I am beyond excited to introduce you to Emily, my friend and the woman behind Making Dough, one of the most inspiring and well-written little blogs out there. If Emily doesn’t already have a home in your feed reader, then she really should.
Emily is joining Frugal Living NW as a weekly contributor, focusing on the fine art of frugal homemaking. I’m sure you will come to anticipate her weekly posts, as she has a knack for making the confusing understandable and the mundane exciting. Her writing is candid, humorous and makes you want to be her real-life friend.
Enough gushing from me. I’ll let Emily take over…
Homemaker may sound like an old-fashioned word these days, bringing to mind checkered aprons and tuna casseroles and sewing machines. I rarely remember to wear an apron, am not a big fan of casseroles, and am a miserable failure at sewing, but I’d still consider myself a homemaker. Making my house into a home is my full-time job now. And I love it.
I became a SAHM two years ago when I had my daughter, Elly. It wasn’t the easiest transition for me, but the longer I’ve had this job, the better it gets. I am passionate about taking care of my family and my home (With the possible exception of washing windows. Ugh. I’ve just decided that tiny fingerprints are the sign of a happy home…) and having fun doing it. My husband of seven years, Ed, and I are currently awaiting the arrival of our baby boy any week now. Our family is getting bigger, our home is getting fuller, and our budget will be stretched tighter. Sound familiar?
I am excited to join the Frugal Living NW crew, posting my thoughts on making a house into a home, all on a budget. Remember, it doesn’t have to mean tuna surprise and boring weekends and sewing circles. After all, we’re busy people living in the beautiful NW!
The fact that we’re seeking to do it on a budget may add to the challenge but does not detract from the enjoyment.
How about frugal salmon dinners and backyard basil plants and u-pick strawberry fields and free family activities? Now, we’re talking.
Here are a few of the topics I will be exploring each week:
:: Cooking & Baking. I probably think about food more than the average person. I like to read about it. Buy it. Eat it. Grow it. Most of all, I enjoy cooking and baking real food from scratch. Stay tuned for all kinds of tasty recipes you can make in your own kitchen. I’ll try to match up recipes with current deals as often as possible to give you ideas on what to do with those eight tubs of oatmeal you just added to your stockpile.
:: Gardening. I can think of few hobbies more satisfying than tucking a seed into soil and watching a plant pop up in its place. I’ll post my gardening attempts and failures and look forward to hearing about yours.
:: Picking & Preserving. Is there anything more Little-House-on-the-Prairie-ish than putting up jars of produce for the coming winter? Seriously, it makes me feel very close to Ma Wilder. I might even whip out my apron for this. I’ll be posting ideas on canning and freezing for all of you motivated amateurs, like myself. I promise it’s easier than it looks. And don’t even get me started on how much I love eating home-canned peaches in the middle of December.
:: Budgeting. We’re a family of four living on an income of one. I take great pride in stretching my husband’s hard earned bucks as far as possible. I think we have a responsibility to live within our means, teaching our children to do the same. Like most of you, I use coupons where I can so we can spend our money where we want. I’ll try to keep it real with some creative ideas.
Whether you’re a SAHM or work outside your home or just a guy who likes getting a good deal, I hope these frugal homemaking posts kick off some great discussions where we all have something to learn, something to teach, and something new to try out in our own homes each week.
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