Frugal Living in a Tiny Town

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**Note:  This is not my post office.  It sure is cute, though, and ours isn’t much bigger!


Private Parade

Children tend to march to the beat of their own drummer.  My kids… they march, and dance, and twirl to the beat of their very own drum-line!

The Kansas State Fair begins today, and this week our high school band shows their Tiny Town Stuff at Band Day.  Because of where we live (location, location, location!) we are the proud recipients of our very own parade every day for the first two weeks of school, as the band prepares for their performance.

She be Jammin'

Every day for the past two weeks, at approximately 12:52, I hear “Mom!  The band!  I hear the drums!  Let’s go!” and we head to the porch for forty minutes of simplicity.  Simply marching.  Simply dancing.  Simply smiling.  Simply waving.  Simply enjoying.

Ah, the Finer Things in Life, through the eyes of a child… your very own band.

Only in Tiny Town…

Check out Living Simply Saturdays at Keeper of the Home.

Menu Plan Monday – 8/24

Is it menu planning time again already?!?  My brother-in-law brought yet another grocery sack of squash, zucchini and cucumbers, and told us the sad news that his garden is for some reason dying… so we will enjoy fresh garden produce one more week!

Sunday, 8/24

  • sausage/egg/cheese scramble, zucchini bread (I went 1/2 wheat, 1/2 white flour and made 4 dozen muffins instead of three loaves of bread), orange juice
  • leftovers, black bean nachos, yogurt
  • cheeseburger pie (didn’t get to this Friday) with lettuce and tomato, summer squash puffs (a fun new way to use up some squash — not terribly healthy, though ;-), pasta salad with cucumbers and tomatoes 

Weekday Suppers

  • 8/25  tator tot casserole (recipe below), fried okra, sliced tomatoes (today is the day for my surgery… prayers requested!)
  • 8/26  zippy turkey tortilla bake, cheesy zucchini crisps
  • 8/27  chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans (didn’t get to this last week) 
  • 8/28  Lance out of town, kids and I will work on some leftovers.
  • 8/29  Booster Club hamburger feed, ice cream social at our house after the football scrimmage (Sometime this week I need to make two freezers of ice cream.  I’m thinking vanilla and Butterfinger, maybe.)

Saturday, 8/30 

Quite an eventful day coming up in Tiny Town.  One of the churches is sponsoring an all-day fundraiser for the Hands of Hope ministry, which serves local families.  There will be food all day with games for the kids, walk/run contests, and a doggy talent show in the park.  Then… we have Lance’s 20 year high school reunion (for all ELEVEN of his classmates and their families) at his home town (even tinier than ours!)  So…  a whole lot of food for very little effort on my part! 

  • Breakfast at the Community Center
  • Lunch in the park (hot dogs and burgers, I think)
  • Picnic in the park for the reunion supper; we are taking our AWESOME baked beans!

Tator Tot Casserole is a busy-day stand by at our house.  It’s super easy to throw together, and the kids love it.  I even sneak in some veggies on occasion.

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • diced onion to taste
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 3 T. milk
  • 1 tsp. worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup peas or can of green beans (optional)
  • shredded cheddar cheese (to taste – optional)
  • frozen tator tots

Brown the ground beef and onion.  Drain.  Mix together cream of mushroom soup, milk, worcestershire sauce, veggies, and cheese.  Add to hamburger and mix well.  Pour beef mixture into a 9×9 pan.  Top with tator tots.  Bake at 375 for 25 minutes, or until bubbly.

Have a great week!  Don’t forget to visit OrgJunkie for lots of inspiring menus!