Recent posts

addition update

I updated the renovation blog and put some more pictures up on flickr. You're welcome. :-)

more on the pantry principle

I'm afraid I've cooked so many meals using the pantry principle since I promised you more on the subject, that I can't even remember them all. Life is never boring here on the Frugal Farm, here's a sample of recent events...

*we passed our final inspection on our addition! No carpet, wood floor in the dining area, or trim/baseboards, but we're signed off with the city! YAY!
*the weather has turned to spring and I finally planted peas and onions but haven't gotten to the other spring crops.
*the Frugalbaby got a double ear infection and the pediatrician was out of town so I had to wait 2 hours at urgent care instead. FUN!
*above ear infection's antibiotics caused much intestinal distress and baby gets probiotics, too!  read more »

Happy Easter!

easter eggs
While it is easy to get lost in the frenzy of colored eggs and pastel candies, may we always remember the Atonement and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


I have never seen such a thing....a rainbow, straight up in the rain clouds in the sky...


in the meantime, a recipe

I know I promised more on the pantry principle. But life gets in the way! How about a recipe that I invented this weekend in the meantime? Yummy and healthy.

Italian Wheatberry and Orzo Salad
1 cup cooked wheat berries
1/2 cup dry orzo pasta, cooked al dente and drained
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
2 oz dry Italian salami, (diced in 1/4 inch dice if a chunk or cut slices in quarters)
1/2 of a red bell pepper, diced in 1/2 inch dice
2 tbsp finely minced red onion
1/4 cup chopped marinated artichoke hearts
salt and pepper

Whisk together vinegar and oil in a medium bowl. Add other ingredients and toss together. Season to taste. Chill.

The pantry principle, aka Meal planning without a menu

I used to make menus. And I saved them for reference, even. I have pages and pages of old menus in the back of one of my recipe binders. But as the years have gone by, I have moved away from making menus and more towards cooking with the pantry principle.  read more »


New Dishcloth

You know the saying that goes something like "You don't appreciate what you have until it's gone"? In the case of my dishwasher, I didn't realize realized how much I missed it until I got it back.  read more »

I guess I knew the day would come, I just didn't know it would be yesterday

I, Frugalmom,

washer of the dishes,
folder of the laundry,
keeper of the chickens, cats, and dog,

can now add one more things to my list of responsibilities.

I can now administer penicillin and tetanus shots to cattle.

How about that?

Pizza update!

Back when I blogged about pizza I searched for a long time on the Flying Pie website for their instructions on how to make really great pizza at home. I finally found it here! I don't know if they moved it around on their site or what, but it was not where I remembered it being. Or perhaps, the thought of delicious pizza has clouded my memory. It doesn't really matter, just that I found it!