Sunday Special, September 8
Frugal Tips and Finds : I think that Balisha over at Never Enough Time summed up frugal ways passed down through the generations in her lovely post HERE. Her post is about a trip to the farmer’s market and some other things going on that day but I love the phrase “Planovers” and Balisha’s knack for meal planning. “I had put some ingredients in it last night for beef barley soup. I had some pot roast leftover and used it for the meat in the soup. Actually, I cooked two small pot roasts so I could use the leftovers in several ways.Joe always kids me about stretching a meal into two or three. He says to get out of cooking. Well, this way involves some creativity and sometimes more work than if I had made something new. I grew up this way…we never wasted food at our house and I have a hard time throwing anything good away. My high school foods teacher made such an impression on me saying…”Girls call them planovers…not leftovers”
Canning and Preserving is a good way to save money over time. I have seen myriad posts about canning but this is a favorite; it is highly detailed and even if you already KNOW how to can, Cathy’s post over at My 1929 Charmer is a visual delight. If I had to explain to someone how to can tomatoes I’d send them there.
My own electric bill is not very high because I live alone now. Whenever one of my sons has moved back in for awhile the bill goes up significantly …here is a guy’s perspective over at Taylor-Made Ranch about electric bills. Visit “Saving Electricity-Things That Make You Go Duh” here.
My tip : I stretch a dollar on groceries here and there : plastic bags and tin foil are so expensive. I have taken to rinsing out baggies that were used to just store bread or dry goods and turning them inside out to dry and re-using them again. Tin foil that was simply used to cover a small dish of vegetables, etc. is also re-used. I simply fold it up and store it in a drawer.
Elaine over at Sunny Simple Life often has cost-saving tips such as her recipe for Home Made Pizza Dough ( with a cost analysis! :) and doesn’t that sound good with fresh tomatoes and garden produce as a topping ?
Get Rich Slowly has both useful and humorous uses for old phone books. The phone book post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes the Frugal Cool blog for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving
Here are some comical newspaper articles. But it is not newspaper. It is fabric! For some closeups of the fabric and articles on it, visit A Quilt and a Prayer. ( I had to pull the fabric picture from the supplier for my post here…Teresa has nice closeups taken with her camera at a fabric store in her blog post :)
SOURCE ( and fabric supplier )
PHOTO of the Week : Brenda over at Cozy Little House always has stunning photography and this post titled “Beauty in the Sky” is no exception. Visit the post for the series…butterflies, dragonflies, etc. I love this hummingbird capture of hers.
CRAFTS : If you DO get the newspaper and want to use some for a nice Halloween craft, visit Joyce over at What Happens at Grandmas for what she describes as “an easy fun way to introduce paper sculpting to children”.
And how about Homemade Finger Paint ? The Frugal Girl tried it out with her kids HERE . It is a cute, funny post…the children are viewing Georgia O’Keefe for inspiration as they paint. The recipe is cheap-cheap-cheap :)
COUPONS : If you are a coupon clipper there is a long list of September coupons over at Homespun HERE.
QUICK AND EASY RECIPE : :) Not! but it is a fun read! :)
This is from Volume 2: Stories and Recipes of the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Recipe provided by Gertrude Petig whose family in Watertown Wisconsin made the most of everything that came their way.
- One canner of fatty pork ( 2 pigs heads )
- One canner of venison ( all fat trimmed off )
- Cover with water, a bit of salt, and boil until meat falls off bones.
- Pour 5 cups of pearl barley into a roaster, add broth and bake in oven about an hour. Add broth as needed.
- Grind 8 medium sized onions. Mix into ground meat. Add salt and pepper, marjoram, a little thyme, and several tablespoons of allspice to taste. Fry a sample to test flavor if desired.
- Bake in the roaster one hour.
- Let cool until the next day, then cut into chunks, wrap and freeze.
- To serve, fry until brown.
- Can be served with jelly, honey, or pancake syrup, as a sandwich filling or side dish at any meal.”
Now that is one complicated recipe! :)
Last but not least, my house would be considered small by many standards but it is typical for my neighborhood. Some are larger and have more bedrooms …. Ranch houses of my parents era are small compared to the newer housing. And then there are homes that have gone up in my county over the years that are absolute mansions. What I find interesting is the tiny house movement. The Huffington Post did a recent story on it HERE. They have some statistics and references to sites about the movement as well as pictures of the 20 tiniest houses. When you go…remember the nursery rhyme and visuals about the old woman that lived in a shoe :) That is what some of the tiny houses remind me of :) The visual below is from their article.
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