Monday, April 26, 2021

Monday Message

"We encourage you to grow all the food that you feasibly can on your own property. Berry bushes, grapevines, fruit trees—plant them if your climate is right for their growth. Grow vegetables and eat them from your own yard." (Spencer W. Kimball, in Conference Report, Apr. 1976, 171; or Ensign, May 1976, 124) 

This is the right time of the year to think about planting some fruit trees. Kmart has not been around for some time here but before it went away we picked up two fruit trees from an end of season clearance. We got an apple tree which died, the other was a plum tree but it did nothing every year. I had some funny flower on it one year and thought, great, a mislabeled tree or shrub but I would just leave it. Today I was working in the kitchen and looked out and saw this...

I went right out to see what tree was this. Imagine my surprise when I got there and noticed it was a plum tree, after all my favorite jam is plum. I really hope I get enough to make jam.

Our backyard looks like it has been nuked and there all by itself was this pretty tree.

Here in Iowa, where we live, we cannot plant the garden till after May 15th. I have started seed indoors and have cleared away around the garden fencing and sprinkled the marigold seeds I saved last year. The battle will be with rabbits, they are hovering near the garden already along with the squirrels who ate my peaches, they never have before, the only thing different was the derecho. It blew the walnuts far away and perhaps that was why. Hoping I don't have a repeat of any of it.

I am feeling like I need to stock up a little more. So the grocery budget I have I divided it up. I used some to get powdered milk through the home storage from my church The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints. You can find it on it is on the page that opens up, go till you find ‘online store.’ The milk arrived a few days ago...

Last week hamburger was on sale in the big ten pound tube. I got two then I repackaged them into freezer bags though I do in less than a pound packages.

The rest of the month's grocery budget will be very frugal. I would not be able to do this if I did not have storage on hand. So your storage allows for you to take advantage of sales or big purchases like powdered milk.

Knowing how to make bread also stretches the grocery budget too, as you can make a soup with rolls and you have a frugal meal and in our case we have lots of leftovers. I utilize my leftovers into what I call planned-overs. For example, the last time I made taco meat I made three times more than I needed for our meal. This way I could freeze several packages and use them for different meals, one was chili that we had Conference weekend with cinnamon rolls. When I do chicken I cook extra to make a casserole and to make chicken salad sandwiches which is fantastic on homemade bread. My mother-in-law loved my chicken salad sandwiches.

My Chicken Salad Sandwiches

I use the homemade bread that I have shared many times... (Recipe HERE)

I then cut up my pre-planned chicken leftover


My home-canned pickled relish, I use a tablespoon and a half. You can use store bought sweet pickle relish if you want.

I tiny dice half an onion slice

Mix this all together and put in the refrigerator till needed

Eating frugally does not mean you suffer, nope, it just means I use my more frugal meals. This is how I am able to stock up.

This week I have been better organizing my unmounted stamps using things I had on hand. I had them stored in jewel cases that DVD's used to be stored in I had gotten long ago at yard sales. But over time these filled two plastic drawers and were hard to find and they dropped behind each other making it hard to see them. I did have them in categories but it needed to be improved. Yes, it took me some time to accomplish this. But using what I had, being some transparencies from yard sale and tape and box tape, here is what I did...

I folded a transparency in half and taped each side with box tape. This created a pocket. Then I cut card stock, white in color, and slid this inside the pocket, then I cut another transparency in half and trimmed it a quarter of an inch at the cut in half point where I cut on one side. I took these and slid them on each side of the card stock, these are where I stuck the unmounted stamps. I peeled them off the plastic they came on which has a black picture of the stamp, I took those pictures and taped them on the outside of the pocket like so....

I tried to be mindful of what went in what pocket to categorize later. The plastic transparency they are stuck to acts like a sliding drawer. You find the picture of the stamp you want and slide out that transparency to get to the stamp and put it away. A lot of them came free with a magazine. They would highlight the free set with several ideas for using them. I tore out those pages and folded in them half and put them in a page protector which I cut in half.  

The stamp pockets I have in categories like animals, flowers, etc. The idea pages in the cut down page protectors are then placed in front of those stamps used some came with embossing folders and of dies to cut with these. I made notes as to where they would be in the dies or with embossing folders.

This whole thing now filled only one drawer. Leaving one drawer empty soooo...

I took Ziploc bags I had gotten at a yard sale long long ago, these are thicker and not the for food type.

I pulled out my box that had my embossing folders in it as you can see here. Halfway through I thought to take a picture, it’s kind of messy looking though very organized.

Embossing folders are textured plastic folders you put paper in and run through an embossing machine. Mine is very old, it’s a red Sizzix machine I got with a 50% off coupon many many many years ago. There have been many generations of them since then but I have it and what it basically does is press hard on the folder which leaves the image embossed on the paper or cardstock.  

Over the years, from yard sales and coupons using b-day monies etc., I have accumulated quite a few so this too was a chore. I put each in one of the bags numbering the folder and the bag so if I have several I am working with I know where it goes back. It’s important because each has a sample of it with its number on it in a rolodex I was given long ago. I can turn it and see what design I want and the number that goes with it.

This is what now takes up the second drawer that I freed up and looks neater and they are all in numerical order for fast finding.

I have made my cards and gifts for years...This is quite a collection and now quite a bit better organized using what I already had on hand.

So that was what I did frugally this week.

Gus and Missy say to keep being safe!


  1. Craft supplies can be hard to organize! You did well!

    1. Thank you they are hard to organize with yrs of collection I have been spring cleaning

  2. I love how you did your storage for the embossing folders. I need to reorganize mine & you inspired me. I love your stamp storage too.
    Those red Sizzix machines are workhorses.
    Tell Gus & Missy I am staying safe. :) I got first dose of Pfizer, next week I get second. It's been hard on me with the side effects but I am so excited to be fully vaccinated.

    1. Yes we were as well still taking precautions tho

  3. I hope you have lots of delicious plums! We had a plum tree when I was a child and we lived in Iowa. Mom made delicious plum jam every year and it was my favorite.

    1. I hope the freezes we had didn't mess it up

  4. Debby in Kansas USAApril 28, 2021 at 10:01 AM

    Becky, it was a treat to see your stamp storage ideas. I moved my craft room upstairs and I'm still working out of boxes! Organizing stamps will soon need to be dealt with! I have dozens of wood mounts, which I sometimes prefer, and those are going to be a challenge because I don't want to separate them. I like your ideas for the clear stamps.

    I also have the old red Sizzix!! I nearly screeched with excitement when I found it at a church rummage sale for a mere $5 with extra parts. It takes a little time to use but I expect it will outlive me haha!

    I'm only doing a small garden this year. Nlettuce and tomatoes for sure, but I'm on the fence about cucumbers. I really hurt my knee last summer and I don't have the strength to do much. I know those grow well and we get plenty to share. Hour planting day is May 1st so everything goes in this weekend.

    Thanks for sharing and have a good week!!

    1. I like my wooden stamps best too they are in the map drawer thing I think they will out live the clear ones. That is a great church find for sure. I do understand pain I am sorry you are hurting

  5. Great storage idea for your stamps. Those cases sure do take up lots of space. The only ones I keep in the cases are ones that have dies to match. I'll have to keep an eye out for transparency film for sure!

    1. Office supplies would have them it is just what I had on hand there might be something else I do not know I just used them up I got them in a box of other things from a yard sale years ago.


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