Getting through the day, one cup at a time.

In the mind…

…of Phil.

Ally: I found a sticker!

Phil: Where?

Ally: On my dress! Mama, I found a sticker on my dress!

Phil: I found a dress!

Ally: Where?

Phil: On my sticker!

He cracks us all up. Stay tuned! There are only 3 more days in the Great Outdoors Photo Challenge! There has been a great amount of participation thus far. Thank you!!!

I just want to say that I’m really grateful for the connections that I’ve made with you all in this short period of time. Thank you for inspiring me to do better. You guys rock!


The Grocery Bill – Week Three

I think that to explain what happened this week that I need to clarify something first. Phil and I have separate bank accounts. I pay for certain things (ie groceries) and he pays for certain things (ie gas) which is why it is highly unusual, but greatly appreciated that he decided to pay for this week’s groceries. When he asked for the grocery list for this shop I told him that it was just milk since the budget was only $7.61. He looked at me with a raised eyebrow while I explained that it sucked, and that milk was going to cost me at least $18 and we’d have even less for Week 4, but that’s what happened because of our camping bill. So he decided to pay for it. The whole week’s worth of groceries. Epic awesome. If anyone is upset by this and thinks that it’s cheating, then we can just pretend that we split last week’s grocery bill because of the additional camping expenses, and therefore I still had a complete budget for this week.

Tahdah. Isn’t it lovely if we all compromise?

Week Three Groceries

  • 24 rolls of toilet paper
  • 2 BBQ sauces
  • 2 cans of tomato sauce
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 3 red peppers
  • 6 lbs of apples
  • 2 boxes of cereal
  • 6 pork chops
  • 2 bags of 1% milk
  • 2 bags of 2% milk

TOTAL: $47.39

You may have noticed that we bought 2% instead of homogenized milk this week. Kira is almost 2 years old (which is when I switched Ally from homogenized to 2%) and homo milk is an extra $1 per bag. That’s an extra $2 per week, or $8 per month. Ka-savings!

Thanks to his generosity, I now have a budget of $50 for Week 4. This. Is. Epic. We’re almost out of laundry detergent and bar soap, so those will have to be added to the list for next week, along with a bag of yellow onions and a bag of potatoes; this $50 budget may save us.

Possible meals for Week Three (June 21-June 28) are:

  • Goulash (already eaten)
  • BBQ’d pork chops with baked potatoes and roast cauliflower and pepper (already eaten)
  • Ham, string beans, leftover cauliflower and pepper (already eaten)
  • Cabbage rolls (because Lord knows I still haven’t made them)
  • Pasta Fagioli

Last week I made Ham, Noodles and Eggs for dinner one week. This is a meal that *I* grew up on back when we were po’ (that’s ‘poor’ for all you middle classers, hahaha) and I remember my mother refusing to make it if we ever had company. It was a po’ meal of shame, but it was my favourite. So now, I am breaking all of the rules and not only am I admitting that I eat this, and make it for my family, but I am also going to share the recipe on the internet.


Ham, Noodles and Eggs

Put a large pot of water on to boil for pasta. Cut a ham into small bite sized pieces. Leftovers are awesome for this. Place them in a large frying pan (leave extra space) with a tsp of vegetable oil and fry.While the ham is frying, crack 6 eggs into a bowl or measuring cup. Add 1/2 cup of milk approximately.

Once the water boils, add 3/4 of a bag of pasta and cook. When there is only 3 minutes of cook time left, whisk the eggs and add them to the ham. Stir the ham and eggs until the eggs are almost cooked, then remove from heat.

Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and return it to the pot. Add the ham and eggs mixture and stir over medium high until eggs are cooked. Voila. Bowl and serve, I eat mine with ketchup on it.


  • 1/2 of a small ham – $1.77
  • 6 eggs – $1.49
  • 1/2 cup of milk – $0.14
  • 3/4 of a bag of pasta – $0.75


And you can kind of tell from the picture how much it made right? At least two full dinners.

PS There are not enough participants for the Great Outdoors Photo Challenge. The deadline for submissions is in five days. (There are now some participants, hooray! Please feel free to participate if you haven’t yet. It’s just a quick photo of a hot beverage container and an outdoor activity. Tim Horton’s litter on your walking path? That counts.)


Toasted Family

Because I hate thinking of titles. See what happens?

I didn’t post yesterday. Did you notice? I did. I was itching. I was also at the fair most of the day, and that was awesome. Then, when we got home, I laid on the couch exhausted for a while, made some dinner, put the kids down and collapsed on the couch for some marathon TV watching. Wooo!

Hey, do you want to hear how awesome Phil is? Because I’m going to tell you, and for serious, if you don’t want to know you should probably close this window.

Phil is so awesome that he worked a twelve hour shift – over night – and came home at 7:30 this morning and then washed dishes and cleaned the kitchen for an hour before he went to sleep. When I came downstairs to make breakfast, there is my hunky hubby with nearly every dish washed and put away. I now have access to a counter that I haven’t been able to use in a while.

While I was marvelling at his hard work, dedication, and overall awesomeness he surprises me by reaching into the microwave and producing the coffee that he picked up for me on his way home from work. Because he ‘didn’t think he’d have enough time to make me some before the noise woke me up’.

Are you jealous? Right now, it’s okay to be jealous. I would be.

So, Phil…I love you. Thanks for making my morning amazing. Using the motivation and free time that he gave me I was able to clean the rest of the main floor. I’ve been putting this daunting task off for a while. Sigh sometimes he just amazes me. Flat out amazes me.