September 27th - October 3rd

Since Madison is away at school, it is my job to take care of Mr. Shamers. Shamey is a quarter horse we've had since...forever.  When my horse crazy girl was much younger and just starting out in this crazy world of horses, she came home one day after her weekly lesson and announced she could buy a horse for $800!  She had asked her trainer how much money it takes to buy a horse and the trainer (you know who you are haha) told her she could buy one for around $800!  

So Don and I, genius parents that we are, told Madison if she could save $800 she could buy a horse. NEVER say that to a horse crazy girl! In our defense, our line of thinking was rational...or so we thought at the time. Afterall, what kind of 8 year old is going to save that kind of money??  She doesn't have a job. Her allowance is not consistent. She really likes to buy plastic horses when she gets money...this just isn't going to happen, but we'll be good parents and go along with it.  

WELL....lesson learned! About 2 years later she had saved $1000!!  She was just 10 years old and ready to invest in her first horse!  The trainer that got us into this [you know we love you :o)] started looking for a suitable mount, and we went on several farm visits to try various horses until we came across this raggedy little red horse named Shameless. 

The trainer got on Shameless and took him for a test ride. He was so cute, and I have to be honest, his cuteness gave me chills - it was love at first site for Madison and me.  Madison wasn't supposed to be riding anything because she was still on crutches and in a cast from a serious fall she had a few weeks earlier, but this little horse was so gentle we decided to let her sit in the saddle and go on a walk.  Shameless walked her around so carefully and didn't even flinch when a big semi drove right along the fence line where they were walking and blasted his horn (genius).  It didn't phase him when the stallion in the next pasture was charging at the fence that separated their pastures - Shameless was just as quiet as could be...that day anyway (but that is a whole other post for another time)

The seller was asking $2500 for Shameless, but Madison only had $1000.  So she asked me if she thought the woman would sell him for less.  I told her it never hurts to ask.  So she walked right into the office by herself at just 10 years old and told the woman that Shameless is the horse for her and she would give him a forever home, but she only has $1000.  Now this was not a private seller who cared where this horse ended up - we were dealing with a horse trader who buys and sells horses for a living, but apparently she had a soft spot for little girls with big dreams. Madison bought her very first horse that day all on her own. That kid amazes me often, but that day was something I am so glad I got to see. Thank you, Sandy, for finding Shameless and making that day possible.  I will never forget it.

This was the first week after we brought him home

Looking good about a month after bringing him home
Shameless is retired now and enjoying his days in a beautiful grassy pasture, and Madison is all grown up and living in another state going to college.  I go out and take care of Shameless everyday. Recently I have been taking 3 carrots with me and the occasional apple. Today when I pulled up he nickered to me and came running to the gate.  It feels good to be loved - even if it is only for the carrots

Thursday - leftovers
Friday - Tilapia with Mango Salsa and Rice Pilaf   (Fresh Tilapia is on sale at Publix this week)
Saturday - Roasted Chicken Breasts and a salad (Publix salad is 2 for $4 this week)
Monday - Tropical Pork Chops with rice (Boneless Pork Loin Chops are on sale at Publix for $3.99/lb)
Tuesday - New York Strip Steak with a salad (These steaks are on sale for $7.99/lb this week)

Shopping List

Hamburger Buns (as many as you need)

3 avocados
1 bunch cilantro
1 bunch parsley
1 head of garlic
2 jalapeno peppers
3-5 serrano peppers (I usually use 3 for our tastes)
6 limes
2 mangos
4 onions
1 red bell pepper
1 red onion
4 tomato
2 bags of salad (on sale)
lemon juice
lime juice
fresh pineapple (or 1 (8) ounce can pineaple tidbits)

6 ozs monterey jack cheese

cayenne pepper
chili powder
dried basil (buy fresh if you prefer)
dried oregano (buy fresh if you prefer)
garlic salt
onion salt
brown sugar

olive oil
vegetable oil
cider vinegar
white vinegar
hot sauce
10 oz tomato based chili sauce
worcestershire sauce
soy sauce
rice (Uncle Bens on BOGO Free sale)

2 1/4 lbs boneless pork loin chops (on sale)
1 to 2 lbs lean ground beef - depending on how many burgers you are making (on sale, but I prefer to use ground round)
4 lbs Country Style Pork Ribs (on sale)
3/4 lb Tilapia (on sale)
1.5 to 2 lbs New York Strip Steaks (on sale)
Bone-in Skin-on Chicken Breasts as many as you need (I already have some in the freezer from when they were on sale)

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