Our friend Linda came to visit us for five days after Christmas. We had a really good visit with her and other family members while she was here.
As is her usual spirit, she was very generous with us this year. She waited until she came here to decide what to get me for Christmas as she wanted to get me something that she felt we needed.
We have been getting along well without the microwave since it died last summer, and had gotten to the point where I thought about never replacing it because we had learned to live without one.
Linda felt like she could not live with a microwave and therefore she decided that she was going to buy me a new microwave for Christmas.
Here is a picture of the new microwave:
I have to admit it is really nice to be able to warm up the cream cheese danish we had on hand and to soften butter and heat up food quickly again.
She also noticed that the water filter on our sink had a red light on it, so she bought us a package of three new water filters to have on hand.
She also took us out to dinner several times this week and we also had dinner at my brother-in-laws home this past week for dinner twice.
I've been busy today in my frugal kitchen. I don't have any bread on hand, but I do have the ingredients to make bread from scratch, so that is what I did.
Here is a picture of the dough after kneading and ready to go in the oven with the oven light on to keep it warm for rising.
And after slicing...
A pork loin roast was set out of the freezer to thaw for dinner tonight. I will save a portion of this to make Pork Fried Rice for dinner Monday night.
I also cooked up some rice today, so that it will be chilled for tomorrow night's dinner. I kept the lid on the pan while cooking to keep all the heat and energy inside so the rice would cook faster, which saves money.
I am using the foods we have on hand here rather than going out and buying more food in my efforts to save money.
I also have 15 bean Cajun soup beans along with Chickpeas soaking for another night's dinner this week and for some mock tuna salad.
Finally, here is a photo of my Christmas cactus. It's not bloomed yet, but it is trying. :)