Muffins, budgets and Tyson

I’ve been busy baking so many cupcakes and muffins. We throw them in the freezer so we can grab and go, which works well for us, since we now drop the kids off at school in the mornings. Breakfast comes really early, since they prefer to eat here instead of at school. I’ve been looking for new things for them to eat, since it’s basically been waffles or cereal, so I stocked up on muffins like banana, apple and pumpkin (it’s almost fall!! Yay!), with some chocolate thrown in for once in a while treats.  They freeze well and I can pull a couple out when they get here in the mornings and they are ready to eat when they get back up.

I’m also going back to work later this month. There is only so much that I can do in one day not working, so I picked up a part time job to stave off the boredom of being home all day. 😉 Plus, it allows us to throw money into savings. We recently started a goal list for the next 5 years. Some of it is little stuff, like a new tv (ours has this bright blue line going down the side of the screen that makes it annoying to watch during some movies) or a new washer and dryer. But, there are goals like save money for a house, or contribute more to the 401K. We broke it down to 6 months, 6-12 months, 1-2 years and 5 year goals. It’s on the fridge so we can see it every day, and work toward the goals for that current time frame.

Next is a new budget. Things sound so great in your head, but writing them out on paper is better, and while we’ve done slightly better, there is still major room to work with. So, I’m on the hunt for a good app to use. We didn’t like mint all that well, so if I can’t find one, I may have to make a spreadsheet to use. 😦

We’ve been doing a freezer clean out the last couple of weeks. We had a family emergency a couple of weeks ago that required travel, so we’ve been scrunching the budget a little. But, the bonus of buying in bulk and on sales is to be able to freezer and pantry shop when needed. Plus, it gets rid of some stuff that may have been there for a while and gives me a chance to meal plan to build our excess back up. We will be keeping more kid friendly meals in there, since we have a slightly picky eater.

Speaking of food and stocking up, there are a few things we will no longer be buying (not that we bought a lot of it to begin with). Those of you who live around the Kansas City area, have probably heard about the Tyson plant that has plans to go in near Tonganoxie, Ks. That’s my hometown, I grew up there, my kids play on the family farm that my sister and mom still live on. My nephews go to school there, and most of my friends have moved back home. It is still my home. This is not something that the majority of people in and around Tongie wants.  Now, Tyson is promising about 1600 jobs and that they are building a state of the art plant. Plant meaning a feed mill, slaughter houses and hatchery. Less than a mile from the brand new elementary and middle schools that were just built, 4 miles from town and about 7 from our farm.

There is a dedicated group of Tonganoxians that have organized to keep everyone up to date and to help fight Tyson in/near our homes. The website has the information that you need to understand why we don’t want this to happen, and there is a facebook page as well. They can say it much more elegantly than I can.

It’s also why we choose not to buy Tyson products in our household. We were already buying local veggies and fruit as much as possible, but now we are doubling our efforts to support our local farmers and buying our meat from them as well (or from a butcher that sells local meats).

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