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Financial Thoughts for Today

January 15th, 2015 at 03:30 pm

Good and bad...

- Made asian meatballs with rice for dinner which is everyone's favorite. Yum, yum, yum! And frugal!

- Took our dog to the vet for annual wellness. She had her shots, too. Grand total: $90.87. But she is healthy, so I am thankful!

- Got an email from UNM Press. My royalties (which have dwindled since I wrote the book 9 years ago) are over the required amount, so they're putting $105.46 into my account. That will go to the mortgage!

- I got an email from the library that the book I wanted (This is Where I Leave You) is available. I just checked it out on my phone. I haven't seen the movie (I'm not a huge movie fan; something to do with sitting still).

- As I sit here typing away, F is practicing piano. She seems super frustrated and I can't help her because I can't play an instrument at all. She'll need to wait for D to come home. But I feel terrible that I can't help and that I never learned an instrument.

10 Responses to “Financial Thoughts for Today”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Cool that you wrote a book. Smile

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I didn't know you wrote a book! I've been there listening to my kids get frustrated on their flutes at times. It is part of the process sometimes. And Asian meatballs sound yummy!

  3. Buendia Says:

    My book... ahhh... so, so, so nerdy! It is called The Train Stops Here: New Mexico's Railway Legacy (that was the publisher's title, not mine!) an it's about the railroad depots of New Mexico.

  4. MonkeyMama Says:

    Can you share your Asian meatball recipe?

  5. PNW Mom Says:

    Very cool you wrote a book! And your meatballs sound yummy!

  6. Buendia Says:

    Here is the Asian Meatballs recipe (it's originally from family circle; I modified the amount of asian five spice since it was waaay too much in the original recipe I thought)

    meatballs:
    1.5 lbs ground turkey
    1 c bread crumbs
    2 eggs lightly beaten
    3 scallions
    2 T ginger (either powder or fresh grated ginger)
    1 t onion powder
    1/4 t chinese 5 spice
    1 T soy sauce

    sauce:
    1 c broth (veggie or chicken)
    1/2 c ketchup
    1 8 oz can tomato sauce
    2 T rice vinegar

    combine sauce ingredients and put in a slow cooker
    in a large bowl mix meatball ingredients and mix into 1/3 c meatballs - about 12
    put meatballs in the cooker in a single layer
    cook high 4 hours or low 6 hours
    service with rice

  7. MonkeyMama Says:

    Thanks! Looks very delish!

  8. Jenn Says:

    Thanks for the recipe! That sounds like something my kids would like. Is the Chinese 5-spice something that can be purchased in a regular grocery store?

  9. Buendia Says:

    Yes, but I actually leave it out... I just use a tiny pinch of cinnamon...

  10. PatientSaver Says:

    Congrats on the book too! Here's to royalties!

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