Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Couponsense Class this week!!!

I do have a coupon class on Saturday. I will be teaching several people how to cut their grocery bill by up to 50%. The class will be a Power and McDowell. If you are interested in going please contact me at 602-469-4692 for more specific directions. Here is a list of things that I bought last week and the cost of them after coupons:

Fruit Loops $.50
Mini Wheat Little Bites $.50
Ziplock Bags $.50
Ziplock Steam Bags $.50
Country Crock Butter FREE
Cottonelle Toilet Paper 4 Pack $.50
Huggies Diapers $1.99
Huggies Diapers $3.99
Peppridge Farms Garlic Bread $.70
Chex Mix $.50
Quaker Rice Cakes FREE
Cinnamon Chex $.70
Colgate Toothpaste $.25
Irish Spring 3 pack $.50
Hunts Tomato Sauce FREE

This is last week. I will post my shopping list this week either later today or tomorrow.


Backyard Garden

This is my wall that I built in my back yard. It is 43 ft long and 3 ft wide. I am planting it in three stages so that I can have a rotating crop production. I will hopefully be producing enough fruits and vegetables this year to feed my family. I also have planted 2 apple trees, a plum, 2 pears, 2 peaches and grapes. This week I will be planting 3 blueberries, and 5 seaberries. If anyone has any questions please feel free to contact me and I would love to help you with your gardens.

Group Gardening Update

I have started the garden on the land that was donated by the Phelps this week. There are three families taking advantage of the offer. So far I have tomatoes, potatoes, okra, jalopeno peppers, watermelon, cantalope, cucumbers and onions planted. I am still going to put in squash, corn, broccoli and more tomatoes. I will post some pictures on here if I remember my camera.

My Finished Chicken

My canned chicken. I just thought I would post a picture of my most recent canning project. This picture is all done with the chicken from the restaurant store. I figure each quart will provide 2 meals for my family. This represents 80 meals for my family. *I have 14 jars in my canner that are not in the picture.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Canning This Week

I canned 40 lbs of my chicken and I have another 40 to go, hopefully tomorrow. I juiced about 50 oranges today to freeze. My dad loves fresh OJ, but by the time he comes in April the oranges are gone. This year he can have fresh frozen :) OJ.
Up next, hopefully some berries...tis the season.

*I have been kicking around the idea of offering canning classes, anyone interested? E-mail me at

Friday, March 6, 2009

I ordered Garden Plants Today :)

Today I placed an order that will help me with taking advantage of every inch of my lot that I live on. For those of you who I have not told this yet, any plant that does not produce a consumable product has a big red X on it. I am on a mission to make the best of what I have available. I will soon post pictures of my garden bed I built.
Today I ordered: Seaberries and Blueberries
In the last few weeks I have had potatoes, garlic, carrots, onions and lettuce to sprout. I have also planted a pear, plum and two apple trees.

Again I want to stress to everyone that you should be making every effort to become as self sufficient.

My trip to the Restaurant Store

Another trip to the restaurant store, another good day for food storage...
80 lbs of chicken
3 lbs of cheese
5 lbs of pastrami and
30 lbs of beef for chunks, roasts and jerky

I will be very busy over the next few days, not to mention tomorrow is Bountiful Baskets so I will have all the fruits and vegy's to deal with. Good times at my house the next few days.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

My shopping List for today

Banana Nut Cheerios $.50
Fiber One Cereal $.50
Shamrock Farms Sour Cream $.49

Cheese $1.00
Dole Canned Pineapple $.50
Right Guard Deodorant $1.00
Del Monte Fruit Cups Free

2 liter pepsi Free
Kelloggs Raisin Bran Free

Canning This Week

I canned 6 quarts of bacon. First you cook it then you put it in the jar and cover with water. You have to the pressure it for 90 minutes.
The coolest thing I have canned in a while is cheese. You bake your jars at 250 degrees for 20 minutes then you melt your cheese on the stove. Pour your melted cheese into the jars then boil bath them for 45 minutes. It is very cool.
Orange Syrup:
I am also canning orange syrup (for pancakes). You put 5 cups of OJ and 4 cups of sugar in a pan and boil down to the consistence that you desire. Then boil bath for 20 minutes.

E-mail me if you have any questions.