Monday, September 19, 2022

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)

I think back over my years about how trying to build my skills have been so very important to our family. With ups and downs in our finances, my ability to do things with these very skills got us through rough times. Think back on your hard times, what did you do to make it through?

I so wish I could have learned a lot sooner but there was no one to show the way, that is why I feel it so important to teach things to others.

These days you merely have to type in a thing on the computer and all you need to learn it is right there before you.

Now that I am older do I still need to build skills?? You bet I do! Almost more than ever before. With a limited income we must stretch that budget. These are all things you never out-grow.

So if you find yourself in tight times, what can you do to offset it especially with these higher prices?

I have a lot on my blog, it goes back years and years and years so go back through the posts.

Prices are high and going higher with no stopping in sight. How do you manage? Well the first thing is that some of the more expensive recipes you have been fixing will have to be set aside for a while. Get out your file of recipes and go through it. I am sure you have favorite recipes that cost a lot less. For me that is chili and cinnamon rolls.

You can find budget cookbooks and bread books here - Or visit your library. Find frugal cookbooks, put your feet up and find recipes that are frugal and look great.

Ask relatives for some frugal recipes, you will have quite a collection.

Tomorrow (as I'm writing this) the high will be 63, I think that might be a good day for chili.

What are your favorite frugal meals? Let us know in the comments below.

Making bread is pretty frugal so build that skill.

I have been tying to make this stitch marker never having beaded before. It took me nine attempts to do this...

I will still perfect it.

These are garlic chives, very pretty.

Then something amazing happened that never happened before...

Our lilacs bloomed again. This is amazing, the weather has gone amuck. 

With times being hard and getting harder, I think we need to make every little bit count, it is doing the best we can.

Missy says ponder ways you could be more frugal.

Gus said build those skills and if you don't have a sewing machine look at yard sales and thrift stores - be sure to try before you buy.

Monday, September 12, 2022

Monday Message

"Start now to create a plan if you don’t already have one, or update your present plan. Watch for best buys that will fit into your year’s supply. We are not in a situation that requires panic buying, but we do need to be careful in purchasing and rotating the storage that we’re putting away. The instability in the world today makes it imperative that we take heed of the counsel and prepare for the future." (L. Tom Perry)

Yes, do watch for sales and try not to waste anything - dry it, freeze it, whatever just don't toss it. - I was watching this podcast and she used a gravy packet and that reminded me I need to share this with you...

I would pick up quick cooking magazine free from the library, I loved them, they had a section on bread machine recipes and one on making mixes. I love their gravy mix. I thought I would look it up and here it is... I keep a quart jar of beef and a quart jar of chicken on hand all the time right next to the SOS mix.  - this is the SOS mix.

The more we can do for ourselves, the better things will be for us with prices going up.

If you wanted to make gingerbread cookies for example, do you have all the ingredients in your house right now to make them? Or chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies?

Could you make brownies or cake from scratch? Can you bake bread? Do you have enough ingredients on hand to make your own? Do you have something to put on homemade bread? Homemade jam - yum! Could you make cinnamon rolls? Do you have the ingredients to make chili or homemade chicken noodle soup with homemade noodles? Do you know how to make crackers?

Do you have pots and pans? A rolling pin? You might think it a funny question but eating out used to be cheap, so people would just eat out and did not even have the equipment to make macaroni and cheese.

If you find yourself not having pots and pans, be going to thrift stores to get what is needed...cake pans,  bread pans, cupcake/muffin tin pan, bowl and wooden spoons for mixing. Do you have measuring cups and measuring spoons, sauce pans?

I know everyone is in a hurry to get rid of items when cleaning out but think twice before getting rid of things. Make sure you don't need them first. It will be a lot harder to fix food without them. Find pans used by going to yard sales and thrift stores, be on the lookout for any winter clothing you might need too as it is starting to be that time of year.

Now that the temps are falling, ingredients to make soup is a great thing to have in your storage.

One of our favorites is...

Busy Day Soup Mix

To make up...

In a pint jar, layer three to six chicken or beef bullion cubes

1/4 c. Lentils

1/4 c. ABC pasta

1/4 c. yellow split peas

1/8 c. barley

1/4 c. green split peas

1/4 c. wide noodles

1/4 c. dry onions

Add a few bowtie pasta in the top.

Store in the jar.

Cook 1 pound hamburger or chicken in six c. boiling water, to this add contents of jar.

Simmer about one hour season to taste.

So since this is something we like to have, I make sure I have all the ingredients on hand to make it, plus I make up jars of it ahead.

I still am organizing here, I put looms on the wall behind the big loom.

Learn your sewing skills even if to just sew on a button.

The garden is starting to slow down so I do what I can.

We need to keep working on storage and skills.

Missy says get some yarn and see what you can do with it.

Gus says ponder what you have in house and what you need to add to it.

Monday, September 5, 2022

Monday Message

"Preparedness, when properly pursued, is a way of life, not a sudden, spectacular program. We could refer to all the components of personal and family preparedness, not in relation to holocaust or disaster, but in cultivating a life-style that is on a day-to-day basis its own reward." (President Spencer W. Kimball)

We are going back into the heat this week...I am not a fan.

I got a free book on sourdough this week. The recipes looked great but there was no recipe for doing the actual sourdough itself, so I went to my favorite site for doing sourdough. I would have still gone to this site even if there had been a recipe for it in the book. I was just really surprised that a whole book on sourdough recipes would not have the recipe for actually making the sourdough. - this is day 1 - day 2 - day 3 - day 4 - day 5 - day 6 - day 7 - day 8a - day 8b

I have done this gal's version of sourdough and it always works well (you can see the pic of it at the top). She does a great job of teaching.

Find what skill you want to enhance and work to build it. We live in such a great time where we can watch on the computer things to help us learn. - I have mentioned these before but they are so good to watch and learn I thought I would put them in here again. This is a great skill to help you stretch your food dollar especially now. Dehydrate your excess garden produce and leftover produce from your groceries. - I love these gals. If you scroll down there are great recipes using food storage.

This week I worked up some cucumbers from the garden.

The gardens all around this year have struggled because of drought conditions but I am making every bit count.

My husband loves a peanut butter and pickle sandwich. I am not brave enough to even try one. I thought you would like to see how this gal makes everything count and how she uses her skills.

I have still been organizing and deep cleaning. This week I worked in the sewing space...

I think I will really like working in here. With things this way I have a lot more elbow room.

Missy says find a cool place to be, hers is right in front of the fan. She is kind of a fan hog and she doesn't care who knows.

Gus is still fine tuning his skills for catching a skittery cat toy.

Monday, August 29, 2022

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)

We need to, even more than ever, show kindness with times being so hard for so many. Being kind is always a good thing but an extra measure is needed now.

With canning season in full swing I figure we are all so busy. - this is how I made grape juice in the past, our grapes died so this spring I planted more, I am looking forward to them giving us grapes. - she really worked hard.

I will add here that you can dehydrate tomato skins and make tomato powder. It is so good, just pop a spoonful in the next soup you make. - here is where I talked about it. - in this post I show a picture of the tomato powder. - here she is pressure canning potatoes. When they are done she turns off the heat and lets the pressure go back to zero before opening.

Since it is fall you need my favorite pumpkin muffin recipe...

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

I mix and set aside the topping

1/3 c. flour

3 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp cold butter

In a bowl mix...

1/4 c. soft butter

1/2 c. sugar

1/4 c. brown sugar

2/3 c pumpkin

1/2 c. milk (I add tsp of vinegar to it)

2 eggs

1 tbsp molasses

Mix well.

Then I don’t stir again till all dry ingredients are measured in.

2 c flour

1 tsp dried orange peel

2 tsp b. powder

1 tsp b soda

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/4 tsp salt

Then stir well and divide between twelve regular muffin cups, I use liners but whatever.

By spoon, divide topping over all evenly. Bake in a preheated oven 375 degrees for 20-25 min.

I have continued to clean and organize, I seem to get the bug to do that in the fall instead of spring.

This week I worked on the kitchen...

Then I also was able to get a rusty screw off from the ribber part my husband helped by heating the screw

So now I can learn the ribber when I stop fall cleaning.

Missy says keep on working on your skills and storage, make sure to put yummies in that storage.

Gus says to build those skills. He says he is building his skills, if a vibrating cat toy approaches, he will be all over it.

Monday, August 22, 2022

Monday Message

Use orange rind to make orange rolls, recipe HERE.

"Start now to create a plan if you don’t already have one, or update your present plan. Watch for best buys that will fit into your year’s supply. We are not in a situation that requires panic buying, but we do need to be careful in purchasing and rotating the storage that we’re putting away. The instability in the world today makes it imperative that we take heed of the counsel and prepare for the future." (L. Tom Perry)

We should keep working at our skills and our storage.

I feel like a broken record, I am still organizing...

I still am drying tomatoes.

I decided to dry tomatoes this year, just not enough to can at any one time. It has been a hard year for the garden, no rain and the grass is turning brown and crunchy.

So what we are not eating fresh I am dehydrating

We had some oranges that were needing tending so I grated their rinds and decided to put in dehydrator  as it was going.

Then when we get a snow storm I will be making orange rolls.

I cannot stress enough that being frugal is a skill. If we are moving so fast that we cannot take the time to do the frugal things then we need to find a way to slow down. - here's a site I saw this week that I thought would be good to share, I think it is important to have spices stored to make your own seasonings. - you have to scroll to the bottom for the recipe. If you can, get these Make-A-Mix books. I feel they truly are a treasure, I use mine a lot. - this guy makes great breads, they are easy to do. - learn your sewing machine. (I love this gal). - she shows how to thread your machines. - she takes you through making cloth napkins. - gathered skirt for all sizes. - this is a scrubbie tutorial you can make right along with her.

I picked things that would help you build some skills, there are so many helps out there and ways to build on what you already know how to do.

This is one of the skills I am working at building. This is a picture of the sock machine's ribber arm and one of the dials. The dial has a rusty screw that I am working to get out. I then will clean this up and at some point when I get the test socks done by hand, then by machine, I plan to work at learning the ribber part of the sock machine.

Gus and Missy are showing you how to study...

1.  Get a vibrating cat toy

2.  Study its every move intently

3.  Continue to study till you get it right

4.  Then take a nap because studying is hard work

They want you to continue to work and be safe.

Monday, August 15, 2022

Monday Message

"Most of us cannot afford to store a year’s supply of luxury items, but find it more practical to store staples that might keep us from starving in case of emergency." (James E. Faust)

Being frugal is a skill that we learn like any other and it takes practice and a bit of work.

You don't have to have a garden to put food up, it helps moneywise but this year has been hard on all gardens. You can go to your you pick places or farmer's stands or farmer's market or even a really good sale on produce. For that matter...what do you do with those grapes no one wants or mushy apples?

This week I was testing my chopper on such a mushy apple. It all went through but the core and seeds which I gave those to the wildlife and the now chopped apple went in a bowl of oatmeal before cooking but I could have thrown it in the dehydrator and dried it. Those grapes no one wants dry into raisins so don't be fast to throw out things.

This week I got some groceries which included potatoes and celery but wait...I had just a little celery left, I chopped it and put it in the dehydrator.

I also had wrinkly potatoes left so I peeled and diced and blanched (which just means to boil a few minutes and put in cold water) then put in the dehydrator to dry.

Also, this week I had an orange, I grated off the orange rind part with my smallest shredding plate.

Did you know with the orange rind you just need to dry it on a plate? I covered it with a strainer and a cotton towel because we have a fly. We keep trying to get him but he is evasive, we shall call him Henry :p So basically the orange rind is free as we ate the orange.

I have been slicing the tomatoes and putting them in the dehydrator. This is what I use to slice them...

All this to say that even if you feel your budget is tight, you can do a few things to put in your pantry. I will tell you right now that orange rind has a date with some orange rolls come winter, yum! - there are great ideas here, sewing saves so much money even if all you ever did was mend. - this gal has been one of my favorites.

Missy says take time through all the work to find joy and some down time too.

Gus says be working on building skills, like hunting for spiders.

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