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Moving- Part 6: Affairs Out of Order

AKA: House hunting pre-requirements.  Early On:

  • I found a lower income/low down payment, rural improvement mortgage.
  • Gathered requested tax returns, check stubs etc.
  • Monitored our credit score.
  • Kept our family finances in check. mostly
  • Met with a buyer’s realtor on weekends for showings.
  • Spent months of research, discussions, arguments and tanks of gas…
  • I thought I had all my ducks in a rowboat.

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    Ducks in a row. Indiana.

Preparations in place, I still got blindsided. Upon calling the loan officer to give him the address of the potential property: He tells me there’s a five year old, resolved issue… that is somehow showing as a bad mark on our credit history.  So he can’t proceed. Are you kidding me? I had an attorney look at the paperwork today. Phones calls and emails ensue in the a.m.  😦

Friends and Confidants, it’s just a hiccup; and it’s early in the week. Five days until we make an offer –if the property suits us both on the walk-through.

I can hardly contain my SQUEEE!! –Gma Auburn {Jen} –Making sacrifices to the housing gods that there’s a furnace that works and the roof doesn’t leak.

#homebuying #credithistory

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Moving part 5: Foresight and the Sandwich Generation

Do you worry what will happen when your parents can’t care for themselves? Are your grown kids one paycheck away from loosing their place?

Though I tend to fret more than most; I am house hunting with these ‘what ifs” at the back of my mind. I feel I need to have Plan B in place, just in case there’s a scenario…

If hubby gets hurt or sick, can I still swing the house payments and take care of him? {hence the freshly-hatched possibility of a pet friendly B&B in the previous post.}

Working smarter, not harder is beginning to take on new meaning, Friends and Confidants. Am I smart enough, energetic enough, and driven enough to pull this off for the next decade? I don’t know. – Gma Auburn {Jen} Just typing out loud…

#grownchildren #grandchildren #mortgages #sidegig

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Moving Part 4: Small Town Possibilities?

Several ‘floating’ criteria come into play around midnight when I’m trolling realtor.com.  Some of which are our current and future side gigs. Hubby is a woodworker so he needs an outbuilding or garage, and I need an office, of course.

Coffee Mug Garden SeedsI’ve being looking across four counties, hoping for enough indoor/outdoor yard space to dog sit & have gardens, and chickens. Within an hour’s commute & under our price limit. There’s nothing that isn’t ‘handyman special,’ too close to Indianapolis (YUK!)… or on back roads with no phone service, that won’t see a snowplow for days.

Alternate plans forward: We are thinking it’s not our time yet, for a county homestead. We have to live with this decision for the next decade. We’d rather wait than compromise; or go too far in debt. 6 months of not quite right. Yikes! 5 months left till our lease is up here, and we ain’t stayin’ — Time for a new strategy.

Lilly in bloomWe’ve been revisiting the possibilities of  ‘small town life.’ Some pros… So many 2 story old Victorian style/Farm Houses listed as 4 bed/2 bath– just off the main street. Luscious dark woodwork within; begging to be loved up with Murphy’s oil soap. 😉 Cupboards and closets for miles. Neighborhoods with shade trees and bisecting sidewalks. I don’t dislike sidewalks.  Or neighbors for that matter. I could plant a both English and veggie gardens while he builds fences.

More than double the house in square foot, but smaller lot than we wanted {although bigger than we have now!}. Some traffic noise, but away from the city scurry. Closer to weekend attractions and small colleges. Solid and well built. City utilities & wifi/phone connectivity are a plus.

Alternate Side Gigs: Pet friendly air B&B? Maybe rent out an extra room & bath! A corner lot will be handy for hubby to display and sell his woodwork projects, too. Other ticks on the ‘plus’ side – Basement! Friendly community chatter page. Covered porches for rainy days, potted plants and corralling Border Collies. 😉 20-25 min to family and groceries & 40 min to work is reasonable. So are the house prices {even though a few updates are needed}. We’ll be viewing at least one mammoth place this Saturday. I’m excited for the possibilities!

 

I try not to complain in length or detail, but Friends and Confidantes, we are sick of this trailer park! There’s a racetrack across the street and moderate traffic from 7am till 7 pm in front of our place. There’s also two side roads that run within 6 feet on either side of the trailer into the park. I chose it because it had a covered porch and huge tree. It was meant to be temporary. –“3 years tops” is closing in fast – Gma Auburn {Jen}

#midwestliving #bordercollie #househunting #indianapolis #farwestside #hoosierstate #hiking #retirementplans

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Recipe- Stuffed Mushrooms for Two

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Stuffed Baby Bella Mushrooms – Free Recipe

Stuffed Mushrooms for Two – Quick, flavorful side dish! ->Total time: 20 minutes. Budget: $2.00 Simple recipe to double.

  • Preheat oven 375F
  • 6 Whole Baby Bella Mushrooms – Separate caps/stems.
    • Rinse. Pat dry, Cut & discard stem tips.
    • Save stem pieces!
  • In a small mixing bowl add: 
  • 2 T. Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 T. Bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning blend {OR  less than 1/8 tsp. Pesto}
  • Dash: Garlic powder, salt, black pepper
  • Mash with a fork until mixed.
  • Then add veggies…
  • Finely chopped: mushroom stems
    • Plus: 1-2 T. each finely chopped Celery and minced Onion
    • {OR 1 or 2 t. dried flakes.}
  • Stir to combine. Over fill each cap.
  • Small buttered baking pan.

Bake 375F/10-12 min uncovered. {Add 3-5 min for a double batch or large caps.} Serve hot.

  • Summer meal idea-
  • Feed a Family of four: Budget $8.00-$10.00
  • Whole container of stuffed mushrooms- $4.00
  • ADD: a mixed veggie salad -$2.75
  • PLUS: a cup of cream of celery soup – $1.25 {or roasted radishes!)
  • {OR 4- 2 oz portions of thinly sliced steak, add – $2.00}

Thanks for stopping by today! –Grandma Auburn*who is not a food picture stylist 😉   Need more quick and frugal ideas? Follow this blog or Pinterest 

#appetizers #sidedish #familymealplans #freerecipe #foodbudget

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Recipe- Roasted Radishes

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Roasted Radishes

Take advantage of fresh spring radishes. Don’t care for them raw? Try roasting them. It will add a whole new dimension to your weeknight side dish rotation. 

Budget Friendly Side: $2.00. Feeds 4-6 people. Total time: 20-25 minutes.

  1. Tinfoil lined baking sheet  PERHEAT: 425F
  2. 1 or 2 bunches of radishes
  3. Trim ends and rinse. Cut each in half.
  4. MIX: 2-3 T. vegetable oil with:
  5. 1/8-1/4 t. – seafood seasoning or lemon pepper or oregano/thyme blend**
  6. S & P to taste.
  7. Pour over radishes and toss to coat.
  8. Baking cut side down first gives them a little more brown.
  9. 425F/10 min. per side. {12-15 min. for larger radishes}
  10. Done when they feel a little soft to the touch, and the skin starts to wrinkle. Serve hot.

**Notes & Pictures: These were teeny radishes! Seasoned with garlic/Italian blend. Paired with leftovers from last night’s roast: potato cakes, carrots, onions and sliced pork loin.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Need more ideas or a quick dessert? Can’t get the kids to eat veggies? Follow Grandma Auburn here or on Pinterest for more.

Free Recipe- Stuffed Mushrooms    #appetizers #sidedish #familymealplans #freerecipe #foodbudget

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Potato Cakes and Pork Loin. Leftovers re-imagined!