Saturday, June 26, 2010


Morning everyone… hope you are getting a great start to your weekend. Wish I could say the same. Got up this morning and checked the phone first and read the comments. Thanks so much… I feel so loved LOL. But let me address your comments individually…

To Kathy, enjoying those moments… I hear ya. We do the same with all the family outings and activities I plan for each summer. I tend to spend time (normally anyway) on the computer in the early morning hours or late at night as that’s where I based my business. I also get much information on cooking, recipes, crafts, etc. and most of it I share with you. Isn’t it great? I can multi-task! LMAO! But I am actually glad to hear that you are making the most out of your summer! Keep it up girl! I hope everyone is doing the same! Just make sure to stop in every so often and let me know you are ok, ok? LMAO…

To my Dad- ahhh the beloved hatred of an Iconic American Monopoly… ain’t it great? LMAO and Dad says I am about as “subtle as a train wreck” LMAO… wonder where I get it now? LOL love you Daddy! You know I'm just playing with ya!

And to my mom- Thank you for all the compliments about people missing me, etc. I really needed that actually cause I have been feeling kinda icky the last couple of days. I only hope that this blog does in fact serves that purpose of helping people learn about frugality, crafting, and experiencing new food they might never have heard of, much less tried! And you’re welcome on the mussels recipe… I figured you could appreciate that LOL.

Now, just because the blog looks a little more “normal” this morning, don’t get your hopes up LOL. I am still dealing with all the same computer crud, but our plans of going to the Pearland Flea Market are still a go/in effect. Despite the fact that this has NOT been a good last few days, I am praying that today will be better! Time to forget all my worries for the day and have some fun with the family. So what exactly is in store for us today? Well, gonna try to go to Baubles and Beads, then head off to the flea market. If we get done early there, which I doubt, maybe we can catch some of the other resale and thrift stores. Yes kids, its gonna be a day of Bargain Hunting Madness! Maybe we can even find a dress or some cool things to use at the birthday party for DD.

Now for the craft for today? Well I know many of my readers are either new moms or are expecting very soon. So I thought I would show you another baby craft. I have seen many women wearing those baby “slings” for a unique way of carrying the baby but having some use of your arms. For those of you who like this idea, I have brought it to you as the…

Craft Idea of the Day: Baby Sling


Stretch Poplin
Sewing Machine


This project shows you how to make a baby sling wrap using a very simple sewing pattern.

Follow the intructions and pattern below to create your baby sling wrap.

Follow the general shape of the pattern to create a piece 58" inch (148cm) long and 21" inch (53 1/2cm) wide.

Fold along the dotted line then fold in half.

2: Sew along the curved edge, use a double stitch for strength as this section will take the main weight of the baby.

3: So that the sling remains folded sew a 6" or (15cm) line. This section usually sits on your shoulder.

4: Make a hem around one bottom.

Want a longer sling or a larger person? simply measure from your shoulder to your hip and double it to get the original length measurement. This one is 58"

Now, today’s recipes are what the Russians call Kashas. Kasha is a native Russian dish made from all the possible groats with meat, fish, liver, mushrooms, onion. For base, milk, cream, meat and fish broths were used. It was impossible to imagine Russian cuisine without kasha, there is a proverb: “You can’t feed Russian without a kasha”. I have heard of the cereal Kasha, but not dishes of this nature until I started doing research! So simple, yet so tasty! Check it out!

Gouryevskaya Kasha


1 c semolina
2 1/2 c milk
2 tb butter
2 tb sugar
2 c dense cream
2/3 c nuts
2 c canned fruits
1/2 c sugar
1/2 ea lemon


Take a not very deep pan. Put cream (must be dense) into the hot oven. As soon as there is a pink skin on the cream, take it carefully away on the plate. Be careful not to tear. Do it until you have 6-7 skins. Boil a viscous kasha (mush) on milk. Add butter, sugar (2 tb), vanilla, salt and mix very well. Put kasha into the oven to warm up for 30 minutes. Add the rest of baked cream to kasha. Nuts caramelizing: nuts must be caramelized otherwise kasha will be grey and not have a very good taste. Nuts must be tempered (fired) at first. Then put in a very hot water for 10 minutes. After that take the skins off and dry and chop them. Put sugar (1/2 c) in the pan on the heat, add lemon juice, wait until red colour and add nuts. As soon as nuts are caramelized, take them out and let cool down. Prepare a baking form. Grease it with butter. Put a little kasha as first layer, then a skin and nuts, chopped canned fruits. Repeat it until all the skins are used. The last layer is made of kasha. Decorate with sugar, fruits and nuts and put the form into the hot oven for 10-20 minutes. Gouryevskaya Kasha is served with apricot puree or any fruit juice.

Well what do you think? I think it’s a tasty treat that’s good to eat LOL! Alright I am gonna try pulling myself up by the boot straps enough to get out of this funk and go do some fun and exciting things with the kids today. I hope you have a safe and happy Saturday and I will meet you back here tomorrow for more fun and excitement (and hopefully a working computer! LOL) on The Frugal Mom! Until Tomorrow… HUGS!


  1. Debbie "MOM"June 26, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    Flea market fun? I envy you. Flea markets ARE fun and there are bargains galore to be had if you are careful what you buy and have a good eye for a good deal. I have been to several, including the one you are going to. The kids will have fun too! Make sure you wear some comfortable shoes because theres lots of walking ahead of you today.
    YOu know; looking at that baby sling, it could also be used as a holder to use to pick your fruits and veggies in your garden, if your lucky enough to get a bumper crop. Think about it....that sling filled with fresh picked apples or oranges, or tons of squash or ears of corn, and it would keep you from having to carry a basket around. WOW! How frugal am I? YAY for me! LOL
    That Kasha kind of sounds like a sweet version of Greek orzo or Italian risottto. Hmmmm....another version of something we are all familiar with perhaps. Will have to try it to find out I guess.
    OK. Everyone have a great day and try to do a random act of kindness today, even if its just a smile and a Hello! Til next time.....

  2. hello hello

    i am here been reading them every couple of days... been busy shampooing carpet furniture and organizing family room... been taking days as I do one piece and that is it for the day.... ( lovely arthritis) but as of today. it is done.,

    been HOT here and humid so I stay inside.

    enjy reading about the kitties and interesting with all the RUssian recipes :)

    i have to start thinking about Christmas presents.... been clking a lot of DH favorites..

    brought peaches back from S.C. and today I made a peach cobbler.. and dont have any vanilla ice cream :(

    looking forward to more posts,. and hope you get your puter fixed soon ... dumb things are aggrivating

  3. Hi,

    What a great idea - the baby sling wrap. If only I had known 6 years ago (LOL).

    I made your Gouryevskaya Kasha and it's delicious, thank you!