Friday, March 27, 2009

We have moved

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Stay tuned

I'm making some changes with my blog. Stay tuned!

Monday, March 09, 2009

A well-stocked pantry

With the economy taking a ride on a massive roller coaster right now, do what you can to keep your costs under control. Start with your food budget. A stocked pantry allows you to cook at home which saves a lot of money. You also have the peace of mind that should the need arise; you have several weeks worth of food available to your family.

I have followed the ‘twin’ rule when stocking our pantry for years. I make sure to have 2 of everything.
1. Easier meal planning
2. I can purchase things when they are on sale instead of waiting until we are out (and having to pay full price)

Your pantry needs may vary but this is the typical list I keep on our pantry door.

Canned beans




Sugar (brown, powdered and white)

Cocoa powder

Baking soda*

Baking powder

Canned veggies (think nutrition merit when choosing…green beans beat corn)

Canned fruit (again, look at the labels)





Tomato products

Evaporated milk

Peanut butter




Bottled water


Cream of wheat




Canned fish/chicken







Potato flakes

Powdered milk

Potatoes/onions/garlic/squash (all will do well in a cool/dry location for extended period)

*These items can do several things around the house when it comes to cleaning and/or preservation.

**Items like flour, sugar and nuts can be purchased in bulk and stored in the freezer for even longer shelf life.

I do not cook with powdered milk or potato flakes but I keep them the pantry for ‘just in case’ items. The same for canned veggies (we prefer fresh or frozen). To eliminate waste, I keep an eye on the expiration date. If it is drawing near, and I have not opened the item, I donate it to the church food pantry. Which leads me to another idea – keep a Sharpie marker in your pantry. When you bring items in from the market; write the expiration date on the top of it for easy viewing. Remember to rotate oldest to newest on the shelf.

Make sure you keep a manual can opener tucked away for emergencies. If you lose power, you will be happy to have it! Along the same line, think about storing extra propane tanks for your grill or camping stove. If you lose the ability to use your kitchen appliances, the propane will allow you to cook for your family.

Monday, February 02, 2009

I'm ready

for spring....

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Can you relate?

Ever feel like this? I do.

Saturday, December 27, 2008


We are having a mini heatwave in December. It was 65 degrees today! Very odd, especially when you consider that one short week ago, we were under (literal) sheets of ice.

We decided to get out of the house and venture downtown for a bit. I wanted to play with my new camera and the kids wanted to get some exercise (and show off some new Christmas clothes).

This is the end result:

There are lots more but I think this will do for today.

I hope your Christmas was filled with joy, fellowship, and love.
God Bless.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

Kids - elections - revelation

We were talking today about the upcoming election.
Emily& Sarah (15, 14) are showing quite a bit of interest in the candidates and process. I turned to Emily and said, "You know, I like that you are paying close attention. Just think - in 2012 you get to vote for the first time. It is a big responsibility and quite exciting." She smiled and said, "Let's hope I have better choices in 2012." Ha. She is so my daughter!

Sarah blinked real quick and sat straight up before saying, "Hey. You know what?! I get to vote in the next election, too! Wow. I never thought about until today."
I snapped my head and did a quick count -- she was right!

It is all so very bittersweet. It also planted a deeper resolve in my heart to pray for our country, leaders, and community.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Today I took the kids to a small farm stand down the road.
All of a sudden, certain trips in the van are no longer a chore but an art lesson using nature.
The kids loaded down their wagon with pumpkins, little hay bales, gourds, and mums (for their mum!)

Tomorrow - a walk through Schoaff Park. Hopefully I will remember the camera this time!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

March 4, 1801

"Almighty God, Who has given this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will.
Bless our land with honorable ministry, sound learning, and pure manners.

Save us from violence, discord, confusion, arrogance, and from every evil way.

Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people, the multitude brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues.

Endow with Thy spirit of wisdom those whom in Thy name we entrust the authority of government that there may be justice and peace at home and that through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of the earth.

In time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail; all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

~Thomas Jefferson
Washington, D.C.

*words and punctatuation original