Sep 16, 2014

Great Deal on Hobby Farms Magazine

This is one of my two favorite homesteading magazines - the two that I will actually subscribe to if the price is right and, this time, it is.  Anyone interested in starting, operating, reading or dreaming about a hobby farm - this magazine is for you!

Head over to Discount Mags and pay just $9.99 for a one-year subscription to Hobby Farms Magazine!  That's 67% off the cover price and only $1.67 per issue.

To take advantage of this great sale:

It's that easy!  If this is a magazine you've been wanting to suscribe to or give to someone, this price is a great time to buy. 

Act fast though, this deal is only good on Wednesday, September 17. 

Sep 1, 2014

Lemon Blueberry Muffins {Weight Watchers Recipe}

These muffins are to die for.  They are seriously that good.  My Mom kept telling me about this recipe she had and how great these muffins were.  Hubz isn't big on lemon so I didn't give them a second thought until I had a lemon that was on the other side of ripe, if you know what I'm saying.

Anyhow, I put that lemon to good use and whipped these babies up.  It pains me to say it, but Mom was right.  They are delicious.  Hubz was even a fan.

Aug 29, 2014

Home Canning Tip

Here's a little tip I've learned from experience.

If you're like me and don't have all the new fangled canning accessories available these days and you simply drop your lids in a saucepan and use tongs to fish them out, then this tip is for you!

Drop the lids in with the tops and bottoms alternating, as seen below.

Aug 25, 2014

Homemade Vanilla Extract

 I'm a baker and, like other foods, the better quality ingredients you put into baked goods, the better tasting product you get.  That's why I only use pure vanilla extract - no imitation vanilla in my kitchen!  Several years ago, I made a batch of vanilla extract with my Mom and sister and we gave little bottles away as favors at our annual Christmas Cookie Exchange.

As you can see, my bottles are almost empty and it seems the vanilla beans in the bottles are spent as they aren't coloring or flavoring the little bit of vodka I recently added.  What I'm really saying is, it's time to make more!

Aug 20, 2014

Frugal Foaming Hand Soap {Make Your Own}

Back in the day, I had a little rule that I would not spend more than $1 on a bottle of hand soap for the bathroom.  Hubz prefers foaming hand soap which I could almost NEVER get for $1 or less.  That stuff is usually $2.50 or more so, basically, he almost NEVER got foaming hand soap.  :)

Nowadays, I spend less than 10¢ on a bottle of foaming hand soap.  How, you ask?  I DIY it.  Although, it's almost embarrassing to say this is a DIY venture as there isn't much D involved at all.

Aug 18, 2014

Tub and Shower Cleaner {Pinterest Test}

I keep seeing this amazing combination of vinegar and blue Dawn for cleaning your tub/shower on Pinterest.  People are posting before and after photos and raving about how wonderful and easy it is.  Supposedly you just spray it on, wait 2 hours and then wipe off months' worth of soap scum in a single swipe.

I was a little skeptical.  I know blue Dawn is mighty good stuff, but the soap scum on these tubs seemed pretty heavy and I just didn't think it would come off that easy.  So...I put it to the test.