How Not To Use a Grocery List – 28 Goals – Week 1


Grocery shopping? I’m game! Here’s how I did this week:

What was on the list?

  • Milk
  • Prune Juice
  • Ruffles
  • Secret Deodorant
  • HT Ice Cream
  • Muller’s Pasta
  • Dried Apricots
  • Dried Raisins
  • Cottage Cheese

What did I come home with?

  • Muller’s Pasta
  • Secret Deodorant
  • HT Ice cream
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Milk

What was thrown out this week:

  • Sour Cream – Went bad way too fast

Anything from the garden?

  • Nothing… garden is done for this year

How much did I save this week?

$10.69… or 26.65% this week. We ended up picking up the dried fruit at BJ’s for much cheaper than we would have found at Harris Teeter.

What did you throw out this week?



28 Goals…


Yeah… it’s that time again where I am trying to figure out what goals I need to come up with for my next year’s goals. I like to have a mix of projects and seemingly attainable goals.

Where am I headed this year?

  1. Weight loss. I am not sure what my goal is at this point or my starting weight. I should know more about that after we have our little one in January.
  2. 6 Museum/Park Trips
  3. 6 Parties
  4. 6 Teas
  5. 6 Recipes
  6. 6 Date Nights
  7. 12 Non-Fiction Books
  8. 12 Fiction Books
  9. 24 Children’s Books
  10. 3 Quilts
  11. 3 of Rory’s Books
  12. 3 Movies
  13. 3 New Wines
  14. 3 Chapter Children’s Books
  15. 2 Holiday Cards
  16. 3 Pintrest Projects
  17. 3 New Board Games
  18. 3 Weekend Getaways
  19. 52 Weeks of Pictures
  20. 20 Miles a week starting after February
  21. Papa’s Book
  22. Cook Book
  23. Edit Last Year’s Nanowrimo Book
  24. Nanowrimo 2014
  25. Remodel Yard
  26. Replace Fence
  27. Remodel Bathroom
  28. Finish Laundry Room

It was hard choosing goals this year. First Trimester really knocked it out of me and I spent the rest of the year trying to play catch up on every front. I have tried to narrow down some of my expectations so that I can perhaps accomplish more in the same amount of time.

What are you planning for this years goals?



What’s local to me in January?


What is local by you right now?

I had no idea, so I asked the internet what is local to my state and what should be freshest this month.

  • Apples
  • Celeriac/Celery Root
  • Fennel
  • Kohlrabi
  • Winter Squash
  • Turnips

We do have quite a bit that are year-round foods. My assumption is that this is due to storage of root vegetables/pods and greenhouses.

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Herbs
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Shallots
  • Sorrel
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Potatoes


Books Read during 27 Goals Challenge


Now I read quite a few books during my 27 Goals Challenge. Here they are in no particular order. I will star (*) the ones that I highly recommend reading if you have time and let you know which ones to avoid.


Accounting Comes Alive (Mark Robillard and Peter Frampton)

*Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Gril* (Anne Frank)

Container Gardening (Alice Murray)

Europe on 5 Wrong Turns a Day (Doug Mack) – I was really bored with this book. I expected more out of it.

*Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me* (Mindy Kaling)

Ish – Geting the ‘Ish Out in the Open (Regina Griffin) – Do not waste your time with this book.

Medium Raw (Anthony Bourdain)

My Horizontal Life (Chelsea Handler)

*Pups in Tea Cups* (Carolyn McCray) – No longer sold through Amazon… sorry)

Seriously I’m Kidding (Ellen DeGeneres)

*Seriously Mum, What’s an Alpaca?* (Alan Parks)

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (Mary Roach) – I do recommend this book for those that are interested in the science and anthropology behind it all… it is not a book for most

The Book of Tea (Okakura Kakuzo) – Really short… not really worth it

The Girl in the Italian Bakery (Kenneth Tingle) – I kept waiting for it to get better… then it was over…

Write Good or Die (Scott Nicholson)


A Royal Pain (Megan Mulry) – A good beach read… not really believable

*After the Fall* (Elle Casey)

Alys (Kiri Callaghan)

Being Anti-Social (Leigh Cunningham)

*Between the Realms* (Elle Casey)

Cake Icing, Butt Budder and Tea Lids (Renee Andrews)

*Call to Arms* (Elle Casey)

*Darkness and Light* (Elle Casey)

Disenchanted (Robert Kroese) – A waste of time

Eloide & Heloise (Cecilee Linke) – a good coming of age drama type books

*Ever After* (Kim Harrison)

Glimmers (Barbara Brooke) – for some reason this is part of a series… meh

*Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows* (J.K. Rowling)

*Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire* (J.K. Rowling)

*Harry Potter and the  Order of the Pheonix* (J.K Rowling)

*Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince* (J.K. Rowling)

My Mormon Crush, My Dog Eats Poo (Lucy Liew & Lisa Lim) – Thank goodness this has disappeared from Amazon

*New World Order* (Elle Casey)

*Perfect Blood* (Kim Harrison)

*Portal Guardains* (Elle Casey)

The Elite (Kiera Cass) – Not too bad. It’s hunger games meets The Bachelor

The Gardens of Almhain (Laura Mallory) – Just when the book finally gets interesting… you only have 50 pages left… skip it

The Prince (Kiera Cass)

The Selection (Kiera Cass)

The Shoemaker’s Wife (Adriana Trigiani)


I also listened to  Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians (Brandon Sanderson) through Audible. I highly recommend this book even if it is geared towards a younger market. Read it to your kids!