The Frumpy Hausfrau’s Freebies of the Week

Yesterday’s savings at the grocery store were only 39%, but I did get some completely FREE items. After sales and coupons, these Pro-Force Yogurts and Helluvagood Dips cost me nothing except sales tax! (Yes, good ol’ Kansas charges sales tax on food, unlike many states. But I’m not complaining. It’s just a fact!)

I had more coupons for the Pro-Force yogurt, but knew that my “spare” fridge is about as full as it can be right now, so decided only to get two. If I hadn’t been pressed for time, however, I’d have considered the fact that I could have donated a bunch of it to our local food bank. Ah, well, next time!

More subliminal messages have appeared among the Scrabble letters on the spare fridge. I think Hungry Bird is giving me a hint as to what he’d like for breakfast tomorrow…

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Just an Ordinary Day…With Birds and Fun Socks

The past several years, I’ve had a thing for birds. I’ve had chickens in the back yard for 16 years, and ducks almost that long. But recently, I’ve begun to enjoy wearing birds. And not like you’d think – feathers or stuffed birds on my head are not my cuppa anything. I like bird prints on fabric, bird silhouettes in jewelry, even bird tattoos! No, I don’t have a tattoo myself, but the rare occasions I’ve gotten henna tattoos, they’ve always been of birds.

On a recent perusal of Target, I ran across this adorable bird graphic tee. Instant LOVE! It’s got a bird, it’s my favorite color (teal) and it’s the perfect fit. LOVE!

See how the bird on the tee is made up of tiny flowers? More springy adorableness! Here’s how I’m wearing it today….somewhat covered up, because despite the sun shining for all it’s worth, it is still quite COLD….

 Old Navy Sweater – ON
Mossimo tee – Target
Daisy Fuentes jeans – thrifted
Necklace – Walmart
Can you see the bird in the tree? I think this necklace is the perfect accessory for my happy flowery birdie shirt. And yes, in the full outfit pic, my feet are shoe-less on purpose – so you can see the awesome socks! Why would I want to cover them up? OK, so I put my slippers back on after taking photos because my tootsies were chilly, but I had to show off the socks, too.
Stripe-y socks – Old Navy
Crazy and/or fun socks have always appealed to me, and I’ve found that Old Navy’s socks are quite good quality. They are a bit too long for my short feet, but that’s not a huge issue. Target has some great little fun socks, too, and since I have much closer access to Target than ON, most of my collection has come from there. You know what? I love fun socks so much, I think I’m going to get rid of most of my boring old solid color socks and only wear fun socks from now on!
Back to birds…sort of…. I finally made the decision to sign up for a Twitter account. Mostly because I think the little bird icon is cute. But also because my daughter signed up for it and I want to keep up with her. You can find me @FrumpyHausfrau. 
I think my very next tweet is gonna be about birds and fun socks!

Cookies for the Party That Wasn’t

On Friday, I baked a batch of my favorite Chocolate Truffle Cookies to be served on Saturday at an annual party that I host for my sisters, sisters-in-law, mother, daughter and nieces. We call it our “Little Women” Party, because many years ago, we sisters started a tradition of watching the 1996 movie version together at Christmas time. Over the years, the tradition shifted to have the get-together in January, after the hustle and bustle of the holidays was over. We had to move it to February one year due to weather and baby due dates, and most recently we switched the party date to Spring Break after one sister moved out of state. We used to always sit and watch the movie together, eating yummy snacks and passing a box of Kleenex. A few years ago, we decided to forego the movie in favor of more visiting time, since we don’t get to see one another as often as before. And so the Little Women Party has evolved over the years to include all the females in our immediate family, exclude the movie (although for this year’s party, I wanted to have it playing in the background if possible), have a theme of some sort, fancy foods, a gift of some kind for everyone and some kind of girly activity.

This year’s party theme was “A Day at the Spa, Sort of”. Sort of, because of the house remodel, we are limited in space and lack of proper decor and furnishings for a spa day. My menu consisted of yummy treats such as shrimp, crudites and dip, mini cinnamon rolls, plenty of chocolate, and various cookies. Sister Bev said she’d bring her foot spa along so we could do pedicures. I trimmed the wicks in a new tropical scented candle and arranged some silk flowers in a vase, the extent of my decorating.

And then a Big Snow Storm headed our way.

Sigh….

I made the tough decision to cancel the party. I love my sisters too much to have them risk their safety by driving in a blizzard. Our out-of-state sister was already in Kansas, so she quickly made arrangements to visit everyone she could, and then they headed back home a day early to keep ahead of the storm. (They made it home just in time, too!) The snow began in my area in the early afternoon on Saturday, with fierce winds blowing it into drifts. I was glad my girls weren’t out in it, but I sure did miss seeing all of them!

And now I have a bunch of cookies and other treats just going to waste. Or rather, to my waist. ‘Cuz we don’t waste cookies around here!

These are the Chocolate Truffle Cookies:

Several years ago, I had a housekeeping job for an elderly lady who loved chocolate. She made these cookies one time and insisted I sample one. Oh, my! They are amazing! Bless Esther for sharing her recipe! It has become one of my favorite “special” recipes – made only for special occasions, because otherwise I’d never be able to stop eating them!

Chocolate Truffle Cookies

1¼ cups real butter, no substitutions, room temp
2¼ cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup baking cocoa
¼ cup sour cream, not light or fat free
1 tsp vanilla extract
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
2 cups dark chocolate chips
Chocolate sprinkles

Beat butter, powdered sugar and cocoa until light and fluffy. Beat in sour cream and vanilla. Add flour, stirring just until all is moistened. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover bowl and refrigerate at least one hour (3 or 4 is better).
Heat oven to 325° F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Shape cookie dough into one-inch balls, roll in sprinkles, pressing sprinkles a bit to help them stick to the dough. Place balls two inches apart on baking sheet. Bake one sheet at a time for 10 minutes. Cool on baking sheet a couple of minutes, then remove to wire rack to cool completely. Try to wait a few minutes before sampling one so you don’t burn your tongue.

It just doesn’t feel right to let the year go by without a Little Women party, so I am thinking of a new date for my sisters to come have a spa day at my house. It will likely be after school is out, but I am determined that we WILL get together!

And now I’m going to eat a cookie….

The Crafty Hausfrau

I did a “craft” project yesterday. It was extremely simple, so it’s stretching things to call it a craft, but I did adhere one object to another, so that counts, right? A long time ago, I pinned an idea on Pinterest for a magnetic Scrabble board. I wanted to make one to put on our screened-in porch, but the porch has yet to be built. So…I decided to make the magnetic letters anyway and just use them on the spare fridge in the mud room.

I dug out our ancient Scrabble game from the shed. (We used to have a game cabinet under the old stairway, but when Some Postman rebuilt the stairs, that cabinet disappeared. So we keep our games in a cardboard box out in the shed, until the storage shelves get built in the laundry room.) In that beat up game box was a baggy full of extra letter tiles I’d found at a yard sale eons ago. It’s not a complete set – there’s no J or V, and a few less other letters, but it will do. While watching TV last evening, I snipped up a sticky-backed magnet sheet and applied the pieces to the backs of the letter tiles. Then I stuck the tiles on the freezer door.

Yes, that’s Harvest Gold you’re looking at there!

I do believe this refrigerator is almost as old as me. We bought it used a long time ago, as a second fridge to keep eggs, produce and my “stashes” cold. Even though the kids have moved out…well, one is back…and theoretically we shouldn’t need two refrigerators…I’m not giving up my second one. Once the ducks begin laying eggs and we have a summer garden, I’ll need every square inch of that extra cooling space! It’s not pretty, but until we upgrade the kitchen fridge, we’ll keep this ancient Frigidaire that sounds like it’s blasting off to the moon when the compressor motor kicks on.

The first Fridge Scrabble Game has been started!

And this morning, I discovered a subliminal message in the loose letters….

The Frumpy Hausfrau Strikes Again

Originally, I’d planned to do my grocery shopping today, Thursday. However, the weather forecast demanded a change in plans, so I went yesterday instead. I’m very glad I did! Yesterday was cool, but sunny. The car warmed up nicely while sitting in the sunshine in parking lots. Today it is icy cold, with gray clouds threatening a wintery mix of precipitation. A good day to stay at home and bake birthday cake! (Today is my Dachshund Etta’s 8th birthday.)

At Dillon’s, our local Kroger affiliate store, I saved 50% off my total bill using coupons and combining sales. My best deals: better than FREE Bailey’s coffee creamer and 49¢ tubs of Mountain High yogurt. (My $1 off coupons exceeded the sale price of 79¢ on the creamers.) There goes my resolve to stop using flavored creamer….I just can’t resist free stuff!

Sunday Morning, St. Patrick’s Day

I’m not Irish, at least not very much, but I did wear some green today.

 Leo & Nicole sweater – not sure…I’ve had it a long time…maybe Kohl’s?
Worthington skirt – thrifted
 Scarf – made by my dear mother-in-law
Earrings – JCP
Bracelet – Walmart
American Eagle shoes – Payless
This will be the final wearing of that skirt. It’s simply too big and hangs so low on my waist it ends up being several inches too long. I tried folding over the waist, which helped with the length, but created so much bulk at my waist that even the loose sweater couldn’t hide it. I’ll have to hunt for a new khaki pencil skirt.
As you can see in the background, the master bedroom is still in the process of being drywalled. Some Postman got the ceiling up; next are the walls. It’s taking shape slowly!

The Crafty Hausfrau

I’ve been sewing again! In bits of time available, I’ve been working at another sewing project. Pajama pants for me! I found this adorable Dachshund print flannel at Joann’s:

I briefly considered using my penguin flannel pants as a pattern, but reconsidered. Better to buy a pattern, since they were on sale for 99¢, and be sure to have the proportions correct.

Cut out the pattern…

Sew the pieces together…

Press the seams…

Insert elastic, hem the bottom, and there you go – cute, comfy jammy pants!

As it turns out, I should have gone down at least one size on the pattern, but I went by the measurements on the chart. I showed them to Some Postman, and he said “gee, how big ARE you??” Ha ha! Well, they are roomy, but that’s part of what makes them comfy. It’s not like I’ll wear these to church or anything, anyway. Hmmm…I could wear them to Walmart…I’d fit right in…