Ham and Beans recipe

It’s cold here today. Lots of ice that is turning to wet slush. It’s the perfect day for something to warm your bones! This can do it!

I love soups because they can be super fast and easy to make!

Ingredients:

Ham (I used just a slice ham hock .. you certainly can start w a hambone but this is a fast and simple recipe!)

Onion

Carrots

Cooked Pinto beans (I used what I had canned, northern beans are fine too)

Chicken broth

Combine in a cast iron pot.. I didn’t add any seasoning because my pinto beans are already salted. Bring to a simmer /steady boil until carrots are cooked.

Garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro (I prefer cilantro! I used what I had growing on the window sill)

Goes great w jiffy cornbread!

Apple Vinaigrette Recipe

Tonight I made a delicious salad! I always keep dried fruit and nuts on hand so I can quickly whip up a delicious salad. I usually have romaine and this week had delicious green crisp apples.

What I love about salads is that you can come up with lots of combinations for toppings. I am a salad lover. Sometimes I want something light like this one. I have apples, sunflower seeds, cranberries and feta.

I also like heavier salads with meat, tortilla strips or croutons.

Another thing I love doing is making my own dressing. I have posted a ranch recipe that is a total hit! I thought I would post my favorite, apple vinaigrette. I actually prefer oil based dressing.

The apple vinaigrette is so good because you can enjoy it most of the year (or all of the year like I do!) and it is so easy to make!!

Here is the simple and easy recipe.

1/4c Oil (olive oil preferred but in a pinch you could use vegetable)

1/4c apple cider (or apple juice)

1/4c apple cider vinegar

2tbsp honey

2tsp Dijon mustard

Parsley to taste

Pinch of salt

Pinch of pepper

You can change the juice, and add whatever herbs and spices you like to change it up! It’s fool proof!

I put this in a mason jar and shook it. It stores well in the fridge but I never have any leftover.

Hope you enjoy!

Xo, Missy

Natural Lip Balm Recipe

I finally completed a project today that I have been putting off! I made homemade all natural lip balm! I sure did need it, my lips have been dry with last week’s cold weather!

If you want to make some yourself, they are so easily made.

You only need 3 ingredients. Bees wax pellets, unrefined coconut oil and essential oils.

Melt down the coconut oil and beeswax, add drops of your favorite essential oils. I used sweet orange, lemon, bergamot, vanilla and spearmint.

(I melted down 1tbsp of coconut oil and 1tbsp of bees wax at a time. I then added the essential oil)

Pour melt into a container of your choice.

I used washi tape to decorate them, but it’s not needed. Enjoy!!

Xo,

Missy

DIY Cheap Curtains

I have needed curtains on my first floor for almost two years now. We have sheer curtains, but they really didn’t give us privacy. My old house has a million windows. They are almost floor to ceiling. It is very hard (and expensive!) to find curtains.

Tonight I went to Walmart and bought 6×9 painters drop cloth ($9.95 each x4) black curtain clips ($5 each x4), and cheap black rods ($4.50 each x2)

This project took 10 minutes to do!

They turned out perfect!

This spring I plan on bleaching them a crisp white. These are very durable and easily washed too!

Hope this inspires you!

Xo, Missy

Soy Candles

Making candles is so easy!

I made some this fall using soy pellets. I buy them on amazon, here is a link!

https://amzn.to/2McGCNX

Here is a link for the wicks!

https://amzn.to/2VWE2QD

I love using P&J fragrance oils. They make lots of different scents. Since I made them for fall I bought a kit that included: pumpkin pie, harvest spice, cinnamon, gingerbread, coffee cake and apple cider

I just ordered more soy wax and hope to make some spring floral candle scents next. I found the cute glass blown pumpkin jars at Dollar tree. Once I bought them, I never saw them again. They are really cute.

The process is so quick and simple. You can use a double boiler or microwave the oil. I used glass jars in hot water. I’ve seen people use crockpots to help do this.

Once melted, pour into a container, then place your wick. I had no issues w the wick staying in place. If you have a hot glue gun, you can hot glue them in place if you prefer. Before pouring, drip oils into wax to your liking.

This is a very natural way of enjoying candles without so many harsh chemicals!

Xo,

Missy

Easy Dinners w/ Canned biscuits

Some of my fastest and cheapest meals are what I make with canned biscuits !! There are so many things you can use to fill these!

I roll them out, then fill them! I cook them at 350 for 15-20 minutes and they are ready to go!

Tonight I did beans and cheese!

Sometimes I add meat to them from leftovers (ground beef, shredded chicken or pork)

You could also do bbq chicken, buffalo chicken, salami and cheese, meatballs, broccoli and cheese…

The possibilities are endless!

I also make calzones!

Let me know if you have any other yummy ideas!

Xo,

Missy

Winter Wonderland

We have been hit with a lot of snow! I think planning my garden and working indoors on seeds has got me out of my winter funk! I love getting “stuck” and roughing it out. I dream of blizzards where we are all cooped up at home with no where to go.

Saturday, my work was closed. I normally work on Saturday’s so it was really strange to be home. I woke up my kids and sent them outside!

Jackson stayed inside and watched. He had so much fun watching the girls and thought it was hilarious when they threw snowballs at the window!

Even big sister came out and helped make a snowman!

While they were finishing up their snowman, Jack and I made some hot chocolate to warm our girls up!

Winter months are great for movie nights and special dinners. We also enjoy playing cards and board games!

We had chili dogs and onion rings one night and made rootbeer floats. It’s so easy to make a fun night for your family without spending a lot of money!

Before Christmas, I bought lots of movies at Walmart on clearance. We’ve been watching a lot of them on these chilly nights!

In the summer months, we love to explore. During the winter months I try to make our home as comfy as possible. We have a drink station for hot drinks, lots of popcorn, games and art projects we like doing.

We have taken all of our Christmas decor down, and left the snowmen and winter themed decor. We will enjoy it a few more weeks then take out our Valentine’s Day decor!

I know there have been a few of my friends who have started a “no spend” January. I think this is a great idea. It’s sort of a financial “reset” to do after the holidays.

January is always a challenging month for me when it comes to doing hair. Most people have had their hair done before the holidays. I am thankful I am almost fully booked for the month regardless of this. One thing you have to plan for is for the unexpected. I lost two days of work due to the weather. So many cancellations and no shows.

I always plan for this.

This is why it is extremely important to have a savings and a stockpile at home. To lessen the blow, I have been not eating out as often and have been eating from my freezer and pantry. I enjoy planning meals and challenging myself not to go to the grocery store.

Last month I stocked up on diapers and wipes knowing this. I could do cloth if I really wanted to save more money though. I am disappointed in myself with not cloth diapering Jack much. I have cloth diapers, but being a single mom I have fallen back to “what’s convenient”.

My pantry and freezer are very organized. I have enough food on hand to last us months if something serious were to happen. I really find comfort in this. I have always been a prepper. If we run out of something I have back up. The only thing I feel like I can’t keep up on is toilet paper! It’s impossible with so many kids! I always buy angel soft’s scented lavender toilet paper. It’s the best! Thankfully the store is down the street.

I could probably use some more of that and laundry soap. I had the largest supply of laundry soap ever! I haven’t had to buy it in months. I have almost depleted my laundry stockpile, so I need to build that back up. I do this by using coupons and getting great deals. I mainly use Gain and Tide products. I am looking into more healthier alternatives but it really is hard to pass up almost free great detergents.

Of course my summer garden that is now canned helps keep us through winter. We enjoy it so much! We have sweet potatoes still in the bottom of our cupboards and they are keeping well. We have a couple of spaghetti squash I got on sale too that have also been stored.

Tomorrow I will be canning pinto beans! I love canned pinto beans and will be making some ham and beans with cornbread for a dinner. I’m hoping the amount I can will last us until the beginning of fall.

I might make a more detailed post about what to stockpile and a more in depth look into our pantry. Let me know in the comments if it is something you are interested in!

Xo,

Missy