Homesteading On One Acre ~ Getting started

I ran across this article on homesteading on one acre in the new Mother Earth News.  I sit staring at it trying to decided how much of the plan is actually feasible for me.  I love to plant and harvest my fruit and vegetables every year and I love canning, freezing, and drying those fruits and vegetables.

It’s the in between that I have a problem with.  You know, the dreaded hoeing.  I don’t like to hoe and avoid it at all cost.  That is probably why I love  my square foot garden so much.  Don’t get me wrong, there will be plants in the large garden  (aka..the work garden) but I actually love working in a smaller, raised bed garden.

I also want  to do a  more research in an effort to become more self sufficient.  There are cows in the pasture, chickens, eggs, fruit and nut trees already in place.  I just need to make everything come together and work more efficiently.

 

In preparation of planting season, I met a friend at our local Farm Store and purchased some seeds.  I restrained myself and only purchased what I needed but I wanted to get a little of everything.

Visions of  baskets overflowing with vegetables and shelves lined with canned goods danced in my head but thoughts of the dreaded hoeing  kept me in check.

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I dug out my little garden tools, gloves, and seeds this morning.  You may notice that I have  a total of 5 gloves and that none of them match.  Yep, my gloves have sock syndrome.  I always end up with gloves that don’t match.  I don’t know how this happens.

Really, every fall  I put away matching gloves and by spring, one glove magically disappears.  Fortunately I have a couple of gloves for the right hand and a couple for the left hand  so I’m good to go.

Have  you started planting your garden?

 

 

My Good Deals at Walgreens & Walmart

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Walgreens had some pretty good sales today even without coupons.  There were several Buy 1 Get 1 50%off deals, making them cheaper than my local Wal-mart.  Here is what  I picked up  today on my Walgreens & Wal-Mart run and the deals I used.

 

Pond’s Skin Care (select varieties) Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off
Buy 2 = 4,000 Balance Reward Points ($4 reward) *monthly deal thru 3/28 Deal Scenario
Buy 2 Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser 3.5 oz $4.79 each Minus the Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off = $7.18
Pay $7.18 Get back 4,000 Balance Reward Points ($4 reward)
Final cost $3.18 total, just $1.59 each

Old Spice Antiperspirant/Deodorant 2.6 or 3 oz, Body Wash 16 or 18 oz, Bar Soap 6 pack or Body Spray 3.75 oz, Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off
 Buy 2 Old Spice Bar Soap 6-pack $4.99 each Minus the Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off = $7.48 for both
Use two $2/1 Old Spice Bar Soap 6 ct+ coupons found in the 2/15 RP (exp 3/31)
Final cost $3.48 total, just $1.74 each (only $0.29 per bar of soap!)

Dove, Degree, Axe, Vaseline or Suave Bath, Hair, Skin or Shave (select varieties) Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off 
Buy 2 = 1,000 Balance Reward Points ($1 reward)
Buy 2 Suave Mens Body Wash 12 oz $2 each Minus the Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off = $3
Use two $0.75/1 Suave Body Wash coupons found in the 3/8 RP (exp 3/21)
Pay $1.50 Get back 1,000 Balance Reward Points ($1 reward)
Final cost $0.50, just $0.25 each!

Tide Simply Clean & Fresh 25 loads or ERA Active Stainfighter Laundry Detergent 32 loads $2.99
Use the $0.50/1 OR $1/2 Tide Simply Clean & Fresh Detergent, Era or Cheer Detergent, Bounce Sheets or Downy coupon found in the 2/15 RP (exp 3/31)
or 3/15 RP (exp 4/30)
Or use the $0.50/1 Era Detergent 25 oz+ coupon found in the 2/15 RP (exp 3/31)
Final cost $2.49!

Bic Sensitive Shavers, 12 ct $3.63 regular price
Use $3.00/1 – Bic Disposable Razor from SS 3/8
Final Price: $0.63

Suave Professionals Shampoo or Conditioner, 12.6 oz $1.98, regular price
Use $3/
2 coupon
Final Price: $0.96  or 48¢ each

Garnier Fructis Shampoo or Conditioner, 13 oz $2.96  regular price
Use $2.00/1Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner or Treatment from RP 3/1
Final Price: $0.96

Right Guard Xtreme Heat Shield Mirage Invisible Solid Antiperspirant/Deodorant, 2.6 oz $2.88
Use $2.00/1Right Guard Xtreme Heat Shield Antiperspirant Deodorant from RP 3/1
Final Price: $0.88

 

Total before coupons and reward points  $40.70

Total after coupons and reward points $16.70

 

From Scratch Magazine – Feb/Mar 2015

 

February 2015 / March 2015

Special From Scratch Magazine Gift Guide

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Winter From Scratch Magazine !

SNOW DAY 2015

 

 

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Nothing prettier than Cardinals in the snow.

 

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It has finally done it ~ It has snowed in Southwest Arkansas !  We don’t get snow very often so it’s a big deal when we see those perfect little crystals fall form the sky.

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RAINBOW CUPCAKES

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I found these new cute pink cupcake wrappers at my local dollar store and couldn’t wait to get home to make cupcakes.  I decided to make rainbow cupcakes since it has been on my “to try” list for awhile.  To be honest, it was much more time consuming than I thought it would be and mine didn’t turn out those beautiful pictures that I have seen on pinterest but I still think they were pretty.

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I love the little wrappers and look forward to using them on future projects.

SIDEBOARD REDO

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I purchased this little sideboard/buffet over 20 years ago at a garage sale for $12.  I have moved it from home to home  over the past twenty years , changing the color to suit the room I was using it in at the time.

This time  I painted it a flat black, stained the top with Minwax ” Early American” , and put the cute knobs on it that I found at Hobby Lobby.    It looks perfect in my kitchen !

 

 

 

 

Keeping it Real

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I have always loved bloggers who keep it real.  By that I mean that they show you the good and the bad.  You get to see the beautiful food they prepared and also the food they burned.  You get to share in the happiness and their sadness.  They show you their great pictures and the not-so-great pictures.

So in an effort to keep it real….here is a photo of me doing a radio interview.  I was in the middle of talking when this photo was taken.  It has been suggested that I look like I’m about to sneeze, throw up,  or possibly I am in pain.

Yep…that horrible pictures is of me….51 year old woman who hates to do interviews….I stutter, my voice changes, and my mouth goes dry which makes me lick my lips a lot  and you can just imagine how attractive that is on live TV!

CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES W/ PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING

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I had been wanting to try a peanut butter frosting for awhile so when I went to make cupcakes for our church potluck, I decided to make a chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting.  Let me just say up front that I only had super chunky peanut butter which caused problems with the tip on the piping bag. I prefer chunky but not in my frosting.  I think I will also crunch/crush peanut butter cups and generously sprinkle them over the top.

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE CAKE

For this cake, I used the same recipe I used for my Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes.

  • 1 box of your favorite chocolate cake mix or favorite cake from scratch
  • 1/2 cup Hot Fudge Topping
  • 1 small box of chocolate pudding mix

Make cake according to directions on box; add the hot fudge topping and box of chocolate pudding mix.  Mix and bake according to directions on box.

Mascarpone Frosting

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This is my new favorite frosting.  It’s light and fluffy and holds up great.

I was looking for a frosting that would be great paired with an angel food cake.  Something that wasn’t overly sweet and had a light texture.  Something that was similar to whipped cream but I wanted it to be a frosting that would hold up when out at room temperature.  Maybe something with Mascarpone cheese.

I have seen recipes for years calling for mascarpone cheese and knew it wasn’t something I couldn’t get at my local Walmart (at least I have never found at my Walmart ) so I never tried it.  I was visiting my daughter in Hot Springs, AR and ran across some at Krogers and knew it was time to test out this cheese.  I threw it and some heavy whipping cream into my buggy and strolled to the deli to pick up an angel food cake.

This is the perfect frosting!  This would also be fantastic on pound cake, strawberry short cake, and any cupcake/cake where you don’t want a strong frosting.  I even left the cake that you see in the above picture out overnight to see how well it set and it looked at good the next day as it did when I made it.  Even though I  would recommend keeping any cream based frosting in the refrigerator,  when I carry  it to an event (like our church potluck), it holds up nicely.

 

Mascarpone Frosting

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners

DIRECTIONS

With an electric mixer on medium speed, whisk heavy cream until stiff peaks form (be careful not to over beat, or cream will be grainy). In another bowl, whisk together mascarpone and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Gently fold whipped cream into mascarpone mixture until completely incorporated. Use immediately.

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