Monday, June 30, 2008
She has a chart to beable to figure your electrical usage.
Another site is http://www.homesteadblogger.com/hsbfrontporch lots of sites from women all trying to make their lives and thir families better.
Somewhere else...I get emails from Gooseberry Patch, http://www1.gooseberrypatch.com
they have alot of different items, Love to look, but a little pricey for me. Amanda this is where I saw the "Giant cupcake pan", it was $10.00 less at Hobby Lobby, I also like the one for fresh flowers called Cake Vases, very pretty
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
- 1 graham cracker crust
this can be store bought already prepared or you can make your own with graham cracker crumbs and melted butter.
Mix together with electric mixer (makes up very quick and easy)
- 1 8 oz. cream cheese
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 small tub cool-whip
If you are a stockpiler like me, I have added the cool-whip frozen, the pie isn't quite as fluffy, but still good.
Wait a minute where's my sweetened condensed milk?
Kenneth, get off the computer I need to make some sweetened condensed milk for the pie. A quick search later and ...
Things you'll need:
- 2 cups non-fat dry milk
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 2/3 cups boiling water
- 6 tablespoons melted butter
- Blender, mixer or wire whisk
Mix sugar and dry milk together in a bowel. Add the boiling water a little at a time and stir well.
Add the melted butter into the mix slowly. Stir well until blended.
Pour the mix into a blender and blend until its rich and smooth-creamy looking consistency. You can also mix this by hand with a wire whisk or mixer.
Use this in place of canned in any recipe. Put it into a freezer bag or jar (leave enough headroom for expansion) You can freeze it for up to six months or it keeps in the refrigerator for about a week. This makes 20 ounces instead of the usual 14 oz. can for a lot less money.
Tip: Boil your water and melt your butter in the microwave.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
OK, I hear everyone going "what's the big deal?" But you have to understand my phobias...What if it doesn't rise? How will I know how long to knead it? What if it doesn't taste good? What if nobody likes it? Do you see a pattern here?
Once upon a time I went to a therapist, she was quick to point out to me that I have a tendency to "What IF?" everything to death. Anyway I'm still working on it soooo you ask.......how did it turn out?
It sliced up really nice for sandwiches and was a wonderful toast.
Since the recipe makes enough for two loaves,
I made cinnamon rolls out of half, see all the goodies in the bottom of the pan.
If you notice the missing roll from the pan, it was great with morning coffee!
Note: Bread recipe from "Chickens In the Road", its her Grandmother Bread. The rolls are from the "Crispies" recipe, only I didn't mash them down, maybe next time.
To save money by making your own homemade bread, do you save anything if you then decide to go buy the $200.00 Kitchen Aid mixer to help in making it?
Monday, June 23, 2008
- 6 to 8 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 5 to 6 cups cold, cooked rice
- 1 pound frozen mixed vegetables
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt or 3 to 4 tablespoons soy sauce
- 4 eggs- beaten together
- 1 to 2 cups leftover cooked chicken (optional)
Cut the bacon into small pieces. Place in a large skillet or Wok. Add onion. Fry until the onion and bacon are both lightly browned. Add the rice, frozen vegetables and black pepper. Stir-fry until the rice is coated with bacon grease and the veggies are thawed. Add the chicken (if desired), pepper and salt or soy sauce. Move the rice to one side of the pan. Pour the eggs into the empty side and scramble. After cooking them a minute or two, stir them in with the rice and veggies. Continue to fry everything together until piping hot. Let set for a couple of minutes to crisp up the bottom.
Makes 4 servings plus leftovers for lunch tomorrow.
I used both white and brown rice mixed together and we left out the chicken. We used the soy sauce which gives your dish the brown color. The bacon gives it a new wonderful flavor.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
- Buy a large salt shaker, fill it with baking soda and sprinkle away odors. Dust it over the garbage in the kitchen, in the dishwasher before running a load, in drains and garbage disposals.
- Mix a solution of 1 quart of warm water and 1/4 cup baking soda. Pour into your coffee maker reservoir, then brew. Rinse by brewing with just water. The result: a crystal clean pot and fresh tasting coffee. You can also use this solution for your tea pitchers.
In the Bathroom:
- Throw your cloth shower curtains and bath mats in the wash with 1 cup of baking soda. They'll come out like brand new.
- Wipe down or soak plastic and vinyl bath toys in 1/4 cup baking soda per quart of water.
In the Bedroom:
- Freshen your bedroom closet just as you do your fridge: Place an open box on a shelf to absorb odors.
- Freshen up stuffed animals by placing toys in a bag and sprinkle in baking soda. Close the bag, shake and let sit 15-20 minutes before dusting or vacuuming off the powder.
In the Yard:
- Degunk your barbecue grill. Place the racks in a plastic garbage bag and pour a mixture of 1 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup ammonia over them. Secure the bag with a twist tie and leave outdoors overnight. Wipe and hose off the racks the next day.
In Pet Areas:
- Clean up pet accidents on a carpet by using a paste of baking soda and water. Apply, let dry, then vacuum.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Now we just let the stumps burn, this was a really good smelling fire...
It had pine trees, apple wood and a pecan wood in it.
But maybe I should have held off on hanging out the rugs to dry...
Another thing to remember when using the clothesline.
See the okra growing up, I didn't know it grew that way. Then you must use a sharp knife to cut it off. We have been getting about 5 okra every other day.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
It just seemed like when you have a clothes line you must have a bag to put them in. It is not as fancy as some I've seen online but it does the job.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
This is the new bulbs we bought, notice how much smaller it is and its still equivalent to a 60 watt bulb, but if you look really close you can see the new one only uses 12 volts instead of 24 volts.
Kenneth was going to just throw away the burned out one but I was like NO.
You can't just throw it away it has to be recycled. Now I have to find out where it needs to go.