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Making Your Own Chicken Stock February 19, 2010

Filed under: Frugal Ideas,Recipe,Soup — alwayswithme @ 12:26 pm

I’ve been making my own chicken stock lately, mainly because DH needs me to watch his sodium intake.  I have enjoyed it thoroughly and DS, the younger and DH, really like the way it makes the house smell.  They also know that I will make something really good in the end.  Here is a recipe similar to what I do:

One 3-5 lb whole chicken (Look for sales for $.59-$.79 a lb)

16 cups of water

1 teaspoon  salt

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 teaspoon of pepper

2 ribs of celery, chopped

1 onion, chopped

other leftover vegetables I have in the frig at a given time

Boil together for 3 hours or until the chicken is falling off the bone. Then simmer for another hour.  Remove chicken from the pot and let rest until cool enough to handle. Debone chicken meat carefully and freeze in 1 cup portions for use in recipes.   Safe out a portion to make the guys something immediately.

Strain broth and refrigerate until fat hardens and rises to the top.  Skim off fat and freeze in 2 cup portions to use in soups and casseroles.  When using in a recipe, I heat the frozen portion in a sauce pan and I will add some water to it – just eyeball and tastebud it to make the amount I need. 

With the strained out vegetables, I pick through and get out anything unappetizing looking then blend them up with my stick blender, add it to my awaiting broth and do a soup of some sort.  The veggies thicken up the soup some and it just tastes good.


I Can Do This February 11, 2010

Filed under: Decorating,DS, The Younger,Frugal Ideas,Making Things,Wall Art — alwayswithme @ 5:06 pm

Spotted this cute wall hanging on a blog called  Secret Pie Shoppe and I thought, I can do this!

I will use the GW frame that the glass broke out of to “frame” it so that will be different and I’ll probably use some old scrapbook paper instead of the sheet music she used because I don’t have any of that but I do have scraps of scrapbook paper leftover from making DS, the younger’s valentines.  I’ll probably put the hearts on a piece of old posterboard we have and tape it to the frame then find a hole in the wall that needs something on it and ta da, there it will be.  (When I make it and take a photo of it, I’ll post it here).  Head over here to check out other clever things she has made with little to no money being expended.


A Quote on Organization, Clutter and Orderliness February 9, 2010

Filed under: Frugal Ideas,Household,Organization,Quotes — alwayswithme @ 12:45 pm

“Orderliness is to prepare myself & my surroundings so that I will achieve the greatest efficiency. Keeping everything that is under my jurisdiction neat, clean, functional, & in its proper place. Orderliness is to know what to remove from my life & to have the courage to do it! Clutter is the enemy of order! This is easier said than done, but this is our goal.”  —

                                                                               Michelle Duggar, mom of many.

There is a lot of good information in that statement.  Clutter is the enemy of order.  Definitely.  Orderliness is to know what to remove from my life and to have the courage to do it.  Man is that convicting. 

Good advice for me. . .and for you?


What Do You Think? February 1, 2010

Filed under: Frugal Ideas,Household,Making Things — alwayswithme @ 7:57 pm

I’m going to have to check into this further.  Does it help with static cling?  I know it helps things dry faster which is great. 

Make Your Own Wool Dryer Balls

goodmama: Make Your Own Wool Dryer Balls.


Look at the Drapes! January 28, 2010

Filed under: Drapes or Curtains,Frugal Ideas — alwayswithme @ 9:49 pm

I’m thinking that I could make these drapes using cheap sheets from WalMart. 

 Look at the Drapes!

How funny is this, I went to the original site to get the link since I found this on a blog party enty.  And guess what she made these out of?


Sheet Curtains   Click on the link to check out her site.

Since I sew I hardly ever buy curtains from a store and my living room  was no exception. I found this sheet set on clearance at Target, being 100% cotton it was just what I was looking for. I can tell you that if I had more money if my life I would probably opt for more expensive things in my house, but since I don’t it forces me to think outside the box and always be on the lookout for bargains. 

I knew I wanted  a gathered look at the top but not to full, I think I used a twin flat  sheet for each panel, a twin flat sheet is usually around 66 inches wide.

I used Wright’s pencil pleat tape  (like this) that I found at the fabric Store.  They were super easy to make and very inexpensive. I love that they add just a little pop of color around the windows.





Wall Art That Looks Like Something It’s Not

Filed under: Decorating,Frugal Ideas,Wall Art — alwayswithme @ 8:15 pm
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Wall Art


This is such a cool idea.  I’m thinking I would do a smaller version and use a black background but I am so giving this a try!

Chris, Erin and Jayce: DIY Wall Art.


Frugal Home Design: $20 DIY Book Display-4 Shelves January 26, 2010

Filed under: Books,Frugal Ideas,Organization — alwayswithme @ 8:34 pm

I might be able to actually do this.  So cool and there is always a need for displaying books.

Frugal Home Design: $20 DIY Book Display-4 Shelves.


Millennium Ark: 100 Items That Disappear First in a Disaster January 24, 2010

Filed under: Frugal Ideas — alwayswithme @ 3:45 pm

Millennium Ark: 100 Items That Disappear First in a Disaster.


Burlap Curtains — Life to the T January 22, 2010

Filed under: Drapes or Curtains,Frugal Ideas — alwayswithme @ 11:43 am

Beautiful Burlap Curtain

Burlap from T


Favorite Frugal Friday Posts April 10, 2009

Filed under: Blog Parties,Frugal Ideas — alwayswithme @ 9:26 am

Jen posted on making your own stock here