• Recipes,  Thrift

    Tips For Healthy Cooking and Baking

    Believe it or not, I come to my own page regularly to look at my favorite recipes and tips. So this page is a way to keep track of some healthy tips I use regularly in the kitchen. I plan to keep updating it as I find more tips and hints I want to keep track of. We love eggs, too much in fact, we always run out, but we buy chia seeds in bulk: Egg Replacer = 1 Tbs ground chia or flax seeds plus 2-3 Tbs water Grocery store baking powder often has aluminum in it, something I want to avoid so I make my own: 1 tsp…

  • DIY,  Thrift

    Lemon, Lime and Onion Scrubbies

    I saw this somewhere on the internet and thought it was a great idea. As far as I know I can’t recycle those mesh bags that lemons, limes and onions come in. So I have been saving them to make dish scrubbies. I use about 4-6 bags to make one scrubby. First I cut off the paper part that holds one end together and then untie or remove the clip from the other end. Now I have a mesh tube. I line all the flattened tubes up so the ends match up (or as close as they can) and then tie the ends together in a knot. I save out…

  • Thrift

    “Canning” on the Go

    I have discovered the perfect To-Go container.  I can cook up some hot breakfast, dump it in a canning jar, screw the lid on tight and by the time I leave for work it is temporarily sealed by the vacuum created as it cools off. No more spills in my bicycle bag! I am also thinking this will work great for hot supper leftovers I want to take to work the next day for lunch.  Yay for the little things that make life easier!

  • DIY,  Gardening,  Thrift

    Free Range Potatoes

    The potato scraps we planted a couple months ago starting wilting and dying down, so it was time to check out what was hanging out below the surface. We were not surprised to find, potatoes! Steve holding up a successful potato harvest! See how the potatoes grow further up the plant as it is buried? Using a pitchfork for harvest might work better, but all we had was a shovel. We also raised some in bags, which are easy to harvest. Just dump them out. We decided to eat the ones we had accidentally cut into with the shovel this morning for breakfast, paired with some local farm fresh eggs. Cutting…

  • DIY,  Gardening,  Thrift

    Seasonal Smoothies

    We live in New England where air conditioning is becoming more common, but we don’t have any. Luckily we do have a blender and plenty of ice cube trays. Combine that with fresh fruit, organic yogurt, honey and ice tea and relief is a button away from giving you a brain freeze. We stopped to pick up our cheese CSA this morning (best money I have EVER spent) and while we were at the farm we picked a couple pints of blueberries. We had smoothies on the brain, and nothing is quite as good as fresh berries in a smoothie. Easy Pleasey Berry Smoothie1 pint blueberries1 cup organic yogurt1 tray…

  • DIY,  Thrift

    T-shirt Tote

    I’ve been planning to convert some free XL t-shirts to tote bags. I finally had time to do it. This takes 5 minutes. 1. Sew the bottom of the t-shirt shut so that the sleeve holes line up one on top of the other (like the shirt is flattened sideways). 2. If it is a long sleeve t-shirt, tie or sew the cuff ends together and do not cut the sleeves off. For a short sleeve t-shirt, cut off both sleeves inside of the seam. Make these holes as big as you need to. 3. Cut out the neck of the t-shirt in a V-shape for the front and back.…

  • DIY,  Thrift

    Goodbye Teddy

    You can see it is squeezed into a rectangle now. After making the curtains out of table linens, I was on a roll. I pulled out some more of my remnant cloth from the thrift store and decided to hide the bears. The pillow teddies. It was very kind of the people who gave us the couch to also give us the feather pillows, but the teddies are not to my liking. Practically free thrift store remnant to the rescue. This is a great project if you have even rudimentary sewing skills, a pillow that needs a new look and some fabric to use. It is simple and fast to make a basic…

  • DIY,  Thrift

    Table Linens Can Be Curtains

    Yesterday at the Emerald House yard sale I bought a bunch of stuff for a grand total of $2. Among the treasures were some old table linens. Four napkins and matching placemats. They weren’t bad to look at, but I hardly ever use napkins and placemats and I liked the pattern for curtains. I highly recommend old linens, table or bed, for making curtains. The edges are generally already finished and the material is easy to work with. You can pick them up for a song at the thrift store, much cheaper than actual curtains (unless you find those at the thrift store) and also in most cases less expensive…

  • DIY,  Thrift

    Forget About These Three Root Vegetables

    Here are three root vegetables that are super easy to grow…from your kitchen scraps. That’s an investment of zero dollars to get this project started. Literally you can plant them and forget about them, but with a little care you can have a bumper crop of garlic or potatoes, maybe even onions. Remember that onion that was growing on my counter? Well, like most of my onion, garlic and potato scraps, I planted it in the yard and promptly forgot about it. Several months later, after a very long, cold, wet spring, I dug this up: Four new onions from my one original “ruined” growing onion. Seven onions grown from…

  • DIY,  Thrift

    Dishwasher Detergent Redux

    So after using the home-made powdered dishwasher detergent, I can say I like it and it works. Unfortunately I live on cape cod and the humidity that is spring and summer is rearing its ugly head. I have clumpy dishwasher detergent. So it is time to try something new, liquid dishwasher detergent. I found this simple recipe over at Choosing Simplicity. Staying true to form, I mostly followed the recipe. Modified Liquid Dish Detergent 8 cups boiling water1.5 cup washing soda (not baking soda)1 cup borax1/4 cup citric acid1/2 cup Dr Bronner’s peppermint soap8 cups cold waterBoil the 8 cups water, dissolve everything into it. Let it cool a bit, add…