Single Mothers Homesteading

Are you tired of:

  • City Life?
  • Chemical laden foods?
  • Utility bills that are to high?
  • Wastefulness?
  • Your neighbors partying late at night, even when you have to get up early the next morning for work or school?

I am tired of all of these things and more. Right now, however, I cannot afford to move my daughter and I to a piece of land. Sometimes it feels like I never will be able to.

I have begun the learning and practice portion of homesteading, though. I am learning to do for myself. I am learning to save money whenever possible. I am learning to live cheaper, and I am learning about alternative energies, and so much more.

I am also keeping a notebook of all of the information that I think that I will need when I do have my homestead – out in the country somewhere. I am recording estimated budgets for acquiring what I will need, information on raising animals, and ways to earn money from my homestead. There will be a lot of information in the notebook when I am done, due to the sheer volume of information out there on homesteading.

Right now I live in a trailer park, and I have a blog for recording my learning and experience of the homesteading process. I call the blog Mini Homestead…In A Trailer Park. Another blog that I have discovered, just this morning, as a matter of fact, is A Single Mom’s Adventure into Urban Homesteading.

Homesteading offers up a great way for families to spend quality time together. What would be better than teaching your child(ren) self-sufficiency skills on your homestead. They could also be learning many great homemaking and business skills.

I wish that my daughter was still going to be living with me, and of school age, when I finally have my own homestead, as I can’t imagine any better way to teach our children at home. Homeschooling has been our choice of education for ten years now. My daughter and my nephew are learning many of the skills that I am right now, but we are limited in what we can do here.

My ‘homestead’ activities so far:

  • Gardening for fresh eating of some of our fruits and vegetables, and herbs. I am building up each year, planting more and more.
  • Composting. My nephew and I ‘built’ the bin, and we are all composting now.
  • Candle making.
  • Research.
  • Making my own curtains.
  • I also hope to begin making my own quilts from scraps, and braided rugs.

I figure that, the more I take the time to learn now, the more I will already know and be used to when I have my own land.

Shannon


More Thanksgiving Leftover Meals

I think these are the last of the turkey leftover recipes that I will be posting. I hope that they are helpful to all of you.

Leftovers are as easy for teenagers to prepare as they are for adults, and even younger children can prepare at least one on these recipes pretty much on their own. They are also quick and easy for families to work together on preparing.

Leftovers are also pretty cheap to prepare.

Slowcooker Leftover Turkey and Gravy

Leftover Thanksgiving Fry Pan Meal

Leftover Thanksgiving Soup

Leftover Turkey Sandwich Bar

I hope that you all enjoy your holiday meal(s), as well as the leftovers. I know that we will.

We were lucky enough to pick up 2 turkeys at the supermarket at about .59 a pound. They are pretty good size turkeys, and we paid just under $10.00 each. We will have one for Thanksgiving, and one for Christmas.

Shannon

P.S. If you have any recipes that you would like to share, or even cooking tips, please do so in the comments section. Thank you.

Other Articles of Interest:

Thanksgiving Crafts for Teens

Planned Thanksgiving Leftovers: A Great Idea for the Single Mom


A Review: The Family Homestead – A Wonderful and Free Resource

I am on a saving money kick today, and am checking out frugal type web sites. You are benefiting from this in two ways: 1. You do not have to do the searches yourself, and 2. You and I can learn more ways to live frugally in these leaner times.

Thefamilyhomestead.com is another great resource, though it, too, is not maintained by a single mother. I promise that, if you check out the site, you will find some useful information.

The Homestead Kitchen offers up an array of topics, from making your own bread to menu planning, and it even has a section on the health problems concerning cookware and the advantages of using cast iron cookware. And, if you keep scrolling down, you will learn a lot more. I am particularly interested in the cooking with beans section, that explains how to cook dried beans and freeze them to use like canned beans in recipes. This will be very helpful to me this winter.

The Homemaking and Home Management section also offers up a great deal of helpful information, from keeping your child’s bedroom organized  to clutter control to making homemade household cleaners.

You will find other sections as well: Crafts, gardening, homesteading, sewing, homeschooling and herbs, to name a few.

One thing that I would like to mention. Some of the sites that I come across are religious based, others are not. I do not read the sites for the religious overtones. I read them for the good, frugal, time-saving tips.

Happy reading!

Shannon


A Review: HillBilly Housewife is Useful to the Single Mom

So, why do I believe a housewives’ web site would be of great use to a single mother? Money savings, of course!

Hillbillyhousewife.com is a great place for any mother to go to learn how to save money on the kitchen. Susanne offers up a multitude of recipes that will help us to stretch our budgets put our money where it is needed more.

The sites even offers up recipes for ‘convenience’ foods. These recipes could prove to be especially useful to the single mother, because we all know how much our children love those foods when purchased at the grocery store. These would also be helpful when you have a teenager who begins, or cooks, dinner before you get home from work or school.

Besides convenience foods, other sections include recipes for the holidays, snacks, main meals, breakfast and a lot more. It would be well worth your time to check out this site.

Hillbillyhousewife.com also has many useful articles, from Turning Leftovers into Dinner and Lunchbox Basics, to Frugal Breakfast Foods and Affordable Herbs; Dry Them Yourself.

There are even two very helpful sections on the site titled: $45.00 Emergency Menu and $70.00 Low Cost Menu.

I hope that you all enjoy the site as much as I did.

Shannon


Simple Pleasures for the Single Mom

What things do you do for yourself? How do you pamper yourself?

There are a few things that I do for myself that may not typically be considered pampering, but they work for me. After all, the best way to pamper yourself is to do what you enjoy.

Here are some of my simple, pampering pleasures:

  • Take a cup of hot tea or cocoa outside in the evening and watch the night sky.
  • Bring a camera with me on a walk, to snap photographs of what interests me.
  • Create a handmade card for a friend.
  • Scrap a page in one of the scrapbooks.
  • Hide from the world and read or write.
  • Make a journal entry.
  • Watch nature.
  • Watch my kittens play.
  • Bake or cook something new.

So, what are your simple pleasures? Things that don’t take much money, but have a satisfying or relaxing effect on you.

Shannon


Thanksgiving Crafts for Adults

I believe that crafting is a lot of fun. I don’t have any specific patterns or plans for you in this post, just some ideas. It can be relaxing to work on something crafty in the evenings, and you may even decide that you like a way of crafting enough to create a hobby from it. If you are already a crafter of some type, this list will likely give you a few ideas.

Scrabooking/Cardmaking:

  • You can create your own Thanksgiving cards for friends and family. If you use the cards as place cards at your Thanksgiving table, then you will not need to invest in or make envelopes.
  • You can make chargers for your place settings, and coasters for the glasses.
  • You can make paper doilies to put under decorative bowls.
  • Another place card ides is to make bookmarks, or something similar, on which guests can list what they are thankful for.
  • You can create a Tree of Thanksto hang on the wall each November. Each year, you will make new leaves for the tree. You could also make a tree in miniature for a scrapbook page decoration in a layout for the lists each year.

Beaders:

  • Create different Thanksgiving themed beaded pins to put into Thanksgiving cards.

Plastic Canvas Creators”

  • You could create place card holders.
  • Wine glass jewelry would be a great addition to an elegant table.
  • Coasters would also work.

Happy Crafting!!!

Shannon


Thanksgiving Crafts for Young Children

I took some time to gather some links for a blog post to give you some ideas of what you and your younger children can do to make your Thanksgiving a little more memorable. Here is some of what I came up with:

  • Kaboosehas a few crafts that your child may be interested in, including a turkey placecard holders.
  • Enchanted Learning has an array of project for children in grades K-3.
  • DLTK has many activities for children.

Children love to know that they care contributors to the family, so they feel a special sense of pride when their creations are displayed at special family events and holidays. Here are some other simple ideas for you to consider for your children. They can:

  • Make placemats by ironing autumn leaves between two sheets of wax paper.
  • They can also make coasters the same way.
  • In a cornucopia or a basket, children can place homemade leaves and fresh fruits to use as a centerpiece from the table. They could even add a some acorns an a pinecone or two.
  • Small pinecones make great placecard holders.
  • They can make chargers to place under plates from construction paper.

Shannon


Helpful Information for the Single Parent

Here are some articles from Living the Low-Income Life that may be useful to you. They are originally from my Low-Income site, so they may seem dated. However, the concepts themselves still apply. I am closing the site. The blog above gets a lot more traffic than the site does, and I will save money if I use the blog instead.

Furthering Our Educations

Job or Career (Or, a vote for the WAHM. Originally written for the two-parent home, but would be useful to a single mother contemplating working from home as well.)

Ways to Earn Extra Money

Quick Financial Tips

Fuel Assistance and Morals

Happy reading.

Shannon


Thanksgiving Community Service as a Family

Teaching your children to support their communities can be hard for the single mother. With work and errands, as well as taking care of our children and homes, there does not seem to be a lot of time left over for this important aspect of learning and teaching. However, there are things that you can do to teach your children to have a sense of community.

There are a couple of different ways in which your family can do some community service in your area. One way costs a some money, the second won’t really cost you much more than what you will be spending on your own meal.

1.

Why not create one or two boxes of food for a needy family or two in your area. Maybe you know another single mother who is down on her luck, or an elderly couple who are barely making ends meet. You can buy a small turkey, a couple of cans of vegetables, stuffing, some potatoes, gravy and some cranberry sauce. You can also bake them a loaf or two of bread, as well as a pie.

Your extended family and friends may even be willing to pitch in some money or their baking talents.

Even if they have the components of the holiday meal on hand already, they will be able to use non-perishables at another holiday, such as Christmas. Also, pies and breads can be frozen for future use. You could include instructions for freezing these items just in case.

You could deliver these in person. To remain anonymous, set them on their porch just before you know that they will be leaving or arriving back at home.

2.

Invite the other single mother’s family, or the elderly couple,  to your home to join in on the Thanksgiving festivities.

Having a sense of community is very important for children and adults alike.

Shannon


The $100.00 Holiday Gift Challenge

I don’t know about your family, but mine will be having a very hard time this winter. I’m not sure that I will even be able to do much for Christmas. In all honesty, I’m not sure that I will have even $100.00to spend.

I know that Thanksgiving sisn’t even over yet, but I thought that I would pass along this information, in case anyone was interested.

Katy, over at The Non-Consumer Advocate, is issuing a challenge for everyone. Do you think that you can acquire everyone’s holiday gifts for $100.00 or less.

With the economy the way that it is, I believe that we will be trying to get as far below that as we can – in our household.

Please visit her site at http://thenonconsumeradvocate.wordpress.com/2008/10/25/the-100-holiday-gift-challenge/ for more information.

Shannon