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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?


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How many times have you started making something only to realize that little container of buttermilk you bought 6 months ago is expired. Has it really been in there that long?

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-Milk (just under 1 cup)
-1 Tablespoon White Vinegar or Lemon Juice

Put the vinegar (or lemon juice) in the bottom of a liquid measuring cup. Then fill it up to the 1 cup line with milk.

Let it stand about 5 minutes. Then you have Buttermilk! It gets kinda chunky, this is normal. Now you can use it in any recipe just as you would buttermilk.