February 2009

Biscuit Mix Substitute

by GettingFreedom on February 27, 2009

After posting the Blueberry Streusel recipe, there were a lot of people inquisitive about the homemade biscuit mix.

You may fall out of your chair by how easy and frugal it is.

Homemade Biscuit Mix

1 cup flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 Tbsp shortening

Mix all of your dry ingredients together making sure that they are fully incorporated. Then add the shortening and cut in until crumbly. This is equivalent to 1 cup of Bisquick, so you can use interchangeably.

For bulk purposes:
8 cups flour
1/4 c baking powder
1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp salt
1/2 cup shortening

Because of the shortening, I prefer to store this in an airtight container in the refrigerator. However, I do believe that you can store it at room temperature, but I wouldn’t do it for more than 2 weeks.

For the bulk batch, it comes in under $2, and it will make 40-48 biscuits total.

For more frugal ideas, check out Frugal Friday over at Biblical Womanhood and some great recipes over at Grocery Cart Challenge.


Finding Freedom Friday

by GettingFreedom on February 27, 2009

When we first started our journey, we were spending an outlandish amount of money on groceries a month. Literally, the size of a house payment.

I’m a analyzer, but somehow never analyzed my grocery budget like I was getting ready to. Amazingly enough, I realized that $650/month for 5 people was way too much. We can easily, and comfortably get by on less than half that.

And, we do not even notice a difference.

If anything else, we have much more than before. And, if I don’t have it, I’ll almost guarantee you that I can whip it up. Mine will taste better, too.

I really feel that the grocery part of your budget is the easiest place for you to make adjustments. You have full control here, it’s just a matter of how far you are willing to step in. I do recommend, though, that you go slowly or you might begin to feel overwhelmed and want to give up. If you take things slowly, it is more of a transition, instead of jump.

Here are some of the posts that I have done previously about cutting your grocery spending:

Top 8 Tips to Cutting Grocery Costs
Heirloom Seeds
Importance Of Menu Planning
Loads of Veggies
Couponing Tips
Walgreens 101

I want to know how you have cut back on your grocery budget. Share your tips and tricks!

And….one lucky person who links up (before 12am Saturday) will win this:

One pair of women’s garden gloves as well as a carrot seeds, Roma tomato seeds, and burpless cucumber seeds. Maybe this will give you the incentive to get started on your very own garden! The winner will be chosen at random from all the entries on Mr. Linky.

I really don’t want to delete anyone’s link, so please follow the Rules to Linking up:

  • Link to your post, not your homepage.
  • Please be sure to include a link back here so that all your readers can get in on the other tips as well.
  • Stay true to the theme of the week so that readers get quality content.
  • Tell everyone you know so we can make it a success and can all profit from it.
  • Have fun! ;)


Blueberry Streusel

February 26, 2009

I’m really trying to feed my family a hot breakfast every morning before they leave the house. It just seems to start the day off right. I’m not a big breakfast eater, so this makes things challenging. I really wish that I would have participated in The Happy Housewife’s Hot Breakfast Challenge–but I didn’t. I […]

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Tackling My To Do List

February 26, 2009

Coming into this week, I knew that it was going to be busy and hectic. I was ready to embrace it, and get cracking. But, Monday came, and I hit just about every snag I possibly could. And I wasn’t happy about it. Thankfully, though, I didn’t let it get me down. I wrote out […]

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Baby Tomato Plants

February 25, 2009

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that my tomato seeds are now baby tomato plants! I’m so excited! I planted an entire flat of them, which is 48 plants, as well as 48 sweet pepper plants. I know this sounds like a ton, and in all honesty, I didn’t realize just how many […]

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Finding Freedom

February 25, 2009

For the next couple of weeks–I will be putting the Finding Freedom posts on hold. There will still be Finding Freedom Fridays, complete with Mr. Linky’s for you all to link up. Since I didn’t do the linky from the get go, I’m going to play catch up now. Thank you so very much to […]

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Quick Tip: Making a Cream Sauce

February 24, 2009

Have you ever went to make a quick gravy, cream sauce, or need a can of cream of mushroom, or cream of chicken soup and not have the right ingredients? Have no fear–you can make it, for less than half what you can buy it for. The secret is in the base. Here’s how: For […]

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Menu Plan Week of 2/22-2/28

February 23, 2009

Hard to believe that this is the last menu plan for February! Although I never posted my plan for last week, I can assure you that we still ate! My husband was off on President’s Day, so we had a very busy, productive weekend. By the time I sat down and figured out what to […]

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Finding Freedom Friday

February 20, 2009

With the economy being all wonky the past few months, I’m incredibly thankful that we decided this debt free journey when we did! Cutting costs is now second nature to me, and I hope that with Finding Freedom Friday, we can gather and share a wealth of knowledge with each other so that we can […]

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Taking it For Granted

February 20, 2009

I love my job. I really, really do. There are days that I just feel overwhelmed by all my housewife-ly mommy duties–but honestly I wouldn’t change it for a second. I say this, because I have been taking it for granted, and I didn’t realize it. I’ve come accustomed to always having my kiddos around. […]

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