Erica Lucke Dean

"Making the world a better place, one book at a time."

so what's wrong with being a housewife?

Operation simple life is finally swinging into action!

Today was a day filled with a back to basics mentality.  Mike had to work from the office, Spencer is still not living here anymore (I will keep you updated on that, as we all know things like this can change at any minute) and the girls were off with friends (again!)

Not that I’m complaining.  I’m actually sort of enjoying this simple life. 

No work, no kids, no husband.  And I had a plan.

I got up at a reasonable hour, took a shower, and got dressed.  And then I headed straight into the kitchen to do the dishes.  Then I vacuumed and mopped all the floors.  Then I sat down to clip coupons.  All kinds of coupons.  From three different newspapers.

Two hours later…I had a crick in my neck and my back hurt from sitting, but I was ready to save some serious money!

Back to the local pharmacy—keepers of my multiple prescriptions—where I used my coupon expertise combined with the weekly sales to save close to $50 in one trip.  Then I was off to the local grocery to pick up a few things for dinner (and a few things on sale) and I saved almost $20 more. 

All in all it was a pretty good haul!

And after saving so much money, I was ready to expand my “simple” life into cooking dinner.  A real home cooked meal. 

Thanks to my husband and his burgeoning garden, we now have a wide variety of produce available at all times.  Not all of this is grown on our property, but in anticipation of the day when we are producing most of our food, we are practicing by cooking with lots of fresh, locally grown vegetables. 

I took the summer squash, the onions, the zucchini, the peppers, the tomatoes, fresh garlic, and one eggplant and created an old fashioned French ratatouille for dinner.  It was fabulous! My husband was thrilled to come home to a meal that I cooked using vegetables that he chose.  The only thing that would have made it better would have been if I had used only vegetables we had grown ourselves.  Maybe in a few months time we can accomplish that. 

The rest of the evening was spent relaxing in front of Planet Green on the television. 

As I settle in for the night, I can hear the rumblings of a storm off in the distance.  What a perfect end to a perfect day…

Until the next time…I may just attempt bread again tomorrow! 

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