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Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-21-2015, 01:28 PM
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Posted By Wolfcat
I'd do it. But I'm a total education junkie. I...

I'd do it. But I'm a total education junkie. I miss being in college.


We get beef at wholesale through DH's work, but we have to buy it by the case, which is around 70 lbs of meat. This month,...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   08-20-2015, 06:55 PM
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Posted By Wolfcat
Today: Paid utility bill :crying: ...

Today:


Paid utility bill :crying:
Went shopping for meat and milk for suppers for the next few weeks
Made homemade broccoli, corn, potatoes au gratin
Made pretzels
Reworked the batch of...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   08-19-2015, 12:35 PM
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Views: 1,932
Posted By Wolfcat
Yesterday: Scheduled a cleaning plan for...

Yesterday:


Scheduled a cleaning plan for the next three weeks (DH's parents are coming for The Visit) for myself and the kids
Set up a freezer organization list for our two stand-up, one...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   08-16-2015, 06:10 PM
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Views: 1,932
Posted By Wolfcat
Today: 8 qts of tomatoes - blanched,...

Today:


8 qts of tomatoes - blanched, skinned, seeded & canned
8 pts of tomato juice - canned
12 pts of corn - husked, blanched, de-kerneled & canned
2 gallons of refrigerator pickles
2...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-13-2015, 08:55 PM
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Posted By Wolfcat
I just found some at Dollar General for $8/doz....

I just found some at Dollar General for $8/doz. That's about a dollar or two cheaper than I've found elsewhere, but our choices are pretty limited.

Pax, welcome! DH and I are doing pretty well...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   08-13-2015, 08:14 PM
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Views: 1,932
Posted By Wolfcat
Today was pretty productive: Got DH back...

Today was pretty productive:


Got DH back on track - I'm pushing him to use a notebook to organize and prioritize his chore/projects lists so he doesn't do the headless chicken dance
Processed...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-09-2015, 02:40 PM
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Posted By Wolfcat
We get our glasses at eyebuydirect.com. I've...

We get our glasses at eyebuydirect.com. I've compared several online stores (including Zenni) and they are the cheapest. I have a wonky Rx and I have to get the lightweight lenses. Eyebuydirect still...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   08-06-2015, 08:59 PM
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Views: 1,932
Posted By Wolfcat
Congrats! I'm thinking of entering my pretzels...

Congrats!
I'm thinking of entering my pretzels and some jam and jelly next year.
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-27-2015, 09:39 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 2,381
Posted By Wolfcat
DD got lice once. We treated with coconut oil...

DD got lice once. We treated with coconut oil (rub into scalp, let sit for about 10 minutes, use a fine-tooth comb to comb out lice, nits and eggs) two days in a row and followed up with daily baths...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-23-2015, 03:19 PM
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Views: 2,381
Posted By Wolfcat
Stick them in the fridge. This will slow down the...

Stick them in the fridge. This will slow down the fermentation to almost nothing, but won't kill the microbes. When you get back, pull them out and it'll start up again.
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-23-2015, 11:53 AM
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Posted By Wolfcat
I don't think sewing is hard. Sewing really well...

I don't think sewing is hard. Sewing really well is hard. I can hem and repair well. When I try to make stuff though, it's just a little off. *shrugs* Oh, well.
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-22-2015, 03:40 PM
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Views: 2,381
Posted By Wolfcat
Waistbands are pretty easy: make a tube, thread...

Waistbands are pretty easy: make a tube, thread elastic into the tube. The tricky part is sizing: make the unstretched elastic just the right size for your waist, make the fabric waist band the size...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-22-2015, 03:32 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 12,992
Posted By Wolfcat
For the box, you could use a space blanket to...

For the box, you could use a space blanket to line a cooler. Or line a box with an old sleeping bag or comforter and a space blanket.

I've heard the homemade solar ovens are just as good as the...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-19-2015, 06:06 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 2,381
Posted By Wolfcat
I love vinegar pie! I describe it as pecan pie...

I love vinegar pie! I describe it as pecan pie without pecans.



Sounds... well, it sounds like you were scared. :(
It actually sounds like a not-uncommon summer day in rural Nebraska. We don't...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-19-2015, 05:11 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 12,992
Posted By Wolfcat
justmama, I love canning. I got a bunch of pie...

justmama, I love canning. I got a bunch of pie fillings done this week, plus two types of jelly, plus two types of fruit "juice" to make into jelly later. YUM! I'm jealous that you get raspberries,...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-12-2015, 05:29 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 2,381
Posted By Wolfcat
This weekend: Worked the farmer's market...

This weekend:


Worked the farmer's market for an additional 4 hours yesterday and got a sunburn.
Napped.
Went to the all-you-can-eat bbq for supper last night.
This morning, I slept in (I...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-05-2015, 05:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 958
Posted By Wolfcat
Buttons and small mending, though, that's what...

Buttons and small mending, though, that's what saves you throwing out otherwise good clothing. :grin:
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-02-2015, 09:53 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 14,597
Posted By Wolfcat
!300 sq feet in rural Midwest, we pay around...

!300 sq feet in rural Midwest, we pay around $300/month. Most of that is due to the fact that the house is not properly insulated. We are working on that. I can't wait.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-02-2015, 09:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 958
Posted By Wolfcat
I do sew things up regularly, particularly...

I do sew things up regularly, particularly duvets, blankets, coat liners, etc.
I don't worry about kids' clothes (they are still growing out of them so fast and we tend to have extras since gramma...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-01-2015, 12:26 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 2,381
Posted By Wolfcat
Today: Worked Tasted DH's banana...

Today:


Worked
Tasted DH's banana bread and declared it yummy
Went to lunch and bought a 50 lb bag of flour that we forgot to take with us (I get my flour through my boss cuz it's a bit...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-29-2015, 10:25 AM
Replies: 498
Views: 27,506
Posted By Wolfcat
Oh, yeah! I love these basic recipes cuz you can...

Oh, yeah! I love these basic recipes cuz you can totally ramp them up for more flavor or different uses. I figured out a blend of seasoning and cheap parm that turns this crust into delish...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-28-2015, 08:25 AM
Replies: 498
Views: 27,506
Posted By Wolfcat
The pic for my recipe didn't post earlier, so...

The pic for my recipe didn't post earlier, so here 'tis.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-QTOShqXsqAg/VZARZ4hUZzI/AAAAAAAACkE/RFQ2GFrf6sg/w811-h335-no/Easy%2BPizza%2BCrust.JPG
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-27-2015, 09:03 AM
Replies: 498
Views: 27,506
Posted By Wolfcat
Post it notes: put them on the ingredients you'll...

Post it notes: put them on the ingredients you'll need - "These are for supper! No eggs, no supper!"

We have foods designated for breakfasts and snacks, so we don't plan those. Once those foods...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   06-25-2015, 09:18 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 2,524
Posted By Wolfcat
More baking today. I did 3 batches of pretzels on...

More baking today. I did 3 batches of pretzels on Monday and 2 batches of buns on Tuesday. Yesterday, I took a chill day. Today is pretzels again, then baguettes and artisan bread tomorrow. I still...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-25-2015, 09:14 AM
Replies: 498
Views: 27,506
Posted By Wolfcat
DH keeps getting shocked and frustrated by our...

DH keeps getting shocked and frustrated by our getting medical bills from last summer. I'm trying to explain that they send out the bills when they get info from insurance, but he keeps ranting about...
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