October in Review at frazzled JOY {2017}

I’m seriously still wrapping my head around the fact that it’s November. September and October just flew by. We were super busy with kid activities and we tried our best to fit in a project here and there. Things have kind of been all over the place lately!! I have definitely been a little frazzled. But, all these things that keep me busy, bring me so much JOY so I can’t complain.
October in Review at frazzled JOY {2017}
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Memories and Family Recipes

I’m sure we all have those recipes that have been passed down from our moms or grandmas.  For me, when I make these I am taken back in time to when I would come home smelling it cooking, or helping in the kitchen to make it.  I love that feeling!  Just this week I made one of these – Goulash.  I know there are so many variations to this recipe out there, but this is the one I grew up on.  It is very simple and budget friendly, so I am sharing it with you today.

Goulash
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
2 cups pasta (I mostly use either macaroni or egg noodles, but really anything will work – except spaghetti)
Can of tomatoes (whole, diced, doesn’t matter)
Can of tomato sauce
Green pepper
Onion
Salt and pepper to taste

Brown the ground beef.  Cook noodles.  Drain noodles.  Combine all ingredients and simmer.  The longer you let it simmer the more the flavors combine.  Sometimes I will put it in a baking dish, (sprinkle grated cheese – optional) on top and bake at 350 for 25 minutes.  I always add grated cheddar cheese at serving, but this is up to you.
 
 
Like I said, easy and budget friendly.  Enjoy and have a blessed weekend!!  

 

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Home Made Cleaning Products

About a year ago I got fed up with spending big bucks on cleaning products.  It seemed ridiculous!!  And, then thanks to pinterest I discovered I could make my own at a fraction of the cost!!
 
So, I gathered together the simple ingredients and started with a few simple things.  

 

 

I wanted an all-purpose cleaner that I could use on most surfaces.  I also needed a glass cleaner, and something to cut through grease in the kitchen.  
 
These are still the basics that I use now and have found that they work as well if not better for much less.  I have tweaked these to serve my taste but definitely check the links below with the recipes for other cleanser recipes you might be interested in.

 

 

2 Cups water
1/4 Cup castile soap (mine is Peppermint which I love the smell of)


All-Purpose Cleaner (Watch out for a reaction! It will bubble a lot.)
3 Tablespoons vinegar
1/2 Teaspoon washing soda
1/2 Teaspoon castile soap
2 Cups hot water
 
 
Glass Cleaner
Half Vinegar
Half Water
A few drops of castile soap (optional – to cut the smell of the vinegar)
Also, check out my pinterest board for other ideas.  There are many variations of each cleanser out there in blog-land, so you should be able to find what meets your needs and your tastes.  
 
I also was determined to find an alternative laundry detergent, because with a family of 6, I felt like I was washing my money down the drain every week.  The laundry detergent recipe originally came from The Duggars.  (If anybody knows how to save money with laundry it would be Michelle Duggar!!)  However this site has an awesome step by step tutorial along with the recipe.  I love the laundry detergent, and again it works as well or better than the store bought for MUCH LESS and I have a new HE washer and have had no problems – very few suds with this soap.
Here are the ingredients that go into the liquid laundry detergent:
  • Borax
  • Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (NOT Baking Soda)
  • Fels-Naptha Soap Bar
  • 5-gallon bucket with lid
  • 10 gallon milk jugs (or other containers) that have been cleaned and rinsed (the concentrate will disperse more evenly if you go ahead and divide it up.
You will not use ALL of anything except the Fels-Naptha Soap Bar.  Also, I divided the recipe in half because I didn’t have room to store ten gallons, and five gallons lasts me 4-6 months.  

 

Hope you find something you like to help you save some money$$!!
Linking up with Carmel at Our Fifth House.  Check out lots of other helpful cleaning tips!!

 

Also linking up at Living Well Spending Less
Thrifty Thursday Linky Party at LivingWellSpendingLess.com!

 

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Snack-time!!

I have spent the day trying to do the domestic thing.  I say “trying” cuz to be honest, it’s not really my thing.  I don’t mind doing it, it’s just there are so many other things I would rather be doing, and I get distracted easily.  🙂

So…about the only thing that got done cleaning-wise was some laundry – HA!

I did do a little get-us-through-the-rest-of-the-week grocery shopping which led to snack making – never go to the store hungry – where have I heard that before?

Anywho…I had three very smooshy bananas sitting in my fruit basket that hadn’t made it into the trash.  So, what do you do with smooshy bananas???  I make banana bread!!

Yes, I had an afternoon snack fresh from the oven and a warm cup of coffee to go with it, just what I needed to get me going again.
Here is my recipe for Banana Nut Bread

1 3/4 cup sifted flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup shortening
2 eggs
1/2 chopped nuts
1 cup banana pulp (2-3 mashed bananas)

Sift together dry ingredients. Gradually add sugar to shortening, and cream until fluffy. Blend in one egg at a time, mixing until smooth and light after each. Stir in nuts. Add flour mixture alternately with the banana pulp, blending well after each addition. Pour into a well-greased 9x5x3 inch loaf pan, pushing batter into corners. Bake in a 350 oven 55 minutes or until browned.

Just for fun, sometimes I use chocolate chips instead of nuts, since a couple of my kids don’t like nuts.  Which, was my plan today, only to find we were out of chocolate chips, and of course I had already been to the store.

I also made this yummy snack that I’m sure my family will be over-the-moon about!!

I don’t think there is anything better in this world than candy corn.  But, this sweet and salty mix is awesome.  No recipe needed just pour in the candy corn and however much peanuts you like.  YUM!!
Seriously, candy corn is one of my most favorite things about fall 🙂
And…to top off my day, the delivery man rang the doorbell with this surprise

 

My photobooks arrived!!  If you have never tried making one of these I highly recommend it.  I used to scrapbook, and I love the scrapbooks I have completed, but honestly I think I love these more.
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