Thursday, April 28, 2011

Scrabble Week!!!

Hey girls!  I'm going to be having a Scrabble Week in the month of May (the 16-20) that features crafts and pics. done with Scrabble pieces!  I think it will be REALLY fun!  So start your creative juices flowing and send in your ideas to !  We will have a poll and vote at the end of the week to see which idea is the favorite!  So head to your local thrift store and get a Scrabble game and start being creative!  ;D

The May Flowers Photo Contest starts on Mon. and I still only have two entries!  Make sure you send in your entries before Mon.!
(I will be in St. Louis this weekend so I may not post the pics. til Tues.  we'll see how busy we are when we get back!)


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Frugal Recipe

Here is a 'Planned Over' meal!  A Planned Over meal is taking leftovers from the day or meal before and making a different meal!  It's a great, frugal way to use leftovers!

This Planned Over is from chili leftovers!

Chili Chicken & Rice

4 boneless chicken breasts
2 c. cooked rice
15 ou. chili
2 T. taco seasonings
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese

In a skillet brown chicken in about 2 T. oil.
Spread rice in a greased 11in. x 7in. x 2in. baking dish.
Combine chili and taco seasoning, spoon over rice.
Top with chicken.
Cover and bake at 350 for 25 min.
Top with cheese.
Bake uncovered for 5 min. or til chicken is cooked through.

Yields: 4 servings

Frugal Game

Here is a really fun and frugal game we played at a wedding shower but it would be fun for any type party!  Everyone seemed to REALLY enjoy it and it was easy to get ready.  It uses coffee filters!  ;D

All you need:
Coffee filters
About 10 different kitchen spices
Little pieces of paper

Take a spice and place about a tablespoon in the middle of a coffee filter.
Bunch up the top and tie a ribbon around it to keep it closed and attach a piece of paper with a number on it.
Now, write down on a piece of paper that #1 is ____ so you will remember which is which!
Do this with all your spices.

For the party... hand each player a piece of paper and a pencil.
Start at one end and start passing the bags of spices around having each person smelling them and writing down what spice they think it is!
After all the spices have been passed, read the answers out loud and let everyone grade themselves on how they did!
The person with the most correct wins!

*Don't store the spices together or they will mix smells and you won't be able to tell them apart!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Frugal Tip

Here are some Frugal uses for coffee filters!  They can be a great substitute for paper towls, you can buy a lot for cheap!
  1. Use them to clean your cable connectors. If you’re internet is lagging or your TV picture is fuzzy, it might be because the connectors on your cables are dirty and they need to be cleaned.
  2. They’re the perfect fix to stop bleeding from razor nicks when shaving.
  3. Use them to absorb the grease from fried foods. Put them on the plate and put your french fries, bacon and other fried food on top.
  4. Use a coffee filter to cover dishes when they’re cooking in the microwave to prevent messes.
  5. Use them to clean windows, mirrors, television screens and glasses. They’re lint free, so they won’t leave any residue behind when you’re done.
  6. Stop that Popsicle from dripping all over the place. Poke one or two holes in the filter and put the stick(s) through it.
  7. Line your plant pots with a filter to keep the soil from leaking out of the drainage holes when you water them.
  8. Put a filter inside cast-iron skillets to absorb excess moisture when it’s not in use to prevent rust and other wear.
  9. Separate your China and other good dishes by putting a coffee filter between each dish.
  10. Use a coffee filter to apply shoe polish.
  11. Put baking soda into a coffee filter and put it into shoes or a closet to absorb and prevent nasty odors. You can even put potpourri into the filter, tie it up and put into your drawers, etc.
  12. Use them to safely store your Christmas decorations and other small, fragile items.
  13. Use them to store nails, screws and other small hardware so that they don’t go rolling all over the place, get lost or mixed together.
  14. You can use the cone-style coffee filters to safely pour in oil and other liquids into your car’s engine.
  15. Use them as bowls for popcorn, chips and other snacks.
  16. Liquids or something else spill onto your floor, sofa or other upholstery? Use a coffee filter to clean it up because unlike a paper towel, they won’t leave behind lint.
  17. Wrap them around tacos shells or hot dogs to prevent the grease and other things from spilling out.
  18. Have a wobbly table or chair? Use a folded up coffee filter under the leg to even it out.
  19. Did you run out of dryer sheets? You can put a few drops of fabric softener on a filter, rub sides together, and put in the dryer to help prevent static cling and make your clothes smell fresh.
  20. My favorite use, is bringing them along when I’m working out. They’re even small enough where I can take them along when I’m riding my mountain bike. They’re great to wipe sweat and other oils off my face.
  21. Last but not least, make coffee with them.

Photo Contest

P.S  To those of you who do not have flowers up yet you can do a pic. from a previous year.  I thought by this time everyone would have flowers but it seems not!  :)  Sorry to those of you! 
Hey girls!  Next Mon. will start the May Flowers Photo Contest!  I have two entries so far so make sure to send in yours this week!
For more details check the Photo Contest Tab above!  And pass the word along!  :D

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter Recipe

Hi girls!  Not going to St. Louis this weekend after all so just tomorrow and Fri. will be gone!
Here is an ADORABLE cup cake cake that would be perfect for the Easter table!
Hope you will also check out the other links below!  There are some super cute stuff!

Springy Cup Cake Cake

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easter Stuff..

Hi all!  Sorry I don't really have any Easter stuff so here are some fun recipes and crafts to check out!
Our church is going to a Youth Conference this Thurs. and Fri. and there is a chance our family will be going to st. Louis for Easter so after tomorrow I will not be posting til Mon.!

Truffle Eggs

Chocolate Covered Eggs

Easter Bunny Bread

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Egg Painting Brushes

Silk Tie Easter Eggs

How To Fold Bunny Napkins

Gerbera Daisy Centerpiece

Yellow Daffodil Centerpiece

Egg Place Cards

Bird Nest Centerpiece

Hope you enjoy!  :D  These are REALLY cute!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Frugal Recipe

This is a VERY good Granola recipe our friends gave us last year!  We have been using it instead of box cereal!  My brothers love it better than cereal (which is saying a lot!)
I make this on Mondays and it's gone by the next week!


8 c. oatmeal
1 c. honey
1 c. melted butter
1 T. cinnamon
1 T. vanilla

2-3 c. of nuts, coconut, dried fruit whatever you want to add in!

Warm oven to 350.
Combine 1st section of ingredients.
Pour onto cookie, bake in 10 min. segments, stirring in between, til desired crunchiness!
My family likes it just barely crunchy which takes about 35 min.
Now add 2-3 c. worth of the nuts etc...
I put in a c. of chopped pecans, chopped almonds, then some dried mixed fruit.
Cool and store in airtight container.  Serve with milk or some of us like it on our granola!  :) 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Scripture Sunday

And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
Matthew 6:28-30

Frugal Kids Craft & Game

Here is a fun and frugal craft and game to do with your siblings or a class!  All you need is paper, pen or pencil, and some sort of "treasure"!

Treasure Map / Hunt

I used to make these maps all the time when I was a kid.  I was VERY imaginative as a little girl (I guess I still am) and always doing stuff like this.

Anyway, that was free.  ;) 
Take your paper and draw a map of your house, yard, classroom, etc... whatever you are using for the treasure hunt.
C'mon now, be creative!  Like if you are drawing a couch in your living room, draw it but then maybe put a tree on it, or give it a tail and a head and give it an imaginative name like Cozy Island, or the Lazy Boy Serpent.  Make it fun but not too easy, make it where they have to figure it out!

Now after you have it all drawn out here is the cool part!
Crumple it up, that's right, as tight as you can.  Now open it up fully.  Repeat crumpling and opening until the paper feels soft!  It can take quite a few times!  (If you want you can have your siblings help with this step ;)

Now that you have you're "old" looking treasure map hide the treasure!
It can be candy, little trinkets, or even Birthday presents if you choose to do this for a Birthday game!

Now, give the child the treasure map and let them go find it!  If it's your siblings you can just let them have at it while you go back to whatever you where doing!

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Frugal Craft

Garden Season is just around the corner so here is a CUTE and frugal way to start your seedlings indoors!  You ALL have to take a peek at these!  They are SOOO Adorable!

Eggshell Seed Starters

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Frugal Recipe

Ok girls!  So I know most of you probably don't need this recipe yet but Lord willing you will someday!  Wipes can add to the baby bills and this recipe we have found lasts a long time and are very cost efficient!  We have a Day Care in our home so we have REALLY used this recipe a lot!  ;) 

Baby Wipes

2 c. Warm Water
2 T. Generic Baby Oil
3 T. Johnson Baby Bath
1 Bounty Paper Towel Roll, cut in half and cardboard center removed

Mix ingredients together.
Pour over paper towels.
Store in old wipe container.
Your done!  :D

Please continue praying for prayer request below.

Urgent Prayer Request!

Hi girls!  The post for today is below but we just heard of a very urgent prayer request that I hope you will keep in your prayers!
A little 10 year old boy named Clayton, son of some missionaries in Pariguay (sp?), was just kidnapped!  This is a place where they sell children so PLEASE be in prayer for Clayton and his family!  Just imagine if this was your younger sibling!  How scarry!  :{

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Frugal Craft

Here is a really fast and easy frugal craft, a beaded bookmark!  It doesn't take much to make and it would make a cute gift as well!
(Sorry about the pic. quality guys!  I REALLY need to get a new camera but while I'm working up funds ya'll will just have to put up with me!  :)

Beaded Bookmark

18 in. hemp cord (I didn't have that so I just used some thick thread)

Make a knot about 2 in. up from one end.
String your beads on and make another knot above them.
Do the same on the other side but making sure there is 10 in. in between the inner knots for the book. 
Trim off any extra.

And there you go!  (I think the hemp cord would look better but the string was all I had! 
>I was being frugal<  ;D

Monday, April 11, 2011

Frugal Craft

Here is a frugal craft you can make with last years calenders!

Calendar Envelopes

Take an envelope and gently take it apart.  Lay it out on a piece of cardboard and trace around it.
Cut it out.  Now you have a form for future!
Take your cardboard cut out and place it on the picture of a calender.  Trace around it and cut it out.
Fold, making the dates the inside, and glue the envelope in the right places and there you go! 
I think these really dress up a letter!


Frugal Recipe & Tip

Hey girls!  Sorry, it's was a long weekend!  :)

This is a recipe for homemade laundry soap!  Laundry soap is soooo expensive these days and making your own is a good way to save money!
We use the Duggar's Laundry Soap Recipe.  It is a liquid soap instead of a powder.  We find it cleans very well and lasts us at least a month for 5 people!  (And we do a lot of laundry.)  This recipe calls for making it in a 5 gal. bucket, but we've found it easier to make it in 5 1 gal. ice cream containers!
We haven't calculated up what the exact cost is but we figure it is cheaper than the premade ones at the store (and we have recently been told of something that is even cheaper below!)  :D

Duggar Laundry Soap Recipe

1 bar of Fels Naptha, grated
1 c. washing soda
1/2 c. Borax

Grate your bar of soap, we just use our cheese shredder, into a pot and just cover with hot water.  Cook over medium/low heat til soap completely dissolves.  Turn off heat.  Add rest of ingredients and mix well.  Stir til all powder is dissolved.  Pour into 5 gal. bucket and fill to top with hot water.
If you are using 1 gal. buckets, evenly disperse the mixture between the 5 buckets, then fill the rest of the way with hot water.
Stir. Cover.
Stir before using.  Toploading: 1 c. per load.
* We saved a used laundry soap container and pour the soap into it for use on laundry.

Ok, here's the REALLY cheap laundry soap tip!!!

We were recently told you can use 2 T. of Ajax Dish liquid!!!  We have been using it and it works GREAT!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Hi girls! We are having our Student Convention at church this Wed., Thurs., & Fri. and I am helping out so I won't have time to post anything! So I will see you all again on Sat.! :)


Monday, April 4, 2011

Frugal Kids Craft

Shoe Box Theater

What You'll Need:
A shoebox
Popsicle sticks
Crayons or Markers

You'll need to do a little prep work.
Cut a slit in the bottom of the shoebox for the puppets to fit through.

And measure and cut a peice of paper to fit on the back of the box for the kids to draw a background.

Have the kids draw a background for the story they are going to do.  You can have them pick out their favorite Bible story or maybe you can have a Bible story picked out before hand for them to do.
Glue the background in the box.

Then have the children draw and color the characters.
They can be as simple as stick figures or if you can find print out Bible characters for them to color.

Cut them out and glue them to popsicle sticks.

And there you go!  :)


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Frugal Craft

And bring on the Frugal Month!

Jean Craft #4

Here is the last craft from a pair of jeans.  These 4 crafts have been a good and fun way to recycle old unwearable jeans!

This one is VERY simple and only works if the jeans have a side pocket on the leg.
But basically cut the pocket off the leg as close to the seams as possible without cutting the seam.
Cut part of the seam off the leg and sew it on the back for a little strap.  (If desired.)

And decorate it with a ribbon or whatever!
Use it as a pencil pen holder for your school desk, sewing table, craft area, you name it!  :)


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Scripture Sunday

Will you fly away when the Bridegroom comes?

Friday, April 1, 2011

Misc. Saturday

Great week ya'll!  Now starts Frugal Month!  I'm excited about this month!  I think it will be very educational and fun at the same time!  I hope all of you will send in any frugal tips you have as well!

Be sure to check out the new page "Do You Have..?"!  It will be a page to ask for and share recipes, crafts, games, anything that you can't find instructions for!  I hope it will be beneficial and fun for everyone!  I have a few things on there already that I'm looking for and if you all have any leave me a comment or e-mail me!  And if you have any of the things e-mail me and I'll post it for everyone to enjoy!

I love the new Emma soundtrack!  Here's a pretty one!

Have a great Sat.!