Friday, July 21, 2017
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Life is a weird mix. I try to live in the present, but always keep the upcoming seasons in mind.
Sometimes it is literal seasons.
Today I was up well before the sun and I canned 7 quarts of dark red kidney beans in anticipation of big pots of chili this fall.
(I was cooking chili anyway for a family get togethr and decided I may as well soak enough beans to do a canner full.)
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017
This simple frosting is the one I associate most with my childhood. My grandmama almost always made a thin sheet cake and frosted it with this. I do make mine a little thicker than she made hers. (This is not the hardest fudge, but somewhere between.)
Sift 4 cups of powdered sugar and set aside.
1 stick of butter
4 tablespoons of cocoa powder
1/3 cup of whole milk
Melt butter over a low/medium heat in a saucepan. Whisk in cocoa powder and milk. Bring to a boil (stirring as you go) and remove from heat. Stir in sugar.
If you are frosting a layer cake this will do a large sheet pan. If you are making a layer cake it will give generous layers of frosting. Be forewarned, you need to be ready to frost your cake as soon as you finish mixing in the sugar because it starts to set up quickly.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
So far we've been doing well on the "use it up" front. Other than a watermelon for immediate consumption, and 2 boxes of crackers and cereal for the pantry storage, we haven't done any grocery shopping.
Meals have included things like: baked potatoes topped with cheese and pepperoni, barbecued meatballs served over rice, pancakes, scrambled egg/bacon/cheese wraps, a hamburger helper type dish, fresh baked biscuits, lasagna, BBQ porkchops, etc. We've had various fruits and veggies to round those out. Snacks have been an assortment of chips, popcorn, crackers, etc. We also celebrated my daughter's birthday with a cheesecake made using food storage ingredients and cream cheese, which I try to buy in bulk because it holds up quite well in the refrigerator. I baked a cake and used food storage items for that as well.
On the frugal front --
I've played with printing my own stationery. I've yet to decide if it is more frugal, but I do like the process.
I've done some light canning and saved the water for my plants.
We've planned birthday meals and desserts from items on hand.
I also bought two books on Amazon for 30 cents each, but I did have to pay shipping, which was still a great savings over buying them new.
I'm continuing to try to keep the a/c turned up during the day. It is getting harder as the heat index hits triple digits. I am also being quite diligent about only using the dryer for towels.
We've used up several odd bits of cleaners that were in bottles.
We washed and detailed our cars. I checked out a book from the library.
I've been working on a shawl using leftover yarn from a project completed more than 10 years ago, and I am down to finishing the edging.
I harvested my basil and green onion. (They're dried now and in my food storage.)
We had our annual eye exams and while we were out I doubled up on trips to pick up a few household items. I'm currently looking into whether I can order my new glasses online or if I will need to head back to my usual place.