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bathroom remodel

the danger of ‘while we’re at it’

I'm following my daughter Erika's lead and doing a post on what I've been doing this month. The project I'm most excited about is the remodel in the boys' bathroom.  It's been needing an update for awhile.  Leaking shower =damaged floor. We decided that while we're at it-- watch out for that dangerous word, all ye who remodel!-- we might as well upgrade from a little tiny … [Read More...]

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Spicy BBQ'd Shrimp

Recipe: Spicy Grilled Shrimp

For our 4th of July party several years running we've done spicy grilled shrimp on the barbecue.  Here's the recipe we used this year, and I thought it was really yummy. Since I forgot to get a picture either year, though, the photocredit belongs to … [Read More...]

Parenting Feature

Teens and expenses

Teens and expenses: how we do it

The winner of last week's book giveaway Tokens of Affection is commenter #1 Stefani. ~~~~~ I thought it might be interesting to some of you to hear how we work all the 'extra' expenses that teens tend to have.  We have a moderate budget … [Read More...]

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Our graduates

(not so) frugal Friday

Oh, I’ve had a busy week!  This weekend Jared graduates from college (computer science major), and next weekend Lidya graduates from high school.  So we’re planning a party for both of them along with some friends who are also graduating.  We’re also finishing our school year and trying to get in the groove of a [...]

Beef Stroganoff

Recipe: Beef Stroganoff

A NYT article Putting Meat in its Place captured my philosophy on meat perfectly. We don’t NEED huge slabs of meat on our dinner plates every day! In that spirit, here’s a recipe that I posted a couple years ago but just now got around to photographing. We only make this once a month or [...]

Bracelet

Stitch Fix time again– help?

Thanks to those of you who have been trying Stitch Fix along with me, once again I built up some credits to spend. Yay-thank you!  My latest fix had some things I adored, and some that seem almost right but have me still guessing.  This bracelet set is absolutely lovely, but at $36 for the [...]

With all 10 kids  :)

Easy summer learning

This week I’m thinking about what school our kids will be doing this summer, besides yard work, and hanging out with friends, and summer jobs. For years we took summers entirely off school, and I have to admit that way still sounds appealing. But then I remember about the math-forgetting, and the wandering around bored, [...]

Frugal Friday

Frugal Friday

I’m so glad you’ve been sharing your frugal successes with me every Friday! There are soooo many opportunities in a week to spend money.  Knowing that I’ll be telling on myself really helps me avoid overspending!  Speaking of which, I’ll start with my frugal fails.  I spent way too much on lemons and avocados late [...]

reviving old cabinets with stain

Reviving tired cabinets with gel stain

We built our house in 1993, and a couple decades with our big clan has left many things looking well worn, including all the cabinets in the house.  In 2012, I gave two bathrooms a $40 makeover. I’ve been wondering about doing a similar makeover in our worn kitchen.  But I was leery of making [...]

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Finding time for rest

We are in our last push to get school done for the year.  Half the kids have already finished their math.  All but one are done writing.  My two high-schoolers taking college classes are finishing up last projects and gearing up for finals. The teens are down to their last two chapters of chemistry, and [...]

Your great grace

From the creation to the cross There from the cross into eternity Your grace finds me Yes Your grace finds me

Thai beef wraps

Frugal Friday – Thai Beef Wrap Recipe

Here’s another rambling story of things that I did this week to save money. For starters, though, a fail: I frittered away $50 on TWO different fast-food dinners. Both times I was out doing things with a bunch of kids, and it felt like the best way to finish what we needed to do before [...]

Organizing fabric with wire shelving

Organizing sewing and craft supplies (and a recipe for homemade laundry detergent)

In my laundry room, I am fortunate to have quite a bit of high shelving above the washer and dryer, on which I store craft and sewing supplies.  I’ve been struggling for awhile with my fabric storage.  I’ve tried just folding it and stacking it.  I’ve tried keeping it in clear bins.  But inevitably when [...]