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  1. Homesteading and gardening
    We are struggling with black thumb syndrome here. But in chatting with somebody, I realized the real issue is all the mature pines and spruce trees. It's a losing battle trying to change the soil...so she suggested trying a few things. 1 - we already know the rhubarb does well :) 2. plant...
  2. Health and beauty
    Bwahahahaha ... * thunder cracking off in the distance * I have decided to experiment with food combinations to create 100 calorie snack, meal or just something to satisfy that crazy hankering for SOMETHING. Would anyone else like to join me in the this mad experiment ? Bwahaha * rubs my hands...
  3. Kitchen Basics
    OMG to die for. the second recipe with the shrimp, pecans, prunes, and garlic
  4. Kitchen Basics
    i made the second recipe. i don't like fish so i used ground sirloin as the base, sauteed in garlic and olive oil. i served the black beans salsa and meat on a bed of herb lettuce mix. the salsa was made oranges and black beans, roasted red peppers, lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper and...
  5. Health and beauty
    Okay, read this on another site. We all know shampoo is basically just detergent that strips your hair of oils, which is ultimately bad for it. This site recommended rinsing your hair out with a simple solution of hot water and baking soda. (1 c. water to 1 T. soda) I have long hair, and it...
  6. Health and beauty
    While reading some frugal & simple living books, I took a look around my house and realized that I have way too many bottles full of harmful chemicals kicking around. What scared me the most, though, was the amount of chemicals that I had concentrated in a very small room in my house - the...
  7. Homesteading and gardening
    This is very unfrugal... I know. But I am hoping with this experiment, I can see if I can get more veggies from it. Therby... off setting the cost. But no bother, it's in the interest of science. I bought the Earthbox. It's suppose be sooo fantastic that you'll double your crop. I'm up for...
  8. Utilities
    ~I wanted to scientifically confirm how much it was costing us to run our dishwasher so last month I used it exclusively. Our bill went up $32. Wow! Since I run a load every day it must be about $.80-1 each time I run it on the Energy Saver, Air Dry cycle. At least now I KNOW that putting in 20...
  9. Frugal Living
    I decided I ONLY wanted to spend around $100~~give or take either way on THIS trip. I plan for $300 this month. I went into my store and I looked at the number of ISLES with anISLE having 2 sides of food. My store had 14 isles plus the dairy, produce, and meat sections. I took my $100 and...
  10. Frugal Living
    http://www.the39dollarexperiment.com/
  11. Kitchen Basics
    Most every recipe I change. I don't cook with salt at all (except for baking bread), so that is always changed. I also like to experiment with the amounts of the recipe as well.
  12. Baking Breads
    I have about 18lbs of whole wheat pastry flour that remains from my bulk order in September (of the 25lbs I ordered). I use it cookies and pancake mix. I had attempted to use it in the bread machine, but quickly learned that it doesn't work well with yeast. Yesterday I set out to find out why...
  13. Kitchen Basics
    I found a recipe (thanks to FrugalMel helping me search) online for HM pasta. the recipe calls for 2.25 c flour and 3 lg eggs pinch of salt. Now- my eggs were significantly smaller in size to a large so i used more. But otherwise i followed the how-to's exactly and dried the pasta over night...
  14. Bananas
    I had 3 bananas the girls didn't eat. They were turning, so I thought I needed to use them. I didn't really want to make banana bread. So, I found a cheap cake mix in the pantry, and made it per the label but added the bananas, some chopped pecans and leftover chocolate chips. It's almost gone...
  15. Homesteading and gardening
    DH told me there would be a story on TV last night that I'd like.  I tuned in to watch a couple, coincidently living about 50 kilometres from here, who decided to see if they could live off their land for six months. In Australia it's not at all common to see other people living a simple...
  16. General Chat
    I wear soft contacts and don't usually have problems with them. My eyes are changing (I'm in my 40's now, :( ) and now I have trouble reading when my contacts are in. Yesterday, my one contact must have irritated my eye and so today, I just left that one out and put the other one in my other...
  17. Homesteading and gardening
    Well, I thought I would save tons of money this year by starting seeds indoors and transplanting them. I don't know if I waited too long or planted too soon, but pretty much all of my seedlings have died. :( I still have my eight tomato plants, and I planted some seeds directly in the ground...
  18. Homesteading and gardening
    Well, I mentioned it briefly in some of my other posts, but I just thought I would share a little more info about my peppers. I have two kinds of sweet peppers and two kinds of hot peppers I am trying to grow from seed. Peppers are very finicky about their conditions for germination, and I had...
  19. Home Environment
    We'll I think I may be as creative a scientist as louie Pasture cuz I am pretty sure I have discovered pennicillan in the cheese Drawer!! Guess I 'll be adding this to my list today - Am I the only person who has to clean out the fridge 3 times a month !! (and I mean scrubbing and the whole...
  20. Debt Reduction & Money Management
    We are saving approximately 6 % of our electricity bill by switching over to those curly low watt light bulbs, that are flourescent bulbs. Possibly more because I'm working with the fact that we quadrupled or more, our airconditioning last summer, and I wasn't well enough to hang clothes...
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