Friday, January 20, 2017

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #92

  Hello! So glad you dropped in for a visit. Each week I share my thrifty and frugal projects, ways I save money, and my blessings from Jesus. 


I am so glad you dropped in for a visit today—or tonight!

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Hello! May God give you peace and tranquility in your heart whether your candidate won or lost. Please pray for our new president and our leaders on all levels. May God bless America, and may we turn to Him with our whole hearts. I am hoping to enjoy filling my bucket this weekend!
  
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Here's my thrifty week:

  • My Emily was able to find the notebooks and folders she needed for her classes this week in my school supplies stash that was bought on sale or given to us months ago.

  • I found a ball of red yarn in a container of cast-offs treasures that a lady at church gave me a few months ago. I used it to make my new red dishcloths for February. I just did a simple garter stitch casting on 18 stitches. The needles were big—size 13—so it went quite quickly. I just stitched until they were approximately square. I wasn't worried about how they looked, I just wanted red for February! As I got near the end of the yarn, I found a wooden thread spool inside. It's got to be really old. The price says $.29!
  • Lots of eating out of the freezer.
  • Keeping warm with lots of hot tea. This is my favorite teapot that I bought on Ebay.
  • I ordered a Gamestop gift card for my grown son's birthday with my Swagbucks. I got it at a discount, too, since it's the first $25 gift card I've ordered this month. You can earn Swagbucks by answering daily polls, using it for searches, answer surveys, watch videos, and shop on-line. My girls enjoyed the $25 gift cards for Christmas.

Well, that's my thrifty week. 
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What have you done in your home this week?
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A peek into my life...

Tiger



ღLauraღ
...doing what I can with what I've got
where I am on a short shoestring budget!


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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

6 Things to Love About Blogging


What do you love most about blogging?

I love the creative freedom to write without the approval of a few elite publishers. 

Making new friends surely would top the list as well. 

The ability to reach readers around the world still bloggles boggles my mind. 

I can encourage others through sharing my own trials, struggles, blessings, and thrifty ideas.

I can share the hope that I find in JESUS even when life seems too hard.

Writing my thrifty week posts and  bucket lists really help me stay keep doing.

Truthfully, there are so many things I love about it, it's hard to choose! Sharing my faith and encouragement with others is my passion.



ஐღLauraღஐ 
...doing what I can with what I've got
where I am on a short shoestring budget!
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You might also enjoy...


Monday
Mommy Moments  Amaze Me Monday - Living Proverbs 31
The Art of Homemaking    Modest Mondays 

Tuesday

Titus 2 Tuesdays


Wednesday
The Homemaking Party Homestead Blog Hop Christian Blogger Link Up Raising Homemakers - A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
Thursday 
 Home and Garden Thursday -  Share Your Cup Thursday  
 Imparting Grace - Sitting Among Friends No Rules Weekend Blog Party 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #91

  Hello! So glad you dropped in for a visit. Each week I share my thrifty and frugal projects, ways I save money, and my blessings from Jesus. 


I am so glad you dropped in for a visit today—or tonight!

♥♥♥
Hello! May God give you peace and tranquility in your heart whether your candidate won or lost. Please pray for our new president and our leaders on all levels. May God bless America, and may we turn to Him with our whole hearts.
  
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Here's my thrifty week:

~ I made homemade vanilla. A friend gave me a pretty glass bottle with a cork and vanilla beans for Christmas. Thanks Georgia! My son bought some Vodka for me a couple years ago to make vanilla with, but I never did it. It was so easy. I slit open the beans, cut them into short pieces so that they would be covered, and poured in the Vodka. I gave them a swirl and put them in my cupboard. I'll swirl the bottle every day or two for the next few months. I found recipes that suggested anywhere from 6 weeks to 9 months. I am not sure how long I'll let it go yet. No out-of-pocket expense to me.

~ We watched a Redbox movie using a code my husband received by signing up for their text messages. It was Pete's Dragon. Not bad. The code made it $.27.

~ A friend gave me twelve whole chickens. I prepared them for the freezer with the vacuum sealer my husband bought when we had the restaurant. Thanks Joyce!

~ Because we had a big van repair bill a couple weeks ago, our grocery money was very minimal this past couple weeks. We ate primarily out of the freezer and cupboards.

~ I purchased only things we really needed this week.

Our Penny
~ Dog food was on sale. Score.

~ My daughter touched up my hair color.  Gasp! Did I just type that? Just keeping it real folks.

~ I made a couple of delicious dishes with a package of two chicken breasts that I got marked down at Aldi a few weeks ago.

  • I sauteed chopped onion and garlic then removed it from the skillet.
  • I cut up chicken breasts into cubes, sauteed them, and added the onion and garlic.
    I served this two ways since I was using things up:
  • Trim Healthy Mama E friendly make-do dish by mixing leftover quinoa, a small can of tomato sauce, some basil and oregano with the sauteed chicken breast cubes, onions, and garlic. 
  • I served the chicken over buttered rotini noodles. This was not THM friendly, but my kids liked it.
~ I made too many sweet potatoes for my sweet potato casserole on Christmas. I froze the leftovers and served them with a turkey that was given to us for Thanksgiving. The sweet potatoes froze well if you've ever wondered.


~ Lots of popcorn snacks.

One nice thing about cooking out of the cupboards and freezer is that you get things cleaned out!
Well, that's my thrifty week. 
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What have you done in your home this week?
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A peek into my life...
Lots of do with whatcha got cooking this week.
Here's some of my husband's creativity in the kitchen.
He loves to photograph what he makes.
Click on the photos for recipes.

Baked Caramel Apple Oatmeal

Caramelized Apple Pancake

Savory Rice and Vegetables



ღLauraღ
...doing what I can with what I've got
where I am on a short shoestring budget!



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Thursday, January 12, 2017

One Secret Reason It's So Hard to Declutter


The blogging world is all abuzz about decluttering, cleaning, getting organized, housekeeping, and homemaking. Why all of the sudden? It's January, of course. We've just spent the month of December doing too much, eating too much, and accumulating too much. It's a wonder no one's called it Toomuchmas. ~grin~

January comes in with a new year, a new hope that this year can be different. It can. It will. Every year is different. The question is whether we will actually be different. After a January of purging, will we be different?

There is no end to awesome articles about the hows and whys of decluttering. Here's one I read last year that really inspired me. It's from Judith at Wholehearted Home.

What I'm realizing, though, when I try to declutter, is that some decisions are really hard to make, so I put them off. I just stuff the stuff right back where I found it. Why? I believe it's because it's not just stuff, it's memories, dreams, and emotional attachments.


Reading Judith's article made me realize that I have emotional attachments to things. I hadn't thought of it that way. My youngest just started high school and my oldest will soon be 26. It's time to release some of the little kid books and things that I won't use again with my kids. I needed to write "young adults" there, but I just couldn't yet!

I had such plans for a perfect homeschool life for my kids, such dreams. But they weren't to be. Life happened. Job loss happened. Business loss happened. A tornado happened. We picked up the pieces and kept moving. I still have many of the pieces—books and curricula that I wanted to use, maybe did use, but don't need anymore. Releasing those things means I must release the broken hopes, dreams and plans that I had.

I have lots of other clutter, too. How many things do I have around here that we were going to fix that just set there? I just think, well, I could fix that up and it would be cute. But. I never get to it. I need to let it go. Release the things that are no longer relevant to now.

It's kind of sad really. I want that sadness gone. That means I have to declutter.
I have to release all the woulda coulda shouldas of my life and embrace now. The only way to do that is to get rid of the past life—forgetting what is behind and pressing onward to the high calling of Christ—and embracing now.

What about you? Do you find that things have an emotional tug on you?


ஐღLauraღஐ 
...doing what I can with what I've got
where I am on a short shoestring budget!
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You might also enjoy...

 Home and Garden Thursday -  Share Your Cup Thursday  Homemaking Party January Linky
 Imparting Grace - Sitting Among Friends No Rules Weekend Blog Party 
Share the Wealth Sunday

Monday
Mommy Moments  Amaze Me Monday - Living Proverbs 31
The Art of Homemaking    Modest Mondays 
Tuesday
Titus 2 Tuesdays
Wednesday
The Homemaking Party Homestead Blog Hop Christian Blogger Link Up Raising Homemakers - A Wise Woman Builds Her Home