Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
I did it! I grew my very own Kombucha mother!
The next step now is to allow the kombucha mother to ferment in a gallon of sweetened tea for 5 days.
Friday, June 26, 2009
The dining room is getting a splash of color - Caribbean Sunset.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Made a quick trip this morning by Harris Teeter for the Super Doubles coupon event. I didn't have much on my list so I'm glad I found the stuff I really wanted!
3 Garnier Fructis stylers - sale 2.50 - 1/1 Q doubled = .50 ea
3 Dawn Pure Essential - 3.55 - 1.50/1 Q doubled = .55 ea
1 Bayer Low Dose aspirin (for my Mom) - 2.99 - 1/1 Q doubled = .99
1 Lifeway Strawberry Kefir - 3.59 - 1/1 Q doubled = 1.59
Total oop: $6.63
Total savings: $23.35
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
It was a good day. Filled with a multitude of simple joys that a job loss can't take away.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
I need to stay focused on our blessings. We're in good health and so are the children. We still have one full-time income coming in. If need be, we could join the health coverage at my job because Dave's termination would be considered a qualifying event. We have our savings. Dave will get unemployment (hopefully a decent amount since he was with the company for 10 years). The mortgage is paid ahead. Dave will be home more. He now has an opportunity to find a better job/career path that's less stressful, with better hours. God is still in control.
Can a 2 year old fit inside a toilet? Let's see...
Friday, June 19, 2009
This song brings back great memories of my Deddy. He was such a calm and patient man. When I was a little girl, he'd let me ride with him on the tractor while he was plowing the fields. I'd steer and he'd work the pedals and the gears. Thinking back on those moments, that must have been a really hot ride for him especially under the warm Carolina sun. And I'm sure it slowed him down more than just a bit. But he let me "help" because that was just his gentle way.
I also remember sitting between him and my Momma in his old pickup truck taking our trash to the dump (no fancy waste pickup in the country LOL!). We were going down a dirt road through a field, when he let me take the wheel of the truck. Somehow, I managed to hit every huge bump in the road. We all laughed the entire way to the dump. It was just one of those small moments filled with such incredible joy and love that I will always cherish it.
And when it came time for me to practice driving for my learner's permit, my Deddy was the one that would pick me up from school and let me drive home. He'd also let me drive him into town to run errands. My Momma was way too nervous to ever think about riding with me. But my Deddy was always there, giving gentle and patient instruction.
I miss you Deddy. I wish you were here to see the woman I've beome. To give your kind, fatherly guidance to my husband and delight in my three beautiful babies. I know you would just soo love them to pieces!
Alan Jackson - Drive
Sunday, June 14, 2009
For Pizza Sauce:
15 oz can organic tomato sauce
3 oz organic tomato paste
1 tbsp local honey
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
Combine all ingredients and heat through over low-medium heat. For us, this makes enough sauce for three medium sized pizzas.
For pizza dough - I love, love this very easy pizza dough recipe from Tammy's Recipes. It only requires a 5 minute rise and it freezes very well if you want to make dough ahead of time for busy nights. I do make the following changes to the recipe: I use all whole wheat flour, a whole packet of yeast, honey for sweetener and I omit the salt.
Before placing the dough on the pizza crisper, I roll it out onto a floured surface and sprinkle with organic corn meal.
Top with sauce and organic mozzarella cheese, then add desired toppings. We did an organic sweet onion and green pepper mix with fresh basil leaves from the garden.
Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.
Friday, June 12, 2009
One of the challenges we are facing in Baby Step 3 is maintaining the focus on our larger goals. We've become a bit relaxed in our spending in some areas, particularly eating out. It has left me wondering if we (mainly I) would have the discipline necessary to get us through any impending rough patch. It's easy to say I would cut back on affordable luxuries, but could I really do it? Would I be able to rise to the occasion with a spirit of frugality and resourcefulness?
Money Saving Mom - Monthly Financial Check Up
Thursday, June 11, 2009
As summer draws near, I've been thinking about my summer project list (I love lists!). Just things I want to do - some practical, some spiritual in nature, over the next few months.
First and foremost, I want the summer to be marked by a renewed sense of gratitude. I know how very important it is to give thanks for our daily blessings both big and small. But I don't consistently make the effort to do so each day.
I also want to begin a more prayerful existence. When I entered the Catholic Church back in 2002, I took Saint Monica as my patron saint. To me she epitomized what I wanted to become - a godly wife and mother entrenched in prayer. That's what I want to become, but most often, I find myself only going to God in prayer when trouble arises. When it's for certain its a situation I can't control. And through the years, I feel a distance has grown between me and Christ. I desire the close, personal relationship I once had, but find myself fearful of taking the steps towards that. But I'm continually hearing "Seek ye first" being whispered to my heart, so I know prayer really is the first step I must take.
With the kids, I'd like to relax and say yes more. Make sure we get plenty of visits to the library in this summer (and make sure we get our books back in time!). And to help keep Ashleigh occupied, replenish the craft supplies so we can work on some of the projects at No Time For Flash Cards.
I need to go ahead and get our garden started. I've been not so patiently waiting for the peppers and tomatoes to do "something" before transplanting them. But I realized they're in toilet paper rolls with only a small bit of dirt, so there's not really much they can do in their present environment. So I'll be moving them to a bed/containers in the near future. And if the tomatoes really take off (which I'm hoping they will), I'd like to learn how to can/preserve them. That would really help the grocery budget!
I'd like to make sure I get some good reading in this summer. I love to read but find myself constantly picking up books then putting them down unfinished to start another book. On my reading list is Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach. An old favorite that I've read parts of for many years but have never read completely through. I'm still trying to digest Nourishing Traditions, but I think I might take a break and pick up Nina Planck's Real Food: What to Eat and Why. I need to pick up a good book on gardening and either read or return a book about the history of Muscle Cars a co-worker lent me.
A few things to do around the house. Finish painting the dining room and current play room (future family room). We're almost done with the priming. The ever present project of decluttering and organizing the house. I'm also working on a simple, more flexible home caring routine ala Simple Mom.
I'm working on a new blog called The Working Home Keeper. I feel there's a need for an increased voice/presence for mothers who balance both home and working outside of the home among Mommy bloggers. I do find it funny that before starting the new blog I felt like I had alot to say on the subject. But now, I can't think of anything to say LOL! That's why there are all of three posts on the blog.
Other things on the list - enjoy some lazy summer days, sip lemonade, eat watermelon, see the fireworks on the 4th, peruse the shabby treasures at the flea market, catch fireflies in the backyard and hopefully make our way down to Wrightsville Beach.
Those are my summer plans, what are yours?
Monday, June 8, 2009
My other bad boy driver Robby Gordon won out in the desert at the Tecate Baja 500. And Tony Stewart captured his first points victory as an owner/driver at Pocono! I had a feeling Tony would do well this year despite going out on his own.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
In the past six years, I've managed to grow three beautiful, healthy and happy children. But can I grow an entire symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast? I don't know but I'll give it a try!
Food Renegade - How to Grow A Kombucha SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast)
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Feeding the animals