How to Can Salsa!!!

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How To Can SalsaWoo hooo!!! A life long goal achieved ~ Emily and I have learned how to can! One of several things my grandmothers did with ease, that was not passed down to my mom and her sisters, but always a goal. We had the honor of talking a canning class a few weeks ago. It distilled the whole mystery of canning down, and made it feel like we could actually do it! On our own.

When a friend at church brought us a bunch of tomatoes, the challenge was on!

We had already gotten extra onions and garlic, so why not! Granted, we are readying our home to move, but why not learn to can in the middle of moving, the start of Freshman year, in the midst of writing deadlines!

We made Salsa from Fresh Tomatoes, Serrano Jalapeño Salsa, and Roasted Garlic Salsa, all with recipes on The Prudent Wife site, and videos to follow! You can make this too!

What a total blessing, to make 24 pints of mostly organic salsa and 4 half pints for gifts, for less than $10 for ingredients!

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Toothpaste on the Road

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Well. I simply CANNOT go to bed without brushing my teeth. It is not a possibility. Ever.

We are staying in the world’s most gorgeous bed and breakfast (a blessing from the Lord, really!) an unbelievable mansion in Chattanooga, and we are literally being spoiled rotten. Until I realize I have no toothpaste, and desperately begin calling downstairs to try and get some. But the evening gentleman has left, and the overnight house person is not answering the phone.

I would even be willing to use toxic toothpaste – this is an emergency.

So I put my very elegant B&B robe on that was on my enormous turned down bed (wasn’t going to make them wash it) and I quietly glided down the 120 year old lushly carpeted steps down to the check in lobby, to beg for toothpaste. Not a soul in sight.

But some really, really good banana blueberry cake. But I digress!

So I came back up and ravaged my overnight bag. Three brand new tubes of Jason’s toothpaste are tucked under my sink RIGHT NOW. None are in my bag. Or Emily’s.

So – what does any self respecting, creative, prudent woman do???? Makes her own! I have tea tree oil and coconut oil – that will work. So I put a few drops of tea tree oil on my toothbrush. Then some coconut oil, then more tea tree and scrubbed away.

Not necessarily the flavor I was looking for – but it worked! Sleep! At last!

The moral of the story. If you bring VCO and tea tree oil, you can fix just about anything on the road!

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US floods hit food prices

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capt89f67d3acbde46e394bee64eb605f17amidwest_flooding_iaso101.jpgFood prices are already surging. Yesterday, at Sam’s Club, I finally decided I would quit looking, quit fretting, quit doing the math in my head by the time I got to the dairy aisle, and just get what was on my list, my normal staples. The milk I buy was up $.52, cheese up $.50 (or so – I quit tallying with the cheese!) avocados were up, bells were up, peaches up, eggs the same, butter up, cottage cheese had a big rise, the paper we buy for the computer was up almost $1, etc, etc. I paid $3.99 a gallon for gas (that was Premium – we have old cars and use premium – it is cheaper than a payment!) My friend back home in CA just saw gas at $4.80 for Regular. It is simply more expensive to live. The Prudent Wife website will help you feed your family healthy, nutritious food for less! Launching soon!
As we grieve with the folks flooding across the USA, we also see it will further affect our food supplies and the cost will rise. This article explains it.

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With Gas Prices UP, how DO we afford the Real Life Marriage Conference (At the Journey Church in Gray TN – June 13-14, 2008)

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With Gas Prices UP, how DO we afford the Real Life Marriage Conference (At the Journey Church in Gray TN – June 13-14, 2008)

So glad you asked! We are all feeling the SQUEEZE of gas and food prices these days! It feels like the month runs longer than the money! Here are a few suggestions to raise a little cash for the RLMC (and you will notice many of them are really HOMESCHOOL ENTREPRENEUR 101 ideas)!

  1. Take the money you make Saturday at the NETHEA Sale and invest it in one of the most important things your kids will ever see – a SOLID MARRIAGE! Quietly, in a life well lived honoring the Lord and loving your spouse, your kids will pick up more values and truths than any curriculum you can buy with the same amount of cash! A solid marriage IS one of the best gifts you can give your kids!
  2. Sell something on ebay! We all have too much stuff! Get creative, enlist the kids in a homeschool experiment and get to selling stuff on ebay! Goal – pay for dinner out for mom and dad, and the RLMC!
  3. Have a garage sale! We all want to declutter, so get a jump on your plans and have that garage sale the first week of June, then sign up!
  4. Scalp a little money out of the vacation fund, and treat mom and dad to a weekend they will long remember!
  5. Schedule “Entrepreneur Days” at home with your kids – challenge them to earn half of the marriage retreat as a gift for you (and you will contribute the other half!) This will teach them a cornucopia of invaluable tools (they can earn money, gift someone else with their hard work, reach a goal, etc!)
  6. Go to Sam’s Club and buy the large candy bars. Create a contest for your kids, scrub them up, give them a lesson in salesmanship and unleash them on the world! Plan a special trip for them, and the special trip for mom and dad and let them roar off! Don’t we all get asked a million times a year to buy wrapping paper, junky gifts, candy, candy, candles, and more from all the other neighborhood kids! Since we aren’t “working” for the school district – why not let them “work” for the family homeschool?
  7. Gather up all the lose change, roll it up and you might have enough!
  8. Use your birthday money, anniversary money, etc.
  9. Stop eating out for a month – drop the lattes, or fix hubby fabulous brown bag lunches for a month!
  10. Pull some cash out of your Emergency Fund! Really, a homeschool retreat JUST for HOMESCHOOLERS is an emergency!
  11. Sign up for The Prudent Wife E-newsletter for money saving ideas and tips!

Ever wondered where the “Marriage Retreat” for homeschooling parents is???

Real Life Marriage Conference – Journey Church in Gray TN – June 13-14, 2008

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1/2 c. mayonnaise (DO NOT use salad dressing)
1/2 c. blue cheese, crumbled
1/2 c. sour cream
Garlic salt to taste

Blend all ingredients well in blender or with beaters, so that there are no lumps of blue cheese left. Add garlic salt to taste, and it is very essential to taste. DO NOT add any other seasonings to dressing. Salt and pepper may be added to salt, but not to dressing as it will change the taste of the dressing. This recipe will serve 4 to 5 medium salads.

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New homemade laundry detergent being tested!!

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Continuing on my experimentation with creating the world’s best green, frugal homemade laundry detergent that really works – I created a new recipe today! It is busy gel-ing and congealing downstairs. It is my goal to come up with half a dozen recipes, since we all have different water, washers and conditions, so they will work differently for everyone!

I can’t wait to launch The Prudent Wife and share all of these money saving recipes with YOU! We are working diligently at the site!

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Food Costs Rising Fastest in 17 Years

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We know it, we feel it, and the media is finally talking about it. Read the whole article here. Some highlights below

U.S. food prices rose 4 percent in 2007, compared with an average 2.5 percent annual rise for the last 15 years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And the agency says 2008 could be worse, with a rise of as much as 4.5 percent.

Still, the higher U.S. prices seem eye-popping after years of low inflation. Eggs cost 25 percent more in February than they did a year ago, according to the USDA. Milk and other dairy products jumped 13 percent, chicken and other poultry nearly 7 percent.

U.S. households still spend a smaller chunk of their expenses for foods than in any other country — 7.2 percent in 2006, according to the USDA. By contrast, the figure was 22 percent in Poland and more than 40 percent in Egypt and Vietnam.

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Dependence, Inter-dependence, Independence ~ A Patriotic Look

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While pulling together our new Living History Sites website, and profiling one of our FAVORITE living history venues, Riley’s Farm in Oak Glen Ca, I ran across this delightful entry from Jim Riley – aka Patrick Henry and a host of other characters at Riley’s. He has a grasp of history that amazes me and a great way of looking at financial independence!

Riley's Farm Journal

March 25, 7:25 AM

Dependence, Inter-dependence, Independence

Two-hundred-thirty-eight years ago tomorrow, the annual meeting of the town of Exeter, New Hampshire considered its response to the Boston, Massacre. For some time, the rest of the colonies had opted for a non-importation agreement as the best way to pressure England into rescinding its revenue acts. New Hampshire and Rhode Island were slow to act, but the death of Bostonians at the hands of British soldiers on March 5th of the same year spurred the New Hampshire men to action:

From the resolves (below), we read the words:

“..the duty on Tea furnishes so enormous a sum, towards a set of miscreants, who devour the fruits of our honest industry..”

“..this town will encourage the produce and manufacture of this country…”

“..we will discountenance the importation and consumption of unnecessary, superfluous foreign articles…”

In largely agrarian economies, where meeting houses were full of men whose hands were calloused and pitch-blackened by the felling of pine trees, the notion of court placemen (“miscreants”) siphoning off their industry was the sort of thing that set teeth to grinding. Even the quills of their scribes were dipped in poison.

But hadn’t yeomen farmers always bent their necks for the aristocracy? Weren’t the silks of the nobility and the sheer lawn-sleeves of the clergy always paid for by a farming, shepherding class that didn’t really have a choice in the matter?

Yes and no. The English were, and are, a peculiar lot–the sort of people who drag a king out to the plains of Runnymede on the occasion of Magna Carta and tell him, in effect, “so much and no further.” In America, were farmers were free-holders, the notion of creating a new entitled class of court-favored taxmen was particularly galling.

Even today, I cheer the hearty, small band of Englishmen who reject the notion their liberties should somehow be subsumed into that beast of modern globalism–the European Union. Why turn over “innocent until proven guilty” to a Napoleonic gutter jurisprudence that makes you prove your innocence to the state? Why abandon habeas corpus or taxation by representation, just because political expedience, or global interdependence, lobbies for it?

In a real sense, that was the raging principle behind the protests of the decade prior to Lexington and Concord, the willingness to go it alone, to rid ourselves of “superfluous” imports, to pursue thrift, economy, and economic independence. HBO’s John Adams made the New Englanders look like a band of riotous cut-throats. They weren’t afraid of a little Runnymede, to be certain, but their anger flowed from the principle that if we wanted to be economically independent, you can’t force a false covenant upon us. You can’t force us to buy your goods. You can’t force us to be pawns in your grand Mercantilist scheme.

Today, across the political spectrum, we talk of global interdependence as though it were a universal good, but … is it? Does anyone really believe the Walt Disney Small World nonsense that if we all held hands and sang pretty melodies, it would make the Hugo Chavez types sit down and use their napkins at the dinner table?

Is there any virtue in being dependent on freedom-hating, woman-beating 8th century Saudis for petroleum? Is there anything to celebrate in hosting slave-trading Mauritania at the United Nations? Is there any surpassing glory in trading with Chinese butchers who force abortion on their own people and who arrest anyone who preaches without a license? You want global interdependence with heathens and savages and bribe-taking, blood-loyal thugs? I’m sorry folks, but people like Jimmy Carter and Condi Rice are just too bright to know how stupid they really are: you can’t have inter-dependence with remorseless thugs.

The spirit of 76 (political independence) was made possible by the spirit of 1770 (economic independence). Isn’t it time we learned something from our New Hampshire ancestors? Save inter-dependence for the gentle souls who print solar living catalogues; freedom is the work of sturdy, straight-thinking New Hampshire yeomen.

New Hampshire Gazette


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Surging costs of groceries hit home

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As if we didn’t realize it each time we walked into the grocery store, the media catches on that food prices are through the roof!! Have you noticed this? This article says “After nearly two decades of low food inflation, prices for staples such as bread, milk, eggs, and flour are rising sharply, surging in the past year at double-digit rates, according to the Labor Department. Milk prices, for example, increased 26 percent over the year. Egg prices jumped 40 percent. ”

Subscriptions to The Prudent Wife will be open soon – so you can learn ways to cook at home and SAVE money in this economy!

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Prices for key foods are rising sharply!

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Have you noticed that prices for key foods are rising sharply?

Yesterday at Sam’s the cheese I normally buy in bulk went from $10.50 to $13.50 – yikes

Yet another article at

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