Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Almost Over--Project for 2014--The Year Of Barter

December 31, 2013

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Gee, this is the last time I will type 2013 a the beginnin' of a post. I'm stoked for the new year to begin, how 'bout ya'll?

I have decided that at our house, 2014 will be THE YEAR OF BARTER. After readin' Mavis' One Hundred Dollars A Month blog (www.onehundreddollarsamonth.com), I have been inspired to do several things. Yet barter has truly caught my eye as a viable method of obtainin' what my family needs without forkin' over our hard earned cash.

I have begun a list of items we have that no longer meet our needs or things we just no longer want. This list will be printed up and circulated at church to begin with, so folks can see what is available. Then if they see something they want, they can make a offer of an item THEY no longer need or want, and we can go from there. The true fun of barter ain't when ya say, "I got this--I want that." Nope, the fun is when you say "I got this--what do YOU have?" You open up possibilities you never dreamed of that way.

I also want to try and organize a 'swap meet' at the church arena grounds, where everyone brings items and then folks can look over everything and take what they want or need. At the end, if there are things left--they get bagged or boxed up and donated to a local charity or thrift store. That way folks don't have to drag any of the stuff back home, and a local organization gets a much needed donation. I was thinkin' we might charge folks $5 to participate, and that would go towards the church buildin' fund.

Win, win, I figure.

As a massage therapist, I have often bartered a bodywork session for other services, like gettin' my hair done, or even gettin' a massage myself. I'll be talkin'  to different folks around town, seein' if they might be willin' to trade for a simple chair massage, since I have a travel chair that I use to work on folks.

At times I've also traded my labor for goods, like when I help clean out closets, sheds and barns. Gonna see if there are some crowded garages that need emptyin' and organizin'.

At the food coop that Leigha and I do--I'll start offerin' produce that we're not fond of to other participants to see if I can snag fruits and veg that our family does like. I may even attempt to trade for some of the tortillas that some folks order--they are that good..

Okay, well, that all sounds like a plan that just might work. I'll keep ya'll updated on barters as they occur, hopefully with photos or videos.

Well, I got chores. HAPPY NEW YEAR, FOLKS! HAVE A GOOD NIGHT AND BE SAFE!
© Evelyn Edgett 2013



Monday, December 30, 2013

Meditation Monday--1 Peter 4:1011

December 30, 2014

Hey ya'll, it's me!

So, I survived the last family event of the year--just gotta get through the church game night on New Year's Eve. I think we are playin' Bunco, Bonco--whatever it's called. Never played it, sounds like somethin' I ain't gonna like, so I think I'll just take my video camera and make a movie for uploadin' or somethin', plus I know there will be a lotta good nibbles there.

Have a Scripture to share. I found it when someone tweeted it this mornin'. He tweeted the whole 4th chapter of 1 Peter, but I was especially struck by verses 10-11, which says:

"10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen."

What this says to me is that no matter WHAT your gift is--USE it. That's simply another way of bein' a good steward of what He gives you. I can play with words and write fairly well and I got a decent creative streak, so I write a blog, books, and I'm tryin' to make videos to help folks out. You may sew quilts like nobody's business, so make 'em up to give to the the poor. Maybe you can organize events--help out to raise funds for different charities. WHATEVER He has blessed you with--

USE.

IT.

TO.

HIS.

GLORY.

If you're gonna open your mouth, speak as God WANTS ya to speak. That doesn't mean that you can't use jargon from your generation to reach folks your age. I drive my Redneck NUTS when I say things like "Jesus is in the hizzle for shizzle!", but I just love to say it, and it gets the point across to folks who talk like that. What this verse means is to praise Him, glorify Him, and get the WORD OUT about Him to a lost and dyin' world.


And if you're gonna serve--don't waste time tryin' to do it in your own strength, 'cuz you KNOW that ain't gonna work. Instead, do it as GOD strengthens you. If you try to do it on your own--first of all, you can't be certain that where you're tryin' to serve is where God WANTS you to serve. So don't get pressured into doin' everything that someone in church says you should. Pray and be SURE it's what you should be doin'. Then when you know where he wants ya--pray that He gives you the strength to do your job right. You can burn out fast if you don't draw from the well.

Wow--that went fast. 

Well, i got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Why Are You Here?

December 29, 2013

Hey ya'll, it's me!

The title of this post is not the typical, 'meanin' of life' question. If you are a Christian, then you know why you are here. If you are not, well then you have a lot to learn, and I ain't exactly the wisest person to teach ya.

No, what I mean is...

Why are you HERE, on this blog, readin' what I have to say?

This question occurred to me a lot since I got a twitter account, and now I find folks who don't even KNOW me are followin' me.

I know I've talked about this briefly before, so this is kinda a rehash on my way to makin' a point.

I began to ask folks, "What makes you want to follow me, of all people, here on twitter?"

I got a few answers. One was "Why not?"

Okay, sure.

Another gentleman told me that I seem to actually care about my followers as individuals, tryin' to connect with them one to one.

Nice answer, but I think he's givin' me way too much credit...

Then I got to thinkin',

"Why are YA'LL readin' this blog?

I know why some of ya'll read it--you are friends of mine, and this is a way you can keep up with my comin's and goin's since I left FACEBOOK. Some of ya'llfind me through GOOGLE searches, lookin' for some type of info, and I just happen to come up.

But most of ya'll--I have no IDEA why you want to read my posts. I really want to know what my ramblin's have to offer for folks in Latvia, Korea, Britain, and The Isle Of Man.

I want to know WHO YA'LL ARE.

Come on--ya'll know who I am, it's only fair you let me know somethin' about ya'll.

It's cool to say I have over 20,000 hits on my blog--but without knowin' anything about the folks who do the hittin'--the numbers don't mean anything. I read recently that havin' large numbers of followers don't make you a better person; Hitler had millions--Jesus had 12.

Ouch.

I want QUALITY in my web experience. I don't care how many folks are readin' this blog--I want to know that however many it is--that what I say is impactin' their lives for Christ. Maybe I don't put things the 'proper' way, but I want to let ya'll know that I care for each of you.

I wanna know who is readin' my posts--I wanna be able to pray for the ones who take the time to come here and visit with me. I pray now, but it's more of a corporate "God, bless 'em all".

So please, for the year of 2014--if you show up here--PLEASE, leave a comment and let me know somethin' about YOU.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Was Good--Still A Few Things To Do...

December 26, 2013

Wonderful Christmas day yesterday. Quiet, just the three of us, with a simple yet delicious meal of puerco pibil, rice and salad for lunch. We let Obie open the micro stereo on Christmas Eve, so he got to listen to the radio play Christmas tunes all night as he slept in the livin' room. Then we played CDs durin' the day. That little unit has nice sound.

We didn't go visit anyone, we just enjoyed our day together as a family. We played with the ponies after lunch, then took a nap and I made another simple meal for supper. I'm lookin' forward to the holidays bein' over, simply due to all the FOOD that gets consumed! I love it, but it makes me crazy tryin' to decide what to eat. There is just so much to choose from.

The Redneck is back at work today, and I'm just doin' the housework boogie, along with some mendin' and organizin'. Obie is groovin' to the tunes on the new stereo--gee, what a shock!

We still have one last family thing to go to this weekend, and then we'll be done. Wait--there is the church New Year's Eve Game night at the bunk house. Oh heck--more food!

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Quiet Day--Christmas Play & More Free Goodies From Friends

December 23, 2013

Hey ya'll, it's me!

The year is dwindlin' down little by little, and we are enjoyin' the days the Redneck is off from work. He's snoozin' right now, Obie is listenin' to music, and I'm playin' online while I wait for laundry to finish. I'm not doin' a huge cleanin' of the house--just catchin' up a bit from the weekend. I may do a bigger cleanin' job tomorrow, but who knows?

Friday, my buddy Jana cut my hair and it looks good. Really, it's an interim cut, while I wait for other areas to grow the right length so she can cut my hair in a style that I decided I wanted. It may take a few months to get there, but in the meantime, this cut will do.

However, if you look at the new profile photo, I look, in my opinion...

...depressingly respectable...

I guess that yeah, I look more 'authorly', and professional, which will help as I get my public speakin' career off the ground in 2014.

And yet I will be thrilled when the hair grows back out and I have my new 'do'.

Obie had his stage 'debut' in the Christmas play at church, and he did well. He was a part of the chorus, even though he doesn't sing. He was needed as a filler. All the kids did great, and of course, there were a couple who just couldn't resist bein' a bit silly, but it was adorable.

A friend just called--she has two huge bags of jeans for me to go through, and she'll drop them off at church after the new year. Great, 'cuz I need some new jeans.

Oh, Oh, OH!

Almost forgot to tell ya'll, another lady at church brought in a pair of lace up women's western style boots yesterday, and she gave them to me! They are two tone brown, with the little fringe around the toe, and they FIT! I love them, and when I learned that she had worn them for her wedding several years ago, I was honored. Ya see, that's one of the reasons I love gettin' used stuff--there is always a story with the item that makes it a little more special.

Well, I got chores. MERRY CHRISTMAS, YA'LL!
© Evelyn Edgett 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

DANG! God Is GOOD!

December 19, 2013

I dunno if I told ya'll this before, but our family doesn't usually buy a lot of Christmas gifts for ourselves. We may put together a few gifts for exchanges at church or whatever, but since we get so many wonderful blessin's throughout the year, well, as far as gifts go...

Christmas is sorta anticlimactic.

We choose to concentrate on the scriptural aspects of the holiday instead.

So we normally just decide on one big family gift that we all will enjoy. A few years ago it was a Blu Ray player, since we all love movies. We may buy a lot of music cds or movie dvds, just something we all will like and use.

This year, we decided we would get a new music system, since our old one is over 16 years old, and I also confiscated it for the massage studio next door. We have been usin' our Blu Ray player for cds.

So, we kept waitin' for the time when we could afford to buy one, but every time we got the cash--somethin' happened and we had to spend it on somethin' more important, like hay for the horses durin' the last ice storm.

It looked like we were not gonna be able to buy a stereo this year, which The Redneck and I were fine with. However, my son loves music so much--I knew he would be disappointed.

Sooo.....I gave it over to the Lord.

That's all.

Just left it with Him.

And guess what?

A lady at church got a micro stereo system free for makin' a huge order of horse equipment from this company.

She had no use for it.

Soooo....

You guessed it.

She brought it to church and gave it to us for my son's Christmas gift.

I got nuthin' else to say, except...

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Glad I'm Entertainin' Folks

December 19, 2014

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Learned that I am a great source of entertainment at my local grocery store...

I admit--I dance to the music that stores play over the intercom. I just dance and boogie, and wave my arms, and have a wonderful time while I'm shoppin'. I have NO problem with folks seein' me--I ain't doin' for them, I'm doin' it for ME.

'Kay?

We clear?

Soooo.....

I'm checkin' out at the store and one fo the clerks tells me that she LOVES it when she is havin' lunch upstairs, and she sees me on the security camera, doin' my thing.

She said, "You just always look so happy, like you are having a good day all the time."

I replied, "Of COURSE I have a good day--I get to spend 'em with ME! How can I lose?"

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Gettin' BIZZLE for SHIZZLE--2014 Goals--Adventures In Couponin'...And Pig Stomachs

December 18, 2013

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Okay, I'm extremely thankful that I have internet at home, because ya'll probably wouldn't hear from me for while otherwise. Ya see, our local library is shut down due to the ceilin' fallin' in durin' that big ice storm we had. They ain't gonna be open for a while.

Life is gettin' busy around here, so posts will be sporadic for a time. I'm just sayin'.

Sunday after church, my friend Leigha and I went on our first coupon excursion. We were pretty disorganized (me worse than her), and yet we did the followin',

At ALBERSTONS, Leigha snagged $109 worth of groceries for about $70. I got over $70 worth for about $38. At BROOKSHIRES, I spent around $25, and Leigha only spent $9 for about $30.

Not bad for bein' disorganized, huh?

When we get organized...we will be DANGEROUS. {{GRIN}}

Leigha is in Utah vistin' family until after Christmas, and she gave me an assignment to finish cuttin' and orgaizin' my coupons. I'm workin' on it.

We also met a young woman at ALBERTSONS named Rachel who is also learnin' this coupon stuff, and she gave Leigha her number so we can all go shoppin' together. That way we have three pairs of eyes lookin' to spot markdowns and other bargains.

Speakin' of bargains, I snagged two cases of CHOBANI GREEK YOGURT out of the dumpster at the food bank this mornin'. It was expired by just a bit, but we can't give it out like that, so into the dumpster it went. Another lady and I just went and grabbed it--she took one case and I got the other two. Brought them home and put six in the fridge, and the rest went into the freezer, to be used as smoothie makin's, or even as the milk in a muffin recipe.

Another goody I got today was three frozen pig stomachs. I may try to find a way to fix them for us, but most likely I will put one a month into the crock pot, and slow cook it overnight, with a bit of water. When it's done, I will chop up the meat, and mix it and the broth with rice, and my canines will ADORE me for a month.

I'm workin' on my goals for 2014. It's not that long a list, mostly continuin' to work towards goals set for 2013. I found a cool printout at www.workingkansashomemaker.com. It's a 2014 GOALS printout, broken down into three months at a time, and with three categories--Spiritual, Physical, and Home.

Under Spiritual I wrote;

  • Spend time each mornin' with God's Word and in prayer.
  • Memorize 1 scripture verse a week.
  • Spend more time givin' and servin' others.
  • Forgivin' others and seekin' forgiveness.
Under Physical;
  • Walk 1 hour a day
  • Clean up diet again--more fruit and veg, fewer carbs.
  • Finish settin' up TOTAL GYM and work out three days a week.
  • Visit Chiropractor at least once a month.
  • Get a massage at least once a month.
Home;
  • Continue keepin' house clean and organized.
  • Purge, purge, PURGE.
  • Do 1 project per month, inside and outside.
  • Clean yard--prepare for pallet garden
  • Plan menus and prepare even more food from scratch
  • Continue to learn about and apply couponin'--build pantry
  • Make sure that The Redneck and Obie are comfortable at home.
Not too taxin', do ya think?That is just for January through March. I really like this cuttin' it all up into smaller segments.

In case I haven't mentioned it--I have a YOUTUBE channel now. Just look up Bible Babe Channel (and no, I am NOT the weird channel that does political stuff), and you can laugh at me makin' a total fool out of myself as I try to pass on useful information on how to do things and save money. When you're done laughin', please subscribe and leave a comment.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013





Sunday, December 15, 2013

No SCENTSY Smackdown, Unexpected Windfall

December 15, 2013

Wouldn't ya just know it--last night at the Christmas party gift exchange...

Not. One. SCENTSY.

None, nadda, zippity do dah.

Oh well....lol.

However, I did have a friend bring me a lot of new wax melts for the warmer I do have, and they smell great. There's a blackberry, strawberry, pineapple, and...leather.

Leather? I dunno who came up with that one, but it does smell like leather, and when ya have horses and saddles and such--leather is a great scent.

Okay, movin' on.

The weather has FINALLY calmed down, and the ice has melted away, so it no  longer looks like the Arctic Circle had moved south. We can get out of the house and do things now, and so the cabin fever has abated. I did get quite a lot done while the weather was bad, at least until I had a rash of readin' fever. Then I just lay on the couch and read several novels that had been waitin' around for such a time this, when the pace slowed down enough to really get into a good tome. I got the basics done and my family fed, but I spent a lot of time with literary characters for a few days.

Last night's party was fun, and we got to enjoy some good food and fellowship. We sang Christmas songs, and since our preacher wasn't able to come due to recoverin' from knee surgery, we called him and his lovely wife, and sang to them over the phone.

An unexpected pleasure was when one of the ladies came up and handed The Redneck the key to her car, and told us, "There are two king sized comforters and six hand crocheted afghans in the trunk. I thought you would like them."

Whoa.

We put them into the truck and when we got home, we found two huge, GORGEOUS comforters in perfect condition (honestly, I wouldn't expect any less from this lady. She has great taste, the money to indulge it, and she takes very good care of her belongin's.), along with the afghans, which were in plastic packagin', and obviously never used. Apparently, her mom and sister had been avid yarn freaks, and they made a ton of these goodies, then passed on, leavin' them behind. She told me that she had them in storage for a long time, then decided to give them to me to find new homes for.

And those comforters?

I have had two smaller blankets on my bed for several years, and while they have done the jog, I have always yearned for a nice comforter that was big enough to not need a second blanket.

I got it! There is one that has swaths of colors that I like, and I put it on our bed last night. It was perfect. My bed is a queen, so the king sized comforter hangs over almost like a bedspread, and it was toasty, but not too heavy .

I haven't yet decided the other comforter's fate, and yet I know where the afghans are headed. They are lovely, so I have decided to use them as gifts for several folks. I had wanted to give a gift to some folks, yet there was no way I had the money this year. Now I have lovely handmade gifts to give to my favorite peeps.

Also, the gift I drew in the exchange last night was perfect for a neighbor to receive, since I don't decorate a lot for Christmas, but she goes all out. She has been a great help to our family, callin' if one of our horses gets into the wrong pasture, and I know that when she drives by early in the mornin' on her way to work, she prays for the folks in the houses she goes by. She also calls me when she has things to purge, and I take them and find new homes for them.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

Oh Dear, It Seems I've Gone Over To The 'Dark Side'...

December 13, 2013

My buddy Leigha recently gave me an old SCENTSY wax burner she had. I had wanted to try one, but couldn't bring myself to buy one. This one has a small crack in the base, but it works fine, and I could see what they were like...

I.

WANT.

MORE.

I have this one in the livin' room, and I had some samples of wax cubes I got from someone else, and my gosh, the livin' room now smells HEAVENLY. Even if I can't open windows to air out the place due to the cold weather.

I see why these things are so popular, and since none of my family has any allergies, I can see how they would make the house a tad cozier and homey.

Sooooo.....

I still can;t afford to buy any of these, however, there are a few Christmas parties we will be goin' to, and I KNOW there will be SCENTSYs in the gift exchanges. So I'm goin' for them.

Christmas exchange will be an Olympic sport this year.

Seriously, can you imagine a church Christmas party bein' busted due to a SCENTSY smackdown?

Move over, WWE, I'm takin' down the elder's wife over that SCENTSY!

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

If Satan Can't Destroy A Family One Way...

December 12, 2013

...he will try another.

As ya'll may recall, over the past year I requested prayer for a mother and her two young sons about a situation where the father was fightin' her for unsupervised visits, and that the dad had a history of sexually abusin' all of his 5 kids, the older 3 bein' out of the home and on their own.

Well, the custody hearin' and the trial that the mom went through over keepin' her boys safe all got finished, she was found guilty and sentenced to mostly community service and fines, etc. The dad was allowed every visit that he was entitled to, so on and so forth. We were all pretty devastated that she wasn't found innocent, the investigation into the abuse was shut down, all that 'stuff'.

The ONLY thing we knew for certain was that...

GOD.

IS.

IN.

CONTROL.

So, time goes by, and I hear from the mom.

Some interestin' developments occured.

First, the dad hardly EVER took the boys for his allowed visits--there was always somethin' that prevented him from doin' it.

He moved off to live with his 'partner' in another state. So now he couldn't get the boys.

Then his 'friend' dumped him and he had to move back to the town where the boys live.

He is now livin' in his car, so he can't take the boys. He makes very little money, and he can only afford to take the boys to lunch sometimes at a local fast food joint, OR...he can lunch with them at the cafeteria at their school. Talk about SUPERVISED.

The oldest boy has reached the age where he can now refuse to see his dad, and the youngest is getin' there fast.

The mom has had all her legal fees paid for her by a benefactor, so she has no worries in that area. She is doin' her community service with no problems.

She is movin' on with her life, and the dad seems to have been sideswiped by life.

1 Samuel 17:26 comes to mind when I see this happenin'. It's where David asks, how dare he come against the army of the Living God?

Well, you see what can happen.

So, now we come to the present day, and Satan is comin' against this family yet again.

Now it seems that her oldest son, a young man whom I have known since he was 10 or 11, and he spent his days homeschoolin' and buildin' computers, has moved into the 'dumber than dirt' category.

He has fallen in with what is essentially, a cult. I won't dignify the organization by tellin' the name. Let's just say that 'temple prostitution' is alive and well in the new millennium. Mankind has not gotten any smarter--he still worships the female organ--he just does it now under the guise of big business...

This young man has not only gotten into this mess, he has left his family and has cut himself off from his mom and others.

I know this guy--he's SMART. EINSTEIN would be depressed in his presence. He has always been grounded and sensible. However, all the brouhaha about the sexual abuse over the last year has opened a can of worms in his heart and mind, and now he's...

Just.

Bein'.

STUPID.

Yeah, I know--long post. The main thing is--please pray for this family again. Satan couldn't destroy it with the father's evil, now he's workin' to gum up the group through the oldest boy. There are small children who will lose their daddy, and a young wife who is faithful and loyal, yet in order to protect herself and her children, she is havin' to file for divorce. Please pray that he wakes up to the fact that he can lose everything he has worked for--includin' his job, if he doesn't get his head out of his keister.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013



Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tasteful Tuesday--Organ Meats

December 10, 2013

Holy Guacamole, it's COLD! The house is toasty for the most part, but the little heater in my office has gone out, so I'm typin' this from the cocoon that a large quilt provides. Actually, it's quite nice under here--sort of provides a cozy environment with mobile capability!

Today's Tasteful Tuesday concerns the heart.

Beef heart, to be precise.

I received a couple of free packages of beef heart and beef kidney a few weeks back, since our food pantry got them in, and none of the folks who came through wanted the stuff. The lady in charge of the meat section called me over and asked if we would eat it. I said, "sure, we can use that."

So I brought the four little frozen bundles home with me, and they sat in the freezer for all this time.

I'll be honest--I had never cooked organ meats before, except when I had some beef heart ground up with regular ground beef to try it as it was described in; Confessions of a Sneaky Organic Cook or How to Make Your Family Healthy When They're Not Looking by Jane Kinderleher. The book was written in the 70's, and I tried so hard to use the information she gave...but the ex husband pitched a hissy.

Movin' on.

So, here I am with a type of meat I have no idea how to prepare, and wantin' to use it in a dish. I looked through my cookbooks, but found very little in the way of useful information. I tweeted Jeff Yeager, the Ultimate Cheapskate (I figure any guy who will eat a roasted goat head HAD to know about beef hearts) However, Jeff never answered me. Had I actually intimidated my Cheapskate mentor with my request?

Okay, now what? What else? I googled it.

I found many recipes, but none that looked all that goos. I did like the idea of fryin' it up with onions and potatoes, but that would take more work than I really wanted to invest at the time.

Instead, I rounded up some ingredients and enlisted the aid of my trusty crock pot. I figured since the heart is a fairly lean meat, it would do best if cooked long and slow.

I was thrilled to find the heart had already been cleaned and sliced thinly, so I tossed it in with potatoes (both white and sweet), onion, tomato sauce and a touch of water, and a pouch of onion soup mix. I popped on the lid and set if for 6 hours.

Whoa....talk about GOOD.

It was tender, not tough, and the flavor of the meat was extremely rich. The seasoning only enhanced the flavor, not masked it. There was plenty for dinner last night, and food for lunches also. Even Punky, my dog who is feelin' down, enjoyed some of it (she's much improved, btw).

I still haven't found a recipe for the beef kidneys yet, but when I do, I'll let ya'll know how it goes.

Don't be afraid to try organ meats. They are cheap and full of nutrition. In some countries, they are considered delicacies. 

Hmm...wonder where I can get a beef tongue?

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

Doggone Dog Is Down

December 9, 2013

Sorry, won't be a real post today--I have sick watch over my oldest dog, Punky. She's not feelin' well, has a cough, and I get really Florence Nightingale when she's feeling poorly. She's over 16 years old, with few teeth, and her arthritis demands a baby aspirin now and then, but most of the time she does great. She recently chased down a rabbit, and ATE it. Not bad for an old broad.

She was a dumped dog who was picked up by a rescue over 13 years ago, adopted out to some folks we knew, and then four months later, THEY were about to dump her AGAIN. Said they just didn't have the 'same desire' to have a dog they had when they got her.

Let's just say I flipped out on them, and leave it at that...

I brought Punky to live with us. She was over 4 years old then, and we have had her ever since. She is sweet, cranky, and hilarious with smaller dogs who bother her. She will get them down and sit on them, nipping at their rear ends, until they sort of yelp "uncle!", then she lets them go.

So, I'll be playin' nurse to her for a time until she feels better.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.

© Evelyn Edgett 2013



Sunday, December 8, 2013

Still Bad Weather--Twitter Account

December 8, 2013

Quiet day again today--no church, so we slept in until around 6:30, when Midnight made a demand to go out and potty. I got up and started the coffee and tea water, and got dressed. After a time, I popped a pan of oven french toast in to bake, and we had a leisurely breakfast. I used the bread that I baked last week--this stuff is great. Fed the critters, then even drove to the store. Problem was, the store ain't open today.

Oh well, home again, home again, jiggety jig.

So now I'm workin' online, and the guys are watchin' a dvd. We listened to Sunday Morning Coming Down, on 95.9 The Ranch, our local Red Dirt Music Station, and it was nice. They have this show where they play country songs of faith and family, and we like it. Since we are usually on our way to church, we don't get to hear all of the show, but today, we really got to enjoy the music.

I recently opened a TWITTER account, and I gotta tell ya--it's weird. I actually opened it so i could keep up with my buddy, Jeff Yeager, the Ultimate Cheapskate, and one or two other bloggers that I like. Well, somehow, I started gettin' messages that this person was now followin' me, or that person, and I'm like,

"WHY? I don't say anything profound--why are these folks followin' ME?"

I mean, most of the folks followin' me are Christian authors and speakers. I understand ME followin' THEM, but not the other way around.

Well, I thought I would follow them too, as a courtesy, but then I couldn't keep up with all the tweets and retweets, and I lost poor old Jeff in all the tweets, and HE'S the reason I got the account in the first place!

So last night, after the umpteenth message that someone I don't know was now followin' me, I said 'ENOUGH!"

I made the decision to clean out the folks I followed and get back to the basic ones that I KNOW I'm needin' to read and tweet back.

You know how hard that was? These folks are GOOD tweeters ya'll. Their tweets are full of scripture and encouragement, and it was a HARD choice as to who to let go and who to keep.

I finally got it worked out though, and now I only have a few folks to follow. I can keep up with what is bein' addressed and get the info I need. One of the reasons I left FACEBOOK was all the folks wantin' to be 'freinds'...and I didn't know them from Adam's house cat. Or better yet--folks who didn't even LIKE me in real life, but who wanted to 'friend' me so they could have high numbers!

Seriously, are we THAT insecure that we have to have our friends DOCUMENTED?

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013



Saturday, December 7, 2013

Winter Wonderland My left Eye!

December 7, 2013

There was no food co-op this mornin'. The weather was so bad, the Redneck was gonna drive us to Leigha's house, and she would drive from there.

Problem was, we couldn't stay in the areas of the road we needed to, so as soon as he found a safe point, we turned around and came back home. I let Leigha know what happened, and she agreed that it was most likely too dangerous to try and go out today. Yes, we would lose the money we spent on the food, but if we didn't show up the food would be donated, so we didn't feel too bad.

A few hours later, she texted me to let me know that she had ventured forth at the later pick up time and gotten our produce. Now, IF the store is open Monday...I can get my stuff.

Heck, I hope it's open Monday. If the weather is okay, we are scheduled to go to that couponin' class that night.

Ah well, if God has other plans, who am I to kvetch?

So far, it's been a kinda dreary day. My son has been sufferin' from cabin fever all day, and so have the Redneck and I. We can't even go for a walk to use up energy, the roads are so bad. They are just big sheets of ice. Some vehicles have driven past, but they have been sloooooooowwwww......

Oh yeah, just learned that church was cancelled tomorrow, due to dangerous drivin' conditions.

Seriously?

A COWBOY CHURCH CANCELLED SERVICES?

Man, that is some BAD weather.

Wanted to share a photo today, but for some reason, every time I hit 'insert image', the site just goes wonky. It will have to wait.

Hmmm....

A lot of waitin' goin' on lately--the blog, the weather--answer to prayer...

Oh heck, God's about to 'grow' me some more.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013







Friday, December 6, 2013

Sleetpalooza Today!

December 6, 2013

Hey ya'll, it's me!

It is COOOOOLLLLDDDDDD here in the great state of Texas today, folks. 32 degrees is the HIGH for the day. The sleet was so bad when we woke up this mornin', you couldn't tell where the yard ended and the road began. Since I value my Redneck's carcass a lot--he didn't drive to work, since he has been transferred some time ago from around the corner to 40 MILES away to go to work. That is just too risky to allow my Beloved to drive in this weather.

(Okay, HE made the decision, not me, but I wanted ya'll to know just how much I care for his carcass...)

So, we stayed in bed a little longer than usual, until the dogs went berserk to go potty outside. I made breakfast--the menu included this new bread I made recently....I may never buy bread again, it is so easy and so good. It tastes great and slices like a dream. You can find it on www.thekitchenwhisperer.net/2013/awesomest-knead-sandwich-bread.  Seriously, try it.

After breakfast, we fed the critters, and lemme tell ya, feedin' the horses was fun. The ground is covered with a sleet that has frozen into a solid sheet, and my cowboy boots just kept slliiiiiiiidin' along. Then my geldin' , Bandy, decided to get all spooked over the winter gear we were wearin', so I took my scarf and gloves off, so he could see it was just Momma and not some big scary monster tryin' to give him hay. I never thought I would go to that extreme for a horse, but I do. My ears were frozen and my hair soaked with freezin' rain, but he calmed down and ate like nothin' was wrong.

When we were done, it was back into the house and the Redneck decided to do a little online work, so Obie and I commandeered the kitchen. I had cleaned the house thoroughly yesterday, and I didn't have a lot to do today. So I baked.

And baked...

Aaaaaannnnnnd I baked.

I made chocolate chip cookies, blueberry bread, and cornbread. I also heated up homemade chili that I had in the freezer, so we would have somethin' for lunch.

Right now, I don't wanna SEE food, let alone EAT any. One of the great things about cookin' is you get to taste stuff as you go. One of the BAD things is....

you taste EVERYTHING.

Oh well.

So, I'm done bakin', the kitchen is cleaned up, and the guys are watchin' THE MUMMY RETURNS on dvd. My big plans once I finish this post is a nap.

Unfortunately, tomorrow is FOOD CO-OP DAY. BRRRRRRR! Not lookin' forward to unloadin' that truck and distributin' food in this weather, but I know they are gonna need help, so I'm showin' up.

Real quick, Leigha and I are attendin' a coupon class on Monday night. It's supposed to be a real beginner's class, so I'm lookin' forward to it. Will let ya know if it's worth it, and maybe pass on some things I learn.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013



Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Wellness Wednesday--Mama's Herbal Remedies, A Product Review

December 4, 2013

Hey ya'll, it's me!

I have a dear friend named Becky, whom I have known for over a decade. She has a blog called Herb Mama's Wisdom www.herbmamaswords.blogspot.com , and you can find the link to it on the right hand side of my blog. You can also find her on FACEBOOK under MamasHerbalRemedies.

Becky has always been talented at makin' soaps, lotions, incense, ointments, and other goodies. She makes a pain ointment called Dr Uglee's Pain Rub, and while it is definitely UGLEE (green is not the word for the color of this stuff)--it works great to relieve sore muscles.

She is now makin' Essential Oil Aromatherapy blends, and when I went to the Post Office, I found that she had sent me samples of these.

I gotta tell ya--they are gems, just jewels of yummy soothin' scent.

First there is CLARITY. To me, this blend has a crisp, refreshin' aroma that sparks the ol' brain synapses and gets the 'hamster back on the wheel', so to speak.

Next comes BLESSINGS. This fragrance is rich and earthy. Makes me wanna put on a long skirt, beads and John Lennon glasses and bake whole wheat bread to go with the homemade veggie soup made from home grown veggies.

TRANQUIL MOMENTS.  I sense a hint of lavender, along with other EOs, creatin' a soft, almost sensual calming blend. This one I will use to relax when I want to "be still and know that He is God" (Psalm 46:10) It will be nice to inhale and annoint myself with when I'm havin' a quiet time of prayer.

Last, but far from least, LIFT ME UP has a citrus scent that really does 'lift' the spirit and gives one a sense of quiet elation.

She has other products you can order, includin' herbal capsules that she fills herself. She is a very professional lady as she practices her healin' craft, and she will make certain she only sells the best she can offer.

Please let her know you read about her here--I get nothin' for it, I just like her to know I've got her back.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013












Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tasteful Tuesday--Ham And Dumplin's

December 3, 2013

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Today for Tasteful Tuesday, I want to share what I did with my leftover ham that we had for Thanksgivin'. I'm includin' a few variations on the dish, so you can choose whaich one looks best to you.

Since the Redneck doesn't like chicken, I have to figure out a way to have dumplin's without the yard bird meat. One fo the best ways I have found to do this is by makin' Ham and Dumplin's. We all like this dish, and it's a good way to use up leftover ham without resortin' to just doin' beans all the time. Got nothin' against beans, love them--just get a tad tired of them all the time.

Here is a standard Ham and dumplin' recipe--in all honesty, it's a chicken and dumplin' recipe, just usin' ham.

1 tablespoon olive oil (I also use bacon drippin's sometime for more flavor
Leftover ham
salt and black pepper
4 stalks celery, chopped
4 carrots, chopped
2 onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup milk
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.                               
  2. Add the celery, carrots, onions,  and garlic to the oil in the pot and cook, stirring, until the vegetables begin to soften, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the ham, and 10 cups water.Add salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook until the stock is rich, 25 to 30 minutes.                                
  3. Whisk together ½ cup of the flour, 2 cups of the cooking liquid, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper in a small bowl. Slowly whisk the flour mixture back into the pot and simmer until slightly thickened, 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Make the dumplings: Whisk together the remaining 2 cups of flour, the baking powder, baking soda, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Whisk in the butter, milk. Reduce heat to low and drop the mixture into the broth in 8 large spoonfuls. Simmer, covered, until the dumplings are firm, 12 to 15 minutes.

I add paprika to my dumplin's, because it gives them such a pretty color, and I don't like pale dumplin's.

Okay, here is one version that is really good and a nice change from flour dumplin's.

cornmeal dumplin's

Ham bone for stock--make sure you have a lot of meat left on the bone, or have extra ham to add
2 c. white or yellow cornmeal
1 t. salt
1 t. black pepper
1 T. chili powder
1 c. chopped onion
Place ham bone in large stockpot and cover with water. Simmer until meat falls from bone and stock is very rich. Pull off the ham meat.
Combine cornmeal, salt, black pepper, chili powder, ham and onion, adding enough of the stock to the dry ingredients to hold ingredients together. Shape into balls about the size of a lemon. Drop dumplings  into simmering stock. Simmer 20 to 30 minutes or until done. The stock will become thick like gravy. Avoid stirring, as this might cause the dumplings to fall apart

This recipe comes from Mr. Food's website. His is a quicker version, usin' a few prepared foods. I miss him, he was grand to watch, and he always had great ideas to make good food in a snap. His website is www.mrfood.com.

Serves: 6
Cooking Time:1 hr
What You'll Need:
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 (2 ½ pounds) fully-cooked semi-boneless ham, cubed
  • 2 (6 ounce each) packages dried apples
  • 3 cups biscuit baking mix
  • 1 cup milk
What To Do:
  1. In an 8-quart soup pot, combine the water, ham, and apples over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the baking mix and milk just until moistened.
  3. Uncover the soup pot and carefully drop the batter by heaping tablespoonfuls into the soup pot, making 8 dumplings. Cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Cover and cook for 18 to 20 more minutes, or until the dumplings are fluffy and doubled in size.

There ya have it--several yummy ways to use up leftover ham. Enjoy!

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013













 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Meditation Monday--Are Your Gems Lined Up?

Decmber 2, 2013

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Do any of ya'll ever play the computer game BEJEWELED, or any of it's sequels? I have it on my laptop, and I really enjoy the game.

I realized recently, however, while I was playin' that I saw a spiritual parallel between the game and life.

Hang with me for a moment, okay?

The main gist of Bejeweled is to make rows of three or more jewels, which then disappears, makin' room for more jewels to fall into place, and so on. If you make a row of four, one is left behind as a sparkly power jewel, which if you add it to another row, it blows up a lot of other gems. Get a lot of those sparklies near each other, and they blow up real good.

Now, you get a row of FIVE gems together, the result is a ''super atomic swirly sparkly gem" (yeah, real techno speak).

When you click on this gem and any other, suddenly you have lightnin' bolts shootin' at ALL the gems of that color, zappin' them out of existence, clearin' the way for a whole lot of new gems, thus makin' it easier to keep havin' moves to make.

Okay, here is how I see it. You're busy goin' along with your life, doin' what ya gotta do, clearin' your little 'rows' and accomplishin' goals. We all know that as soon as we finish one goal, another comes along to be worked on. We keep doin' this until we 'run out of moves' and leave this life.

When we come to a savin' knowledge of Jesus Christ, we 'make a row of four', and we get a new sense of power in our lives. That to me is the Lord beginnin' to work in our hearts. We learn to use that power to clear more stuff out of our lives that we don't need, makin' room for all the good things that God has waitin' for us to receive.

Am I makin' this plain?

Okay, now we get to the row of five, and that is where things are REALLY cool. It ain't easy to get that row, 'cuz ya gotta get two on one side, two on the other, and then ya gotta drop the fifth one right in the center.

To me, the two on one side represents Bible Study and learnin' the Word of God. The two on the other side represents Prayer and Application of what you learn. They are vital components of the Christian life.

And yet, there is that little gap in the middle...

This is where faith comes and fills in the gap, creatin' an atmosphere in your life where the Holy Spirit can come in and do MEGA clearin' of stuff, really makin' changes that prepare you for service in Christ's Kingdom.

One of my goals this comin' year is to increase the two gems on each side of my life. I've already got faith, however, I need to get back up to speed on my Bible Study and Prayer. I allowed circumstances, bith good and bad, to get me distracted. I want the Holy Spirit to come in and just do an ultra clearin' of stuff in my life. I want what Philippians 1:6 says;

6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013










 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Mavis At One Hundred Dollars A Month

December 1, 2013

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Obie came back from his dad's around 3 yesterday, and life became 'normal' again--at least as normal as this bunch gets! The canines were all happy to have him home, and he was obviously glad to be bck where life is a bit quieter, since his father has several stepkids and grandkids, and I understand it gets a bit 'loud' at times. Nothin' against it, however if you are used to a quieter way of life, it can get a bit nerve wrackin'.

Wanted to let ya'll know about a blogger named Mavis whom I've been readin' and watchin' lately. Her blog is 100 Dollars a Month, and you can find a link to her down at the right of my blog.

I found her through Pinterest, and then I just got hooked. This lovely lady decided to cut down her grocery budget, and through several strategies, she succeeded. She gardens, coupons, barters and gets 'reclaimed' produce from the grocery store. She is funny and honest, and I think ya'll will like her a lot. Please check her out at www.onehundreddollarsamonth.com.

One of the cool things she shows is how to 'pallet garden'. I had never heard of this, and when I finally began to grasp the concept, I began to get excited. This is a form of gardenin' similar to Mel Bartholomew's SQUARE FOOT GARDENING. I have tried many types of gardenin', and just couldn't get it to work. However, pallet gardenin' appeals to me more than any before, so I'm gonna give it a try this spring. I will at least try herbs in this format, and probably still do tomatoes and peppers in buckets on the porch. I'll keep ya posted as I plan for next year.

Speakin' of plannin', yesterday I was at the hardware store, and I found the new 2014 calendars they give away were out, so I snagged two. One has a gardenin' theme that went in my kitchen, while the other was photos of deer and other wildlife, so that goes in the office.

I also have my homemakin' binder comin' along nicely--after how long of workin' to get it together? I'll try to do a photo reveal of what it looks like soon. I'm even workin' on my new coupon binder! I keep this up, I'll organize myself out of a job!

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013








 

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Had A Good Holiday

November 30, 2013

Hey ya'll, it's me!

I hope all of ya'll had a wonderful Thanksgivin' day. At my house, it was me and the Redneck by ourselves. My son went to his dad's, and we decided we would rather stay at home and just be ALONE for the day, instead of goin' to a big family event. Dont get  me wrong, we love his family--we just haven;t had any by ourselves time in a LOOOONG time.

We slept in as long as we could that mornin', at least until Midnight woke us up with his "I GOTTA GO OUTSIDE RIGHT NOOOOOOW!!!!!!" bark. I let him out, then decided I would just get comfy on the loveseat and watch the electric fireplace until he wanted back in. I snagged a blanket from the pile by the sofa, went to sit down and...

He barked to come back in.

He had to have peed at lightning speed to get back to the door as fast as he did. Of course, it was pretty cold that mornin'.

We got up and I put the food on to cook for lunch. I made a ham with prlaine sauce, two bread dressin', corn, mashed potatoes and gravy. We said our prayers and enjoyed a good meal, then we enjoyed a long nap after. It was just a quiet day, and we loved every minute of it.

Friday was spent much the same, only we dined on leftovers. We tried not to have to go into town at all--I can't stand Black Friday media hype. However, I did have to go buy jalepenos for homemade salsa by the afternoon, so don't judge me!

Our plans for Saturday involve the Redneck changin' the oil in our truck, and me doin' any little cleanin' chores left to do in the house, then we are throwin' saddles on our horses and ridin' the pasture back of the house. My son will be home sometime that evenin', and we will all get ready for church on Sunday.

God has truly blessed me with a good life and a wonderful family, along with true friends.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013






 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Hapy Thanksgivukah!--Unpluggin' A Little

November 24, 2013

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Quiet, sleety Sunday today. We made it to church safely, and church was short but sweet. We had a wonderful music worship, a baptism of a young man who recently came to the Lord, and then the preacher dismissed us, due to the bad weather. He promised to preach TWICE as long next week...

...oh, wait...

...hmmm....

So, in four days, it will be Thanksgivukah. No, that wasn't a typo--Thankgiving and Hannuka will converge together this year, for the first time since 1918. I think it's really neat that this is happenin'.

I have decided to 'unplug' for this week, since I have a bazillion things to get done before Thursday. I want to have a nice, quiet week, really doin' the little special things that make a house cozy for the holiday. Also, since my son is goin' to his dad's for the holiday, I wanna spend more time with him before he goes.

I'm gonna say HAPPY THANKSGIVING, HAPPY HANNUKKA, AND GOD BLESS YA'LL! BE SAFE AND BLESSED THIS WEEK. LOVE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. GOD IS GOOD!

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013




 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Co-op Went Well--I Have The Use Of A CAMERA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 23, 2013

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Well, the co-op experience was great today--went very smoothly, and I got all kinds of wonderful fruit and veg. Plus, I traded Leigha my apples for a loaf of the honey wheat bread the co-op sells...

...dreamy...

We left after it was all over, and we checked out what I thought was a thrift store I had seen--turned out to be an antique/resale shop. Nice things, but I got no need for that stuff, and the prices...?

Uh uh, no way.

We hit Wal-mart and Albertsons so she could do a little shoppin', and I saw some gret deals at Albertsons. THEN, I find out Liegha's been holdin' out on me, 'cuz...

SHE KNOWS HOW TO COUPON!

{{SIGH}}

I have been tryin' to find someone locally who knows how to do the couponin' thing, and here she was, under my nose alla time.

Well, she hadn't been doin' it for some time due to bein so busy, but she is gettin' back into it, and that's why she wanted to take the class, so she could get up to speed.

So....

She is gonna help me get my own coupon binder set up, and then I am gonna gather coupons, and she is gonna take me through my 'maiden voyage', so to speak.

I'm giddy with anticipation, ya'll!

Oh, and one more thing she did for me today...

I was sayin' how bad I want another digital camera, so I can do photos for the blog. Turns out she has one she hadly ever uses, so she loaned it to me for a time.

I'M GONNA HAVE PHOTOS AGAIN!!!!!!!!

Now I'm REALLY giddy.

I'm lettin' everyone know that is they wanna give me a gift this year--just give me some money so I can get a COOLPIX digital camera. They are under $100 right now, and I'll be savin' every dine I can for the next few weeks. Until then, I'll be shootin' like mad with Leigha's camera. Heck, on the way home from her house, there were about 50 things I wanted to shoot--IF the camera had been charged. It will be next time I go out. Ya'll will be able to see some of the gorgeousness that is my home ground soon.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013




 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Cold Weather Is here--Food Co-ops And Friendships

November 22, 2013

Hey ya'll, it's me again!

Man, it is COLD today! Gonna get colder through the weekend too. I keep thinkin' how nice it would be to stay  home in the mornin', curled up with a good book or movie, somethin' scrumptious in the crockpot, home made bread in the oven--just a quiet, warm day.

Oh yeah, I remember now--I am volunteerin' at the the food co-op in the mornin'....gotta be there around 8 a.m....unload truck and distribute produce...in the cold...and wet...

...well, poop.

That's okay. I love to do co-op, and my buddy Leigha is also gonna be there, right alongside of me, and we will have a blast. Obie will be at home with the Redneck, and they will give me this time to 'woman with' other women, somethin' that helps both Leigha and I to remember that we ain't alone in our pursuit of makin' a home for the folks in our lives. Sheis half my age, and yet we share  many of the same problems, fears, and joys in life.  would love to be a Titus 2 woman for her, where it says:

"3 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4 Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God."

The funny thing is--SHE is often more of a mentor to ME, than the other way around, and yet I know she doesn't see that.

She found a 'coupon class' for tomorrow, but I can't budget it in, so we are probably gonna skip it this time around. However--she FOUND it, and so now we know it's there, and we can plan to learn how to reduce our food budget even more. She found the co-op we get our produce from, and I gotta tell ya'll, when she wasn't able to do it for a time while she tended to thier family business--I missed that time with her, and all the goofy stuff we talk about, the yard sales we visit, just dumb stuff, but so much joy is generated in those times.

 Life's a lot simpler then we try to make it, ya know?

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013




 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thriftology Thursday--What Will You Not Do?

November 21, 2013

Some of ya'll may know the song by Meat Loaf, "I Would Do Anything For Love". The lyrics go,
"I would do anything for love....but I won't do that."

Well, I would do anything to save money,

BUT...

...I got my limits.

Basically, I have figured out that my three big "ain't gonna happens" are--

I won't do anything that is unsafe. While I WILL rewire a lamp or repace a faulty wall outlet--I WON'T attempt to wire an entire house or repair a TV. I simply don't have the skills for it.

I won't do anything unsanitary or unhealthy.. I WILL make and use washable cloth toilet paper and reuse containers here and there--I WON'T try to save money by buyin' cheap food that is over processed.

I won't do ANYTHING that would harm another person. I WILL take stuff off of folk's hands who no longer want or need it, I WON'T get back too much change at a store and just keep it, thinkin' "Hey, they should pay attention, finder's keepers, loser's weeper."

All three of those things can come back to bite ya in the kiester.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013

 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

God Has A WEIRD Sense Of Humor

November 20, 2013

I am just poppin' in to announce....

I GET TO MOW MY LAWN TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(confetti and streamers, band music)

Now that may not be big stuff to ya'll, but to ME? It's heavenly.

You see, when we moved into this house, the inlaws moved out--and took the mower with them (the nerve, to take what is thiers. Some folks.)

So for the whole time we have lived here--we couldn't mow, because we couldn't afford a mower. We couldn't even work in the time to move fence panels around so a horse could mow for us.

I have  been prayin' for a mower, asked folks to pray about a mower, and just waited.

Yesterday, my neighbor drove his mower over, parked it, handed me he keys and said, "When you're done, bring it back."

Now, the big thing about that happenin' is...

Up until a couple of weeks ago, this man and his wife had not been very nice folks to our family since we moved back to Texas. They were upset that we blocked off the corner of our property that they had been drivin' across for years. We explained why we did it, but they just became awful, harassin' us if we walked down the road.

Just bein' JERKS.

We ignored them for the most part, and let it go.

Then a couple of weeks ago, I caught him on my back pasture, cuttin' a willow branch off my trees. He was apparently gonna use it to 'witch' a well on some other land he has.

Needless to say, I was NOT very nice bout it, told him to drop the branch and get the heck offa my land (and no, I was not that subtle in what I said).  He left, and I was just gonna go back to the house.

Then I felt God tell me, "Take the branch to him."

"Aw heck no, Lord. He's a jerk, and he was trespassin' and stealin' from me, and it AIN'T happenin'!"

Very gently, "Take the branch to him."

Then the kicker.

"For Me."

Oooooohhhh.......shoot.

I got the branch, took it to his house and gave it to him. I told him all he had to do was ASK and I would have let him go get the branch, he didn't have to sneak over to get it. He said thank you. I said,

"I don't wanna see you on my land again."

However, as I went to go, I turned back and said, "Unless you have an emergency. Then come get me and I will help you."

That was it. I went home.

About a week later, he knocked on my door, and when I came outside, he said thank you again for the branch, and he apologised for the way they had been the past two years. I said it was okay, we shook hands, and he left.

Then yesterday, he brought the mower over, and I can now mow my lawn.

After he left, I looked up and said, "Lord, You got a WEIRD sense of humor, Ya know that?"

Proverbs 16:7 says;

"When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him"

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013
 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tasteful Tuesday--GBGB (God Bless Ground Beef)

November 19, 2013

Today, I wanna talk about MEATLOAF.

No.....NOT the singer, although I think He's kinda cool too....

No, what I wanna talk about is one of the easiest, and believe it or not, most versatile dishes you can make for your family.

Come on, who doesn't think of home, and family and comfort food when they think of meatloaf?

Years ago, Any Dacyzyn, of THE TIGHTWAD GAZETTE, created a Universal Muffin Recipe, where she studied all kinds of recipes for muffins, and came up with the basic ingredients and their amounts, so folks could just create muffins out of anything they had in the pantry. She also did a bread and a casserole recipe this way, and after years of creatin' baked goods and main dishes that rocked from simple stuff in my kitchen, I know that Universal Recipes are budget and time savers.

So....

I figured out a Universal Meatloaf Recipe, and I'm gonna share it with ya'll.

Now, here is a basic meatloaf recipe--you will this in almost every cookbook;

Basic Meatloaf

Ingredients:
1 pound lean ground beef
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup cracker crumbs
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 egg, beaten

Preparation:

Mix all ingredients together gently. Form into a loaf and place in baking dish or loaf pan. Top with more ketchup if desired. Bake at 350° for about 1 hour.
Serves 4.
 
Simple, right? Well, if you look at the recipe, you' see that these are the basic ingredients in almost every meatloaf recipe in the world.
 
Now, let's take each ingredient and 'play with it, shall we?
 
Ground Beef. This could be anywhere from 1 pound to 2, dependin' on how many folks you are servin', or if you wanna make an extra to freeze for another day. You can also use ground pork, chicken, turkey, or even a mixture of beef and ground venison.
 
Milk. I don't normally use milk in my recipe--however, you can use any kind of milk, even powdered in water will work. I have on occasion, dependin' on what flavor I'm goin' for, used plain yougurt, kefir, sour cream, whipped cream, or again, just leave it out.
 
Cracker Crumbs. You can use just about any type of cracker you want (except graham crackers--I don't recommend them, too sweet), OR you can use bread crumbs of all types. You can save up the heels of store bought bread in the freezer, stale bagels, french bread, english muffins, challah(you won't believe how rich a dish that makes), and even matzoh. You can use oatmeal, and even rice as the starch ingredient--again, it depends on the type of flavor you're shootin' for. One of our favorites is to make a Mexican meatloaf usin' crushed tortilla chips.
 
Ketchup. Try instead tomato paste, tomato sauce, tomato juice, V-8, Tomato soup, Spaghetti sauce, PACE or other types of salsa. If you like, try barbeque sauce, steak sauce, or if you are tryin' a pork or poultry meatloaf--give an alfredo sauce a shot.
 
Onion. Oh honey, don't just stop at onions--try addin' chopped bell or poblano peppers, toss in leftover veggies--even sneak in a little carrot pulp from juicin'.  Try sautein' the onion and peppers in a bit of olive oil (or bacon grease) before addin' to the mixture--GREAT flavor boost.
 
Salt & Black Pepper. These are good, however, try usin' Grill Seasoning, Italian Seasoning, Chili Powder, Cajun Seasoning, and even a leftover RAMEN packet for an oriental taste.
 
Egg. Now basically, the bread soaked in milk does what the egg does in the mixture. I know the some folks use cooked oats or even cooked cornmeal mush to get the same result. I basically just stick with the egg, 'cause we like it best. However, if you have any allergies, don't be afraid to experiment.
 
There ya have it. The times for bakin' are about the same, however, if I do a larger loaf--I add about 30 minutes.
 
Our family likes Mexican Meatloaf--I use crushed tortilla chips, chili powder and Picante sauce I usually add cheese in the mix, or in the center of the loaf. Serve with rice.
 
Italian--Italian seasoning or Oregano, Spaghetti sauce, and I sometimes layer lasagne noodles in the meatloaf, so give an added texture. Serve with salad and french bread.
 
Granny's meatloaf--My grandmother would put a layer of meat mixture in the pan, then place boiled eggs down the middle, and then put the rest of the mixture on top. When served, each person got a pretty slice of egg in the center.
 
Cordon Blues--The Redneck likes these a LOT. Instead of one big loaf, you make several smaller ones, placin' a small piece of cheese (any flavor--we like Swiss) with a thin slice of ham wrapped around in in the middle. Bake on a cookie sheet.
 
Chunky Chew--This is when I'm feelin' like a rustic meal. I don't get all dainty with my veggies, but leave them in nice chunks. I add lots of oatmeal, and when it bakes up, you can see the veggies and the oats stand out.
 
I'm workin' on an Oriental flavored meatloaf, but I wanna get the flavors just right. Any suggestions?
 
Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013