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.


Monday


Breakfast-toast


Lunch- sandwiches


Dinner-Pizza


Tuesday


Breakfast- egg sandwich


Lunch- eat out


Dinner- Spaghetti


Wednesday


Breakfast-toast


Lunch- spaghetti


Dinner-Pizza


Thursday


Breakfast-toast


Lunch- ham sandwiches


Dinner- Lasagna


Friday


Breakfast-pancakes


Lunch- $1 cheeseburger


Dinner- biscuits and gravy


Saturday


Breakfast- biscuits and gravy


Lunch- tomato sandwich


Dinner- chicken enchiladas


Sunday-


Breakfast- stuffed French toast


Dinner- tin foil dinners





What are you having for dinner this week?