The Zarb Homestead

Living natural and healthy on a simple budget

Project 365:Week 8 & 9 March 10, 2013


Ice Bears Hockey Game


Won Tickets to Side Splitters on my Birthday


Birthday present: Galaxy leggings


Got a little bit of snow on Sunday 3/3


Got a hoop to get in shape for summer time


Trip to Coral Fish fish store. This is their “pet”, he is a puffer fish


It has been super cold in Tennessee. Here are the cats snuggling. I felt bad to make them move where I could make the bed.


Wearing my new socks


Trying a new recipe


Strawberry shortcake


Got a new table. I didn’t notice until now that the cat is also checking it out


Received my socks from the Reddit Gift Exchange


Our boarding pass to the Tennessee Riverboat


Trying out my new Harry Potter socks


Project 365: Week 4 and 5 February 4, 2013

Here are my pictures from Week 4 and Week 5 this year. I know, I know, I am late again, story of my life.


Ladybugs, really?


Ladies Night at Coal Creek Shooting Range


Nothing like homemade bread


Still working on getting more fruit in my diet


Ice Storm Khan


Making fresh rolls, yum


Not too much snow this time.


Hard to see, but that is Blackie Cat watching the bubbles screen saver


Waking up to a snowy morning. Notice the claw marks in the screen? Never sleep with the window open when you own a husky.


Finally, after 9 years I am a top rated seller. I just sell stuff I don’t use anymore I guess that is why it took so long 🙂


Mr. Mal snuggling with a snuggie


My Interest in Pinterest: Apple Rolls December 19, 2012

I have fallen in love with a website. I didn’t think anyone could top my favorite but Pinterest is stealing my heart away. I love to try new ideas that I find and I also enjoy just looking at what others have found. I decided that I am going to try to post 1 activity that I found on Pinterest at least once a month. I would like to try for once a week but I will make say once a month to keep from fibbing.

Here is my first go at Interest in Pinterest: Apple Rolls

As with many things on Pinterest, the website was just a link to a picture. However, under the image it had the following directions.

apple rolls


Crescent rolls + Sliced apples + Cinnamon, bake for 11-13 min. at 350

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 I added a little sugar to half of the rolls to make them a bit sweeter but I honestly couldn’t tell the difference, so save the calories. Also, a bit of advice, use small slices of apple. The large pieces didn’t cook all the way and had an odd texture. The taste was great and super easy to make. Great for a quick breakfast.

Project 365: Week 50 December 17, 2012

Wow I can’t believe it is already week 50. Only 2 weeks to go!


Found these cuties at Earthbound and Trading Company, one of my favorite stores.



When you see it??

Yep that is a Mr. Blackie stealing the bed




I was reading the paper online when this showed up. Wow, she must make great Kool-Aid



My Cinnamon swirl bread



My Blueberry pie, yummy

Hubby and I having a drink at the Downtown Grill and Brewery.



Cookie time. I think I baked too much this week!


How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Pie – No Can Involved November 17, 2012


I thought that I was making a pumpkin pie from starch was when I didn’t purchase one in a box. Canned pumpkin is easy to buy and to make pies from but why not use a fresh pumpkin. I had 5 small to large pumpkins I purchased from my friends grandmother. Her brothers grows them and she sells them for cheap and I mean cheap. I think I paid between 50 cents to $1.50 per pumpkin. I didn’t crave them on Halloween and since pumpkins can last up to 6 months once picked from the vine, I decided to make good use of them and eat them.

For the pie you will need some of the following. I got this recipe from and added some of my special touch.


  • Large knife
  • Spoon
  • Large bowl
  • 1 large (10 inch) deep-dish pie plate
  • 2 large baking pans at least 2″ deep


  • Pumpkin (Small to Medium)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon mace (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups of pumpkin puree
  • 1.5 cans of evaporated milk – make your own from nonfat dried milk and make it twice as concentrated as the directions on the box call for.

Alright, let get to cooking!

-Wash the pumpkins outside

-Cut in half

-Scoop out the seeds


-Preheat oven at 375 F degrees

-Place in baking dish meat side down. Add 1 cup of water dish to help steam and cook the pumpkin.

-Bake for 1.5 hours


I also tried some in the crockpot and it worked out just as well


– You can test to see if it is done by sticking it with a fork. It should be soft.


– Let cool then use the spoon to gently lift and scoop the cooked pumpkin out of the skin

– You can blend it in a blender for a smooth texture


Mix all ingredients and place into a pie crust. Cook at 425 F degrees for 15 minutes then reduce temperature to 350 F degrees for 50-60 minutes. Let cool, then eat. Yummy!


Project 365: Week 42 and 43 October 30, 2012

Sunday was the formal captains dinner

Monday we arrived at Half Moon Cay

Tuesday I was in Nassau

Wednesday was our last fun day at sea

Came back home on Thursday and the trees had already changed colors


This is what happens when you left a husky alone


My package arrived from my secret Halloween gifter. I think they got it right 🙂


Making some Halloween cookies. I love these!


Oh my, I found another Frankenweenie shirt for Mr. Mal to wear


Found my last piece for my Halloween costume


Subway is giving these out in their children meals. I have 2 as of today.

Making the huge tutu’s. This is mine on top of my friends. That is 500 years of tule!


Burr it is cold. Someone does not want to get out of bed.

Halloween Party time! This is my Witches Brew

More pictures to come!


Project 365: Week 40 October 8, 2012

Sorry, I am late yet again on my post for Project 365. I have been a busy little bee lately trying to get ready for our trip to the Bahamas this Friday!


I forgot to get a picture on Monday but here is an extra from 2 weeks ago.


Going to work early in the morning, I saw the Moon hanging out with its friend Jupiter. It is very small looks like a star but it is there.


Been waiting forever for this movie to come out! We went and saw it opening night, so good!


My first time trying to make my own smoothie.  It was really good!


Homemade Banana Bread muffins, yummy!


WE went and checked out the new Trader Joes in Knoxville. Here are a few of my goodies.


Octoberrrrrr! It is cold out. Had to pull out the heater. I think Mr. Mal was happy about that.