Monthly Archives: August 2011



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This week let’s add flashlights to our emergency kits.  You probably have a few spare lying around…feel free to use some of them!  If not, you can certainly buy one or two for cheap (and don’t forget the batteries).   This one (pictured above) is only $7.95 at Amazon.com, and has high ratings and positive reviews.  It’s also waterproof!   If you have a higher budget, you may be interested in this solar powered flashlight 2-pack ($25.95 at Amazon, eligible […]

Emergency Kits – Light it Up



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Another week, another menu…I feed my family of four on a monthly budget of $300.  That budget includes any going out to eat, diapers for my son, and general household needs (toiletries, cat food, etc).  I wanted to post what we eat on a weekly basis to give you an idea (an asterisk indicates a new recipe I’m trying) : Wow, it’s so different with the kids in school now.  I have been able to prep meals ahead of time, […]

Menu Monday 8/29/11


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I received the book, Peace Be With You, Monastic Wisdom for a Terror-Filled World by David Carlson from BookSneeze.   In the wake of the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, as tension between Christians and Muslims rises, author David Carlson seeks guidance in the modern-day deserts of monastic communities across America. Are Christianity and Islam destined to confront one other as clashing civilizations? Peace Be with You: Monastic Wisdom for a Terror-Filled World clearly answers “No.” Peace Be with You is […]

Peace Be With You by David Carlson



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You know how sometimes you can make a really good plan, and then out of nowhere that plan is BLASTED INTO SPACE? I’m sure you do.  That’s how my week was.  It’s not necessarily all bad…just all unexpected!  Here’s how I did:   PTA meeting @ Munchkin’s school, IEP meeting for Buddy Boy. – YES Make and can bush cherry jam, BBQ sauce, and syrup. – NO, not completely Make a list of “projects” that need doing around the house. […]

5 Things 8/28/11


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When I came across this blog post about making your own gogurts, I was so excited, man. I was geeking out, seriously.    And I just happened to have all the equipment. It was really easy.  Kinda time consuming, but not bad.  Certainly not as long as canning 40 lbs of cherries.  Here’s all you do: First of all, get yourself some yogurt.  I made myself some homemade yogurt.  Cheaper, easy, a simpler taste, it was perfect for this. I […]

Friday’s Frugal Food: Make Your Own Go-Gurts