Love Those Rice and Beans!

Just before Christmas one of the community Facebook groups that I’m a part of had a post from a family asking for assistance to help replenish their bare cupboards. There were several posts from people indicating that certain churches in the area had pantry assistance programs.

One post really stuck out to me: “Churches […]

Wood Stove Cooking

With winter in full force we have a fire going in our wood stove pretty much all of the time. The wood stove is our main heat source. Originally we had planned to install a lovely antique wood cook stove but decided that while it would do the job for cooking it wouldn’t be […]

Tightening the Budget in 2015

2014 was an expensive year for us. Our biggest expense was building our cabin. In 2013 we bought 20 acres a few hours away with the plan to eventually build a Tiny House type structure to live in while we slowly, over time, built our permanent home. Then early in 2014 our plans changed […]

Stock the Pantry: Planning for Frugal Soups and Stews

As I’m writing this post it’s late-June and I have a pot of soup on the stove for supper. Two days ago it was quite warm and more salad weather than soup weather but last night a storm came through and has left a cold dreary day behind. Once again perfect for […]

Staying Focused on Preparedness

Staying Focused on Preparedness

It’s easy to get distracted when there is a large task to be completed. Preparedness is one of those tasks for me. Mainly because it’s a task that in many ways has no end.

We first realized that we were woefully unprepared for things like natural disasters several years ago when a major storm […]

Favorite Less Beef Meals

The cost of beef is going up. I’ve read a few different articles that peg the increase anywhere from 4% to 10% and this is a following a record increase of 5% in 2013! When I was in Oregon last week I bought beef at Trader Joe’s I was shocked at the prices. Almost […]

Feeling Overwhelmed? 7 Ways to Keep it Simple in the Kitchen

8 Weeks. 8 loooong weeks. That is how long I’ve had either a cast or some sort of splint on my right hand. Considering that I am right hand dominant it has really put a damper in many things of the day to day things I need to do. Writing is very difficult and […]

Menu Week of November 17

Last week I mentioned that we’ve not been as diligent with our budget as we need to be. One of the places that we’ve let slide is dining out. A few years ago (around the time I started this blog) our budget was super tight and eating out was not something that fit into the […]

Menu Plan Week of July 28 & a Challenge for August

I’m very happy to be back home in Wyoming!

Little Boy and I were gone for just under two weeks. The first week we went to Oregon for my work. I’m happy to say that the work went well. On Friday of that week my oldest girl and my youngest girl both joined us at […]

Black Beans: Cooking and Favorite Meals

You may know that I have a slight obsession with beans. Beans are a wonderfully frugal whole food, they have an excellent nutritional profile, and are extremely versatile. There are hundreds of varieties of beans/legumes available which really helps keep things interesting. Beans also make an excellent addition to your food storage.

For ease of […]

Interview with KerryAnn from the Living Kitchen

A few days ago KerryAnn Foster from Cooking Traditional Foods interviewed me for her weekly podcast– The Living Kitchen with Jeff and KerryAnn Foster. We had a great time chit-chatting! You can listen to the entire interview right here. We talked about reducing your food budget, food storage, why my family started on […]

Natural Fertility Bundle Sale–29+ eBooks at a 92% Discount

It’s Here! The Natural Fertility eBook Bundle Sale!

I am very excited to be a part of this project! This bundle is a fabulous deal (and you know I like to get a good deal) plus provides a wealth of information for you and your family. Buying in a bundle like this gives you […]

Coming Soon! Natural Fertility eBook Bundle

Starting on Monday, May 6 there will be a brand new eBook Bundle available. This bundle is focused on Natural Fertility and more.

You’ll find 29 eBook with a retail value of over $450.

9 of these books are focused on fertility and health 2 eBooks will speak to the heart 12 books are […]

Farmer Boy Pancakes

Most of our breakfasts are quite quick since someone is always trying to get out the door. But on weekends or days without school or work we’ll have a more leisurely breakfast. Pancakes are often requested. Due to cost, we very rarely have maple syrup with our pancakes. Sometimes I’ll make Buttermilk Syrup but […]

Favorite Meat-Free Meals

In my post yesterday, 5 Ways to Afford Real Food on a Meager Budget, I talked about how we ate less meat but still had high quality meals. In this post I share a few of our favorite meat-free meals.

Creamed Onions with Thyme and Sage

This is a dish that we love and […]

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