January is the month for new starts. New diets, new goals, new ideas and the one thing every person in the world wants – to save more money!!!

This week I joined in on the Frugal Challenge from Little House Living through the Facebook group – Simple & Frugal Living. The challenge is ” Eating From Your Pantry” and freezers too of course!

Sooooo before I could do that I had to organize and take inventory of all refrigerators and freezers. Yeah….as a homesteader you know what THAT means because we homesteaders do not have 1 refrigerator do we?

Ahem, almost embarassed to say this: I have THREE refrigerators plus a chest freezer! Thank goodness most were cleaned out to some extent last year before my new GE Kitchen appliances arrived this Spring as my prize from the Pillsbury Bake-Off. LOVE…MY….APPLIANCES!!!

I cleaned all of them out of anything that was not edible for us but was edible for the piggies. They don’t mind freezer burn so those little Meishans got bread, bagels, cinnamon apples, soup, unidentifiable vegetable dishes and they were happy as pigs in poo as the sayings go. Although, they are cleaner than you think and do not eat where they poo. Ok now, I am on a rabbit trail and need to get back on track – the Frugal Challenge, yes.

I found perfectly sealed, in butcher freezer paper, a pound of ground beef from a few years ago and 5 pounds of sausage. Believe it or not, no freezer burn, perfectly fine from the deep freezer. Amazing. The cabinets all got a cleaning out too and now nicely organized – see!

Kitchen freezer drawer 1

Drawer 2

The family has been informed of the challenge and begrudgedly accepted as if they think I am just going to serve rice and beans all month, ha! They wouldn’t eat rice and beans anyway. 🙂 so I do have to get creative with what I have got to make meals they will eat. Picky hubby and son.

Do you DIY any of your mixes for breakfasts, soups, desserts etc?? It CAN be done and I will give you some ideas that will be easy and SAVE you boo coos of bucks!! How does that sound?

So for starters, see if you can do what I did and clean and organize your food storage. Oh and if you would like to read some more Frugal Goodness, check out this old post of mine.

Now how about one of those DIY Mixes I promised at the beginning?!

This Instant Oatmeal Mix is delicious, vegan friendly and can be adapted to YOUR own creativeness. The recipe will make 3 Quart jars. To make one serving add 2/3 cup water to a pot and 1/3 cup oatmeal mix. Bring to boil then reduce to low. Cook for 5-7 minutes until desired tenderness and you can add more water or milk of your choice for more creaminess.

Instant Hippie Oatmeal Mix

5 from 4 votes

Instant Hippie Oatmeal Mix

Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes


  • 10 cups old fashioned oats organic
  • 1 cup coconut cream/milk powder
  • 1.5 cups almonds sliced or chopped
  • 1.5 cups dried dates or other dried fruit chopped
  • 3/4 cup flaxseeds or hulled raw pumkin seeds
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 3 quart canning jars


  1. Take 4 cups of the oats and add to bowl of food processor. Pulse until broken down but not super fine.

  2. Mix in a large bowl the processed oats, remaining 6 cups oats, milk powder,  sugar, cinnamon and salt.

  3. Next add in the remaining ingredients and mix well.

  4. Fill jars using a canning funnel. Place lid on and label.

    To cook: Add 1/3 cup of mix to 2/3 cup of water in a pot. Bring to boil, reduce to low. Cook 5-7 minutes adding a bit more water or milk of choice to desired tenderness. Each jar make approximately 10 servings.

I hope you have enjoyed todays post – check back for more to come this month! Please if you would do me a BIG FAVOR and comment below this post if you enjoyed it and if there is something you would like to share with me.

Thank you and have a blessed day,


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I love this idea!!! Can’t wait to make some for myself.


I think your kiddos would love it!


This is great!!! I’ll have to get the powdered milk and make some! Thanks!


Thanks Elaine! I LOVE the organic coconut milk powder! You oculd use regular milk powder too.


This is awesome! I can’t wait to see what all you have in store! I consider myself a true “pantry cooker”, and am always looking for new ideas!


oh yay! Well Mary Beth if you have any cool ideas to share let me know. 🙂


Like!! Great article post.Really thank you! Really Cool.

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