Sunday, January 3, 2010

If you're reading this there is a good chance you have a blog........

I have an online friend Nita whom I've known for a number of years now.  She has a website called Phancy Pages  She is talking about adding a new section called "Blogs Around The World."  If you would be interested in having your blog added to the list, click on this link and there is a link there to get in touch with Nita directly.  She's a super lady and its a family friendly blog.

So on Saturday I went to do my first grocery shop for the year.  I had hoped to keep my weekly bill down to $25 a week, while doing this Pantry Challenge.  I ended up spending just under $50, however on reflection half of that was on food for Molly!!!

As you know she has allergies and I have been looking into changing her over to homemade food.  So I bought supplies for that.  Frozen chicken breast's, brown rice, frozen mixed veggies, canola oil, and cheese slices (I put her pill in between a cheese slice).    Now what I bought for her will hopefully last a few weeks.  Here is the recipe I used:

Savory Turkey/Chicken
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 lb combination of broccoli, carrots and cauliflower
  • 1 pound ground/minced turkey or chicken
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 1 tbsp canola oil

Place the water, ground/minced turkey/chicken, rice, rosemary and oil into a large pan.  Stir until the ground turkey is well blended with the rest of the ingredients.  Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes.  Add the frozen vegetables, and cook for an additional 5 minutes.  Cool and serve or store.

Now I gave Molly a couple of cups of this mixture and she just loved it.  There are no instructions on how much to feed a 40 lb dog, so not 100% sure what to do here.  I also give her an Omega 3 supplement in a morning as well.  Just not 100% sure she will get all her nutrients with a diet like this?  Anyhow, regardless Molly will enjoy a change in her diet.

Did you remember to put your money in your pot today?  I will admit, I am good up until the 11th, as I had change today with going grocery shopping, so figured I may as well add it while I had it.

Today's money saving tip is:

 Do a “maintenance run” on your appliances. Check them to make sure there isn’t any dust clogging them and that they’re fairly clean. Look behind the appliances, and use your vacuum to gently clear away dust. Check all of the vents, especially on refrigerators, dryers, and heating and cooling units. The less dust you have blocking the mechanics of these devices, the more efficiently they’ll run (saving you on your energy bill) and the longer they’ll last (saving you on replacement costs).


DeniseinVA said...

Interesting post, Molly is going to love that food!

Caroline said...

Good tip Gill. Happy New Year to you. Hope things aren't quite as hectic for you this year.

Anonymous said...

You know I'm a regular reader anyway but now with all your money saving tips I will be reading even more avidly - thankyou!! and Happy New Year!!!

MyBulletinBoard said...

Read the bit on frog spawn to DH. He nearly gagged! . . . . . . Hey, food for Molly is okay. The recipe looks good. I make a cup of brown rice with about three or four ounces of meat or salmon and about a cup of veggies for DearDog each night. He comes to claw me when he's ready for supper. As soon as I get the pot out, he settles down in the living room to wait for his vittles. Since we usually have pintos most nights, I throw a few spoons of beans in his food, too. If the mess is still a little too wet, I stir in a little bit of quick oats to absorb the extra moisture. He really loves oatmeal. You have to search for it, but he has a beautiful complexion.

Liz in the Republic

Scrappy quilter said...

I had to go to the grocery store too. I only spent $31.00 so I was pleased. That should keep us going now I hope until the end of the month. We shall see.


Prairie Farmstead Ponderings said...

Well, that certainly sounds like a fabulous diet for Miss Molly! She will not want to change back to anything else. Heehee! I sure hope it helps relieve her from the allergies once and for all!

Connie Walsh said...

We feed our dogs homemade. The older one has stopped gnawing his paws raw. I have read in a few places that broccoli makes dogs gassy. I don't know if that is a problem Molly has but if she is leaving noxious gas where ever she goes you may cut back on it.

God Bless,

Karine said...

Thanks for posting the link for Nita's site, I'll definitely look into that!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries® said...

Happy New Year to you Gill!
Thank you so much for the link and for the Pantry challenge. I love this!