Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Friday, November 04, 2011
and a box full of food from the foodbank. The people at this food bank organize the food so can make a meal out of it all. Like tuna to go with the tuna helper, sloppy joe mix to go with the hamburger.
I could go on, but you get the picture. I love it when a menu comes together. Thank you God!
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Thrifty Texas Penny
Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Now, there is another site, http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/tipstricks/ht/How-To-Convert-Baking-Soda-To-Washing-Soda.htm
I usually don't trust ehow or about.com, so this truly is an experiement. Both sites vary in the directions, and how do you really know if you baked the soda long enough? It's not like it will change colors or look different. Hmmm . . . .will let you know.
Friday, October 21, 2011
1 1/4 cups water, slightly warmer than room temperature
1 TBS. butter
2 TBS sugar
1 tsp. salt
3 cups white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp. yeast
Proof the yeast with the water and sugar for about 5 minutes. Then add everything to your breadmaker. Set on Dough cycle. After the dough cycle is complete, divide the dough in half and put each half in a greased loaf pan. Cover with clean towel and let rise until doubled (about 45 minutes.) Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Thy Hand Hath Provided
Not in any particular order, but I find myself reading these before I even check my FB. (sorry friends and family!) I have been following them for a while and they never disappoint me with their recipes and words of wisdom. Thank you Sarah and Jane!
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
- 31 jars of spaghetti sauce
- 21 jars of peanut butter
- grape jelly
- 25 cans of refried beans
- apple butter, apple slices (frozen)
- flour and baking items like yeast, baking soda and baking powder
- white rice (don't judge, it was really on sale)
- a variety of mushroom soup and chicken broth
There is a variety of other canned things I have, but mainly just odds and ends really. I priced out a bunch of things at Wally's World and then at our local store, so I am up to date on the current prices of most things we need, but just don't know what to buy. Other than meat, of course, which would probably just take up the whole $107 right there. Not much else to say about this.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Sunday, October 09, 2011
Saturday, October 08, 2011
As you can see, I let the boxes pile up a bit too much.
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Oh, how I love leaves! Ever think how many uses a leaf has?
- Science project: see how many different kinds your kids can collect and identify
- Art project: put a leaf under a sheet of paper and make an imprint with a crayon
- P.E. exercise: rake into a pile, move onto a tarp, and then. . . JUMP!
- After extensive jumping, the leaves will be crunched, shredded, and ready for the compost pile or garden.(which is why you put the leaves on a tarp in the first place, it's SOOOOOO much easier to move to the garden!)
- If you can get bagged leaves, save a bag or two to add to the chicken coop in the middle of the winter. Chickens love to rummage thru a pile of leaves, it sure does keep them occupied in the cold weather!
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
French Bread Using a Bread Machine
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
4 cups bread flour
1 1/3 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon clover honey (or any type you prefer)
1 1/2 cups water
Add ingredients in the order listed to your bread machine, set the machine on dough cycle.
After the machine does all the work, take the dough out and divide in half. Take one half and DO NOT KNEAD. Resist the urge! Just tuck under one long end, like you were going to roll a long pumpkin roll. Set it in a loaf pan and let it rise for about 45 minutes. (I heat up a small coffee cup of hot water in the microwave and create a nice warm place for the loaves to rise right in the microwave. That way, no matter how many times the kids open and shut the kitchen door letting in the cold air, my bread will rise.)
After rising for about 45 minutes, Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 18 minutes.
Cool until you can cut it, if you can wait that long.
Of course, you could just leave it all in the bread maker, but I find it easier to cut in smaller loaves. Just set the breadmaker on light or regular loaf.
oops! I messed up. these pictures aren't my French Bread, they are from my Semi-Whole Wheat Bread. I'll post that recipe soon, I promise!
Monday, October 03, 2011
Ok, enough with the apples! just joking, I am very grateful for them. My next project is to make cider vinegar. I have tried this before, but let it set for too long and it just turned into a big mess.
Will let you know how it turns out!
Friday, September 30, 2011
I took a boatload of apple peelings and cores and cooked them on low for the WHOLE day. I added water occasionally, just enough to keep it from burning. I stirred it often and by the end of the day I had very little to work with. After cooling, I strained it thru an old t-shirt. It turned out to leave me 3.75 cups of pectin. Since I wasn't ready to use it right now, I froze it and I will have to boil it down for about 8 minutes when I need it.
All the directions I can find say to use about 1 cup boiled down pectin per 1 quart of berries/fruit. I will update you on if this works. So far I am not convinced this is worth the effort, due to the fact I didn't get a whole lot of pectin, but I am glad I at least know how to do this, you know, in case that strange granulated stuff ever goes missing from the store.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
I did add some paprika, like I usually do, but. . . .
A store bought, white hamburger bun. . . .
Hamburger bun with homemade mayo. Not convinced?
1 whole egg (pastured egg of course!)
Monday, September 19, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Friday, September 09, 2011
- Cast iron skillets browns meat on level 3, other skillets I have to turn it up to 5 or 6.
- Cast iron skillets can be turned off before the food is totally done, the pan stays heated in for a long time.
- Cast iron skillets can be wiped clean and doesn't have to be washed with water every time you use it.
As obsessed as I am with saving cents, I don't have time to figure this all out. I must be saving something. Ok, back to supper. Homemade pizza and breadsticks tonight!
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Saturday, September 03, 2011
As much as I tried, the garden didn't get started this year. But the heritage cherry tomato seeds I bought a couple of years ago are still self seeding themselves and took over the entire garden this year. Too bad the lettuce I grew in the herb garden tasted like tissue paper. I could have had salads for the whole neighborhood.
Friday, September 02, 2011
It's the first egg from the new hens, small in comparison to the old girls' eggs, but . . . .
Hope that maybe I can sell all of my extra eggs quickly and things will be alright.
D even said someone at his work is already asking about eggs.
Am I "counting my eggs before their hatched?"
Monday, August 29, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
picture courtesy of Steven Sumrall Sr.
Am soooo excited about this barn! Thank you Dad! Love you
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Wait, wrong picture. I did not have a coupon for a kitten, but we did get her for free.
Alright, Delilah the Cat! Move! I'm trying to talk about couponing here, not how cute kittens are.
Now for the low down. Most of this not edible, but hey, clean toilets for free is something!
28 candy bars (mysteriously, 4 are already missing) (Oh, and these are for our upcoming vacation, 10 hours one way in a van. I use anything I can to make it thru that.)
6 ct. bag of scrubby sponges
2 small bags of candy
1 jar of peanuts
1 box of toasted oats cereal
4 pounds of sugar
bag of chocolate chips
2 -2 liters of Mt. Dew
12 ct. box of microwave popcorn
2 small bags of chips
2 cans of fancy shaving cream
1 bottle of hairspray
1 bottle of fancy liquid body soap
bag of birthday ballons
2 rolls of bandage tape
bottle of Swiffer mop cleaner liquid
box of Swiffer mop pads
Airwick automatic spray dispenser
Airwick refill for the dispenser
11 bottles of Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner
3 bottles Lysol cleaner with bleach
8 bottles Lysol counter spray
I think that's it. For a total value of about $126.00.
I came home with $6 in my pocket.
Let me rephrase that.
The store gave me $6 to take this all home.
I didn't pay a cent for any of this.
Thank you Lord!
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Monday, August 01, 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
from Copyright © 2011 PickTheBrain Motivation and Self Improvement
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
"For the homesteader, the questions about raising one's own food should be personal and ethical, not financial and economical. "
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
And always the photo hog.