Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Quote of the Week

  We were born to die and we die to live. As seedlings of God, we barely blossom on earth; we fully flower in heaven.
                                                                -- Russell M. Nelson


Monday, March 28, 2016

Last Week's Frugality

  Last week wasn't a very frugal week but here goes!

    I packed my lunch 3 out of 4 days,  I was off Friday for my birthday! 

   I usually buy a box of Pappas Eggs opera creams for my family for Easter, but I decided to make a batch of Opera Creams instead!  DH loved them but the kids were not as impressed.  I thought they were amazing though!  I'll post on how I made these later this week!

  I found a spiral sliced ham on sale for $1.15 per lb. for Easter dinner.  We also had roast beef and gravy using a roast my Aunt bought for me for Christmas. She always gives me a ham and lately a big beef roast as well!  Thanks Aunt Jane!

  I made pies instead of buying a premade dessert for Easter dinner. My children love butterscotch and lemon meringue pie.  They were very happy campers let me tell you!

  I used my Kroger points to fill up the gas tank.  Saved several dollars!  We use the Kroger Pharmacy so our points add up quick!

  I just found out I get a 3% raise effective yesterday!  I plan on increasing my savings at the credit union by this amount.

  Instead of buying expensive dinner rolls for our Easter dinner, I asked my daughter to pick up several loaves of the Everything bread from Walmart.  It is usually just $1.00 per loaf and it is stinkin' amazing.  For less than the cost of a bag of 6 rolls, we have enough bread for the entire family and then some!  I know baking my own would be much cheaper but I am not that skilled in bread making yet!  So I am happy with this alternative!

  That's about it for Last Week's Frugality--How did you save money last week?

Frugal Blessings,






Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter to All!


     The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances.                                      

                                                                          ~Robert Flatt

    Praying for the joy of Easter to touch your lives!


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Quote of the Week


    Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness. 
                                                                       ~Floyd W. Tomkins

Blessings to all of my blogging Friends,

Monday, March 21, 2016

Last Week's Frugality

 Hello Dear Readers,
   I packed my lunch all 5 days last week!  Unfortunately this is the first time in quite a while but I hope to continue this!

    My Aunt passed away several weeks ago and as my Uncle started cleaning out her stuff (she was a borderline hoarder) he set aside a box of stuff to give me.  Practical things like band-aids, gauze, first aid tape, hydrocortisone cream, Benadryl, Neosporin, aspirin and much much more.  I was delighted and thankful to get it all. Now my first aid stash is much improved! Thanks Uncle Howard!

   I saved 60 cents per gallon of gas at Kroger using my Kroger points from buying our meds. Saved almost $6.00 on one fill up!

   As Easter is almost upon us, I used some chocolate wafers I already had and made some Easter Chocolate lollipops for my Grand daughter's and niece's Easter Baskets.  I did buy them each an adorable doggie purse at a hospital fundraiser. I really didn't want to spend that much but the profits go to patient services at our hospital so it was for a great cause! I have cut back on the amount of candy I usually get for them so it evens out.

   Speaking of Easter. I have my Easter meal planned and most I already have in my freezer or pantry.  I have a ham and a large roast in the freezer that I plan on serving along with my make ahead mashed potatoes, green beans from the freezer and 7 layer salad.   My mom is making carrot cake and I plan on making butterscotch pie!  The only thing I will have to buy is the veggies for the salad and rolls. We will have lemonade and iced tea to drink.  I think it will be a very nice meal that won't cost a fortune!

I started a bunch of seeds  last week.  Flower seeds, tomato seeds, and basil seeds.  I hope to start enough tomatoes so as not to have to buy any plants this spring. My dining room looks like a plant nursery! DH is not impressed!!

  I found several items of summer clothes for my Granddaughter at the Goodwill Saturday. I also found several garden flags for a dollar each and purchased 5.  They are so adorable and would have cost at least $9 each at the store.  I did find a top for me--kind of a Boho look but I love it! With a price of $3.49 and half off of that, I can afford to try and change up my style a little bit!

  I have some plans knocking around in my head that I am contemplating but will not be posting until things are firmed up!  I hope to be sharing more in the future though.  Keep your fingers crossed for me!

  What have you done to be frugal last week?  Please share with us!

Frugal blessings,


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Thankful Thursday!

     Today I am thankful for my little brother Jimmy and  for the 20 years that I had him in my life. I am thankful for all of the memories I have, all of the fights we used to have, all of the ups and downs of siblings being reared together.  He was my friend, my enemy, my person I could depend on for help whenever I needed it for 20 whole years.  I could fight with him but no one else could. I was his big Sis and protector! Although today is the 32nd anniversary of his death,  I am trying to remember the good times and be thankful for 20 years with him, but it is hard.  I miss him..... I miss his happy go lucky attitude towards life.  I miss his great smile. I even miss his sarcasm! I just miss his presense in my life but I am ever so grateful for the 20 years we spent together on this earth and am blessed to have known him.  Love you Jim!

Thankful Blessings,

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Quote of the Week!

I believe if you keep your faith, you keep your trust, you keep the right attitude, if you're grateful, you'll see God open up new doors.
                --- Joel Osteen

Grateful Blessings to you all,

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Amish White Bread Recipe

  I saw this link to make Amish White Bread and just had to share! It is from the blog Scratch this  with Sandy!

This bread looks amazing and Sandy gives step by step directions even I can follow!


Monday, March 14, 2016

Not So New Year, New Goals


   Last year sucked.  Pure and simple.  I broke my ankle twice, had surgery to repair it once, and almost lost my job because of it. My Mom was sick and in and out of the hospital. She finally realized she couldn't be alone at her house and moved in with me. I love her dearly, but learning to live with each other is hard.  She is set in her ways as am I.  My last 3 children flew the coupe and I went through pure he Double hockey sticks when they left.  Empty nest syndrome is REAL and it SUCKS.  So, here are my goals to improve this not so new year!

    1.  Get a life.  My DH and I need to do more things together. Cultivate new interests. Spend quality time together. One evening every other week is our goal.  I hope DH will spend more time with me working on these goals also.

    2.  Set up my craft room.  As I now have a spare bedroom, I am going to create the craft room of my dreams!  Well, since I am on a small budget, at least a functional, if not pretty, craft room!

   3. Improve my writing skills.  I would like to eventually try to submit an article or 2 to a magazine or another blog.  I think that would be too cool.

   4.  Plant and tend to a garden this year.  I built 3 raised beds last year before I broke my ankle so they are still not in use.  I want to try and grow as much food as possible for our family.  Not only will this help financially, but having more fresh veggies should improve our health as well.

  5. Plant a cutting garden.  I love flowers. They make me smile and make me happy so I am going to bring more happiness into my life!
  6. Work on tidying up and improving our much neglected yard/porch.  I have already begun by hanging my new wind chimes on the porch but I want to make the outside our happy place.  I would like yard ornaments and yard art all over!  I want to use more edible plants in the landscaping, and plant more fruit trees. Operation Oasis has begun!

  7.  Enter an art quilt in an art show. I started my art quilt. The ideas have been floating around in my head for a few years now, but I have just begun.  At least it is a start and having the craft room set up should facilitate this goal tremendously!

  8 Get back into the frugal mindset. Our budget is faring a little better with all of the kids gone but we need to tighten our belts in order to stay in our current home and prepare for retirement.  Our financial choices haven't always been up to par, but I have to forgive myself and move on. I cannot change the past but I can control the future. So posts on Last Week's Frugality will be upcoming!

  9. Can/preserve as much food as possible. Small batch canning is one area I'm interested in. Dehydration is another.  So look for posts on what I am canning and preserving!

10.  Finally, I plan on using this blog to hold myself accountable and accomplish my goals this year. Posting on my progress will be a huge part of my goals.  I hope to build readership and share the ups and downs of achieving all of my goals this year!  ( I am trying to be positive here!)

I hope you enjoy hearing about and seeing my progress here on Herb and Botanicals Homestead!

Blessings to all,