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  1. Multi-generational/multifamily
    My husband and I have been living with his mother since he lost his job in 2007. I am on disability. Earlier this year my MIL had 2 serious falls-landing on her head and it's possible that she's had some small strokes. She has lost periods of time. Her sister's marriage, her parents death, my...
  2. Homesteading and gardening
    30 August 2011 Practical Composting 30 August 2011 Practical Composting There is too much misleading information written about home gardening composting, which has more to do with selling silly containers than practical composting. Composting is a simple process. If the garden is any reasonable...
  3. Homesteading and gardening
    I made some pasta sauce from s few of my tomatoes. I didn't weigh them, but it was a market produce bag about half full. I made about 22 ounces of strained tomato puree. I boiled it down to make sauce and ending up with about 7 ounces. Seems like one would have to grow tons of tomatoes to make...
  4. Garden and plants
    Practical Composting. Cut into small pieces and forget it. 20 June 2008 Practical Composting. All garden waste is chopped into small pieces and placed in the composting bin. A bin must be readily accessible for placing waste into, and also for ease of...
  5. Christmas
    How does everyone feel about giving "necessities" or more practical items as gifts? I often will buy something practical with an impractical twist for the kids for Christmas. For example, I'll include a new toothbrush and toothpaste in their stockings, but these won't be the usual ones that I...
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  7. General Chat
    There. I've said it. I've been practical all my life. It was engrained into me by my parents! Be practical. I try to always make the practical decision, no matter how I may really feel. Case in point is furniture. We have been slowly replacing our very worn (mostly hand me down) furniture...
  8. Kitchen Basics
    While this isn't just for spanish deals it is great for any meals. PRACTICAL SOFRITO -------------------------------------- A - 1/4 cup of vegetable oil B - 1/2 lb. onions, peeled 1/2 lb. green peppers 1/8 lb. sweet chili peppers (seeded) 6 cloves garlic, peeled 8 fresh...
  9. Just Tips
    Practical Ways To Fight High Grocery Prices 1. Learn to cook intelligently. Invest in a good, inexpensive cookbook. 2. Plan all meals in advance. 3. Cook only as much food as your family will consume at each meal...
  10. General Chat
    Okay, I was mulling an stressing today over getting a picture of the girls to put into the Christmas cards this year. I usually take one and have wallets made at snapfish. Then I thought, well with money so tight, forget the pictures this year, or maybe I could just put one on the family...
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  14. General Chat
    Ambush's thread about a new freezer got me thinking about "types" of gifts. I like gifts I can use. I'm the wife that would rather a vacume than a necklace. What about you?
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    Your mind can be a very strong tool, it will work either for or against you. Accepting whatever you feed it with, without judgement. I KNOW this statement to be true however teaching it new things can be much easier said than done! When we change our 'mind talk' sometimes it fights against...
  20. Support
    I was going to start by sharing my story as this is what we do at meetings - however I don't feel it would be either helpful or appropriate for the time being. So I decided to share more practical things. I'm keeping it simple for now as I know at least for myself I have a tendancy to...
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