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Monday, November 23, 2015

Better Off

Library book sales are an awesome place to get some great books to read. I found this gem today...Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology (P.S.).

What is the least we need to achieve the most? With this question in mind, MIT graduate Eric Brende flipped the switch on technology. He and his wife, Mary, ditched their car, electric stove, refrigerator, running water, and everything else motorized or "hooked to the grid," and spent eighteen months living in a remote community so primitive in its technology that even the Amish consider it antiquated.

Better Off is the story of their real-life experiment to see whether our cell phones, wide-screen TVs, and SUVs have made life easier -- or whether life would be preferable without them. This smart, funny, and enlightening book mingles scientific analysis with the human story to demonstrate how a world free of technological excess can shrink stress -- and waistlines -- and expand happiness, health, and leisure.

Food Storage Recipe - Pinto Bean pie

This just goes to show you that there are very many things that can be done with pinto beans. Like the Pinto Bean Fudge.Learn to make them all. This adds a lot of variety to your food storage recipes. Not just boring pots of bean. Make stuff that your family will love.


2 eggs -  well beaten

1 cups of sugar

1 cup of cooked and mashed pinto beans

1 cup evaporated milk

1/2 cup of shredded coconut

2 teaspoon vanilla

1/8 teaspoon salt

Mix all of the ingredients together very well and pour into a pie dish that has a pie crust in it. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

When it cools serve it with whip cream.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Update on decluttering!

3 bedrooms and i actually got the huge pile down to this! Feel so much better! Went from a truckload to a car load! This is going to make it so much easier to get off-grid and move into camper for the time it takes to build something. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sewing to Save While Times Are Tough

No matter which country, state, or city you live in, many may be experiencing hard economic times. Experts report that things are expected to get worse before they get better. With many struggling to put food on the family tables or clothes on their backs, they are putting more thought into how they can still enjoy their hobbies without spending their life savings. If sewing or crafting is your hobby and you find that fabric and notions are quite expensive, here are a few tips and pointers that will ease the burden on the pocketbook.

1. Recycle. Before throwing out clothes that are too small, showing signs of wear, or aren't the latest style, think about how you can repurpose the item. Zippers, buttons, and elastic can all be used again and may be just the perfect match for future endeavors.

2. Use up what you have. Most people who sew have accumulated fabrics over time through bargains, coupons, or the fabric that you just couldn't live without. Dig through your stash and revive those fabrics, patterns, and pattern books that have been accumulating dust and use this opportunity to be creative.

3. Take advantage of bargains and coupons from sewing centers and websites to purchase patterns and designs that you have been eyeing for months. Check the clearance corners for phenomenal deals on fabrics and other items. Thrift stores, garage sales and exchanging with friends can turn up fabulous sewing finds. However, thread is something that you will want to pass on at garage sales or thrift stores, as thread weakens over time and will not produce quality stitches.

4. Freebies. Free items are always the best! The internet is a treasure trove of free patterns and tutorials. You just need to be willing to hunt and search for them. Pinterest is the latest and greatest site to find ideas, patterns, tutorials and numerous other visions.

5. Used sewing machines are a great way to get started. You don't need a machine that costs more than your car until you see if you enjoy the hobby and are creative and capable to follow-through and finish projects. You may lose interest which also means your investment is lost. The more simple the machine, the less to break or go wrong. And simple machines can last for many years.

6. Do your own alterations. Simple alterations can make ready-to-wear clothing fit much better by adding simple darts and seams to blouses, dresses, and pants. Hemming pants or making simple dresses can be very beneficial to a budget. Introducing the craft of sewing at a young age can also be advantageous because there is less intimidation of a sewing machine and a sense of accomplishment when your project is complete boosts self-esteem.

7. Be resourceful. Thrift stores are phenomenal sources for fabric. For instance, menswear has become a huge trend in home décor items. Items such as a plain or pinstripe men's shirts can be made into a cute throw pillow or a white canvas crafted into a couch slipcover. Buttons and zippers can be removed from old clothing to save on the cost of sewing notions. Bed sheets can be used for pattern making, and oftentimes garage sales have bags of fabric and other items for a few dollars.

8. Enroll in sewing classes, tutorials, or teach yourself. Many sewing centers offer classes for all levels and often give discounted rates with the purchase of a sewing machine. It is important, however, to remember that there are many free online sewing tutorials to view. Once you learn the basics, you may be able to teach yourself.

9. Buy basic and embellish. Buy a simple shirt at your discount store and embellish to fit with the times. Beads, buttons, and ribbons can do wonders in making something look flashy, classy and up-to-date.

10. Sew your basic needs. We all need a few basic accessories such as scarves, hats, towels, blankets, and mittens. If you find discounted fabric, you can make a blanket in 15 minutes or less and, if the fabric is durable and of good quality, it will last for many years. Make up some items to give as gifts or re-engineer some older stained shirts or jeans into a t-shirt or blue jean quilt and gift it as something they will treasure and use for many years to come.

So, instead of always stepping out for retail therapy, try a creative, crafty therapy instead. Create your own clothes or household items. Buy from thrift stores and make an old drab shirt come to life again, or snip and stitch for an afternoon and make up some Christmas gifts for your sister-in-law, mother, husband, or kids.
It's a tough world out there and a penny saved is a penny earned. As an alternative to spending your afternoon shopping at the Gap for the perfect color of a t-shirt, reclaim your fabrics, fashion-forward and embellish your garments for the latest retro fit and design. You'll be glad you did and you'll save money while you energize yourself with some creative juices. Who can argue with that? is an online fabric store featuring collections of quilting fabric, flannel fabric, specialty fabric, notions and batting.

Сamping recipes: 2 in 1 Outdoor Kitchen Recipes that will make you cook like a PRO Box Set: Camping Essentials Cookbook + Outdoor Cooking Essentials

When you are off-grid, or camping, or planning on how you will cook after SHTF, you have to have a good book that has camping recipes and how to cook with no power. You have to get Сamping recipes: 2 in 1 Outdoor Kitchen Recipes that will make you cook like a PRO Box Set: Camping Essentials Cookbook + Outdoor Cooking Essentials (DH kitchen 101) now while it is FREE for the kindle.

We have taken special care in choosing camping recipes that are easy to pack for and simple to make on any campfire. We hope you enjoy the delicious flavors of the great outdoors!

You should not miss out on fresh cooked camp food recipes. These easy 50 campfire cooking recipes are sure to tickle your taste buds and have you jumping for joy on your next camping trip.

Explore the amazing world of camp food and discover the deliciousness hidden within the easy campfire recipes.

  • 50 camping essentials recipes

  • Each of the recipes have easy to follow steps allowing anyone to make them in no time at all

  • Bring some awesomeness to your camping kitchen

Tried, Tested and SO GOOD!

These recipes have all been tried out by us and we LOVE each and every one of them.
So what are you waiting for?! Get to it and satisfy your camping foods cravings!

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This book is great for you:

  • If you love camping activities but don't know where to get started with campfire cooking

  • If you have never heard about easy camp food but want to learn more

  • If you’re campfire cooking Veteran who just want to add more delicious recipes to their arsenal

So Next Time You Have a Party or a Get Together...

Be sure to grab one of my favorite Outdoor Kitchen recipes, blow the minds of your guests and keep them coming for more.

Some of the recipes that you'll find in this book are:

  • By the Fire Apples

  • Flip Out Trail Sandwiches

  • Gorgonzola Basil Burger

  • Camping Feral Potatoes

  • S’more Apples

  • Viking Eggs on the Grill

  • Bingo Bango Grilled Sausages with Potatoes and Green Beans

  • Cowboy Bluez Casserole

  • Sweet, Hot and Spicy Jerky

  • Alabama Fire Crackers

And these are just a few that are included in this fantastic outdoor kitchen recipes book set.
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