Strawberry Syrup
Strawberry Syrup (and Strawberry Soda)
Posted 3 months ago

May is Strawberry Month!  Last year to celebrate I made Tipsy Strawberry Preserves, this year when Walmart asked me to come up with a recipe highlighting strawberries I made homemade…

Strawberry Syrup (and Strawberry Soda)
Fixing a Split Seam
Fixing a Split Seam
Posted 6 months ago

Fixing a split seam is one of the easiest mending jobs out there!

A split seam is when the stitching along a seam has somehow come undone without tearing the fabric. …

Fixing a Split Seam
Save Money on Shaving and Razors with a Saftey Razor
Save Money on Shaving and Razors with a Safet…
Posted 6 months ago

Today I'm going to talk about hair.

Not the nice, flowing mane of silky tresses kind of hair (don't I sound like a bad romance novel?!?) but the other, less glamorous…

Save Money on Shaving and Razors with a Safet…
Making Yogurt from Scratch
How to Make Yogurt from Scratch
Posted 6 months ago

I am so proud--I finally made yogurt from scratch!  I've been meaning to try this for a couple of years, but finding a "Thriftee-Yogurt Maker" circa 1974 or so at…

How to Make Yogurt from Scratch
DIY Bookshelf from Unfinished Wooden Crates
DIY Bookshelf from Unfinished Wooden Crates
Posted 7 months ago

This charming rustic bookshelf is easy to make out of unfinished wooden crates from Walmart.  Let me show you how!

I have seen a variety of attractive wooden crate projects over the…

DIY Bookshelf from Unfinished Wooden Crates
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Tutorial: Duck Tape Belt Pouch for a Leatherman or Knife

July 31, 2014

Sometimes it’s hard to be the crafty mom of a boy.  There are a million cute projects out there to do for girls, but the “boy” projects are few and far between.  By the time they get into the “tween” and “teen” years you are hard pressed to come up with anything that they would […]

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Save Time, Money and Effort with Walmart’s Savings Catcher!

July 30, 2014

I am so, so, so excited about Walmart’s new Savings Catcher.  SO. EXCITED.  Seriously.  Are you getting the idea I’m excited? This is something we got a presentation and demo on this spring when we were at the Walmart HQ, then last week we got sneak peek and the opportunity to try using it locally–it’s […]

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and Wild Oats Organics!

July 30, 2014

Hummus is a quick, easy, tasty and healthy snack that you can whip up in no time at all.  And now with Wild Oats Marketplace Organic Chickpeas (Garbonzo Beans–same thing) at Walmart, you can make it both organic AND inexpensively. Remember how I told you a few months ago that more affordable organics were on […]

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Reader’s Question: What to do with Mint?

July 27, 2014

It’s time for a reader’s question: Dear Frugal Upstate, We have a good sized patch of mint that my husband is determined to mow down.  It seems like such a waste–I’d rather pick it and put it to use before he mows, but I’m not really sure what to do with it.  How can I […]

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Cedar Plank Grilling ~~ Shrimp and Queso Fresco

July 24, 2014

Dinner just tastes better when it’s done on the grill–doesn’t it?  It seems simple–just light fire, add seasoned or marinated meat and go.  You can do that and wind up with a good meal–but with the appropriate equipment (like cedar planks) and a bit of technique you can create something truly exceptional. I was lucky […]

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Healthy Essentials for Summer from Johnson and Johnson

July 15, 2014

There really are some essential supplies in our house for summer, things that I we just use more of when the kids are home and spending lots of time outside.  Items like sunscreen (for all that time in the sun-at least if it ever stops raining), bandages, antibiotic ointment (the number of cuts, scrapes, bruises, […]

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Meal Plan 7/14

July 14, 2014

Long hot summer days are upon us, and to be honest I don’t feel much like cooking.  However the family must eat–so meal planning is still necessary. I’ve got several things to consider this week: 1.  I’m down one kid for half the week since Buddy is with Grandma.  That means supper is only for […]

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The Unplugged Summer Vacation

July 11, 2014

We have a family tradition here at the Frugal Upstate Village Homestead.  When we go on summer vacation to the mountains, it’s an uplugged vacation.  That means no TV, iPod, Computer, Video Games. . . no nuthin!   That’s been the rule for the last 5 years, and the kids don’t even question it–as a matter […]

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Cell Phone Meets Water. . . ( #SprintMom )

July 10, 2014

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Sprint. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating. Recently I was selected as a Sprint Ambassador, which means over the next few I get to play with some really great new phones and accessories!  […]

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Fancy Fruit Ice

July 2, 2014

Here’s a super simple idea to dress up you next party or BBQ–Fancy Fruit Ice! Just place some pretty fruit–strawberries, blueberries and lemon slices are shown here–in a muffin tin and freeze.  When it’s time for your party you pop them out (you might need a bit of warm water run over the bottom of […]

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