This was beautiful

I printed it out and made copies for friends. Thank you so much for sharing! As for the cherries , well… you are woman!!!!! I still have halkf a bucket of bings to do here and my pie cherry tree is full!!!! yesterday the boys picked like made and I got 4 huge dehydrater trays full, made a big cherry crisp and made cherry syrup for pancakes with the juice I got from squeezing out the cherries for dehydrating.

As you know, I live in Orlando, FL. We moved here 2 years ago. I have to admit life is quite expensive here. Sometimes I even need to apply for on-line Florida payday loans here and they help a lot. Just need to pay them back on time. And here goes my recipe:

I just using equal parts cherry juice to water and then double the sugar of the total water and juice amount (ex: 2 cups juice + 2 cups water = 4 cups sugar). Just boil it all up until it gets to the syrup stage and then use (store in the refrigerator) or can it up for use later. We had just used the last of the canned syrup a couple of months ago and were just craving cherry syrup again! Reminds me, I need to go and get that stuff canned up! LOL!

Last night we had a friend over and BBQed steaks marinated in teriyaki sauce on the grill. Calm down folks! I did not pay full price for the steaks. One of the smaller chain stores marks down all their meat on Monday that did not sell over the weekend. I bout a big family pack of steaks (6 steaks total) for $3.00! We made a big pot of rice to go with it and had brocolli, beans and salad from our garden along with the cherry crisp (cherries from our trees) to go with it.

Delicious and cheap meal! I only used 4 of the steaks and cut them all in half, so it looked like there was more meat! Gotta trick my husband into thinking he is getting a lot more with 2 smaller pieces! LOL! God is sooooo Good!

Intro and rambling (kinda long)

Now that I have a bit more free time, I hope to be able to contribute more. I am a newbie to frugal living and these lists have helped a lot! Since I was a lurker and a transfer on the old list, I thought I should introduce myself. My name is Carla. I’m 31 and only been married 1 1/2 years. I came from a middle class upbringing. We weren’t rich, but got by just fine. My mother never was particularly frugal.

So when my husband and I got married and bills starting coming from nowhere, we were living paycheck to paycheck and just barely surviving. We purchased a house last year which we could afford, but my husband is laid off twice a year for about a month each time. We failed to prepare for this one. I’m struggling to dig ourselves out of this mess. I’ve managed to cut a lot of expenses by following the advice of this group. I managed to cut my grocery bill way down thanks to you all, Aldi’s and not eating out. So our goal now is to scale down everything and see if we can’t be debt free in two years.

My husband has some land that he is going to sell. We are going to use the profits to purchase a couple of acres outside the city. We are looking into a double wide which we think that we will be able to pay for without financing, or financing very little. We would sell our house and pay it off. We both work full time and started a side business breeding reptiles. Although we haven’t made big profits yet, we should bring in a nice income next year because the lizards will be breeding age. So I’m trying to learn to be frugal. I need all the help that I can get.

We both spend too much money on stuff we don’t need, but we’ve even halted that. We are really committed to giving this a try. I’ve started a mini emergency fund. It has $300 so far. Sorry this is so long. I’ll quit rambling. Glad to get to know you all. Take care.