Christmas has come and gone. We were so blessed with wonderful and meaningful gifts and lots of time with family. We divided our Christmas celebration in two because illness prevented Jaysn, Rachel and Steven from joining us for the first family celebration. We did the first round on the Sunday before Christmas and the last one, with Jaysn, Rachel and Steven, on Christmas day. This did allow me to rest between celebrations and give me more one on one time with each person.
This Frugal Friday Wrap Up is just going to be a list for the full week of what we did (and I can remember) because I did not take the time to write it all down each day. I spent a lot of time in bed and resting between celebrations. So here it is in no particular order:
~We all contributed to the holiday foods at our get togethers. I made it really easy on myself by doing precooked meatballs and Little Smokies sausages in BBQ sauce in the crockpot. I also took a premade cheese ball, along with crackers. We were going to do s'mores also but decided with all the homemade candies and cookies to postpone them until we do a big snowman party within the next few months. I just set all the s'more making supplies aside to be used later.
~Jeff and I finally got my hair cut on Tuesday.
~I made Malibu Chicken and homemade mashed potatoes for Christmas dinner.
~I also made Lemon Chicken Pasta using some peppers that I had previously bought and cut up and thrown in the freezer. This made several meals for us.
~Tea time at night has become a wonderful ritual that I have been enjoying. I use each tea bag at least 2 times before tossing it.
~I had things on my shopping list that I decided not to pick up because once I saw the prices at the store, I choked and decided we would just redo the menu.
~Another meal we enjoyed was homemade Salsbury Steak and rice for dinner and the leftovers provided several more meals. It made this weeks meal plan really easy and freed me up to rest as much as I needed.
~By Friday night I was in need to some calming music so I pulled up my friend Gary Haleamau's playlist on YouTube. He has the most amazing falsetto voice. Hearing him always takes me back to our childhood days growing up and singing together.
~We gave out lots of homemade breads and candies to friends and family.
~We picked up some reduced priced Italaian bread, 3 packages of bagels, cookies, lunchmeat and a $3.98 foot long sandwich. I also got 2 bottles of my favorite seasonal creamer. We froze 2 packages of the bagels and had the shared the sandwich on the way home. It was huge and I could not finish my half so Jeff took the rest of it to work that night.
~We did NOT shop the after Christmas 50% off sales. We have so much already and did not need anything at all.
~We pulled some deli rolls that I had previously gotten at a reduced price out of the freezer for Jeff to use to make sandwiches during the week.
~Our hot tub was used to sooth sore muscles and my cane( that I got from the thrift store) came in handy this week also.
~We once again shopped our gift closet for some fun gifts for family that I had picked up over the course of the year.
~Jeff and I have been enjoying his 3 day work week over Christmas week. It has allowed us to both get all the sleep we need and to watch some fun shows.
I hope you all had a great Christmas and are looking forward to a wonderful New Year!