Tuesday, January 16, 2018

What I'm Reading: 1/16/2018

The book study I'm involved in on The Long Winterby Laura Ingals Wilder has been and continues to be something that I'm really enjoying!  

I've read chapters 1 - 6 and already I'm picking up on things that I had forgotten the first time I read it.  Here are some of my observations and take-aways this second time around ...

Chapter 1:  Pay attention to the signs - the signs were everywhere for Pa and Laura to notice and see that it was going to be a long hard winter.

Chapter 2:  Trust your instincts - Pa felt the urge to hurry and he was right.

Chapter 3:  Listen to what nature is telling you - the lack of wildlife to be found before the storm was concerning to Pa.

Chapter 4:   Prepare for the unexpected! Ma had never heard of a blizzard in October, but they had one.  Also I found it interesting how Ma stretched those beans and how simple their entertainment was.

Chapter 5:  Pa knows something is not right, he can sense it.  Also, I was intrigued by Ma’s shawl and shawl pin.

Chapter 6: Pa’s concerns continue. The silence of nature and ‘the weather’ have him on edge.  He predicts it’s going to be a hard winter.


The other book I'm reading is  Powerless, The Year The Lights Went Out by Suzanne Goldring.  Here again, I am really enjoying this book.    Here's the synopsis that Amazon gives for the book:

A nationwide power cut sends the UK into darkness and the lights are going to be off for a long time. There is no mains water, no petrol and no news. Towns and cities are chaotic and dangerous. Who will survive the months ahead without electricity? But out in the country, Sandra is determined to keep going. Can she keep her family healthy through the long, wet winter? And can they all adapt to life without power?

Like I said, I'm really enjoying the book, but I'm not quite finished with it yet so I'll hold my review until I do.  Hint, unless something changes, it's going to be a good one!!!
What are you reading?


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She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


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Monday, January 15, 2018

Five Uses for Empty Cereal Bags

You know the ones I’m talking about, they hold the cereal inside the box and are ‘wax-paper’ like in color and texture?

Here are 5 different uses that allow you to recycle/repurpose them instead of throwing them away!

Use them to separate/go between hamburger patties, sausage patties and pancakes when freezing them … (cut them into desired sizes)

For wrapping sandwiches …

To roll out cookie dough on …

To flour meat on …

And as a liner over a baking sheet for flash freezing items.

One more thing, here’s how I store mine until I’m ready to use them …

I cut the ends off the cereal bags, open them up, clean them, let them dry and wrap them on a paper towel roller held on by a rubber band!  (See picture above.)

Can you add anything to the list?


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She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


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Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Ways of My Household: 1/14/2018

Our temperatures went from frigid cold to the upper 60’s and lower 70’s this week!  We’ve been walking around in shirt sleeves and had the doors open!  It’s been a good week for airing out the house!   But now, today … the temps have fallen and it’s cold again!!!   The respite from the cold was nice while it lasted!  

I canned 7 more quarts of navy beans and added them to my pantry.

I made deviled eggs this last week for us to snack on, they are low carb and we like them!  Win!  Win!

I ran out of my simple homemade cleaner this week so I made some more.  Here's how I make it ... in a recycled window cleaner bottle I add 1 cup of plain ole rubbing alcohol and 1 teaspoon of Dawn dishwashing liquid.  Next, I finish filling up the bottle with water, give it a good shake and it’s ready to use.  I’ve tried several other homemade cleaners that were all good but I always seem to come back to this one.  For some reason that hint of alcohol smell just screams ‘clean’ and ‘disinfected’ to me, not to mention it doesn't require any special ingredients and it's super easy to make!

I was blessed with a box of fabric scraps from a reader this week.   These are not bits and pieces of useless scraps but good size, some already cut into useable size pieces, scraps.  Some, I would not consider scraps at all.   Needless to say, I was happy, happy, happy to receive them.  (Thank you again Bobbi!)  

My husband saw a hatchet lying on the side of the road and he stopped and picked it up.  It was in really good shape and I’m sure whoever lost it is sorry.

We learned this week that our Sam’s Club is one of the 63 that are being closed across the country.  This week they were giving 25% off of all purchases so we went and purchased meat, shredded cheese and water.  Next week is 50% off but we knew that if we waited all the meats would be gone by then and 25% off is better than regular price.  We used the reward points we earned last year and walked out of the store with zero out of pocket.  The meat part of our pantry looks alot healthier now!!!

I strained out the ‘used up’ comfrey from the comfrey oil I’m making and added new dried comfrey leaves and root.  I did the same thing with the plantain oil I’m making that will go in the comfrey salve as well.   I should be ready to make comfrey salve in a couple of weeks. 

We continue to cook from scratch, feed the compost bin and do all our normal money saving things that are second nature to us.

Want to know how I’m doing on my January’s ‘to-do’ list?  Click here to find out. 
That's it for me this week, what did your week look like?

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She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

From the Archives: Canning Pinto Beans

Several of us are canning pinto beans and navy beans this month so I thought it would be a good time to repost this oldie, but goodie from the archives ...

How to Can Pinto Beans


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