So... I Make My Own Granola Cereal

Hello! This a guest post by Miss S (the eldest), because my mother is too lazy stressed these days to write all of the time (she does have four kids now, you know). So here I am, enlisted as an assistant blog-writer, talking to you today about what was my idea in the first place (ahem!): making your own cereal.


It's extremely tasty (the whole jar is usually empty by the end of the week, but then we all love it), cheap, and actually quite easy to do! Needless to say, perhaps, I was ecstatic when my mother was convinced enough by its yummy good points to continue to make it. Well, enough of introductions. Let me give you the recipe and let you go on your merry way!


So, the basic ingredients for our cereal are really quite simple:
Oatmeal, oil, salt, and a sweetener [here, honey] (pictured).

Additions can be chosen based on your own taste preferences.
Our family likes cranberries, coconut shavings, pumpkin seeds, banana chips, and pecans (also pictured).


Basically, you'll add 6 cups of oatmeal to a long baking pan, 1 tsp. of salt (in our case, sea salt; you may have to add more salt if you don't use sea salt), and 1/2 c. each of any extra additives you desire.

(If you want suggestions, then I'd have to say that raisins, orange peel, walnuts, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, dried dates; really, any type of chopped, dried fruit or nut would be delicious!).


Stir your oatmeal, salt, and additives around a bit with lovely wooden spoon. (Don't stir for pictures, though.)

Now add 1/2 c. of vegetable oil, or melted coconut oil.


Then, a 1/2 c. of your favourite sweetener. 

We used honey and oil here, but agave nectar and peanut butter (or almond butter, or cashew butter, or...) also make amazing choices. Or any combo of 1/2 c. sweetener/ 1/2 c. oil.


Stir in slowly, and pose as before.


Ta-da! Your freshly-stirred cereal.


Now, the last, and most important steps of the recipe: set your handy timer to 15 minutes, set your handy oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, and push in your pan.

Wait for the 15 minutes, take out the pan, stir, and put it back in for 15 minutes. Do this on repeat until your cereal is a toasty golden brown and smells rather heavenly.


Et voila! 

Store in a pretty jar with a tight seal. Set yourself down with some milk, bowl, and spoon. Take a whiff of homemade cereal goodness. Be proud of your accomplishment as you eat the breakfast that you just made.


That's all, folks! Thanks for putting up with my newbie guest post. I hope that this may have convinced some of you out there of how simple it can be to do something good for your tummy and your taste buds.

Have a lovely day, y'all!


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10 Easy Ways for a Homemaker to Make Extra Income




Hello!


It has been super-busy at our home, so I haven't been posting as often,
but I wanted y'all to know that I did manage time to gather a few ideas
for those of you that might be looking for ideas 
to make some extra cash if you stay at home.


Maybe you need to get out of debt,
or maybe you just want to have some fun money?




I have been a stay-at-home, work-from-home mom for 20+ years. 
My husband and I have seen some financially lean and some financially prosperous years. 
The early years, when we both worked outside the house, 
I could pretty much buy what I liked. I just used a credit card.
Not a good idea, by the way.

Then, we decided I should stay home to raise the babies and our salary was drastically lowered. 
After a few years, chasing debt, not the children, kept us busy.

During this time of getting free, I helped my husband by working from our home
using a combination of the 10 tips I am sharing with you. 


Thankfully, we found Dave Ramsey and Financial Peace University!
We learned that it was a good idea to diversify and have
multiple streams of income.
In 5 years, we went from being $33K in debt to $0K in debt.
We budgeted and I helped pay bills, with my alternative incomes, 
while my hubby invested in other areas.

Nowadays, I am a free-lancing home staging consultant, professional organizer, and redesigner,
but, I still use each of these 10 means of making extra money (not always all at the same time), 
we now we live debt-free and save the extra $.


(I primarily use #s 1-4.)





#1  eBay::
Go through your clothing, toys, linens, electronics, home decor. 
Anything sells on eBay if it’s priced right! Now it’s easier than ever to list, get paid, and ship! 
When I first started selling a decade ago, I had to: know html code, take pictures, 
have the roll developed, scan the pictures, do back flips. 
Now, the time I spend per average handling each item, 
from closet to shipping counter, is about 10 minutes.




#2  etsy::

Etsy’s selling rules are these: if it is handmade, vintage, or something to make a craft with, 
you can sell it on etsy. My shoppe consists of vintage and antique finds 
that I purchase for resale at thrift stores, estate/yard sales, and flea markets.




#3  Amazon::

Anything sells on Amazon, too. 
I primarily sell books. Enter the ISBN # in the search, find the average fetching price 
for the condition of the book, enter a few descriptive words, and viola! I’m done! 
Amazon is by far the easiest place to sell, as they have a database for every item’s product code 
that instantly describes every item that you have ever thought about listing.







Stuff that is too large to sell on eBay (anything bigger than say, a laundry basket), 
I sell through Craigslist. Items like: shutters, furniture, lamps, tables, artwork, and our last car! 
There are rules of safety that you should follow, found HERE, but I haven’t had any issues yet. 






#4 Bartering::
Trade your time, talent or treasure with someone else’s. 
I realize that this doesn’t sound like a way to raise cash, but through the years, I’ve also learned that 
NO $ out of pocket, is as good as $ coming into the pocket, 
especially if the trade is something both parties need. Here are some actual barters I’ve done: 
A week’s worth of dinners for a sofa slipcover. 
A bathroom mirror for a highchair. 
A carpet cleaner in exhange for babysitting. 
A friend gave me a whole set of ironstone dishes. 
(In exchange, I ran a day’s errands for her since their household had only one car 
and her hubby had it that day.)








#5 Yard Sale::
This is a no-brainer. Or is it? 
I love Yard Sale Queen.com for all the practical and money-making tips provided.







#6  FaceBook:: 
Yes! I have sold things through FaceBook! 
Take a picture of said item, upload it, add a small description, the price. 
The best part is, if you have an issue with selling on Craigslist and strangers coming to your home, 
through FaceBook, you'll usually know the buyer. 
(Just don’t post an “ad” for that special “heirloom” that your Mother-in-law gave you last Christmas. 
She will find out. Don’t ask me how I know.)






#7 Flea Market:: 
Calling, reserving a booth, pricing, gathering everything, loading it into your vehicle 
isn’t as easy as a yard sale, but the boost in the number of potential buyers is worth it. 
The Flea Market Directory lists most flea markets by state, city, and contact information. 







#8  Child Care or Babysitting:: 
My next door neighbor sat on babies for years. 
While her children were young, she kept a few children the same ages. 
Then, when her children started school, she only kept a few children after school. 
 I homeschooled, so I watched infants that slept a lot. 
When they became mobile, my time with them was up. 
I also babysat for couples that occasionally needed a date night.







#9  Consignment Shops:: 
Selling housewares or clothing this way is my least favorite, as it cuts into my profit, 
but if you don’t have the time for any of the above 9 ideas, consigning is perfect for you. 
How to Consign.com is a helpful resource if you need to turn your cluttered closets into cash. 






#10  Tutoring::

Are you a pianist? Do you know a second language? Are you a math whiz?
Let people know you're available to help them 
learn what they don't know through FaceBook, Craigslist, emails, flyers.
My husband taught piano lessons for years right in our front music room.
That was easy.




~

This list is by no means exhaustive, but as I wrote it, I couldn’t help but think of Proverbs 31, 
where we homemakers are instructed to: research and find ways to make a profit. 
Verse 16 says, “she considers a field, and buys it. With her earnings she plants a garden.” 
 Also, “…she always works hard. She knows when to buy or sell,” verses 17-18.


Are there a few things you could do or sell to help your husband and household today?



To see my etsy/eBay/Amazon/Craigslist storage for selling closet,
click HERE.



Jaime



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Antique Postcards :: Happy Easter to You!





Happy Resurrection Sunday!!

A few years ago, my daughter and I found an old photograph album 
full of about 200 postcards from 1901 -1910 at the Salvation Army.
I paid $6.00 for the album!!
I scanned some of the Easter ones to share with you.

If there's one you like- 
pretend you found it in your mailbox from me!












































The back of my card to you would say:

"I pray that you and your family 
will have a wonderful day,
living in the hope that because Jesus is alive
we too, can truly live.

PS. The weather is beautiful, here in South Carolina!

~Leslie"


At the crack of dawn on Sunday, 
the women came to the tomb carrying the burial spices they had prepared. 
They found the entrance stone rolled back from the tomb, 
so they walked in. 
But once inside, they couldn't find the body of Jesus.

~Luke 24:1-3





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