Thursday, March 5, 2015

March Winco Grocery Haul Video...

Hi lovelies! I have a grocery haul video for you today! I have two others in the editing process as well. I am being a good little youtuber this month. Last month I was only able to share one haul because somehow I managed to accidentally delete my second haul video -- insert sad face-- so this month I am being extra careful to not hit that delete button :)

This month we stocked up on some whole grains, pasta, nuts, and more! Check out the video and be sure to let me know what you guys are stocking up on this month. I love hearing all the ways you save! You're such an inspiration:)



XO Danielle

P.S.
Excuse the boy and his yuck sounds in the backgrounds. He thinks he is quite hilarious :)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Frugal Accomplishments...

Frugal Accomplishments...

I was able to wash, cut, and freeze a gallon size bag of strawberries. These will be great in smoothies or I will use them in the summer when I make mixed berry jam.

Frugal Accomplishments...


I made three loaves of lemon poppy seed bread.

I requested a bunch of cookbooks from the library. I always get cookbooks from the library first. If I find that I am constantly rechecking out a book, then I search for it on Ebay. This month I purchased three cookbooks Don't Panic--Dinner's in the FreezerDon't Panic: More Dinner's in the FreezerThe Girl Who Ate Everything. They are all ones I have been eyeing for a while. I am really excited I was able to add them to my collection of books. I was able to snag them each for under $10.

Frugal Accomplishments...

I cleaned some old artificial flowers in the sink, instead of buying new ones this season.

I resisted the urge to buy some cute home decor stuff at Target. I consider that one of the biggest accomplishments this week! Haha! It was hard though...like really hard. They have metal bins, chalkboard signs, and cute clipboards right now. I filled my cart, walked around the store and got what I actually came for, and then I put the home decor stuff back on it's shelf. Anyone else do this? Sometimes it is hard to resist all the cuteness and Target knows my weakness for Chevron and burlap people! I swear they do. This week I won though! I got your number Target!

I rearranged some things in my home, instead of buying new decor:)

Frugal Accomplishments...

Frugal Accomplishments...

Frugal Accomplishments...

I made lunch for Hubby each day this week. Buying deli meat and drinks is much cheaper than if he ate out each day...and healthier too!

I worked out at home. I don't have a gym membership, so I borrow DVDs from the library and get my work out on. Right now I am loving Denise Austin's Boot Camp. It is kicking my butt!

When I got a cold I used toilet paper, instead of running to the store for tissues.

Frugal Accomplishments...

I scored a bunch of summer clothes at Savers. Miss Priss is all set for the new warmer season. I also snagged a few work polos for Jason, all for under $8. I was able to donate a few things and get a 30% off coupon too!

Frugal Accomplishments...

We got Bountiful Baskets and made it a goal to eat as many fruits and veggies throughout the week. I have switched to a more plant based diet, due to health reasons (I'll chat about some other time), so Bountiful Baskets has been helping even more than usual!

Frugal Accomplishments...

I also made our meals at home this week, except on Libby's baptism day.

Frugal Accomplishments...

We used a coupon to cut the cost of eating out at Sweet Tomatoes, after Libby's baptism.



What frugal things have you all been up to this week?

XO Danielle

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Painting in the Morning....

Painting in the Morning....

Painting in the Morning....

Painting in the Morning....

Painting in the Morning....

Painting in the Morning....

Painting in the Morning....

Painting in the Morning....

I love how you can wake up one morning and have your day planed, only to have those plans change once little munchkins decide on something totally different. After breakfast on Monday, I was all set and ready for a nice little lesson on multiplying three digit numbers. Tummies were full and I knew minds would be ready for some learning....then came a simple little plea...."Can we please do some art first".....Oh man...I am a sucker when they make school requests. I want to always find that balance between child led learning and structured lessons.

I knew I didn't have an art lesson planned for the day, but my little Miss has had creativity fever lately and I really wanted to indulge her. She just can't get enough. I started to think about a few of my favorite blogs and a few inspiring posts I had read in the morning. I thought of Amy and how she recently blogged about taking time to create with your littles. I then thought of Sara and the beautiful art she creates. I was very inspired and decided to give into little Miss' request for a bit of art before math.

Although my plans were pushed back, I am thankful for the moments I was able to sit down and create with my littles. I know that this time is fleeting. Soon they won't be asking to sit and paint with Mama. I am thankful the little whisps of inspiration I received via a few of my favorite bloggy friends. I love this blogging community and how we can encourage every single day.

I am thankful for little read heads and moments to create. I am also thankful I took the time to sit and be with them...because I kid you not like an hour later I was sending them to their rooms for fighting. I am thankful I took my chance at a bit of peace, while the house was calm :)

XO Danielle

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Every Child is An Artist...

Every Child is An Artist...


Every Child is An Artist...

Pablo Picasso once said "Every Child is An Artist". I absolutely believe that. I love giving my kids opportunities to be creative and learn. The other night while I was cleaning up from dinner, this little beauty was creating a chalkboard work of art. I stopped what I was doing and snapped some pictures of her creating. The pictures are blurry, but I can see her mind at work, thinking of colors and design. I too love to create and truly believe we can all create works of art in our own home. 

I hope today we all take the time to stop and see the little works of art around us. Their is true beauty all around :)

XO Danielle

Friday, February 27, 2015

Under the Weather...


Today I am hanging out in my slippers and keeping a steady supply of tissues (really a roll of toilet paper) next to me. Miss Priss had a cold earlier in the week and like any good little daughter would do, she shared it with me. I am going to be spending a lot of time resting, binge watching some Netflix series (Have you watched Witches of East End? I just started it and am hooked), and trying to kick this cold in the keester. 

I hope you all have a fabulous Friday!

Oh and I just sent in the edits on my book. All this down time from my cold, gave me plenty of time to read over the edits from my publisher. I am beyond excited! It is going to be A-Mazing loveies!

XO Danielle

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Valentine's Day Service...

Valentine's Day Service...

Valentine's Day Service...

Valentine's Day Service...

Valentine's Day Service...

I know that Valentine's Day has come and gone, but as I was going through pictures on my phone, I realized that I didn't not post any of the pictures from our Valentine's Day service activity. The day before Valentine's Day, the littles and I spent the morning creating little cards. We pulled out our paints, paper, markers, and foam stickers. We made 30+ cards to hand out at a nursing home with our homeschool group. It was such a fun experience to not only make the cards, but see the smiles on the faces of the people we gave them too. I am always looking for little ways to show my children what a blessing service can be.

I pray that I will be able to find more ways to serve. It doesn't have to be anything big, just taking the time to show someone we care.

"When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are in the service of your God"

Mosiah 2:17

Inspiration found HERE

XO Danielle

Can Potatoes at Home and Save $$$...


Can Potatoes at Home and Save $$$...


A few weeks ago I purchased a bag of potatoes from Bountiful Baskets. The bag was $6.75 and that was for 20 lbs of potatoes. That factors out to 33 cents a pound! I love it when I can score deals like this. I bought the potatoes with the plan to can them. After #NOSpenduary, I was able to purchase a pressure cooker, which means that I can now can low acid foods. I am beyond excited! 

Can Potatoes at Home and Save $$$...

I started out by peeling and washing my potatoes. Alright people let me get real with you. Peeling potatoes is no joke. It takes for-like-ever! I spent about an hour peeling 20 pounds of potatoes. Thankfully I had Netflix up on the tablet and I watched The Hunger Games. This definitely helped pass the time. 

I also peeled some carrots because I wanted to throw some carrots into some cans with potatoes. I didn't use the bell peppers, although they are pictured above. 

Can Potatoes at Home and Save $$$...

I followed the recipe for Irish Potatoes found in the Blue Book Guide to Preserving . This is my canning bible and has recipes for everything. I used it when I canned salsa last month. I know that canning can seem a bit daunting and expensive, but think of it as you are not just canning for this month, but for the months ahead. I try to can enough to last us 6-12 months. You'd be surprised how far the veggies will go when canning. I also try to can in the cooler months and not do any canning in July and August when it is really hot here. No one wants to stand over a hot stove when it is crazy hot outside. Oh and a good chic flick or music play list are essential for making the time go by as you can:) 

Can Potatoes at Home and Save $$$...

After my first batch of canning, I read that you could raw pack veggies when canning them. I decided to give that a try for my second batch and I loved it. The potatoes came out great! You can read more about raw packing here. Basically you wash, peel, and chop your potatoes. Then you pack them into hot mason jars, leaving a 1-inch head space. Cover them with boiling water, remove any air bubbles, and place two piece lids. Don't forget to wipe the mouth of the jar before placing on the lids, so you make sure you get a great seal. 

Can Potatoes at Home and Save $$$...

Raw packing meant I didn't have to stand over this big pot. I was all for that:)

Can Potatoes at Home and Save $$$...

Oh and did you know that you can sterilize your jars in the oven? Miss Kay taught me that. Thank you Duck Dynasty! To sterilize your jars,  preheat your oven to 225'. Place your clean jars, lids, and rings into a roasting pan and slide them into the oven for at least 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes, turn off your oven and leave jars in there until you are ready to use them. Oh and don't forget to use an oven mitt when you take them out of the oven. I know this is a "duh!" moment, but I may have forgotten and all I can say is ouch! You can read about other methods to sterilize your jars here


Can Potatoes at Home and Save $$$...

Once your jars are done processing, allow your pressure canner to release the pressure on it's own. Next place them on a towel on the counter. Let them cool over night before labeling them and putting them away. I use to purchase washable tags, but have since stopped. It is a lot easier to just label the lid with a sharpie, since the lids can't be reused.

Can Potatoes at Home and Save $$$...

I know that canning takes time, but there is something special about seeing the fruits of your labors. All that time spent washing, peeling, and cutting is worth it when you hear the ping ping of the lids. Trust me it is amazing! I know that this is food my family will enjoy throughout the year. Totally worth it! 

Potatoes- Irish or White

2 to 3 pounds of potatoes per quart
water
salt (optional)

Wash white potatoes and drain. Peel potatoes. Wash again. Leave small potatoes whole; cut large potatoes into quarters. Cover potatoes with water in a large sauce-pot. Boil for 10 minutes. Pack hot potatoes into hot jars, leaving 1 inch-head-space. Add 1/2 tsp salt to each pint jar or 1 tsp to each quart jar. Ladle boiling water over potatoes, leaving 1-inch head-space. Remove air bubbles. Adjust two-piece caps. Process pints 35 minutes, quarts 40 minutes, at 10 pounds pressure in a pressure canner. 

*My jars with carrots in them. I peeled and chopped the veggies and then processed them for the same time. Oh I raw packed them too!

We have a discussion going on about how to serve these delicious spuds on Facebook.
 Check out what everyone is saying and leave your two cents too!



Happy Canning!

XO Danielle

Monday, February 23, 2015

Frugal Accomplishments...

This week's frugal accomplishments are....


I baked and froze about 15 lbs of broccoli. This will come in handy when we are running low on fresh produce or when I want a quick veggie to throw into casseroles.


I received a few lemons in my bountiful basket, so I juiced them to use in my water throughout the week. Adding lemon to my water helps me in making sure I drink enough each day.

I canned 20 lbs of potatoes. I was able to get the potatoes for .33 cents a pound.


We had a pizza night at home with friends

Hubby and I watched Downton Abbey for free on PBS with our rabbit ears. We absolutely adore this show. It has got to be one of our all time favorites! Oh and Grantchester that aired afterwards was so good! We love BBC!

I gave Keagan a haircut at home

I received three pineapples in my Bountiful Baskets last week. I also snagged celery on sale for 88 cents each. I chopped each and placed them in bags to freeze. Now we will have fruit for smoothies and celery to throw into salads and soups for the next month.

I went through our shed and I was able to find a book case to put in Libby's room. We painted it and used items from my craft stash to fix it up.

We hung up some thrifted Christmas lights Libby found here. She is loving the new decor in her room.

We donated more items to Savers this week. We have been purging a lot lately. I can't believe how much stuff we have in this house! Anyone else feel like there stuff just keeps multiplying?



I was having a real craving for cookies and I almost caved and bought some Keebler Elf cookies from the store, but I reminded myself I could make some at home. I came home and made my favorite chocolate chip cookies with stuff already in my pantry. I curbed my craving and didn't have to spend money to do so. Score!

I tried my hand at grapefruit marmalade via the bread maker as well. I am pretty pleased with the end result. I had never done jam in the bread maker, but will definitely do it again. I was surprised at how easy and quick it was. Making jam at home not only saves money, but is healthier too!


What frugal things have you guys been up to lately?

XO Danielle
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