Monday, February 18, 2019

Monday Message

(Keith B. McMullin, April 2007)
“A cardinal principle of the gospel is to prepare for the day of scarcity. Work, industry, frugality are part of the royal order of life. Remember these words from Paul: "If any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

A little at a time adds up. If you picked up one can of green beans every time you went to the store after 24 visits you would have a case of green beans and you probably would not even notice a strain on your budget.

At the same time don't be wasteful...

This week I used my dehydrator and chopped up veggies that needed to be used soon. So I chopped up the celery and peppers and cut and blanched carrots.

Then when those were done I put them in jars and vacuumed sealed them. Then I took the older apples and are drying slices of those. Did you know if you only have half a jar, or any amount, you can still vacuum seal it? It doesn't have to be a full jar.

This is one of the frugal things I do to stretch our tight budget.

I will use the dried veggies in soups and the dried apples I will use in oatmeal or apple crisp.

If you have stale bread make it into croutons or bread crumbs or make bread pudding.

How are you doing with your skill building?

This week I saw a great thing a beginner can make with sewing... pattern weights! -

This was a very easy thing to make and scraps can be used but make sure you get the cheaper metal pieces as I have pictured here and four in a bag. They had some individual for the same price as the whole package, you don't want those.

I think any beginner  could make these a good project to start.

Projects I have been working at learning are the sock machine and bobbin lace. I have been reading all I can find and for bobbin lace besides reading and watching YouTube videos, I made a portable pillow or surface to do beginning projects.

I made this by covering an ice chest lid. it was a compact type styrofoam. This I have already used as I am following along in a book.

So think what skills you want to learn and try to learn by yourself or take a class if you wish. My budget is tight so I do what I can to learn for free, this helps stretch what money we have.

We have been getting storm after storm and I can tell you I am grateful to have storage!

Let us know what skills you are working on. Do the best you can.


  1. I have been watching Wendy Gower I think her name is on you tube and now I know I want a vacuum sealer with a jar. I used to have one before and it broke but I well invest in a new one soon. Have a great day! You are always an inspiration.

    1. be sure that if you are using powder you cut out using lid as a guide of a coffee filter and put it on the ingredient inside the jar otherwise the vac will suck up the particles and kill the sealer. also get a tall canister so you can use any size jar like spaghetti sauce jars. I went and looked up wendy gower thanks I put it in my favorites. thank you

  2. I'm hoping to master crocheting a simple edging this year. I've never been successful at crocheting, but I'm hoping this is something I can do! I embroider and I love finished & lacy edges on things.

    1. you can do it for sure if you can embroider this is easier watch lots of you tubes

  3. I love the sewing weights. I actually use old knives. I have about 24 old knives and you can position them any way you want to hold down a pattern.

    1. oh my goodness what a fantastic idea thanks for sharing it

  4. I have never heard os sewing weights but they sound great! Will have to whip some up

  5. I wonder if homemade bean bags would work as pattern weights?


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