Sunday, October 31, 2021

Weekly Wrap-Up 10/31

 Good morning all.  Here we are on the last day of another month.  It is celebrated by many as Halloween.  Just think for us here is the U.S., Thanksgiving is 3 1/2 weeks away!  Christmas is less than 2 months and then we will be starting another new year.  Seems just like yesterday I was saying this in 2020!!

Well, fall has finally hit out area.  We have had a lot of rain this week and now the cooler (colder) temps are coming.  Looks like we will have nights in the 30's this coming week.  I think we can say bye-bye to any flowers we have left.

Yesterday twice I looked out back and there was 'big bird' (hawk) sitting on the fence.  The second time, Blackie saw it and was not happy.  He ran over to the fence and scared it off.  He never bothers the regular birds, but he doesn't like the hawk.  I went out the first time and shooed it off - and if there was one little bird there were 100's of them that went flying out of the bushes!!!  They sure were hiding for their little lives!

Blackie has finally gotten back into sleeping in the greenhouse again - thank goodness.  I was worried about that because of colder weather coming.  He decided it was the place to be, when the rains started and has slept in there since.  He has his special spot!!!!

                                                 I just think picture is so cute. (not my pic).

I watched the Charlie Brown special - The Great Pumpkin that I recorded this week.  I love those little shows - such innocence.  It made me smile for sure.

My quiet week:
  • Made a batch of waffles for eating and freezer
  • Received a complimentary Reader's Digest this week.  It was kind of fun to read - haven't seen on in years
  • Paid everything I had that was due for Nov. - balanced everything
  • Refilled my big glass jars with pasta and rice
  • Got taken out to lunch one day by my sister
  • Got to talk with several family members I haven't talked with for a while
  • Got to share home grown tomatoes with a couple other people.  Those green ones are all starting to ripen and they are still pretty darn tasty
  • Cut my hair and did a root touch-up
  • I did go out and buy gas for Blazer.  I had a .30 discount that needed to be used before month end.  I still had a 1/2 tank - but I am all set now.
  •  I did run into to Kroger for additional cat food only.  That area is still lacking a bit.  Everything else looked pretty good.  I did notice that soda pop had limits!  It didn't matter whether it was a 2 liter bottles or cans -and the shelves were full.  (hmmm) - same with water (there was lots).  Nothing else had limits.
  • Made a pot of chili - that can be eaten in many ways in the coming days.  I added chopped peppers (freezer), diced tomatoes, onions and shredded zucchini (freezer) to it.  I think the peppers and the zucchini has given it a sweeter taste.  Can't even see the zucchini.
  • Just doing all the normal stuff we all do.
Meals this past week:
Leftover mashed potatoes and kraut with added smoked sausage
Mex./taco rice bowl
Huge tenderloin and chips (lunch out)
Oven fries, wings and sliced tomatoes
Beef/bean/rice burritos (used leftover taco meat & rice) topped with diced tomatoes
Chili with crackers and butter

How was your week?  Any deals or finds?  Is anyone doing any crafting for the holidays?
Look forward to hearing from you all.

I hope the coming week is kind to you all and that you are all safe and healthy.  May you all find what it is your family needs and that you find some deals.
Blessings from my humble little home to yours.

Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:16

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Nostalgic Moments

 Do you ever have those days that you just stop and think about years gone by?  The days of your youth?  When you hit milestones in life, I think it kind of sends the mind reeling!  LOL 
Yesterday I got to thinking - oh my - and then I saw a little video about the 70's and it truly is amazing what all we have seen and gone through.
As much as that is - I think about what my Momma saw in 90 years on this earth (born in 1911).  So many huge changes.

I started my first job in 1969 in the 9th grade.  I worked with my Mom & Dad at their garden shop
In the 70's:
I got my first car - a 1964 Ford Galaxy - robin egg blue!  What a tank, boy I was sure proud of that thing, as I had to pay for it myself!
I started dating 
I graduated, got married and moved to another state
Went to college and worked and kept a home 
Came back to IN and bought a first home - a ranch style home in a cute little neighborhood (3 bed, 1 bath) for $14,900.  I think the payments were about $100 a month!

I remember bell bottoms, going barefoot all the time (I still do), hip huggers, tube tops, midriff tops, mini skirts, midi & maxi skirts, clogs

We had film cameras.  The first Polaroid camera was magical - instant pictures!
VHS tapes and the video player.  My goodness they were huge and they were expensive when they first came out.
8 track tapes 
TV's were still consoles and large solitary units (like a piece of furniture)
Phones were on the desk or on the wall
No home computers
My first microwave was a ginormous things.  I got a discount at my job and it still cost close to $500
I remember harvest gold, bittersweet orange and drab green were the colors everyone had in their homes
I remember my first video game - I think it was Pong and played on the TV screen
First charge card - Sears

I remember loving to party!  Yes I did.  We did do that too much I do believe.  
The movie Jaws was super scary and made one afraid of the ocean!  LOL  Then there was the classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Billy Jack was another.  I remember these so well.
Saturday Night Live was hilarious and had the best cast ever back in the day
Jimmy Hoffa disappeared
The Edmund Fitzgerald sank - so horrible
George Carlin was the comedian of the era and was censored a LOT - now many of those things are every day language on TV (crazy).  As crude as he was - he made sense.
I saw the ocean for the first time and I was in awe of the enormity
My first concert was Three Dog Night
I got to see Elvis Presley in concert - that was a thrill

I do remember these things from childhood and many more

I sure have seen a lot in this life and yet nothing compared to many.  I have experienced a lot - yet nothing compared to many.

I could never have imagined being this age in 1970!  It never entered my mind.  We were all living such a fun and independent life.  The 60's and 70's were fun.  However, that being said, I think that the mentality of that time explains a lot of the disfunction of today!  I really do.  That is just my opinion and I don't expect everyone to agree.

I am glad I grew up when I did.  I have had a lot of life changing experiences over the years and all I can say is THANK GOD I survived and learned!
Just think - we grew up without the technology of today and survived!

I hope this makes some of you smile and remember back as well.
Those were the days!

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Make Your Own Path

 We are always talking about stocking and prepping and crafting and making mixes and baking and cleaning and purging and donating.
Please know that you may not be able to do all these things and that is OK!

People shouldn't feel bad if they don't cook from scratch but use boxed and canned.
People shouldn't feel bad if they don't craft or sew - not everyone wants to.
People shouldn't feel bad if they don't bake - but buy premade instead.
People shouldn't feel bad to be homebodies - that can be the content, happy place (is for me)
People shouldn't feel bad if they use chemicals instead of natural for cleaning.
People shouldn't feel bad if they don't have a years worth of groceries stocked.  You have what you think is right and you know what kind of room you have.  HOPEFULLY you ARE stocking - just do what you feel is right.

Everyone needs to do what is right for them and their homes.  You don't have to fit into any particular type of mold.  Do what works for you!

I used to have people that made remarks about my feeding all the animals and spending so much on them.  Well, my comment back was "it isn't your money - so don't you worry about it".  "I am not asking you for money, so not your concern".  That shut them up!!!!  LOL

I have been criticized for stocking a lot, especially being alone now.  (Not by locals who don't know - just family) Well, what happens if my paychecks stop or I can't get out any more?  I will have supplies to survive and won't have to depend on anyone.  Odds are those same people who question me - wouldn't help any way!

Having extra dollars has advantages.  If you want to eat out once in a while - do it.
If you want to splurge on something - do it.
If you want something new (not need) - do it
We have all been in that position when we couldn't - so it is ok to spend a little when you want.  That is why we have all been frugal - so at some point we CAN!

I find that those HARD times we all had have made us stronger and we can do so much more if necessary!  Not everyone has the skills.  We learned, observed, challenged ourselves, learned skills and know how to improvise.  Those are GOOD traits to have.  So being poor or having less money can teach many great skills that come in handy at another point in life.  Never look down on anyone with little money - they generally can survive about anything.

BE YOU - BE HAPPY - do what works for you.  Please don't feel you have to do all the things we talk about here or that you aren't 'keeping' up with others.  
We each go at our own pace and that is what works for you.
This is a learning, teaching, sharing, caring and fun place!  Not a place to make you feel bad.

As the song says "Don't worry - be happy"!!!!!
(you'll have that in your head now!! LOL)

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Gentle Reminder of Helping & Kindness

 Just a quick and gentle reminder that so many do not have what we have.  So many do not have family or any support system.  So many do not have homes or shelter.  So many just need a little hand up.  We can help!

It is starting to get cold outside and for some reason these things come to mind most this time of the year.  People need some help all year long - but cold weather just makes our hearts open a little more!
Being down on ones luck could easily happen to anyone.  I always think "for only by the grace of God".
Most of us have family that would help - we have friends.  Hopefully we would be OK.  Many don't have that network and are all alone in this world.

If you can donate to a food pantry or soup kitchen, please think about it.  If you can't get out and buy goods, or stop by and donate from your stock - maybe send the pantry money or a GC to use to buy supplies.  I have a former alum from high school who does so much to help  our side of town and I donate funds to him often to buy goods.  He gives out bags of groceries at different locations - no questions asked.

Food, health and beauty items, laundry items and pet items are always welcome at food pantries.  Many people just think food - but so many things are needed to help on a daily basis.  One can go to Dollar Tree to buy bottles of laundry detergent, 4 packs of TP (they can be divided at pantry), multi packs of toothbrushes (again divided), deodorant, shampoo, soap, pet food - all kinds of things that are needed and won't cost you a lot.
Beans and rice products, pasta sauces, pasta, soups (even Ramen multi packs), cereal, peanut butter, jelly, etc. can be purchased cheaply as well.  Watch the sales and clearance at the grocery.

Maybe you know  a family that needs supplies - but you know they would be very embarrassed to accept help.  Buy a GC (what you can afford - anything would help) and mail it to them.  A card to a store that sells grocery goods would be best - but whatever they may need.  To avoid them knowing it was you - list BOTH the mailing and return address as theirs. BE SURE YOU HAVE CORRECT ADDRESS!!!!!!!!  I am sure gas cards would be helpful as well.

SHELTERS will be filling up soon.  Think about donating socks, gloves, hats, scarves anything warm.  Maybe if you have extra blankets or pillows you could donate - that may make someone's night warmer and comfortable.  You can often donate clothes.  Coats.
Remember there are shelters for men, and for women and children.  Check your local listings to see where they are and call and see what they may need.  Some women and children may have left with just what was on their backs - so even gently used clothing would be loved.

Another thing might be to check with your area school and see if they know a child who may be in need of a decent pair of shoes or a coat.  If you can - donate one so that child doesn't have to be the "kid without" and bullied.

I have MANY ideas for another post of things we can do to help out the holidays for those without or those who have no one (nursing homes, etc.).  I will do another blog about those.  I will include ideas for those ladies who may be alone and just want to start a new tradition or need ideas of what they can do.

Just a little food for thought.  IF you woke up in a warm bed, ate a meal, had clean clothes to wear - you are fortunate.  Not everyone is.  
Let us each do a little to help and give back.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Weekly Wrap-Up 10/24

 Happy Sunday all.  My goodness, one more week left in this month and then November is here.  I just keep shaking my head, as this all seems to be going by so quickly.
It has been a cooler week.  Friday rain and chilly - yesterday sprinkles but not bad temps - today rain and decent temps (60's) - tomorrow rain and chilly...  WOW.  Fall has made itself known.  Still have had no frost or freeze and it doesn't look like it will this coming week.
Allergies have been bad this week.  Mold count up outside.

We have been very fortunate in my neck of the woods.  I know what the Almanac says for this year - but NOAA has said IN will be warmer and wetter than normal this year due to La Nina.  Just saying, I am hoping they are the correct ones!

My week:
  • I did a bunch of yard work the first half of the week.  Cleaned the front flower bed and walk area all out.  Mowed and trimmed entire yard.  Worked in the garden area.  Cut down many spent flowers from perennial bed
  • Fixed the weather stripping on the front door.  Over the years it has worn away at the lock mechanism area.  I had stuff here and I patched in that area and at the bottom.  No more daylight seen!
  • Picked the end of all the tomatoes.  Got the last 8 lbs.
  • Used the Soda Stream this week to make bubbly juice water
  • NO A/C - and turned on heat only 2 mornings - 1 cycle each to take chill away
  • Baked a homemade pizza one day and ate part and froze the rest
  • Changed out my handbag to one with fall colors.  I have several Vera Bradley bags I was given years back - spring and fall. (New from a hoarder home!)
  • Picked what I am sure will be the last 3 roses on Oct. 22!  Hard to believe they were still blooming.  I still have petunias, impatience, phlox and Lillie's blooming!!!
                                          These are in my kitchen and they smell heavenly!!!!
  • I fixed my toilet!!!!  I figured out the problem by watching You Tube, bought the part and fixed it all by myself!!!!  GO ME!  It was really easy - hardest part was shutting off the water, I mean you don't turn those valves very often!  It was the filler valve and the toilet did a lot of screaming when you flushed - it is so quiet now.
  • While out for  hardware getting part - I ran to Aldi.  Hadn't been in there for quite a while.  I was pleased.  Pretty well stocked and skids of supplies in aisles with more products, no limits and they accepted cash and charge (many say cash is nixed).  I got myself totally stocked up on cheeses (8lbs.) - all types/varieties and different crackers to get me through the entire holiday season and winter.  I got a few gift basket items for brother and sis's baskets.  I even bought some liquor for festivities.  They had 2 big floor freezers FULL of Butterball turkeys at 1.39/lb. (didn't buy any) and they had boneless turkey breast for 8.99 ea.  I did well and got lots of goodies for pantry
  • Did all the usual stuff - cooking from home, laundry in cold and hanging inside to dry, cleaning, stocking, etc.
Meals this week:
Potato/corn/chicken fritters (from freezer) and fried green tomatoes (so enjoying these!)
Loaded baked potato
Fish sandwich and salad
Homemade pizza
Grilled Rueben and dill pickles - used white bread had no rye - it was still good!
Beef and gravy (from freezer) - mashed potatoes and mixed veggies
Loaded cheeseburger and chips

My yummy pizza - goodness, I love pizza! I love adding thinly sliced tomatoes before baking - Mmmmm
I have leftover kraut and mashed potatoes to use up this coming week!

How was your week?  Any deals or goodies this week?  How is fall clean-up going?  Give us shout, I love hearing what everyone is up to.  

I hope you have a great upcoming week.  Stay healthy and safe.  Blessings to you and yours from my humble little home.

Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established.
Proverbs 19:21

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Products - Convenience

 We all like convenience and we all need items for our pantry.  I know many have gotten into having groceries delivered.  I still have not tried that - I like to pick out my goods - especially fresh items.  I understand it though.  Some items I have ordered online over the years and it is nice.  There are just things that I can not find locally.  I am sure we have all dealt with that.

I like the company Spices, Etc.  It sells all kinds of spices and herbs - some that I had never heard of before.  They also have extracts, many hard to find ones - and they have powders of all sorts.  There is powdered cheeses, butter, vanilla, honey, soy sauce, buttermilk, vinegar - things you never imagine being powdered.
I have purchased many extract flavorings and many powders over the years.
So much to choose from.

Click on picture to enlarge viewing.  Shows some of the powders.  
Now this company isn't super cheap - but you can sure find things that you can't find most places.  Every time I get a sale flier I am amazed at the different products.  Lots of unusual items that would be neat gifts as well.
Check them out online!

I mentioned this in a post a while back and someone was interested.  Instead of buying a big box of Velveeta that may not get used before going stale - these individual packs of Velveeta.  $1 at the Dollar Tree.  They are nice to have in the pantry.

OK I know many would never think about eating Spam - but I like it.  It isn't the best food - but it is tasty.  This is a smaller version of off brand at Dollar Tree.  $1.  A regular can is too much for 1 person and I end of freezing some.  This is about the right size - I cut in 4 slices.   It really is tasty.
I know there are many that would not have this in their homes and that is OK.  Others just like some now and then.
I have many canned meat products in my pantry for the if IT happens!

I love these!  They are a little larger than a hotdog and are so good.  Great cut up in potatoes or beans or cabbage or anything!  Makes a super sandwich.  I buy these when on sale - usually 2 packs/$5 or 2 packs/$6.  I can get anywhere from 3 to 6 meals from a pack - depending on what I am making.  Not a bad price for meat for a meal - .50 or less.
You can get regular, cheese added and even jalapeno.  They are so good.  I love smoked sausage.

So there you go - a few convenience foods and a new place to buy unusual items.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

IF - Just One Thing

 I read something yesterday that just hit me.  I have known it my whole life and have spoken of it - but seeing this in black and white, kinds of hit me.  WHAT IF?  Just ONE thing had been different?

I know for me this is so true.  So many exceptional tiny moments made it possible for me to be here today.

The fact that you are here is actually a miracle.  So many things had to align just right.
How much heartache our ancestors had to live and see.  Wars, the great depression, sickness, traveling from other lands, traveling cross country, famines, no work, dust storms, droughts, blizzards, etc.
If just ONE of those people hadn't been involved - you wouldn't be here.

I had family come across the seas on both sides of my family.  Had they not - they would not have met up with their spouses.  My paternal grandfather fathered my Daddy, then he he passed in 1918 of the flu.  Daddy lived in southern part of state and by chance came to the city for a job opportunity and met Mom at her job after she had gotten out of a bad (young love - 16) marriage.
SO many moments in time had to be right.

I guess my point is YOU ARE SPECIAL!  Just like every snowflake, flower, leaf, animal and grain of sand - you are you and you are different from everyone else!!!
Isn't that something????

You are special!  You are loved!  You are worthy!  You are beautiful!  You are perfect!
ALWAYS remember that. Let no one tell you different.

You all know I am a person of faith.  I know not everyone believes as I do.  That is fine. Be you.
To me - there are no accidents.  Each and every thing happens for a reason and not one we are supposed to understand.  The Lord knows you before you are born and He knows when you will leave this world.  He is the Master of all things.
He thought the world needed one of you!

I guess I just needed to say - BE YOU!  Do what you need to do to make your life happy and the world a better place.  You get one shot at this - make it special.  

Love, smile, laugh, give, hope, dream.
Things change, our plans change, our bodies change, our families change, our dreams change, our society changes, our world changes - but YOU continue to be the WONDERFUL YOU that you are.

Have a blessed day my friends.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

A Few Kitchen Tips For You or Gifts

 I am busy this week.  Monday was a whirlwind of activity outdoors.  It was beautiful and I worked my poor back into a dither!!!!  Much more of the same today.  Got to get it done when dry and nice.

So a quick post of fun projects for your kitchen - tips for you or for gifting.

No need to spend a fortune on candles and sprays - when you have all you need right there in the pantry!!!

We all love rice krispy treats - but did you know you can use different cereals?  Corn flakes, chocolate puffed rice, fruity cereal............ whatever you got!  There is NO right way - use different cereals and you may be surprised and create a new favorite.

Did you know that you can slice them a little thicker than normal - lay on a pan and flash freeze and then bag for the freezer?  Pull them out and dip in egg and batter mix and fry WITHOUT thawing.  That is the secret to not having soggy slices!  Nice to have these summer favorites in the winter.

Zucchini, pumpkin, squash, banana, etc.  - jazz it up.  Add different types of chips or nuts before baking (always dust in flour before adding to batter so they don't sink).  Raisins, dried cranberries or any dried fruit can be added.  Make bread or muffins.  Don't get tired of the same old recipes.

We generally think of graham crackers for cheesecake crust or crust for non-bake pudding pies.  Keep thinking!!!!  Gingersnaps, chocolate wafers, vanilla wafers, any flavor of hard cookie can be used.  How fun and tasty!

Great way to use up those leftover mashed potatoes.  I like to add other stuff as well!  A small can of chicken (drained) or pieces left from dinner, drained corn, cheese, jalapenos......... there is no limit to the add-ins for a different side dish!


No need to run out of bred.  This is tasty and a no yeast type of bread.  We have so many options at our finger tips!!!!!

Think about making chocolate covered apple for yourself or for a special gift for that person who has everything!  Pick nice unblemished apples - add a popsicle stick - then dip in melted chocolate. Can be any type of chocolate - leave as is - or sprinkle with nuts, coconut, sprinkles or colored sugar while wet.  Set on wax paper to dry.  If gifting, place one apple per small candy/cookie gift bags and tie with twine or ribbon.  You can get those little bags at the dollar stores.
Such a fun gift and well - who wouldn't like it?????

Make dipped pretzels as well.  Can be large stick pretzels, regular or bite size pretzels.  Dip and drizzle with another type of chocolate or cover with sprinkles.  

We have tons of inexpensive options for snacks and gift giving.  Don't worry about going out and spending a fortune this holiday.  Go for the homemade route.  Candies, breads, cookies, fudge, salsa, jelly, relishes, mixes - you name it.  We got this!!!
Make a nice down home old time Christmas - and get off of the commercial out-of-control train!

Hope you find something you can use.
Talk to you tomorrow.
Stay well and make busy while you can!

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Weekly Wrap-Up 10/17

 Happy Sunday everyone!  Hope you are well and safe.  Well - fall seems to have finally arrived in my area!  We had rain and more rain this week - and then a cold front BLEW through (it was windy).  Yesterday and today having highs in the 60;s WITH SUN!!!!!!  YAY for sun!  
This morning it was 40* outside - our coldest temp in months and months!  66* in the house.  I just put on layers - no heat yet for me.  Layers, socks and slippers!!!  That did it!
They say this has been the wettest and the warmest October in over a century for our area!  WOW!

Those volunteer tomatoes (cherry) are setting fruit! LOL - Who knows what may happen.  I suppose it will get cold before they ripen.  I have a clematis re-growing and blooming AGAIN this week. No real color yet here - a lot of leaves fell with the rain and wind - but no significant color yet other than green.

Blackie is doing much better.  Pretty much back to his old self.  He is eating good again.  We are done with taking pain meds (stopped after Tues.).  He still isn't doing a lot of dry food unless I moisten it - but he is really eating well.  He is now sleeping the the insulated dog (cat) house.  For some reason he hasn't warmed back up to the greenhouse  to sleep.  At least he is going in there to eat now!  I figure something really startled or scared him in there when he felt bad.  Time will tell.

My week:
  • Started week by cleaning up and out the greenhouse - all swept  and all situated for kitties - sprayed natural flea spray
  • Changed out the comforter on bed - and recently added a throw for extra warmth
  • By chance and LUCK last Saturday I found out the charger for my old cell phone ALSO works on my new phone.  When I went to vet I realized my phone was about dead - and tried the old charger that was in the car.  BOOM it worked!  That is great, as I only got one with this phone - not 2
  • Kitchen faucet became super loose for some reason - got under sink and fixed that
  • Rescued the end of another candle (that I loved) to use in my melt pots
  • I used leftovers in many ways this week.   No waste
  • Stayed home this entire week - no spending
  • Picked 18 lbs. of green tomatoes (only half of plants so far).  Wrapped in paper in basement.  May think about making relish - not sure.  More to pick
  • Used portable dehumidifier water in laundry
  • NO heat or AC this week
  • Made a yummy milkshake with fruit on hand.  Used banana, grapes, OJ, ice and milk.  Super tasty and a nice treat
  • Put together new bottles of dish soap (with vinegar added) and shampoo (just watered down)
  • Used some of my rain water on house plants
  • Washed mirrors and inside of windows
  • Just doing all the same stuff we all do.
Meals this past week:
Chicken strips, potato salad and sliced tomatoes
Taco salad
Broccoli cheese soup (from freezer) and grilled cheese
Chili Mac - used some of leftover taco/bean mixture with added crushed tomatoes over pasta
Open face taco/bean meat sandwich topped with tomato and cheesy potatoes
Cheese potatoes, small fried green tomato (YUM) and smoked sausage
Beef/bean/potato skillet (used all leftovers together) in tortilla wraps
(Froze leftover beef/bean/pot mix)
SNACKS - fruit, juice, cinnamon toast, fruity shake, homemade salsa and a few chips

How was your week?  Is it feeling like fall yet?  Are gardens done or still producing?  Any great deals this week?  Inquiring minds want to know!!!!!!

I hope you all have  a fantastic week and stay healthy and safe and frugal.
Blessings from my humble little home to yours.

Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit.  Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
Psalms 34: 13-14

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Goodies for Home or for Gifting

 Today I will give you a few easy recipes for goodies for your home or for gifting this holiday season to others.
We all like easy and these fit the bill.

18 1/2 oz. box yellow cake mic
3 oz. pkg. instant pistachio pudding mix
4 eggs
1/2 C oil
1/4 C water
1 C sour cream
1/4 C sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
Combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, oil, water and sour cream.  Pour into  2 - 9x5 greased loaf pans.  I use use mini pans for gifting!!!!
In a small bowl mix sugar and cinnamon, sprinkle over batter.  Bake at 350* for 40 minutes (little less time if using small pans).
SO good.  Not just for Christmas in my opinion.

1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 C (12 oz. bag) semi sweet chocolate chips (I have used many flavors of chips)
1 tsp. vanilla
Butter a square pan or line with parchment (for easy removal)  Melt chips and milk in a safe bowl in the microwave for one minutes.  Remove and stir.  Continue at 30 second intervals until smooth.  Stir in vanilla.  Pour into pan.  Cool and cut into 1" pieces.  No need to refrigerate.

4 quarts applesauce
4 1/2 C sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
(Great use for excess applesauce) or get a gallon can at big box store
Combine all ingredients and pour in an uncovered slow cooker for 8 - 12 hours, stir occasionally.
After that time, check for thickness.  If still too thin - continue cooking until it reaches desired thickness.
Fill sterilized jars (leave 1" head space) and process in a water bath 20 minutes boiling bath.  shelf stable.  Makes 7 - 9 pints.  (I often use jelly jars, so I get more jars)
Apple butter and fresh biscuits or a loaf of homemade bread - yummy gift.

3/4 C powdered non-dairy creamer
1 tsp. almond powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 C powdered sugar
Combine all ingredients and mix well.  Store in airtight container.
Attach directions:  Combine 2 Tbsp. of creamer to a cup of brewed coffee.  Makes 12 servings
**Think of your own add ins!  So many options that could be made.
Great gift for that coffee drinker

1/2 C butter
1 C creamy peanut butter
2 C milk chocolate chips
17 pkgs. of each crispy corn and rice cereal (like Chex)
1 lb. powdered sugar
Combine butter, peanut butter and chocolate in a saucepan.  Melt over medium heat.  Pour over cereal and mix thoroughly, until cereal is covered.  Place cereal in a paper bag, sprinkle with powdered sugar, fold over top of bag, and shake well.  Keep in a closed container.
YUMMO!!!!!!!  This stuff is addictive!
You could make - bag in decorative baggies for gifting.

Fun yummies for you and others.
Have fun.  Hope this inspires someone!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

We are the Champions!

 INDEED! We are the champions of our households.  We are working towards having financially stable homes, full pantries and a sustainable future.  That is what we do!
We live as simply as possible, we re-use and re-cycle, we keep neat homes, we plan and prepare.

We all know (or should) that having huge amounts of money is not what makes you happy.  If it were, we wouldn't hear of so many bad relationships and self loathing and destructive behavior in Hollywood.
We know there is so much more to happiness.  Our families, our friends, our Creator, stability, pets, love, home, etc.  There is so much to be said about contentment.  A content person is JUST HAPPY with what they have and thankful for all.

I  am one that planned for this time in life (as well as I/we could).  I am thankful to have only utility bills, insurance and taxes for the most part.  I live on very little money.  I really think people would be amazed at how little I spend.  It isn't really because I have to - I just see no need to spend all willy-nilly.  I have all I need.  It enables me to help others when necessary.
Sure I will spend when I find something that really would fit in my home and needs.  I do allow for wants as well - I just don't want much.
You can't totally deprive yourself or you will hate living a frugal life.  You have to give in once in a while.  Buy that pretty bauble or that new piece of furniture.  You can buy those treats or go out to eat once in a while.  Then you won't feel like you are struggling or just surviving.  Being frugal doesn't mean you can't still ENJOY life!  Quite the contrary - it often times gives you the ability to do fun things.

Treat everything you have as something special.  A blessing.  There are so many in the world - that can't imagine living like you do.  You are rich in their eyes.  You know what?  You are rich!!!  
Those who are blessed with decent health, family, friends, great memories, food, a bed, etc. ARE RICH!  You woke up this morning!  You have been given another day.  Yep, that is pretty special.

I have a very small home - not in the best area - BUT I have a home
I have decent, clean clothes, most bought at yard sales/thrift - BUT I have clothes
I have a pantry and I am quite flexible with food prep.  It doesn't have to be fancy - BUT I have nourishment
I have the love of family, friends and pets - what more do I need
I need nothing fancy.  Cost/spending doesn't mean I have less.  I am good.  You are too.  You are blessed.

Many of us have been preparing for this for years.  Some are new to preparing.  It is all good - because we are all working in the right direction.  Taking care of our families in the event that IT hits the fan.  We will be OK.  We can make do, compromise, be flexible and adjust.  We have a community here that helps us.  We encourage one another and that is wonderful.  We share ideas and we all learn new things.
Don't stress - don't panic - quit being fearful.  We can do this!

I keep thinking how good the governments of the world would be if they just let us frugal divas work on their budgets!!!!!  It sure would be better.  We wouldn't be spending more than we have - we would sell off all the trivial crap to pay off debt, we would work hard at being self sufficient, we'd make a budget and stick to it.
A lot of unnecessary people would lose jobs, the rest would take pay cuts and live on the same insurance and means as they rest of the folks, and they'd be grounded for a long, long time!!!!!!  LOL

So gals, just know if you hit a rough spot or have a failure not all is lost.  There are no real mistakes, just new learning opportunities.  Just get up and start again.  Reset and go forward.  Circumstances in life change and many times we have to restart for various reasons.  We have this.
Dust off that tiara and put it on nice and straight and march forward in all your glory!  You deserve to.  Never lose faith!!
WE are the CHAMPIONS!!!!

Prayer in today's paper:
O God, sometimes we just need to start over.  Help us to begin again.  Help us toward the good future you seek to give us.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Let's MIX It Up!

 Just a few simple mixes for your pantry or for gifts.  Simple things today.  I will do more posts with other mixes - at least once a week.
Hope this gives you some ideas.

3/4 C instant minced onion
4 tsp. onion powder
1/3 C beef bouillon (dry)
1/4 tsp. celery seed
1/4 tsp. sugar
Mix together and store in an airtight container.  
2 TBSP. = one packet of store bought onion soup mix

Emeril is a TV chef and he used to always call this "BAM"
2 1/2 Tbsp. paprika
2 Tbsp.  salt
2 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. black pepper
1 Tbsp. onion powder
1 Tbsp. cayenne
1 Tbsp. oregano
1 Tbsp. thyme.
Mix together and keep in an airtight container.  Use to taste.
Love this stuff!!!!!

1/3 C sugar (or equivalent of sweetener)
1/4 C powdered non-dairy creamer
1/4 C instant coffee granules
2 Tbsp. cocoa
2 Tbsp. crushed peppermint candies
Mix and place in a jar.  INSTRUCTIONS:  Mix 2 full Tbsp. to 1/2 C boiling water
This would be cute in a nice jar which is given with a fun mug

2 C powdered sugar
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. allspice
2 tsp. cinnamon
Place in a baggie
Give with a 15 oz. can pf pumpkin and 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
Mix softened cream cheese with sugar/spices and then add pumpkin and mix.
Serve with gingersnaps or graham crackers
**I have given without the cream cheese (added an instruction label that says mix with your own)
And then I gift the ginger snaps or graham crackers
I am not a pumpkin person - but this is really good.

2 C dry milk
2 1/2 C flour
1/4 C chicken bouillon powder   (or your fav)
2 tbsp. dried onion flakes
1/2 tsp, thyme
1 tsp. basil
Mix together and store in an airtight jar.
For casseroles mix 1/2 C to 1 1/4 C cups of water to 1/2 C mix
FOR SOUP - 1 C to 2 C water to 1/2 C mix
Equivalent to 10 cans of soup
**Think of the options - you could add any diced veggie or mushrooms to add extra flavor when cooking

CRAZY SALT - "Jane's Krazy Mixed-Up"
3Tbsp. onion flakes
2 Tbsp. garlic flakes (minced)
1 tsp. oregano
1 Tbsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. basil
1 Tbsp. onion powder
1 tsp. marjoram
Mix together and store in air tight jar.
Great on salads and veggies OR anything!!!!

This is a huge hit - no matter who gets it!  No it isn't low in calories and yes it is rich - but man it is YUMMY!!!
This is so good on toast and especially hot biscuits!
I used to get this at the Amish grocery and I spent a small fortune to get it.  Now I can make anytime and it is a hit as a gift.

WHY?  You may ask why make these things when they are so easy to buy already done.  WHY - when you need many ingredients to make? 
Well, you know what is in your seasonings and goodies - there is no added extras - anti-clumping - no preservatives, etc..
You can double or triple any of these to have plenty on hand or making it easier to gift.

Have fun and enjoy some homemade goodies.  Think about YUMS for yourself and others.
More recipes later!!!!!!

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Weekly Wrap-Up 10/10

 Happy Sunday.  Hope this finds everyone well and safe and happy!  
Fall has still not really come to our area.  We have been having lovely temperatures.  Rain - lots of rain this past week.  You had to jump in and do whatever you needed to do outside in between rain showers.
This weekend has been warm.  It looks like temps in 70's this coming week.

I have had an emotional week with my kitties.  Blackie cat, has been very unwell this week.  It just kept getting worse and then he decided not to eat or drink at all.  His eyes looked so sad, and he didn't want to be touched.  I truly thought I was going to lose him.  He had so many symptoms that Lilly did with excess fluid/enlarged heart before her passing.
Well yesterday I finally got him in the carrier and went to the emergency vet.  What a story that was!  So many hoops to go through with all the C rules!!!!  I couldn't even go in for over and hour and half to be with him.  Any way - it turned out he had a bad mouth/gum infection.  Huge long lasting antibiotic shot and pain meds and he is home!  I have him in a large kennel at the moment - wanted to keep him secluded over night to make sure he didn't react badly to anything.  He ate like crazy last night!  Not as much this morning - but he is on the mend.  So happy.
Not a cheap day at all.  Nothing cheap about emergency medicine!  WOW  I am glad I could do it.  Love my babies.

My week:
  • I did get the entire yard mowed
  • Returned library book to drop-off.  Didn't even go in
  • Did a lot of yard clean-up in between rain. There is so much to do.  Seems there is never a shortage of work
  • Picked more tomatoes.  Picked another bouquet.  Those volunteer tomato plants are  blooming!!!!!  Too funny
  • Aired the house most of the week.  Did have to turn on AC a couple afternoons due to humidity
  • I did stop at a brand new Dollar Tree about 6 blocks away.  Full of lots of craft stuff.  I got a few goodies.  They had 32 oz. peroxide - so I got a couple more to add to stock.  I use instead of bleach.  I got more little glue tubes, a couple wonderful smelling candles, some lollipops and a couple cook books for gifts (I showed those earlier this week).
The Wyler drink packets were a 10 pack!!!!!  Love those little glue tubes - usually the right size for a repair.  Tootsie pops - $1 and pumpkin scent candles!!!!!
  • Stopped at feed store and did a small stock.  Needed corn
  • I then stopped at a super Kroger across the road.  Not my usual store.  Goodness they were well stocked!  I was impressed.  They carry everything from clothes, dishes, toys to food.  I got an extra carbonator for the Soda Stream (to have this winter) and some fruit.  Got bananas - .39/lb., seedless grapes - .99/lb. and apples .77/lb..  If you get the opportunity to shop different stores, you may find different stock levels!  It sometimes pays to go to new places
  • Changed the furnace filter and the batteries in the smoke detectors.
  • Just doing all the normal stuff
Meals this week:
Chicken tamales and salad
Cheesy mac/beef/broccoli
Small pizza
Fish sandwich, oven fries and sliced tomatoes
Potato salad and sliced tomatoes & fruit (busy day)
Loaded hotdogs and potato salad
Burger - too upset to eat much then got home late

How was your week?  Did you get any deals or save any money?  Any gardens still active?
Love hearing from you all.

I hope you all have a great week.  I hope your are still enjoying mild temps.  May you all be safe and healthy this week.
Blessings from my humble little home to yours.

Each  one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you will always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work.
2 Corinthians 7-8

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Changes and Listening (holiday version)

 The world is a changing - mostly I think not for the good.  That is my opinion.  I don't like a lot of what I am seeing.  SO many nasty people.  SO much technology, which people are leaning on and not using their minds any more.  SO many things being dissed.
I just find it all a bit disturbing.  I guess maybe I am old fashioned - as I haven't changed with a lot of the world.

Yes, I blog - but this is like connecting with and talking to old friends.
I do watch some You Tube - for ideas and recipes.  That is about it.
Yes, I have FB - but not liking it much any more.  I loved the shut down the other day!  Peace and quiet and no drama.  I know  I don't have to look - but it is kind of like a train wreck - you know you shouldn't look but you do!  (Actually thinking about leaving most groups and getting rid of lots of people)!!
But that is it for me.  No Instagram, no Twitter, no Tik-Tok, none of those other things.

I keep seeing all the shortage stories.  I see the stories about all the cargo ships being stuck and not unloading.  
I keep seeing the stories about Christmas will be different this year - if you don't shop NOW!
My response to Christmas - GOOD!!!!  It needs to be different.  Maybe we should be listening and reading between the lines!
We need to simplify and quit giving in to all the materialistic and commercial garbage we are spoon fed each and every day!

You know I am a homemade kind of gifter.  Give it a thought this year.  Make some changes.  Simplify.
Think about changing things up a bit.  
Here are a few ideas to think about and maybe start working on now.

FOOD - candies, fudge, cookies, sweet breads.  Jams, jelly, salsa, syrups, mixes of all sorts, home made bread, a good meal - some of yours or ancestors recipes

Get crafty!  Think about making up a basket of goodies.  Can be a food basket with a theme.  Movie night, pasta meal, pizza goodies, teas, candles and books, various soups, crackers/chips and dips, garden baskets - seeds/gloves/tools, a fisher mans basket or any other hobby, warm socks/a throw,  etc.
Doesn't have to be just a basket - old lunch boxes, a bait bucket, a tote, mixing bowl, strainer, hamper, picnic basket, a mug, a pitcher, a cook pan, etc.  There is no end to what you can use.

Get old leather coats at second hand stores and turn into new items.  Maybe a handmade handbag or tote bag
Oil cloth or vinyl table cloths could become re-usable grocery bags or totes.  You can even do this with vintage table cloths
Use old canning jars in new ways.  You can turn them into mix jars or make darling crafts with them.

I just saw these in a magazine and thought how cute.  It says they used a cream chalk paint.  There is no limit to the neat things that could be made.

TOGETHERNESS - give a gift of being together and sharing moments.  Maybe think of taking someone to a movie.  A zoo day.  A museum day.  A craft lesson.  A cooking lesson.

Simple things can be fun.  Books are great for everyone.  I love seeing people buying books for the little ones.  They are sitting together and reading.  I know 'tablets' are the thing for kids now - and they do learn - but to me it is a cheap baby sitter!  I have watched the little neighbor girl use and operate a tablet since before age 1.  I would love to see Momma sit and interact with her and read together and play together.
Places can provide many inexpensive books.  Think used - why not?  Thrift stores, yard sales, and used book stores, and even library sales.  Dollar Tree has a ton of books for kids and activity books and they also have many different types of books for adults.
I found these cookbooks at the Dollar Tree.  They had about 15 or more that were different.  They aren't huge, but lots of neat ideas (maybe 70 pages).  I got these to add to gift baskets of a couple young gals just learning!  Would be great for single guys as well.
Dollar stores also have tons of cute craft and holiday stuff.  Lots of pics and baubles to pretty up a gift or package.  

Stay local!!!!  Give an experience or a gift from a local shop, vendor or crafter.  You are helping your community - not a major already rich corporation.

There are so many ways to help a local business and give a wonderful gift or experience.  I like the idea of gift certificates to even a local ethnic grocer - maybe something the recipient wouldn't have thought of and it would be a fun experience.  Some might enjoy a local brewery experience.
We DO need to visit and help small business.  It is so important to keep them going in these trying times.  I don't understand why everyone keeps making Amazon bigger!!!!!!!  I don't utilize it myself - never have.

So give it some thought.  In this changing world - maybe we should be listening to what our hearts and minds feel.  Maybe we are being nudged by a higher presence to get back to making the holiday what is MEANT to be!!!!  A time of reflection, and time of thankfulness, a time of love, and a time of simplicity.


Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Flexibility - It is Important in Life

 Flexibility is important in all aspects of life!  If you have ever been married or in a relationship - you know how important it is.  Give and take and not always what one thought reality would be.  In work places - flexibility is a must.  In friendships we have to be flexible.  It is important in life in general.  NOTHING ever goes as we expect and we just have to make new plans, follow new routes and do what we can do.

It is very important in our pantries as well.   If you can be flexible you will be blessed.  Times get tough, weather gets bad, plans change - learn to use what you have in new ways.  It saves money, time and supplies and you will never go hungry! 
Let's get flexible!!!!!!

A few ideas:
No cream cheese?  Cream some cottage cheese and blend with a little butter
No Ricotta cheese - use cottage cheese
Use 2 Tbsp. of flour for every one on cornstarch needed for sauces
Brown sugar = 1 C sugar plus 2 Tbsp. molasses
Buttermilk = 1 cup plain yogurt OR a Tbsp. of vinegar added to enough milk to make a cup - let it set for 5 minutes
1 cup sour = 1 cup plain yogurt

1 pkg. of dry yeast = 1 Tbsp. bulk yeast
1 Tbsp. lemon juice = 1/2 Tbsp. vinegar
1 chopped onion = 1 Tbsp. instant minced onion

1 C tomato sauce = 1/2 C tomato paste + 1/2  C water
1 tsp. dried herbs  = 1 Tbsp. fresh herbs

Bacon = ham pieces, smoke flavor
Butter, margarine, shortening in baking = applesauce
Heavy cream in sauces or soups  evaporated milk  (remember you can buy cream that is shelf stable)

There are so many things in the pantry that takes the place of something else.  It just takes a bit of thought and imagination.
We all know that rice, potatoes and past can be switched about in meals.  Don't have one - use another.  Brown rice or long grain rice instead of white rice.
Fresh potatoes, frozen potatoes, dried or flaked potatoes - options!!!!!!!!!!

No meat and needing to add flavor to soup, casseroles or meals - just get those seasonings and bouillons out.
Any type of bouillon, spices and herbs, smoke, cheese, dehydrated veggies of any sort, tomato products (any kind - think salsa, marinara, spicy tomatoes), broth, stock..... the  list goes on and on.  There is no reason to serve a bland meal - there are tons of options for flavor and can give a meal a robust taste.

No frig milk - well there are options.  Dry milk, shelf stable milk, evaporated milk,  You can even use almond or nut milks or coconut milk - depending on what you are making.   You can even water down cream if you have it.

Cheese - I love cheese and use a lot of it.  It is a great flavor booster in foods.  I always keep powdered cheese - lots of it.  It works well in soups and casseroles and even added to mac.  There are options like Velveeta (you can make your own as well), and you can get individual packets of creamy Velveeta for single use.  These are shelf stable and I really like keeping a few of those on hand. (I get at Dollar Tree).  Think cheesy soups and there is jarred/canned nacho cheeses which are shelf stable.
I like having shelf stable cheese options.

It isn't just food - many times we get colds, flu, allergies or just sniffles.  I keep a good OTC medicinal pantry - but I truly like natural choices as well.  There are so many and people just don't think about it.

There are many other herbs and everyday products that help us.  We need to know our options.  I am a huge advocate of Vitamin C, D and Zink as well.  If I feel a cold or congestion coming on - I make a hot toddy of sorts.  Hot tea, lemon juice, honey and optional a shot of whiskey or bourbon.  It kicks it every time.  Hot tea and honey is a good 'for what ails you' plan!  My Daddy ate raw garlic every day and I never remember him having a cold.

                                                          This stuff works!  

I also believe in eating fruits.  I am a huge apple and orange eater - whatever is seasonal.  I do believe in the old saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away".  It seems to work well for me.
Do some RESEARCH on herbs and natural healing!  You will be glad you did.

Cleaning is another place to be flexible.  So many options instead of chemicals.  Use natural and what you have.  So many things are inter-changeable.

Baking soda in place of cleanser.  Peroxide instead of bleach and it cleans.  Vinegar instead of fabric softener and it works on windows/mirrors and general cleaning.  Alcohol for cleaning general surfaces.  Dish soap in a pinch for shampoo or even laundry.  Bar soap can be grated and turned into laundry soap or liquid soap.  It just takes a little creativity.

Paper goods - if you run out of TP have wet wipes on hand.  You can clean with a wash cloth and water/soap, you can make your own washable wipes, you can get a bidet attachment.
Paper towels - use rags instead.  Newspaper can be used to clean up wet spills or to wash windows.  Cut old worn clothing into rags.

We all know different ways to save and stretch that budget and what we have.  

We truly live in a time of abundance - no doubt about it.  I know - I hear all those stories about shelves at stores containing less and less - but BE FLEXIBLE.  If you can't find what you WANT - get something different.  This really is a time of abundance, just not maybe what you want.
Be grateful you can walk into a store.  Be grateful that you have so many to choose from.  Be grateful you have a pantry and freezer well stocked.  Be grateful you have options.

Remember back to the days of the big depression - there were no choices to speak of.  If you didn't grow it, make it - you didn't have it.  Options were very limited (we haven't seen anything like that yet).  During those dark days there were people not able to find ANY work - today you can find jobs on every corner - you just have to be willing to be flexible!  They didn't have food stamps or unemployment then.  They didn't have food pantries to speak of.  There were 'soup lines' - and people were grateful for watered down whatever!!!  
There were the dust bowl days - no crops - animals died.  People died.

Folks remember how GOOD you have it.  Quite complaining and learn to be FLEXIBLE. 
Life goes on.  Wants and needs are two different things.  You can eat and eat well on a little money and just by 'playing' with your food.
Look at what you have with new eyes and learn to be flexible!!!!!

Blessings to all.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Fall Chores - What You Up To?

 It is that time again, to do all those fall/winter chores before it gets too cold.  Most of us Northern hemisphere folks have many things to do.  Winters get cold and we sure don't need extra problems.   

Just a few things too think about:
  • Empty out those outdoor hoses and shut down all those outdoor faucets. If there is a way to add some think Styrofoam "cages" around your outdoor faucets that would be great added protection
  • If you have rain barrels - get them empty before freeze - you sure don't want them to bust
  • If your furnace still vents through a chimney - make sure your chimney is clear and clean.  My furnace now vents out the side of the house - so no worry about that.  Do you use a fireplace or heat stove - make sure AGAIN that chimneys are clean.  Fires start from chimney build-up
  • Seal any doors and windows that have drafts.  Weather stripping and caulk doesn't cost and lot and it is easy to do.  Have bottom door draft dodgers as well!!!!
  • Some people put plastic or bubble wrap over windows - something to think about
  • Have furnace checked out - make sure it is functioning properly
  • Change that furnace filter!!!!!!  Have extras for the winter
  • Check all your batteries in smoke alarms.
  • Reverse ceiling fans.  Funny note - I have never changed mine.  They run the same 24/7!  I BAD!
Fall in country - pretty
  • Make sure all the shingles on your roof are down and in good shape.  Look for any damage NOW
  • Clean those gutters - your don't want water and snow to form dams because of clogged gutters.  That will damage your gutters and your siding and your home
  • Mulch leaves - many people mulch & leave them on the grass to nourish the lawn over winter.  I like to rake and place them on the garden for added nutrition
  • IF you have a sump pump - makes sure it is working.
  • Clean and take in or cover patio furniture
  • Trim any odd branches from trees or large shrubs
  • Make sure your steps, walks and handrail are in good shape.  You don't need any loose or sharp objects that can cause more concern for falling
  • Have ice melt of some sort on hand and have your shovel or snow blower ready.
  • Have extra hat, gloves, socks in vehicle - maybe a blanket as well.  If you live out a ways, make sure you have some sort of energy snacks.  I like to keep a big bag of kitty litter in the back end - in case of getting stuck some where.  Sand works too - I just do cat litter because it is something I can use.  I also have a small collapsing shovel.  Have a flashlight with you if possible.
  • Make sure you keep your gas tank as FULL as possible when it is cold
  • WOMEN always make sure your cell phone is charged when you go out in the winter!!!!  Can't call for help if it is dead.
  • If you have outdoor pets/animals - make sure they have warm shelter and water bowls that are maybe heated
  • Maybe think about having dusk to dawn lights put up outside - for safety during the long dark hours

Now is definitely the time to inventory those pantries and freezers.  Make lists and organize and know what you have.  Stock up on those items that may be getting low.  Special holiday items will be coming available soon!  Make sure you have cold/flu items on hand.  Lotion for dry skin.  
Make sure you pantries are stocked and your pets pantry as well.  If you have to be in for an extended amount of time - you need to eat.  
Think about everything your use - food, pets, health & beauty, medical, vehicle, wild animal feed, cleaning items, laundry things...................................
Think about gift ideas and holiday foods as well.  You just never know!!!!

Get things done now before the snow flies and temps get below freezing.  It sure is easier to do in a little warmer weather.  Get your home, yard, vehicles and pantries in order NOW!!