Friday, March 24, 2023

Cheap Food Tricks

 Occasionally I like to buy ingredients that I can use to make something that I can eat for day, be it a large pot of chili or some tasty sandwiches. One of the things I make this way is Chicken Parmesan. How long it will last depends on the size of the bag of chicken patties, and how many you eat at one sitting.


Chicken Patties; Mozzarella Cheese; Sauce

Oh, I guess you need a microwave oven, although I suppose you could use a regular oven. I usually use two chicken patties. I put two patties on a microwavable plate and microwave them for one minute. Then I flip them over. I spoon some sauce over each patty.  (I use marinara sauce but any Italian-style sauce will do. Even spaghetti sauce. Use however much you want.) Then I sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the sauce. I put it back in the microwave for another minute and, voila, it's done.

Another thing I like to do with these chicken patties is make a simple chicken sandwich. I cook one or two patties in the microwave. This usually means one minute on one side, flip it/them over, and another minute on the second side. Put the patty on a regular hamburger bun with your choice of accoutrements (added things) and enjoy. I usually just add mayonnaise and a thin slice of red onion.

Chicken Patties; Hamburger Buns; Mayonnaise; Red Onion

Sorry I don't have pix of the finished dish. You don't really need one, do you? 😁



Monday, August 15, 2022


 There have been a lot of Watergate specials on TV lately. That's because it's been 50 years since the break-in. A 50-year anniversary will always mean a lot of TV specials. Since I didn't pay much attention to it when it happened, and since history interests me more than it did in school when I failed and had to repeat US History in summer school, I have been watching some of these documentaries. What has surprised me is not what these men did, but how civilly it was handled after it happened.

In case you don't know, in 1972, several men broke into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate hotel in Washington D.C. (I don't think anyone has definitively said what they were looking for, but it must have been information on the Democrat's strategy in the upcoming presidential election. It never really mattered what they were there for.) A lot of stuff happened and, eventually, the Republican President, Richard Nixon, was forced to resign due to it having been proven that he knew all about it and was trying to cover it up. If you want more details, click on this link to the Watergate Scandal page on Wikipedia.

As I watched the shows about Watergate, it amazed me at how civil everyone was to each other. Today politicians rarely get along if they're not in the same party, and often even politicians in the same party don't get along. There's a lot of ugliness and hostility in politics today. The idea of coming together "across the aisle" to compromise on something is extremely rare. Many politicians won't support anything that wasn't proposed by someone in their own party. Doesn't matter what it's about.

I'm a Democrat-leaning Independent. A liberal. So you're going to cite that whenever I say something negative about Republicans.  So be it. But so many Republicans are working so hard to block anything the Democrats propose. Health care? Blocked. Recession relief? Blocked. Teaching historical truth? Blocked. Voting rights? Blocked. Affordable prescriptions, especially insulin? Blocked. I could go on, but you can find information about this elsewhere. (Here's an informative article about it.)

I wonder what has happened over the years to make so many people so defiant and so angry. It amazes me. It scares me. 

I live in a "red state" and most of the people who live in my little town are Trump supporters. Well, they were. There's no telling anymore. But still, a lot of these people would continue to support Trump even if he was raping their grandma. I firmly believe that. When a new neighbor moved in and hung a Trump flag on his front porch I was visibly shaken.

Scenario: Someone's raping grandma.  Get the gun and then run to grandma to save and protect her. Aim the gun at the rapist. Wait. What? Oh, it's Trump? Sorry, grandma.

No, this would never happen. Grandma's too old and wrinkly for Trump. But maybe your sister or your daughter. Hmmm? He did say he likes to grab them by the pussy.

So anyway, back to Watergate. As I watched the documentaries, I watched all these Democrat and Republican politicians being nice to each other. Even the Nixon-loving Republicans thought he had gone too far and wanted to impeach him. Amazing! These documentaries usually end with Nixon climbing into Marine One to leave the White House for the last time. 

As I watch the end of the documentary, tears came to my eyes. It's was so fantastically awesome how these (mostly) men came together to do the right thing. What happened between then and now? Why are we so hateful and hurtful when it comes to political opinions. We used to be able to discuss our differences. We can't do that anymore and that's just a sad commentary on our country.

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Friday, August 5, 2022

Money. Fucking money.

I don't know where it's going.

I was having serious money problems so I changed some things. I canceled my cable TV which saves me slightly over $100 per month. I completely quit making payments on all but one of my credit cards, which saves me several hundred dollars per month. Even with these debts "gone" each month, I'm still in the red and bouncing checks (at $20 per bounced check, btw).

Every month I try to cut back, but every month I'm in the red, and I just don't understand it. I'm only paying the things I have to pay, but I'm still fucked. I just don't get it.

My Venmo is @SueWacvet

My CashApp is $wacvet

My PayPal is or scan this:

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Dear Delivery Drivers,

 Please use your head. Don't put my food on the ground. I have a chair and a table on my front porch, so when I select "contact-free delivery," you should leave the food there.

Tonight my delivery driver not only wanted to hand me the food, but when I asked him to put the food down and pointed to the chair (through a closed storm/screen door), he put it on the ground. 

Maybe you just need the extra money. Maybe you're not bright enough to qualify for a well-paying, steady job. Whatever it is, help me to think the former, not the latter, by not putting my food on the ground. 


(For those of you who might be wondering if they are repaying my frugality, they're not. I tip as generously as possible for someone who doesn't make much money herself.)