Monday, December 22, 2014

D.I.Y. Shower Dispencers

I wanted to get my husband one of the things he has wanted for years now but when I went to price it, it was more than I wanted to pay. We have 4 places to shower and/or bath and so it would have been $100 or more to equip all of the areas with shower dispensers. If your showers and baths are messy from shampoos and conditioners and soaps everywhere, then this may be the project you have been looking for as well.



Here's what we did:

1. Go to the dollar store and pick out a plastic dispenser that will fit nicely your decor. If there are no empty ones then you need to pick out a hand soap that looks nice and buy the amount that you will need for your project.
We needed 12


2. Next you need to remove any stickers fro the dispensers that you don't want. I kept the hand soap one for soap and removed the other ones.

3. Then you will need to set up a container to empty your hand soap into out of the two bottles that you don't need soap in and save that for later when you need to refill hand soap again.

4. After you empty the unnecessary soap then you will take your shampoo and conditioner and fill each of those up and fire up the "gluemenator" (glue gun)

5. Now you will need to turn your pumps to the on position and apply glue in a zigzag pattern on the middle of your dispensers and place them where you want them to be in your shower or on your tub etc. .



I put the glue on the bottom of this one.




If you take a mistake the glue pops off with a knife real easy and you can reapply the glue and pull off the old stuff. Easy breezy!

Do you think you could give this a try? Let e know if you do and post some pictures of the facebook page.







Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Clean Up Games!

The other day I needed to motivate some of my children to clean with gladness in their heart so I decided to throw in some fun games. Here is what we came up with:

1.Horse Pickup! 

{Partner Game}

Pick up all you can and place it on the back of your partner. If you have an uneven amount of children like myself; you can have one team with three. The winner is the one with the tallest stack on the back! Oooo I rhymed.

2. Stuff the Shirt or Santa Belly 


Shove as many things as you can under your shirt. The person with the most wins a high five or whatever you have to offer.

3. Balance it on the Head

Balance as many things as you can on your head.

Best at balancing the most wins!

4. Musical Clean-up

You have to have nothing in your hand when the music stops and if you do then you go to the hall or another room and pick up things there. When the music stops again then if you have anything in your hand you are back in the game. We played this boys room against girls room. You could do it what ever works best for your group. The ones who have the clean room first win!


Let me know if you try some of our games and how they work for your family.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Decorating With Chickens

I have been thinking of how nice it would be to have a new set of cereal bowls because my favorite one is cracked. I looked into getting the same ones and I came across some great ones that were me all over. I thought I should tell you about them and let you know I added them to my astore. http://astore.amazon.com/feedingnine-20 The prices are the same as amazon they just give us a small percentage.

Here is a peek at how they look:



So what do you think? Do you like them too?


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Survival Doll of Your Own

A friend of mine showed me a blog called Stuff You Can't Have.com with a Survival Doll on it and I was really interested! Who wouldn't want to have one? They are so handy to have if you or your child is lost or is in a disaster of some kind and needs help. I wanted to make some for my children; all 7 of them. 



What could you Do With The Survival Doll?

  • Children could carry them when they are playing in the woods behind the house.
  • Children could take them on vacations.
  • You could make one just for your car.
  • Make one just for your home as a focal point. 
  • You could give them as gifts. The Holidays are upon us!
  • If you are a Christian it may be a good way to get the gospel out. Spread the good news
  • Beginner's Sewing Project
  • Home School project

So this is what I have done for all of us who want to have on or more of these dolls. I have created a amazon store with our particular needs in mind. (ok maybe really strong wants) We will make a small percentage from each purchase. All prices in the store are the same as on amazon.
Feeding Nine On a Dime E-store


What's In It?

  • Doll Kits of all kinds:easy to make (panel dolls), already made and intermediate level skills.
  • Doll Body section for just the bodies some with stuffing and some without.
  • Doll accessories. and doll clothes.
  • Survival Kits 
How to make a Survival Doll:

  1. Make a simple cloth doll, buy one already made or take one from your child's doll stash. 



2. Cut a hole in the back of your doll body and remove some of the back stuffing. Another option, if you have a doll body without the stuffing, is to leave it unstuffed and fill it with your survival kit and if you have an empty body you can also fill the legs with rice, beans or lentils but you need to put those in a zip lock just in case your doll gets wet. Someone might even want to purchase their doll from the thrift store or grocery store. Just look for one with a cloth stomach.






3.  Then add some velcro or a zipper or even hook and eyes or snaps and you can close the doll up. If you don't mind having to put your doll back together with needle and thread after you use your survival kit them you can just sew it back together.

4. After that you can draw on your face if you have cloth, add the hair then dress your doll and you have a finished Survival Doll. 




If you make one or more of these dolls please let me know. You can take a picture of yours and share it with me on my facebook page or in the comments. www.facebook.com/feedingnineonadime 

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

How To Get Cleaner Dishes With Your Dishwasher

A while back I was really concerned about my nice dishwasher not getting the dishes as clean as they should be getting so I did some researching. If you have a water softener in your house like I do there are some important little tips you need to know.



1. Don't give your dishwasher very much detergent! I have dumped some cheap detergent into a little upcycled plastic and added a baby spoon for measuring. You need about two heaping baby spoons in the main wash side and another one heaping spoon for the other side. That's all no more! If you use more and fill your soap dispensers up your dishes won't get clean.

2. Use some blue juice in your machine! Purchase an inexpensive rinsing agent and keep it full according to the manual. This will keep things shiny and clean as well.

Follow these two simple rules and see if you notice a difference. There will be a lot less rinsing ahead of time. Happy Dishwashing!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tips For Obedient Children

Lately our Pastor has been teaching on "Child Rearing" and doing a very spectacular job of it! Not many pastors these days are delving into just what it takes to train up a child and parents are becoming either lopsided in their raising or not doing much of anything. The lopsided ones are upset and frustrated and the other kind just don't care as long as their child "appears" happy.

Pastor set out some basic rules to disciplining children and encouraged us to set down and find ways to incorporate those rules as well as add some other good things to them if we wanted to. Here is what I came up with for our family.




Obedience:


1. Call the child to you. (gain a smile, a good

 way to do that is smile at them.)

2. Look them in the eyes to gain their 

attention.

3. Give them the instruction.

4. Ask them to repeat the instruction to you.

ex. Johnny, what did I ask you to do?

They should then say: Yes Ma'am or Sir and

 walk (or trot) quickly to obey!




Spankings:

(reasons for spanking are direct disobedience

 and deception.)


5. If they do not obey right away then send them to the spanking

area and spend some time in prayer before you administer the

 corrective measure.

6. Ask the child what is was he did not do or did wrong.

7. Administer the corrective measure.

8. Bring up a Bible verse to hide in the child's heart!

9. Spend some time loving on your child. Hugs and kisses and

 expressing your heart to them about how you would like to see 
them in a pleasant future with word pictures. ex. Susie, I look 
forward to the day when you are obeying because you want to 
obey Jesus and your Momma and Daddy because they love you
 and want the best for you.

I decided to write mine out so that I would remember to go by them and not revert to my old way or just discipline in anger. Because of my health condition I often forget. We should never discipline in anger but rather with a broken heart for our children. If we remember this our children will remember their childhood more fondly and learn from their disobedience and falsehoods. If this has helped you I would love to hear about it in the comment section.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Meatballs and Rice


Zeke with Zoi eating Meatballs and Rice



The next time you run out of spaghetti noodles and still want to have your favorite dish just substitute rice instead. That's what I did and I thought the kids were going to be upset with me but they weren't. So give it a try and see what your family thinks. If they like it let me know.

Spaghetti and Rice:

Sauce:

1 large can of diced or crushed tomatoes
1 large can of tomato sauce
2 tsp. of Basil
4 tsp. of Oregano
4 tsp. of garlic powder
2 tsp. of sea salt

Directions:

1. 2 cups or more of rice (brown or white)

2. Bring sauce to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes

3. Heat Meatballs from the store or your favorite recipe.

Let me know how yours turns out! Blessings!


Thursday, October 9, 2014

How to Freeze Eggs For The Winter

Are you concerned that you will have to buy store bought eggs during the winter months when production is down? Some are considering putting in a light to keep up the egg production. I don't want to use the extra energy this winter since it really doesn't get all that cold here in Texas as compared to other states. Plus I don't want to shorten my chicken's life span by making them produce eggs when they are not naturally producing.

You may be thinking that you could store your eggs in an old fashioned way maybe under some liquid glass or lard, but I am thinking that it is so easy just to freeze them now that I have a little deep freezer. Here is how I am doing it!

Directions:

1. Crack open your eggs into a container like a specially made silicone ice tray. I don't have any of those that are big enough, so I used a plethora (bunch of different containers) of containers.

2. Freeze your eggs.

3. Run some water over the bottom of the containers and store them in a freezer safe bag. You can not fry them but you can scramble or use them in baking or any recipe that calls for eggs. If you use separated eggs then you need to separate them when you freeze them.

silicone cookie tray

Muffin tin

popsicle tray



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Quiche for Real Men

I had a lot of eggs saved up and I wantd to make a special breakfast that everyone of my bunch would like. Zeke my 12 year old, kept telling me that he really liked quiche so thats what I made.



Quiche Recipe:

Heat to 375 '

One or two pie shells or some left over biscuits

One pound of meat (I used turkey meat)

3 or 4 eggs for each pie (I used 7 eggs because I have a large pie pan.)

1 cup of milk or you can used a can of condensed milk

* if you like your quiche a little sweet add a little drizzle of honey to taste.

1 cup of grated cheese (I like mozzarella, cheddar, or Monterey Jack. )

Seasoning: teaspoon of salt, dash of pepper, sage if you are cooking with beef or turkey and desire a sausage taste

1. Cook your meat on the stove or in the microwave for 5 minutes.

2. Oil your pan if you are using biscuits. Crumble them into the bottom of the pan.

3. Drain your meat and crumble it into your pie pan.

4. Beat the eggs with your milk ( half cup for each pie) then add them to the pan. ( if adding honey add it here)

5. Add your seasoning.

6. Top with yummy cheese of your choice.

Place in the preheated 375' oven for about 30 minutes or until browned and not runny.
ENJOY!

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Meal Worm Project

We are starting up a meal worm colony or farm for the first time. I am so excited! I went down to buy the live meal worms at the pet store and I decided on 50 of them to start up with. Then I saw some white doves and had to get one of them because our white winged dove that we rescued  needed a friend and we hadn't found one until now. The price was right so I picked one up. I'll share pictures of him on our facebook page. Like us there so you can see our beautiful birds and see what we name them.

Back to our meal worms. We are going to try to raise meal worms as a another source of food for our chickens. They are also good for reptiles and other types of birds as well. There is not much to it and the cost is minimal.







Steps:

1. Find yourself a set of plastic drawers.

2. If they are not new clean them up.

3. The worms will need darkness so either tape the drawers up pain them or just get black ones like we have.

4.  Add about an inch of substrate. Here are the different substrates I have seen people using:

    rolled oats-oat meal- the old fashioned kind
    corn meal
    wheat bran
    (let me know if you are using something different)

5. Put in a water supply and keep it changes every few days to keep down mold. Some examples:

    carrot
    apple
    potato slices
    grape
    lettuce
    celery

6.  Wait until the worms become Darkling Beetles and then either sift them out or let them crawl up an egg carton or piece of cardboard and transfer them to the next drawer which you will have to prepare with substrate as well.

7. There they can lay their eggs and it works good to have some pieces of cotton t-shirt for them to lay their eggs onto.

8. When the eggs hatch then you will have more worms which you can allow to grow into beetles or you could feed them to your flock depending on how many you buy in the first place. I just bought 50 so I will have to take the time to build up the colony or buy more next week. We will see.


 For you squeamish folks the worms should not crawl out because of the straight sides on the drawers. This is a new experience for us so we will keep you posted. The kids are real excited! This seems a lot easier than red worms for fishing. A lot less messy and these worms and beetles are not supposed to bite either. If you try this let us know!




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Thursday, September 4, 2014

How To Get Rid Of Mold In Fodder

   Mold on your fodder does not smell good nor is it the healthiest thing for you or your flock. If you have noticed some nasty smells and white fuzz around your fodder drain holes then there is still hope for your crop with a little work.

rinsed and tossed fodder or wheat/sunflower seed sprout mix- soaking tray in in the back of the picture.



Simple Steps To Combat Mold:

1.  Empty your tray of wheat into a colander and rinse thoroughly turning handfuls at a time to make sure the mold comes off. Checking to smell it every now and then. This will rinse the mold right down the drain.

2. Next, now that you have emptied your fodder tray, give it a good wash with soap and water and a scrubber. Rinsing well.

3.  Put your rinsed fodder back into your cleaned tray.

4.  Repeat this process on all of your trays and if your system resembles mine you need to clean your tub your soaking tray and your bamboo skewers with soap or even bleach and water scrubbing them clean.

5.  To prevent this mold problem clean your trays good each time you empty one and flush your fodder good with water at least twice a day.

Let me know if this is a help to anyone out there. It really makes my day a little brighter when I can help someone.


Friday, August 22, 2014

What I Have Learned About Couponing

I have always wanted to REALLY do couponing and save some money. The thing is, in the past I would clip a few coupons that would be good and then forget them at home or not get them out at the register. That all changed one day when I commented on a face book friend of mine's post, Mrs. Grice. I really didn't think that I could ever learn this art but GOD knew that I could! He sent me this particular lady because she is godly and because she likes to help people learn how to coupon. She sent me a video link on couponing for beginners she had made at church a few years back. She also put me on to her face book group. This did not teach me everything but it got my juices flowing.

I spent hours on the computer watching that show about couponing and that showed me a few things. Then, I decided to step it up and Mrs. Grice suggested that I watch a lot of youtube videos from the Krazy Coupon Lady and I found another set of videos that I liked from Southern Savers. During all of this, I was sick, so this was about all I could do anyway. I watched, listened and took notes. This was a homeschooling course for our family!


Below are some key things that I have learned:


* Have a coupon binder with baseball card holders or whatever you can find cheap to start with then add the baseball card holders as you go.

* Buy more than one set of dividers. I bought 4 or 5 sets of 5. (I think you can also buy special couponers binders.) I just bought a large note book and keep it in my bag so I won't loose any coupons out. Its cheaper than buying the large one with a zipper. (I like mine because it has a lever that opens it on one side with one little push and it closes the same way.)

* Another way to store your coupons is by file box. This works good if you have several inserts and don't want to cut them till you need them.

* Find a way to get some Sunday papers (the big ones) either buy them outright or ask around or both.

* There are sales on about everything in the store every six to 8 weeks.

* Figure up how much you will need for that amount of time on an item and then try to buy that much at a time.

* Decide how and who you would like to bless with any extra you will accumulate.

* The everything is a dollar store is a good place to get freebies with coupons.

* There are apps for your phone that act as coupons and give you money on a gift card or in your pay pal account. Then there are apps with weekly ads for your favorite stores and apps that will allow you to go shopping with a detailed list. There is even an app for Walmart that will price match for you called Saving Catcher listed below. Some will tell you the sales and the coupons you need to make it all a little easier on you. Although it does still take some time to get everything together.

They are: IbottaCheckout 51, and Savings Star, favado,Savings Catcher,Randals,H.E.B., Shopmium,
Receipt Hog 

* There are also apps that will help you see your weekly adds from your grocery store or pharmacy of choice. ie. Walgreens, Randals and H. E. B.

* Swagbucks.com has coupons.com coupons and you can earn swagbucks from printing and using coupons from thier site. That translates into gift cards for places like Amazon.com so that's a win win situation.  It's free to sign up for swagbucks and you can start saving up your swag bucks for a birthday or Christmas.

* Always check the coupon policies before you make your shopping plan.

* You will only be shopping for the items that your family will need every 6 to 8 weeks but at first you will need to take into consideration staples that you have to have every week until they go onsale. Just get one of those until the sale comes for them.

* Have a storage place for your stock pile either an extra room or under beds or in closets or above cabinets.

* If you have a large family and a small budget you will have to do this gradually so as not to break your budget. Maybe cook a pot of beans to fill in the gaps.

* Look for buy one get something or a a lot of things for free.

* Match coupons with sales.



I am still learning this and have not been going to six weeks yet to see how things will improve for our family but I see some things are better already.

If you have more suggestions to add to my list please comment and let me know.






Monday, August 11, 2014

Chicken Nuggets For 9 to 11 People

My kids are always asking me when I am going to make them some fried chicken so I bit the bullet and tried something I have been scared to do for a long time. Why you may ask? Well, that is because when I was newly married I ruined some chicken and I NEVER wanted to do that again! The problem was, I didn't know a lot about it back then. Plus you tube wasn't around. You gotta have that!

The kids went to the store and bought me two large bags of chicken breasts. So I used one bag to try one recipe and I used another bag another day.They were both really good so I will share both of them eventually.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets:

2 cups of all purpose flour
4 teaspoons of fresh minced garlic
4 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Pepper
8 boneless skinless chicken breast cut into one inch or so pieces
2 to 4 cups of prepared plain breadcrumbs
4 large eggs from them there chickens (just kiddin)
4 tbs. water
1 cup of vegetable oil
large fry pan

Directions:

1. Dust your cut chicken in the flour, salt, pepper and garlic mixture.
2. Grab another pan and whisk together the 4 eggs and 4 tbs. of water then set your chicken pieces into that.
3. From there take out a third pan and pour your can of bread crumbs out into that. Take your nuggets out of your egg mixture and place them into the bread crumb mixture and press firmly. That really helps it to "stay put" as we say in the south.
4. Put all of your chicken onto a plate or tray and heat up your oil to medium heat. Make sure it is up to temp by dropping a small chunk of chicken in there. If it bubbles up it is ready if not it needs to set a little longer.
5. Fry your nuggets about 6 minutes on each side or until good n brown on one side and then flip to brown it on the other side. Serve them up with some dipping sauce and enjoy. (We used ranch this time)

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