Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Quick! Before It's Gone!

 Letting you know...this cast iron pan is on sale from $35 to $18
Check it out!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Recipes of All Kinds...Plus a Goat!

This is the quiche I have been making a lot lately. I switch out the bacon and use beef sausage or turkey ham...we don't eat pork...and add mushrooms and green peppers.  Kids gobble it up.

My new favorite bread recipe...so quick and easy!

My kids are addicted to these brownies!

  Oh, meet the newest member if the family...say Hi Alice.
Alice is an Alpine and should give us a gallon a day. So glad to be back at goats!

We also welcomed 3 new kittens to the fold.

Today's diffuser blend is one of my favorites...orange and peppermint. You'll notice that I am not brand loyal. Now orange is one of my favorite oranges because it smells most like fresh oranges and Plant Therapy is my favorite peppermint just because it isn't 'candy smelling' but rather real mint.
What do you all diffuse? Favorite brand of  oils?


Well..I gotta go move Alice so I will catch ya on the flip side. ...of next week lol

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

10 Random Facts about Me

My favorite color is purple.

I hate cooking...I do it so we can survive.

My husband and I share the same birthday.

I like to bake and make a mean chocolate cake.

I have 5 dogs.

I have 19 cats. Yes they live outside.

I used to dye my hair red...haven't for years tho.

I have 7 children.

I used to own a black cat named Snowball.

I cut my finger off at my first job...an ice cream shop. They sewed it back on.

There ya go...now you know me better.

2 last things.....
This is a site I am spending time on.
Do you do this? Let me know!

This is my silly son fooling around at a thrift store!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

These Days

I tried a new bread recipe and we loved it! So simple. Only four ingredients and no kneading or rising. It is our daily recipe now.

Read this , take a lesson away from it and prepare! 

We also made these brownies...turned out great!

My electric grain mill broke and my non electric one can't begin to keep up with my needs.  Anyone try using their blend wheatberries? 
Let me know.

Let me know what you think this verse means. Keepers at home? Blaspheme? And don't we automatically love our husbands and children?

The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becomes holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;  That they may teach the young women to be sober , to love their husbands, to love their children,  To be discreet, chaste,keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands,that the word of God be not blasphemed.  
Titus 2:3-5

Saturday, May 13, 2017

How I Save

This week I saved money by using smartphone apps applied to my grocery shopping. Ibotta and Walmart Savings Catcher both gave me cash back on items I bought anyway.  I saved an extra $4 by using these apps.

I clipped a digital coupon and saved $2 at Kmart for shampoo. I also applied my ShopYourWay points and brought this $7 bottle down to $2.
While at the store I grabbed my Friday freebie...an ELF makeup brush. Only worth a buck but hey, it's free!
When I paid my $2 my receipt spit  out a surprise $5 in points!!! I marched over to boys wear and grabbed a tee shirt for my son and guess what...it was free!
Then my Ibotta app rewarded me with 8% back on the full price of the shirt! Just for taking a picture of the receipt!

I received 13 magazines this week in the mail and I don't pay to subscribe to any of them. I get 60 magazines a month for free If you think they are magazines nobody really wants...think again!  Good Housekeeping, People, Rachel Ray, Martha Stewart, Sports Illustrated for Kids...these are just a few of my new reading materials.

The mail carrier also brought  stickers from a surf shop,  tea bags, lotion samples and a sample of a child's multi vitamin....all free.

 We are still waiting for the mail carrier to bring our order from Thriftbooks...I earned a $5 gift card from them because I earn one every time I purchase $50 worth of books or dvds  and in a family of bookworms ....it ain't hard!

There are plenty of  free things out there...my kids rent dvds and books from the library all the time. No charge there. Plus if you sign up for Redbox's emails you get free dvds there sometimes too.
Lots of fast food places have apps for free food and buy one get one deals. I use them all the time!

I have Amazon Prime and recently they asked me if I wanted to wait 7 days for my order instead of 2 and if I did I would receive a five dollar gift card...I did!

If you buy chicken feed. (Or anything else) from Tractor Supply please sign up for their Neighborhood Community Program....if I spend at least $30 a month I receive a ten dollar gift card every other month!
I chose to use mine on chicken feed.  Plus free pet food is given out every once in a while too.

Those are just  a few of the cool free things I did this week....I saved about $47 just by buying what I needed and sending in my email address on a few websites.

Oh, don't forget Swagbucks!
By using them as my search engine and buying shopping the Walmart website thru them I earn about $10 a month in Amazon gift cards.
And Groupon lets me buy Target and Starbucks gift cards ...$5 for $10 gift cards. I love a great deal!

Let me know how you save!

Monday, May 1, 2017

I Can't Buy the Ultimate Bundle!

Don't have the money to buy the Ultimate Bundle right now? I can't so I thought some of you couldn't either. If you can..great!!! Moneysaving mom has the link to it if you want to buy it.

But if u can't...remember....there a ton of crockpot and smoothie recipes online for free.

Flour on my Face has tons of fantastic crockpot recipes...they are Arlene's specialty and she has a catalog of them plus she will send you a new one each Friday.!

Sunwarrior has a free smoothie ebook....

the Humbled Homemaker has her terrific smoothie recipe book for free too. ( she also has a link to the Ultimate Bundle)

The Healthy Chef has a collection of smoothie ebooks too...I am anxious to try the wellbeing ones.

I found tons of dating for married couples conversation starters for free online too.
Here are a few my hubby and I are using:

Icebreaker Ideas

To Love Honor and Vacuum

Family Life.    While you are there, Sign up for their free marriage resources..I did!

Follow this Google link to family dinner conversation starters too ...just like in the bundle.!

Youtube has massage videos to watch and the local library has some to check out. And to go along with these here is a google list of ways to spice things up in the bedroom!

There are so many free resources for decluttering, minimalist living, organization and such that you are sure to find some help somewhere.
Try Sunny Days' List of 75 Things just to get you started. Then , if you need more google free decluttering and soak in all the goodness!
After you have thrown out a few things, try organizing what you have left by checking out a few ideas on my Pinterest board.

Try looking thru the plethora of free kindle books on these subjects!!
Here's one on Minimalist living. Here's another.

My intent is not to downgrade the Ultimate Bundle but to let those of you who can't afford one to realize not all hope is lost...we can still read up on these subjects too!

And since we always need a picture for Pinterest here is one

My cat Julie :)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Awesome Chocolate Cookies!

I found this recipe on the King Arthur site and we have made them 3 times un 2 days! (Holds head in shame...with a grin)
I will just give you the recipe exactly as they have it. We added pecans. We did not use the espresso and our cocoa was a different one. We did not add milk .

  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, light or dark, packed
  • 1/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa; King Arthur All-Purpose Baking Cocoa is a good choice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk (optional, if you add chips/nuts/fruit)
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder, optional; for depth of flavor
  • 2 cups chips, nuts, and/or dried fruit, optional but good


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease two baking sheets, or line with parchment.
  2. Beat together the butter, sugars, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and vanilla until well blended.
  3. Add the egg, beating until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl, and beat again until smooth. If you're going to add chips, nuts, or dried fruit, beat in the 2 tablespoons milk; if you're going to bake plain cookies without add-ins, omit the milk.
  4. Add the flour and espresso powder, mixing to combine.
  5. Stir in the chips, nuts, etc., if you're using them.
  6. Drop the cookies by the traditional "tablespoonful" (actually about 4 measuring teaspoons) onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2" apart. A tablespoon cookie scoop works well here.
  7. Bake the cookies for 12 to 14 minutes, until they've lost their shiny appearance and look like they're set. Remove them from the oven, and cool right on the pans; or transfer to a rack to cool.
  8. Yield: 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 dozen cookies, depending on add-ins.

One of the faces I make cookies for

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