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america’s cheapest family?

Posted by justanotherstayathomemom on August 22, 2008

read this “fascinating” story…
So…they reel you in with promises of tips to reduce your grocery bill. What a joke! these “tips” have been running around for years. leave the kids at home? boy, what a great tip! shop when your not hungry? gee, i’ve not heard that one before! it just goes to show you that the news is really clueless when it comes to providing a great story with real tips for real families.  
If this lady were truly frugal, she would have a garden, make her own stock, freeze her own soups and casseroles, etc.  They are using coupons, and saving lots o’money, but as I am looking more and more at my Feingold stuff, we don’t want to buy that carp anymore, much less eat it.  I dunno, it just really irks me that they are showcasing this family again.  If you ever really do want to be frugal, just pick up a copy of “The Tightwad Gazzette” by Amy Dacyczyn.  Now there is someone who could pinch a penny and out pops a nickle.   Frugallity is not to be taken lightly…it is a lifestyle, one that I am not great at.  I am working on it, though….
Want frugality, check some of the thousands of blogs out there.  We have some really frugal mommas who can run circles around that family. 

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ugh

Posted by justanotherstayathomemom on August 20, 2008

atheist challenges “in God we trust”

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10103424/

well, obviously, he has more time than sense. i don’t say that lightly because he is both a doctor AND a lawyer. what? one wasn’t good enough? couldn’t make up his mind?

anyway, that’s off topic. i guess this guy doesn’t realize that our forefathers prayed before each and every meeting! that the 10 commandments are ON the supreme court building and that our laws are based on the bible? no one is hurt or offended, and if they are, then get the heck outta my country! more time than sense.

as bob dylan so eloquently says:

You might be a rock ‘n’ roll addict prancing on the stage,
You might have drugs at your command, women in a cage,
You may be a business man or some high degree thief,
They may call you Doctor or they may call you Chief
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody,
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (money)
Matthew 6:24

methinks someone is serving mammon (or worse)

who are you serving?

And Joshua said unto all the people [of Israel], . . . choose you this day whom ye will serve; . . . but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord
Joshua 22:2,15

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how’s it going?

Posted by justanotherstayathomemom on August 20, 2008

well, roo is now 4 months old and rolling like a champ….he likes to roll onto his tummy, then complain, rather loudly, because his arm is caught. sometimes he just lays there with his arm pinned under his belly, grunting. he is just about the cutest thing ever….well, besides his big brother. roo is now 15.5 lbs and 25 inches long. he is right along the 50% for the growth charts. newt was always 90th for height and 10th for weight (can we say long and super skinny?) roo, on the other hand, still has lots of rolls, although he seems to have lost two of his chins, so that he now only has the one….awwww, i kinda miss it, but now at least breast milk doesn’t coagulate in between the rolls and irritate his skin. (ewwwww)

newt has been diagnosed as adhd…by me! i am putting him on the feingold diet…artificial color and artificial flavor free, preservative free and salacylate free. i ordered all the papers and should get them soon. it is a whole lifestlye, but not hard at all, i just have to remember to tell others what he can and can’t eat. hopefully this will calm the “crazies” as i like to call them; you know, the unbelievably loud screaming for fun, the laughing at the top of his lungs (just as roo is drifting off to sleep) the constant running, shaking of the legs and hands, clumsiness and so forth…yes, my friends, diet can do this and more to a small child. he is likely chemically sensitive. we have been feeding our bodies so much crap for so long, we don’t even know what is in our food anymore….did you know that artificial vanilla flavor, called vanillin, is made from paper pulp? yumm! and that all artificial colors are made from petroleum? yepper, the same stuff you use to make you car go “vroom vroom” is the stuff that colors your toothpaste, gummy bears and nyquil. yumm!!! it is disturbing how much i have let commercial food manufacturers lull me into thinking all this stuff is good for me! did you know that a food product that has bht, a preservative, can state it has antioxidants in it because the presevative doesn’t let the ingredients oxidize…..sneeky. what’s that saying… fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me….well, fool me thousands of times…..shame, shame, shame. we are sheep, it seems, when it comes to just about everything. baaaaaaa

some things i now make from scratch…(even before the feingold thing)
italian dressing
tortillas
bread
hamburger buns
ketchup (yup, and it’s pretty goood, just ask my son)
refried beans (that’s not a hard one)
cinnamon rolls, like cinnabon
alfredo sauce
enchilada sauce
ice-cream
french fries (yeah, you try getting fresh potatoes crispy!)
waffles, pancakes

i will be also trying out noodles, sourdough bread, yogurt, cream cheese (sort of) and maybe mayo, maybe not. it’s fun to cook like this, and i know exactly what is in what i am eating. it’s funny how easy most of this stuff is, too. ketchup is tomato paste, water, spices and sugar cooked for an hour! enchilada sauce is tomato sauce with chili powder and other spices cooked for a little bit. man, why haven’t i been doing this all along??? oh, yeah, i used to work!!! what do the kiddos do while i am kneading and such? newt naps or plays with play-do, and roo just does his baby thang…right now that is blowing spit bubbles and complaining when he wants attention, which newt loves to give him….

ahhhhh, motherhood is pretty cool.

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recipes to try

Posted by justanotherstayathomemom on August 2, 2008

not really a post, per say, just some recipes i want to try out this month….
try them with me!!
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/African-Peanut-Soup/Detail.aspx

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Addictive-Sweet-Potato-Burritos/Detail.aspx

http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1215064

http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=521745

http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1646355

http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1598630
http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=222465

http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1611712

http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=549897

http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1687545

http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/004075basil_chicken_in_coconut_curry_sauce.php

http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/001329fresh_basil_pesto.php

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/07/tiramisu_yo/

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