Category: Self Reliance Skills

Super Easy Recipe to Can Peach Jam !

Super Easy Recipe to Can Peach Jam !

Looking for a super easy recipe to can peach jam? You found it! Ingredients 6 lbs of peaches- rinsed well, 6 1/2 cups of sugar, and 1/4 cup of lemon juice. Directions: Rinse 6 lbs of peaches well and put in pot, pour sugar over Read More…

Super Easy Recipe to Can Apricot Jam !

Super Easy Recipe to Can Apricot Jam !

Looking for a super easy recipe to can apricot jam? You found it! Ingredients 4lbs Apricots- rinsed well, 5 1/2 cups of sugar, and 4 tablespoons of lemon juice. Directions: Rinse 4 lbs of Apricots well and put in pot, pour sugar over apricots, place Read More…

Why Did I Get Up At 7am on August 29th ?

Why Did I Get Up At 7am on August 29th ?

Why did I get up at 7am on August 29th? I got up at 7am to read my power meter at the same time as the meter reader, and confirm it with a picture. I don’t know how other utilities read their customers meters but with mine, they prefer to estimate or read it from afar and this leaves a huge room for error and a much larger power bill. Knowing how to read your own meter and to verify the meter reading is correct is an important thing to practice and do.

Yes, I would rather sleep in…

Yes, I would rather sleep in, but other than installing a smart meter there is no other option. Smart meters are a bad alternative and very dangerous if they malfunction. I never gave it much thought that the read would be anything but correct until last September when we received a power bill that could legally be considered obscene. It was then I learned about the meter person’s alternatives to get a meter read by estimating and reading the meter from the neighbor’s yard.

Last September;s bill was 3x larger than the cycle before and it just didn’t make sense. While our use goes up, only two big changes occurred more water in the pool and the ac would be used but still not enough to justify have a bill that was thousands of dollars. The only theory we had was that the read of the prior bill and ones before that were mostly estimates. It was such a mess, a big lesson learned verify your meter readings.

Do you read your power meter? You should, here is how.

It is really easy to read your meter. Here is a link with simple steps on how.
How to Correctly Read Your Power Meter
If you have a different meter, the internet has other directions on other meters.

Can you read this meter?

Why did I get up at 7am on August 29th, ladwp customer meter
What do you think the number is? If you read 08032, you are right. The far left hand is not quite yet on the 1 so it is a 0, the rest of the numbers are clear, 8,0,3, and 2.

Until next time! The Busy Mama

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The Busy Mama Garden Update  8/22

The Busy Mama Garden Update 8/22

Boy this summer has gone by quick, I meant to share some pics earlier this month but I always forgot to either bring my phone or charge my phone to take them. Yes, you can have a garden and conserve water. I put 2 links Read More…

Don’t let it’s Size Freak You Out!

Don’t let it’s Size Freak You Out!

Don’t let it’s Size Freak You Out! The canner was so big that I put it in the cabinet and left it there. Three years ago I watched a video on pressure canning and I liked the idea so much that I bought canner online Read More…

First Pics of The Busy Mama Garden 2019

First Pics of The Busy Mama Garden 2019

After all those weeks of rain with only a day here and there to clean things up before the next downpour, my family finally got the opportunity to spend three hours on a sunny day in the garden. Here are a few pics that I was able to take . More to follow in a few days, maybe in a video. The arches in the second pic were inspired by Jessica Soward’s garden.

The Busy Mama Garden

Garden Cattle Panel Arches

hummingbird

Here is the segment that inspired me to create the arches in my garden.

Making My First Batch of Chicken Noodle Soup. :)

Like 2018, where I made the resolution to make all breads and tortillas our family consumed the whole year, I started 2019 with the pledge to learn how to make our favorite soups from scratch and to learn how to can. Tonight I made chicken Read More…

Amish White Bread- Winner!

Amish White Bread- Winner!

Amish White Bread- Winner! Big Family HomesteadA Shout Out to Big Family Homestead on Youtube! I have been learning how to bake bread by watching your videos. Thanks! So below is my latest accomplishment in the baking , Amish White Bread. French bread was a Read More…

Homemade Cheese Bread and Organic Store Bought Spaghetti Sauce

Homemade Cheese Bread and Organic Store Bought Spaghetti Sauce

I have not mastered the sauce yet but when I do , I plan to can. This month my focus is on the bread, there will be no more store bought bread in this house- It must be made from scratch. 🙂

More fun than baking fresh bread is..

Today was the third day that I made bread from scratch. I always thought it was complicated so I never tried to do it from scratch so we had bread machines. Bread from the machine is okay but what I have never liked is takes Read More…

A Spaghetti Sauce with All Good Things.. Don’t Tell the Kids!

1/2 an eggplant diced
1 garlic clove minced
1/3 of a med red onion diced
4 chicken thigh meat diced best you can..
olive oil
2 jars spaghetti sauce
2 bags of tjoes ziti noodles.
salt, pepper, turmeric, and cinnamon.

Put a large pan on the stove at low to medium heat and add a generous amount of olive oil to the pan. (* if you are dicing as you go , put the eggplant first, then the red onion, then garlic, then the chicken. )
Add the first 4 ingredients.
Generously add salt/pepper/turmeric/ and cinnamon to the pan as everything cooks.
Fill a pot with water and a pinch of salt and turn on medium to high heat to boil the ziti. When the pot has small bubbles, add the ziti and cook 12-15 min until ziti is soft.
While the water boils in the pot, return to the other pan and add 2 jars of spaghetti sauce. Stir until bubbles and then put at low to simmer while pot is boiling pasta.
When pasta is done, drain the water, then add the sauce to the pasta. Blend in well. Turn off heat on all burners. Let the food sit and mix. Serve 10-15 min later.