Sunday, January 31, 2010

January Round Up

January wasn't quite what I wanted it to be.. but it was what it was. I learn from myself everyday of what NOT to do! lol February will be a better month. I can feel it :)

Grocery Totals for January $45.73

Eating out totals for January my half $65.24 EEK!
I knew we wouldn't be able to stop eating out cold turkey... this being said, i know we ate out a ton, i feel horrible about it BUT its in the past. time to move on. my goal for February is to have planned far enough ahead that eating out would be a stupid decision.

$5/person/week challenge- i know that these totals aren't "true" because i'm not including eating out.. but i think for our first month of trying this, we did alright.
jan 4th thru 10th Total for the week $5.52
jan 11th thru 17th total for the week $7.80.
jan 18th thru 24th so far this week $2.97
jan 25 thru 31st total for the week $


Homestead Challenge- Perfect Bread Making. I'm pretty happy with how my bread maker bread turned out multiple times this month. Today I'm attempting to make crockpot bread.. I'll report back on that later. I'm not ending this challenge however, i don't feel as though i have perfected bread making.. this may be a year long challenge! haha. I've chosen pasta making and tortilla making as my February challenge.

-2010 homemade Christmas - haven't worked on this at all.
-Fling 2010 Things in 2010 Challenge 114/2010
-2010 sewing challenge-haven't worked on this at all.
-2010 needle arts challenge-haven't worked on this at all.
-pantry freezer challenge-i've used a lot of stuff. did pretty well :)
-20 wishes challenge
-Save $1000 by March 15th-haven't worked on this at all.
-electric usage challenge- i've been really sick this month, meaning a lot of sleeping. so not a lot of electricity being used!

How have you been doing on your Resolutions/Challenges for 2010?

Monday, January 11, 2010

Cake Balls
















This is a great recipe for parties. They are a family favorite! I make two variations. Chocolate cake mix with white icing (on right side of the above picture) and White cake mix with chocolate icing (left)

Recipe:

1 chocolate cake mix
1 container of white icing
Melting chocolate

Prepare cake mix as per box directions. Let cool. Break up cake mix in a bowl.




















Add in entire container of icing.



















Chill for 1 hour. Next, roll into bite size balls.



















Melt chocolate.



















Drizzle over.















Enjoy :)

- From my Frugal Farmhouse to yours.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Chocolate Crescent Twist





Have you ever had one of those nights where you just had to have dessert? Tuesday was on of those nights. We were watching some tv when a Pillsbury commercial came on. They flashed a few delicious looking desserts in front of my face and a website. And did I really think I could pass it up? HA!... nope.

As I searched I came across this Chocolate Crescent Twist.
Seriously, try it.

I'll let you get the recipe over at Pillsbury, but here are a few pictures to drool on :)






Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Resolutions Expanded

2010 Homestead Challenge- this is a challenge that is happening over at frugalvillage.com/forums. I highly suggest this website. It is wonderful! So the point of the challenge is to teach yourself new homestead skills. Someday I really want to be able to live off the land, so participating in this challenge gets me that much closer to that long term goal. Here are the skills I want to learn. I may add to these as the year goes on.

1. How to make butter
2. How to make hard boiled eggs
3. Make homemade tortillas
4. Hm laundry soap
5. Hm pasta
6. Hm taco seasoning
7. Hm ranch dressing
8. Learn how to can
9. Hm sourdough bread
10. Rag rug
11. How to darn socks
12. Fine tune MY recipe binder with all hm yummy goodness


20 Wishes Challenge- another challenge happening over at FV. It is where you post 20 things you'd like to do in 2010 and try to do them. Here is my list.

1. learn how to make quilt blocks
2. make curtains for bedroom
3. get rid of half of clothes
4. keep my house clean
5. get rid of 1000 things in January
6. learn how to knit
7. achieve my financial goals
8. find a meaningful job
9. have a successful monetary blog
10. if I haven’t used stuff in storage by march get rid of it.
11. Take online courses
12. Learn to can
13. Document important recipes from grandma
14. Read 12 books this year
15. Charity work, project snuggles, warming families
16. College
17. Reduce food intake, food waste
18. Keep resolutions and challenges
19. Saved for later
20. Saved for later

2010 Sewing Challenge- Things I plan on making. More will be added to this list as the year goes along.

1. project snuggles
2. rice bag
3. bed organizer
4. quilt


2010 Needle Arts Challenge- Things I plan on making. More will be added to this list as the year goes along.

1. shopping bags made out of plastic bags
2. dish clothes
3. socks
4. hats for Warming Families

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

5 frugal blogs

I found this great list of blogs to follow. I highly suggest if you haven't read them you should! They all have GREAT resources!!

5 Frugal Blogs

Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year Resolutions

I know this post seems a bit late. However, I was just not ready to start all of it. Holiday activities really got to me this past year, so I needed a few days to recoup. But I’m back! Anyhow, here are my resolutions (or rather, Challenges) for the year of 2010.

1. Post 5 to 7 blog posts a week.- This is number 1 on my list for a reason ;)

2. $5/person/week grocery challenge- I’m still working out the kinks on this but I really think I can accomplish this.

3. Homestead skill a month challenge- This is a challenge off of Frugal Village. I will expand on this at a later date.

4. 2010 homemade Christmas- I want and all homemade Christmas for 2010. I will be documenting my journey.

5. Fling 2010 Things in 2010 Challenge- If you hadn’t noticed the overall theme of my resolutions is simplifying.. this will help with that.

6. 2010 sewing challenge- I really want to learn how to sew more complicated items while my grandma is still around to share her knowledge.

7. 2010 needlearts challenge- This will go along mainly with #4.

8. pantry freezer challenge- This goes along with #2. We have 2 full freezers. I want to control what we are eating, and learn to expand my homemade skills.

9. 20 wishes challenge- expanded later

10. Save $1000 by March 15th- for tax purposes