Just some picture updates

>> Friday, June 4, 2010

Been extra busy of late with my chickens, flowers, and messing with getting our pool up and running this year. Here are some pictures of the chickens and flower beds.

The front area sam has worked so hard on this year
Isn't this picture of the yellow flowers pretty?
my hanging plant is just gorgeous this year
The lasagna garden is doing well this year
My favorite chicken is rocky, she is a barred rock and greets me every day with a cluck and peck
The chickens new home minus the cover which hasn't come in yet. They have lots more flapping room now and they were so funny yesterday running around and acting crazy.


Signs of the times

>> Sunday, May 9, 2010

One theme running through the news lately has been the recession is ending but people are still in a recession frame of mind. Well some of us are still in the recession. My family still has many unemployed or not fully employed as before. My job as a social worker has been harder then ever with funding getting cut and people needing more help.I have read several articles lately about how pinching pennies has not stopped yet for the American family and how this could hurt the economy if they don't spend. But Americans are afraid to spend or still just don't have it. I say if you need it get it, if you don't then don't spend it. My motto is to become a little more self sufficient in what I do. This means in the way I spend, the things I eat, how I shop, bake and store food.

Yes we can all go crazy and plant huge amounts of food that will go to waste or we can learn to plant what we will eat this summer or to can a small amount of spaghetti sauce so we don't have to buy it this winter. Do the things that make sense, that are not overwhelming and work for your family. If canning is not going to work for storage in your house then don't plant to can regardless of the saving because the stress is going to get to you when you have to can and store jars where there is no storage.
If you can store a moderate amount of food, buy some things in bulk, freeze items, grow items, raise chickens, make your own baked goods or whatever makes your life more self sufficient then you are helping your family. If it is making your family crazy or stressing over your schedule then it is not worth it.
As for me, I am trying my hand at chickens for the eggs, planting a bigger garden to can this year then last year, I try to bake more organically and fresh then buying from the store. I have tried a lot of different things in the past year and some work and some don't so learn from your mistakes. Don't be afraid to try something you can always adjust or give up on it. I don't feel bad when I try and fail because I tried. So have some fun with becoming self sufficient. Learn to do things fun that don't cost money. Get the family to help out in the garden or buy hanging veggie plants and have the kids water them. Go to local parks and use the facilities it helps them and gives you places to play, swim, picnic, ride bikes, walk and get healthy with keeping extra bucks in your pocket.
What are you doing to be self sufficient in your family? Also I have a friend who may not need to be self sufficient but does it for the health and wellness of her family. There are many reasons to take care of yourself and family more frugally.


Libby's free face book give away

>> Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Free can if Libby's fruit or veggies.


More free food Face Book Friends

>> Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Free box of kraft mac and cheese.


Mandarin Orange Cake

This cake is so delightful. I can not tell you the amount of people who have asked for this recipe. I was just at a birthday party the other day and they had this cake. So good and refreshing.

I got it from the book "101 things to do with a cake mix". To make the cake take:

1 box yellow (I have used white as well) cake mix
1/3 cup oil
3 tablespoons water
3 large eggs
1 small can Mandarin orange slices with the juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the above together and place batter in the greased 9 x 13 pan or three round pans.

Bake for 23-25 mins or until center comes out clean.

While that is baking for the frosting:

one large box (I am using a regular box)
12 oz cool whip topping
1 can crushed pineapple (I use the small can)

Mix this together and spread on cool cake and keep in the fridge. It is so yummy. I use sugar free cool whip and pudding. You can not tell the difference. Today I am making it with the gluten free cake mix just to try it out. The cake is so moist from the fruit that you don't have to worry about pinching corners. Good luck it is awesome I tell you, awesome.

Weight watchers points would be a 3. I figured it and it came out 2 pts but I forgot to figure the oil so it would be a 3 pt treat.


Kraft is giving away free food

>> Monday, May 3, 2010

Free food facebook users.


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