Saturday, 12 June 2010

I Want Your Recipes!

I'm looking for your favourite recipe(s) for a fundrasier for our Humane Society: a cookbook! It's not a terribly new or original idea, but it will hopefully bring in much needed funds. I've added my contact information on the sidebar, so would love for everyone (and your friends and family, and their friends and family, etc.) to send a recipe or two...or three...for inclusion. Your name in print! :) Advertisers and sponsers are being recruited to pay the production costs and it will hopefully be available for sale by the end of the summer. That's the plan, but as we know, plans do change.

Please note "HSY recipe" in the subject line, so I know what it's for and I'm not sending lovely legitimate recipes to the trash bin. Thanks so much!! :)

In other news, I'm finally feeling like I have a little bit of a routine going. I've been so exhausted the past couple of weeks that I've been going to bed long before 9pm. Although the second job is only 2 days a week, it's still a big adjustment to make from having so much time off (which was, ironically, a big adjustment from working 6 days a week! Funny how that works). On the financial side of things, 3 days a week would be better, but on the life side, it would suck, so I'm actually okay with the two days. I can pick up extra shifts here and there, too. It helps, too, that it's actually not an awful job.

The point of this, I have to keep reminding myself, is to PAY OFF THE DEBT. So I can buy a house. I've got myself trained to the point that not dividing up the paycheques into my savings accounts feels wrong - which in itself is not a bad thing - but the PURPOSE is to PAY OFF THE DEBT and I must see that through or I'll just end up in a quagmire of frustration again because it's still hanging around.
I did get a cheque for $97.68 from my old insurer, which went into the bank last night, so that's a positive thing. I'll probably put about $50 onto my CC, which is currently over its limit - BOO! -because I registered for a class at the college in the fall - YAY! The 'overlimit' aspect of it is once again making me question whether I should just pay it off in full with my EFund (which sits at a comfortable $2K). I'm not going to worry about it for now, but will make a final decision by the end of the month when I can see how much is left. If I don't have to use a full $1K, so much the better. I have 5 (!) paycheques this month, so I'm sure with proper planning I can reduce it a fair bit.

My spending hasn't been too bad lately, to be honest. I've been living (mostly) on my jar cash and only bought lunch once in the past couple of weeks. I do stop at Tim's for tea on most days, but it's once a day and I enjoy it, so consider it part of my bi-weekly allowance spending. I made a monster tuna casserole, too, which covered almost a week's worth of lunches. Having something that's hearty, (relatively) healthy and quick to reheat is particularly important when you only have a half hour lunch. I was having fruit smoothies for breakfast every day, but I've stopped as the influx of sugar (natural or otherwise) has made me break out like mad! Not fun...

But I've accomplished some things today and need to accomplish some more before I feel like I've done enough for the day. I met a friend this morning at the grocery store and if the weather holds we're going to go for a walk later on. It's been a bit iffy lately, cool and very windy, unable to make up its mind whether it wants to rain or not.

I'm also wanting to put up a photo post of my trip to Dawson two weeks ago. We saw a mama black bear and THREE tiny cubs! Awesome. Also managed to get to Tombstone Park, which is about an hour or two up the Dempster Highway - although 'highway' is a bit of a stretch for what it actually is. Regardless, it was wonderful and I had a great time, despite some awkwardness which had nothing to do with me. Weather: HOT! Company: Excellent. Drive: Loooooonnnngggg...

And, for Dawn, here are some random kitty photos:

Joey, current foster kitty, lounging in one of his favourite places.

One of my previous foster cats, the Utterly Fabulous Hank. You have never met a mellower cat.

The lovely Dinah, Princess.

Elmo, the most loving cat E-V-E-R. He died last January.

And my wonderful Bylaw.

Have a great weekend everyone! :)


its me, sam said...

I love the look of your blog. Very summery!

Gill - That British Woman said...

I am putting together a recipe book for our church. If you need any advise or tips leave a comment on my blog with your email address in it, I WON'T PUBLISH IT.

I personally would put a call out to all the members of the Humane Society to give you them.

We are using Gatebook to publish our book.

Gill in Southern Ontario

bcsmithereens said...

Your site looks so bright and cheery! Nice! And thanks for the pics. What beautiful kitties. I wish we could foster some, but I doubt they'd ever find another home.

Hope you figure out what you want to do about your finances. Take your time and set some goals.

Enjoy life!

Canadian Saver said...

Love the new book too :-)

I'll send a couple recipes this week :-)

I can't wait to see the trip pics, glad you had a great time! And I love the kitty pics too!

Gill - That British Woman said...

just sent you an email.


The Asian Pear said...

Is there any particular recipe you're looking for? I have quite a few... Do you need more appys, soups, entrees, desserts? etc?

Northern Living Allowance said...

Hi everyone! Thanks for the comments about the new look - I had a hard time choosing from Blogger's new selection, but like this one very much.

@Pear - any recipes at all would be very welcome! We need everything at this point and I'd love to be able to include some "international" dishes, too.

T'Pol said...

I will send some recipes for Turkish dishes but, I need some time! I promise to do that over the weekend!

Northern Living Allowance said...

Hi CS, Hi T'Pol - I look forward to receiving your recipes! Thanks so much!! :)

Rina the Mama Bear said...

I've had this post marked 'unread' in Google Reader since I saw it! Saw your comment on my blog - I totally want to submit a recipe and am going to try and do that tonight!! :)