Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Rememberance of My Grandma

      Do you remember anything that your Granny did that brings back special memories?  I do!  One in particular was my Grandma's love of flowers.  She used to have rows of flowers in the garden and also in pots all over the house and yard. One particular container was an old galvanized wash tub that sat on a stump just outside of the back door.  Everytime you went in and out of that old wooden screen door( I can still hear the Thwack as it slammed) you saw the tub of Moss Roses she grew there. They were a beautiful mix of summer color that I haven't forgotten to this day.  She would plant the seeds very closely so the plethora of moss roses hung over the top of the tub.  I always loved those flowers.  Loved the quantity of beauty they encompassed, loved the variety of summer color they provided.  Great memories of my Grandma!  So in order to keep those sweet memories alive, I too have a galvanized container of moss roses!  I haven't found a huge wash tub for them yet, but just a galvanized bucket-my own small reminder of my Grandma! 

   I am sure Grandma is smiling down on my little bucket of moss roses right now!!
 Do you have any special reminders of loved ones in your yard?

Memorable Blessings to you all,

Quote of the Week

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Quote of the Week

   When life gives you 100 reasons to cry, show life you have 1000 reasons to smile!!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Last Week's Frugality

Dried spinach, onions, and soup mix oven canned for my pantry!

  Last week we basically had a low spend week--just the basics we needed such as gas, milk, bread in addition to our budgeted groceries.   I was able to start building my pantry in the canned soup category for the coming fall and winter.  I like canned soups just in case of power outages.  Its easy to heat over sterno or a candle and is good!  I was able to add 3 of the family sized cans and a couple of the regular cans of canned soup to my pantry stash.  Not a huge thing but every little bit helps! 

    I was able to oven can some dried foods I purchased from Augason Farms last month!

    I also grated and froze zucchini in 2 cup baggies for winter use! Zucchini bread and fritters are yummy!
  I also had a pretty good sized cake/cupcake order! Some extra money to buy gas and some groceries with! Yeah Me!
    I have a challenge in  mind for you all.  Use $10 a week/biweekly or monthly (whatever your budget can handle) to build your pantry stash.  Put up food or dehydrate frozen peas, whatever you need to add to your pantry, squeeze $10 from your food budget to build it up for the coming cold weather.  Please share what you have purchased/added to your pantry stash so we can see how far you can make $10 stretch! We can touch base every week on our progress!

  I was able to get 4 qts of strawberries for $1 per qt.  That is as good as it gets here in NKY!

Well, that's about it for me--what have you saved on lately?  Remember to check back in next Monday about your challenge-see how much you can get for $10 to build your pantry!




Friday, August 4, 2017

Zucchini out the Wazoo

Hello Readers,

  This is another way to use up all of that zucchini! I was able to get half a batch canned!  That will be enough for my family for the next year!

Bountiful Blessings,

Zucchini Relish       




      1. SOAK.
      2. Grate zucchini in food processor, along with onion and bell peppers.
      3. Mix salt in with vegetables in large plastic bowl.
      4. Let stand overnight.
      5. Next morning, rinse thoroughly in a large strainer and drain well.
      6. MIX.
      7. Place shredded vegetables in large heavy pan and add remaining ingredients.
      8. Mix well and boil for 30 minutes.
      9. Pack and seal in hot sterilized jars
      10. Water bath can 15 minutes.                         
                   This is a super recipe for beginners!