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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


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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?

Here is a quick way to make buttermilk out of regular milk.


-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.