Saturday, May 26, 2007

Saturday doings

Today I am going with my daughter and mom to help register for baby needs at Walmart. We plan to have a baby shower in the near future. The baby is due the end of August. Its a boy! My dd isn't sure what she will need as this is her first baby. My mom and I have already gotten her a lot of things. I have been making quilts, diapers and burping cloths. I love to sew. I plan to post pictures of quilts I have done and also progress of current baby quilts.

Does any one have any ideas for a baby shower? Love to hear them! I helped give dd a bridal shower only a year ago, and now its time for the baby shower. The bridal shower was the first one I ever helped with, and it was a lot of fun.

Giving showers is a good homemaker's skill!

Debbie J.

Friday, May 25, 2007


LASAGNA RECIPE**6*29&wf=9&recipe_id=69196

The recipe I used is from Kraft Foods.Com.

I changed it by leaving out the ricotta cheese and egg. I just mixed the remaining cheeses and also added a small amount of shredded chedder cheese. Sprinkling the cheeses on the layers was much easier than trying to spread the original cheese mixture described in the recipe. I also only used 9 lasagna noodles. It came out perfect. I think it would need a little more than a cup of water to use 12 noodles.

You could also save money by getting the sauce on sale/with coupons or use generic.

Debbie J.

Frugal Friday

My frugal Friday tip is how to save money when using recipes. Sometimes there are ingredients in the recipe that really don't add much to the final product. I made lasagna my own way for years and then found a recipe that was really good, but it did contain some ingredients I hadn't been using that added to the final cost. Last night I decided to make the lasagna recipe, but didn't have any Ricotta Cheese. I made the lasagna anyway and GUESS WHAT? My family liked it much better. I also have discovered that if you add a cup of water to the sauce you don't have to cook the noodles first, they just cook in the pan in the oven. I guess other people already knew that, but I didn't. This in itself saves about 30 minutes of cooking and preparation time and some electricity, too.

I have found this to be true lots of times. Some recipes call for spices that I don't usually have in stock and are quite expensive. I have tried the recipe without them and it turned out great.

Of course, you have to be careful not to leave out something that really does makes a difference. You could experiment to see if those expensive ingredients are really needed.

Debbie J.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007


Hi there, welcome to my first blog. I hope to share lots of "homey" things here. Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs, Debbie J.

Glimpses of Home - HOOKS!

Now that's an exciting title, isn't it?  HaHa  While working around the house the other day I realized that I have a lot of over t...