Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Well I guess I got busy!

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile! I was so busy lately with the garden and such. But we are getting such yummy produce from the garden! Tomatoes and zucchini and cabbage and lettuce! Bell peppers and banana peppers a few small carrots. So yummy and healthy!

Beloved has decided to go to school to get his CDL and bus license since he has been off work a year with no luck finding work in his field. With 20 years experience it shouldn't be so hard, but it is. If all goes well he will start school a week from this coming Monday. Hopefully it will work out for him, he is so tired of being home all the time. It will be three weeks of class to get his license. Here's hoping it goes well! I do know he feels better to just be doing something. There are just no real jobs around here, even McDonald's and Taco Bell are not hiring. The lady at the job office was surprised he was even getting interviews. Apparently many of the people that got laid off when he did from his company haven't had one interview! I can't imagine how that must feel.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Had to turn on the AC

I just couldn't cope with it any more. I know wimpy wimpy wimpy! That of course means no cooking in the house. So we had pizzas cooked on the grill. Never cooked them on the grill before. It worked mostly well. We had to cook them on sheets, but if I had a stone for in the grill like I do in the oven that would have worked also. But they were good! And everything came from the pantry so I didn't have to buy anything for them. We are cooking that way mostly lately. Shopping only sales and coupons and using what is in the pantry. I did get two boxes of Angel food this month. Because we really like some of the things that are in it. Times are still tough for us, but we get to eat really healthy and yummy. Especially this time of year with all the garden produce.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

This is a great post on another blog and so true about our men!

I wouldn't have found it had I not visited Mrs. Dewey Smith over out Our Plain and Simple Life. . It is a great blog post about our men and how wonderful mine is. It is a way I never thought of it but so true! So here is the blog post!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

It's official

It is to hot to be baking in the house now. I really thought I was cooking me today! We needed bread though and I was out of coupons and there is no way I was going to pay $2 for a loaf of decent bread. So I gave DH his choice and he choose dinner rolls. So I made them and our dessert. But it is just to hot to be baking in the house. Even the fans just are not enough for that now. So I will now be starting to bake out on the patio in the grill and the electric roaster. Just to hot to do any different and no need to suffer if you don't have to! Hope the rest of you are managing to stay cool somehow! Here is tonight's monkey bread!

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Just in case you have a doubt

If you have a doubt that our God is an awesome God, I have proof for you that he is. Tonight he fed us dinner. And a yummy dinner it was.

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And tonight I picked a salad big enough for the next couple of nights as well.
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Lettuce, cukes, purple cabbage, green onions, radishes, tomatoes. Hungry yet?

And to think all I did was throw some seed in and keep it watered and the wonderful God that sent me his son to pay for my sins turned those little tiny seeds into such yummy and healthy food. We really can't thank him enough can we?

How about a free milkshake?

Nothing says summer like ice cream! I found this milkshake deal. http://terismessageboard.thegrocerygame.com/showthread.php?p=1131271#post1131271

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Trying these pictures again

Ok I had to remove these pictures when I did some work on the blog. Lets see if they work out this time!

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Monday, June 14, 2010

I am turning into a wimp I guess

Because every ounce of me is dying to turn on the air. It is so hot and humid here in Southern Ohio. Well it is that way every summer but today the humidity is around 95%. I will be very surprised if we don't get some boomers later. I keep trying to remind myself that I don't want to pay that huge electric bill and that those before us had no choice of turning on the air. Heck they didn't even have fans. I so wonder how they did it. I do think the frugal side of me will win out. I am pretty hard headed when it comes to money! If I wasn't so frugal though, that air would be on for sure let me tell you! Just hoping my laundry gets dry before any storms move in though. I sure don't want to be running the dryer as hot as it is already.

I am eating the first purple cabbage from the garden tonight in our salad! I shared the other half of it with a neighbor who is also putting it in her salad. Hate to think it will sit in the fridge and loose its flavor! Also using the first little tom tomatoes in our salad tonight and maybe the first cucumber. The cuke isn't really huge yet, maybe six inches and not really big around but that is the joy of growing your own right? You can pick when you think the peak of flavor is and have another on another day. The cukes seem to have quit blooming though. Hope they start again soon, there are only four or five on the plant right now.

I did my frugality and couponing class at church Saturday and was pretty discouraged. Only three of the seven people who signed up showed up. I pretty much decided that I wasn't going to be doing anymore period. People just don't understand the time and money I put into these seminars. The planning, the ink and paper to make handouts, the constant looking for new frugal recipes and ideas. I don't charge for the seminars at all, so any costs involved are mine to shoulder. That is because I believe God would want it that way. Beloved had a great idea though and told me that instead of giving up, perhaps I should require that at least 15 people sign up from now on. So that hopefully I will always have at least 10. That way I don't feel my time was a waste, and there are more people there to share ideas. So I may try it that way once and see what happens. If it doesn't work out, then I may not do anymore. We shall see.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Well maybe I shouldn't be playing with the settings

I have been playing with my blogger settings and had to delete the pictures of my garden since they were really messed up on the page! Hopefully I will have time to figure out the issue and maybe re-post them soon! Seems as though every time I get all this stuff figured out, something changes lol.

VBS starts today, church camp and gardens!

And our church does it different from any I have ever seen. Our church has VBS for all ages, including adults. This is our first year for VBS here, as last year we were out of town when they had it. Tonight is the kick off with a pot luck dinner. I made egg salad and "baked beans" to take. My baked beans are really a cheat of pork and beans with onions and BBQ sauce. Since I got the beans and BBQ sauce free. They always get eaten around the house though so I am sure they will at church!


Erica is headed to church camp in just a few short weeks! It will be our first time apart for so long. I know I will miss her, but I also know it will be a great week for her full of fun and learning in Christ! Maybe I will even enjoy the break just a bit. We shall see.

My garden is still doing great! I now have some baby green zucchini and a baby spaghetti squash growing! We don't love the green zucchini, but I will take any extras we have to the church outreach for those who want them. My tumbling tom tomatoes are turning red! I have had little tomatoes for several weeks just willing them to turn red and finally they are!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

First cabbage from the garden! And other garden news

Tonight we ate our first cabbage from the garden with our dinner. It was yummy. I made a salad from the garden, homemade hamburger helper and fried cabbage. Fried cabbage was new to us but we decided to try it. I cut half a pound of bacon up into small pieces. Fried it until almost done. Added an onion then some matchstick carrots (leftover) and then a few minutes later the cabbage. A few minutes of cooking and a little salt and pepper and it was very yummy! Our cabbages are somewhat small, but at the size tonight's was it was a perfect side dish! This is the first cabbage that I have grown myself and ate. Sure my mother grew them when I was growing up, but this was a first for me. Every year I try new things in the garden and last year I planted my cabbages in a very bad spot and they didn't do well at all. I learned from that and this year they are doing great! I just wish I had more space to work with.

My Broccoli has not done so well. For some reason it almost all turned brown on me. Tonight I salvaged what I could from out there and put it in our salad. Hope my next planting does better. I already had them started, so I was a matter of pulling the old and putting in the new. Not sure what happened at all. I was sad to toss so much of it away.

I have a whole bunch of tomatoes on the vines. Some grape ones, some big ones. None anywhere close to turning red yet. I love tomatoes right off the vines, I keep willing them to turn red. In God's time though they will be very yummy. We have several baby cukes about two inches long. And a whole bunch of yellow zucchini about an inch long. I am hoping to have some of it ready to take to outreach and give out in a couple of weeks. It usually grows really fast after it sets on so we shall see. The green zucchini and the spaghetti squash are both blooming, but no fruits yet. Soon there will be I am sure.

The garden for our church outreach is a whole different issue. I just can't seem to get nearly enough backing on it. Beloved and Erica and I are trying hard to keep it going. It got a late start, and we have no water source and the weeds and grass are growing fast now. The lot was just grass and healthy grass at that for years and years. We did have one other couple help plant and such but I have not heard from them since. I really hope to somehow find more help weeding. It is just becoming more than just my little family can do while still taking care of things on the home front. Oh that reminds me I need to get a form ready for next outreach. Likely all the veggies will be ready between times, so I really need to get names and numbers of interested clients so that we can notify them and pass things out as they are ready. We are after all working on Gods time here! Luckily we have been getting some rain every few days I am sure that is the only thing that has the garden growing at all. It really still hasn't been enough though.

Well enough of my ramblings for tonight. God's love to you!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Such a great idea for when we are down!

Paula on her blog wrote about gratitude journals. I have never heard of such a thing, but I love the idea. I may have DD start one and I know I want to start one. The idea is to write down each day what you were thankful for, some of the good things that happen. So that when you feel down, you can look back on the blessings God has given you. She explains it much better, so you can use the link to get to her blog. I am going to town today, so I may see about picking me up something for a journal!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Off to Vermont

Tomorrow Beloved and I are off to Vermont. He has a job interview there. This is the first time I have been asked to come to the first interview, but it will be a nice trip. Two short flights and we will drive from New Hampshire to Vermont. Please keep us in prayer, as this unemployment thing is wearing down on us both! We are really hoping for a job soon. Of course we don't want to leave our church family and friends and my garden is doing so wonderful I really don't want to leave it, but Beloved really needs a job.

On June 12th, I am teaching a frugality, couponing, and general money saving class at the church. So far I only have about ten people signed up, but I am hoping for more. I really hope to teach others some of the things I have learned to be good stewards of our money! I put an ad in our local small paper that comes out on Fridays, hopefully I can increase my number that way. It is of course free, it would just be wrong to charge for a class about saving money. And the paper placed the ad for me for free! Wasn't that nice of them? I guess God was smiling down on us for that. This really is a great little village most days.