Thursday, February 26, 2009



I am learning and looking for new ways to make our money stretch. I do not believe the answer lies in making more money but making the money you have work for you. In my attempt to earn money by saving. I have been making these Homemade Cleaners that I have been posting on  my site. I can honestly say I have been pleasantly surprised. I have had a few nay Sayers concerning this matter. Yet~several of my friends have joined me. Folks~our Grandmothers did not have a Walmart on every corner. They did these very things. The people making these items are doing just that~making them. I have loved all these items that I have shared with you. I even found out that I absolutely love Armor Hammer Washing Soda. It works for so many things.  Our clothes are clean and our home is sparkling with a huge amount of savings. Give them a try. Maybe even change the recipe to your liking! I am confident that you will also be pleasingly surprised.

Homemade Fabric Softener
6 cups water
3 cups vinegar
2 cups hair conditioner

A couple drops of Downy essential oil. 

All Purpose Cleaner
1 Tablespoon washing soda
1 Tablespoon dish detergent
few drops of essential oil

Put in a spray bottle and fill with water.

Wood Floor Cleaner
I have been trying cleaner for wood floors~yet I have not found any I would recommend. The best I have been using is strong tea water. It does work but does not have that really good smell I like. It also stains your mop. I will keep trying.  If you have one please share!

Soft Scrub
1/2 cup washing baking soda
Enough liquid soap or detergent (I use Palmolive) to make a frosting texture
5 drops of antibacterial oil such as lavender,tea tree oil, or rosemary(optional)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Homemade Cornbread

2 medium eggs
1-1/4 cups milk
1/4 cup oil or melted butter
1-1/2 cups cornmeal
3/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon baking powder (3 teaspoons)
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar

  • * Mix the eggs, milk and the oil or butter in a large bowl. Mix this up well
  • * Mix  cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a separate bowl & add to dry            mixture.
  • *Use a whisk or a spoon and a strong arm to mix this all up until it is  smooth. 
  • *Pour into an oiled 9-inch pan, or an oiled 8-inch square pan. 
  • *Bake the cornbread a@ 400 degrees for about 30 minutes.
This makes a wonderful southern cornbread that enhances any soup or chili! Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Cinnamon Bread~Made With Frugal Bread Dough

When making this bread~roll out as you would cinnamon rolls. Then roll up to form a loaf the size of your bread pan. Bake@325 for about 50 minutes.

Building Our Own Homestead~We've Only Just Begun

My Brian and I had always dreamed of living in the country. Well his dream was to build our own home. Sad to say~ I only wanted to live in the country in a home some one else built. I am so thankful now we took the leap of FAITH! We broke ground in May of 2007 and moved into our new home in August 2008. It took us a year to sell our Victorian House in the city and a year and a half to build our dream home. Who would know the housing market was to fall apart. I have so much to share on our journey, and boy was it a journey. I will share more later......stay tuned!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

My Baking Mix Recipes (See Baking Mix Recipe)

I make these items from my Baking Mix. You can also use this Baking Mix in all recipes that call for Bisquick.


2 1/4 Baking Mix
2/3 cups milk
Stir together and make a soft dough. Fold dough and knead three or four times, no more. Roll about 1/2 inch thick and cut into biscuits.
Bake @ degrees 450 about 8 minutes.


2 cups Baking Mix
1-1/3 milk
2 Tbs. oil
1 egg


2 cups Baking MIx
1- 1/3 milk
1 egg
2 T. sugar
1 tsp. sugar

Friday, February 20, 2009

Homemade Baking Mix (like Bisquick)

10 cups of flour
1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 1/2 tablespoon Soda
1 3/4 cups Powdered Milk
3 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
2 1/2 cups Vegetable Shortening

In large bowl, sift together all dry ingredients. Blend well. 
Cut in shortening until evenly distributed.
Mixture will be rough in texture.
Store in container of zip lock bag, in cool dry place.
Use as you would Bisquick

Frugal Quiche

My niece Brooklyn baking up~
My Quiche Recipe
1 9-inch pie crust
1 cup cooked meat (use what you like)
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
2 eggs
1/2 pt. half-and-half
1 t. onion powder
1/2 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper
Cover pie crust with foil and bake at 4oo degrees for 5 minutes.
Remove foil and bake 5 more minutes.
Arrange meat and cheese in crust; set aside.
Whisk together eggs, half-and-half, onion powder, salt and pepper.
Pour egg mixture over cheese and meat.
Cover edges of pie crust w/ foil.
Bake @ 4oo degrees for 40 minutes, until knife comes out clean.
Let stand for 5 minutes.
Serves 6.
This is so yummy for any meal!

Surviving the Recession

With prices going up, the dollar is just not going very far. There is no doubt times are tough right now. I refuse to live in fear. My God has always supplied my needs and I have no doubt HE WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO.  Yet~the wise ant prepares for the winter. What can we do to make our $ stretch? 
Our family has decided to take the challenge to make money by saving money.  These are the changes we are making:

  • *Cooking from scratch
  This requires a well stocked pantry. I have been making my own sauces, Bisquick mix, pancake mix, pudding, bread ect....and you would not believe how much money I am saving.  I am going to start posting my recipes~hope they are a blessing to you!

 This is my list that I keep on hand. (I go to my nearby Amish friends to stock up! The $ stores are a cheap place also.)
  1. flour (wheat and white)
  2. corn starch
  3. baking soda 
  4. baking powder
  5. cinnamon
  6. vanilla
  7. sugar
  8. honey
  9. onion flakes
  10. bouillon cubes
  11. oregano
  12. sea salt
  13. pepper
  14. olive oil
  15. paprika
  16. onion powder
  17. garlic powder
  18. basil
  19. yeast
  20. garlic flakes
  21. vinegar
  22. rice 
  23. oatmeal 
  24. tomato sauce 
  25. tomato paste
  26. stewed tomatoes
  27. powdered milk

  • *Making Homemade Cleaners
My recipes are being posted to my site. I will continue to add more.

Here is what I keep on hand. You will be amazed just how well these homemade cleaners compare to the store bought brands.

  1. 2o Mule Team Borax
  2. Armor Hammer Washing Soda
  3. White Distilled Vinegar
  4. Palmolive
  5. Laundry Bar Soap
  6. Rubbing Alcohol
  7. Olive Oil
  8. Lemon Juice
  9. Tea Bags (wood floors)
  10. Bleach
  11. Baking Soda
  12. Essential oil (for Laundry Soap to smell good)
  • *Planting a garden
I will blog and post photos as we go! Next week I plan to order heirloom seeds and start my seedlings. This is our first time~ so I will pray over them in great hopes to get a little help from above.

  • Start a flock of laying hens

I ordered my flock from a Hatchery. They will arrive as one day old chicks the first part of April. I will share our process as we go. I am really looking forward to meeting my girls!                                                                                               
  • CVS Shopping
(see Money Saving Mom on my blogs I follow)                                                                       

 This really works. This is my third week and I have stocked my toiletries already with little money out of my pocket! Give it a try.

  • Ordered A Side of Beef
This was such a huge savings! Just remember you pay by hanging weight!  We got 300 pounds of meat which worked out to be $2.48 for Prime Beef. We will work this in with the venison my hunter took along with chicken and sale meat.   If you have an Amish community in your area check into this huge money savings.                        

Sometimes having a plan just makes us feel better. I had an amazing Grandmother,who only had one arm, due to cancer. She taught me so much about having a little vinegar and grit. She survived the Great Depression and it made her a better person. I am making this homesteading journey a challenge and I am excited to share it with you. I invite you to come along!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Powdered Laundry Detergent

Cast of Characters~

3 bars of Fels-Naptha Soap ~ (grated fine)
1 box Washing Soda
1 box Borax

* Optional ~ a box of your favorite store bought powdered soap for scent.*

Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container.
Use 2 tablespoons per full load.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Homemade Taco Bell Hot Sauce

Are you a fan of Taco Bell’s hot sauce?
This is really close~my family loves it. This makes two pints for only pennies!

Mix together a batch of this and store it in you refrigerator.

6 oz. Can tomato paste
3 cups Water
2 teaspoons Cayenne pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
1 Tablespoons minced dried onion
2 Tablespoons canned jalapeno slices

1. Combine the tomato paste and water in a medium size saucepan over medium heat. Stir until smooth.
2. Add the cayenne pepper, chili powder, salt, cornstarch, vinegar, and dried onion and stir.
3. Chop the jalapeno slices very fine.
4. Heat the mixture to a boil. Continue to stir about 3 minutes and remove from the heat.
5. Let the sauce stand until cool, and then put in a tightly sealed container and refrigerate.



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