Baby asparagus shoots

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See that little green spear? It’s asparagus planted not even a week ago. To give you an idea of its scale, note the pine needle under the green shoot. That “spear” isn’t any bigger than a match stick!

Our house repair fund got a nice boost as I received payment for the sale of my Lexus convertible. I hope to be playing the Money Game again soon!

House repair target fund: $20,000

Saved so far: $15,502

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Fat Head Pizza Part 2

After George made his pizza, he had some dough left. He stuck in the fridge and we pretty much forgot about it.

Today was a crazy day. His phone was DOA this morning and one of my closest friends lost her dad – unexpectedly. We both had our hands full and decided we really didn’t even want to eat dinner tonight.

That worked great until tummies started grumbling later in the evening. George remembered the dough and made some more pizza.

This time he rolled it out super thin and he said it was a lot better this time around. It was so good that I thought it was worthy of a blog post. I was sitting in the living room waiting to hear the bad news. Instead, amazing smells came from the kitchen followed by a platter of pizza and stir fried broccoli.

I’m normally skittish over anything that’s hung out in the fridge more than 3 days. I posted about our first Fat Head Pizza dinner on the 4th – more than 2 weeks ago. This is longer than I’d preferred to wait but again – I’m posting as this is definitely a recipe than can be made ahead and then quickly rolled out and finished in the oven with your preferred toppings.

Our home maintenance fund got also got a solid boost from our big rebate check that came from Costco. The check was $557.56 and it went straight to the house repair fund. I am so ready to get this done and get back to the Money Game. I haven’t been myself since we had to make this detour.

House repair target fund: $20,000

Saved so far: $6,922.56

Fat Head Pizza

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This is going to sound trivial to some people but I know it isn’t. My friend, KV from the Debt Free Fanatics board, will probably love it because it’s about getting what you want while honoring your budget.

George developed several food sensitivites including one to wheat. He’s given up so much and his health has gotten better as a result (significant weight loss, awesome blood chemistry, etc.)

The Super Bowl is a big day to him with wonderful emotional memories of being with his brothers, pigging out and watching the game.

I found a recipe for wheat free pizza that people seem to rave about. George would probably weep over an honest to god pizza especially later this evening when the big games gets underway.

The recipe calls for a microwave and we don’t have one. I snapped a picture of one from Costco the other day and we joked about it. But we locked down spending because our home is going to need some expensive work in the next month or two.

Today’s the day. He went to Costco for a few staples and again I joked asking if he got the oven so we could make his pizza. He laughed and shook his head.

This is epic people. The old us would have bought a new microwave the instant the old one was carried out. If for some unexplicable reason that didn’t happen, we would have definitely bought one the minute we learned a favorite food could be made again if only we had a microwave.

The ending? I just did a search and found a method for making it without a microwave. It’s actually better as you mix the dough in a food processor and you don’t have to work fast to overcome it cooling. We both high fived as he just rolled out the dough. Toppings are waiting after the base pre-bakes.

(Note – we converted the recipe to American measurements and used

  • 1 1/2 cups finely grated mozarella cheese
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 ounce cream cheese (the package was marked off in ounces)
  • 1 egg
  • a pinch of salt (about 1/8 teaspoon)

We set the oven to 425 F.

Some people on the old Dave Ramsey boards criticized me for not buying whatever I wanted after we finished Baby Step 6. These are the reasons why we’re still in Baby Step 7 years later and why our wealth is growing. It shows you don’t have to do without and often your new solutions turn out even better.

I think the other best example of this is how we stopped going out to eat in Baby Step 2. We learned to enjoy cooking together and to do other things like riding our bikes that focused on play and fun instead of spending money to entertain ourselves. It made our life a lot better and we still prefer an evening in.

On the home front, we continue to save. We just signed and faxed the agreement to the structural engineer to get everything going and hopefully we’ll be back to the Money Game soon.

The pizza smelled wonderful and George said it tastes great (I’m allergic to dairy so I can’t eat it). I had to come back and update with a picture.

House repair target fund: $20,000

Saved so far: $5,250