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Month: January 2014

Slow Cooker Applesauce: Eating, Canning, and Freezing Instructions

Slow Cooker Applesauce: Eating, Canning, and Freezing Instructions

Slow Cooker Applesauce is probably one of the easiest recipes I have in my recipe book to make. I love that I can sweeten it to taste (or keep it unsweetened), add spices if I want to, and make enough to can. Slow Cooker Applesauce also has the benefit of saving me money by using the slow cooker and not the stove. I also like this recipe because there is no babysitting the applesauce! I have better things to do with my…

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Monday Frugal Update

Monday Frugal Update

 This week has been quieter and I have been lazier. The kids have not had a lot of school or been to school on time so, for some reason, that messes me up. All I have wanted to do is cozy up in my recliner, write, and plan. Paige had a couple of basketball games last week so that contributed to getting not a whole lot done. I have higher hopes for this week. I made two loaves of bread…

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Christmas 2013 Gifts

Christmas 2013 Gifts

Christmas 2013 (left to right) Shali, Paige, Dane, and Jordan Today I thought I would share with you what I did for Christmas for the kids. I try really hard to follow the four present rule: one gift to wear, one gift of need, one gift of want, and one gift to read. I also give a stuffed full stocking. The following is a list of what the kids got and how well or not so well I followed the…

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Frozen Berry Sauce

Frozen Berry Sauce

Last Saturday morning we decided to have breakfast for lunch. The kids wanted pancakes and Rob wanted French toast. Everyone wanted bacon. I had made a loaf of Golden Egg Bread in the bread maker which is absolutely delightful as French toast. I had some frozen bananas which I turned into Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes. I had some homemade Pancake Syrup already made up. Rob really wanted some kind of berry syrup/sauce for the French toast. I couldn’t find any…

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Monday Frugal Update

Monday Frugal Update

This week was busy on the work front as well as the home front. The kids had things going on, I had things going on, and a busy weekend. Life is good though! The weather warmed up here over the week and through the weekend. I actually heard the furnace shut off which was great! However, we are getting colder as I type and have a wind chill advisory tonight and tomorrow. The kids already have a two hour late…

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Is It Better To Live Within Your Means or Work More To Afford More?

Is It Better To Live Within Your Means or Work More To Afford More?

Is it better to learn to live with your means? I think the answer is yes for many reasons. Many people struggle with this though for many reasons. We think we are entitled to things. We deserve things because we work hard. We should have a fancy new house, a new car, expensive vacations every year (or multiple times a year), name brand clothes, newest gadgets, expensive cell phone plans, satellite/cable television, etc. We work hard and deserve the best…

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