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One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Cooler Weather, Rising Food Prices and Homemade Honey Graham Crackers

I love this cooler weather.  We officially started our fall wood splitting last night.  Even though I had a very long day of work and a bazillion "to-do" items on my "to-do" list, I still went out to help.  We are going to need to wood too.

Today I went to the store to get a few items we needed, and looked at the price of wood pellets - a whopping $5.00/bag (40 lb.).  Last year we paid $3.58/bag.  I was absolutely shocked.  Corn was over $6.00/bag and was not affordable last year either (to burn). 

I am already baking almost daily, so I will have to figure out more ways to cut down our costs.  Maybe next year we can increase our meat chicken supply, our layers, and possible raise beef.  I am already searching for recipes on making butter with our goat's milk.   

Today, I baked homemade graham crackers.  I will need 3 cups of them saved for homemade graham crust pumpkin pies tomorrow.  It's already hard to keep the kids from eating what I need.  I guess I could always make more tomorrow.  These are made from whole wheat flour and raw honey.  Yum. 


simplicityinthemaking said...

They look really yummy.I love granola bars in the fall. Just the woody taste of nuts and fruit.
Why do you split your wood so late? We do ours as early as possible in the spring or the fall before so it is good a dry for burning season. Or course I am further north then you.

Candy C. said...

I'm ready for pumpkin pie! I have two pumpkins sitting on the counter that I need to roast. Your graham crackers look yummy!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Mmmm... graham crackers sound delish.

I'm going to check out this recipe for sure. The Husband has been turning his nose up at whole wheat lately. Any suggestions? He complains it's not as soft. I tell him it's because he is so used to the 'enriched' types of bread sold in stores.

I hope to turn him! LOL... grocery prices aren't going down any time soon, I'm afraid. Still trying to get my fall garden going here-- bought fall onion sets today, plan to get them in the ground in the morning.

Didn't I see you put netting over your sunflowers? I've got to get some of that for our fall garden to be successful. Will TULLE work?

Like you we've got to get wood-- but Honey (the husband) isn't up to cutting it this year--with recovery from the heart attack being slow. Looks like we'll be buying our wood to heat too.

Take care, love reading your blog and all that you're doing.


Kristina said...

We are splitting wood so late this year, because it's either been extremely hot or very wet here. We haven't had very many days where it's been in between those extremes. This summer was in the 90's with heat indexes in the 100's.

As for tulle, it may work. This is my first year using cheese cloth.

nancypo said...

I wish we had a woodstove, hubby declines :( We always have scrap wood from our trees, and can get free wood thru craigslist from people getting rid of their trees...

Mary Fox of Fox On The Run said...

The graham crackers look yummy! Love your blog!