Real quick, I have set a new goal for this month: I want to plant something everyday! Every February I practice frugal grocery planning, eating up things in the pantry and freezer and only buying a small amount of groceries. As part of that this year, I am also trying to cut back on the number of seeds I buy, instead using what I have in … Continue reading the story "February Planting Goals"
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So, its been far too long since I sat down to write. A lot has happened since last summer... Sadly, not all of it was good and 2014 was a very personally challenging year for my family, my husband, and myself. Happily, we are moving forward. While I try to get back in the habit of posting, I thought a short update was in order. Too much … Continue reading the story "Back in the Groove"
I love fresh-from-the-oven bread! I think my brain is hard-wired to respond to that rich yeasty smell. The problem is I have never been good at baking bread for myself or my family. Like many people I simply bought bagged bread from the grocery store, often regretting the lack of flavor and the terrible texture. For special dinners I would go to a bakery, drink in … Continue reading the story "The Joy of Bread"
A little more than a week ago my family and I began our (second) annual Frugal February practices. If you have not heard of Frugal February I will give my explanation, which maybe different than others. I was introduced to this concept in December of 2012 via an online article. Essentially the author purported the practice of spending the month of February eating up the things … Continue reading the story "Frugal February"
This past weekend I had the good fortune to make a neighborly connection at the Farmer’s Market in town. I was there peddling some tasty jams and jellies and doing a bit of socializing with the other vendors about their wares. It turned out that a family member of one had far more pears than they knew what to do with. This was fortuitous for … Continue reading the story "Waste not, want not…"
So, one of my longest standing personal convictions is that we should attempt to fix damaged items, not just replace them. This goes for a large variety of things from cars to clothes. Over the years I have taken things from other people's trash (not digging through, just the curb), because I felt it still had value and could be repaired. My youngest now thinks … Continue reading the story "Updating an old Swing"