Spring/Summer Cleaning

I don’t know why. But everyone tends to do their spring cleaning in the…well….spring. Kind of the point right? Not me though! I always seem to do it in the summer. The other day, husband and I were talking about rearranging some furniture. So, I kept looking at the bookshelf. Again, and again. And finally it came to me. There are at least 3 books in there that I can get rid of, no problem. Why not? One of them is already on an app called Merarci. But I’m also starting to list things on Ebay as well. I figured it couldn’t hurt. It gives others a chance to get use out of my items, and helps put some pocket change in my wallet to help me and my family out with bills, and expenses. Win Win! I try to put reasonable prices on things. No need to price gouge people. I know how its like to be short on funds but need or want something.

Anyways. I would love it if you guys checked out my Ebay Store. If you see something you like, buy it! I’d be so grateful. And if you do, please do let me know that you found my items through my blog, and I will be sure to include something special along with your item as my graditude for buying my products!

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Tea Bag Gardening

On the occasion if I’m just watching one of my shows, I’ll peruse pintrest for things to try. Recipes, gardening tricks, ect. Well, I found an interesting one the other day which uses old tea bags. And I’m all for trying to reuse as much as I possibly can, so I figured I’d give it a shot. I had an empty can from tomato sauce that I figured I could use as it was a bigger can. So once that was full, I put it all in my soup pot with some water and waited for it to boil and then cool down. Personally, my family uses good ole Lipton. Its what I grew up with, and its what we like. And personally, I adore the Iced tea it makes. I could live on that stuff to be perfectly honest with you guys.

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Canned food and Wax Beans

What to do with Canned Beans

Even though fresh is always the way to go in terms of veggies. It never hurts to have a stock of some canned foods either. Things like soups, stews, veggies, meats, that sort of thing. Here are the canned foods I ALWAYS have in my cupboard:

Peas and Carrots

Chili

Chicken Noodle Soup

Vegetable Beef Soup

Tuna

Chicken

Green Beans

Corn

Wax Beans

Kidney Beans

Garbonzo (chickpeas)

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Bacon Cabbage Rice

Ever since I met my husband, he always had this thing with rice. The only way he would eat it was if it was in a soup called fried rice soup. But everyone has their own little issues with certain types of food so I just let it be and went with it. It really wasn’t too big of a deal anyways. So for the longest time, we would only have rice if we went to that Chinese restaurant and got that soup.

But then one day we were having a BBQ at a friends house, and they were serving this dish, it had Cabbage, Bacon, and Rice. And sometimes she would serve it as a side dish, whereas other times, she would serve it as a main dish. I doubted my husband would try it but the bacon really convinced him. And then….he took a bite. And another, and then another! Until it was gone and he even wanted seconds! I was extremely surprised that he enjoyed it as much as he did! Plus, the ingredients were extremely simple!

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Mac Salad

Macaroni Salad is made differently by everyone. Some like it with
celery, some like it without mustard, ect. It’s a very versicle
recipe, and I think one of the first things I learned to cook when I
started having the interest as a child. The recipe my mother taught me
was pratically identical to her potato salad, but with macaroni
noodles of course.

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Store-bought vs Homemade

Have you ever wanted spaghetti with meat sauce ? I’m sure all of us have at one point or another. Are you also one of those people who buy premade sauce cause its “easier”? Well, I am here to tell you to stop! Lets think of what all goes in pasta sauce. Tomato Sauce, tomato paste, garlic, onion, meat (if desired) and seasonings. How hard is that? Not very. And if you make a big batch, you have some you can freeze for the next time you desire it. All for the price of about 59 cents a can at my local grocery store, which would mean $2.59 for all of the canned goods you would need for the sauce. Not including if you wanted to put any Mushrooms, onions, meat in it ect. Here is a list of what I put in my sauce:

Tomato Sauce

Tomato Paste

Garlic

Onion

Ground beef

Italian Sausage

Basil

Rosemerry

Thyme

Black Olives

Dried Parsley

Red Pepper Flakes

Olive oil (for sautéing)

You can add more, or less depending on what you like. My family doesn’t like mushrooms, so I don’t even bother adding them. Sometimes, if I just want my house to smell good, I will cook it anyway if I have the ingredients, but normally, we will have a spaghetti dinner the day I make the sauce. With garlic bread and a side salad.

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The point I am trying to get here though, is why by canned sauce for $3-5 a jar, when you can make your own for about that price and get more than 2 uses out of it. It is like that with broth too. You can buy boxed broth or bullion, or you can make your own! I freeze my scraps of veggies such as tops of carrots, onion and garlic peels and ends, and whatnot, and when my husband roasts his famous chicken, I’ll take the carcass, and the frozen scraps and make my own broth for the winter. I have over 6 cups of broth saved now for chicken soup. Yeah, it may take a little bit more work, but think about what you get in the end. A nice homemade broth for cooking with or creating soups with. Knowing what goes in your food and meals is much healthier. By making your own broth, and sauces, you are knowing what goes in it, and limiting your need for pre-made crap. It may be delicious, but think about all the artificial this and that which is in it. Gross!

This is how our ancestors lived, they made what they needed and only bought the basics such as flour, coffee, salt, ect.

Fresh vs. Canned

As a kid I hated veggies. Despised them. You couldn’t PAY me to eat them. But looking back at how they were served, they were usually either canned or steamed. Two ways in which the veggies normally wind up smelling, weird. With canned you get the mushy can taste with it, with steamed they can be soggy with no flavor. So who could blame me?

So as an adult, after having my own child, I really had to buck up. This was a young person, whom I created and was going to be looking up to me. I had to start finding ways to eat healthy. So as I watched cooking shows, I payed attention to what THEY did with the veggies. They would sauteed them, roast them, do all sorts of things with them, and they looked good! So one day, Husband and I went on a date to a local casino. And had Dinner first. I ordered the sauteed green beans with a steak and mashed potatoes. And the Green Beans opened my eyes to a world of delicious veggies. They were garlicky, and crunchy, and I wanted more!

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T-Shirt Bandwagon

Yes guys, I’m jumping on the T-Shirt Bandwagon. Being a housewife is important to me, which means we rely on pretty much only my husbands income. Thats all well and good but there are times when I wish I could support my family with more of a finical role. And I know. As a housewife, I’m doing the cleaning, cooking, gardening, ect. I found a website through a blogger friend of mine, which will allow me to make designs in Photoshop, or use their in browser designer and design my own shirts. They can be for a fundraiser or not. The only downside being you do have to get a certain number of orders before they will print and mail your shirts to you.

I only have one design so far, the others, still in my head. I’ve been working on figuring out how to get them to computer. This one, I got inspiration from my Guild in Vanilla World of Warcraft. There was another young mom online, and made me realize that its not just me that is a mom, a wife, and gamer after a long day of supporting her family, its other women in the world as well. Some who do those things plus have a job!

So I ask of you all. Check them out at least. I have three different shirt styles to choose from.

Journey of a Simple Housewife T-Shirts

All Ants Must Die!

Where I live, it gets hot. And not just 90 degree hot. I mean HOT! Like 116 is about NORMAL for us in the summertime, like fry an egg on the sidewalk hot. So of course, (and honestly, I can’t say that I blame them) they come inside where its cool, looking for food and water. Being the first summer in my new home, I wasn’t sure how “bug proofed” my house was. Well, I found out. I woke up one morning, went to make my husband coffee. The previous night I had put a soda can in the sink. I don’t know why. My guess is I dosed off in the recliner and woke up, went to bed but took my can in the sink first. Anyways. When I woke up, I went to fill the pot up with water and the yellow squirt can was literally BLACK! From all the ants! “GROSS!” I thought as I ran the water and watched them all die and fall down the drain.

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