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Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

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October 29, 2017

Hey y'all, it's me!

These days the weather is changing so fast, I dunno whether to wear short sleeves or a sweatshirt. We went from nice warm breezes to a cold front overnight this week, and then after church it was nice enough to open the windows again. Yep, I live in Texas!

This week I got ready for our church fall festival party by putting together a costume for very little money, using elements I already had in my closet and a few pieces I found inexpensively. I decided I wanted to be a Victorian Widow, and it was really easy to put together.


Fraidy Cat was not part of the costume, but I think for the photo she upped the creepy factor! I am wearing the lace up shoes from the costume I wore in the movie we shot this summer (still waiting on the final editing so we can see it), my yoga leggings, a black skirt I got from a friend who was purging her closet, a black tunic that I bought over ten years ago for 50 cents at a Catholic jumble sale, and the gloves …

It's Fall! LET'S BAKE!!! Day 4

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October 25, 2017

Hey y'all, it's me!

One of the easiest, most versatile, filling and cheapest things I can bake are muffins. Back when I got the TIGHTWAD GAZETTE newsletters, I tried Amy Dacyzyn's Universal Muffin Recipe, and once I found out just how easy it was to make muffins from ALMOST anything (trust me, there are a few things you don't wanna try), I put this page from the newsletter into a plastic page protector, and it has traveled everywhere with me ever since. It is the one staple in my cookbook binder. I may change how I roast a chicken or glaze a pie crust, but Amy's muffin recipe is a constant in my life.


Here is Amy's breakdown of basic ingredient and measurement information:
"The quantities listed are for a single batch of 12 muffins.
Grain: Use 2 to 2 1/2 cups of white flour. Or substitute oatmeal, cornmeal, whole-wheat flour, rye flour, or flake cereal for 1 cup of the white flour. Or substitute 1 cup cooked oatmeal, rice, or cornmeal for 1…

Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

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October 23, 2017

Hey y'all, it's me!

As you know, last week's posts were mostly about asking for prayer for my friend Josh, who was in ICU after being shot. Thank you all so much for your prayers. I am still waiting for more updates, will keep you posted.

It was also one of those weeks where I just couldn't keep up with anything--you know, 'the faster you go, the behinder you get' weeks. I'm hoping to get back on track with everything starting today. We'll see....

Okay, on to saving money last week. While during the weekdays I just did my usual things (using the clothesline instead of the dryer, baking cookies for the Redneck's lunch instead of buying snacks, etc), on Saturday I got to be a bit more active in my quest to save money.

That morning our church was having a horse clinic, and the Redneck went to help. Obie and I dropped him off and headed out to do a few errands, including checking out a 'bent can' store in Springtown.



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More Updates

October 19, 2017

Hey y'all, it's me.

Here is the latest update from Josh's mom--

"Update on Josh. He is doing good this morning going to work on moving around so he's not in so much pain. Josh doesn't want anybody mad at him but he has asked not to have any visitors today so he can concentrate on his mobility and getting rest. He is exhausted. Thank you for your understanding love and lots of prayers. Please keep the prayers coming he really needs them we are not out of the woods yet."

Thank you all who are praying from my young friend--it means the world to me.

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2017

Prayer Request Update

October 18, 2017

Hey y'all, it' me.

A quick update on the young man Josh who was shot. Josh is considered stable. He does have blood and fluid in his pelvic cavity but still hoping his body will take care of it. If not he will have to go back in for surgery. Watching very closely for any infection. Josh is very much in pain. His mom sends her thanks to everyone who is praying.

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2017

Urgent Prayer Request

October 17, 2017

Hey y'all, it' me.

I have a prayer request that has weighed on my heart all day, ever since I learned that a young man I am friends with was shot last night. His name is Josh, he's in his early 20s. He was shot on one side of his stomach, and the bullet went down and out his back, breaking his hip bone in the process. He lost some of his intestines during the surgery to save his life. Later today he had more surgery to clean out bone fragments from the hip bone.

I don't know anything about the circumstances that led to this happening. I do know that Josh is my friend, and I am pleading with anyone who reads this to pray, then please pass this post on to others to increase the petitions to heaven for him. I will keep y'all updated as I learn more.

Thank you all in advance,
© Evelyn Edgett 2017

Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

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October 15, 2017

Hey y'all, it's {{{YAWN}}} me!

Yep, it's Sunday night and I am tired--but I wanted to get this post done before I went to bed, so here I am.

This week hasn't been a blockbuster of money saving genius, but I did get a few licks in. With illness and schedules thrown off due to the holiday on Monday, it was a miracle that I kept the dishes, laundry, and cooking from spiraling down into chaos. Anything over that is gravy.

Since our 21st anniversary was this weekend (thank you, thank you, hold the applause), I wanted to get the Redneck something he would like. With limited funds I was stymied until Saturday afternoon when, as we were driving to check out a new gun range (more on that later), and we got to talking about Ted Nugent the rock star, or as we refer to him at our house, 'Uncle Ted'. We agreed that we wish we had been able to find his 2014 tour album, Shut Up And Jam. I looked it up on Amazon, and realized that with the gift cards that I r…

It's Fall! LET'S BAKE!!! Day 3

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October 12, 2017

Hey y'all, it's me!

I am happy to report that after a few days of touch and go with Alfonse, my plain sourdough starter, the little guy is healthy and thriving. So yesterday we got together and began the process of creating a loaf of bread.


I had started with a cup of Rye Graham Flour, because it was one of the flours that Eleanor had given me, but you can use just about any flour you have on hand. The first starter I ever created was with plain Rye Flour, because a lady giving a class at the time used it. Once I get a starter established, I use plain white flour from my pantry to feed it--works fine. 

I added a cup of unchlorinated water to the flour in a large jar (use either glass or plastic containers--metal can mess you up). Chlorinated water will kill any natural yeasts. Use bottled water, or if you have a filter like this on your faucet, you can use tap water. I have a well, so no chlorine, but there are minerals in it that make it taste a tad harsh.
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Delay In The Baking Series, And I Experiment For Lunch

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October 10, 2017

Hey y'all, it's me!

The Redneck was off for Columbus Day, and we had a few things planned for the day, including a batch of Puerco Pibil ready for roasting in the oven (it's a slow roasted pork dish from Mexico. We learned about it years ago while watching the special features on the Once Upon A Time In Mexico DVD). It was looking good for the day.

The Redneck was sitting at the table around 7:30, sipping his coffee, when he suddenly stood up and rushed for the bathroom. Yeah, thing went downhill rapidly from there.

The poor guy had some kind of stomach glitch that laid him low for the rest of the day. He was either in the bathroom or on the bed asleep. He couldn't even eat a bowl of chicken noodle soup. He managed to drink a few glasses of orange juice now and then. I spent the rest of the day quietly cleaning and checking on him from time to time. Around 5 pm he got down a cup of the soup, and went right back to bed. Miraculously, he was up this mor…