Tuesday, November 11, 2008
It probably would be an easy thing to spice up however you like.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Once I had the culture I made some strong black tea probably about 2-4 quarts of it (I also added some ginger tea). To that I added about a cup of sugar, this is what the culture "eats". I waited till this cooled and put it in a glass jar with the "mother" on top of it. Once this is done and covered with a cloth and rubber band I put it in a dark place for about a week or two. When you do this a "daughter" is born which is basically another culture that you can give away or throw away. You will get a new culture growing for every batch you make.
The next step would be to condense my shopping trips so I only need to hit one of those stores each week or to make it an every other week trip. Although I might want to get out of the house once a week. We'll see how it goes once the twins arrive.
I do think that learning the area will be something that I will really focus on when I'm home full time. Just knowing the resources around me will help me to make the most of them.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
As far as recipes go I've found that one of my biggest tools has been the internet and having so many choices. If I have something I want to build my meal around its so easy to find many different recipes with a quick search. These types of recipes are my favorites though, from people that I read that share their own recipes that their families enjoy.
Here is the recipe exactly as it is on A Hippie with a Minivan's site
2 eggs (beaten)
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
zest of one lemon
juice of one lemon
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups cranberries (or less if you don’t like them as tart as I do)
1. Beat together eggs, butter, sugar and vanilla.
2. Mix in Lemon zest and juice
3. Add flour and baking powder and mix well.
4. Fold in cranberries.
5. Pour into 9 x 9 cake pan.
6. Bake@ 350 degrees 40-45 minutes .
In order to accomplish these goals we need to go down to one income. As you know in this day in age is not a small feat. It requires a great amount of faith and determination on our parts. Luke 12 has been a great inspiration and encouragement to us in this:
27"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
32"Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
This blog will be a catalog of my journey to be the Prudent Lady of the House. Prudence is defined as wise, sensible in action and thought. I will be writing about recipes, ideas, simple living and just my general thoughts as we go through this major life change and realize some of our dreams.