The Zarb Homestead

Living natural and healthy on a simple budget

Interest in Pinterest: Blueberry Angel Food Cake March 9, 2013

I found this recipe while browsing Pinterest and thought it was easy enough to give it a try. All you need is a box of angel food cake mix and a 22 oz can of blueberry pie filling.


Mix until blended well



DO NOT cook how the instructions state. I also tried the pineapple one and it overflowed in the oven, big mess.

Cook at 350 in a ungreased 9×13 pan for 30 minutes.



The taste was lite and fluffy. The picture above was my end product however the middle wasn’t cooked and it fell. Make sure you check the middle with a tooth pick.

This is a good dessert and pretty good for you. It is 2pts a slice on Weight Watchers!

Here is the original Pinterest post


Project 365: Weeks 6 & 7 February 17, 2013


Heidi cat giving us her profile


My new purse from Earthbound Trading Company


My rose my father-in-law gave me


My Valentines Day Orchids  from my husband


If it fits it ships


Spending the day at the parents house and hanging out with Gizmo


My Valentines Day steak dinner my husband cooked me


Mr. Mal rocking his tie dye shirt


Horseback riding in the mountains


I have been working on my sewing area, starting to look good


Clean tank, well it doesn’t look clean until the next day


Homemade sticky buns


Weenier dog race at the Ice Bears Hockey game


Project 365: Week 52 January 2, 2013

This is it! The finally week, 52, of 2012. I did it! I took 366 pictures everyday of 2012. It was hard at first and I didn’t think I was going to make it but in the end I really enjoyed it so I think I will continue it into 2013.

cookie 2012

This is very fitting for me



Mr. Z grilling the bird



Mr Mal enjoying Christmas time



Christmas at my parents house. So happy to finally have a sewing machine!



On our way to Michigan. I guess they ran out of road.

DSC_0194Catching a hockey game with the family


New Year’s Eve


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!


Project 365: Week 46 November 20, 2012

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First time I saw Jupiter and her moons

imagePhil trying to stay warm while looking at the stars


My Father-in-Law got all the girls a rose at dinner at Barleys


Someone stole my pillows


Bye Bye Twinkies


Made pumpkin puree from a baking a pumpkin



Oh boy, here we go again


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 43 August 19, 2012


My husband trying to brush the Mr Mal’s teeth.


Meet Mr Rex. He is the clinic cat at my work and I made him this bed. I think he is pleased.


Been waiting for my first to arrive, finally.


Maria and I made some gingerbread cookies with cream cheese icing, yum yum.


My first pumpkin, and the dog thought it looked good enough to eat and well she plucked it and carried it around the yard. I wasn’t too happy with her.


No comment on this night.

Very funny movie!