The Complete Tightwad Gazette

tightwadOur financial situation has changed quite a bit over the last several years.  We’ve had to tighten our belts, loosen them a bit, tighten them again, and just when we thought things were getting better we had to tighten more.

I’ve pulled out The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn to re-read.  It’s a compilation of the bygone newsletter The Tightwad Gazette.  The book is a bit outdated, and while everything she presents in her book may not apply, the book itself can be a good read to find ideas to apply to your situation and put you into the frugal mind set to come up with your own ideas. It’s one of the books I think everyone could benefit from reading.

Amy’s personality made being frugal fun, not drudgery.  Her wisdom and experience really helps you refocus the way you see things.  One of the things I like about this book is all the creative ideas for repurposing.  I have to be careful, I have a tendency to save everything thinking it could be useful one day. lol

The book also has recipes.  Here is a recipe we like from The Complete Tightwad Gazette for Bean-Bacon Chowder (just in time for fall!) I make my own versions of this quite a bit.

Bean-Bacon Chowder

6 slices bacon, cut up
1 cup chopped onion
2 tbsp flour
3 cups milk
2 medium potatoes, peeled
1/4 tsp crushed dried thyme
1 22-oz jar of baked beans or substitute homemade
1/4 cup snipped parsley

Cook bacon and onion in a saucepan until bacon is lightly browned and onion is tender. Blend in flour. Add milk; cook and stir until bubbly. Dice potatoes; add with thyme, 1 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp. pepper. Cover and simmer 12 to 15 minutes or till the potatoes are done. Stir in beans and heat through. Top with parsley. Serves six.

Genesis 41:35-36 – And let them gather all the food of those good years that are coming, and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities. Then that food shall be as a reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which shall be in the land of Egypt, that the land may not perish during the famine.

Here it is, my political post.

votingI feel awkward putting this out, but I also feel it is necessary. Our nation is in chaos over the upcoming election and it seems that people are violently going off the deep end for their particular candidate. It’s crazy.

Before I really get into this I want to give you a little history. I lived with my grandparents growing up and they were non-political. It wasn’t discussed much and when it came time to vote, they pulled the party lever and called it done. When I got into high school, I started finding politics interesting. When I was able to vote in my first election, I was working on the mayoral campaign for a candidate in our city. He won. I was jazzed.  I became a political junkie.

As I moved out into the real world after high school, I began to realize my life and my views didn’t line up with the politics I was supporting. I started really looking at the issues instead of the party, and I so I switched and officially registered in the other party. They didn’t fully line up with my beliefs, but it was close enough to throw my support that way. This will probably date me more than I want, but even though I was registered with one party, I voted independent for Ross Perot because when I looked at the issues, he is the one that fit my views of them. Yeah, he didn’t win. But I don’t regret the vote.

Real life continued to change my views and I eventually became fed up with the party I was registered with and became a registered independent, and continue to be today. I didn’t want and still don’t want to be associated with any party. Even being an independent has the assumption of being a certain type of voter that doesn’t fit me. Frankly, the political games and power struggles just disgust me. As my faith has grown deeper and I study God’s Word, I see politics as a divisive worldly idol that I don’t want anything to do with. I can honestly justify biblically and politically my staying home on election day.

This election season has been the worst I have ever seen. Never has the political game been so corrupt, disgraceful and unstable. The mess makes it hard to be objective and factual when there is so much muck and distortion to sort through.

It is because of all of this I have to step back and just look at the issues that matter to me, and look at where the imperfect candidates stand on those issues. I won’t go with a party, they are both corrupt, and I won’t go with a certain personality, I am solely looking at the issues that matter to me and making my voting decision on that. If I were to go based on a party or a personality…I simply vote no on election day by staying home.

Folks, in four years we’ll be having another presidential election. Maybe the choices will be better, maybe they won’t. This election though, things are different and some important issues hang in the balance. The issues themselves don’t have term limits and the direction these important issues go, such as supreme court nominations, they will have an enormous impact long past the term of any president. Who you vote for is your business, but I hope you are voting informed on the issues and not by emotions fueled by the media. God will remain on the throne regardless of who wins the election.

Sunday Hymn Sing – Crown Him With Many Crowns

hymn-bookRevelation 19:12 – His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.

Crown Him With Many Crowns

Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne.
Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing of Him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless King through all eternity.

Crown Him the virgin’s Son, the God incarnate born,
Whose arm those crimson trophies won which now His brow adorn;
Fruit of the mystic rose, as of that rose the stem;
The root whence mercy ever flows, the Babe of Bethlehem.

Crown Him the Son of God, before the worlds began,
And ye who tread where He hath trod, crown Him the Son of Man;
Who every grief hath known that wrings the human breast,
And takes and bears them for His own, that all in Him may rest.

Crown Him the Lord of life, who triumphed over the grave,
And rose victorious in the strife for those He came to save.
His glories now we sing, who died, and rose on high,
Who died eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die.

Crown Him the Lord of peace, whose power a scepter sways
From pole to pole, that wars may cease, and all be prayer and praise.
His reign shall know no end, and round His pierced feet
Fair flowers of paradise extend their fragrance ever sweet.

Crown Him the Lord of love, behold His hands and side,
Those wounds, yet visible above, in beauty glorified.
No angel in the sky can fully bear that sight,
But downward bends his burning eye at mysteries so bright.

Crown Him the Lord of Heaven, enthroned in worlds above,
Crown Him the King to Whom is given the wondrous name of Love.
Crown Him with many crowns, as thrones before Him fall;
Crown Him, ye kings, with many crowns, for He is King of all.

Crown Him the Lord of lords, who over all doth reign,
Who once on earth, the incarnate Word, for ransomed sinners slain,
Now lives in realms of light, where saints with angels sing
Their songs before Him day and night, their God, Redeemer, King.

Crown Him the Lord of years, the Potentate of time,
Creator of the rolling spheres, ineffably sublime.
All hail, Redeemer, hail! For Thou has died for me;
Thy praise and glory shall not fail throughout eternity.

My Desire To Be A Godly Woman

bibleIt has always been a struggle for me to learn what it really means to be a godly woman. I still struggle today. I wasn’t raised in a godly home. Growing up we lived with my grandmother because my mom and dad divorced when I was 5. The home was unkept, we were mostly lazy, neither my mom or grandmother cooked much, and my alcoholic “grandfather” lived in the home even though he and my grandmother weren’t married. My mom dutifully took my brother and I to our Catholic church each Sunday, but I never got much out of it.  I feel this way of living was etched into my life and hard to overturn.

When I became a Christian I didn’t have anyone to take me by the hand and help me learn and grow as a Christian. I’ve only had one lovely women in my life who reached out and taught me some of what it means to be a godly woman, she is with the Lord now. Most everything I’ve learned about being a godly woman, wife and mom hasn’t been from human example like in Titus 2, but from my own research and Bible study. Right or wrong, everything I’ve learned about keeping a home I’ve pretty much taught myself. It’s been a hard road to break the bad habits I’ve been raised with and to re-learn a better way. I’m still working on it. It’s a daily process. I continue to pray for the Lord to send a wonderful godly Titus 2 woman into my life, but in the mean time I am blessed with lovely Christian women online, studying the Bible and listening to the Lord…He is the ultimate teacher after all!

This weighs on my heart and I so desire to be the godly woman I didn’t have in my life to other young Christian women who are going through what I went through. It’s heartbreaking that there aren’t more Christian women in today’s churches who are living out Titus 2, but also more younger women who are willing to receive such a mentor. I hope that you will pray about reaching out and touching the lives of younger (spiritual or physical age) Christian women, and that you will pray about allowing older (spiritual or physical age) Christian women to reach out and mentor you. It’s not a mere suggestion for a few select people, but a responsibility for all Christians…and we need it now more than ever.

Titus 2:1-5: But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things–that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.

Recipe: Pancakes from Scratch

pancakerecipe1aMy grandmother’s cookbook. Even though the copyright is 1946 (the year before my mother was born) I use it often.  The pages are a bit brittle and yellowed, the cover is loose…but it is always the first place I look for recipes.

THIS is my main pancake recipe.  So versatile, I switch it up using fruit, seasonings, make it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  We actually have these more for dinner than breakfast.  By request.  Hubby loves pancakes. I also use almond or coconut milk since I’m not supposed to have dairy and I use honey instead of sugar.  And pancakes pancakes1aare frugal too.

Honestly, homemade pancakes don’t take much longer to make than boxed pancakes and taste so much better in my humble opinion.  And the fresher your ingredients, the better they taste.  And did I mention they are frugal?

Here is the recipe for you:


2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups milk
1 egg
1 tablespoon melted shortening

Mix and sift flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar.  Add milk, well-beaten egg, and shortening and mix well.  Drop by tablespoons on a hot griddle, greased well, and brown on both sides.  Serve hot with marmalade or honey.

I’d love to hear about your favorite pancake recipe, and if you try this one, I’d love to hear how you like it.  Until next time…grace and peace!

John 6:47-50 
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life. I am the bread of life.  Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead.  This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die.

Where has the time went?


Fall leaves by the garden a few years ago.

It’s the last day of September.  How can tomorrow be October?  I love fall, it is my favorite season, but it seems summer slipped by somehow.

It is a bit odd not to be harvesting from the garden.  We didn’t purposely leave it fallow, we really did intend to put in a great garden this year.  It just got put off by so many other things.  In the end, leaving it fallow isn’t a bad thing for the garden, but I do miss the fun of reaping the harvest of what we planted.  Now it needs to be cleaned up and prepped so that we can be ready for spring.

But we do have eggs.  Our three hens Marigold, Lucy, and Izzy are laying some beautiful eggs and they are such fun to have around.  It is time to start buttoning down the coop and run for winter and start making plans for what we need to do.  Since this is our first winter with chickens it will be a lot of trial and error for us.  I’d love to hear some winter tips from experienced chicken owners.


One of our past harvests.

We might not have a harvest from our garden, but now that it is cooler I will still be doing a bunch of canning, freezing and dehydrating.  We can get some produce here locally (golly the prices have gone way up since last year!!) and we’ll be getting meat as we find some good deals.  Apples are in season so I want to start off with that, and I’ll see what deals I can find locally.  I also want to try using the apple scraps to make apple cider vinegar.  We’ll see.

The end of summer has brought a real struggle with my health.   I’ve been having a real battle with my asthma and all the medication that goes along with that really scares me.  Fall is always harder for me anyway because there is a lot of leaf burning around here and the smoke seems to hang in the air.  I really want to find some good ways to help my asthma that would reduce the medication or maybe even eliminate the need for it.  I can hope.  I have tried a lot of stuff but have never really seen any benefits.  The biggest thing I know I need to do is get back to eating healthy and avoiding foods I know do not help…like dairy and sugar.


Throwback, first day of 6th grade.

Homeschooling is also in full swing.  Hard to believe it is the last year.  Also hard to believe that we homeschooled 12 years.  Wasn’t always easy, but I would do it all over again.  It is going to be weird hanging up this chapter of our life and not homeschooling next year.  I also can’t wait to see what God has in store for our son as he moves on to college.

That is it for now, off to do some chores around the house.  Until next time, I hope you have a wonderful and blessed day!  Grace and peace….