Busy Morning

Already made 4 quarts of yogurt, a big batch of granola and now it’s time to start on the bread.  I love a good lazy Saturday morning.

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Till Next Time,


Simple Is The New Special

One would wonder why she would start a blog right before the busy season at work.  Well, I did….. and that’s exactly why I haven’t posted in almost 5 months.  But, things have settled down a bit and I’m looking forward to getting back to the Z Life blog.

It seems like everywhere you look now a days someone is talking or writing about “keeping it simple”  The Z Man and I were talking just the other day about how “simple is the new special”

But sometimes just because it seems simple, doesn’t mean it is.  It takes a lot of work to run a home on a budget, it takes a lot of work to make a monthly meal plan, it takes a lot of time and thought to do the things that make it look like our lives are simple.

Sure, you may see me hanging clothes on the line and think well how simple… but I just can’t throw a load of laundry in the washer any day, I have to check the weather and make sure it’s not going to rain so I can hang them to dry.  Can you imagine what clean sheet night would be like if I didn’t plan it for a sunny, dry day.  Sure we have a dryer, but I would much rather sleep on line dried sheets instead.  And, if I don’t have to use the electricity to dry clothes, I would rather save our money.


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You may see me eating leftovers for lunch and think, gosh she is so simple, she never eats lunch out “it’s always leftovers”  How boring…

Well, that’s not so simple either, because more often than not that is a container of soup I’ve pulled from the freezer that morning, which came from a weekend of cooking soups, using the stocks that I made from the chicken (bones) I roasted and put in the freezer.

We may seem simple to some, but in reality it takes more planning of the details to do the things we do.

This past weekend consisted of spending Saturday with my parents, cutting down (dead) trees and eating homemade peach cobbler.  We worked hard, ate good and enjoyed every bit of it.  Sundays at the Z house is usually getting our chores done around the house and eating some good food and watching football.  Although, I’m sad to say that my Redskins and the Z Man’s Steelers aren’t having the best seasons so far.

So, maybe simple is the new special…  but I think we all have different perspectives of “simple”

The Z Man and I love our special life and I’m looking forward to slowing down a bit and simply enjoying it.


With Love,



Weekend Fun

The Z Man and I had a fun this weekend enjoying the St.Patrick’s Day events down town.   I should’ve taken pictures of us in our St.Patrick’s Day t-shirts.  

After that we went to one of our favorite spots.  Montano’s  for these…

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The Z Man gets the burger and I always get the italian sub, which is way too much food for one meal, but I don’t complain, ever!

We had most of the italian deli sub leftover for lunch on Sunday.  Even awesome leftover!  

Sunday was take a shower and get back into pajamas day, watching it ice and snow. 

We are SO ready for Spring!!!!!!

We are ready for Spring, but the Z Man is already preparing for next winter…. 

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Got wood?

I did grill some chicken breast for this week’s lunches…

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And, processed pepperoni for our pizza nights.  I buy the long stick of pepperoni and slice it with my food processor.  

I think the pepperoni taste much better and it cost less this way….   I’m all about costing less.

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That was about it for our weekend.   Low key, just the way we like ’em. 

Y’all take care!