• pets,  simple living,  thrifty stuff

    Make Your Own Suet Cakes

    I remember when suet cakes were less than a dollar each.  I realize I sound like some old woman complaining about the price of gas, but seriously! If you are cheap like me here are a few easy steps to feed those ravenous winged creatures outside.  The ones who even now are making enough noise to wake the dead because my suet is chilling in the fridge… All you need is some fat ~ I use bacon fat.  I never throw out bacon drippings, it’s something I learned from my grandmother and I could never shake it. I let them cool a bit and spoon them into a mason jar…

  • green cleaning,  thrifty stuff

    Ant Warrior

    I have ants…. at least I did. A few days ago I put out cotton balls on my kitchen counter with a mixture of water, borax, and sugar.  I have to tell you, I haven’t seen an ant in DAYS!  SO HAPPY! And it cost almost nothing to make.  I already use borax in my laundry as a deodorizer because I don’t use fabric softener.  Here is a video of  Greg the Gardner with the instructions on how to make it.  I didn’t put it in a spray bottle. I just soaked cotton balls in the solution and places them on little lids where I had problem areas.  Every morning I re-soaked the…

  • Creativity,  sewing,  thrifty stuff

    A Day to Mend ~ is Good for the Soul

    I’m pretty sure what you think I’m talking about… is NOT what I’m talking about.My mending pile was HUGE.  Meaning all the articles of clothing that had rips, holes, wear, blow-outs.  So today I spent the day fixing everything.  It took most of the day but I’m done.  And I feel awesome.  I can’t explain it, but there is this huge weight lifted! Here are just SOME of the jeans I fixed today: Here are my thoughts on the matter… whether you care to hear them or not.  I think the reason that mending is such a pain in the rump-roast is that there is no creativity to it.  It’s just…

  • green cleaning,  thrifty stuff

    Brewing your cleaner!

    Did you catch this on facebook?  It was circulating recently and a good friend posted it to me.  Well, I had to give it a go now didn’t I?!?  You can click on the picture below for the original posting…Basically you pack a jar with orange peels and fill it with white vinegar.  Place it in a window for 2 weeks to “brew”.   Here is a picture of mine… you might notice a slight difference in colour.  This is because I didn’t have any oranges… I only had grapefruits!I love the smell… I love how it works… I love that I know what’s in it!!  Try it, you won’t…

  • simple living,  thrifty stuff

    Furniture on the Cheap!

    I have a new kitchen table!! I’m so excited!  For a long time we have had a round white table that was a hand-me-down from our neighbors from 4 years ago. We also have a hand-me-down table from some good friends that I actually stole out of the dining area for my sewing machine.  So we were stuck with the round white table that only seats 4 and the one leg kept falling off which made dinner more exciting because you never knew when that puppy was going to start to tilt!  Anyway.  I looked into new tables and I have got to tell you, I’m not sure what these people…

  • finances,  simple living,  thrifty stuff

    Budget Bliss

    OK, maybe not bliss. More like, “stink I’m glad that’s done!”.  I just finished our budget for 2013.  Yes I realize it’s Feb.  Yes, I realize I’m late, but let’s look at the bright side, I don’t have to do it again until Feb 2014!!  Silver Lining Baby! If you are interested in doing a budget for the year and discovering where your money disappears to in a puff of smoke… trust me it’s not ACTUALLY flying out the front door every time you open it like your Dad used to tell you. And now that the Canadian money is all plastic it really DOESN’T grow on trees!!Anyway.  A few great…

  • food,  thrifty stuff

    Holy Exploding Food Batman!

    When I saw this on Pinterest I really didn’t think it would work.  How can something be so simple, and SO exciting.  I love popcorn.  Love It.  I tried this with 1/4 cup of popcorn & 2 minutes in a lunch size paper bag. Presto, pop-o!!  I’m not sure how much money this could save in microwave popcorn but I’m guessing I might be able to afford some new moccasins a lot sooner than anticipated! Source: supermommoments.com via Stephanie on Pinterest

  • gardening,  thrifty stuff

    Lavender Brewing

    Fresh leaves in oil. I had a nice crop of lavender this year but I got very few flowers.  I didn’t want it to go to waste so I’m trying to make my own lavender oil.  It’s brewing for the next week… I will let you know how it turns out.Here is where I got my instructions:http://everything-lavender.com/how-to-make-lavender-oil.html After 2 days out in the sun.

  • canning,  cooking,  thrifty stuff

    Crying over chopped onions

    No Frills had their onions on sale recently.  The 10 lb bags were $1.49.  I bought 2 bags.  What can I say, I’m a sucker for a good sale and I like to buy things while they are in season. The problem then presented itself… what I’m I going to do with all these blessed things!I chopped them.  All of them.  Then I backed them in bags and froze them all.  This was not my first choice but I don’t have a pressure cooker so I couldn’t can them. In case you are the proud owner of a pressure cooker, and you have onions abounding in your garden/market here is the recipe I…