Easy Home-brewed Iced Tea

Easy Home-brewed Iced Tea

Iced tea is perfect for those hot summer days coming up in July and August. It’s a nice cool, refreshing drink that hits the spot after working outside. Growing up, we always had a gallon pitcher in the fridge at my parent’s home. I probably learned to make it from my mom in my early teen years. It’s so easy to make, and relatively inexpensive too. Just so we are clear though, if you want this gallon in your fridge too, remember it only comes in one option,–sweetened!  I will acknowledge…

Homemade Breakfast Cereal

Homemade Breakfast Cereal

Today I want to share a recipe to make your own homemade cereal. Breakfast cereal is something that can be expensive, and not always have a lot of health benefits. Too often, it can be full of sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. While I am not going to claim that this particular recipe is the most healthy cereal out there, I like to think it ranks better than many of those on the market. And I recommend finding a source like Aldi’s to purchase most of the ingredients in order to be more frugal….

Spend Less Time Weeding Your Garden

Spend Less Time Weeding Your Garden

  Weeding and watering are a big part of growing your own fruits and vegetables. But wouldn’t it be nice to spend less time weeding, and more time enjoying the fresh produce? I want to share a tip that we are using this summer. We are actually doing this because our crotchety rototiller decided that no amount of persuation was going to compel it to run this year. No tiller means more good old-fashioned hoe-and-hand weeding. So I thought it would be good to try mulching the garden again this…

DIY Rustic Sign

DIY Rustic Sign

How many people struggle with gift ideas for the men in their life? I’m pretty certain from what I’ve read, that I’m not the only one that can find this tough. I think women often handle the gift-giving in families, so of course we find it easier to buy stuff for our moms, sisters, or friends, but when it comes to the men, it might be a little harder for some of us to decide. This year for Father’s Day, our family did some crafty type gifts. For my dad…

The Benefits of Having Chickens

The Benefits of Having Chickens

So our new project this year is raising chickens in our backyard! We have a couple main reasons for trying this, as well as some other benefits we are hoping for. One of the big ones is because we want to produce healthier meat and eggs for our consumption. It started with knowing my husband has some cholesterol and heart issues in his genetics that we hope to beat by improving his diet. As a nurse, I believe a healthy diet and exercise can do so much for everyone, but…

Raising Healthy Pork for Less

Raising Healthy Pork for Less

Last summer, my husband and I had one of those conversations that begins with me saying, “Honey, I have a crazy idea,” and him responding, “Oh boy, what’s that?” My reply that time was, “I think we should raise our own pigs for meat.” “Well,” he said, kinda laughing, “that is crazy coming from you.” Although my family, especially my parents and siblings like to imply that I am not the farm-girl or “roughing it” type, it’s not a completely far-fetched idea for me. I did grow up on an…

Craigslist–the Alternative Store

Craigslist–the Alternative Store

Craigslist can be a great alternative resource to avoid laying down large amounts of your hard-earned income to buy items you need for your household. And definitely a better alternative than increasing your credit card debt by charging several hundreds or thousands to your account for new furniture. Besides costing you less money on something you might only need for short-term, like a baby high-chair for instance, there are also benefits like being able to re-sell that high chair for close what you paid for it. It’s also less painful…

Make your own strawberry jelly

Make your own strawberry jelly

  FACT: Kids can happily live off peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  I have one child who tried to request them for both breakfast and lunch. But that was probably better than when she wanted Oreos for breakfast. Anyway, if you have several children who like to eat these sandwiches, it’s good to have an extra jelly jar handy in the house for when the current one gets empty. So why not make your own? It’s not hard. I’m going to tell you how I make mine. To clarify for those…