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To Do: Weekend 7.29.11

Friday once again. Since this week was spent catching up on computer things and getting a new job (woot woot!) my poor house has suffered. I am in dire need of catching up, and not getting behind again.

clean out cars
clean tub

Move out of storage

Update all spread sheets

What do you have planned this weekend?

Thankful Thursday: July 28

I truly believe it is important to be thankful everyday. Without gratitude, there is no reason for it all. I also blog about my gratitude over at Learning From Duramax. How better learn about gratitude than to learn from the most compassionate creatures over created.

Today I am Thankful for Family

This is Duramax and his old friend Thunder

This is my Momma and my little sister.
What are you Thankful for?

Homemade Noodles

One of the best frugal resources you can have is Hillbilly Housewife. If I am looking for a recipe or a way to create something, this is the first place I head.

I started making homemade noodles many years ago and have used this recipe from the beginning.

Head over and check out this wonderful recipe for homemade noodles.
Have you made noodles or noodle shapes?

Wordless Wednesday

Wasteful Wednesday: July 27

It is a miracle. I have no food waste to share with you today! And it is not for a lack of trying. I have made every meal at home all week, so this is amazing. So instead of staring at my leftovers that have seen better days, I thought I would share some great ways to use up some leftovers.

Money Ning shares 15 great ways to use up leftovers.

The Simple Dollar shares awesome ways to transform leftovers.

A Dusty Frame gives advice on 55 ways to use up everything in our kitchen!

The Kitchn lets us know 8 ways to use leftover Chicken.

How do you use up leftovers?

Menu Plan Monday 7/25-7/31

Good Monday Morning! This weeks menu is boring, but I am still going strong on the 37 day challenge. Only 22 days left. Only, ha! I think I may end up making the turkey I have in the deep freezer. Any suggestions? I've never made a turkey before!

Monday lunch toast
Dinner roast

Tuesday lunch raost sandwiches
Dinner breakfast

Wednesday lunch mac and cheese
Dinner lasagna

Thursday ravioli
Dinner chili dogs

Friday lunch sandwiches
Dinner pizza

Saturday lunch tuna melts
Dinner steak and potatoes

Sunday lunch ravioli
dinner breakfast

To Do: Weekend 7.22.11

Friday once again! This has been a long hard week here in our house. I am very glad it is over.
Friday: Unsubscribe to VA update Excel sheet- earnings Call Grandma Laundry Training for 2 new jobs, woot woot!
Saturday: Make Noodle shapes! Sun Bonnet Sue Pillow Clean out cars.

Sunday: This weeks goals- Yummy Dinner! Update Learning From Duramax

What do you have planned this weekend?

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Homemade Mayonnaise

Give it a Whirl Thursday will be a weekly column documenting triumphs andfailures of frugal projects.

2 egg yolks12 oz veggie oil 1 tbsp lemon juice 1-2 tsp Dijon mustard salt and pepper
Whisk together yolks and a pinch of salt.Add one drop of oil to yolk and whisk until incorporated.Continue adding one drop of oil at a time until each is incorporated. Be patient it takes a few minutes. After a quarter of oil is added, add lemon juice and beat.Add rest of oil. Add Dijon mustard and salt and pepper to taste.
**This has been on my to do list for a long time, but in all honesty I didn't want to make it for fear of taste. I am happy to report there is not much of a difference. I was very pleasantly surprised. I will not be buying mayo again.**" src=""/>

Waste No More Food July 20th

1- Tomato sauce
2- Egg Whites
3- Homemade sour cream and onion chip dip
4- Homemade chicken noodle soup

Due to the fact I spend the weekend at my moms, leftovers were not taken advantage of. This process does help though, to document what you are wasting.

Did you have any food waste this week?

Pin It Tuesday- Pretty Food

There is nothing in the world I enjoy more than food. You celebrate over it, you grieve over it, it really is a glue that holds us together. I have joined Crazy about my baybah for Pin It Tuesday. My first edition will be of Pretty Food. It was very hard to pick just a few however, these are just gorgeous!

Strawberries, angel food cake and chocolate. Yum. Find it here.

Stawberry Shortcake Sushi + Strawberry Coulis

Gorgeous cake roll

What have you pinned today?

Homemade No Salt Season Salt

Make your Own Spices Series
is a weekly series here at Frugal
Farmhouse. To help you save
money I will be sharing
homemade spice recipes each

1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1-1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
1-1/4 teaspoons paprika
1-1/2 teaspoons white pepper
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1-1/2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon dried lemon peel
This will yield you about 1/4 of a cup.

Whisk all ingredients together. Place in air tight container and refrigerate or away from heat and light. Use within 6 months.

Monday Menu Plan

I apologize for being missing this weekend, I am going through a lot of changes right now. So this menu plan is critical. I am still trying to complete a 36 day no money spent on food. I did take the weekend off and ate out, more on that later. But instead of giving up on my challenge, I am climbing back on the wagon and getting back to my goal.

I look forward to rolling out some post changes this week. I hope you will come back and check them out.

Monday July 18th- lunch hot dog
Dinner pizza on grill

Tuesday 19th lunch sandwiches
Dinner bb cups

Wednesday 20th lunch bb cups
Dinner brown sugar meatloaf

Thursday 21th lunch ravioli
Dinner tin foil dinner

Friday 23rd lunch tin foil dinner
Dinner spaghetti

Saturday 24 lunch spaghetti
Dinner bow tie and sausage

Sunday 25 lunch toast
Dinner roast

Grilled Pizza

I can not even begin to tell you how excited I was to make this. Chevy Man thought I was losing it, ok maybe I was. I made the dough from scratch (recipe below) and then we grilled PIZZA!

Homemade dough-
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 1/4 tsp yeast or a package
3 1/2 cups flour
2 tbsp oil
2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar

dissolve yeast in warm water. combine dry, then add wet.

let rise 1 1/2 hours. punch down and let rise 30 more minutes.

I divided into 2 pizzas about 12 inches pizza. This will depend on how thick you want it.

They were definitely not round, but hey that makes them rustic right? haha.

I then oiled each side of the dough.
Put tin foil on the grill, and oiled it.

Put the dough on, flipping about every 3 or 4 minutes until done.

Then I put all the toppings on the pizza, closed the grill lid and let the cheese melt. super yummy! I can't wait to make it again later this week!

Give it a Whirl Thursday- Knitting

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

Do you have one of those hobbies that you put on a platform? You know what I mean, your browsing online, see a finished project an think, "WOW, I wish I was that talented!"
Mine is knitting. My grandma always told me it was impossible to learn. Well, I don't do well with the "Impossible" word.. If you check out my 2011 Resolutions, knitting is there. Know I'm not going to say its easy. I learned from YouTube. Thank you YouTube! Something about actually seeing it be done, not just a 2 dimensional picture sure did help My first undertaking was a dish cloth. They seem safe. Next was a cup cozy. I am so darn proud of this cup cozy. It is just the cutest thing ever. I found the pattern on Ravelry. By the way, are you on Ravelry? have to seriously limit myself on that site. I could waste hours even weeks of time! What have you given a whirl to lately?

Waste No More Food

Waste No More Food Wednesday is a
weekly series here at Frugal Farmhouse.
In an attempt to keep better track of
what is in our refrigerators.
Join in on the fun!

Boy oh boy. this was a wasteful week.

1- shrimp and cream cheese dip
2- frosting
3- grilled hot dog
4- Pasta salad
5-mini blueberry pie
6- blueberry pie filling

SHAME ON ME. In my defense, chevy man ruined that chili, btw, how gross is that? Can a man seriously NOT find the plastic wrap...

Did you have any food waste this week?

Tomato Paste Waste

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.

I have always wondered why tomato paste came in one of those cans. I know they are tiny but who really uses all of it in one use? Not me, that is for sure and I hate to waste it. One my first use of a new can I use however much I need. Then I put parchment paper down on a cookie tray or cake pan. Place spoon fulls onto parchment paper and put it in the freezer. Once fully frozen I place each frozen nugget into a ziplock bag and put it back in the freezer. Now you have just enough for each dish with no waste!

Menu Plan July 11-17

Monday 11th
lunch roast sandwiches
Dinner spaghetti

Tuesday 12th
lunch- spaghetti
Dinner- mini shepherd pie

Wednesday 13th

lunch hot dogs
Dinner tuna melt

Thursday 14th
lunch ravioli
Dinner shipwreck

Friday 15th
lunch shipwreck
Dinner chx noodle soup

Saturday 16th
lunch soup
Dinner- breakfast

Sunday 17th
lunch toast
Dinner- lasagna noodle wrap

To Do: Weekend

This is a weekly series. It is to inspire and motivate us to get our weekend plans done! Join me in completing our checklists.

Saturday- Laundry Sweep Clean out Car 1 and Car 2 Water lawn Work 4 hours Work on photoshop Sunday- Roast for dinner change sheets Go over finances Nothing too exciting for this weekend. We have had a lot of company this week, so the house is spic and span! Which is nice. What are you weekend plans?

Snickers Salad

Easy Peasy, delicious Recipe.


Cool Whip 2 King size candy bars
1 can of fruit cocktail

Place cool whip in a bowl, drain the juice/syrup from fruit cocktail cake in the garbage. Combine into cool whip.

Chop up the candy bars. I put them in the freezer for an hour or 2 before cutting them up, makes it easier. Then throw everything in and combine. Simple. It isn't the prettiest, but We sure like it.

Also linking to Melt in your Mouth Monday