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A Saturday date with my scrap basket

A Saturday date with my scrap basket

I have been abandoned in favor of a rock concert this weekend.  I retaliated by picking up a double shift for today, forgetting that it is Memorial Day weekend. And seriously, who wants to eat pasta on Memorial Day weekend?! I am expecting work to be very slow.  And when...

The chrome jar has fresh cookies again.

The chrome jar has fresh cookies again.

This jar always had fresh cookies until I inherited the poor thing.  It has sat neglected for too long. The masking-tape label on the bottom says “Grandma Johnson’s Cookie Jar.”  In my memory it has always been “Grandpa Julio’s Cookie Jar” because Grandma passed away when I was very young. ...

Thursday Miscellany

Thursday Miscellany

I am visiting my parents today to help prepare for my brother’s high school graduation party.  I borrowed my mom’s quilt model to show off my newly completed quilt top. Mom’s dog, Gracie, is trained to pose on quilts.  If a quilt is laid out on the floor or over...

Selective Substitutions

Selective Substitutions

I enjoyed leftover cornbread for breakfast today.  Last night it was served with baked beans and kale, and this morning I had it with maple syrup.  Cornbread is my favorite for versatility.  It is also my favorite subject for substitution experiments. Encouraging Spencer to enjoy frugal food is an ongoing...

Kayla K’s “Meaty” Black Bean Taco Filling

Kayla K’s “Meaty” Black Bean Taco Filling

I needed to fill a craving for taco salad and all the ingredients except ground beef or TVP.  I made this black bean mix with spectacular results.  I have not done the math but I expect the cost to much less than ground beef.  It is equally tasty and filling....

Still no new craft supplies…

Still no new craft supplies…

Five months into my No New Craft Supplies challenge and I am still not suffering.  Case in point: Goodwill grab bag! This bag of crochet thread is literally the size of a kitchen trash can. In the very bottom of the bag I found a bulk-cone of crochet cotton.  Score! ...

Of course I can!

Of course I can!

It is no secret that I am a WWII propaganda fiend.  I love that thrift was once so commonplace that anything else was deemed unpatriotic.  I believe most problems Americans face can be solved, or at least relieved, by historical advice.  Take this poster- Every diet I have ever read...

A Polite Request

A Polite Request

Happy news! I accepted a teaching position for the fall! Today I treated myself to some celebratory consignment teacher clothes shopping.  I tried on a nice print wrap dress but noticed loose stitching around the bodice. It was an easy fix but not for an $11 dress. I politely requested...

“Extreme Couponing” is too extreme for me.

“Extreme Couponing” is too extreme for me.

My lesson on grocery savings was met with some hostility when I failed to mention couponing as a viable strategy for grocery savings.  Cooking food from scratch, choosing nutrient-dense foods, and packing a lunch every day is certainly not as exciting as a $600 grocery bill whittled down to $5...