood like. Probably why I got a big bag giveaway. I did a quick canned green bean and mushroom soup casserole which wasn’t as healthy, but that and the cranberry finished off the meal. Turkey and gravy the next day with mashed potatoes, and frozen green beans sautéed,, Just a bit of turkey with egg noodles for a fettuccini With fresh mushrooms the day after. One of my guys bought the mushrooms. I spent a little under $100 in November for food, a lot of it for this past week with all my kids and friends here. But they also contributed, mainly the desserts and drinks.

    Enjoy the steaks! It’s gonna be pork and turkey for me through January.

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    • Anita
      December 6, 2019

      Sorry Catherine, I had an episode of CFS for 3 days and not up to getting on the computer. It must have been after effects of the high sugar count.

      The price of all meat is outrageously high here. If I don’t get it from the foodbank I usually don’t buy any. It would have to be a very, very good bargain to tempt me to buy any. Of course, like you, I remember the days when ground beef was a part of any frugal housewife’s go to meat. Wow, cooking three turkeys at once. I admire your ingenuity and I agree the roasted birds would taste better. Low fat stuffing? or just low fat gravy? I love asparagus but it too is way above my budget range. We haven’t gotten any from the foodbank for quite a long time.

      My SIL wanted to eat at Burger King a couple weeks ago. For us one burger, one fry, one drink each the total was $17 and change. That’s a lot for fast food burgers. She doesn’t plan to go back there again. The steak is being saved for my birthday. New year’s day.

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      • Tracy
        December 7, 2019

        I’m going to check out the butcher counters in the supermarkets the next few weeks, I don’t need big packs of meat, just small amounts at a time.

        There is one struggling supermarket here regularly marks down meat, their stuff is high quality too, if I had a freezer I would buy some. I’d still freeze individual portions though.

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        • Anita
          December 7, 2019

          Hi Tracy, good idea. Support the struggling store while you also get a bargain. I like that. I only have my freezer because it was free and small. I was just lucky. I had been eyeing the small apartment size freezers that are about $100 when my SIL gave it to me.

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      • catherine young
        December 8, 2019

        No steak for me unless someone pays to take me out. My mouth is watering now for meatloaf and pot roast. But no beef in my freezer

        I cooked 2 turkeys two days before. I then was able to refrigerate the juices and broth and skim off the fat to get a consommé gel. I added just a little cornstarch for gravy, using reduction to get a lot of the thickening. The stuffing had some of that broth. Made a bone broth with the carcasses using my slow cookers for 3 days, and experimenting with a borrowed Instapot overnight. A little Apple cider in the mix helps disintegrate the bones but careful not too much

        Still no way to get around the carbs in the stuffing. It’s basically bread. I cut out rolls after served just a little potatoes to keep the carbs down. I have to watch fat as well as carbs which makes things very difficult.

        I’m making a roasted vegetable soup with the turkey broth and leftover turkey tonight.

        I had to throw out all that asparagus, just retaining the very tips. Big fail there and disappointment.

        Keep healthy this month.

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        • Anita
          December 8, 2019

          I understand completely as I have to be careful with the carbs and fat too. I’m not on a really strict diet but I do try keeping the carbs balanced with other veggies.

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  5. Silver
    December 1, 2019

    Bless her Ladybug enjoys your cooking ^_^ I was going to suggest, maybe posting the recipe in the YouTube description?

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    • Anita
      December 1, 2019

      You’re right. I added the recipe this morning. Thanks for the suggestion. Ladybug asked me to make it again and let her help. Of course I will.

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  6. Selena
    November 30, 2019

    Glad you had a nice T-day. And that your blood sugar was quickly under control after meds! My FIL’s was once over 700 and my spouse had to get him to the hospital ASAP.
    I can’t speak for anyone else but I love T-day leftovers. I don’t dread having them, I love them. But most recipes/suggestions as to how to use them up make them seem like they are sooo horrid one must be able to use them in some type of exotic/unique dish!

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    • Anita
      December 1, 2019

      I hope I never see a reading like that ever again. It was a perfect storm of way too many carbs and no medicine. Potatoes, dressing with gravy, cranberry sauce, mac & cheese, sweet potato pie, and more. Then seconds and overnight thirds.

      I love the leftovers too. Unfortunately there were no leftovers except for what I ate during the night. My daughter kept some for turkey hash the next day but everything was eaten. I’m hoping there might be a few turkeys still marked at .33 cents a pound although I seriously doubt it.

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  7. captnmike
    November 30, 2019

    Sounds like you had a great get together – Glad the day was great

    I went to some friends and their collective family members, Turkey that had some of the bones taken out somehow (was great), dressing, potatoes, gravy, string beans,cabbage rolls, and some other things. Also don’t forget 4 pies, cake and my Oatmeal Cookies. Nobody went home hungry and I got a half a shopping bag of leftovers!! And the company was great and the conversation went well into the evening.

    For anyone interested a link to my cookies is below.

    https://mumblingmike.wordpress.com/2011/12/12/oatmeal-cow-pie-cookies/

    When I named the cookies I named them after the Cow Pies I saw on the farm as a kid since the cookies when baked as single cookies look like a junior Cow Pie, but now I make them as bar cookies using a half sheet pan.

    My Oatmeal Cow Pie Cookies started life as the Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies recipe on the top of a package of Quaker Oats. I don’t really care for raisin’s in cookies so they were the first casualty of my changes. The first thing I did was add too much extra Cinnamon to the Oatmeal Cookies Recipe, several tests later which included also adding too much ground Cloves and ground Nutmeg. There really is a reason why there is a “Don’t Add Extra” note on the Oatmeal Cow Pie Cookie Recipe, I did too much a couple of times and I did not care for the taste, I also have a tendency to add “just a bit extra” on the spices so I need to remind myself that some of the spices are really potent and extra is not always the best move.

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    • Anita
      December 1, 2019

      Yea for t-day leftovers! I’m glad you had a good time. I remember the oatmeal cookies Grandma Mama used to make. Maybe she got the recipe from the box too. I printed your recipe to go into my recipe binder. I’m gonna make some for the grands. I’ll add raisins to some and not others to see how they like them. I like the raisins.

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      • captnmike
        December 1, 2019

        Hope everyone likes the cookies, have went to several events where I was specifically ask to bring the cookies and/or my Deviled Eggs

        Take Care and have a happy the rest of the holidays

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        • Anita
          December 1, 2019

          🙂 Thanks

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  8. Jane
    November 30, 2019

    could not see either of the videos!

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    • Anita
      December 1, 2019

      I’m sorry Jane. Can you go to youtube and search for Anita Estes channel and watch it that way?

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