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Month: June 2013

How to Dehydrate Your Own Blueberries

How to Dehydrate Your Own Blueberries

One day I had a crazy idea. I thought to myself that drying blueberries was a great idea. I mean, why not?To buy dried blueberries in the store or online can cost $13-16 for 8 ounces. OUCH! That is an expensive addition to my granola! So I thought I would try to dehydrate my own blueberries. By doing this, I would have them ready to add to trail mix and granola.I thought I was a genius. What followed proved I…

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Those Tired Days

Those Tired Days

I am having one of those periods in my life. I call them the “tired days”. I am exhausted. Not physically, but emotionally and mentally. I know I can’t be the only one. I know I am not the only one. These days happen when I have a lot going on in my life, some big decisions that need to be made, some emotional issues to get through, and all I want to do is shut down. I don’t want…

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Monday Frugal Update

Monday Frugal Update

This last week has been busy, busy, rainy, quiet, and busy again. Typical Iowa weather! We have had some successes and some failures. I guess I shouldn’t look at our bumps in the road as failures, but I try hard and want to be organized and well-planned. When I am not, I become a little hard on myself. A little positive thinking can go a long ways so please be kind to yourself too.  We ate out this last week….

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Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chocolate Chip Muffins are a household favorite! The kids think I don’t make these often enough or enough of them when I make them. I have gone to doubling the batch just to get through more than one day! You can make this recipe as healthy as you want or not. I have changed a few things from the original recipe and I will give you the original ingredients and what I use to make them healthier. Do what you…

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Nourishing Foods for Your Food Storage

Nourishing Foods for Your Food Storage

Food storage can be a tricky and confusing thing. What should you store? What does your family eat? What do you like to eat? What is non-perishable but still good for you?A lot of food storage areas I see have a lot of junk food in them. I don’t mean just the Little Debbie snacks. I see a lot of rice mixes, sugary cereals, processed foods, high carbohydrate foods, and empty calorie drinks. That is just a few examples. Those…

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Monday Frugal Update

Monday Frugal Update

These last few weeks have been a wonderful experience in being frugal and creative! I have been working harder on doing things from scratch especially food. We have received some wonderful things from moving families that will help us tremendously! I also have been working hard at my goal of not spending money at the concession stands. I know that this is a double edged sword with some people as the concession stands help the schools and sports. However, I…

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