Saturday, October 29, 2011

The winds of Change...

There came a time in our lives when our planning just didn’t make the cut. We recently moved in with family due to Chevy Man injuring his foot. I know a lot of you will understand that when you live paycheck to paycheck there just isn’t enough money to put aside for a rainy day.

Now I am learning to pinch my pennies even harder than I did before. Chevy Man was in an accident on September 24th with a friend and injured his foot. The first doctors told us he broke his ankle and put him into a cast and on crutches for 8 weeks, with possible surgery. I was relieved that he wasn’t hurt more than he was, but what were we gonna do for 8 weeks!?!

I called my Grandma and asked if it was alright if we stayed with her for a while. We were planning on moving to this area anyways at the end of the year so that just moved us faster and in a little less desirable situation than we would have liked. But I am so very thankful for my family. They are amazing.

I packed all of our belongings into a 10x10 storage unit. Kept our clothes and bedding out and loaded into my little 4 door Jetta and off we went to Grandma’s, 150 miles away on October 6th. 4 days later we scheduled Chevy Man for a doctor appointment in this area. While there we learned his foot wasn’t broke, he didn’t need crutches, but he would still be out of work the total 8 weeks. A lot better news! He had in fact torn the ligaments in his ankle. This is often worse than a break but no surgery!

As of today we are 5 weeks into recovery. Chevy Man is doing well and we are all adjusting to living with my Grandparents. It has been a fun challenge. I enjoy learning and helping them every day. I currently am looking for a job and getting signed up for school. I am narrowing the prospects of schools and should come to a decision soon. I can’t wait to say I’m a college student again!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Canning Pears and Tomatoes

Now I have canned a lot of times with my Grandmother. However, I was under the age of 15 and didn't really care to remember the process. Now that I am older, I have been dying to revisit the canning years of my childhood. We recently moved (more on that this Saturday!) and I have the great privilege of staying with my Grandma and Grandpa for a while. I have turned into a sponge, I am trying to gleen as much information off of my Grandma as possible. My Aunt put it a great way, she said my Grandma was her wikipedia! How awesome is that!

Last week my uncle brought down pears and tomatoes that needed to be canned the same day. So much for our plans, but it was such a great informative day. We began with the pears.

Little itty bitty one bite pears... I took us 4 hours to peal and core these suckers.. Then we put them in jars and pressure canned them. I believe we canned 14 quarts of pears.

Next up... Tomatoes

Now I haven't had a decent tomato all summer long due to money, so I was very excited to see these juicy beauties!

First step is to get those skins off.

Next we placed them in jars.

Then for the canning process

Pressure is rising!

We canned 12 quarts of tomatoes that day as well. I learned a great deal and can't wait to learn more!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cut your own wood

Frugal Tip Tuesday is a weekly
series here at Frugal Farmhouse.
I want to share easy tips and tricks
to help you along your frugal journey.
Have you missed earlier tips?

Winter time is coming! Do you have a wood fireplace or stove? It is a great tradition to cut your own wood. Here in my area a wood cutting permit is about $5 you can buy a cord of a wood or for $20 you can buy a 4 cord permit. A cord is about a full truck bed worth of wood.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Menu Plan Monday 10/10-10/16

This week is a bit up in the air. We are moving out of our apartment. Chevy Man was injured and will be out of work for 8 weeks. We were in the process of moving south anyways, we are just forced to move a little sooner than expected and in with family for a while. I am thankful for the family I do have and look forward to learning as much as I can from this experience.



Lunch- sandwiches



Breakfast- egg sandwich

Lunch- eat out

Dinner- Spaghetti



Lunch- spaghetti




Lunch- ham sandwiches

Dinner- Lasagna



Lunch- $1 cheeseburger

Dinner- biscuits and gravy


Breakfast- biscuits and gravy

Lunch- tomato sandwich

Dinner- chicken enchiladas


Breakfast- stuffed French toast

Dinner- tin foil dinners

What are you having for dinner this week?

Friday, September 16, 2011

To Do: Weekend 9.16.11

I have the privileage of helping my Grandma this weekend. I so enjoy waking up with yummy Farm air!

Friday- Crochet cousins headband

Saturday- Apartment hunt

Sunday- Surprise day!

What do you have planned this weekend?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Homemade Laundry Soap

Give it a Whirl Thursday is a
weekly column documenting triumphs
and failures of frugal projects.

I have tried many homemade laundry soap recipes. They all have left a sort of film on our clothes. But still I kept trying all the ones on the internet I could find. Finally I found one that is awesome. The Duggar's liquid laundry soap recipe rocks! I makes 5 gallons, Yes I said 5 gallons. But it is so great you own't mind once you try it.

This would be my 5 gallon bucket of laundry soap.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Farm

Wasteful Wednesday: September 14

1-weird dessert- given to use, just couldn't bare to eat it.
2- Clam chowder- couple bowl fulls left over
3- moldy cheese... yum!
4- Italian sausage- about 1/2 cup left

Did you have any food waste this week?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Frugal Tip Tuesday

Frugal Tip Tuesday is a weekly
series here at Frugal Farmhouse.
I want to share easy tips and tricks
to help you along your frugal journey.
Have you missed earlier tips?

A great way to organize like items in a common place is a lazy susan. I found a two pack at the dollar store. I use the one below next to my stove with all the commonly used spices. Easy to find and not taking up a lot of room.

I have salt, pepper, basil, baking soda, steak seasoning, onion salt, garlic powder, cinnamon and sugar. If I need extra space on my tiny counter I can just grab the lazy susan and move it elsewhere in one easy movement.

Pin It Tuesday: Wedding

I have been working on a wedding invitation for my aunt. She is getting married in a few weeks. So I have had wedding on my mind. Evidently, even after your married, women think about wedding ideas.. pinterest is a great example of that!

Source: via Melinda on Pinterest

Source: None via Emma on Pinterest

Menu Plan Monday 9/12-9/18

I will be heading out of town on Wednesday. I get to spend a few days with my grandma and help around the house. So our menu is definitely lacking in appeal. ha! Chevy Man will be fending for himself most the week.

Monday Sept 12 2011

Dinner- Pizza

Tuesday September 13 2011


Dinner- lasagna

Wednesday September 14 2011


Dinner- egg sandwiches

Thursday September 15 2011

Fend for yourself

Friday September 16 2011

Fend for yourself

Saturday September 17 2011


Sunday- Surprise!!!