Our Weekend in Pictures

Salsa making.  Having family over.  Squeezing out the last bit of goodness from the backyard garden.   Stuffing the freezer with fruit for Parker’s blenderized diet.  Working on special needs homeschooling activities.  That was our weekend.  How was yours?   Peppers from the garden headed to the salsa pot. The salsa pot filled with yet another […]

Dehydrating Bananas

Dehydrating bananas.  It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time and never got around to it until…..well, now.  While at Costco yesterday I found bananas @.49 cents a pound.   They aren’t organic, but that is okay.  With their thick skins I don’t sweat it if I purchase conventional bananas.  Plus the organic […]

Local Facebook Yard Sale Groups

The best way to save money is simply not to make any purchases.  Unfortunately, there are times when something is a need.  The second best way to save money is to purchase those needs second hand.  I’ve recently discovered Local Facebook Yard Sale Groups..  Not only can you purchase from these yard sale pages, you […]

Special Needs Homeschooling , Blenderized Diets and more.

We are counting down the days until a new school year here at the Hodson’s.  The Blue Eyed Girl will be a (gasp!) Junior, The Curly Girly has just been hired on as an Intern with her very own special needs classroom.  Reed is busy getting his school ready for a new year, and I’m […]

Dealing with Food Inflation

One of my big goals during the holidays is to stock up on all the great grocery deals.  Well, at least it was when there were great grocery deals during the holidays.  It was disappointing to see that turkeys never really went down to the low prices of previous years.  Each time my Mom and […]

Keep Calm, It’s Only Christmas

My parents tell a story that helps  me to put Christmas in perspective.  Both of  my parents grew up in conditions of poverty.  My Grandmother candled eggs for a living to provide for my mother.  My father grew up in a house without running water.  He and his sisters were later put in an orphanage.  […]