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.

Aug 12, 2014

Living on One Income {How We Save Money}

A letter to my supervisor a month ago:

"Bringing home our little boy has rocked my world and totally shifted my priorities. I could not have predicted the affect he would have on every aspect of my life and how much love I would feel for him in just a short amount of time. It breaks my heart that he spent the first three years of his life without a Mommy and Daddy and he deserves to have us present as much as possible going forward.   Therefore, I have decided to submit my resignation today." 

[cue happy dance!]

Now, I join the ranks of the hardest working, most richly paid and under-appreciated people on the planet – stay at home parents!  And I couldn’t be happier. 

Moving down to one income is something we considered long and hard.  We can make it work, but to keep a good cushion in our accounts each month which, in turn, will help maintain our sanity, we’re looking at any and all ways to save a little dough.  Here is a list of saving strategies we’re practicing as our income downsizes.   Several of these are just a way of life for us, but others we’ve really started buckling down on since I decided to leave my job.

Jun 25, 2014

Country Living Magazine for only $5.99!

Head over to Discount Mags and pay just $5.99 for a one-year subscription to Country Living Magazine!  That's 84% off the cover price and 59¢ per issue (what a deal!).

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 because this sale is only good on Thursday, June 26.