Hard to Find Ingredients

by Lora

Recently I have had some trouble finding a couple of items that I really enjoy using. One of the items was Twinings De-Caf Lady Grey Tea. I love Lady Grey, but if I drink it at night, my favorite time of day for a cuppa, it will keep me up all night.  A friend [...]

Menu Plan Monday June 1, 2009

by Lora

Last month I wrote about changing my budget. Things went pretty well, though I did have a couple of issues. The biggest budget eater was our buying soft drinks. When you have 7 people drinking a couple of sodas a day, it really adds up. When I was working on our [...]

Kitchen Tip Tuesday May 5, 2009

by Lora

Tammy posted about ways to cook beans so that they have less gas. In south Louisiana, where I lived for 13 years, we cooked a LOT of beans. A tip I learned while living there was to add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to each pound of beans as you are cooking them. [...]

MPM May 4, 2007

by Lora

I have been assessing many areas of my homemaking life and trying to implement several different changes. One of them being getting on a stricter budget. In the past I would basically buy what I wanted not being extravagant, but not keeping to a strict budget. Now, I have a strict budget [...]

Kitchen Tip Tuesday 4-7-09

by Lora

Today has been a busy day around the house. I put pork chops in the crockpot to cook by 12. As soon as I finished the pork chops I went ahead and put my sweet potatoes in the oven to bake, so they would be cool enough to handle when it was time [...]

MPM 4-6-09

by Lora

Yes, once again I’m posting my menu on Tuesday, but better late than never.  Things are actually becoming a little more sane around here, and I am beginning to plan a little more.  You would think that planning during all the illnesses would help, and it does to a degree, but, it’s difficult to plan [...]

Frugal Friday Lentil Chili

by Lora

Since I have been attempting to reduce our food expenses, I have been trying some new recipes.  I found a recipe for Lentil Chili at Hillbilly Housewife, but I changed it a little to make it more to our liking. It was really good, and everyone enjoyed it. I served it over brown [...]

Kitchen Tip Tuesday 2-3-09

by Lora

Due to our allergies and sensitivities to many perfumes & scents, we have begun to use homemade cleaners.  I still use store bought dish detergents, laundry detergents, and toilet cleaner, but for most everything else I use homemade.
For our general all purpose cleaner I use 2 quarts of water, 2 Tablespoons of Borax and a [...]

Menu Plan Monday 2-2-09

by Lora

It has been quite a while since I posted any homemaking posts, but I am hoping to get back into the swing of things.  I have found that not having a plan has caused me to be unprepared and to spend more money than I would like.  We are tightening our belt around here, not [...]

Menu Plan Monday 11-3-08

by Lora

This is the first post on this new blog; until I transfer the archives over you can find them at the old address.  We have been moving things around a lot with our blogs, trying to set them up more efficiently.  When you have 5 bloggers in one family, things can tend to get a [...]