Skip to main content

January Round Up

January Round Up

Right out of the gate, I went CRAZY! But as most resolutions, I tapered off to little activity. BUT, I am pushing forward and truly want to finish these skills. So this is what I have accomplished in January. At the end of this post is my February goals.

Change Jar- I did have about $50 in here. We used it to pay bills. I am ok with that. I am glad I saved it and we were able to pay those bills.

No Eating out- Oh boy… can we not talk about this? 11 times… yes 11! Who does that? We do, that’s who.. I started putting a huge X on the calendar when we ate out. Chevy Man caught on pretty quick. That slowed everything down, so that will be a continued thing. MUST.TRY.HARDER!

Electricity Reduction Challenge- we averaged about 18 kwh per day. I plan on averaging 15 kwh per day in February.

Needlework Challenge- learn to knit dish clothes- DONE!
swiffer covers-DONE!

Homesteading Challenge-
1. make paper- Done. I plan on making more as part of a vday gift!
3. make noodles- done. next up is noodle shapes!
4. make bread w/o maker weekly- successful. The sandwich bread recipe here on FV is wonderful!!
5. make bagels- done. I plan on making flavored ones next time.
7. hamburger buns- I found the perfect recipe for this. It also works as a hot dog bun recipe. But, we don't have any hot dogs, so no reason to make them!

Frugal Challenge-

no lights on until dark- success! this has been easy, yet difficult for chevy man... hmm
made noodles, chicken noodle soup and french bread all from scratch- done. super yummy and went on the monthly menu.
made syrup done.
refilled misto pump- not done. its broken
heat down to 68 during the day 70 tonight.- success. it has only been set above 70 degrees 2 times.
hope to cut my dependency on tv... this has happened. The tv is hardly ever on. my tv in the living room broke haha! must be a sign...

Waste No more Food Challenge- I have been planning leftovers better into the menu plan. I did learn to not make soup twice in one week. Good lesson!

Photo a day blog- I have successfully done this. I am loving this challenge. I am learning a lot about myself.

Go Greener Challenge- recycling is going great!

20 wishes Challenge-

fix jetta- fingers crossed, I think its fixed. Nothing what we thought it was, but im not crossing it off yet.

sketch out a 5 year plan- this has been really fun. I have come up with some great goals.

read 12 books- 2 down 4 more started. I forget how much I enjoy reading.

embroidery grid sampler-got a book from the library for more stitches to learn. How fun!

recycle- going really well. So far I am doing cans, cardboard and plastic. My kitchen is the size of a closet, so I need a brilliant idea of how to organize a center so I can recycle more.

Now on to February

yeast donuts
flavored bagels
Noodle shapes included ravioli!
No lights until dark
menu plan NO MATTER WHAT
make my own junk food

Finish farm and garden.
knit dish cloth
baby booties
start double wedding ring maybe?

20 wishes
Attend FAFSA Saturday
Finish both homesteading books
Organize Family photos
Begin hammon history


  1. Looks good!
    I've failed miserably on my attempt to cut down on my Coke intake. That sounds bad - as in Coca-Cola. In fact, it's use has gone up because we're stuck inside all day due to the weather which depresses me and therefore I drink, haha. I also "feel" like I need it because I can't keep up with all of the kids' pent-up energy!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Menu Plan Monday 1.23.12

MondayBreakfast- cerealLunch- ravioli and olive garden potatoesDinner- chicken pot pie (in freezer)
TuesdayBreakfast- yogurtLunch- Chef saladDinner- ham and cheese omeletsRice pudding
WednesdayBreakfast- cerealLunch- chef saladDinner- Pocatello for test
ThursdayBreakfast- yogurtLunch- chef saladDinner-taco salad
FridayBreakfast- cerealLunch- chef saladDinner- cauliflower pizza
SaturdayBreakfast- cerealLunch- saladDinner- spaghetti
SundayBreakfast- egg and wafflesDinner- rotissiere roast
Check out a ton of other Menu planning ideas here.

Barn wood reindeer

I was  recently invited to an ornament exchange. We were instructed to create 12 of the same ornaments. We then wrapped one of the ornaments and put the other 11 in a box. We passed around the wrapped ornaments and opened them, sort of like a white elephant exchange. That way we all got to oogle and google  each others ornaments.

I made reclaimed barn wood reindeer. I think they turned out super cute. What do you think? Anyone want a tutorial?

How to Make Buttermilk From Regular Milk

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.

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.