Monday, June 29, 2015

300 a Month, Week Goals, Menu

Joleen on graduation day with my Dad and Mom.

It has been a very busy two months. I got a tons of yard work done ( will have more on that later), getting ready for Joleens graduation party. Then on the day of the party it rained and rained some more so we ended up moving the party to the Fire station. We were able to have the after party at the house so I was able to use the yard a little, that I had worked so hard on. We had a taco bar for the party, We had beef tacos, chicken tacos, and elk Mexican steak, with all the fixens, refried beans, salsa, queso,  chips,  two of my sister in laws  made some chicken enchiladas and some cupcakes with graduation hats made from peanut butter cups and Hersey bars. We had a lot of food and a lot leftover but I was able to freeze most of it and dehydrate the lettuce. 

Haven't done much canning this past couple months, I did get 21 quarts of meat canned the other day.
Was able to go to the mountains a couple weekends ago for the afternoon my Dad and one of my brothers  and his wife were camping up there so two of my other brothers and their family's and I were able to go up for dinner. It was kind of nice to get up where it was a little cooler we even needed to build a fire when the sun started going down.
We got our garden in finally, all the rain we got rally messed everyone up as far as planting. We just have the one  garden at the house this year since we don't have the lease on the other place.

Got our hunting tags in and Andy, Katie and I all drew our Elk tags. Hopefully we will be able to fill them.

I bought  a thermal cooker, a while back I had mentioned a wonder oven and one of the readers wrote that she had just gotten a thermal cooker. So I had to look in to them, was very impressed so instead of getting a wonder oven I got a thermal cooker. I have cooked a couple things in it. I will be sharing the recipes soon, that can also be used in a wonder oven.

I also got a wheat grinder after a whole lot of research I picked the Nutrigrain mill. I am very happy with it so far. Is so nice to be able to put the wheat in and have it in just a few minutes as opposed to grinding it by hand haha.

Well here is my spending for the last two months.
I spent 224.00  on food for the graduation party. ( I know a lot but as I said I was able to keep all the leftovers).
In addition I have spent 180.00 the last two months. So the total for the last two months is 404.00 that gives me a leftover balance for the two months 196.00.
That leaves me with 2945.56 for the year.

My goals for the week
Get some more meat canned.
I have been redoing my drip system on my plants hoping to get finished or at least all most finished this week.
Get caught up on the blog.
Work on my herbal class, haven't been doing a whole with it lately.
I bought an old camp trailer a couple years ago so I am hoping to get it moved up here to the house and get started on that project ( I know just what I need another project haha).
I have a few ideas I want to do in back yard play area for the kids so hoping to get started on that.
I have been working on a household notebook sdo want to work some more on that.
So hopefully I can get some of this done this week. 

Menu for this week

Cream of Wheat
French Toast
Cheese omelets

Fish Sticks & tater tots
Mac & Cheese
Mini pizzas
Grilled Cheese
Chicken soup

Will have what ever kind of fruit I have, and crackers with the soup.
For Andy's lunch he will have leftovers from the night before.

Pork Chops
White enchiladas
Swiss steak
Salisbury Steak

Will have a veggie of some sort and bread with each meal.
Saturday or Sunday we will have leftovers.

Hope everyone has a great week.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Oh my goodness, I can't believe it has been over two months since I posted anything. At the first of the year I made it a goal to try and post at least 4 times a week, failed that epically, I will try to get back on track now. But in my defense I have been super busy trying to get ready for Joleens graduation in addition to all the other things that are going on this time of the year. I got 3 years worth of yard work done in two months, but my yard is looking so good. I will have more on that later. We got our garden in a little late due to all the rain. We finished cows yesterday so that is out of the way for another year. Started cutting hay last week we are way behind on that because of the rain. Haven't even had time to work on my herbal course, I have got to get on that though.
So anyway I am hoping to start getting caught up on things and caught up on my post. I have so much to share.
So hopefully I will have be posting regularly again in a few days.
And thank you to all who was concerned about where I have been.  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

300 a Month, Week goals, Menu.

My new brand necklace Andy had Ann Schwarting make, she does great work. Love it.
Things have been soo busy around here trying to get everything ready for graduation, getting taxes done, calving and branding, yard work, potatoes,  FFA Banquet,( Joleen received her state degree) and seems like a million other things.
We finally got taxes sent off with 5 days to spare. It has never taken this long to get them done, but not having all of last years info really made it challenging to say the least.
We branded this last weekend, only have 5 cows left to calve. Then we will brand those last few and we will be done with that.
When we lost the computer I also lost all the address, so I am trying to gather up all the address so I can get graduation announcement sent out. ( finally got them ordered should be here today or tomorrow).
I have been working like crazy to get the yard ready. Doing things I have wanted to do for a few years, and some stuff that has just needed to be done.
I finally got all the potatoes put up. I froze, dried, canned and canned beef and chicken soup.(was starting to wonder if I would ever get them all put up haha)
Well here is my spending for March.
City Market had Milk, Cheese, Peanut butter, gold fish(I like to keep a few of these on hand for a snack on the go for the girls) and pasta on sale this month.
I spent 129.49 at City Market
16.94 at Wal-Mart on chicken and beef bullion and T.P.
For a total of 146.43. Add that to the beginning of the months 104.02 for a total of  250.45 for March.
March 250.45 with 49.55 left over for March.
That gives me 3030.17 left for the year.
So far for April I have spent 40.61 on cheese, kidney beans( I have a new recipe I want to try that calls for kidney beans) Spinach ,bananas, and salmon this is another thing I don't use a lot of but with the issues on the west coast with the fish populations dying off I want to have a few cans on hand ).
For April I have spent  40.61 which leaves me with 259.84 for the month and 2989.56 for the year.
The goals for this week are to continue getting things ready for graduation. I haven't been working on my herbal class so I do need to try and put in a little time on that.
Menu for this week
French toast
Cheese omelets
scrambled eggs
Grilled Cheese
Macaroni and Tomato
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Chicken Noddle
French Toast
Will have what ever kind of fruit I have, and crackers with the soup.
For Andy's lunch he will have leftovers from the night before.
Chicken Fried Steak/Fried Potatoes
Fire dept. has pack test tonight then a BBQ will eat there.
Beef tips/ noodles
Stuffed Peppers
Mexican Steak
Cheese Burger Pie
Will have a veggie of some sort and bread with each meal.
Saturday or Sunday we will have leftovers.
Hope everyone has a great week.  

Friday, April 17, 2015

Week 15 Food Storage Challenge

12  Boxes of Mac & Cheese / Tomato Products
12 Boxes of Mac& Cheese or if you have your own cheese powder that you like, use that and get extra macaroni.
Tomato Products. Tomato sauce, whole, crushed, rotel or what ever you use. I buy tomato sauce in # 10 cans (cheaper that way) and recan it into smaller jars. You might want to grow extra tomatoes so you can can a bunch. I can my own rotel, stewed, crushed,salsa and basil. If I have enough tomato's left I will can tomato sauce.
Add some more to your water.
Put back a few more dollars in your money stash.
Have a great week.


Friday, April 10, 2015

Week 14 Food Storage Challenge

5 Pounds Peanut Butter / Cheese
5 pounds of peanut butter. If you have someone in your family who is allergic to peanuts, you might want to get some different nut butters like cashew, almond butter or nutela in addition to the peanut butter. Also if you have a way to grind your own nut butters you can store some different types of nuts.

Cheese you can freeze your cheese, or you can can it. I put the shredded in the freezer then can some block cheese. Some people dehydrate their cheese, I have tried this with out much luck so canning and freezing are my options. If you make your own cheese be it the soft or hard cheeses be sure to put back extra supplies for this.  You can also buy the powdered cheese, if you do this buy a small amount first and try it, some are ok and some are not. I bought a large container and did not like it, so start small and make sure you like what you are getting. You can also look into the canned cheese sauce. I have some of this put back, but like the cheese powder buy a small can and try it before you buy the larger cans. I have tried waxing the cheese and not real crazy about this either , you have to be very careful to make sure it is completely waxed because if there is even a small tiny hole the cheese will mold. This also continues to age the cheese, so after it has sat for a  year or so the cheese will be very very strong. 
Add more to your money stash even if it is only a few dollars.

Keep putting back water.

How is the knitting or crocheting coming along?

Keep working on your car kits if you are trying to get these together.

Have a great week.