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    I just put frozen bell peppers in my soup. I went with simple cabbage soup, a head of chopped cabbage, 1lb lean hamburger, 1 onion, a can of tomato juice, 1 or 2 cans kidney beans. I like to add a can of diced tomatoes, sometimes corn, peppers, carrots, whatever sounds good and/or needs to be used. It's good low cal comfort food (if I don't melt a slice of cheese in my bowl) and I always lose weight if I eat it for a few days. I made a 6-qt crock of it today. We'll eat it till we're tired of it and then I'll freeze leftovers. Good to have something ready when I don't want to cook.

    I freeze jalapenos, too.

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    We had so many peppers in the garden this year that I did the same thing, CH. They are always good for chili. I don't know where the day went, had to see my dr this morning and she sent me over to the hospital for another test. By the time I got home I lost my mojo and nothing much got done. Late this afternoon I had to take Beastie to the vets for a much needed nail trim, maybe now I won't have to listen to her clickity clanking across the kitchen tile. Been raining all day and it's supposed to rain right through tomorrow too. It felt damp and cold in the house so I made my first fire in the woodstove.
    I'm too busy working on my own grass to notice if yours is greener.

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    Started raining here also, supposed to rain through Halloween. Good thing I never buy candy. Got my mammogram done today, they kept me back to re-take pictures but finally said OK and let me go. Happy I got that done.

    I remembered a needle dropped into the bobbin area of my sewing machine sometime in the last 2 weeks so I should figure out how to get that removed. That will be a chore tonight.

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    Rabbit hope your test turn out good.I always put bell peppers in my chili.I was making vegetable soup awhile back and i thought about trying bell peppers in it never have so i left them out i tell people i throw everything in except the kitchen sink.I don't put meat in my soup unless i am making beef stew then i don't eat much of it.

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    only like bell peppers if red or orange/yellow something about green. week started my car died in the parking lot at store when I went to go to other store..didn't happen .thrift store etc. dh came out ..friend got it towed for free and replaced the starter. so saved money since didn't cost as much. so errands, housework ..bookkeeping and inv to get money coming in! got my mom went to library , halloween party at moms group in the morning. spent $105 and forgot dry cat food. since ds didn't go to school today and went to grandmas to help w chores..texted him to borrow some dry cat food. at least got deals at store..needed bread milk etc plus some easy on sale meals like shepards pie, frozen pizza etc. plus fresh tortenilli. easy button. ds made a cake from halloween kit for party and got dd choc bars for school thing. got hotdogs and baked beans for our traditional halloween meal. quick and easy.

    except for inflatables halloween decor is up.. dh got a new toilet seat last night since ours is broken..found a talking pirate 20 bucks down from 100. fb memories reminded me that I have a halloween shirt I bought last year I think. so will wear that tomorrow for work. 2019 Frugal Challenge-maxhall.jpg

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    Contrary Housewife— I always chop and freeze peppers, as well as, extra celery and onions when they are on sale. It’s great when the holiday cooking comes around.

    We got the freeze this morning. My sewing room will be finished by the weekend minus the curtains or whatever I decide to do with the windows.
    My neighbor and I are going to a planners zone at the convention center. It is really for event planners, but anyone can go free. They give a ton of food away along with prizes. Then headed to the casino to get yet another free gift to add to my Christmas pile. Home before it gets dark.

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    GB, have fun, hope you get lots of free stuff.

    M, yes, the red and yellow peppers do have a milder, sweeter taste. The green ones can be quite grassy at times, especially when fresh. I guess I will chop and freeze them today, since DH is not going in to work to give any away. We only had 1" of snow, and roads are clear, but he'll use any excuse to work from home.

    It was 25 this morning, the trees are covered in snow, we're lucky no branches came down. The redbud is on the ground, I looked at it last week, it is being held up by a few branches but it is down and going to get cut up soon. Word is it will warm up to near normal 40-50 tomorrow. We'll see.

    Got brussels sprouts and leftover rice for dinner will cook some chicken or something to go with it.

    Why change the clock, when you can change a whole season!
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    If you're not using the stuff in your home, get rid of it. You're not going to start using it more by shoving it into a closet.

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    CH - yikes, snow! Gosh it seems to early for that but we are also supposed to get a little tonight. I never can remember getting snow in October.

    Martha - I like the Halloween picture! Spooky cat eyes!!

    Was up last night again with coughing, so I'm tired today. Had to return a winter hat I bought at Meijer before work. It was itchy so I decided to keep my old Dollar Store hat. DH called me on the way home from work and told me he was bringing home dinner tonight. Yipee, that will save me cooking and cleaning up. We never have trick or treaters here so a quiet night. It has been raining all day and will continue into the night (with high winds) when it's supposed to turn to snow. Not a nice night for Halloween. I'm hoping there is some kind of scary movie on tonight to watch.
    I'm too busy working on my own grass to notice if yours is greener.

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    Crazy weather Thursday - around 75 degrees at bedtime and raining, a little lightning. This morning 41 degrees and still windy, but the rain stopped. Off work today. Some set-up for dog club event on Saturday later this afternoon. It is out in a rural area, maybe I can stop at a farm stand or two.

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    Got a lot of freebies and brought home baggies filled with desserts for DH. Got a white porcelain serving dish with copper handles from casino. Didn’t do much else last night. Took DH out for dinner. Got to go to the post office this afternoon and then to theatre to check on money they owe me. Going to local high school tonight to see a play that a friend of mine is directing.

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    Cold and windy this morning but sunny and supposed to warm into the low 50's. Snow is all melted except in a few lingering shadows.

    No big plans today. We are in a holding pattern, waiting to leave on our trip. Don't need groceries or anything this week. May start stacking a few things to go in the suitcase. Need to go around and water all the plants really well.

    Leftover pot roast and vegetables for dinner. That's the last of the food items that need to be eaten up.
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    I got all the fabric put away plus some other stuff, and the thread rack installed after adding a rim on the backs of the shelves. Hated drilling holes in my machine's table top, but no choice.

    I realize now the clip light I want to use instead of the LED strip should work for my new serger as well. A twofer! So that saves, too. I'm putting an LED bulb in it to save some energy. It seems like a good compromise.

    I forgot I have to plug all this new stuff in, too. I'm going to attach the surge suppressor to a steel bar on my indy machine's table to get it up off the floor, but don't feel like doing it anymore today. It involves a lot of crawling on the floor and my back hurts. I should be able to finish that tomorrow.

    I got 6 shields topstitched. Not much, but a start. 46 to go, in the first run anyway.

    My work table is cleared enough now I can cut out the new scrap catcher. That should be a fun project.

    Things are finally shaping up and it only took a week.

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    It warmed up so I went out to enjoy the sun. Went by JA to look for a small stitch kit I could take on my travels. Like previous years, they had nothing. Not a single christmas kit. It's really ironic that they have these "hand made holiday" signs all over the store and there's nothing you can actually make at home, it's all plastic crap from China.

    Pulled and bagged travel snacks from the kitchen. No $8-10 airplane snacks for us. Plenty of cookies, pretzels, larabars, nuts, etc already in the house. I did buy fresh bags of beef jerky, though. Special travel treat. If all goes well it won't end up as dinner one night at the airport while we watch it snow/rain. Threw a paperback in my bag, Kindle is charging.

    Going to relax for a bit and do some sewing while the sun is still bright.
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    SNOW?!?! It's way too early for that.

    We harvested a deer this weekend on our property. Walked out the back door and shot it. Total cost was a $0.50 bullet. Spent yesterday and today processing the meat. Tomorrow I'll can 4 quarts of meat and then it's done. While we were doing all of that we got on the topic of how people we know spend $1,000s to lease property to hunt on, clothes, deer stand, special detergent for their clothes.....and all we did was walk out the back door, either we are very fortunate or they are just plain crazy.

    Our chickens finally started laying eggs!!! We hadn't been doing a good job of looking in the coop for eggs and tonight we found 2 eggs laying in the chicken yard so we looked in the coop, we found a total of 15 with 13 good ones. Hopefully we will no longer be buying eggs and in the spring we can start selling them.

    Yesterday hubby picked up a gig making gumbo for the local ma/pa country store. He'll make $60 off every pot. With it being cold I'm hoping he'll be able to sell them 2 pots a week. It will be good to have some extra money coming in. I'm thinking about asking them if they would buy Zucchini or banana nut muffins at $0.50/muffin. SNOW?!?! It's way too early for that.

    We harvested a deer this weekend on our property. Walked out the back door and shot it. Total cost was a $0.50 bullet. Spent yesterday and today processing the meat. Tomorrow I'll can 4 quarts of meat and then it's done. While we were doing all of that we got on the topic of how people we know spend $1,000s to lease property to hunt on, clothes, deer stand, special detergent for their clothes.....and all we did was walk out the back door, either we are very fortunate or they are just plain crazy.

    Our chickends finally started laying eggs!!! We hadn't been doing a good job of looking in the coop for eggs and tonight we found 2 eggs laying in the chicken yard so we looked in the coop, we found a total of 15 with 13 good ones. Hopefully we will no longer be buying eggs and in the spring we can start selling them.

    Yesterday hubby picked up a gig making gumbo for the local ma/pa country store. He'll make $60 off every pot. With it being cold I'm hoping he'll be able to sell them 2 pots a week. It will be good to have some extra money coming in. I'm thinking about asking them if they would buy Zucchini or banana nut muffins at $0.50/muffin.

    This past week was employee appreciation week at work. The employees all received a free wind breaker jacket, breakfast. 2 lunches and a free lunch last week too.

    Turned in CC points for cash.

    Used p the last of the elbow noodles today and tomorrow I'm going to try making my own. I bought a noodle extruder for my kitchen aide almost a year ago on sale and have not used it yet.

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    Doesn't your state require a hunting license, LL?

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