Thursday, December 9, 2010
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Sunday, July 11, 2010
While on a cross county trip as a child with no air conditioning and four siblings. We headed form the Sacramento Valley to Waco , Texas. It was a long, hot, miserable drive. Fighting with siblings and hearing folks tell us to knock it off was just how it was. So was cooking with the heat of the roaring Oldsmobile Wagon .(with wood paneling, of course). My parents cooked foil packs while driving to save money and time.
So, on my cross country trip with my kids we did this too. Our conditioning we broken and our budget is tight. So, cooking with the heat of the van engine sounded like my choice for real food and not fast food. I was not brave enough to start out with a cooked chicken or anything to crazy so simple hot dogs it was!
Wrap food in tinfoil nice and tight. I used three layers of of thick tin foil.
Place on a hot spot in your engine. Be extra careful not to place it near any moving parts or places that will effect the running of the actual car.
And, drive for an hour or two depending on what you are cooking. See these are done, the ends have even split open. This is something that you cannot control. You just have to play with it and make sure you are safe.
While we were eating our hot engine cooked hot dogs, I also heated up some marshmallow for some smores. We stopped in a roadside park and played in a creek. This was so much fun and so so yummy for a road trip! Plus I created some fun memories for my children.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
- The pile of trash in front of my house LIBERATING
- The 27 inches of less hair on my head LIBERATING
- The 250 friends that no longer exists on my Facebook account LIBERATING
My four trips to the recycling center this week LIBERATING
- The accompanying four trips to the donation drop off center LIBERATING
- Why I feel like I need to liberated my life:
In December I had heart surgery followed my open heart surgery on Jan 4Th of 2010. I found my self with a lot of time to think during the 45 day recovery.
I decided that my talk show was not going the places I want it to go. I found that all the "newer" coupon guru's annoy me to death. I do not enjoy seeing and hearing all the new folks toot their own horns. I feel like one good trip to the grocery store does not make you an expert at what you do. Sometime if feels like and insult to the ones who have been around forever. I have wondered a ton if what I do actually helps people.....
You know I am about all around frugality. Maybe I should have been the Frugal Queen. This frugal life of mine is not about just having good trips to the grocery store. It is way deeper than that. I have written at least two other articles about it. You can read them here and here.
I also love , love , love to cook. can, and all around any type of preserving food. I enjoy gardening, foraging, gleaning, dehydrating and storing foods. I am all about frugality and not just coupons. I sometimes feel like my priorities are out of order. I have found that I need to change some things.
My Facebook wall would feel up in 2 hours with over a thousand things. I could never find what I cared about. I needed to simplify my time on Facebook.
My hair was a disaster from surgery and medication. I needed to simplify my stress with it.
I am not enjoying the house I live in. So I am getting rid of crap. Just because their is a place to keep it, does not mean I need to. Also we are most likely moving this summer. I have been donating tons of stuff and throwing out the trash. I cannot believe some of the things I was holding onto. I sat down with each of my four children and helped them go through things one item at a time and decide what to get rid of.
One thing I cannot change is family. Sometimes it is ok and sometimes family is complicated. I have no idea how to fix any of it. I love them all but, sometime I do not like the things they do.
Thanks for listening (reading) I would love input. By doing these things I should be SAVING myself time.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
I have a large stockpile of food and work on my resources daily! I love to recycle and garden. Canning is a source of therapy for me and most people think I am nuts to do it. I make candy from scratch like popping a batch of store bought cookies in the oven is normal to you making things from scratch is normal to me. I am a homesteader. Most of you if not all of you don't know I have chickens. LIVE chickens!
Here is a list of the books I am reading that are on my nightstand.
- Flee Market Style
- The Backyard Homestead
- Home Preserving Made Easy
- The Self-Sufficient Life
- Square Feet Gardening
- Great America Home Baking
- Urban Farm
- Two Other Personal Friends Cookbooks
My kitchen counters consists of the following:
- Two Food Dehydrators
- Pressure Cooker
- Bread Machine
- Kitchen Aid
- Bag full of 15 pounds of gleaned pecans to put up
- bowl of fruit
- and a book shelf full FULL of cookbooks
My office are has:
- two printers
- two tables
- hundreds of pounds of coupons
- I was not kidding about that
- organizers, containers, and small binders
- coupon policies
- bills, checkbooks, junk!
- Let's just sum up and say my husband and I sleep in the "store" room!
Hope this helps you know a little more about how and why I am so frugal and deep minded about it. Have a great day!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
We are being blasted about money! Everywhere you look. go , see and almost anyone you talk to is obsessed about money.