Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Here is an interesting thing that came up Sunday, I was showing my friend who I haven't seen in way to long our dehydrated food shelf, her response was are you preparing for apocalypse? WHAT???? Na, just trying to eat from the garden or our local farmers market so we aren't eating all the preservatives in grocery store food or taking our chances on salmonella from fresh foods in the grocery store. I think she thinks I am now a certifiable nut case, humm maybe so. Thank goodness I didn't show her our canning shelves or she would have been calling the funny farm for sure!! Now understand before I get on my soapbox that I love this friend and respect her opinions. Have I spent too much time in the sun this summer working the garden and maybe lost some brain cells? Maybe the canner or dehydrator has pickled my brain a bit? Have I been hanging out with too many folks that are proud to be called Bubba?
So this got me thinking am I a nut?
We enjoy having a garden, even if it is a pain in the a..
We love fresh foods, why would I throw away what we can't eat in the summer? So I can or dehydrate it.
I like supporting local farms and the fresh foods they have to offer
We have no idea where our foods are coming from in the grocery store, they are not inspected often enough.
Eating home grown or locally grown food is cheaper.
Having a pantry full keeps me out of the store buying full priced food if I should run out of something.
I have cut my medication of 400 milligrams a day down to 100 milligrams a day since staying away from food preservatives. Savings of $441.00 a month on drug, yearly savings of $5,292, that ain't chicken feed ladies!!
I like to cook, and it is cheaper than hanging at the mall UGHHHH (hate malls)
I think the jars look pretty (Ok, that might be a little nuts)
If we have an ice storm I don't have to fight the crowds in the store, if you live in the south you know what I mean.
When the flu season starts I don't have to expose myself or the Grand babies to all the germs, I have really low immunities to that crap.
The best way to really save money is to stock up with sales using coupons and rotate food.
Sooooo, I don't think I am a nut, I think I am cheap as all get out, like to cook, and like to eat well.
Thanks for letting me vent, I am headed to CVS to play the coupon game this morning, sooo excited, they have some super deals this week and I have lots of coupons to make it even sweeter.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I love, love, love the fall, I know you ladies from north of the mason Dixon line must think we are crazy to get so excited about 80 degree weather but if you had experienced heat indexes of 105 for weeks on end you would understand how invigorating 80 degrees is to us. Even with the air conditioner on full blast heat will sap your energy.
Bob has found an apple orchard/veggie stand in VA that he has been using during the week. They have apples ready to sell that he wants to bring home for the weekend, seems early to me for apples so I told him to find out what variety they are, we need apples for apple sauce, apple butter and to dehydrate. So far I am not loving the fruit dehydrating, mine still feel a little sticky to me, veggies turn out wonderful, nice a crisp, totally dry. I would hate to dehydrate a ton of apples and have them go bad in a short period of time. I am off to mow, weed, haul away garden compost and play in the cool weather.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Grocery store was even better, I only needed a few things but always check out the marked down meat. I get to the store early when the butcher is just putting things out, many times if he sees you are buying he will have me hang around a bit because he has even more in the back to be taged. Bought $48.00 in meat but only cost $21.00, had a few other things to pick up and most had great coupons ended up paying full price for only milk and eggs (hope they are safe). Total bill $32.17, total savings $63.00, LOVE IT.
It takes time to work coupons, compaire weekly sales ad, make sure you are rotating what you have in the pantry and use the food saver to repakage meat and get in the frezzer but it is worth the effort.
I spent maybe 3 hours total shopping, cliping comparing, and frezzing, works out to about $40.00 an hour in wages if you figure it that way and I didn't have to comute far, the kitchen then the grocery, less than a mile of gas, I get to dress in garden casual and I am my own boss. I would say its at pretty nice deal.
I was able to finish getting the fall plants in the garden and pulling up all the dead stuff yesterday evening when it was nice and cool after spending a few hours rocking Kara while Mommy worked. SOOOOOO blessed. Durn spell check and add photo isn't working on the blog today, sorry for any and all mispelled words, I suck at spelling.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
With the failing economy in the past 2 years more and more kids are showing up for school with little or nothing in their book bags, not even the basics. I know in some cases it is because their parents just don't care, that has always been the case but now days it is more likely that Mom and Dad are struggling to get food on the table and maybe a new pair of shoes and book bag, there just isn't enough money to go around so for the past 2 years we have stopped putting cute little goodies in the boxes for our girls and now load up on only basic school supplies.
Whats the school supplies rip off you ask? It makes my blood boil to see the prices that stores sell school supplies for on and every day basis but for a few weeks before school starts they run over the top sales. When our girls were in school I was always able to take advantage of the sales and stock up for the year, we might end up having to pick up a pack or 2 of note book paper at the end of the year and pay full price, that would make me crazy over the price they were asking but I dealt with it and moved on. We were lucky, we could buy our girls school clothes, supplies and donate a little something to the teachers for the wish list they always handed out on open house night.
Here is what makes my blood boil, how can the stores sell markers for $1.00 now but charge $3.99 for the same markers next week, how can they sell notebook paper for $.50 now but charge $4.99 next week, how can they sell glue sticks 2 for $.25 now but $1.99 next week, the list can go on and on. You know they are still making money even at the sale price or they wouldn't be doing it. Why can't they price school supplies at a fair price all year? For the parents who are just getting by, who have lost their homes, who have been out of work for months on end, who have taken pay cuts just to keep a job, how the heck are they to come up with a little extra money to get in on the deals for school supplies right now? They can't. They are forced to pay the full ridicules prices later when they have a few extra bucks. I know there are places they could go to receive free school supplies in the community from school supply donations that always go on this time of year but the majority of these people have never taken a hand out in their life, they wouldn't even know where to go to get them. So today I am mad as h... with companies that won't set a fair price year round so our kids can at least have the basics to start school with.
If you have a little extra this year I hope you will consider donating some supplies to your local school, the staff at schools know were the needs are and they can give out the aid in a manner that leaves the kids and parents with some dignity. Maybe you have a neighbor who is out of work and has school age children or someone at your church. Pick up a bag of supplies and help them out. Afraid they might be embarrassed? Try this out, " I was at Wally world today and some strange spirit took over my body, I saw all the school supplies and remembered back how exciting it was to load up my book bag with new stuff, heck the sale was over the top, next thing I knew I had a bag full of supplies that I really don't have any need for. I know your kids are in school I thought they might take this and donate it to the school for me and save me a trip. Make sure and have them go through the bag and take anything you might have forgotten to pick up, it will save you a trip to Wally world. You are saving me a trip to the school, I am saving you a trip to Wally world for a forgotten item, I think that classifies us both as going GREEN!!"
I am SO THANKFUL that I decided to tackle that job, I realized when I tried to just slide the unit out of the laundry room it wasn't gonna slide, I have no idea what it weighted, it was stocked full of can goods and a ton of cast iron cookware on the bottom shelf, in an emergency I would have had to totally unload the unit to get to the electrical box, NOT GOOD. We had a shorter but wider shelving unit in the kitchen pantry that I figured would work so I had to unload them both to make the move, one thing leads to another, the wider but shorter unit was wider than I though which lead to having to move and additional unit in the laundry room, unload, move then reload it as well. UGHHHH!! It is all finally done, 7 hours of hard labor but so worth it to have things safe again.
Of course in the process of all that moving I ran into a few things that I decided what the heck was I hanging on to them for so I started a good will box of kitchenware someone will be happy to have. I also noticed how low I was getting on back up spices, so I expanded my job and cleaned out the spice cabnit to see where we stand. That of course turned into a list of spices I needed to restock, which in turn leads to a trip to the grocery store..... See what I mean one job turns into a bigger and bigger job. But I got it all done in time to go over to Kelli's and babyset Karalee while Mommy went to the Dr. LOVE THAT. This post is getting way to long but I want to share an eye opening (for Me) savings I ran into due to all this rearranging, check the next post for that
Monday, August 16, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
On a sad note my garden seems to be melting away. I picked peppers yesterday, when I picked the first one off the plant bunches of leaves fell off, humm... second one same thing and on it went, they all have the same problem but heck if I know what that problem is. I decided whatever it is ain't good so I went ahead and cleaned off all of the peppers and threw them in the dehydrator, just not sure the plants will survive and I didn't want to lose the veggies. The original cucumber plants are in a sorry state as well so I pulled all of them out so the late planting will have a little more room. Our tomatoes are at a standstill, squirrels are now eating the green ones I guess they have given up on getting any ripe red ones at this point, I had been getting a dozen or more ripe tomatoes each day. The heat has been unbearable for several weeks other than the nice cool break we had last weekend but I just don't think that is what the problem it, seems to be something else going on and for the life of me I can't figure it out. I would hate to lose everything this early in the season, the garden has been over the top productive this year, maybe it just needs a vacation, I hope!!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
The best part of the day was getting to baby set Karalee while the kids ran some errands, she is the best little girl in the world, never fussy and loves to be cuddled which I assure you she gets lots of!! I did put her in the bassinet for a little time yesterday so I could get a few things done but, I couldn't stop watching her just sleep. What in the world am I going to do when our new baby girl Kundla arrives? I will never get a thing done!! HA