Friday, March 29, 2013

My Opinion (For What It's Worth)

March 29, 2013

Only a few more hours till I drive out to West Texas to see my Redneck!!!!!!!! I'm sooooo excited. I have everything arranged, so all I gotta do is wait until my son leaves for his dad's, and I'm OUTTA HERE! Naturally--you won't see me until next week, so I hope ya'll have a good holiday.

Which brings me to....

As ya'll know--today is known as GOOD FRIDAY. It is traditionally the day the Jesus was crucified for our sins. Notice that I said TRADITIONALLY--not historically.

The reason I'm clarifyin' that is because I've read a LOT of posts from folks who think we shouldn't celebrate Easter, Good Friday, Christams, or any other TRADITIONAL 'Christian' holiday. I've also looked at the whole SABBATH issue (should it be Sunday or Saturday?). I'm not out to shake up anybody's belief system--I'm just puttin' my two cents in (and trust me--it's probably worth less than that).

I understand all the arguments for and against these various holidays, I've read all the facts and looked at the possibilities. Then I looked in the Scriptures, and here is what I have found...

Romans 14says;

14 Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. 2 One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3 The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.

5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. 6 Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written:
“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will acknowledge God.’”

12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.

13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. 14 I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. 15 If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. 16 Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.

19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.

22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.*

(*highlights mine)


So what do we see here? Personally, I see that we all have different ways of showin' our love for God--some of us like to celebrate certain days, others don't. I have several friends who believe that the Sabbath is Saturday. However, we don't judge each other for our differences. I have Christian friends who wouldn't eat pork or get a tattoo to save their lives, while I dig ribs and would love to get a new tattoo someday. We disagree--but we don't judge each other. We are each convinced in what we believe is correct for us as individuals in Christ, but we allow LIBERTY to each other in our differences.

However, this does NOT mean that I have the right to do ANYTHING that is gonna cause someone else to stumble. I may drink a beer--but I wouldn't do it in front of someone who has a problem with alcohol. I eat pork--but would NEVER offer it to a Seventh Day Adventist. I wouldn't bring Christmas gifts to a friend who believes that the holiday is pagan. I have a dear friend who is Mormon--I ain't sendin' her gourmet COFFEE for her birthday!

IT'S ABOUT RESPECT, PEOPLE. Respect for our Christian brothers and sisters, and respect for the Creator Who made them.

And as far as what *I* believe about the whole issue of 'holidays'?

Well, as far as I'm concerned...

Anything that gives me an excuse to celebrate God and His love for me...

I dig it!

But that's just me. You do what is right for you BY FAITH, IN THE LORD.

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






 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Thriftology Thursday--Why Be Frugal?

March 28, 2013

Another week is almost gone--they go by fast sometimes, don't they? We get busy and lose track of time.

This week, I want to address just WHY our family is so frugal. Everyone has different reasons to save money--some want to get out of debt, some want to save up for their children's schoolin'--and some folks just want a big ol' pile of money in the bank.

Any of those reason's are good, 'cause let's face it the only reason NOT to be frugal is when that is ALL you're about. You just hate to spend anything. Somehow--I don't think that's healthy.

I work hard to save money because I want to be a good steward of all that God has given me. I like bein' a stay at home wife and mom. I save because I want the Redneck to be able to miss work for something important and not worry that we won't be able to pay bills due to his absence. I enjoy bein' thrifty when doin' so involves creativity and intelligence.  I feel it's a game for me, huntin' down the big bargains and makin' somethin' outta nothin'.

However, one of the best reasons I enjoy frugality is because I like bein' able to do what I want when I want to, and go where I want because I have the money set aside for it.

Take this weekend for instance. As ya'll know, the Redneck has been gone for almost two months, and we miss each other somethin' awful. Well, this weekend, after my son goes to his dad's--I'm hoppin' in the truck and drivin' out to surprise the Redneck way out in West Texas. I have everything worked out--all the way from havin' my animals fed, to gettin' the goodies that I am makin' for the church bake sale to a friend to deliver them on Saturday. I even got my hair cut today, so that I look extra cute!

If I wasn't thrifty--I couldn't afford to do this little trip. It won't be that expensive, but with the price of gas, it's gonna be a bit pricier than I'd like. However, it will be a nice surprise for him, and it will show that I care for him. I'm takin' him a few goodies to make his life a bit more fun while he's stuck out there, and if all goes well...*ahem*...I'll have a bit of 'fun' myself!

Bein' able to be spontaneous and go do somethin' I want is a great gift. And I have that ability due to the fact that I don't mind savin' money on other areas of my life. I buy used clothes, eat simply, and walk when I can to do errands in order to have that ability.

After all--to quote one of my favorite bands, VAN ZANT..."It's only money!"

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


 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Bake Sale Prep--Recipes

March 27, 2013

As I mentioned earlier, I'm helpin' our cowboy church do a bake sale this weekend, to help raise money for our preacher's chemo costs. I'll be bakin' this week, and I thought it might be fun to share what I'm makin' along with the recipes for each.

First I'll be makin' CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY DELIGHTS, from one of Joanne Fluke's recipes. These things are amzin'--talk about an endorphin rush from the chocolate! Here is the recipe;

Chocolate Covered Cherry Delights

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F, rack in middle position.
  1. 2
    Melt butter and mix in sugar.
  2. 3
    Let mixture cool.
  3. 4
    Add eggs, mix thoroughly.
  4. 5
    Add baking powder, baking soda, salt, vanilla and cocoa, stirring after each addition.
  5. 6
    Add flour and mix well (dough will be stiff and a bit crumbly).
  6. 7
    Drain cherries, remove stems, reserve juice.
  7. 8
    Pat dough into walnut-sized balls.
  8. 9
    Place on a greased cookie sheet, 12 to a standard sheet.
  9. 10
    Press down in center with thumb to make a deep indentation.
  10. 11
    Place one cherry in each indentation.
  11. 12
    In a saucepan, over simmering water (double boiler), combine the chocolate chips and condensed milk.
  12. 13
    Heat on low until the chips are melted.
  13. 14
    Add approximately 1/8 cup of reserved cherry juice and stir to a thick sauce.
  14. 15
    If sauce is too thick, carefully add a little more juice. Test with a teaspoon. If it doesn't glob off, it is too thick.
  15. 16
    Spoon the sauce over the center of each cookie, just enough to cover each cherry. Make sure it doesn't drip down the sides.
  16. 17
    Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes.
  17. 18
    Let cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes.
  18. 19
    Remove to rack to finish cooling.
 
If you want a truly Texas type treat--substitute candied jalepeno slices for the cherries--WHOA! You get the chocolate, a bite of heat, and more sweet. I call 'em TEXAS TEARDROPS.
 
Next up--
 
Cuban Bread
 
This recipe comes from Amy Dacyczyn's THE TIGHTWAD GAZETTE. I have used it for years, and it can be done quickly from start to finish, and with a little experimentation--you can add herbs, fruit, and other ingredients to make it even better.

5-6 c. all-purpose flour (note 1)
2 T. dry yeast (yes, that's 2 tablespoons.  Really.)
2 T. sugar
1 T. salt (note 2)
2 c. hot water (not boiling, just from the tap)
1 T. sesame or poppy seeds or oats

Mix 4 cups of the flour with the yeast, sugar, and salt.  Pour in hot water
and beat 100 strokes, or 3 minutes with a mixer.  Stir in the remaining
flour until the dough is no longer sticky.  Knead 8 minutes.  Place the
dough in a greased bowl and cover with damp towel.  Let rise 15 minutes.
Punch down.  Divide into 2 pieces, shape into 2 round loaves and place on
baking sheet.  Cut an X 1/2 inch deep on top with sharp knife.  Brush with
water and sprinkle with seeds or oats.  Place on the middle shelf of a cold
oven.  Place a cake pan of hot water on the lowest shelf.  Heat the oven to
400 degrees.  Bake 40-50 minutes until deep golden brown.

Notes:
1.  Variations:  I always substitute whole wheat flour for at least half of
the all-purpose flour, and I usually substitute 1/2 cup oatmeal for
1/2 cup of flour.
2.  You can reduce the amount if this is too much salt for you, but
you need to leave some--it regulates the growth of the yeast.

One of my most favorite recipes EVER is:
 
CARAMEL APPLE PIE
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Store-bought apple pie (I use a good quality frozen pie bought on sale with coupons)
  • 3/4 cup Caramel sundae topping
  • 1/2 cup Pecans, chopped
Bake pie accordin' to box. Pour the sundae toppin' all over the top, and sprinkle with nuts. Easy, but tastes great!
 
Okay, here is another way too easy but tastes great and looks WONDERFUL recipes...
 
Filled Bundt Cake
 
Ingredients:
 
One box of your favorite cake mix
Two cans of frosting (different colors)
One can of your favorite pie filling (something that goes with the flavor of the cake you chose)
 
Bake the cake mix in a bundt pan as per the mix instructions. After it's out of the pan, let cool completely on a wire rack over a plate. 
 
Put the open can of frosting you will be using for the main color of the cake (I usually use chocolate) in the microwave and melt it a little at a time, until runny. Then slowly pour over the cake, letting the frosting run down and on to the plate below. Repeat until you have a lovely glossy finish. (you can keep scoopin' up the frosting from the plate and reheating it.
 
Put the second can in the microwave and repeat the melting process. This time, use a big spoon to drizzle the frosting over the first color, making a pretty contrasting layer over the top.
 
Once all the frosting is set, put the cake on a plate and pour in the pie filling, then using a spoon, draw a little of the filling up and over the sides to make it look even more luscious.
 
The first time I made this, I took it to a family dinner, and everyone wanted to know which BAKERY I had bought it at.
 
So, there ya have it, folks--some easy and delicious treats you may wanna try this weekend.
 
Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
 © 2013 by Evelyn Edgett
 
 
 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

My First Real Rant

March 26, 2013

Okay....

Um....

How do I put this with all the love that I feel for my fellow believers in Christ...?

WOULD YOU PEOPLE GET YOUR HEADS ON STRAIGHT!?!?!?!?!

Yeah--that about sums it up.

What I'm tryin' to say is please THINK before you sent stuff out in a mass emailin'--OKAY?

What brought this rant on today is that I received an email from someone that contained an "official" quote from actor and comedian Ben Stein. It was a good speech, and the email went on to say that I needed to pass it on, but if I didn't, I wasn't a good Christian, blah, blah, BLECH!

Since I have seen many emails like this--I decided to check out the veracity of the contents. So I googled Mr. Stein, and found his site. (www.benstein.com)

Sure enough--there was a statement about this email. Yes, he had  made a speech, and it was CLOSE to what is bein' sent out--but it had been 'edited'. Here is the REAL speech.

"Herewith at this happy time of year, a few confessions from my beating heart:

I have no freaking clue who Nick and Jessica are. I see them on the cover of People and Us constantly when I am buying my dog biscuits and kitty litter. I often ask the checkers at the grocery stores. They never know who Nick and Jessica are either. Who are they? Will it change my life if I know who they are and why they have broken up? Why are they so important? I don't know who Lindsay Lohan is, either, and I do not care at all about Tom Cruise's wife.

Am I going to be called before a Senate committee and asked if I am a subversive? Maybe, but I just have no clue who Nick and Jessica are. Is this what it means to be no longer young. It's not so bad.

Next confession: I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees. It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, "Merry Christmas" to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him?

I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we knew went to
."


Pretty darn good, even better without all the added stuff.

See--this makes me nuts. Many times, Christians just automatically send out emails that may or MAY NOT contain the facts. We don't stop to think that we may unwittingly be spreadin' a falsehood, and damagin' the witness for Christ in the bargain.

For at least three decades, I have seen emails, photocopies, hand written letters, etc, about Madelyn Murray O'Hair tryin' to get all religious broadcastin' off the air. It's "The Petition 2493" Urban Legend. All the copies urge folks to write the FCC or other agencies to prevent this from happenin'. I have tried to tell folks this ain't real--even showed 'em the report from the FCC, who is STILL tryin' to get folks to understand that the petition rumor is false. I looked it up just now, and here is some of what they have to say (www.FCC.gov);

Religious Broadcasting Rumor. A false rumor continues to circulate that the FCC is proposing to ban religious broadcasting. This rumor is often (and erroneously) attributed to Madilyn Murray O'Hare. A petition (RM-2493) which had requested the Commission to make licensing changes was denied in 1975. You may read excerpts from that Commission order [ HTML ] or the entire document [ PDF (1.2 MB) ]."

I seldom rant on this blog, simply because I want to be a positive influence in cyberspace. However, I have always wanted to address this subject, and today I just decided to get this off my chest.

The Bible states:

"All who are prudent act with knowledge, but fools expose their folly." Proverbs 13:16

"Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions." Proverbs 18:2

"A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards." Proverbs 29:11

Basically--it's sayin' don't open your mouth till ya know all the facts. If you get an email ugin' you to send it on--FIND OUT IF IT'S THE TRUTH FIRST!!!!!!! Don't just take it at face value because your buddy sent it to you in a mass emailin'.

I ain't pointin' out anything that I haven't had to learn myself over the years. We all get caught up in junk like this from time to time--mainly due to our own laziness about checkin' facts.

After all, isn't what I'm describin' basically just a new version of GOSSIP?

Hmmm........

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

 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Great News And Not So Great News

March 25, 2013

First--the GREAT news...

BRODY IS OFF THE VENTILATOR!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, folks, my little buddy is breathin' on his own, his eyes are open, and while he is slightly sedated (to prevent his pullin' out tubes)--he is doin' so much better!

Here is a photo of the little fighter and his momma:

 
 
 
Ain't he BEAUTIFUL?  I'm so glad I was sent this photo to share with all of ya'll who have been prayin' for him. I just KNEW that if I got more folks involved in the prayin' process, somethin' good was gonna happen. We still have a long way to go, and we don't know what the future holds for this little fella--but we know WHO HOLDS THE FUTURE, and His word says in Isaiah 55:8-9;
 
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts."
 
 
Okay--that was the great news. The not so great news is...
 
The Redneck won't be home this weekend. In fact, it looks like there will be TWO MORE WEEKS before he gets to come home.
 
Well....shoot.
 
I guess I could pitch a Holy Hannah Hissy Fit, but what good would that do? I could whine and complain to the Redneck when we talk on the phone, but that would not make him feel any better, and it's not his fault what happened.
 
Instead, I'm gonna use the time to keep workin' on projects that make our little cottage more homey for when he does get home. I can concentrate on improvin' my health more, and I can also have more time to help out with the bake sale our church is holdin' this weekend to raise funds to help our preacher with his chemotherapy bills. I can pray for my Beloved even more than I do now, and I can praise God that he has a job, and that God is providin' for us every step of the way.
 
I can be positive when we talk on the phone, and I can encourage the Redneck with scripture. I can take one day at a time and do my best to be a good wife and mom.
 
I can choose joy over sorrow, and I can trust God to do the best thing in HIS timin', not mine.
 
Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett
 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Cold Weather--Update On Brody

March 22, 2013

GREAT GERTIE'S GARTERS, where did the warm weather go? After a week of toasty temps, we are wearin' sweatshirts and jackets again, and it's supposed to get colder this weekend.

Well, more importantly, here is an update on little Brody.

He is doin' better. He is off the high frequency vent and back on a regular vent, The dialysis is workin' Although he is still slightly sedated, he is awake and movin' around. The sedation is needed so he doesn't pull out his tubes. His family is now in the Ronald McDonald House across the street from the hospital, so that is takin' a lot of stress off them.

This little guy is such a fighter. I understand that he has lived longer than many children with his condition. I want to thank everyone who is prayin' for him and his family. I will keep ya'll posted as more details come in.

Oh--and EIGHT MORE DAYS TILL THE REDNECK COMES HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cabinets Organized--10 Days Till Redneck Is Home--Preppin' The House

March 20, 2013

I finished organizin' the bedroom cabinets when I got home yesterday, and I also got the big and small freezers inventoried and organized better. I even found a bag of FRENCH TOAST FLAVORED BAGELS that I got for 99 cents....yum! They are deeelish!

Only TEN more days till the Redneck gets home! I have been plannin' meals for when he's home, and makin' sure everything is done so he only has to relax and enjoy his time off.

In order for that to happen, I need to make certain that my household is in order (not perfect--just orderly), so that I too can be relaxed and calm when he's home. If I see to this, then I need only do the basics of housekeepin', leavin' me free to hop in the truck if he wants to go somewhere, sit and talk with him (even more important--LISTEN to him), or anything he may want to do while he's home.

Proverbs 31: 27 says:

"She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness."

Honestly, homemakin' ain't that hard IF YOU KEEP UP WITH IT. I can have my home cleaned up spic and span in a two hour once a week full out cleanin' (dustin', moppin', changin' beds, etc)--IF I have kept up with all the little jobs that need doin' each day (dishes, pickin' up clutter, wipin' down the counters and appliances, etc). I have a LOT of time left over to do things with my family, or by myself on the weekends that everyone is gone.

So today, I will tackle another project to make my home a better place to live, and I will do it with a grateful heart to God Who has allowed me to be a stay at home wife and mom at this time in my life (notice I said AT THIS TIME in my life--not everyone has that luxury, and no one should condemn another woman for workin' outside the home or stayin' in it. It took YEARS for me to be able to do this).

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





 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Takin' A Break--Some Readin' I'm Doin'

March 19, 2013

Whew! I have been organizin' and purgin' a couple of cabinets in my bedroom, and I had no idea just how far behind I was on doin' it, until I looked up and saw it was past noon. I began around 9 a.m., and I'm STILL NOT DONE. Now though, it's at the stage of mostly puttin' the stuff I'm keepin' back and doin' my regular cleanin' chores for the room. However--I told Obie let's get the heck outta here for a bit--so we came into town to post and do other errands.

Last night, I tried makin' GRILLED CREAM CHEESE SANDWICHES, and I gotta tell ya....

...{{SWOON}}.

Oh yeah--they are THAT good.

The recipe is real simple, and it's in Joanne Fluke's BLUEBERRY MUFFIN MURDER. I'm finished re-readin' Diane Mott Davidson's series, so I decided to re-read Joanne FLuke's series of mysteries, and they also have a lovely culinary bent in them. Her heroine is Hannah Swensen, and she is a baker of world class  cookies in Lake Eden, Minnesota. The books are wonderful, and I just finished BLUEBERRY MUFFIN MURDER, hence the yen to try the grilled cream cheese 'sammies'.

I recommend visitin' her website (www.murdershebaked.com) for news of this wonderful series, and for her wonderful sugar cookie recipe. She also has a cookbook out Joanne Fluke's Lake Eden Cookbook, and that's my next purchase when I hit the book store. It has all the recipes from all the books, AND a few new recipes we haven't seen before.

Along with these, I have started a book by Chaim Grad (April 4, 1910 – April 26, 1982), titled THE YESHIVA. It's a thick book--almost 3 inches--and it's fascinatin'. It's about life in a yeshiva, or Jewish scholar school for young men, and I am understandin' it takes place between the World Wars. The characters are interestin' and complex. The glimpse we are given into the lives of not only the students and teachers in the yeshiva, but also the parents, wives and other townspeople is a captivatin' look into a culture that is often little understood by outsiders to the orthodox Jewish faith. Even though the book was written in the late 1960s, it is still a great read.

Oh yeah--11 more days till the Redneck gets home!

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




 

Monday, March 18, 2013

No News On Brody--REDNECK COMIN' HOME!--Book Review

March 18 2013

First of all, no new report on Brody's condition today. I just haven't heard anything. Will post when I hear.

Yes, folks--my Beloved Redneck will be home in TWELVE DAYS!!!!!!!!!!

Only for a week--but he'll be HOME! And he's be home for Easter, so we can attend chuch together, and I intend to make a nice dinner for afterwards. Obie will be at his dad's, so we can have time alone for a bit--and we are gonna NEED it, if you get my drift...{{GRIN}}.

About my son goin' to his dad's over the Easter weekend--I'm gonna ask his dad to PLEASE not get him all (pardon the holiday pun) 'hopped up' on candy and then bring him home!

Read a new book over the weekend--SHIFT YOUR HABIT:Easy Ways to Save Money, Simplify Your Life, and Save the Planet by Elizabeth Rodgers. It's a paperback, and it's easy to read and comprehend. Filled with the simple idea that by just changin' some of our daily habits, we can cut our expenses, make life a lot easier and simple, and be good stewards of the earth we live on.

The book is divided into categories--food, home, family, etc. Each section has simple ideas that are cost effective for the most part (replacin' light bulbs with more energy efficient models does cost more initially, but they save more money in the long run, for example), and you also can read about actualy folks who practive what they are preachin'.

There is also a website (www.shiftyourhabit.com) that is good for assistin' you in your quest to shift to better habits. Give it a look.

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

 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Brody Update

March 17, 2013

Quick update on Brody. The poor little guy is goin' from better to worse--one moment seemin' to make a comeback, the next his blood pressure has dropped again, and he is strugglin' to live. I know what I WANT as answer to prayer. I also know that sometimes God's answers are not what we want--but what we NEED to happen in our lives and those around us. As badly as I want a mirculous recovery for Brody--and I KNOW God can do that, no doubts at all--I also know that Isaiah 55:8-9 says;

8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts."


So my prayer is simply that God's BEST happen in the life of this child and his family, and that God is glorified in whatever happens.

Please continue to  lift up this little family.

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

Friday, March 15, 2013

Update On Brody--I Think Your Prayers Are WORKIN'!

March 15, 2013

Just got a text about Brody, and it is encouragin' to me, so I want to share it with ya'll.

His momma sent:

"We are just waiting and seeing. They are doing an ultrasound to check his veins and arteries to see what is viable for transplant purpose. The fear is that if he doesn't have a good artery or vein to hook up for transplant we would be keeping him alive with no hope of a future for him. We hope this is not the case."

Brody's momma is pretty young yet she is handlin' this with much more faith and grace than I think I would have if it were my son. She and her husband are under a lot of stress, and they also have a younger baby, so they can REALLY use ya'lls prayers for this little family.

I KNOW ya'll have been prayin' and passin' this along, because this time yesterday, I was wonderin' what I could do to help plan a child's funeral. Today we are lookin' at a possible transplant for Brody.

No matter what--I want God to be glorified in this situation. I know that good will be brought forth out of this, no matter the outcome. The Bible tells us in Romans 8:28:

"28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

Thank you all for your continued prayers. I think I have the best blog readers in the world.

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

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Update On Brody--Thriftology Thursday, Clearance Foods

March 14, 2013

A quick update on Brody--he is doin' better today. They have been able to draw a lot of the toxins buildin' up in his little body. He had been retainin' about 4 litres of fluid in his body--that is TWO LARGE SODA BOTTLES. They are keepin' him in a chemical coma for now. Thank ya'll for your prayers--please continue askin' God for this child's welfare.

Okay--on to Thriftology Thursday.

Today, I wanna take ya'll on a quick tour of my local grocery store's CLEARANCE sections, and show how I save a lot of our food budget dollars by shoppin' there.

You really need to find a smaller local grocery store to get your best chance at clearance deals. Bigger stores don't do them as much, and even if they do--the 'clearance' prices are not that good.

The first place I go is the produce aisle. There is a cart where the produce manager places bags of produce that are marked down due to it no longer bein' pretty enough to put in the regular bins. Here is where you will find bell peppers that usually sell for $1.00 each for .99 cents a bag. With about 5 or 6 peppers per bag--that's a good deal. Onions, zucchini, avocados, cauliflower, and even bags of salad greens can be found here at different times of the month, and if you are careful in your choices, and prudent in your use--you can buy enough to either eat fresh, juice, or process for dryin', freezin', picklin' and even cannin'. Many times we find bags of bananas for .99 cents. The only thing wrong with them is that the skins are a little dotted, yet the fruit itself is still firm. I keep them on the counter and use them as snacks, put them into fruit salads at breakfast, dry them for chips, or when they begin to soften more than is desirable--I peel and freeze them in baggies so they can be thawed and baked in bread, muffins or cakes--and they make great additions to fruit smoothies.

Next, I check the deli counter. This is where pre made potato salad, Texas caviar, puddin's and cakes are placed when on clearance. I don't buy a lot of them, but occasionally we enjoy a little treat of Texas caviar, and I snag a container that normally sells for $2-3 dollars for about $1.50. A container lasts about 3 meals as a side dish, so it's a good deal in my book.

On to the meat cooler. Here I can find all kinds of goodies marked way down. I have purchased packages of hot dogs, bacon, sausage, and boudin for as little as $1.00. I freeze the meats for later use. A good use for hot dogs is to slice them long ways, then across the center, and place them in the dehydrator overnight. When they are completely dry--pop them into a jar or plastic bag in the fridge to use as doggy treats. My mutts LOVE 'em.

Also, I find packages of hamburger, roasts, steaks and chops for less than the normal price. I don't get charcoal steaks for a buck (wouldn't THAT be nice?), but I do find them for about $5.00 off the package. I pop these into the freezer for when the Redneck is off on the weekend, and we have a grilled dinner. If you get a 10 pound package of hamburger and don't have a huge family--just divide into one pound portions and freeze them in whatever container works best for you. I do the same with ribs and chops.

Around the corner there is a shelf where the store places cans, bottles, bags and boxes that are a bit 'unsightly' due to dents or crushed corners. This is also where products that didn't do as well as the store had hoped go.

Yesterday, I found cans of NESTLES Mexican Brand of sweetened condensed milk for .99 cents. This product usually sells for $2.50 and sometimes up to $3.00 a can. I also found several boxes of rigatoni pasta for .99 cents. This brand sells normally for $2.00 a box. I have found many products that I have wanted to try but wasn't certain if I would like them, so gettin' a dented can of chipotle baked beans for .50 cents is a decent risk margin. If we liked the product (and we did, btw), I will add it to my list of staples to buy later.

Movin' on down the store to the dairy aisle, I can really make out big here. I can buy quarts, half gallons and even gallons of milk for .99 cents. I take these home, remove a cup from the gallons and freeze the remainder for later use. The cup that I remove gets planned into that evenin' or next day's menu for gravy or sauces. I don't remove any from the half gallons or quarts--just pop them in the freezer. I sometimes find half gallons of orange juice for .99 cents, and I stock up for the month and freeze them also.

I recently found YOPLAIT yogurt for .25 cents a carton. I snagged all they had, and we have enjoyed them as snacks, smoothie ingredients, and even as a 'sauce' for fruit salad. I buy large containers of plain yogurt when on sale, and we not only use it as yogurt, we use it as a sour cream substitute, and in place of milk in baked goods. You can also  make a form of cheese by drainin' the whey from the yogurt usin' a strainer and a coffee filter or clean thin cloth in the fridge over night.. And don't dump the whey--COOK with it.

Last but far from least is the frozen section, where I have found sherbert and ice cream for $1.50 a half gallon. I save those in the freezer for church dinners. The kids don't care that it's clearance--they just see ICE CREAM AND A SCOOP.

Sometimes there will be good quality, family sized lasanga at half price. This is normally due to a corner bein' squished down, or maybe a sell date is past. I just chunk them into the freezer and save them for times when I need a larger casserole.

Well, there ya have it. Some of the ways that I save money for my family. I don't always find a pile of great bargains, but I keep lookin' anytime I come into town. As a result of takin' a few minutes when ever I get a chance--I find that I save around 30-50% of our food budget each month, and my pantry and freezer stay stocked.

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













 





Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Prayer Request For Child In Our Church

March 13, 2013

Today I have a prayer request for a little boy in our church. His name is Brody. He is about 2 years old, and he has a condition that is endangerin' his life. He has had poor health since he was born, and he has had both kidneys removed a few months ago. He is in the pediatric intensive care unit right now, and he is doin' poorly. His momma and daddy are so stressed right now, and our church has been prayin' for this precious child for a long time. He is on a transplant list, but he has to stay infection free for several months.

Please pray for this child--I know that ya'll pray when I ask you, because things start happenin'.

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













 






Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A Look At Insults

March 12, 2013

Every so often, I GOOGLE the phrase 'Christian Homemaking Blogs or Sites". I do this because I like to keep current with any other folks out there who are workin' to spread the Gospel and the philosophy of simple livin'.

But sometimes I come across things that I don't expect. A few weeks ago, I came across a site that was filled with criticism for one of the blogs that I follow. The blog in question is not the point--it is a good blog, Biblically based, and though I don't agree with everything the blogger says--I have a lot of respect for them and feel it is a great blog.

For some reason, readin' the mean things that were said about the blog sort of upset me, and I dwelt on the subject really more than I should have. I don't like folks who say unkind things about others, and yet, I have learned that I can do NOTHIN' to stop them, nor can I do anything to keep others from believin' the bad things that are said. So I let it go, and went on with my life.

However, this mornin' while I was doin' some readin' in Joyce Meyer's book,"CHANGE YOUR WORDS CHANGE YOUR LIFE, I came across a delightful quote from George Whitefield, an English Evangelist (December 27, 1714 – September 30, 1770). He was once sent a letter that falsely accussed him of wrong doin', and he sent a reply, which I intend to emulate with all my critics (yes--I DO have critics. Hard to believe, I know--but there ya are!  {{GRIN}}).

He wrote;

"I thank you heartily for your letter. As for what you and my other enemies are saying against me, I know worse things about myself than you will ever say about me. With love in Christ, George Whitefield."

Wasn't that great? I was readin' Proverbs 12 this mornin', and came across;

"16 Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult."

Don't those two go together beautifully? I did a little more research, and found in Isaiah 51:7;

“Hear me, you who know what is right, you people who have taken my instruction to heart: Do not fear the reproach of mere mortals or be terrified by their insults."

And in 2 Corinthians 12:10;

"That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

Again in 1 Peter 2:23;

"When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly."

So keep livin' as He would have you live, and when folks throw insults at you--hand them over to God Who knows the true condition of your heart.

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













 






 

Monday, March 11, 2013

I Catch A Mischief Maker..."Red Pawed"

March 11, 2013

After my son and I fed and watered animals this mornin', I walked into my kitchen and found a plate in pieces on the floor, along with an oatmeal bowl. I knew who had done it--he was the only possible culprit.

His name is Midnight Joy.

Midnight is a small black fuzzy mutt who I found in a an all night laundry mat over ten years ago. Someone had dumped him in thier durin'  a thunderstorm. I was there to do laundry late at night, due to our leavin' for a vacation the next mornin'.

Under one of the tables was a puppy, scared but waggin' his tail. I put my laundry in, and sat on a bench to read until the washin' was done, and while I sat there, this little guy came and curled up against my side. When I put the clothes into the dryer, we did the same thing, and he sat right next to my feet while I folded the dry clothes.

I put all the baskets into the truck, and when I looked back, there was this little guys, lookin' up and hopeful.

I sighed. "Come on," I said and he jumped into the truck. As I pulled out and headed home, I wondered how this tiny guy was gonna fit into our household with two grown wolves and a cat who THOUGHT he was a wolf.

As you can see--he has fit in for many years. He has been a sweet companion to our family, and he has been a fierce protector of my son. I named him Midnight because that's when I found him, and the Joy part was added due to his dispostition.

However...

...today his name is MUD.

He KNEW he had messed up, 'cause the second I went into the kitchen--he disappeared under the table.

I'm not sayin' he is smart--but I have walked in and he's in an apron, dustin' shelves and ironin'--that usually clues me into the fact that he has done somethin' wrong.

(Yes--I'm exagerratin'--it's called HYPERBOLE--look it up)

How he got his fat backside up where he could reach that plate--I have no idea. He so seldom does anything wrong, it actually shocks me when he is naughty.

So, he gets to spend the mornin' in his kennel while we are gone doin' errands, instead of snoozin' on my son's bed or the Redneck's recliner. When we get home, he will wag his tail and cock his head, askin' to be let out so he can suck up to me and apologize in his doggy manner.

And I will forgive him, lettin' him out to jump in my lap and cuddle for a time. He will join Obie and I for a snack, us with a homemade cookie, him for a doggie treat. Then later after lunch, we will all settle in to watch a movie or read, and he will be right there, enjoyin' HIS people.

Well, I got chores, and then I have to go pardon a 'criminal'. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett













 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Windy Day--Finally Saw SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE

March 10, 2013

The wind today is COLD!. Obie and I went to feed horses in the back pasture before leavin' for church this mornin', and a gust hit me so hard I had to lean into the wind and wait for my breath to come back.

After church, we came home and had a light lunch of leftover spaghetti and salad, and then we settled in to watch a film I've heard a lot about, but never had the desire to watch. SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, starrin' Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

I figured what the heck--I finally read Anne of Green Gables and I liked it--so I'll go for another one and try this film.

It is a sweet film, it's cute, it's kind of funny...

...I don't get the big attraction.

I mean, I like chick flicks, they can be fun. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are really fine actors. But this movie is just....bleh.

Sorry.

The funniest scene is where Tom Hanks and another man are discussin' how women weep over movies. The dialogue goes:

Sam Baldwin: Well I'm not looking for a mail-order bride! I just want somebody I can have a decent conversation with over dinner. Without it falling down into weepy tears over some movie!
Greg: She's, as you just saw, very emotional.
Sam Baldwin: Although I cried at the end of "the Dirty Dozen."
Greg: Who didn't?
Sam Baldwin: Jim Brown was throwing these hand grenades down these airshafts. And Richard Jaeckel and Lee Marvin
[Begins to cry]
Sam Baldwin: were sitting on top of this armored personnel carrier, dressed up like Nazis...
Greg: [Crying too] Stop, stop!
Sam Baldwin: And Trini Lopez...
Greg: Yes, Trini Lopez!
Sam Baldwin: He busted his neck while they were parachuting down behind the Nazi lines...
Greg: Stop.
Sam Baldwin: And Richard Jaeckel - at the beginning he had on this shiny helmet...
Greg: [Crying harder] Please no more. Oh God! I loved that movie.

Now THAT was funny.

But seriously--what can you expect from a woman whose favorite film is JAWS?

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













 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Rainy Day--Rawmazing Book And Website Review--Movie Bargain!

March 9, 2013

It's a gentle rainy day, and Obie and I are at the local wifi spot, enjoyin' a soda and music. I hope ya'll are all havin' a good day too.

As ya'll know, I have been increasin' my raw foods intake, and I'm always lookin' for more books and websites to help me in this quest.

Well, I recently found Rawmazing: Over 130 Simple Raw Recipes for Radiant Health  by Susan Powers. It's a great book, not only filled with recipes, but also gorgeous photos of what the food looks like when it's prepared. This is definately one to buy--the recipes are not hard, and the ingredients are fairly easy to find.

There is also www.rawmazing.com. , which is related to the book by Susan Powers, and it is very helpful. The latest recipe is Raw Bruschetta Crackers with Basil Garlic Cashew Spread. I wanna try it--but I absolutely HATE basil. I don't get the appeal of pesto, really. So I will try another herb to use. That is the cool thing about lernin' the basics of cookin', or even, um...UNcookin'. Once you have the basics, you can play with how things are prepared, and make them more to your and your family's  likin'.

One of the things that I love about Power's recipes is that she uses parsnips to substitute for rice. I enjoy parsnips with their peppery flavor, and with the price of them right now--whirlin' 'em in a food processor or even just gratin' them by hand into a 'rice' makes them go farther.

One of the funny things about havin' the Redneck gone for so long is that our food bill gets cut even lower. Obie and I eat mostly raw foods, poultry and fish when it's just us, and the meat is really used as the side dish to the veggies. Don't get me wrong--I still LOVE to eat meat, but I can do with a lot less of it. I think that actually makes the meat I DO eat taste even better, since it's more of a treat than a staple.

Oh--real quick--we stopped at a yard sale yesterday, and I got COWBOYS AND ALIENS on BLU-RAY, DVD and the digital copy...

...for $3.00.

Yup, it seems the lady bought the movie brand new, paid full price, watched it once, decided she didn't like it, and tossed it into the yard sale for a fraction of the original cost.

{{SIGH}} I LOVE spendthrifts--they make my life as a Thriftologist soooooo easy.....

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





 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Prayer Request Update

March 8, 2013

Yay--it's grocery day! Also laundry day and library day, and feed store day. It's basically we get the heck outta the house day, and no rules for how we do what we gotta do day.

This mornin' I want to update ya'll about my friend who is fightin' for her son's safety with her ex-husband.

She was found guilty of interferrin' with the visitation of the father, which she never denied she was doin'. She was doin' it to protect the boys from their father, who is a sexual predator. We have been waiting for the sentencing phase to occur, and we now know that it will be the 1st of April (brother, can it be any more ironic?). We will learn then if she will go to jail for 25 days, or what else the judge may have in mind.

If that isn't enough, there is a child custody hearing a few days later, with the same judge. I am concerned that there is gping to be a lot of prejudice against my friend in this situation, but again, I have no idea what God has in store for this family.

I'm just asking that my readers pray and share this prayer request with others for this family. I called her this morning, and there seems to be a possibilty of a mediation between the two parties, and whatever is decided will be submitted to the judge.

We have come so far together in this folks--can ya go a bit farther with me as I fight the spiritual battles for the fate of two young boys?

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



 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Thriftology Thursday--Dispose Of Disposables

March 7, 2013

Welcome to Thriftology Thursday. Today I wanna talk about one of the biggest wasters of a household's funds--

Disposables

You know--paper towels, trash bags, diapers, paper plates and cups, even toilet paper, are all things that you buy only to throw away. As a result, the household budget is maimed.

Hopefully, I will give ya'll a few pointers to get ya started, and then I KNOW ya'll are smart enough to take it further and figure out a bunch of other ways to cut down on disposables in your life.

First--paper plates, cups, and napkins. While I believe that for really large events these products are okay to use--to use them every day just because you don't like to wash dishes is DUMB. It doesn't take more then a few minutes to do the dishes from a meal.

The cost of individual plastic utensils, cups, plates and paper napkins may seem nominal. However, if you look online and do the math, even a cheap set of disposable dinnerware (and seriously--who wants to use the really cheap stuff? It falls apart and you end up with food in your lap), can run about a buck per place settin'. Say you have a family of four or more folks. That's at least four bucks per meal, with three meals a day, 12 bucks per day, and add in snacks that can happen any number of times per day...

You are spendin' over $20 a day on dinnerware. After a month...?

See? D-U-M-B.

Even when we go campin', I use real dinnerware, includin' cloth napkins, stuff bought at yard sales extremely cheap, and if broken, they are easy to replace. I take two plastc basins and wash the dishes after meals. I'm hopin' to invest in a few actual 'mess kits' like we had in the military. These sets include a canteen, metal cup, utenstils, and a plate that can also be used as a skillet.

Movin' on to one of my pet peeves--paper towels.

Advertisers have convinced folks that paper towels are the only thing that can be used to clean with, and MUST be used to drain foods on.

Hogwash.

I use old t-shirts that have been cut up to clean with. They are soft, lint free (so they are good for windows and mirrors), and they do a good job of cleanin' when used with a simple all purpose cleaner. Just toss them into the wash, dry 'em and you are ready to start over.

As for drainin' greasy foods--when I was in Korea many years ago I saw street vendors use many different types of paper products to drain fried foods on. I saw a LOT of computer printout paper used to drain foods and to make cones to hold said foods.

I use the Sunday paper to drain fried foods on, just like my granny and other older relatives did. Don't use the colored inserts--they don't absorb as well, but the black and white pages work great. About once a month or so, I spend around $2 for a Sunday paper--and when they run a special, I get TWO for the price of one. I read it, I cut out coupons, do the crossword, etc, and then I pile the paper on a counter off to the side to store until I need it. A typical Sunday paper lasts me at least a month. I don't fry a lot of foods, but I do some craftin' that requires papers on the table to make cleanup easier.

And NO--I have never gotten sick from usin' this method.

As for diapers--yes, my son is long past the age when we used diapers, but I recall how expensive the disposables were, and how easy it was to use and care for cloth diapers.

I did a search, and there are so many sites out there that can help you figure out which diapers are best for your child, how to wash them, and how to even make travelin' while usin' cloth diapers easy.
I understand that if you have your child in a daycare or church nursery, you may be required to use disposables. If you save  money by usin' the cloth ones at home daily, then the costs of disposables for the occasional use can be offset by quite a bit.

Now--here is where a lot of ya'll are gonna freak out on me.

A few years ago, I found Angela Coffman at the GROCERY SHRINK (www.groceryshrink.com). She had a lot of great ideas, and when you join her email list, you get a great set of recipes for homemade cleaners (try the citrus cleaner--you will LOVE e'm!).

One of the meails Angela sent out had her story of how her family got out of debt. In the email, she mentioned 'washable toilet paper'.

Okay, I thought THIS I gotta ask her about. The reply I got was simple. She just cut decent sized squares of flannel cloth, kept them in a basket by the toilet, and when they were used, they were dropped into a small plastic trash can used specifically for that purpose. when there were enough, the cloths were poured into the washin' machine and then dried and placed back into the baasket. She never touched the cloths, and her family saved a  lot of money each month.

It made sense, so I asked the Redneck about tryin' it. He said fine, but he would opt out. So I went to work.

I didn't use flannel, since I didn't have any, but Ihad a ton of t-shirts that had been given to me. I cut the squares, polpped 'em into a basket in the bathroom, and placed a small plastic bucket with a lid (sort of like a diaper pail) on the floor.

I haven't  looked back since. Now, the Redneck still uses regular paper, but since niether I nor my son do--our costs have gone way down. There is no smell, the cloths are sturdier than the paper, and I think they actually work better for cleansin'.

Okay--if you are still with me..you are, right?

Trash bags. Is there anything MORE insane than buying something for the specific purpose of THROWIN' IT AWAY? Just toss that cash into the garbage--it's gonna end up there anyway.

First--try to cut down on your trash by buyin' fewer packaged foods. Recycle whatever you can--cans, bottles, plastic and paper. Compost your peels and other vegetable matter, or donate it to a community garden that composts. Get off junk mail lists. Use a shredder to cut up your documents, then use the shreds for cat litter, compost, or paper mache (heck, go on YOUTUBE and learn how to make handmade paper for craftin').

When you DO need a trash bag--use empty feed bags for your cat or dog (I use empty horse feed bags), grocery sacks, pottin' soil sacks, etc. I even made a washable trash bag for small trach cans once--just stitched a small t-shirt across under the arms, cut off the excess, and placed it in the little trash cans by the bed or desk. when they are full, pour the contents into the household trash, and replace. If they get soiled, pop 'em into the wash with the towels.

As for feminine sanitary products--there are many different products out there that are safe and easy to use. Luna Pads, Glad Rags, and patterns for makin' your own washable pads are all over the internet. If you prefer something even simpler--look up the Diva Cup.

Hopefully, I have given ya'll a new perspective on disposable products, and you are even now figurin' out ways to replace them with brilliant ideas. Please, share these ideas in the reply section.

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