I Started my Christmas Shopping This Morning!


Yes, it’s true.  I started my Christmas shopping this morning.  I found a wonderful yard sale with my dear girlfriend, Miss Sherry.  I found some nice Christmas decorations, some of which I’ll use, and some of which will be gifts.  I also found a few things that I’ll use before Christmas.  Now I just need to squirrel everything away until the right time! 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Laura of Harvest Lane

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Hard Times, Making Do and Doing Without…Old Fashioned Biscuits

Awhile back I wrote that you can survive if you have a few basic ingredients in your house.  I thought I’d share our family’s favorite biscuit recipe.  We literally survived on these during a couple of hard times in our life.  I have since started converting recipes to whole wheat; but, I want you to know how we did it when we were doing without. 

Old Fashioned Baking Powder Biscuits

This is my family’s favorite biscuit recipe!


4 c all-purpose flour

3 T baking powder

2 t salt

4 T canola oil

1 ½ – 1 ¾ c milk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Begin with a large bowl. Sift all the dry ingredients into the bowl and then mix it all together well with a big fork. Combine 1 ½ cups of milk with the oil. Pour it all into the dry ingredients at once. Stir until it’s all mixed in and all the flour is moistened. Add the extra ¼ cup of milk if the dough is too dry.

Now, take all the dough in your hands and put it on a baking sheet. Pat the dough into a large rectangle, keeping in mind that you want the dough about an inch thick and you’ll be cutting it into 12 equal pieces.

After you cut the dough into equal pieces, separate the biscuits by about ¼ inch. Then put them into the oven for 15 minutes. Brush the tops of the biscuits with melted butter and put them back into the oven to bake until they’re golden brown on top. Makes 12 big biscuits.

May God bless you as you are making do!


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What kinds of big frugal meals do you make to feed all those hungry kids?

Q.  What kinds of big frugal meals do you make to feed all those hungry kids?

A.  Right now, I’m cooking lots of soups.  Soup is great because you don’t need a lot of meat.  I’m also cooking a lot of beans.  I’m working on my list of frugal foods.  Know this though, from my extremely poverty stricken days.  If you have flour, baking powder, canola oil, and salt, your family won’t starve.  That’s all you need to make basic biscuits.  That was a mainstay for our family for awhile.  Also, oatmeal is a cheap breakfast.  If you don’t make bread now, you need to learn to make some basic bread.  Think  about “making something from nothing”.  I’ll write more about this later.  Here are a couple of web sites that I found helpful in finding new recipes:
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Thrifty Tip for Today

 Four Cuori Rosso Art Print by Roberta Ricchini

Hi Friends,

I was using a glue stick today while recycling some cards into new and improved cards.  My thrifty tip is an idea that worked great for me.  I had a magazine that I didn’t want anymore.  Rather than use sheet after sheet of paper to do my gluing on, I did my gluing on a page of the magazine.  When I got too much glue on the page, I just turned the page!  It was terrific!  Much less mess and much less stress.  Best of all, I was reusing something and being thrifty!

Use it up, Wear it out, Make it Do, or Do Without!!!!!!!!

God bless and have fun thinking up thrifty ideas.  I’d love to hear from you!


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What is in Your Hand? $50 Grocery Shopping Trip

What is in your hand?

If you have only $50 to go grocery shopping for the week, how can you do it?  It seems impossible.  Well, I did that this morning.  When you have that much money, the key is using it for what I call completer items. 

For instance, I already had some fruits and vegetables on hand from last week’s shopping.  Today, I bought salad dressing and some inexpensive croutons to complete a main dish salad.

I bought a restaurant size can of tomato sauce to complete spaghetti.  I already had noodles, leftover italian sausage in the freezer,  and spices at home.

I bought a can of crushed tomatoes and a pound of ground chuck to complete my chili.

You get the idea.  The point is to think about what you can make with what you have; and, buy the completer ingredients that you need to make a meal.

For breakfasts, I bought oats and brown sugar to make Brown Sugar Granola from www.hillbillyhousewife.com .  This is an inexpensive granola recipe. My kids aren’t real fond of plain oatmeal; so, I try to change it up a bit.

For lunches, I’m hoping for leftovers to fill the gap!

If all else fails, I can make bread and serve beans!

Just an idea to help you with training for the grocery store high jump!

God bless and good shopping!


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