Saturday, September 13, 2008

Where does the time go?

Hey all,


I sure have missed blogging and will be taking it up again. I have been so busy with the family. All the stuff I do here with the yard and the homekeeping and the frugality are all for my family and they have really needed me and I sure have needed any time off I could get and that meant not blogging for a bit.


Now I have the school year in swing and an entirely new schedule.
Here is a new picture of us, our first family portrait, touched up and everything!




Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Summer Squash Risotto

digginfood posted a neat recipe for summer squash risotto. Looks good to me and a great way to use up all that summer squash!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Hold it now - crockpot gyros!!!

My friend Lori just posted that she is making crockpot gyros this week. Follow the links to get to the recipe. Sounds great to me! She got the recipe from A Year of Crockpotting who got the recipe from CDKitchen.

Now I'm wondering if crockpot recipes could be adapted to solar ovens. No I don't have a solar oven, just thinking...and wondering...

Sunscreen Guide

We've all are trained to wear sunscreen and put it on our kids. Another mommy and I were talking about this on a recent camping trip. Put the sunscreen on the kids but what is in that sunscreen; is it safe? What are are options? Check out Environmental Working Group's guide to sunscreens and learn what is in your favorite sunscreen brand.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Team Everest - A Himalayan Journey

My husband took the boys for the weekend to visit his hometown. This was the first time in my parental history to have been alone. I mean, come on, who would want to be away from these adorable guys?




Well, it happened and so I needed to do something besides pick up my order from the CSA and buy grass-fed organic milk and beef from the dairy hub sooooo I watched some television, you know the good stuff, two-hour plus inspiring documentaries.

If you need a dose of inspirational style reality television check out Team Everest - A Himalayan Journey. I guess it's true - you can do anything!



Friday, August 1, 2008

Creepy Babydoll and Cardboard

Angry Chicken posted about this creepy babydoll. It reminds me of a doll I played with when visiting my grandmother in Arizona; it gave me nightmares for years!!! I think it so funny what kids will find to play with. Our oldest is enjoying playing with cardboard boxes. Do you recycle for play time???



Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Cash for Books-Referral

I want to thank whoever you are for signing up for Cash 4 Books through my blog. It was nice to receive the referral bonus. I have another program to tell you all about - soon - that allows you to sell your old cds and dvds! It's very similar to Cash 4 Books.

Monday, July 21, 2008

A Fun Wormy Post

Hey folks,

It's me! I know I've been gone a long time. See we went camping and with us went the camera. Seems the camera is still in my husband's car and well, I normally shoot and then post so that's why no posts lately.

I did read a really funny post from In the Garden on her new wormery. She took a different route than I. Read about it here. I think having your kids set up the wormery is the way to go!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Monday, June 30, 2008

My Clothesline Arrived

and here she is...see item 3000. I'll post a pic once my husband gets this baby into the ground.

Because my kids won't eat peanut butter and fruit sauce sandwiches...

Hey folks! I've been busy canning and drying some of the fruit we receive from the CSA. I'm not one to follow recipes so I have been making lots of "fruit sauce" instead of jam. I now have surrendered to the recipe; wish me luck! To further the challenge, I'm trying to master the use of Pomona's Universal Pectin because it doesn't require sugar. I prefer the taste of no sweetener in jams or if needed, honey. I buy the honey and the pectin from Azure Standard. I haven't broken down and called the hotline yet; give me a few more attempts as I'm stubborn. I would love to hear from anyone who as tried universal pectin.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Homegrown - The Movie

I'm looking forward to seeing this documentary.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

In the news...Designed to Sell

The Hanford Sentinel wrote up an article on our appearance on Designed to Sell.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Happy Anniversary Husband!



How to recycle those corn utensils...or not.

From today's LA Times

RESTAURANT JOURNAL
Dig into debate over 'green' utensils

More Los Angeles-area restaurants turn to eco-friendly to-go packaging, but not everyone's up on how to dispose of them.
June 18, 2008
Now that you feel environmentally conscientious for having used a corn fork -- those forks made with corn starch that lately are the darlings of the takeout world -- what will you do with it?Santa Monica passed an ordinance banning all non-recyclable plastic and polystyrene (Styrofoam) at food service establishments in February, and with daily fines topping $250, restaurants have been quick to comply."Our goal is to become zero waste . . . to go back to a 1950s approach of using less, like wrapping a sandwich in paper instead of plastic," explains Josephine Miller, an environmental analyst for the city of Santa Monica's Green Programs Division. "But first we've got to do what it takes to get the Styrofoam and non-recyclable plastic out of the ocean."Acceptable choices include recyclable aluminum and plastic, paper and those compostable vegetable products.But compostable isn't the same as biodegradable. Corn forks must be professionally composted at high temperatures, or they'll end up sharing landfill space with Styrofoam.Some chefs, including Daniel Snukal of , have always preferred paper products "because they just decompose." And they cost a fraction of their shiny new vegetable great-grandchildren.But others aren't as up on their composting lingo. At Bar Pintxo, manager Angel Stork says the restaurant recently switched from aluminum to corn to-go containers "because they were on the city's list, and they sounded better, so we thought they must be." Aluminum, almost 100% recyclable, is also on the list.The problem isn't the product, but the lack of public compost bins. "The city said we could sign up for a food waste program," says Sang Yoon, owner of Father's Office in Santa Monica. "But we don't use to-go containers. Our customers do."Santa Monica doesn't currently have public compost bins. Miller says the city plans to provide green compost bins for all single-family homes "very soon" (some private homes already have them). But getting compost bins to apartment buildings and office parks "is much more complex."At Andiamo in Silver Lake, which isn't affected by the ban but "tries to keep everything compostable," manager Casey Anderson offers to take customers' used corn products and "put them in our composter." So far, no one has brought back their used cornware."You can always boil the stuff until it dissolves," Anderson says. But he calls back to say, "Forget that -- it'll only turn the fork into a twisted-up, weird science experiment."And distinguishing between recyclable plastic items and corn products isn't always easy. The website for Tender Greens in Culver City touts its "strong sense of environmental responsibility." But co-owner David Dressler says he doesn't alert customers that the box housing their tuna ni├žoise salad can't be recycled. "We're not the end user of the product, so it's not our responsibility."At Father's Office, Yoon is more direct. "We choose not to give people forks at all."--Jenn GarbeeSmall bites* Animal, the new restaurant from Carmelized Productions caterers (and former Food Network hosts) Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, has opened, with its daily changing menu of seasonal dishes including fried soft-shell crabs with pancetta vinaigrette and more than two dozen wines by the glass. 435 N. Fairfax Ave., (323) 782-9225.* SugarFish, sushi chef Kazunori Nozawa's latest restaurant, opens Monday with "Trust Me" (omakase gone casual) menus that include his blue crab rolls and white shrimp sushi. 4722 1/4 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, (310) 306-6300, www.sugarfishsushi.com.

Friday, June 20, 2008

More On Tomatoes

Another good article on contaminated tomatoes, this one from the Rodale Institute. Uh, don't wash your fruit and veg in contaminated water, no duh. But did you know the bacteria can become internalized when washed at a processing plant and that is why washing them doesn't clean them? Icko.

Frugal Friday - Cut Back on the Television

Hey there folks,
I've been making lots of changes and always looking for ways to challenge myself on being frugal and more self-supporting. Well, I pulled the family into this one... We cut back our cable. My husband works in the tv biz so this is a big deal in our house. We, I confess, had 3 cable boxes. I further confess that I did like to watch Judge Judy on the flip-down kitchen television while I cooked dinner. Well gone are those days, at least for now. We are now down to one box that is shared in operating the living room tv and the one in the master bedroom. Third confession, I just ADORE falling asleep to some Masterpiece Theatre! Step two of the cable cut-back is programing changes. Do we need HBO and Showtime? I know you're thinking, do we need cable at all? Well, we live in the foothills, and 1/2 mile from a mountain and the only way to get reception is by cable or satellite. So now you're thinking, do we need television? The answer is yes because I do need my husband, LOL!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Co-Op Delivery

Path To Freedom picks up from the same co-op drop as we do. They took some pics and posted about yesterday's delivery. You can see my backside. I'm wearing a pink top and a denim skirt and am holding on to my little guys. I do like ordering through a co-op as it allows me to buy 25-50 lb. bags of flower, pectin and granola in bulk and more. I think the best buy can be found in spices. You can easily buy 1lb. of a spice for the same price as one small jar that you would find in a grocery store. We order our goods from Azure Standard and we get our fruits and vegetables from Abundant Harvest Organics.

Are you organic-transitional?

Laundry & Children posted a very funny video.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Sustainable Living

There is a family nearby who has been living sustainably for years now. CNN just ran a segment on them. It's great to be able to see inside their live and see how they pull it off.

Click here to play video

I showed this to my husband and he said that he was discussing the way I run our home with one of his co-workers. It came up because she is a vegan, does she eat organic, does she belong to a CSA, etc. The co-worker wanted to know if I worked, yes part-time. Wow, how does she get all that done, etc. My answer is learn to love what you have to do. The family in the video knows no other way and must love what they do. I took on this attitude when I first married and had kids and realized that if this was what my day-to-day would be like I better learn to love it or else risk turning into one grumpy gal.

Today, we had homemade cinnamon-raisin bread for breakfast. We had something fabulous and homemade for lunch, oh, I remember. We had some great southwest chicken with a potato casserole. I made extra for later in the week and some goes in hubby's lunch tomorrow. Hubs took one of the boys to see the new Narnia movie and I canned some pickled beets while my little guy tried to nap. I started some homemade tomato-basil bread (what do I do with all these tomatoes - problem solved). For dinner we had cold teriyaki chicken, cucumber salad and cherry pie for dessert. I still have lunches to pack for preschool tomorrow, bread to pull out and a bit of counters to wipe. Oh, I just remembered I did tons of laundry too. Now this was fun for me today. I took a break for tea, called my folks, talked to my dad about what to do with all the green beans I had. It was a good day. It's only 6:30 now and I am off duty soon. I gave one kid a bath already, forgot about that. If I didn't like all that I needed to do in a day, I would be in a real pickle! I'm sure I can complain another day but now I have a cute 5 year old who wants to cuddle!

ps I don't like to organize clutter. Ick. I need to learn who to love that next.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Happy Father's Day!



DAD



GRANDPA



UMPA












It's My Birthday!!!

WooHoo!! It's my birthday, well yesterday! I'm 38 which has been really great so far. 37 felt a bit stale, hmm. 38 seems like a fresh year.




I'm kinda excited about having received some birthday money. I'm leaning toward buying an electric food processor. I only have a manual food processor. It's great but, you know, it is 2008.




Now my husband and the boys gave me the most amazing gifts.





This was gifty number one from the guys, a garden kneeler. My son A says this will help me "to get close to the thing I'm gardening." He's so right. In addition it will cut down on the comments from people driving by the house such as "Nice butt." I obviously need the kneeling pad, okay. I can admit that.









Now ladies, I bet you're as surprised as I was when I found out that there are garden fashion accessories for the lady gardener. The men folk also gave me this garden tote. It has a zipper compartment in the middle, two open compartments on either side of that and these exterior pockets. Now to make this gift even sweeter, well the one they gave me was PINK! You know this means that hubby won't fill it with plumbing tools! I'm so stoked!! I'm going to call this my gardening purse!





This is called a hori hori. This ladies is a knife for you!!!! Whoa! I never knew I wanted a knife until I received this one! This has a million uses in the garden. It digs holes for bulbs, it cuts away stubborn weeds, it's uses just go on! I admit this was my favorite gift.

Of course there was a celebration, I'm not just into the gifts, really but that was where the pictures came in so I started there to keep you reading. Okay, my oldest son wanted me to have a Power Ranger party and I wanted a garden tea party. Since we couldn't agree we simply winged it. My hubby got off work early and we went to eat at a restaurant. This is a rare occurrence in our home. We went out for Mexican and I even drank a margarita! I made it through the whole thing; I was celebrating! Then we came home for cherry pie. I'm not a cake girl, never have been; I adore fruit pie. Anyway that was my birthday. It was great and I'm thoroughly recharged and ready to tackle my chores this Saturday.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Frugal Friday - Life as Mom: June CVS Primer

Life as Mom put together a nice little primer for CVS shopping in June. Even if you don't give it a try yourself, this is a great description of how it all works.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

How Good Tomatoes Go Bad

Homegrown Evolution has a nice and simple article on how cooties get into our tomatoes. Boy am I glad I'm growing lots of tomatoes this year. I have 12 plants. My neighbor thought I was crazy for planting so many! Hah! Anyway, here is the link to the article.

Homegrown Evolution: Dookie in the Tomatoes

Weeds-day New Comoposting Tools


I have new composing tools, cool! I have a compost turner. Yes I do move my pile and that is the best way to go but sometimes it just needs a quick turn not a big turn, you know. I also have a pink tote to store my completed compost. Pink is so pretty in the garden and besides, my husband won't take my pink bucket now will he. I know I won't see this bucket being used to wash cars. It's mine, mine, MINE1

Friday, June 6, 2008

Frugal Friday - Ebates

Edit: Egads! I just realised that this post was drafed a wee bit ago and the info might not be totally up to date. Oops. The shoes.com deal, etc. might not be going on anymore so be warned. I can say that the experience with KB Toys was bitter sweet. The free delivery was a bit of a pain as they required a signature; this wasn't cool since they didn't warn me about this and in fact KB said they didn't intend to do this. My husband had to go to the post office to pick up the packages by the way. Anyway, KB was so nice when I called trying to sort out the snafu that they gave me a $10 gift certificate!! So the prices were great, free shipping, getting a rebate and scored a gift certificate. Woohoo! Always call if there is a problem you never know, you might get a gift certificate.

I heard about http://www.ebates.com/ at a few other blogs. It is similar to other sites in that you earn rebates for your purchases. The main difference is that this one actually pays you and the deals are pretty good. I did purchase our Entertainment book through the ebates link. It was on sale and I received the rebate. I think I received a check for about $15. It isn't a fortune but it was better than if I purchased directly from the Entertainment website. I saved again recently. I found out about a KB Toy sale from the ebates website. I got great deals on my son's birthday presents, and received free shipping. The rebate was only $2 but overall, I did save quite a bit on his birthday gifts. I used to use UPromise.com to find out about online sales but the rebates were so small. Yes the rebates go into a college fund, I know but they were soooo small it just didn't seem to be worth it. Click on this referral link if you decide to try ebates and I'll get a referral bonus - http://www.ebates.com/referral/0508bonusosu.htm?referrerid=%2FerZ%2FSx32KkJmNKlCXxdyw%3D%3D Right now there is an offer for 8% cash back from shoes.com orders and 10% from Snapfish, not too shabby.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Weeds-day Fuschia


This fuschia was only planted a few weeks ago and it's going crazy with blooms, no shock for this plant. The parent to this fuschia is at my parents' home and I'm told it was my grandmother's prior to that. I planted it, like I said, only a few weeks ago. I have been pinching it back to encourage new growth and it is growing like a weed. I'm seeing new growth everywhere. I live in zone 9 and it turns out that if you're a fuschia this is where you want to be, better still my particular Sunset hardiness zone.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Celebrities and Such

Why is this little boy so happy?
Oh, that is Husband sitting next to him with one eye on him at all times.
Well, could that be Elmo and Mrs. Mister (Joanne) Rogers at the Fred Rogers Scholarship Awards?


Yo Gabba Gabba! creators.



DJ Lance!!!!



Aunt Mimi chatting up Mrs. Mister Rogers.




Hello! It's me, the boys and Mr. McFeely. Sppedy Delivery!
We attended this super fun scholarship ceremony. It was a blast! Not only did we meet all these great celebs from childrens television but they served ICE CREAM afterwards! The kids were on cloud 9.




The $0.01 Cherry Pitter

All you need is a straw and an incredible hand model.


Score the bottom of the cherry with the straw.

Slide the straw over the stem then score and push.


Out goes the pit.

I came up with this solution for pitting cherries as we received a bunch of organic cherries in our CSA basket last Saturday. Okay, I don't let the kiddos eat cherries with pits. I just have nightmares of little boys jumping on top of the backs of dining chairs while they choke. I think they teach that in preschool, right. Anyway, normally I solve this problem by waiting for the kids to go to bed, taking the cherries to my bedroom and eating all of them myself while watching Masterpiece Theater or some other worthwhile program. Ahh, peace and quiet.

For some reason, I had my fill of the cherries and decided I would share "my" cherries with the boys, but had to pit them quickly (didn't want to spend all day on it like when I was shelling peas, arghh) and frugally (I wasn't going to buy a gadget). I confess the truth, I waited until my husband was out with one of the boys so I only had to share them with the other boy, but I did pit them first. Good mommy!

Organic Squash


A sampling of what was in our CSA basket last Saturday.

Take Time for Tomorrow - Tuesday


My new pressure canner arrived. I didn't buy the top of the line since I'm a beginner but I did select a monster Presto 23 quart model. To give you an idea of the size of this wonder of wonders, I've asked my 5 year old son and his Bionicle to sit next to it. Wowee! is that baby big (and so is that canner, hee hee)! So far I have successfully canned pickled beets and stonefruit jam. The first Saturday of June I will receive my order of 15 lbs of stonefruit. I'll make jam with that fruit in my new ginormous canner! Clear the kitchen!




Monday, June 2, 2008

Do you ever just...

throw a tea bag into a tea cup, throw it in the microwave, hit beverage, hit start, hear the beep, stop to tie on some bandana capes to your kids, retrieve your cup from the micro only to find that you never put the water in the cup? Do you ever just need a cup of tea that bad?

It's 5:24pm and I'm finally getting my 3:00pm tea. Ahhh.

Happy Birthday Baby!

Today is my baby's birthday. Watch the years go by...





















He's 4 years old today!!!!


Friday, May 30, 2008

Frugal Friday - Borax


I use Borax in several ways.
-50/50 borax and baking soda replaces dishwasher detergent.
-use the same mixture instead of Comet when cleaning the sink or as an abrasive when cleaning your pots and pans.
-I use a few scoops of the same to swish in the toilet. Straight borax works great too.
-I use borax in my homemade laundry detergent.
You should be able to find borax in the laundry section of your grocery store.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Sid the Science Kid Coming in September

There is a new children's' show coming to PBS it's Sid the Science Kid. The Henson Company and KCET Los Angeles are co-producing this show premiering in September.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Weeds-day

Yep, another theme. It just makes it soooo much easier. We schedule everything in our house it seems so why not the blog. Besides everyone else is doing it.


I'm trying to extend our garden beds and bought this Calibrachoa yesterday. It is generally used in baskets but I thought it might do well under one of our citrus trees; maybe it will spread out.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Designed to Sell - June 1st

I hear our episode will air on the 1st!

Here is the link:

http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/shows_hdts/episode/0,1806,HGTV_15857_56861,00.html

Take Time for Tomorrow on Tuesdays


I thought I would add another theme day and selected food storage. I'm hooked on food storage as a way to save money AND prepare for emergencies.
More to come...

Friday, May 23, 2008

Frugal Friday - Buy Honey in Bulk

Hello Readers,


We went to pick up our order from the co-op this week. We do this once a month. The co-op orders from Azure Standard. If you want more information just ask me about it.


Well, one of the items we ordered this week was a gallon of honey for $23.10. This is a great purchase for us since the generic "bear" honey from our local Vons retails for $4.13 and that is for 12 oz. only.


Why so much honey? Well, I make a honey wheat bread for the family and each loaf requires a half cup of honey. The boys eat this most mornings. I could make wheat bread sans honey but then I would end up with a bunch of whole wheat doorstops and nobody wants whole wheat doorstops. If you disagree just let me know and I'll be happy to make one for you.


I bet you want to know what a gallon of honey looks like (while being embraced by two darling boys). Well here it is:



Two Honeys and a gallon of honey

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Steven Curtis Chapman's daughter killed by car in driveway

Steven Curtis Chapman's daughter killed by car in driveway
By KATE HOWARD and LINDA ZETTLER • Staff Writers • May 21, 2008

Steven Curtis Chapman’s youngest child died Wednesday afternoon after being struck by a car driven by her teenage brother in the driveway of the family’s Williamson County home.Maria, one of the Christian singer’s six children, was taken by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt Hospital, which confirmed the death, according to Laura McPherson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The 5-year-old was hit by an SUV driven by her teenage brother, she said. Police did not give the driver’s name.The teen was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser down the driveway of the rural home at about 5:30 p.m. and several children were playing in the area, McPherson said. He did not see Maria in the driveway before the vehicle struck her, she said.“It appears to be a terrible accident,’’ McPherson said. No charges are expected, she said. The accident was witnessed by two other children; the entire family was home at the time, McPherson said.Singer/songwriter Chapman, who recently was inducted into Music City Walk of Fame, is one of contemporary Christian music’s most recognizable and most awarded names. He and his wife Mary Beth have long been supporters of international adoption, having brought three girls from China into their family. Maria was the youngest.The couple is so active in the cause that they formed an organization, Shaohannah’s Hope, to aid families wanting to adopt. With his latest music tour, which came through Nashville in November, Chapman started a campaign called “Change for Orphans”. He asked audience members at each stop to bring spare change to the concert, where it was counted and given to a local family to aid in their adoption process.“I don’t know of anybody who loves his children more than he does and is so committed to the adoption concept, and to lose one, no matter what the circumstances, is heartbreaking beyond all comprehension,” said John Styll, president of the Nashville-based Gospel Music Association.“He talks about his kids all the time. That’s his life. His kids are more important to him than music, that’s for sure.”The tragedy was announced during Wednesday-night services at Harpeth Hills Church of Christ, which the family attends. Maria had just graduated from the church preschool.And word spread throughout the tight-knit Christian music community on Wednesday evening.Styll got the news not long after Maria’s death.“I’m confident I can speak for everyone in the community to say we will do everything we can to support this family, as we would do at any time, but especially at a time like this,” he said.Most of the Chapman family was at Vanderbilt children’s hospital after the accident and could not be contacted. The long, gravel driveway leading to the home west of Franklin was blocked off by Williamson County sheriff’s deputies.

Best Friends



You can always count on your best friend.


If you're lucky, you have more than one.

Can your kid to that?


Look at my dear R. He's cleaning the counters after having scrubbed all the cabinets. What a great kid! I didn't bribe him or anything!

Raccoons

Sadly the swimming pool bit the dust. Two raccoons came for an early morning swim without wearing protective footware; they tore up the bottom of the boys' pool. Naughty raccoons. They'll have to find somewhere else to play, that is, unless they can turn the sprinklers on!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

On A Hot Sunday Afternoon...

the boys hop in the wading pool. Yes I know the pool is lop-sided. We shift the pool each weekend and we're all out of flat spots!




How To Wash A Car

Step One: Get a Buddy

Step Two: Gather your suppplies: bucket filled with soapy water,
shammy mitten, scrubber brush and combine.




Step Three: Wave


Step Four: Get to scrubbin'


And keep on scrubbin'


Dale Chihuly - Glass Artist

This is just beautiful.


Dale Chihuly's Glass GardenNora Quinlan, researcher, Alvin Sherman Library, NSUThe NSU Glass Garden by Dale Chihuly in the atrium of the Alvin Sherman Library on the Nova Southeastern University campus is a rare opportunity for the public to view and enjoy a beautiful one-of-a-kind glass sculpture for free. Watch as this permanent exhibit is installed and learn a bit about Chihuly's creative process.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Steven Curtis Chapman and R...

Thought it would be fun to post a pic of R from the Steven Curtsi Chapman website from a few years back when he visited Hong Kong. Click the below link. R is in the slideshow, the slide "Mother's Hope desires..." They meant to say Mother's Choice, R's orphanage home until the age of 14 months. R is wearing the striped overalls. We are in touch with the families of some of the other kiddos in the pic. It's really cool.


http://members.shaohannahshope.org/site/PageServer?pagename=abt_chapmanStory#a

Two Minute Potato and Carrot Salad

I'm always looking for recipes to use ingredients from my food storage. Since it's officially potato salad weather I'll post this recipe for two minute potato and carrot salad. I have no idea where I first saw it, perhaps a blog?

This all comes from your food storage. Hopefully you stocked up on canned sliced potatoes and canned sliced carrots when they were on sale for $0.50 per can.

Drain 1 can sliced potatoes and 1 can slice carrots and add to a bowl. Add mayonnaise, dijon mustard and pepper to taste and you're done. You now have a great $1.00 side dish to go with a quick lunch.

Frugal Friday - No More Paper Towels

For the most part we do not buy or use paper towels. Instead we use bar mops. These can easily be purchased for $1.00 each or less. I find that if they are called shop towels they are even less expensive than when sold as kitchen towels or even bar mops. I buy white towels and bleach them if necessary. Once they are too, well plain old ugly for the kitchen, I get out my laundry marker and write a "G" on the tag. Then the towels are off to the garage and live a new life as garage rags. I do buy paper towels when I find them on sale AND I have a coupon, well if they're free, plain and simple. Let's face it there are some clean up jobs that are too icky for even a bar mop. I suggest that if your husband or kids run into the kitchen screaming for a paper towel, give it to them; don't stop to ask questions. Who knows where that towel is needed!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Hey, when did they start doing that?

Okay, this has been all over the ladies-who-don't-lunch blogosphere....

"Well, I would like to share this with you. Yesterday I went to throw out an empty Reynolds foil box and for some reason I turned it and looked at the end of the box. And written on the end it said, "Press here to lock end". Right there on the end of the box is a tab to lock the roll in place. How long has this little locking tab been there? I then looked at a generic brand of aluminum foil and it had one, too. I then looked at a box of Saran wrap and it had one too! I can't count the number of times the Saran warp roll has jumped out when I was trying to cover something up."

I must have seen this on three blogs today. My goodness ladies! I want to say, come now, there is so little going on in your lives that you are so excited about wrap. Then I remembered the number of times that wrap just flew on the floor and there I was with something gooey to cover and my kids laughing and getting in the way as I try to straighten out the wrap which we all know is IMPOSSIBLE. Okay, I've locked all my rolls.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Food Storage - Sort of...

I suppose we store some of our food outside. We have a small garden. This weekend we harvested 3 heads of brocolli.


Composting and one of our 3 new fruit trees.

We grow our prennials in our flower beds. Here are some artichoke plants growing amongst gladiolas, boxwood, a mock orange, etc. We have strawberries growing in the bed in our front yard along our walkway along with chives, society garlic, rosemary, etc.

Previously we had more food in storage. Since I started receiving weekly produce from the CSA we have less storage and more fresh. It's a constant balance between budget and space. Our overall is to eat the best quality for the least amount of money.