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Have you ever heard of Zaycon? They are a service that provides incredible prices on meat. You just have to do a search to see where your local pick up would be.
Their meat is in bulk so you would get 40# of ground beef or 14# of ribeye steaks, etc. They have chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, etc.
The prices are 97/3 ground beef (which is wonderful, Dan won’t eat any other, it’s that good!) are 3.79 lb, that totals $141.60 for 40 pounds. Don’t need all that meat? Go in with a friend, it’s an excellent deal!
Now, I’ve had folks say…I could never afford that. Think about how much you spent last month on fast food and eating out because you didn’t prepare ahead or it was just easier.
Having this food in your home, in your freezer means you can keep inventory of it, prepare ahead of time and have meals ready for the evening. Let’s face it, most folks do not cook meals at home and we all know it’s healthier and we know what ingredients are going in our food.
We are a part of Zaycon, that simply means we get a very tiny percentage of what others purchase, you can become part of it also and it’s free.
If you decide to purchase use code: STOREWIDE20 for 20% off your entire order. You can pay now for orders that will be delivered next month, etc. So, if you spend $500 you will get $100 off your order! It’s a great way to stock up and be prepared. We have saved a ton of money by stocking up, we always have meat available and our family knows that all they have to do is stop by and they can get what they need from the freezers, we have a few of them!!!
It’s also a wonderful way to be ready to help out a neighbor, friend, church member etc, who may be going through a rough time. It’s a win, win situation!

Of course it is also the perfect opportunity to pull out that pressure canner and can up a bunch of meat and fill up that pantry!


Simple Homemade Recipes – HVR Powder

I have been making Hidden Valley Ranch cheese puffs for many years, I always make them on Christmas day to take to our families homes and everybody loves them. Sadly, the HVR powder mix in the stores has MSG (and some other questionable items) so I learned to make my own years ago and it is what I’ve used for years. No one ever noticed a difference when I switched to this, of course you can also use it to make salad dressing but the cheese puffs were the initial reason I had to make it up.

Homemade HVR Powder

14 saltine crackers
2 c dry parsley flakes
1/2 c dry minced onion
2 1/2 T dry dill weed
1/2 c each of:
onion salt
garlic salt
onion powder
garlic powder

Put crackers in blender or food processor until they become powder
Add parsley, minced onions and dill weed, blend again until powder
Put in a bowl and stir in rest of ingredients.
I store mine in a pint size mason jar and have kept it for almost 2 years
and it still works perfectly.

A recipe I found online for salad dressing, I haven’t tried it:
1 T mix
1 cup mayo
1 c buttermilk
Makes 1 pint salad dressing.

The Proverbs 31 Woman

                                                                                  Time Wasters…

  1. The Telephone
  2. TV
  3. Reading novels when there’s work to be done
  4. Self pity and worry
  5. Lack of organization
  6. Lack of discipline
  7. Trying to do everything at once
  8. Inability to say ‘no’
  9. Too much stuff
  10. Inefficiency

These thoughts are from some of my notes on being a Proverbs 31 woman.

Certainly gets you thinking doesn’t it?

Buying American Made

This post is from 2010 but I needed the reminder!

I have a friend that lives in Maine that loves going to the Christmas tree shoppes and I am so excited because they just opened one not too far away from us.  It’s a bit of a drive but we can go there when we go to run our errands once a week or so.  We went there yesterday and they have a lot of cute things, I would say it’s a mixture between a dollar store/K-mart/Craft store.  We spent a total of  $2.00 actually 2.12 with tax!  We got two cute little purses, mainly to use as patterns to make some more because they’re so cute!

I really enjoy going to these types of stores, it’s just fun to browse and their prices are really good.  Now, to the problem I have with it; everything I looked at was made in China.  I just get so tired of seeing things that say USA on them as craft items, etc. and then see that they’re made in another country.  That is why I would rather go to our local craft malls and produce markets, to help the local sellers.  Also, I think we should take the time and effort to shop only at stores that have products made in the USA.  But of course that’s not easy because there are very few of them locally.

I really must say that I’m going to make it a point to check out which stores are only items made in the USA, if I can’t find them locally I’ll order from places online, but only if they guarantee the made in the USA pledge.

It’s time we start moving backwards and remember the way things were when our country was founded.  The did what they had to do and bartered for things they couldn’t make themselves, this is what it might come down to.

I have no problem with buying items online from another country if that’s what I want, for instance the items Christopher and Katie like from Manchester United, that’s just fine.  But, I refuse to continue to buy pieces of junk that are made in a sweat shop thousands of miles away, it simply has to stop and will only stop when we stop buying and supporting these stores, we as the buyers have the say and can say it by simply boycotting these stores.  I know I’m determined to do it.

We must demand high quality and American Made, these days we’re working hard for less money so we must have high quality.  I’m proud to be American and I believe that means I must support my fellow Americans….just as the folks in other countries must support their own.  

Simple Homemade Recipes – Bran Flake Muffins

Bran Flake Muffins

3 c bran flakes
1 c boiling water
2 1/2 c flour
2 1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/2 c shortening
1 1/2 c sugar
2 large eggs
2 c buttermilk

Combine bran flakes and boiling water in a bowl. Let stand ten minutes. Sift together flour, baking soda & salt, set aside.

Cream together shortening and sugar in large mixing bowl until light and fluffy, using electric mixer. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.

Stir in bran flakes mixture with creamed mixture. Add dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk to creamed mixture, mixing just enough to moisten. Spoon batter into greased muffin pan-filling 2/3 full. Bake in 400 degree oven for 25 minutes.

This recipe makes 24 muffins.

Katie made these for us today and they are simply delicious. They are the best bran muffins I’ve ever had, we’ve used this recipe many times before and it’s definitely a keeper. In the photo are some all ready to eat with some real butter from the butter bell!

Delight in the Simple Things

Delight in the Simple Things

Learn to like what doesn’t cost too much.

Learn to like reading, conversation, music.

Learn to like plain food, plain service, plain cooking.

Learn to like fields, trees, brooks, hiking, rowing, climbing hills.

Learn to like people, even though some of them may be different from you.

Learn to like to work and  enjoy the satisfaction of doing your job as well as it can be done.

Learn to like the songs of birds, the companionship of dogs.

Learn to like gardening, puttering around the house, and fixing things.

Learn to like the sunrise and sunset, the beating of rain on the roof and windows, and the gentle fall of snow on a winter day.

Learn to keep your wants simple, and refuse to be controlled by the likes and dislikes of others.

Lowell B. Bennion

Simple Living

I’ve spent a lot of time contemplating what simple living really is. 

Well, it’s truly about a mindset of living with less and enjoying it more.  Enjoying time with family and making sure your time is not all used up in keeping up with all your stuff!  Through the years I bombarded our home with stuff and would move things from one place to another, never being content with where things were because there was just too much!!!


Now, life is calmer although it definitely is a choice that we have to make.  I’ve never wanted a large home with lots and lots of stuff, now I wouldn’t mind having an old farmhouse and making useful rooms in it but nothing is ‘for show’, my home is about ‘some’ pretties but most things must function or they’re out the door!


We regularly go through our home and find items to either toss, recycle or give away.  There’s always someone that could use something so why would I want to leave it sitting in my home where it’s not being used and apparently is not needed.


Living simple is to enjoy simplicity, peace, calm and to treasure the most important things in life.  Christ, family, friends and others.  ‘Stuff’ does not enter into that equation at all!

God Bless~!