Monday, June 10, 2024

Monday Message

"Our Heavenly Father created this beautiful earth, with all its abundance, for our benefit and use. His purpose is to provide for our needs as we walk in faith and obedience. He has lovingly commanded us to ‘prepare every needful thing’ (see D&C 109:8) so that, should adversity come, we may care for ourselves and our neighbors, and support bishops as they care for others." (All is Safely Gathered In pamphlet)

It sure seems like we are all in turmoil, weather is broken here, we keep getting severe weather and worse is hitting elsewhere. Having storage on hand makes it easier and faster to help others in these hard times.

It has been hard back-breaking work but I planted the strawberries and put a cover over to keep out the critters. I planted four apple trees and have gifted others. I have planted the seedlings I had started so, live or die, they are in ground. I will work with what I get.

I made up jam from the last of my raspberries and peaches I froze last year. So peach raspberry jam. 

I used some milk that needed to be used to make two quarts of yogurt and cream cuts. Someone wanted to see what they looked like...

It is like buttery pie crust on bottom and on top, the pudding in the middle is like a rich French pudding and is topped off with almond icing. Get the recipe HERE.

My husband's mom made this for us when we came in from a snowmobile date all cold. This was so good.

Because I store the basics in my storage, I had everything on hand to make it.

As you get your groceries or stop in at the store, pick up a few basics that you can tuck away like salt, baking soda, baking powder, flour, yeast, sugar, shortening...little by little it will add up.

Stick some seeds in pots if you can't garden. Every little bit helps.

I rearranged the watercolor table...it is a bit more balanced. I am tired of moving things about though so enough of that for now.

How are you coming on learning a skill? I know it is hard to find the time. Spread it out to fit your schedule. Break each part down. For example, if you got a machine and you want to make a t-shirt... Step one - learn different things about your machine. Step two - find the pattern and fabric (this might be using an adult size one to repurpose to learn on). Next step could be study the directions for pattern.

Just break things down. Plus, if you find your machine is skipping stitches on knit fabric, you need to use a ball needle.

I would throw into this next step to watch some podcasts and sew some swatches to understand your machine.

We don't need to do it all in one go. Take a learn as you go approach.

Missy says that you will get things done, don't heap too much on your to-do list, enjoy the things you do as well.

Tippy Longstockings says remember to be kind in all you do.

Monday, June 3, 2024

Monday Message

"The rationale for emergency preparedness is that by living providently and by acquiring in advance the skills and resources necessary to cope effectively with difficulties, Latter-day Saints can minimize or avoid the suffering that accompanies the unexpected.  They can also have the sense of security and peace of mind (D&C 38:30) that are essential to spiritual development."

Encyclopedia of Mormonism, 14 vols., edited by Daniel H. Ludlow (New York: Macmillan, 1992),, p. 453

I think we all see the prices rising and rising. So it is times like these that we need to find more frugal ways. Learn how to stretch what you have. Teach your kids skills they will need. Because we all have hard times. Think of hard times you have had, what do you wish you had known then. I wish I had known how to bake bread and how to stock some food for bad times. I remember when we moved to student housing, back then you could get four packages of hot dogs for a dollar and four packages of mac and cheese for a dollar. I remember one week we could get a dozen eggs, the next a bag of flour...hard times aren't all bad. They taught me how to make do and manage.

I say we never stop learning...

I wanted to show you how I remade a pair of capris pants to be my size.

I cut the center seam from cuff to cuff. Then folded them inside with side seams touching as in the picture.



..followed by the rest. I put the front of the pattern to the front which has a zipper and ties. Then I fudged the pattern about so that I could use the waist band zipper and ties, side seams and hem, and it worked great with very little sewing time. So look at your clothing and find ways to extend the life of the item.

For that matter, find different uses for things you already have instead of heading to a store.

https://kiwienergy.us/10-easy-ways-to-repurpose-and-reuse-common-household-items/ - there are some good ideas here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UT6yqK4VLFg - there are some good ideas here as well, I might even try some.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58WGkkMej3s - here are some frugal ideas.

Try this week to do some more frugal things... let us know what frugal ideas you find in the comments below.

I saw a podcast where a lady showed how to make these vine balls. I love them! So this year I have started doing them with this awful vine that I usually pull and toss on the burn pile but now doing this ball, every time I find one, I add it. Kind of like war on this nasty vine and in the end I win big time.

Missy says seriously find ways to be frugal on everything, even like she shows often with her brown grocery bag.

Tippy Longstockings is in shock at the rising prices look for frugal things.

Monday, May 27, 2024

Monday Message

"Let us be in a position so we are able to not only feed ourselves through the home production and storage, but others as well." (President Ezra Taft Benson)

Can up extra or grow extra, stock up - there is always someone in need.

Prices continue to go up - we need to prepare for them to go higher as well as we can. Look for sales and store the basics.

https://preparednessnibblesandbits.blogspot.com/2009/02/basic-food-storage-cookbook.html - this is one of my favorites. I love using their recipe for apple crisp using my dried apples. But you will find good recipes and information.

https://extension.usu.edu/preserve-the-harvest/files/Food-Storage-Booklet.pdf - this has some helpful information.

https://www.thepurposefulpantry.com/basic-pantry-staples-checklist/#h-storing-basic-pantry-staples staples for your pantry.

https://www.thespruceeats.com/standard-kitchen-supplies-for-your-pantry-1808020 - more info.

https://lilluna.com/pantry-staples-list/ - this has a list here.

I am a firm believer if you store the basics to start with, it will enhance all your stock.

For example, if you store flour, sugar, salt, oil, shortening, and yeast. You will be able to make bread. If you store in addition baking powder and baking soda, you can also make muffins and biscuits and pancakes and coffee cake. Add brown sugar or molasses and cinnamon...you can now make cinnamon rolls and cookies and even more than I listed. This is just to show you when you have basics, everything else can be added to it.

And who wouldn't like cinnamon rolls?

Some people have cinnamon allergy - I read that you can use cardamom instead. I love cardamom in my julekaga bread.

https://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2013/12/christmas-snacks-julekaga-jerky.html yum! This post also has the beef jerky recipe.

https://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2018/04/monday-message_23.html - in this post, I tell you my favorite cookbooks. See if your library can get them for you.

Here are just shots from around the house.









These are just pictures from around the house I thought you might enjoy to bring a smile to your face... while the world can be so negative, put things in your nest that will make you smile.

Missy says you are doing great - keep working on being more frugal, learn those skills!

Tippy Longstockings says prices are so scary - don't just hide in your bag but do what you can in stocking up and building your skills.


Monday, May 20, 2024

Monday Message

"I wish to urge again the importance of self-reliance on the part of every individual Church member and family. None of us knows when a catastrophe might strike. Sickness, injury, unemployment may affect any of us. We have a great welfare program with facilities for such things as grain storage in various areas. It is important that we do this. But the best place to have some food set aside is within our homes, together with a little money in savings. The best welfare program is our own welfare program. Five or six cans of wheat in the home are better than a bushel in the welfare granary." (President Gordon B. Hinckley)

Spring has made things the lovely green that we love after a winter of no green. Of course, with that beautiful green comes time to mow.

The rhubarb is coming up and looking great. I thought you would like seeing how strange it looks as it starts to open a leaf...

Flocks are out they always are so very pretty...


And I have been picking asparagus - yum!

It has been very windy which has been hurting me but pushed on and finished the garage that was a lot of work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zq_Y5cX8quc - this is interesting and would be so frugal.

https://www.pinterest.com/ginya18/remake-old-clothes/ - here are a lot of ideas.

https://www.pinterest.com/jfabrit/clothing-remakes/ - so many ideas.

https://www.goingzerowaste.com/blog/upcycled-clothing-ideas-for-a-zero-waste-lifestyle/ - there are some ideas here.

https://sustainablykindliving.com/best-ways-to-reuse-old-clothing/ - ideas.

I think there are many ways to recycle your old clothing. Have you priced fabric of late? Oh my goodness! It would pay to go to thrift stores to find clothing with lots of fabric

The rag balls that someone painstakingly made is what they use to do with clothing that no longer had any use...they cut them into strips and sewed the strips end to end. That is what they did with these rag balls as well. It is interesting to see the different fabrics.

This too is what they used to make quilts with as well.

Being frugal was all of this and more.

https://www.roseryapparel.com/videos/beginner-friendly-clothes - this gal uses pretty thrifted sheets to make dresses - very pretty!

Don't forget to trade clothes with others who may have child sizes you need etc.

I have shared before my grandmother making my mother an outfit for her concert at school. People would give my grandmother clothes they no longer wanted and she made a little pinafore dress for my mother out of the used clothing. But as she tried to make the little blouse, there wasn't enough of a ladies blouse to make it. So since the dress had the front part, she cut the blouse so that the hole in the ladies blouse was behind the bib part of the dress. I like what she could do, she did this with a treadle machine and oil lamp.

I one time found a dress at a yard sale but down the front someone had a coffee stain. I was able to embroider over the stain. You could also applique something over a stain.

Also, don't forget you can make old clothes into rags without any sewing but I save buttons and zippers off of them first

Share what ideas you have below.

This is my little spinning buddy, Carl, and while he wishes he was the color of my spinning right by him there on the table, he is just happy to watch.

Missy says she is showing a makeover for her, her pillow.

Tippy Longstockings, not wanting to be bested by Missy, says she, too, is sporting her pillow. 

I covered each with a scrap of fleece (to be fair they are the same). I covered their pillows with the fleece and safety pinned underneath to hold in place and they can't lay on the pins. They each have their own and clearly love them and they were a no-sew option.

Keep working at your storage and skills and frugalness.

Monday, May 13, 2024

Monday Message

"Our Heavenly Father created this beautiful earth, with all its abundance, for our benefit and use. His purpose is to provide for our needs as we walk in faith and obedience. He has lovingly commanded us to ‘prepare every needful thing’ (see D&C 109:8) so that, should adversity come, we may care for ourselves and our neighbors, and support bishops as they care for others." (All is Safely Gathered In pamphlet)

Hope everyone is doing well. This week finds me working out in the garage aka workshop for hubby. It is a huge undertaking. I tell myself to work for one hour a day. If I feel like I can keep going, then I do and I have still an awful lot of work.

Also had our very old freezer go out. It was a blessing I was right next to it when it did so nothing was ruined. It could have been way worse plus they were having a sale on freezers that ended the next day, I had no idea.

The other thing is it fit in our car amazing - we could do a commercial I say.

So a very busy week.

Since I am cleaning the garage, I thought I would talk about making your own cleaners...

https://www.bhg.com/homekeeping/house-cleaning/cleaning-products-tools/homemade-cleaners/ - great ideas here.

I use baking soda to clean surfaces you do not want scratched. I use it on my stove and I use it for drain cleaning.

To help with slow drains, I put a fourth a cup of baking soda on the tub or sink drain (I like to do both at the same time). Then take vinegar and I just dump a third of a cup and follow this with boiling water. It takes care of it but if it's still slow just repeat. So much better than chemicals which could harm you or your pipes. I have done this for years.

My favorite stain remover is shampoo - work it into the stain, rinse and repeat if needed.

If you have a favorite cleaner let us know in comments below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74pGhEq_fPs - great video.

https://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/green-living/natural-cleaning-recipes - it is way cheaper to make your own of just about everything.

Thought you would like to see how the fabric changes when you weave it into the mug rugs I am making...


This first picture you can see what the fabric looks like, then when you weave it in you get a very different and pretty effect.

Missy is very nonplussed but Llama is very happy.

Tippy Longstockings says which is longer me or the cat tube? But which is cuter??

My seedlings continue to grow. At the time I am writing this two weeks ago, we have a frost advisory tonight so don't be in a hurry to plant till after your frost date. Mine will just sit here happily looking out the window.

Missy says cleaning means making your bed, she is demonstrating.

Tippy Longstockings says if you said she was cuter than the cat tube you would be right.

These are the cookies I made for the solar eclipse day. I thought they would be the closest I could come. They are peanut butter cookies I made and rolled in tubes so they were slice and bake, near the end I added the chocolate and tada! - eclipse cookies.

Missy and Tippy Longstockings both want to remind you to continue to stock your pantry, build your skills and find thriftier ways of doing things .

Monday, May 6, 2024

Monday Message

"The counsel to have a year’s supply of basic food, clothing, and commodities was given fifty years ago and has been repeated many times since. Every father and mother are the family’s storekeepers. They should store whatever their own family would like to have in the case of an emergency … [and] God will sustain us through our trials." (James E. Faust)

We need to be able to repair our clothing.

Kids keep growing and taking clothes in and out and fixing buttons and zippers helps.

I have lost weight on purpose and I needed to keep my clothes that no longer fit. I like loose-fitting clothes but some would fall off and my shoes got too big. Fortunately, I have some sewing skills and was able to shrink my clothes, almost entirely redoing them. Some dresses I added the elastic gripper things to the back.

I am thinking on shoes - regular shoes are no problem, I can just wear thicker socks, but church shoes with nylons hmmmm... I'm toying with making pillows for the toes of the shoes. Can't hurt to try. That is what we need is not to be afraid to try.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGVMjFJuwbw - this is so fantastic we all need these skills.

https://www.marthastewart.com/274965/how-to-patch-a-hole-mend-a-seam-and-fix - some creative ideas.

https://remake.world/stories/style/how-to-mend-your-clothes-during-quarantine-5-easy-stitch-fixes/ - I like the embroidered circles.

I think we need to try to make everything last longer. We need to take care of what we have and learn to fix things.

Hang onto things that are useful. Find different uses for those things you feel need to be tossed.

Find ways to save on everything.

https://makeit-loveit.com/making-pants-longer-lengthen-trousers - kids grow taller, this is helpful.

If you don't have a sewing machine, it is a great place to start. If you can, get one, even if you have to get one used. Look at thrift stores or your community web pages. Have family and friends be on the lookout for you as well. Ask someone you know who sews to go with you so they can make sure it works. 

We had two little girls so I needed a sewing machine. Someone posted in a paper of sorts. I wanted one with good tension and a free arm since I would need it for arms and legs of clothing I would make. We went to the house of the couple with the ad. She showed me the machine and my heart sank. I said I had really wanted a free arm. She said oh, but it is. Then she showed me how it was and we got that machine. That was near forty years ago and it was ten years-old at the time I got it and I still use it to this day.

This machine has made many things - toddler clothes, school clothes, it even sewed on our eldest's wedding dress. It is my work horse and the machine that those metal bobbins are for.

I know I have seen machines lately at Salvation Army....they let you plug them in and test them.

Once you get one, learn every bit of it. If you did not get a manual, look online most have free ones online.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vva2h5oSYK8 - good to know.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJjPF5_jB00 - if you already know how to sew, then build on your skills.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVR7Iy0TPIY - upcycle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-OcCW7n8h0 - upcycle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQIX4lYbUb8 - upcycle

So these things should help you get started. 

Missy says she can't count all the ways sewing saves money but if she could actually count, she would get right on it.

Tippy Longstockings says she is showing you how to keep your chin up through hard times.

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