Monday, June 27, 2011

Book Review.....Money Secrets of the Amish by Lorilee Craker

Use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without! 

Money Secrets of the Amish 
by: Lorilee Craker

Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving!
rating: 5 Stars

"Money Secrets of the Amish" by author Lorilee Craker, was a quick read. At first, I was a little bored, but by the time I got a few chapters in, I was really enjoying it and didn’t want to put the book down! What I love about this book isn't so much the information – there isn’t much that I don't already do - but I love the enthusiastic way in which the author shares it. Lorilee Craker hasn't just found ways to save money – her joy and excitement at the fun of it is all throughout the book.

Originally, I chose this book because of my love for living the simple lifestyle. But, in these hard economic times, who couldn't use a little extra scratch at the end of the month?

You're not going to find any truly mind boggling ideas or get rich quick schemes in the pages of this book, but you will find honest and simple ideas for making what you already have stretch just a bit further, which might give you just enough, to breathe a little easier.

You can't always get what you want - but you can stop wanting everything you can't get.

One thing I liked was that when offering advice from the Amish, Lorilee Craker ties the tip back into an average "English" lifestyle translation. She does her own real life experiment with each of the Amish ‘tips’. She also gleans tips and tricks from fellow parents and bloggers to add a variety of real life application to the text. She explains principles well and then offers various methods to apply these concepts into our everyday lives.

In today's economy we need to learn, how to live within our means and be happy about it. We need to change our cultural expectations and the way we view what is important.

"The truth that transcends Plain and Fancy: chasing after money and things is meaningless, because the best things in life are free."

If you are interested, you can purchase the book from Amazon

I have received a complementary copy of this book through the blogger program. I am not required to give a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sports Nutrition

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Jewelry Hanger


I have a jewelry box that sits on top my dresser. It really isn't too bad looking......until you open the lid!

 The part I've always disliked about a jewelry box was that the necklace's are always tangled and I can never find a matching pair of earrings!

 I've been brain storming for a while about this, so finally decided to do something about it!

 I found a plastic coated wire hanger, an old picture frame (minus the glass and backing) black spray paint and a piece of window screen.

I painted the old picture frame black and let dry, then hot glued the screen to the back of it. I used wire cutters to cut the clothes hanger and bent it with a pair of pliers, so that the wire would bend around the back of the frame and hot glued them into place. (the large one at the bottom for the necklaces and the small at the top for anklets and bracelets) I also cut the hook from the hanger to use to hang my jewelry holder on the wall.
~ my homemade jewelry holder ~

I really like the finished project, except there is no place to put my post earrings and that it is almost too small. I think I'll make another one a bit larger and add a spot for post earrings.....(I'll put up pics when I do!)

Also, I really need to add a little more color to my jewelry collection!

One of my favorite places to buy jewelry at is KT Plum International. and Kohls also has good jewelry that you can buy at clearance prices sometimes.

These could also make great birthday or Christmas gifts!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

What's Happening in the Garden

~ Chasing Rainbows Iris..... my favorite - they smell so refreshing! ~

Well it’s the first of June and although most of the garden is in....but, I still have a few more things to put out. 

One - being sweet potatoes. I always forget to start my own during winter. This year, I can't find them anywhere..... I think I may have learned my lesson this time!

Our family's favorite quick bread is:

Sweet Potato Bread.... and it is scrumptious!
3 c. granulated sugar
1 c. oil
3 eggs
3 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. (I use more) mashed sweet potatoes
1 c. chopped pecans
Mix all ingredients together well. Pour into 2 lightly greased loaf pans. Bake at 325* oven for 1 hr. and 15 min. -stick with tester to make sure center is done....may need to bake longer.
Makes 2 loaves

*Please Leave a comment and let me know how you liked the sweet potato bread!

We’ve planted lots of seeds and plants in our raised beds. Things are finally starting to grow! This is the latest that we have ever put our garden in. The green beans and lettuce are coming up and there are sprouts of cabbage, broccoli, and kohlrabi. 


 Today we picked our first strawberries for this year (we had fresh strawberry ice cream for lunch) good! - I was happy to see ripe strawberries as we just redone our strawberry patch last fall. Read more here.

 The raspberries are looking good, so hopefully we'll enjoy an abundant crop of both black and red raspberries this year!


We have also been enjoying lots of fresh apple mint tea! When I have an upset stomach, I go pick the leaves and crush them..... there is something about smelling the apple mint tea that helps me not to feel queasy! I always put lots in the freezer for winter too.
                                    Echo Tiller Cultivator W/ Kickstand
We went to my parents this weekend ( My Dad has a small engine shop) and hubby bought me a small Echo tiller/cultivator to use in our raised beds. It is little/light enough for me to pick up, and being we only use manure and compost, it works great! I tried it out today and love it!

one of my herb beds.....

So far we have these veggies planted in our garden along with many herbs and flowers:

my newest peony...

Green beans
Red potatoes
Reg. potatoes
Sweet Corn

I am still wanting to plant sugar snap peas, sweet potatoes, and a few more tomatoes

Climbing Joseph's Coat Rose.....

I use my household multi-purpose cleaner in my garden......... just another reason I LOVE Shaklee Basic H2.......

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  • House Plants:  2 drops in a gallon of water.  Water plants & they will flourish.  Use to wipe down leaves – cleans & shines!
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