Bread Tails, Yuck! Homemade Breadcrumbs, Yum!

So my wife went on a mission to find a way to keep them out of the garbage. I think its a great idea! She let them sit out for a while and then threw them into her food processor. Out came bread crumbs that she added to her can of exsisting bread crumbs.

Loaf of Bread Normally I am not a wasteful person. But a man has to draw the line somewhere! I hate eating the tail ends from a loaf of bread. My wife is always on me about that. I refuse to eat them. “Give them to the kids!” I plead!

So my wife went on a mission to find a way to keep them out of the garbage. I think its a great idea! She let them sit out for a while and then threw them into her food processor. Out came bread crumbs that she added to her can of existing bread crumbs. She says you can use a blender as well.

Bread crumbs can be used on chicken or pork, extending meat loaf, my wife’s famous egg plant parmeson, or even fried green tomatoes!

There you have it, I was saved! No more bread tails for me, EVER! Thank you honey, you are the best!

Drill Your Own Well

Deep Rock hydra drill for do-it yourself type wells.

hydra-drill-77-12_crop_d I have always wanted to drill my own well. Here at our homestead, the wells have all been dug. I did think about drilling one down by the pond and powering it will a windmill. Not only would it look nice, but be completely functional without electricity for times of need. It sure would be nice to be able to keep the pond topped off if needed as well, although I am not sure that is very efficient or “green”. Anyway, I researched several companies and found one that I thought stood out above the rest. I am in no way affiliated with them, they just seem to have a great product. Here is what they have to say:

DeepRock Hydra-Drill for Do-It-Yourself Applications

A Lifetime Supply of Free Water

Why Drill a Water Well ?

Most of the fresh ground water in the world occurs in the top 200 feet and the average depth of all water tables in the U.S. is less than 100 feet! You can drill your own well and have access to all the water you’ll ever need.

Many city residents are now drilling home water wells as an excellent alternative to chemical tasting municipal water. The quality of well water is simply unmatched. With city water rates soaring, well drilling provides an economical alternative. In most areas, you no longer have to worry about city water restrictions in times of drought – when you need water the most. With your own well, you are assured of an abundant supply of water for use in your home or garden.

In many areas of the country, it is not unusual for a home water well to cost $8000 or higher if drilled by a commercial driller. Thanks to the Hydra-Drill, there’s an easy, economical way for you to drill a water well. Most of our customers had no previous experience drilling a well before buying the Hydra-Drill. In addition, the Hydra-Drill is small and portable, and can be used in areas that large, commercial drilling rigs would have difficulty reaching without causing damage to your landscaping.

A Hydra-Drill pays for itself !

Even with today’s soaring electric rates, you can pump approximately 1,000 gallons from your well for as little as 10 cents. In addition, the Hydra-Drill can dig multiple wells and save money for you, your family and neighbors. It doesn’t take long to pay for a Hydra-Drill with the money you can save on your water bill.

When you buy directly from Deeprock, you get all the personal attention, service and advice that you want – absolutely free. Buying direct saves you 30% or more than what you’d pay if we sold the Hydra-Drill through stores or dealers. When you order a Hydra-Drill, you can be sure that you’re dealing with people that believe in doing business with everyone like they were their hometown neighbors.

Since 1962, we’ve helped people from all 50 states and around the world get the water they needed at the lowest possible cost. At DeepRock, we are always ready to assist you with your drilling questions and needs.

Satellite Bird Cage

Using a satellite dish to make a bird cage

Satellite Bird Cage I am always on the lookout for cool projects that recycle old stuff. While visiting a nearby farm I found this large bird cage housing Doves and chickens. Look close!

The roof is a Satellite dish. The lower sections of the cage are old metal fence sections. I thought it was a neat little project and a great way to recycle those old satellite dishes.

Colorado Police hold our Family Dog Ransom

Illegal immigrants cross our borders and get free health care, and I get charged more for my dog to stay 2 days at an animal shelter than it cost my WHOLE family to stay at Comfort Suites for THREE nights! I am so upset about how a Dacono, Colorado Police Officer can hold our dog for ransom with zero effort on their part.

ran⋅som

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–noun

1. the redemption of a prisoner, slave, or kidnapped person, of captured goods, etc., for a price.
2. the sum or price paid or demanded.
3. a means of deliverance or rescue from punishment for sin, esp. the payment of a redemptive fine.
–verb (used with object)

4. to redeem from captivity, bondage, detention, etc., by paying a demanded price.
5. to release or restore on receipt of a ransom.
6. to deliver or redeem from punishment for sin.

Heather Marie and BanditI just don’t get government run operations at all!!! Illegal immigrants cross our borders and get free health care, and I get charged more for my dog to stay 2 days at an animal shelter than it cost my WHOLE family to stay at Comfort Suites for THREE nights! I am so upset about how a Dacono, Colorado Police Officer can hold our dog for ransom with zero effort on their part.
Our family was making a quick trip to Colorado to tie up some loose ends. We stayed at the Comfort Suites hotel in Firestone, CO. Total cost was $283.20. We kept our dog, Bandit,  at a friends house in Dacono. Everything went great until we were packing to leave. My five year old son was watching the dog, and somehow he got outside. That would normally be ok, but we were loading up our vehicle and had the gate open. I turned and asked where the dog was and that was it! He was gone. 3 minutes, maybe 5 minutes MAX. We quickly sent our oldest kids running around the blocks and my wife and I jumped into a couple of vehicles and drove around. Nothing. We searched for hours. Our friends jumped in on the search. The Dacono police station is closed on weekends, so our calls to them went unanswered. So we called our vet in Missouri and informed him, since Bandit had the rabies tag with the vets number. He hadn’t heard anything, but took our cell number just in case.
So after hours of searching, our kids beet red from the heat, we loaded up to head home. That was a long trip, our kids crying and no usual laughter. We stopped off at a friends house in Kansas City and stayed the night. The next morning, our kids acting the same as before, I tried to cheer them up. No luck. About mid morning I got a call on our cell phone. It was our Missouri vet, Bandit had been found and was at the local animal shelter! “Great! Your a life saver! Bandits been found kids!” I said. Everyone was yelling and screaming! Ahhh, the family spirit was back! I grabbed the phone number and quickly called the shelter.
The local animal shelter was very nice. I explained our situation and that we were 13 hours away. She explained the fees to me. $50 admission,  $25 a day. Great. “Can I have a friend pick him up?”, I asked. She stated that I would need current rabies shots and a release from the Dacono Police Dept. She gave me the number to the police station and I started to call. This was now Sunday and the police station is still closed. Great, now what.
Monday rolls along and I get on the phone first thing. Dacono says that I have to pay a pick up charge for the dog. “ok, how much is that” I asked. That is $50 transport fee. But it looks like the police officer is issuing a ticket as well. That will be $139.  They are charging us for a dog not on a leash. I explained the circumstance and that we were in MO. She stated that we needed to give proof of rabies shots and pay the $50 transport fee. The ticket could be paid later. I stated I would get someone over and pay the fees within the hour. After hanging up I started to add up all these fees. Wait a minute! Including the ticket, this was going to cost us $289!! I’m sitting at my desk and look over to see our receipt from the hotel. I couldn’t believe that it cost more for my dog to stay 2 days at an animal shelter than my WHOLE FAMILY stayed 3 nights at the Comfort Suites Hotel. That is ridiculous.
So I called back and talked with an animal code enforcement officer. She stated that the police officer who issued the ticket was off till Wednesday. Hmmm, it was his Friday when he found the dog. That might explain why we never saw a police car in our hours of searching. All he had to do was look around a little. We had a total of 11 people looking for the dog. He would have easily spotted us. She also stated “perhaps you need to keep your dog in a yard with a better fence”. I am usually a nice guy, but don’t take kindly to someone getting smart mouth with me. I told her not to talk to me that way. I’m a little pissed off, and I don’t think anyone would blame me.
I was fine accepting responsibility for letting our family dog get away. Being far away in Missouri,  I felt taken advantage of. I felt like our family dog was being held ransom. Nobody would release him until they had their money. I can understand paying a fine, but these expenses are extremely high. There is just no way, in my understanding, to justify these prices. I see police officers constantly driving around with their cell phones to their ears. Why could he not take 5 minutes out of his busy friday to just call the number on the collar? Why did he not drive around the block to see our six kids running around calling for a dog? Why did I have to get such sarcastic remarks from the code enforement officer?
OH well, off my soapbox. The good news, we have a friend moving  from Washington to Tennesee. He picked up Bandit this morning and bringing him half way across the US to us! Our family is very excited to get Bandit back, no matter what the cost!

Savings found in Powdered Milk

I figured out how to save milk money by substituting powdered milk in recipes.

powdered-milkI figured out  how to save milk money by substituting powdered milk in recipes.  Growing up we always drank powdered milk.  I don’t like it  and refuse to drink it or require my children to drink it.  However, powdered milk  is part of our years supply of food storage and I needed to know what to do with it.  I understand the importance of using our food storage  so our bodies will adjust to it and also to keep it rotated.   We tried some different ways to incorporate the milk powder into our diet, with no consistency in the methods.  One thing we did was to whip up a quart of it in the blender and mix it half and half with store bought milk.  It tasted fine but was a hassle.  I didn’t want something time consuming or that requires much effort to keep track of, but simple.

We were buying 4 gallons of milk every week for our family at between $2.50 and $3.00 a gallon.  If you do the math, that is $10.00 to $12.00 a week just on milk!  I learned that adding the milk powder to the dry ingredients in my recipes and then adding water where it calls for milk, I got the same great product at a cheaper cost.  I love pancakes so we eat them often.   We make triple batches when we make them.  That is 3 cups of milk every time.  This simple substitution is what I do to keep the cost down.    This tip works great for bread, cakes, muffins, and anything else you can think of.   One of the great things about powdered milk is you can add more or less milk powder depending on what you like.  I use about 3/4 cup powder for 3 cups water.  I say “about” because I don’t measure exactly.   The typical milk recipe calls for 3/4 cup milk powder to 4 quarts warm water.            ~Heather in the Kitchen