Thursday, February 24, 2011
- Make a pantry! make a list of the foods you use on a regular basis, and stock up on them when they are on sale or you have extra money. I did that this summer, and it has saved us from eating nothing but beans this winter. I made a list of food I consider to be staples, and stocked up. This winter I have only had to replenish things I was low on and buy produce and milk.
- Buy a deep freeze! I have three, and I buy beef (organic, grass fed, cut and wrapped. Averages out to about 2.50 a pound!) grains, frozen veggies, and meat on sale. I love being able to really stock up, and I like knowing that I have plenty of food on hand. Honestly, this has also saved us from a winter of beans!
- Consider the food you actually eat! I was given a coupon for some cereal that was on sale, and by using the coupon, the price was brought down to .75 cents a box. Great! Except, my kids hated the cereal! We don't actually eat sugar sweetened cereal (nothing wrong with it, my kids just don't like it), and so it was really just a waste of money. Coupons are great, but if the savings are not for something you would buy anyways, it is not saving you money. What is the use of having 10 bottles of barbeque sauce that you don't use because it was cheap?
- Learn to cook from scratch! Now, I know this one takes a lot of time and effort. Sometimes our lives seem so busy and complicated, and cooking is the last thing we want to do. I have found though that taking the time to cook a really good meal once a day is actually simple, and so good for us. It is good to slow down, good to spend the time making something that everyone will enjoy. It is also cheaper to make your own food. I am making bread for about 30 cents a loaf, and my family loves it. My granola costs about two dollars to make, and it is a huge jar. Soup is so cheap to make, and served with a pan of cornbread or freshly baked bread, it makes a great winter time meal.
- Plan. This one is so important! If you don't know what you are making, you are more likely to eat out or buy some pre-packaged food in a panic.
- To be continued! Stuart is trying to go outside to survey his snowy world. I need to get him outside for a while!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
- I have a lovely, talented friend who helped me take this dress apart (found at Goodwill for two dollars, loved the fabric, know I will never be a size two!) and refashion it in to a skirt. The skirt is adorable, and I am so happy to finally have this project done.
- The older children have a day off from school, so every one is still asleep. Had my latte in total peace and quiet this morning, an unusual turn of events.
- Snow is in the forecast for us, and as much as I love snow and always want a good snowstorm, I am so ready to be warm again! I am really ready for flowers, morning coffee in the gazebo, and fresh vegetables from the garden.
- Estelle came up to me yesterday as I was getting ready for mass. "I am so excited to go to Mass! have been looking forward to this all week!" she said. "I am so happy to hear that", I replied. "Well," she said, "I really just want to show off my purse and dress."
- And now, my most talkative child is awake, and I can't string together any more unconnected thoughts while I am being asked a gagillion questions!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Hazelnuts, whole unroasted. they go rancid quickly once roasted, so I roast as needed.
vermouth- makes any sauce better
pepper in a grinder
butter, never margarine. Going to try making ghee this week.
coffee-brings me happiness in general, not just culinary!
brown rice syrup-makes the best granola bars
fresh herbs-I usually keep thyme and basil, and have a rosemary bush in the yard.
butternut squash-squash fries, curried squash soup, etc.
This is making me hungry! Time to go find a snack!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
For some reason, I have felt sad and restless today. I found an old picture of me with a friend, a very good friend who suddenly stopped being my friend-I still don't know what happened. It was hard, this being confronted with what I had lost, especially in the face of also losing my father, two brother in laws, and the farmers grandma in the last eighteen months. I have been struggling with the feeling of losing so much and gaining so little. This restlesness, this sense of regret and sorrow and wanting to regain all I have lost is very hard for me to deal with, because the only way for me to work it out is to have a good weep. To go off by my self and cry and pray and walk until I am exhausted, and can fall into bed and sleep. I have not been able to do this today, and so I thought it might be helpful to compile a list of things for which I am grateful, because I know that in amidst the confusion and sorrow and stress, there is joy to be had. There is beauty and truth and goodness. If I spend the last half hour of my day in gratitude, hopefully I will be able to banish these other thoughts from my mind! So! I am grateful for the early morning sunlight flooding my dining room with golden light. Grateful that I have two oatmeal scones to eat with my morning coffee, grateful for the handsome farmer who made the scones! Grateful for my dear friend who bought my little girls each three dresses from Lands End, just because. Grateful I found my i-pod before my morning walk. I always go further and walk fatser with some good music playing. Grateful that God holds my heart, turns my mourning into joy, and has given me the hope of heaven, which I cling to with all my might on these dark days.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
gsheller.com for my first yarn along. A yarn along is a post showing what you are reading and what you are knitting. So! The books first! The top book is I Loved Jesus in the Night by Paul .Murray, in which he talks about Mother Theresa's spiritual dryness, and how she loved Jesus in spite of it. Next book is A Pet for the Orphelines, and I am reading it aloud to my little girls. We love these books! This is the third in the series. And, lastly, I am reading through Julia Child's cook book. My mother bought it for me for my birthday, and I am reading it like a book! My knitting is a scarf in a basket weave pattern. I started it while my Dad was in the hospital, and after his death, I couldn't bring my self to pick it up again. I just decided to finish it, and just realized that I have somehow added three stitches. So, now I will have to unpick three rows to fix my mistake! I am the world's most bumbling knitter, but I enjoy it and want to learn to do it well. Hopefully I will be able to show a finished scarf next week!