Harvest Lane Cottage is a place to find hope and encouragement. I want to share my love for Jesus Christ with you. He is the center of my life, the center of who I am. No, I'm not perfect. I fail, I fall, I'm tempted, but I keep going back to the One who makes me clean again.

Relax, enjoy yourself, be refreshed. Please leave me a comment. I love it when my readers "talk back". I won't tell your momma, I promise!


Saturday, January 31, 2015

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #35


Emily, Michael, and Amy... yes they hug without being told!
Dear Reader,

Hello! Perhaps this is your first time to visit Harvest Lane Cottage. Welcome! Each week I try to keep track of some of the thrifty and frugal things that I do around here to use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. My family has gone through some really hard times and lived to tell about it. I hope that my posts will encourage you that you can do this thing called life with hope, a can do spirit, and a whole lot of prayer and hope in Jesus Christ.

If you're new to Harvest Lane Cottage, you may want to know more about me. I hope by the time you've been around for a bit, you'll also want to know more about my Lord, Jesus Christ.

This was a very busy week at the cottage. My husband remodeled our house by washing windows! Seriously, it looks like a brand new place! My part was washing curtains. I had already washed the insides of the windows a week or so ago. Last week we painted a room in the basement and moved Michael down there. This weekend we're thinking about painting our daughters' room.

~ I received some free books in the mail for review.

~ I made pizzas with leftover pita and tortillas from our freezer, a couple cans of tomato sauce, some pepperoni from the freezer, and some mozzarella cheese leftover from our older son's birthday dinner.

~ I spent a few hours mending several rips and tears in my younger son's Air Force jacket. It's a second hand one that he's worn for a couple of years. He snagged it on barb wire while working cattle with a local rancher. He's really enjoying his work.

~ I'm still cooking primarily from food on hand with supplementation. Our restaurant is still closed for the season, so I'm trying to keep expenses down.

~ I visited a naturopathic doctor. I got the supplement I needed and lay on the chi machine to adjust my neck for about $20. It would have cost more than an hundred dollars to go to the doctor.

~ I used lavender oil mixed in a little almond oil when I started to feel stressed or anxious.

~ My daughter took hooks and yarn we had on hand to her 4 H crochet class which Miss Sarah offered without charge.

~ We paid $1.69 a gallon for gas!

~ I signed my husband up for a free knife skills class at Craftsy.

All in all it was a pretty good week. What have you been doing to be thrifty in your home this week?

Blessings,
Laura
Who Loves it When Folks Talk Back





Monday, January 26, 2015

Are You a No Reply Blogger?


Dear Reader,

Do you find it frustrating when you take time to comment on interesting blog posts, maybe even asking a question, and you never receive a reply to your comment?

I do my best to reply to each comment though time does get short sometimes. If you've not received a reply, it might be because you are a "no reply blogger".  Basically, that means that your settings are such that your comments do not include an e-mail address to which the blogger can respond.

I'm not very tech savvy, but I used this terrific tutorial from Robin at Fluster Buster awhile back to fix mine.  Go check out the tutorial, then check your settings.

The fun thing about blogging and reading blogs is the great potential for interaction between reader and writer.  Let's talk back!

Blessings,
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

P.S. Just for clarification: When you comment on a blog, the writer receives notification. If you're a no reply blogger, they do not give your e-mail in the notification.

Monday Modest Mondays -  The Art of Homemaking    -  A Mama's Story  - Soul Survival - A Return to Loveliness - Mom's the Word Good Morning Monday Tuesday Roses of Inspiration - Tuesdays with a Twist Wednesday Wholehearted Wednesdays -  So Much at Home  - Wow Us Wednesday - Wonderful Wednesdays - Fluster's Creative Muster  - - Raising Homemakers - A Wise Woman Builds Her Home  - Coffee and Conversation Thursday  Home and Garden Thursday I Choose Joy -  Imparting Grace - Hearts for Home Thursdays - All Things Thursday  Share Your Cup Thursday Serving Joyfully  - Thrifty Thursday -  Think Tank Thursdays  -   Hope in Every Season  Friday Show and Tell Friday - Flaunt it Friday - Frugal Friday - Feathered Nest Friday - Home Sweet Home - Fridays Unfolded - Sweet & Simple Fridays I'm Lovin' It Party

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #34

Wishing for a little more of this lovely stuff that we enjoyed in November.
Hello! Another week has passed so quickly. My thrifty project this week has been cleaning and organizing. ~smile~ I didn't finish nearly as much as I would like. I still need to wash some curtains, clean some woodwork, wash walls... oh no! Never mind. I didn't say all that. My husband reads my blog! Working and driving so much over the last several months really took up my time. Cleaning was one of those things that really suffered.

Here's what my thrifty week looked like.

~ I reviewed a free copy of Ruth Soukup's book, Living Well Spending Less

~ Although I don't usually pay for my review books and DVDs, the company expects that I will actually write and publish the review. ~smile~ Therefore, I always feel like I've settled a debt when I hit publish. There's a list of books and movies in my sidebar that I'll be doing reviews on in the near future.
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~ I received a free copy of Nourished to review. It feels so nice in my hand. Things like that matter to me.

~ I made skillet oatmeal using a bit of butter in a fry pan, some dry oatmeal, a few leftover pecans crumbled, a bit of leftover honey, and a little maple syrup.

~ My girlfriend cut and styled my hair and my Emily's hair for us Thursday afternoon.  She did a little extra for mine, but I'm not going to mention it on the internet!

~ Okay, if you're squeamish, don't read this next one. Everyone got their eyes covered if you need to? We ate squirrel and dumplings for dinner Friday evening! My son went hunting and shot some squirrels. I am so not this kind of girl! It wasn't bad, but I'm not going to request it. It was frugal. I bought the potatoes on sale, so we spent about $.75 on them, a stick of butter $.70 (baby girl didn't know she wasn't supposed to use a whole stick in the potatoes), half a dozen eggs $.90, and some flour. $.50... and a $.12 shotgun shell.

Now, I figure I may as well stop right here. I don't think you're going to want to read anymore after that last entry! I hope I haven't scared you away forever. ~smile~ I'm just trying to be a good, supportive homeschool mom.

You've got to keep an open mind if you want to live a thrifty and frugal life.

Have a wonderful week!
Laura
Happy at Home




Monday
Modest Mondays -  The Art of Homemaking    -  A Mama's Story  - Soul Survival - A Return to Loveliness 
Mom's the Word Good Morning Monday 

Tuesday
Roses of Inspiration - Tuesdays with a Twist 
Wednesday

Wholehearted Wednesdays -  So Much at Home  - Wow Us Wednesday - Wonderful Wednesdays - - Fluster's Creative Muster  - - Raising Homemakers - A Wise Woman Builds Her Home  - Coffee and Conversation

Thursday
 Home and Garden Thursday I Choose Joy -  Imparting Grace - Hearts for Home Thursdays - All Things Thursday  Share Your Cup Thursday Serving Joyfully  - Thrifty Thursday -  Think Tank Thursdays  -   Hope in Every Season 
Friday
Show and Tell Friday - Flaunt it Friday - Frugal Friday - Feathered Nest Friday - Home Sweet Home - Fridays Unfolded - Sweet & Simple Fridays I'm Lovin' It Party
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