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How He Loves Us March 30, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 10:55 am

We’ve been singing this song in church for a while, and I really love it. It was in my head this morning when I woke up, and since I don’t own the song, I went to youtube to play it because I knew if I didn’t, it’d be stuck on loop all day long in my head. I’m sure you guys know how that is. Well, this is the video I found. It’s not actually the whole song, and I would urge you guys to find a version that is complete, but it moved me so much, I had to share. It is so crazy to think that if I hadn’t gotten up to spend time with God today, I wouldn’t have had enough time to listen to this (or even search for it) before going to work. Don’t skip your time with Him! We are only changed in His presence and He alone knows what blessings and what strengthening we’re missing, along with the prayer needs of others perhaps that He makes aware to us. Be blessed!


Masterpiece presents Little Dorrit March 29, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 7:05 pm

Is there anything better than a Masterpiece classic film on a Sunday night? I think not. Tonight begins a five-part series of Little Dorrit. It’s adapted from Charles Dickens’ book that I have yet to read, but I’m greatly intrigued. Matthew MacFadyen (Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice 2005) plays the male lead role and there are a few other recognizable faces for anyone who has watched any Austen adaptations prior to this. It will air from 9-11pm for five Sundays and will also be available to watch online from tomorrow until the end of the series. I doubt I will watch it this evening, even though I’d like to, because the time is simply too late. I may watch Becoming Jane instead.

Do any of you have any experience with Little Dorrit? Is it worth watching?


Sweet finds!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 12:26 am

A few days ago I completely filled my journal and needed a new one. I went to Marshall’s and found a passable one for $1.99. I really refuse to pay more than that because I know I can find them cheap and I journal pretty much every day, which means I go through between 6 and 10 per year on average. I’m also kind of particular about the journals I use. They have to be spiral-bound (with the wiring being large enough to hold a pen), and either have colored paper or colored lines. No black and white allowed, because it stifles creativity in me. White paper with colored lines is okay, but not preferable.

So, I went to Ollie’s today while out running errands. That store is amazing. I should have just gone there two days ago, because that’s where I bought two other journals I used over the last year. What I found were these three:
The argyle one has pink paper inside with dotted pink lines ($1.99). The pink flowered one has white paper with pink lines ($1.99) and the green one has white paper with gray lines and actually cost $2.99. The reason I broke two of my very set-in-stone rules for this one is because of how I feel when I look at it. It inspires me and makes me want to write, which is really important in a journal, and it also has Scripture sprinkled throughout.

But it doesn’t end there! I also found a copy (the only one I saw on any of the shelves) of a new book I’ve been wanting to get called “Peculiar Treasures” by Robin Jones Gunn. It’s been out about a year, but I just could not bring myself to pay between $13-16 for a Christian fiction novel. It was $3.99 at Ollie’s! Brand new and beautiful.

To top it off, a trip to the Salvation Army produced some really great fabric (one item being a double top sheet), which will come in handy as I begin sewing again. I’m hoping to make some aprons for myself with it and use up my fabric stash (which has been sitting untouched for probably years) to make some quilts to either use or give away. If I have time, I’m also going to try my hand at making a skirt tomorrow.

And my fancy new Kurt Halsey tote bag and calendar came today. They are both gorgeous. The bag is my birthday gift from my brother a few weeks early. I’m so excited to start using it!


Day 4 – final menu! March 28, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 12:09 am

breakfast: oatmeal (.43)
snacks: apple sauce (.25) and 12 baby carrots (.24)
lunch: beans/rice (.52) + cupcake (.25)
dinner: soup [beans, carrots, mushrooms, potatoes, quick-cook barley, frozen peas and corn, onions, garlic, herbs/spices, veg broth, dash of liquid smoke] (1.00)

total at dinner: $2.69

but i have leftover money from the past two days, so my total leftover tonight is $1.13 which means I can have french fries later!!! 🙂 if I’m not still full, that is…the soup was very filling, which is good because i was super hungry by the time it was all cooked.

the four-day $3/day challenge has been a great success in the sense that i absolutely stayed within the allotted cash amount. generally, i feel okay physically. i didn’t lose or gain any weight and there was never a time when i was very aware of being hungry aside from tonight because i didn’t eat dinner till about 7:30 which is much later than normal. aside from french fries, i have missed eating cereal and having soy milk.

i think what i have gained from this experiment the most is a consciousness about how much i spend on groceries, as i said before. i actually bought a different bag of dry beans yesterday because they were $.60 cheaper than the ones i normally buy and i didn’t want my soup portions to go over the allotted cash amount. it’s crazy to think about how many people in this country alone are living on a similar income. i’m sure there are a number of them who don’t know how to eat healthy on such a small amount. i do think being vegan made this a whole lot easier for me than it would for most people because i didn’t really have to change anything about my diet. i just ate less than normal.

i’m also thankful that i managed to eat mostly healthy foods, even though my vegetable intake was lacking. it’s unfortunate that a cupcake was included in my menu every day, but i certainly didn’t want them to spoil and go to waste and the sweetness was just enough to curb any other cravings for sugar, especially since i wasn’t able to afford to drink juice.

i love doing these little challenges. it really teaches me a lot about myself. thanks for following my progress!


Day 3 March 27, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 1:02 am

breakfast: oatmeal [brown sugar, soy milk, cinnamon, salt, maple syrup, raisins] (.43)
snacks: apple sauce (.25) and baby carrots (.24)
lunch: whole wheat spaghetti/breaded tofu slice/prego sauce/olive oil (.83), vegan chocolate chip cupcake (.25)
dinner: beans/rice (.52).

total @ 9:04pm = $2.52.

I was mildly hungry today between meals. I’m hungry now. I should’ve eaten some broccoli today but I didn’t and I still want french fries. I might make popcorn tonight yet. I’ll be really glad when I’m eating yummy soup tomorrow night with all my leftover money.


Cheap Eating Day 2 March 26, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 1:44 am

Today went well for the $3/day project. I stuck to my proposed menu from the other day, so not much to report. I’m getting hungry, so I will likely make that nighttime popcorn snack soon.

What I’m learning from this is self-control and discipline. Obviously this whole project is self-imposed and I could break the rules at any moment to have the french fries I’m craving, but the restriction is nice and forces me to actually eat what I have in the house, which is something I’ve been trying to do more of lately. I could survive comfortably probably a few weeks just on what I have here already, and yet I continue to spend quite a bit of money on groceries every week. Since going vegan, I love food and I love to eat. I also really enjoying cooking and baking, so I’m always buying more groceries. But I’m really thankful that I’m being forced to plan ahead and eat what’s here. It will take some creativity to continue that sort of living after this is over, but I hope to do more of this type of eating in the future.


Eating for $3/day March 24, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 1:44 am

I mentioned a few months ago that a goal for me this year was to eat on a set amount of money for an entire month. Well, I’m not doing that yet, but the hosts of a radio show I listen to are challenging themselves to eat for $3/day from Tuesday (tomorrow) to Friday of this week — $12 total. I’m participating along with them and a number of other fans from around the country. I figure it will give me good practice for my month-long challenge. I’ve created meal plans for the rest of the week, which in itself was an educational exercise. It turns out $3 is just enough money to not eat too unhealthily. So here is my plan:

Breakfast every day will be oatmeal (quick oats with brown sugar, salt, maple syrup, cinnamon, milk, and raisins). Total is about $.43 per serving.

Morning snack is apple sauce ($.25), afternoon snack is a banana ($.15), and evening snack is buttered popcorn ($.20).

Tuesday = soup ($.86) + one cupcake ($.30) == $1.16
Wednesday = peanut butter and jelly sandwich ($.55) + one cupcake == $.85
Thursday = whole wheat pasta/Prego sauce/breaded tofu slice/5 pieces of broccoli ($.98) + one cupcake == $1.28
Friday = baked beans/organic brown rice/5 pieces of broccoli ($.67) + one cupcake ($.30) == $.97

Tuesday = baked potato/baked beans/5 baby carrots $.81
Wednesday = whole wheat pasta/Prego sauce/breaded tofu slice/broccoli = ($.98)
Thursday = baked beans/organic brown rice/broccoli ($.67)
Friday = soup (i haven’t figured out the serving price yet, but it will be less than $1.36)

Totals for each day:
Tuesday = $3.00
Wednesday = $2.86
Thursday = $2.84
Friday = $1.80 up until dinner. I’ll just add enough ingredients to the soup to be under the remaining available funds and still have extra for popcorn that night.

I wouldn’t normally eat a cupcake a day, but I made some for a friend’s birthday and they won’t stay good until the end of the week, so I’m sort of obligated to eat them since I have no one to give them to.

Prices are approximate and I’ll be drinking only water every day since a juice box costs $.25 which would put me over budget. I’ll let you know how it goes. I anticipate being hungry but not very hungry. I also expect to have a relatively relaxed week considering none of the cooking will take long and it’s all planned already. Feel free to join us in the challenge!