5 Ingredient Fried Cabbage And Noodles

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The American Frugal Housewife

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Here are a couple of ideas from the classic, The American Frugal Housewife. Not everything fits in with current beliefs, especially her ideas on raising children. My suggestion is to decide for yourself if those ideas make sense for your family.


In early childhood, you lay the foundation of poverty or riches, in the habits you give your children. Teach them to save everything,—not for their own use, for that would make them selfish—but for some use. Teach them to share everything with their playmates; but never allow them to destroy anything.


If young men and young women are brought up to consider frugality contemptible, and industry degrading, it is vain to expect they will at once become prudent and useful, when the cares of life press heavily upon them.


If you are about to furnish a house, do not spend all your money, be it much or little. Do not let the beauty of the thing, and the cheapness of that, tempt you to buy unnecessary articles.


Rags should never be thrown away because they are dirty. Mop-rags, lamp-rags, etc. should be washed, dried, and put in the rag-bag. There is no need of expending soap upon them: boil them out in dirty suds, after you have done washing.


In this country, we are apt to let children romp away their existence, till they get to be thirteen or fourteen. This is not well. It is not well for the purses and patience of parents; and it has a still worse effect on the morals and habits of the children. Begin early is the great maxim for everything in education. A child of six years old can be made useful; and should be taught to consider every day lost in which some little thing has not been done to assist others.


The true economy of housekeeping is simply the art of gathering up all the fragments, so that nothing be lost. I mean fragments of time, as well as materials. Nothing should be thrown away so long as it is possible to make any use of it, however trifling that use may be; and whatever be the size of a family, every member should be employed either in earning or saving money.


Begin humbly. As riches increase, it is easy and pleasant to increase in hospitality and splendour; but it is always painful and inconvenient to decrease.


Rise early. Eat simple food. Take plenty of exercise. Never fear a little fatigue.


Avoid the necessity of a physician, if you can, by careful attention to your diet. Eat what best agrees with your system, and resolutely abstain from what hurts you, however well you may like it.


If you find yourself really ill, send for a good physician. Have nothing to do with quacks; and do not tamper with quack medicines. You do not know what they are; and what security have you that they know what they are?


Patchwork is good economy. It is indeed a foolish waste of time to tear cloth into bits for the sake of arranging it anew in fantastic figures; but a large family may be kept out of idleness, and a few shillings saved, by thus using scraps of gowns, curtains, etc.


It is wise to keep an exact account of all you expend—even of a paper of pins. This answers two purposes; it makes you more careful in spending money, and it enables your husband to judge precisely whether his family live within his income. No false pride, or foolish ambition to appear as well as others, should ever induce a person to live one cent beyond the income of which he is certain. If you have two dollars a day, let nothing but sickness induce you to spend more than nine shillings; if you have one dollar a day, do not spend but seventy-five cents; if you have half a dollar a day, be satisfied to spend forty cents.


Provided brothers and sisters go together, and are not allowed to go with bad children, it is a great deal better for the boys and girls on a farm to be picking blackberries at six cents a quart, than to be wearing out their clothes in useless play. They enjoy themselves just as well; and they are earning something to buy clothes, at the same time they are tearing them.


I once visited a family where the most exact economy was observed; yet nothing was mean or uncomfortable. It is the character of true economy to be as comfortable and genteel with a little, as others can be with much. In this family, when the father brought home a package, the older children would, of their own accord, put away the paper and twine neatly, instead of throwing them in the fire, or tearing them to pieces. If the little ones wanted a piece of twine to play scratch-cradle, or spin a top, there it was, in readiness; and when they threw it upon the floor, the older children had no need to be told to put it again in its place.


Make your own bread and cake. Some people think it is just as cheap to buy of the baker and confectioner; but it is not half as cheap. True, it is more convenient; and therefore the rich are justifiable in employing them; but those who are under the necessity of being economical, should make convenience a secondary object. In the first place, confectioners make their cake richer than people of moderate income can afford to make it; in the next place, your domestic, or yourself, may just as well employ your own time, as to pay them for theirs.

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Healthy Barley and Lentil Soup

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Hearty Barley and Lentil Soupsource: Jodi Green

Don’t be fooled by the long list of ingredients. This simple and healthy soup can be thrown into a pot in less than ten minutes. If you have some frozen chopped onions stored away, it can be cooking in less than five minutes.

3/4 cup barley

1/3 cup green lentils

4 handfuls frozen baby carrots

2 large onions, peeled and diced

1 28 oz can chopped tomatoes

1 can kidney beans, undrained

1 tbsp dried oregano

1 tbsp dried basil

1 tsp powdered garlic

1 small tomato paste

1/2 cup chicken soup mix (I use vegan/parve)

10 cups water

1 tsp pepper

salt, to taste

Place all ingredients in a large pot. Cover. Stir frequently and add additional water if needed. Cook till the flavors have melded and the lentils and barley are ready to eat.



Kerri Smith

October 19, 2016 / No Comments on Kerri Smith
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I adore Kerri Smith,  and I  just bought a big stack of her books.  Not everything she has written, but still, plenty.

Who is Kerri Smith? She is the author of a line of sketchbooks/ creativity books/ journals. Her books are both open ended and guided at the same time.  The best known of the series is called Wreck This Journal.

People have done all kinds of things with her books. For instance, in Wreck This Journal, there is a page that says “Bring this book in the shower with you” and some folks have actually done that (and had a very waterlogged book). Others have drawn pictures of themselves in the shower. A few used watercolor pencils on the page and sprayed it with a  fine mist of shower water. Anything goes.

The Pocket Scavenger and This Is Not A Book are a little different from the other books. The Pocket Scavenger asks you to find tiny objects and do random art projects with them. This Is Not A Book invites you to use the book itself to do a variety of silly little activities.

Update: I just started working in This Is Not A Book. Last night, as instructed, I’ve disguised the front cover. This morning, I  cut out a page to make a mini book (I made mine a book of  quotations.) Tonight I’m planning to do page 54. The directions say “This is a hiding place. Stash your secrets here.” I’m going to write my secrets on little scraps of paper and  glue them (print side down) to the page.

Finish This Book is enjoyed by a lot of adults, but it may be more for kids. The reader is urged to follow the exercises in the book in order to  become a detective and solve a small mystery.

There are a ton of Kerri Smith resources available online. Youtube has dozens of videos showing page by page finished journals. Searches on Tumblr and Pinterest also come up with lots of tutorials, page ideas and inspiration pages. In addition, Kerri has a free pdf called “100 Ideas,” which some crafters have used as the basis for an entire journal.

Here’s a list of the books I bought:

Wreck This Journal.

The Pocket Scavenger

Wreck This Journal Everywhere

This Is Not a Book

Mess: The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes

Finish This Book

I also purchased How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum but I will be doing a complete review of that book later in the month.

If you decide to purchase any of these books, and use my link I will receive a (small) compensation from Amazon.

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Alice In Wonderland Themed Crafts

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As a child, I loved the story of Alice In Wonderland.

As an adult, I love the imagery.  Alice, the Queen, the Cheshire Cat are all wonderful, vivid characters. Even the settings are delightful; the real world, down the rabbit hole, the chess game.

Here are some craft projects that bring back those sweet memories.


Clock (inspiration)

embroideryEmbroidery (tutorial)


Wreath (inspiration)

free-printableWall Art (free printable)

clockClock (inspiration)

free-paper-dollsPaper Dolls (free printable)

furnitureFurniture (inspiration)

tagsTags (free printable)


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Food Journaling

October 19, 2016 / No Comments on Food Journaling
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foodieFood Journaling Page (pdf)

I’m obsessed with food. I love to make it, read about it, and of course eat it.

Naturally, I decided I also need to write about it. To that end, I have made myself (and you!) a Food Journal template. It’s simple to understand, so I am offering only a brief explanation of each heading. My own responses (for today) are in brackets.


Cooking: What you’re cooking for dinner tonight? [veggie burger and rice, plus salad]

Craving: What are the foods you are currently craving? [guacamole and corn chips]

Reading: What cookbooks/websites you’re currently using? [Vegetarian Express by Nava Atlas]

Eating: What was today’s breakfast and lunch? [breakfast: kiwi, Lunch: burrito with cheese]

Drinking: What are you drinking today? [water, grape Prigat]

Planning: What is your menu for the weekend or the next special occasion? [vegan jambalaya]

Feeding: Who you are feeding tonight? [just feeding myself]

Shopping: Write down your shopping list. [sliced cheese, grapes, plums, milk, dried dill]

Please send me an email if you have any questions, corrections, or comments.

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Very Versatile Vegetarian Salad Wraps

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These wraps are very versatile.

Try them with either honey mustard dressing, cream cheese, guacamole, techina (sesame paste dressing) or hummus (chickpea dressing) as the spread.

Or, if you don’t care for cabbage, carrots, and lettuce, feel free to choose your own veggies. Raw spinach, olives, tomatoes, red peppers and cucumbers are also good choices.

You can even add a little egg salad or cheese if you need a bit of protein.


4 flour tortillas

dressing or spread of your choice

1/2 grated carrots

1/2 grated cabbage

4 lettuce leaves, washed and dried

1-2 tablespoon lemon juice

1-2 tablespoon olive oil

salt and pepper, to taste


Combine carrots, cabbage, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Use more or less olive oil and lemon juice, depending on how tangy a sandwich you are going for. Set aside.

Spread tortilla with dressing or spread.

Spoon half of carrot/cabbage mixture onto center of tortilla. Add one or two leaves of lettuce. Do not overstuff.

Roll up tortilla and eat immediately.

Makes 4 sandwich size wraps.

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