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Monday, September 30, 2013

Soup Sundays

I am so ready for winter. For us Winter has to be a CHEAP winter but a FUN one. And now that my wife and I are cooking together as a team, just like everything else we do together, this has to be the most fun. And what an education I am getting.

Soup Sunday is a crockpot meal that serves lunch and dinner for us - cutting our day food budget in half.

10 cups water (however my wife uses homemade stock for 5 of those cups)
1 lb of mix beans (we prefer the mix over just one type of bean)
1 onion
1-2 cups of mix veggies (carrots, celery, tomatoes, potatoes - we do not eat corn so NO corn)
maybe some meat if we were able to get it at $2.00 a lb or less.
and HERBS... Oh yes many herbs.

Let it cook while we are at Church and then its ready for us for when we get back.
The cost of homemade vs store boughten (sorry using this very word from LHP) is very shocking which for us is important but we also enjoy the bonding of cooking together as Husband and Wife.

Mountain Man George Reviews ask if you have a $$ saving receipe
- please share. We are ALWAYS looking to safe - we have a house to buy.
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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Hebrews 13:4-7

Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Embellishing Life: halloween favors for school {WITHOUT candy}

Embellishing Life: halloween favors for school {WITHOUT candy}: i was hunting on pinterest for some fun ideas for candy-free halloween treats.  most of what i found was loads and oodles of ideas for c...

Growing Winter Herbs

As we get closer to moving, we are thinking of added extra ways of saving $$ to help us reach our $$ goal for our house in 365 days (however now we are down to 364 days eeek).

My wife is a huge Womens Day and was reading an old magazine (FREE and found at the laundry mat). And says this:

5 Herbs you can grow in the winter are:


All of which we are huge fans of. And with Sunday Soups coming (yippee a real $$ saver for us and I love love love Soup Sundays) these will be very much included on helping us save $$ and making our meals even more yummy.

So as we get settled into our new location we'll become growers!!

Mountain Man George Reviews WELCOMES tips in this area... Got one?? Go ahead and leave a comment. We can use all the help we can....

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Enos 1:4

 And my soul hungered and I kneeled down before my Maker, and I cried unto him in mighty prayer and supplication for mine own soul; and all the day long did I cry unto him; yea, and when the night came I did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Reusable Sandwich Bag, Snack Bag, Gray Chevron, Velcro, ECO friendly & Food Safe

Often customers will email us asking us to design a product we do not offer. And this is how our store has grown.
So here is our newest product. These are not just for the kiddies, but for adult who are trying to cut down on going out to eat during lunch at work. I've been ordered to make some for a certain wife of mines stocking this Christmas.

Come visit us at our store for a wide range of fun items to make any event worth going to twice!!

Monster Orphanage

MonsterOrphanage's Shop Announcement

**Halloween Special...FREE SHIPPING ON ALL PURCHASES TO ALL COUNTRIES!!!** Just enter the coupon code SCARYMONSTER when you make your purchase. Valid until 1st November.



I used to have a silly grown-up job (market research, eek!). But I'm now a reformed character and have a serious job making monsters.

I have an insatiable urge to create and wanted something different for my own kids to play with. One of a kind companions with a bit of a bite.

My monsters are rugged enough to be dragged along the ground, or fed jam or stuffed up noses. Fortunately, they can also handle the washing machine (an annoyance of mine with many toys. 'Surface wash only'?!! Clearly these manufacturers don't have kids).

The Boring But Important Stuff: All my toys carry the CE mark on their labels, a legal requirement for toys sold in the European Union. This means that they are made entirely from fabrics free from harmful chemicals / metals and are robust enough for real kids.

Mountain Man George Reviews:
Now this is one different sort of COOL store. Not just for kids but for adult too. I have been going through all the items and having a blast checking out all the strange weird "Gotta Love it" monsters...

Monday, September 16, 2013

Can Moo Moo

Food Budget is going well. I have to think long term to save extra $$$. And I am a major milk drinker. And space in my home doesn't allow me to buy 5-6 gallons and store for an entire month. So I got to researching different sorts of milk options. And I found the saving grace to my Moo Moo problem

Idaho milk $3.49 for a gallon of milk compared to 1 3 lb can
23.25 Quarts = 5.8125 Gallons (5.8125 X's $3.49 ='s 20.28) $13.98 at Walmart but we spent less then that at WinCo around $12.00 - that's a $7-8 savings. Now we will start saving more as well buy the bigger bulk.

I am so not kidding about saving money. I will always continue to do so but for this next year its life or death for us. And so the search goes on about saving anything we can to get into our new home.

Sweetened Condensed Milk Recipe

Equivalent to 14oz can, generic label =$1.99
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar ($0.22)
  • 3 TBSP butter ($0.24)
  • 1 cup nonfat instant dry milk powder ($0.5)
  • dash salt
Briskly whisk the ingredients together and bring to a full boil (start over low heat and gradually increase). Remove from heat and allow to cool before use or storage.

Evaporated Milk Recipe

Equivalent to 12oz can, generic label = $0.84
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1 cup nonfat instant dry milk ($0.59)
Place the ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake vigorously.

DLR Photography by David Rahm

DLRPhotography's Shop Announcement

Welcome to DLRPhotography . . .

Update 09/15/2013 . . . all instant downloads in the Vintage Photography section have now been reduced to $3.00 each. Everyone is invited to take a glimpse into my family tree and let it become a part of your crafting project as bookmarks, collages, altered art, or anything else you can think of . . . just PLEASE do not use them for resale.

Update 09/12/2013 . . . the NEWSHOP2013 coupon for 15% off all purchases has EXPIRED. Not bad for my first three months on Etsy. Thirty-eight (38) sales in my first 3 months - not bad, not bad at all. Thank you for your support. And now to get down to some serious holiday selling . . . keep coming back - you never know when another sale might just pop up.

316 admirers and 417 followers - thanks so much to all of you.

Though I really prefer Direct Pay, I am now accepting PayPal.

Update 08/29/2013 . . . In March 2014, I will be heading off to India for six months to do some volunteer work in the slums of Ahmedabad. I have been planning on this for quite some time and really looking forward to it. All proceeds from sales on here will be going towards paying the costs of my trip - who knew immunizations and malaria pills cost so much. If you would like to learn about the details of my trip, please visit the following website:

I would be more than happy to get my Etsy friends some items direct from the street markets of Ahmedabad while I am there - fabrics, jewelry, etc. Let me know.
Keep up with me on my Facebook page at:

This is a NEW Facebook page - if you were a FRIEND on the previous one, well please come to this one and send a friend request. I know, its a hassle, but please do. My apologies.

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 Update 06/2013 . . .

My digital photographs are just a capture of what I see in the world around me at any given time -whether it's a stunning glimpse of the Colosseo in Rome on a beautiful summer day, a cluttered maze of colored fabrics in an eclectic shop in the lower French Quarter of New Orleans, a daring stare down from a majestic Texas longhorn, or the simple beauty of a single bloom in a garden.

You are invited to view a larger range of my photographs at :

If you see something you like there, please convo me on here and tell me the title of the photograph and I will put it up on Etsy.

I am just in the beginning of opening my Etsy shop and will be adding more and more photographs to my inventory. Please stop by and take a look around, and be sure to come back over the next few weeks as I expand my listings. I hope you will enjoy my work as much as I have enjoyed taking them. 

                                                            Asian Boat Model From 1974

My vintage section was created in order to find a new home for items that have been collected through my travels and occasional estate sales. You will find these items to be eclectic, so don't be surprised at what you might discover.

I offer a wide range of photographs and unique items that would look fantastic just about anywhere in your home or office. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.

Check this site to read about my life's dream and how my family and friends and fans are helping me reach it...

I was contacted by David and after checking him and his wonderful store out, I am honored to have his story told on my blog. Charity of the heart is the best gift you give anyone and David has it. I am also excited to watch his adventure and to be cheering from the side lines.
If you would like your story told please email me at

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Matthew 19:4-6

"Haven't you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh' ? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."

Friday, September 13, 2013

Where the real West becomes the Reel West

My wife is a MAJOR huge fan and welcomes you to come see why??
Where the REAL West Becomes the REEL West
"Celebrate America"
Special Kick-Off Concert
Lone Pine Film Festival
America's Top Western/Americana performer
R.W. Hampton
America's Western Sweetheart
Belinda Gail
Thursday October 10, 2013
Lone Pine High School Auditorium
8:00 PM
CALL FOR TICKETS - (760) 876-910
"Lone Pine, Where the Real West Becomes the Reel West" is the theme for the 24th annual Lone Pine Film Festival being held October 11-13, 2013. The theme pays tribute to the magnificent landscape of the Eastern Sierras and Alabama Hills west of Lone Pine.
Joining us will be Emmy Award winning actress Mariette Hartley, Clu Gulager, LQ Jones, Billy King who worked in Lone Pine in three Hopalong Cassidy Westerns in late 1930s, Dean Smith,Andrew Prine, Lone Pine's Sweetheart - Peggy Stewart, Diamond Farnsworth,and Loren Janes.

These celebrities will join with noted film critic and TV personality Leonard Maltin and western historian Ed Hulse who will be hosting our celebrity panels.

And true to our theme - Lone Pine-Where the Real West Becomes the Reel West-the museum staff will bring you 15 exciting location tours including four new ones - Arches of the Alabama Hills, Audie Murphy; A Real - Reel Hero, Django Unchained and Westward Ho!.
Please check website for most accurate availability of tours.
CALL FOR TICKETS - 760-876-9103

Thursday, September 12, 2013

10 Wacky Ways That Could Ruin Your Birthday Party

MrsCraftyRVing List of 10 Wacky Ways That Could Ruin Your Birthday Party

#1 Hiring a DRUNK Clown - Not only do you risk the chance of the clown falling and breaking things but "The Clean-Up" Yuck...


Have the birthday child be the Ringmaster and design your home as a circus tent (outside would be best)

Hiring a 3 legged Horse? Could make the mini cowboys/cowgirls cry


Catch the Bandit
One of my most popular cowboy party games is “Catch the Bandit”. It is a fun-tastic twist on the ol’ party piƱata. The game requires an adult to take the part of “the bandit”. Why an adult? Simply because it triples the fun for children to get to chase after a “grown up”.

To play each guest must get armed with a lasso (hula hoops) or squirt guns. The little cowboys/girls must chase the bandit and try and lasso him with their hoops (or squirt him). When the Bandit is lassoed he must freeze and pay the fine to be released. The fine is candy that the bandit throws out for all the cowboys/girls. The game continues until the bandit runs out of candy.

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#3 Ordering the birthday cake the day before - Are you nuts, it will never make it.


While kiddies are playing a game, have an adult put an entire bowl of cake mix and provide cupcake baking cups and have the children fill their own cups. And bake away. Have colored frosting and sprinkle available for each child to decorate their own treats.

#4 Hot Wheels in the house. Too big and too many. OVER SIZED toys are never a good idea with a group of kids.


Mini Hotwheel cars - have a poster board for each child with a  racetrack drawn out and let the kids go to town. you'd be amazed how simple and how they are so consumed in their playing that you will catch your breath.

#5 Feeling Old on your Birthday - Never, it should be a day to CELEBRATE


40+ Go with His/Her favorite childhood character theme. Shock them and truly a birthday never to forget (I am making my wife a crown for her special day coming up)

#6 Order Party Favors and you forgot to count your own children? It happens more then you think


Purchase your favors from because they make extra rolls along with the order just in case the parent do forget to add their children, if not needed they go into the party pack bin and offered at a discount as their party pack mix (look in the discount section of the store if your want to save even more $$)

#7 Pets biting the guest - OUCH...


Rent a pet setter, place in a separate room, or send for overnight visit at a family members home. Pets can get excited and such (little kids can irk them if they are not use to multi kiddies around)

#8 A party with no laughter?? Nope it won't be so if you do this


Assign the kids to come to the party with 2 jokes, the more kids invited the longer the comedy show can last. This works VERY well for adult birthday parties - make them work for their cake.

#9 Its My Party And I am Not Crying?? Play some music and you will "Its My Party and I will Cry if I want to....


Get the jams on, it sets the mood and there is nothing more fun then a full room of singing going on.

#10  I was NOT invited.


Invite me....

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Still looking for Guest Blogger, and product reviews

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Handmade Laundry Soap by Being Creative

OMG OMG --------> Shocked!! $20 for 9 months of laundry?? I am use to paying $10 for Tide and now this blogger is telling me I can pocket this money.

Here is the receipe... Add all together (shave the bars first) - add to a jar and start $$$$$

1 4 lb 12 oz box Borax (2.15 kg or 76 oz) found in the detergent isle

1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (1.81 kg) found in the cooking isle

1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz (3 lb 7 oz) found in the detergent isle

3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap, found in the detergent isle (if you use Zote bars use 2 bars instead, Zote can be found at Home Depot)

2 small containers of Oxy Clean or store brand Oxy Clean (try to get about 3.5 lbs total (1.58 kg)) found in the detergent isle.

(this is optional, I added it into mine because I have pretty messy kids and the cleaner the better)

You should be able to find all of these items at your grocery store.

**Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load. I know that does not seem like enough but this recipe does not have fillers like the store bought detergent so you only need 1-2 Tablespoons.**

This detergent is fairly mild smelling, it is not over powering. If you love a strong scent you may have to add a fabric softener or laundry crystals to each load. You can find laundry crystals in the detergent isle.

Mountain Man George Reviews:
This is going to help me save some more $$$$ so I can buy a house for my family. This is one of the great tips to date.

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Ether 6:2

 For it came to pass after the Lord had prepared the stones, which the brother of Jared had carried up into the mount, the brother of Jared came down out of the mount, and he did put forth the stones into the vessels which were prepared, one in each end thereof; and behold, they did give light unto the vessels

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Blissful and Domestic- Thrifty Living and Big Smiles: Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

Sharing this because my wife got a great deal on apples and this is what we plan on doing with them. Cheap but not cheap tasting.

Blissful and Domestic- Thrifty Living and Big Smiles: Slow Cooker Apple Crisp: Hi everyone! I'm D from The Shady Porch . I've been married to my best friend/teacher-hubby for 34 years, and we have a sweet pu...

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Lessons from America's Cheapest Family COMING

Your going to hear a lot about savings from me for the next year - because if God's grace happens, we'll be able to buy a home for us. A dream that is not a dream but a full time job with plenty of over time. The more I talk about it the more motivated I become....

America's Cheapest Family is my new role model.
Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family is a book we are looking for at the cheap end of any book store and is a goal of our this week - first to see if our local library or any of our friends have it - because FREE can't hurt us but only help us.
Spend less than you earn....


About $10 is too expensive for us so we won't be buying this book - I am so not kidding when I say we are on a TIGHT budget.
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Monday, September 2, 2013

Pumpkin Impossible Pie Gone is 2.2 Seconds

             Impossible Pumpkin
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1/2 cup bisquick mix
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (we make our own pumpkin spice) - see below
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup frozen (thawed) whipped topping (A MUST) 
  • Shaved chocolate

    Mix together with love
    Bake 25-30 minutes at 350
    Pumpkin Spice - how I make it
    1 tsp Nutmeg
    1 tsp Allspice (we tend to use a little more then the tsp)
    2 tsp Ginger
    5 tsp Cinnamon

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    Sunday, September 1, 2013

    Proverbs 5:18-19

    May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. A loving doe, a graceful deer-- may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love.


    This article is supported and paid by the members of AmazonWomen etsy group. My wife is a proud member here and love all the ladies here. Whats great about this group is the support they show for one another.

    We have such a lady who truly needs support right now. Her husband is  hospitalized and will be home soon . The hardship that goes with this is something we've experienced. And being hospitalized, they have a desperate new way of viewing bills that no nest egg can help.

    Our prayer are included with the 137 current members of this wonderful group. We hope that you will add yours too!!

    cecrafts' Shop Announcement

    NEW COUPON CODE= SCHOOLDAZE20 for 20% off until September 15th ( Min. purchase of 5.00 to use this coupon)
    ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ International Customers---I would love to sell my goodies to you!! Please convo me so that I can change the shipping for you before purchase!! Thank you so much!!!

    5 star review from customer Debbie says:
    Wonderful shop to work with! Love my keychains! Perfect for my cub scouts! We're going to use them as zipper pulls to identify our backpacks when we go camping. :)

    About Cindy Ely

    Hello, my name is Cindy. I live in New Jersey at the jersey shore.Thank you for visiting my shop. I have been creating items from plastic canvas for a very long time. I learned from my mom when I was 7 years old and now that I am older, I enjoy it so much more. I hope you frequent my shop often because there will be many new items throughout the year.
    You can contact me at

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    You know there are many that would say:
    Insurance and workmans comp would cover. I am afraid NOT people. Not even 1/2 is covered. There are car payments, house payments, childcare, bills that we take for granted. An average stay in the hospital is $2000 - $10,000 a day times that, even if the insurance pays a bulk of this, the math still puts this couple in the negative more so because like many of Americans they do NOT HAVE INSURANCE - something that we have in common, my wife has it but I do not. We know this to be true because it wasn't all that long ago, that we ourselves went through hell and back again. There is so much I can say on this topic, but thats not what this article is about. Its about helping and supporting a friend in need. I ask and for some I beg for you to share/pinterest/facebook/twitter and best of all shop this wonderful store. My wife has 6 items picked out for Tuesday purchase (we get paid by etsy once a week as our budget is set to this).