Sorry it’s been a while.
Our break is over. Reality is back. Yadda yadda.
It’s good in a way, though. We needed to get out of the house more, but this is a bit much. Anyways, let me stop with the cryptics and fill you in.
So Wes’ school started back. He’s in six classes and playing Ultimate, so he’s just a wee bit busy. Basically has an hour between activities to do homework or kiss me on the forehead. No seriously, I think today he was home for a few hours total. But I was super busy so it was okay and usually I would have had a ton of errands, but I had online work today. Still been doing surveys, and yes, they are still slow going. If it wasn’t for the yay! I’m almost at the cashout amount, I may give up entirely since it’s taking forever, but instead I push ahead. Not like it’s hard work, just SO time consuming and I’m basically making a few quarters an hour. But I guess that’s better than the nothing I would be making if I was JUST watching tv. Anywhoozles… I’m looking for a job in a small market, and that sucks. I got a call back and we’ve been playing phone tag for days now but it’s a seasonal thing so I’m not sure it’s worth the headache anymore, I need the money but at this point, she may not even want to hire me. Oi. Tonight I have a conference video call with a magazine about some makeup work. Yay! It should be fun. I worked on a Christian music video the other day, it was a wonderful song, wonderful people, fun makeup (that should be pretty moving – will post the video when it’s ready) and paid some bills. Holler.
Now, to the dips.
We had a game day last week. And I mean day. Woke up at 10:30 and started with Lord of the Rings Monopoly, intense stuff. Wes taught me Chess, we played six games of yatzee, and Risk (new to me, and super fun – we played the LOTR version of that too). Also the banana word game – it’s like… you make your own scrabble boards, google it, it’s great, and ended with Champions of Norath video game.
So due to an epic day, we didn’t want to stop and make a huge meal and a huge mess we would have to deal with. So Mexian dip was all too fast, easy and filling.
And cheap. Please remember I’m all about the cheap food.
We took a pound of ground beef, half a packet of taco seasonings, scallions and garlic salt and browned it right up. I forgot to drain it (thus the mass quanitites of grease you see in the pictures – but we were starved and didn’t think about it). Then we added a whole packet of Mexican cheese and part of a mozzarella cheese, salt and pepper too, of course, and voila! Take it off the stove, cover it in sour cream, tomatoes and lettuce on top if desired, we didn’t have any, and serve with scoops. Delishhhhh. And oh-so-easy.
Ground beef: $5 – seriously, I was like whhhat? Not even buying on a discount, now imagine if I had a coupon.
Did I mention I might start doing this couponing thing? Not extreme, ain’t nobody got time for that. But a little maybe.
Scallions: $1, I used less than a third of my big globby.
Taco seasonings packet: $0.50
Sour cream: $3 – I used half of the 16 oz. so the small would have done fine but the bigs were BOGO.
Mexican cheese: $4
Moz cheese: $2
Total: $18.50. It made dinner that night and a very overfilling lunch for me the next day and I think he snacked on my lunch while he had his too. Was it the cheapest we’ve had? No, not in the least but it was worth it and I mean, do the math. $6ish a meal, not bad. Not bad at all.
Now, I wanted something different for lunch/snack a few days ago. I had never made hummus before but I had this super cheap, simple recipe from a Greek restaurant I ate at in FL that I’d been dying to try, so I thought, why not?
Ready? Chick peas, olive oil, garlic salt, pepper. Um… yeah… that’s it. I added some juice from a minced garlic jar and a splash of a mixture of Greek seasonings just cause, but there you go. You mortar and pestle that nonsense and bam. Not smooth, chunky hummus is all yours. Pita, nice and toasty with your cooled down dip. Mmm, it was really good.
I know, it doesn’t look appetizing, but trust me.
Chick peas: $1.50
Seasonings: $0.25 worth
We both had lunch. And leftovers. I mean surrriousssly.
Oh and we went out to eat at this place that had the best build your own sushi. Died. I died.
And now, after a day of writers block. I think… I think I can do it again.
Wish me luck. I have a few hours before my meeting and I need to make them count, after all… tomorrow is back to the grind. Job hunting… oh my! Unless someone wants to send me money so I don’t have to work…
Grass is green.