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Prudent Living - On The Home Front

Recipe Box: Corn and Cheddar Cakes

Apr 18 2014
Corn & Cheddar Cakes

In my ongoing effort to clean out my freezer and pantry for the Spring Pantry Challenge, I decided to make corn and cheddar cakes. Replacing the flour with masa harina yields an unusually light, soufflé like breakfast cake. We often like to eat breakfast for dinner so this was a perfect weeknight meal. I served them with a mixed green salad for a well-rounded meal. This recipe was adapted from a Weight Watchers recipe. I was able to use up some corn and chopped red pepper from the freezer, a little leftover buttermilk and sour cream from the fridge and......


HomeAcre Hop #66

Apr 17 2014

  Welcome to The HomeAcre Hop! Share your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts! I don’t know about you but I am really looking forward to spring. We’ve had some crazy weather, warm and sunny one day and snow the next! The good news is that my seedlings are coming along. Won’t be long before I’ll be transplanting them into large pots! My rhubarb is coming up, soon I’ll be harvesting it and making the annual rhubarb pie, I can’t wait. In the meantime I’m thankful for the distraction of this wonderful blog hop where I can read about what’s happening on......


My Garden: What a Difference a Week Makes!

Apr 16 2014
What a difference a day makes!

What a difference a week makes! We’ve had some very warm and sunny weather over the weekend followed by a bit of rain. As a result the snow is just about gone, just a little lingering in the shadows. The streams are raging and we are actually under a flood watch. Luckily it takes a lot for our stream to overflow the banks so we should be fine. I can finally see my entire vegetable garden and even the herb garden is completely free of the snow. Much as I would love to get out and plant something we are......


Frugal Tips: Owning or Renting

Apr 15 2014
It’s been a long time since we rented. We have owned our own home for the last 15 years. There are pros and cons to both owning and renting. Today’s post is a guest post written by Bryce Thomas. She brings up some good points. I hope you enjoy her article. Every morning I wake up in my little basement apartment and think of how nice it would be if I lived somewhere with windows. Now, I guess we do have two little holes up near the ceiling that you could call windows. And sometimes, usually around one in the......

Time For The Spring Pantry Challenge

Apr 14 2014
Newly organized freezer.

Just before the gardening season starts I try to go through our pantry and freezers and use up various food items that are lingering from last years harvest. Both our pantry and our freezer are well stocked. I usually have all the ingredients on hand at any given time to create a meal on short notice. It won’t be long before the gardening season will be in full swing and I will have fresh produce from the garden to enjoy. To prepare for the harvest I want to make some room in both the pantry and the freezer! For the......


Recipe Box: Pasta with Leeks and Tomato Cream Sauce

Apr 11 2014
Pasta with Leeks and Tomato Cream Sauce

The end of winter I usually try to start using up items in our freezer or pantry to make room for the next season’s harvest. I needed to make a dinner that made use of food we already had. A simple meal of pasta, canned tomatoes and leeks sounded perfect. I was able to use up some of the leeks I had previously frozen. Pasta with Leeks and Tomato Cream Sauce 2 Tbsp butter 2 large leeks, trimmed, washed and sliced thin. (I used the leeks I had frozen) ½ cup dry sherry 1 28 oz can of whole tomatoes,......


Prepping Your Brain For the Summer Sun

I spent some time out on the roof of one of our solar projects this week, and when I finally came down I noticed that my skin was a bit red. This isn’t an uncommon thing in my life, and probably not yours either. Late spring into early fall the weather is too warm for…
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What the Heck is Plasticulture?


Last week I was driving by a small farm on my way into town. They were setting their tractor up with a roll of white plastic to do another row of planting. I pass this farm all the time and I always wonder to myself, why on earth they’re covering up their crops with sheet…
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Prudent Living Train Update


Today and tomorrow we’re putting the final touches on the display. The glass is going in, computer monitors are getting mounted, and the shelving is finally ready to go in place. It’s really starting to look good!    All the educational info is at the printer and coming back to us today and tomorrow, so…
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Prudent Living Train Update!


We’re in the last stages! The electronics are going in, and the educational portions are all sent to print. Video monitors are going in today and tomorrow. We’re on schedule and almost ready.   In the meantime, I promised to post more train descriptions as time drew near. Here’s the third of four!   The…
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Prudent Living Train Update


This is the week we’ve been waiting for!   Our efforts are dedicated and focused on finishing this display before the grand opening this Saturday. In preparation for that here’s another fun little write up on the second of our railways. There are still two left, and I’ll be putting them up here on the blog throughout…
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Prudent Living Train Update


As the grand opening approaches, I’ll be releasing some of the more fun information related to the Prudent Living Train and it’s four working tracks. We’ve named each of them, and written a fictional history for each of them as a bit of fun for the display.    None of it is real, of course,…
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Prudent Living Train, update

It’s been a little while since we’ve updated you on the progress for the train. Well wait not longer! It’s just about done. The tables are together and ready for testing. All that’s left is the rather lengthy electrical work, the glass enclosure, and finally the educational space/railing around the outside.   We went out…
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Anonymity and (dis)honesty on the Internet

I got a call from my sister last week about a computer issue she was having that was semi-related to my last “prudent computing” post, but I thought it was different enough to merit a new post. She called me up and said she had been searching around for something for her son. He’s only…
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Prepping for Camping Season


Camping season is fast approaching. For those of us who enjoy the great outdoors, the warm weather is a sign of good things to come. Perhaps you can feel the pull of the weekend hike, and the smell of nature is a reminder that very soon you’ll be able to get out and enjoy some…
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Prudent Computing – The Scoop behind “Internet Security”


Naturally, since the spring weather has finally arrived it’s only natural to talk about that, but today I’m going to dig into my roots of computer guy work. I ran across an interesting problem on one of the office computers yesterday which had to do with a very classic problem I ran into a lot…
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