Thursday, October 28, 2010

Scents Of The Season~ Bath Salt Recipe ~Frugal Gift Idea



Scents of The Season Bath Salt Recipe~

3 packages of flavored Kool-Aid ( w/o sugar)
3 quart container of Epsom salt
Essential Oil ~optional ~add to salt for the white layer


If layering ~split the container up into three different bowls and use a different color/scent for each layer.  I left one layer white and added some scent. 
I found all my ingredients at the $ Store except for my essential oil but that can be bought there too. I thought the sugar shaker would be good to shake the salt out into the bath water. 


I am making a cranberry~ orange one for Christmas.  I think strawberry ~lime would be nice too!  The possibilities are endless. 


You can seal your jar with warm paraffin or put in a bottle with a cork to keep the colors from moving. Add a bow and a cute tag and what a frugal gift homemade from the heart!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Miss Billie's Weather Forecast~

Oak Fruit


Photo Credit~Suat Eman


As you all know I spend my Friday afternoons with Miss Billie. She is one witty~over educated~ 85 year old who I have fallen in love with. Through a friend of a friend~ I have been driving Miss Billie now for almost two years. I have learned some amazing things from her.  She is a walking history book and has traveled to many parts of the country. Each Friday seems to unravel a new story or a bit of history that Billie shares with me.  I suppose if I live to be 85 I will have much to share too!

Miss Billie is a friend to all creatures~she feeds the raccoons, the birds, the squirrels and any other creature in need. She refuses to kill even a spider. She is an exceptional gardener with flowers and prize winning roses. And~she grows tomatoes out of this world.

In the front of Miss Billie's house stands a tree that is shedding acorns like none other. You have to dodge them as you walk up her drive way. They are the fattest ~acorns I have ever seen. Miss Billie assures me that the tree has not produced such a large harvest in three decades~thus it is God's way of providing for her  friends~the squirrels!  Those squirrels have been busy as a bee trying to bury those acorns. Miss Billie says ~ "I have oak trees growing all over my flower bed~the least they can do is remember where they put the darned things."


She predicts that because of the abundant crop ~we who live in the Midwest are in for a very hard and long winter.  I do have to warn you~Miss Billie usually turns out to be right ~most of the time.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Just Give Me The Details~



  
 I am remembering my favorite teacher from my Bible College days~ Mrs. Barbara Johnson. She once told us that men don't want a million of our words~they just want you to give them the details.  They say that people who are married for a long time become like each other~ it seems to be true. Have you ever noticed that couples as they age even get the same tint of grey hair? Really ~ I was discovering this in church one day.  I too have become more like my husband in that I just like for you to give me the details.

Details make a difference. Ask the man from Germany who planned to visit his fiancée for Christmas but ended up in snowy Sidney, Montana, instead of sunny Sydney, Australia. Can you imagine?

The apostle Paul wrote, " In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."   (1 Thessalonians 5:18 ) This does not mean that we have to be thankful for everything. We don't have to be thankful for bad choices we have made but we can be thankful in the circumstances that the Lord can use the circumstances to bring about good in our lives.

Paul was writing a letter to Philemon as he wrote this. He was imprisoned with Onesimus, a runaway slave. He certainly was not enjoying his luxurious accommodations. Yet~ his letter was full of thanksgiving! He knew that God was going to use it for his good and that he could trust God. Not only that but Onesimus become more than a runaway slave ~he became a brother in the Lord. We just never know whom we may point to the cross in the middle of our prisons. 

Knowing that God can use all things for good is more than enough reason to give thanks in everything. 

God has not promised to keep us from life’s storms, 
but He will keep us through them.















Friday, October 22, 2010

I Cheated In School~ Ssh! Don't Tell





When I was a in grade school~I hated spelling. I was not a good speller. I can hear My Brian saying~" I bet they already know that if they follow this blog."  (He is  ~my very own critic.)  I would have my friend ~Tracy~ do my work because she loved spelling. As I grew older I had to make myself concentrate and teach myself to spell~ I didn't want to appear unlearned~so I worked at remembering to spell words correctly. I was good at memorizing~ so I could remember long enough to pass the test. Don't tell my children I told you that! (I still have to stop and think does vacuum have two "c's  or u's"~ really!)

In homeschooling my children all these years~ I see that same learning issue with two of my children.  They too~have to work at spelling!   I have tried to teach them to spell in fun ways and at times they just don't realize that I am throwing in a spelling lesson or a vocabulary word. The one great thing about social networking~  they ask me often if a word is spelled correctly. It is indeed a new day.

I now have come to love learning new words and their meaning. It is important to use the right word that means the correct thing at the right time. Words are important!

As we grow in understanding of God's Word we learn the importance of our words even more. Our words have much power. They contain life or death!  As in my devotion yesterday~ words can build or destroy. The Apostle Paul warns us to guard against parading knowledge for knowledge's sake.

1 Corinthians 2:1 (King James Version)

 1And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.



We need to carefully learn when to use our words and when to keep them to our self. Instead~ we can use well-chosen words that build and encourage others.


The words we speak may indicate
A heart that’s filled with pride;
But godly self-control displays
The Spirit’s work inside. —Sper
It’s not the words we know that show wisdom,
but how and when we use them.


PROVERBS 18:21 (KING JAMES VERSION)


 21Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.



Wednesday, October 20, 2010

How To Paint A Window~ Frugal Christmas Gift Idea


I pick up old windows anywhere I can find them. Usually you can find them at junk stores, antique malls and new and used store. I don't like to pay more than $4.00 a window. Anytime someone is replacing their windows~ ask if you can have some. They usually are destroyed.

 
Painted windows make a really nice gift. 
 



How To~
1. Sand frame.
2. Take newspaper and masking tape~ cover all the glass.
3. Spray paint frame~remove newspaper.
4. Paint the design you want. You can print images from the computer and  tape them to the back for an easy way to paint if you do not like to draw. This is great for sayings. I use cheap Apple Barrel Paints.
5. When you finish with your painting~let it dry. Then coat it with a clear spray paint. I give it about 5 coats ~letting it dry between coats. This is the time to add sprinkles and glitter if you wish. This will seal it and keep the paint from pealing off~works like a charm.
6. Place 2 sturdy screws on the back with heavy wire for hanging.


On this chandelier painting~ I sprayed the back of the window black.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Speak Life Into Your World Today~



Proverbs 18:21 (King James Version)


 21Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.


When God created the world~and I believe that He did! He spoke the world into existence. He used His mighty voice to speak the heavens and earth into orbit. 


Psalm 33:6 (King James Version)


 6By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

When God created mankind in His own image~He gave us that same powerful tool. Now we are not God and can't speak the world into orbit but we still have much power in our tongue. Our words have creative potential. They can encourage or they can destroy. They can bring laughter to a child's face, they can encourage a discouraged person, they can fan a flame into a friend's dying dream, they can cheer our brothers and sisters in Christ as they struggle to fight the good fight. They can bring the message of hope that Jesus saves to a lost and dying world. 

Words are so powerful~God entrusted them to us. Don't throw them around as a fool! Don't use them to back bite, gossip or point out other's faults! God gave us a beautiful gift to be used to bring life not death. Will the words out of your mouth today be used to to encourage or discourage? 

I want to speak life into my little world today ~how about you?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Six Ways To Save On Christmas Spending ~ 2010



1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;


Well if you have walked into my favorite store lately~Hobby Lobby~ you know that as you walk into the front door you will be greeted by "Autumn Scarecrows", "Thanksgiving Turkeys" and "Christmas Trees" galore.  Where in the world did 2010 go? I blinked and it is coming to an end. It's that time of year again. I have already starting feeling the stress level rise with plans of getting it all done and having enough budget to do so!


I have decided that I will not get caught up in the materialistic aspect of the 2010 Holidays. Yet~ I get a little tired of hearing how horrible our economy is~ while driving down our little main street I see every restaurant in town so packed you have a hour's waiting time. My friend~we are so blessed.

What’s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, and not an hour richer; a time for balancing your books and having every item in ‘em through a round dozen of months presented against you? If I would work my will … every idiot who goes about with “Merry Christmas,” on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.” ~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol.


Six Ways To Save On Christmas Spending For 2010


1.  Make a budget. Always beware of your budget. Give yourself some wiggle room and plan accordingly. Remember it really is the thought behind the gift. So it is truly fine to buy an heartfelt gift that is not so expensive. Vow to keep Christmas debt free.


2. Shop Online. Here are some websites I have signed up to get emails from daily. Each day they send me some amazing deals to my email.  You must sign up to receive their emails. I have found so many amazing deals . You will be so glad you did!


http://moneysavingmom.com/
http://www.pinchingyourpennies.com/
http://www.becentsable.net/


3. Make homemade gifts. I will be sharing my homemade gift ideas and tutorials on my blog. (SOON) Homemade gifts are the best! 


4. Bake items instead of giving a gift. The Dollar Tree has some amazing gift wrap options to make your homemade goodies look professional for pennies.


5. Shop Black Friday. Did you know that you could shop at home in your jammies with a cup of hot coffee and not get knocked down and ran over? Most all stores will ship to their store for free. You can pick it up once the crowds have all gone home. What a clever idea! The sale times will be the same ~so you still will have to get up in the middle of the night~ Sorry!  


 I am going to shop Black Friday this year at home~one of my friends  did this last year and she did not miss one single sale item she wanted to get. Of course she had her husband on a computer too. (TeHe) I don't think I could get mine awake at that hour. 


6. Plan your baking list now and start buying a few items each week instead of buying them all at once. Get baking~ Most things freeze well.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fideo Authentic Mexican Pasta


I found this recipe at~http://www.grouprecipes.com . It was so good. Thought I would share it with you!

Fideo Authentic Mexican Pasta

Ingredients

  • 2 6 oz.bags of Coil Fideo Pasta (broken up)
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 coarsely chopped medium size onion
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 can (15 oz.) Mexican spiced sliced stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz.) low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 pinch dried oregano
  • 2 pinches chili flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to make it

  • Heat a large saute pan on high heat adding the olive oil.
  • Add the chopped onion. Grab a coil of fideo pasta while holding over saute pan squeeze to break up and let fall in to the pan~ do the same to the rest.
  • Saute pasta-stirring on high until it is  nice and toasty~and  begins to change color like you would toast a nice rice pilaf.
  • Carefully add canned tomatoes, chicken broth,  the bay leaves, oregano and the chili flakes,
  • Turn heat down to a simmer stirring occasionally.
  •  Cook pasta until it is tender~ add salt to taste. Do not overcook. (It took about 5 minutes.)


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Here Comes The Flu Season~ Make Your Own Disinfectant Spray



This works wonderful and is a fraction of the cost of the store bought brands.

 Disinfectant Spray




2 Tbsp. ammonia
1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
1/4 vinegar

Put ammonia, alcohol and vinegar in a spray bottle and fill with water. This works especially great for counter tops but I also use it to clean showers, toilets and sink. 

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Want To Make Your Own Laundry Soap And Fabric Softener?~





I have been making homemade Laundry Soap for four years and I have finally mastered a nice creamy~ no more goopy~ watery ~ soap. Here is my new and improved soap recipe.


Farming On Faith's Laundry Soap Cast of Characters~
1 bar of Fels Naptha
1 1/2 cup of Borax
1 1/2 cup of Washing Soda (NOT BAKING SODA)
4 cups of water
          

Easy Directions~

1*Grate bar of soap. Put in an old pan and cook with water until completely dissolved on medium heat.

2*Next~ add the Borax and Washing Soda and whisk. It will start to thicken like frosting. Whisk for 10 minutes on medium heat. (Use an old pan so you can whisk it good.) It will begin to thicken.

3* Pour the soap in a large mixing bowl and let it cool. This will take a few hours~ whisk it when you think about it. As it cools it will thicken~ a lot. Keep adding small amounts of water as you whisk it until it completely cools and you get the texture you like. Mine resembles cream cheese frosting in texture. Remember this is very concentrated so only use a couple Tablespoons for an HE Washer and maybe 1/4 cup for a regular washing machine. It works wonderful and no more goop!



Fabric Softener~




Fabric Softener Recipe

1 cup vinegar
2 cups hair conditioner  ( I used Suave's new Wild Cherry Blossom this time)
6 cups of water

Mix all this together. You may use this like any other Fabric Softener.

 If you prefer dryer sheets you can try this~I diluted this down with water~ 3 parts water, 1 part softener. I then poured it into this glass container.  Next I added  sponges.  For each load~ wring out the sponge and add to the dryer as you would fabric sheets.  I added a few drops of  Downy scent!  Smells wonderful!

***I buy my scent at Natures Garden Candle Supplies. Due to copyright laws the scent is now called NG Clean Breeze.  Click Here!****


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