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A dissatisfied customer

You might already know that I cloth diaper my babies. When it comes time to potty train, I stick with cloth as well and don't use Pull-ups or the other disposable pull-ons. For night-time, though, sometimes they are necessary. I have two kinds of kids--the kind that wets at night and the kind that doesn't. Children numbers 1 and 3 are the night-wetting type and children number 2 and 4 have stayed dry at night even when they weren't even toilet-trained yet. The oldest outgrew the night-wetting shortly after he turned 5 but I am still waiting for Frugalgirl2 to outgrow it at 5 1/2.  read more »

How to make your own yogurt

This tutorial was originally published on my old blog but I thought I'd move it over.

While I still buy those outrageously expensive individual cups of yogurt on occasion, I almost always have a quart or two of homemade yogurt in the fridge. I use it mostly in fruit smoothies. Some frozen fruit and some yogurt, blended up, makes a delicious and nutritious breakfast drink. It is super easy to make your own yogurt, for a fraction of the cost of store-bought.

Things you will need:
Milk
Saucepan
2 tbsp plain yogurt (with active cultures) per quart of milk
candy or instant-read thermometer
quart jars and lids
small cooler
dish towels  read more »

Still waiting....

I am still pregnant and while I wait for this baby to come I am trying to finish up this year's canning. As I stirred the plum jam this morning I was a little bit glad that the apple trees aren't really mature enough to have born any fruit this year, and that we only got a couple gallons of pears, because between the peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums, berries, crabapples, squash, cucumbers, and corn, I had my hands full. It feels good to have almost all of my jars full of food. There are still lots of blackberries and some apricot puree in the freezer that need to be made into jam, but right now the freezer is so jam-packed (not with jam!) with sale-purchased meat that I don't have space for jam.  read more »

Locks of Love

The two older girls recently donated their hair to Locks of Love. I was getting really tired of brushing waist-length hair on the 5 year-old every morning before school, but it had to be her idea for it to be cut. Look how cute they turned out!  read more »

Are you ready?

My parents live in the greater Houston area and were hit by Hurricane Ike almost 2 weeks ago. They didn't need to evacuate and had plenty of supplies and food to get them by. They froze extra water jugs to help keep their freezer cold until the power came back on. A great idea, as long as your power comes back on. They've now been without power for 13 days and are hopeful that it will be on soon. They invited friends and neighbors over and barbecued the rest of the meat in their freezer before it could go bad.  read more »


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