Many of us in our circle of friends are doing all we can to try to live more simply and become more self sufficient, while saving money at the same time. Some are more dedicated than others, but the important thing is to learn and at least try to be the best stewards of our resources as possible.
Living on one income, or being self employed, usually takes some real ingenuity to make the budget work.
Some of us are doing all we can as a family to bring dad home from the corporate world to work together as a family.
I discussed how we have been turning off our hot water heater, and waiting until June 1 to turn the air on, and that has helped. Some families are striving to not turn the air on at all, I’m not ready to do that yet! ;o) But we only use it when we are at home.
One way to keep the house cool is not to heat it up! I do have my window quilts up in our most sunny windows, this helps tremendously!!!
The other thing is to do as much cooking outside as possible. Yes, we do use our mega grilling but we have also established an outdoor kitchen. We are very blessed to have a pavilion, so we can plug in crock pots, a griddle or an electric eye when we need it.
Our primary outdoor cook (she is the real pioneer type), Olivia, has been out of town for a few weeks, so we have been cooking in the kitchen, what a difference it makes in the room temperature.
This is what Olivia has set up. You’d be amazed at how much just keeping a crock pot on will heat up your kitchen.
Olivia has fixed this netting over this table to keep flies away from things while she is cooking or we are waiting to eat. When it is not too awful humid out we will eat at the picnic table.
This is the outdoor kitchen of our friends over at Seeds to Sew. They have 9 children. They have been a real inspiration to us!
They have an impressive set up!
When I do cook in the house, I cook as much as I can at once,usually to last a few days, this way I am only heating up the kitchen once.