Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Here are my peas. All but one seed sprouted. Look how big they are getting!!!
Here are one of my carrot boxes. I planted 16 in each and 15 in each came up. I do need to thin them out but alas it is raining today.
Here is the other box. As you can see things are getting big. My kids are like me. We love the radish plants because they are the fastest. It is just about time for use to put in a second planting. FUN!!
I am also going to make a gardening calender.So I know what I plant and when plus I will probably add in the estimated date of sprouting. I need to know these things at a glance. I am crazy I know! LOL!!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
When our boys were young, we had a family council and set a goal to take a “dream vacation” down the Colorado River. When any of us wanted to buy something during the next year, we would ask each other, “Do we really want to buy that thing now, or do we want to take our dream trip later?” This was a wonderful teaching experience in choosing provident living. By not satisfying our every immediate want, we obtained the more desirable reward of family togetherness and fond memories for years to come."
With all the love I have in me and with the Savior’s love through me, I invite you to come unto Him and hear His words: “Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy. Hearken diligently unto me, and remember the words which I have spoken; and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted” (2 Nephi 9:51)."
5-gallon bucket with lid (cut hole in middle of lid for plunger handle to fit through)
Toilet plunger (brand-new, clean)
Store in bucket:
Liquid laundry detergent
Stain remover/stain stick
Vinegar (add 1/2 cup to rinse water) helps remove soap
Rope (for clothes line)
Empty contents of bucket.
Place water, small amount of detergent, and clothes in bucket.
Move plunger up and down for a few minutes or until clothes are clean.
Remove soapy clothes and ring them out.
Dump out soapy water (on your garden or lawn.)
Place soapy clothes in bucket and fill with clear, clean water.
Add 1/2 cup vinegar to rinse water.
Move plunger up and down to rinse clothing.
Wring out clothes and hang to dry.
Conserve water - use rinse water for next load of laundry.
NOTE: You could store two 5-gallon buckets, stack one inside of the other. Use one bucket for the soapy water and the other for the rinse water. You may be able to wash and rinse a couple of batches of clothes without changing the soapy water depending on how dirty the clothes are.
As found on: http://preparednessnibblesandbits.blogspot.com/
Friday, April 24, 2009
One of my favorite food/product storage tools is the marker. I prefer a good ole black sharpie. Every time I open a jar of peanut butter, a new laundry soap, salt or spice I mark the date on it with my sharpie. When that particular container runs out I have a general idea how many I would need to store for X amount of time. I do recommend this for your longer use items such as those listed above. This is great in the bathroom too. Shampoo, toothpaste and the like. Make a note of how long items last you and then watch for a great sale. Then you will know how much to buy for say 3 months or even a year. Be sure to pay attention to expiration date on stock up items.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Sorry for the mess. I am trying to add some new features and expand my space. Trying to find the best wallpaper. So please excuse the mess and wish me luck!
Providently yours, Amanda at 9:23 PM
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Here is a closer look at my pea sprout! So cute.
Nothing else has popped their heads out. My strawberry plants have a few more flowers. The rest of my starts are getting a little taller but nothing of note happening there.
UPDATE to my update! LOL!! James went out to look at the garden before he left for work tonight and this is what he saw in the carrot square!!! I am so happy. I was jumping around like a little kid. ALL of the kids put on their boots to come look. Yippee!!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Layer it in the tortilla and scarf it up!!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Let's take a look at those monthly bills. You know those ones we can't do anything about? Housing, Water, Electric/gas, Cable/Dish, Phone/Cell phone, Internet, Garbage, Car/house insurance, and those pesky evil Credit cards.
I am not going to go into all of those in this post (keep your eyes out for them though). I thought we could look at our water and electric bills today.
In my area our water provider is Firgrove Mutual Water. I pay around $30 to $40 every two months depending on the season (summer is higher). Not a biggy I know, but hey a penny saved is a penny earned! Here is a list of money saving tips. Also get your free water conservation kit. For budgeting I make a half payment ($15-$20) each month. It is automatically set up through my bank.
My electrical company is Puget Sound Energy. I pay around $141 a month for a 1300 sq. ft. home. I know what my payment will be each month because I am on a set payment plan. This plan gets reviewed every June. It is a great way to budget. No more dreading the winter months high bills. Every month is the same weather it is really $35 or $210. Here are 6 ways to slash your electric bill. Here are a few I have learned:
- unplug it. Phone chargers, microwaves, toaster ovens, and electronics. If they are not being used unplug them.
- turn the lights off. Open the curtains and let the sunshine in.
- turn it off. The TV and the computer. They do not need to be on if you are not using them.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
We must remember that the adversary knows us extremely well. He knows where, when, and how to tempt us. If we are obedient to the promptings of the Holy Ghost, we can learn to recognize the adversary’s enticements. Before we yield to temptation, we must learn to say with unflinching resolve, “Get thee behind me, Satan” (Matthew 16:23).
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
- Walk faster. One mistake we often make is walking too slowly to get the heart rate up. Wendy, About's Walking Guide, offers a great tutorial for How to Walk Faster. Picking up the pace can help you up the intensity of your workouts.
- Try interval training. By adding short bursts of speed or an occasional steep hill to your walking workouts, you can increase the intensity of your workouts as well as your calorie-burn. Try one of these Hill Workouts on the Treadmill or one of the Beginner Interval Workouts to get started.
- Use your arms. Make sure you're not holding onto the treadmill and, when you're outside, swing your arms to keep the intensity up. Holding weights as you walk is a no-no (it can cause injury), but consider using walking poles as an alternative.
- Mix things up. If walking is your sole source of cardio, cross-train with other activities to keep your body challenged. Walking is something we do every day and, therefore, we're very good at it. Learning something you're not as adept at can be a great boost to your endurance and fat loss.
Now here is to putting these ideas to use!!!
Walks are also a great way to get away from distraction like the phone (I do take my cell for emergencies), TV, the computer, dishes, laundry and all other household chores. LOL!! It is a great time to catch up with your sweetie, kids or just with your own thoughts. Plus the fresh air makes my kiddos sleep better! Oh yah don't forget the dog!!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Providently yours, Amanda at 8:30 PM
Friday, April 10, 2009
I have a laundry room/pantry that I stuff to the gills and i do currently store quite a bit in my mini-garage, but I am running out of room.
I have invaded my children's rooms. Elizabeth has a good supply of freeze dried fruits and veggies as well as powdered eggs and butter in the upper part of her closet.
The boys room has a great spot but it is used for diaper storage for the time being. GRRR!! ;)
Another idea I haven't gotten to yet is under the bed storage. My bed sits on the floor. So I want the Super Duper Hubby to build me a frame that will accommodate my goodies from the church cannery. (Keep an eye out for that post late this summer.)
Here is a great post from The Pantry Panel. I seriously just stumbled across this blog 2 minuets ago. I can't wait to take a closer look. Any who comment #2 really stuck out to me, but read the whole post.
Commenter #2 said...
I know people who whine about no room for food storage but keep years of accumulated clutter. Look at the items in your home with a discriminating eye and get rid of things you don't use or need. Storage areas housing old board games nobody plays anymore, toys kids have outgrown, yards of ugly, out of date fabric, abandoned craft projects, etc. can be purged to free up room for food storage. When scouting for storage space don't just look for empty spaces but for space being taken up by clutter that could be better used for food storage.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Okay so here is my super duper awesome hubby. One box down and one more to go!! I did not go for the 4x4 method. We did a 8x2 box. We added a trellis on the back for our vine plants.
Here you can see out neat little square foots all marked out. It looks so clean and orderly!
All planted for now. I will be adding in a few more plantings over the next two weeks to stagger my harvest.
In the back along the trellis we have 1 square of sugar snap peas (these are in late:( ), one square of cucumbers, one square of pole beans. Then a few open squares for later planting. Then one square of peppers (we will see how they do up here in WA), and two of beefsteak tomatoes (my fave!!). In the front row of the back box we have 2 squares of celery and one of fingerling carrots. The front box has 4 squares of broccoli starts, one of head lettuce, one of romaine lettuce, one square of radishes and one of strawberries (got to get more of those!). We also have a deeper planter for full size carrots that is more portable and not pictured.
For a simplified and easy read of SFG go here. It is a great PDF to get you info quickly and simply.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
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