Sunday, July 20, 2014


   At church our theme (which the speakers follow and teaches and song leaders can if they desire) in July and August is the fruit of the Spirit. I am teaching nursery class and so I decided to follow that theme as well. This week's lesson is on peace. I had been thinking a lot about it and then I had the opportunity recently to visit with a friend who is not a Christian and it really jumped out at me the difference in knowing Christ or not. She does not have the same peace that I have and I truly hope to be able to share it with her some day! 

Here are some neat verses on peace that I hope you will enjoy. If you don't have peace in your life please give your cares to Jesus!

The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace. Psalm 29:11

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:6-7

The Garage is Taking Shape!

The first truss goes up!
 This week we set to the goal of getting all the walls framed up and the sheathing on. Ken and I worked hard every evening except church nights and Ken also went out on Sunday afternoon (while I was taking kids to camp) and then while I was going to pick up kids this morning Ken headed out then as well. The kids and I headed there immediately on getting back into town after camp. Keren and Benjamin came and helped us lift up some wall sections on Tuesday evening and Peter came and helped us this afternoon. It was a lot of work but we are really pleased to see things truly taking shape!

 We did not get all the sheathing on but we got about 1/2 of the trusses up as well as having the walls all framed and a lot of the sheathing on.
 Ken and I are happy to have our helpers back from camp as some evenings it was pretty challenging trying to do some things with only two people. We are obviously not professionals and sometimes an extra hand comes in very handy.

 Our "monkeys" are loving the trusses. They are super excited as we have decided we probably can make a bit of an attic in there. They have this crazy loves for attic lofts.

 That is what is going on at our place this week.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Ways We Have Saved Money Lately

 This week has been a good one for frugal activities. Here is some of what we have been doing lately:
~I made a basket out of "trash". Truly what I previously (not long ago) quickly through into the trash without another thought. I still do sometimes when I have to much but it is much more fun to find a second life for it.
 ~On Thursday I wanted to head out to our land mid day to work on the garden and Ken was planning on meeting me there after work. I needed to have a supper and I didn't really feel like taking the time that day to cook over a fire. Then I remember a method of cooking that I had used before but not done for a while. It is a really simple and fuel efficient method. You simply bring your food to a boil and then put it into some very well insulated spot for a few hours to finish the cooking. I mixed rice, broth with meat, green beans and green onions together and brought it to a boil and then stuck it in our pressure canner with towels wrapped thoroughly around it and the lid on. I simply stuck it in the van after boiling it at about 2:30 pm and there it stayed until we ate at around 6:30 pm. The food was quite well cooked and hot. It works like a charm! I didn't need electricity to keep it cooking.
 The finished product.

~I cut the boys hair

~I packed meals for all the times we were away from home. Sometimes I really start to run out of inspiration for doing that but I did manage even though we had 5 suppers this week away from home (plus some lunches).

~I harvested food which we ate.
 ~I made underwear and boxers from old t-shirts. So nice to be able to make a superior product (in my opinion) for free. I generally re-purpose elastic so usually the only thing that is purchased for making them is thread.

~I made handkerchiefs.

~I gave a handmade gift at the baby shower we went to.

~We ate a lot of leftovers.
 ~I made more menstrual pads.

~I didn't go to the grocery store at all (Ken did stop somewhere quick on his own to get some icecream.) I have been working to use up food that we already have on hand. I am hoping not to move so much.

~I used flowers leftover from recent weddings to dress up our house and to give some to others as well.
 ~We are making our garage ourselves rather than hiring anybody.

~I made "new" cards form old cards.
~We took advantage of Megan going to camp free this year since she is a first time camper. The kids had a wonderful week of camp (I picked them up this morning).

~I made homemade yogurt.

~I did a bunch of mending.

What frugal things have you been doing?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Food Harvesting Report

 Here is what we harvested and ate this past week:
July 11th- Mara made yummy cookies with cattail pollen in them.

 July 12th -The Blueberries are getting ripe!
I picked some violet leaves and wild mint to add to my pita.
 It tasted pretty good!
 We have lots of Dewberries on our property.
July 13th -Pineapple weed made a yummy tea before bed.

July 14th - I totally forgot about harvesting in my goal to get lots done while the kids were off to camp. I didn't do any cooking that day as we ate leftovers.
 July 15th - I found some puffball mushrooms out in our yard.

 I thinned out the little cabbage plants and took some of the plants in to eat. I also gathered purslane.
 I took some old day-lily buds from the plant.

I fried up the mushrooms and day-lily buds along with a little hamburger. Then I mixed that with the other greens chopped up.

It all went into a pita. Yummy!
 I also found quite a few strawberries in our patch which Ken and I had for supper.
 July 16th- I harvested a few onions to use both white and green.
 I mixed that in with steak which made for a good supper.
 July 17th - More blueberries. I need to find time to do some dedicated picking soon!
 July 18th - Tonight we had some pretty yummy Quesadillas if I do say so myself. I harvested purslane, lambs quarter and green onions. I used 1/3 part the greens I mentioned, 1/3 part leftover steak pieces from Wednesday and 1/3 part cheese and put that in the homemade tortillas and fried them in oil.
 With salsa and sour cream it made a very delightful supper! It was a GREAT way to use wild greens. Ken didn't even notice them.

That was some of the yummy things we have been harvested and eating lately. How about you?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fly a Little Higher {Book Review}

   This Spring I read "Fly a Little Higher" a book about a Minnesotan boy, Zach Sobiech. A young man who got sick with Osteosarcoma which is a pediatric bone cancer. This young man's story though filled with plenty of heart ache is very uplifting as you read about (from his Mother's point of view) how he dealt with the pain and struggles with an upbeat attitude, a love for family and friends and seeking a stronger relationship with God.

   One of the neat things that happens as Zach's family was trying to help him deal with the cancer and the possibility of death, his mother suggests that he can make a difference in the lives he leaves behind - maybe right letters to give to them. Letter writing didn't seem right to Zach but he loved music and so he wrote songs instead. One in particular, "Clouds" shared with the world his thoughts on leaving and death and shared his love for those he would leave behind. 

   It was inspiring to read about this courageous young person. The book is well written and interesting. It will make you smile and make you cry. I recommend it.

    Disclaimer: Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Creatively Re-purposing Salt Tubs {Week 3}

Are you ready for some more re-purposing?

My project this week uses a salt tub but when you are done you still have the salt tub to use for something else. Because with this project we simply use the salt tub as a form to help us make a basket.

To make this basket I used some plastic strapping that comes around boxes (I get it on all the floral boxes that come to my business) and I also used the seam areas of some jeans that I had cut up. You can use whatever you have on hand. There are lots of different things that will work to make baskets. Once when I was using this method I used newspaper folded up into strips. So be creative!

  I cut some of the straps (I ended up using 10) long enough to go down the side, over the bottom and up the other side. I then used a rubberband to hold them in place like that. Above you see I have 3 lined up and held on.
 I ended up with 5 lined up and held on with the rubberband and then I wove in 5 more going the other way. When they are held with the rubberband I find it is much easier to keep them where they are supposed to be. I would say this method is great for a novice basket maker - somebody already experienced might not need it.

 After I had the 10 strips of strapping in place I then started weaving the jean seams through. I hot glued it in place where I started.
 Just keep on weaving, when you run out you can glue on another section.
 Since there is an even number (10) of spokes going up each time you go around you will need to skip one extra spoke so that you will be able to continue with the basket weave. So photo above to see how that is done.
 When I got near the top and took it off of the salt tub and then hot glued a piece of denim seam to the outside of all the spokes.
 Then I cut the spokes off flush.
 Next I glued a seam across for a handle and then another seam around the inside on top to hold everything together.

This basket is pretty sturdy and makes a cute little basket for collecting mushrooms, picking berries, gathering little treasures or whatever you want!

 Have you ever made a basket? What sort of things do you like to make baskets from? Have you ever used a form to help make your basket?

 There are many other forms you can use to make baskets: Buckets, boxes - whatever is the size of basket that you would like.


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