Friday, February 20, 2009

Coupon Savings this week!

Part of my shopping list this week:

Dial Liquid Hand Soap $.18
Gallon Milk $1.58
Betty Crocker Cookie Mix $.50
Betty Crocker Frosting $.45
Kens Salad Dressing $.50
Multigrain Cheerios $.47
Trix $.47
Manwich $.49
Hormel Chili $.49
Ragu Pasta Sauce $.49
Cottonelle Toilet Paper FREE

If you would like more information or help with your groceries please feel free to e-mail me or call me for more information.

Class on Saturday the 21st at 2:00PM in Mesa
Class on Saturday the 28 at 10:00AM in Queen Creek

Thursday, February 19, 2009

This week in Canning....

This past Sunday we had friends over for dinner (it was very nice). I had made a ham so with the leftovers I put 1 cup of beans in the jar, filled the 3/4 of the way with ham chunks and then covered it with ham stock. I got the ham stock by boiling my bones and fat pieces. Then I processed the jars for 90 minutes in my pressure canner. It turned out great and now I have a protein packed meal in a jar. Just a note. I only got 6 jars with ham so I went ahead and did a 7th jar of just beans so I didn't leave an empty space.

Today I am going to blend up some Strawberries, Blueberries, and Pears to make fruit roll-ups in my dehydrator. Yesterday I dried some basil and oregano and ground them for spices.

What's up next? I don't know, let's see what come in my Bountiful Basket this weekend or what is on sale at Superstition Ranch Market.

Gardening Update

As I checked my gardens today I noticed that I have lettuce and carrots sprouting. My bare root trees also have buds and baby leaves all over them. I am excited that maybe I will be eating plums and pears from my patio in a year or so.
My retaining wall is coming along great. 3 more blocks and I will be ready to start stacking. It will go fast then. Still trying to decide what exactly I want to plant in it. I can guarantee it will be production items as I am slowly replacing all my landscape with plants that we can eat.

Monday, February 16, 2009


It is very well known that I am a huge fan of coupons for building food storage so I am going to be posting tips for that on here. I will also be putting out information on classes that I am teaching.

February 21st 2:00pm Power/Baseline
February 28th 10:00am Chandler Heights/Ironwood

If you would like information on either of the classes or information on how to get started please feel free to e-mail me at

Retaining Wall Garden and Shared Garden

I am in the process of replacing my curbing with a retaining wall. I am hoping that with all the new space that it will give me to garden that I can produce some stellar results. I am hoping that it goes well and I do not have to many problems. I will post some pictures when I am done.

My other project is a shared garden with my friend Danielle. A family in our Ward was gracious enough to let us use some of there land to put in a garden. I am going to use it as a canning garden, focusing on growing just a few items, but in bulk to store.

There is a lot of work to be done on both projects so I will be very busy over the next couple weeks.