Waste Not April 6, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christina M @ 11:20 am

Two quick ideas for using up often wasted foods:

1. Stale bread or bread heels… tear them up into a bowl, and sprinkle cheese on top. Drizzle water over it, and season to taste. (I like a tiny bit of a salty seasoning like french fry seasoning, and a handful of minced onion.) Optionally, add leftover meat from the fridge. Microwave for a minute and a half, and you have a quick stuffing-like lunch.

2. The shreds at the bottom of the shredded wheat… add them to bowl with a packet of instant oatmeal, and cook according to directions. If it’s frosted shredded wheat, it will sweeten unsweetened oatmeal nicely.


Growing Onions June 16, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christina M @ 9:22 am

I’m a big fan of gardening for increased self-sufficiency. One of my favorite things to grow is something that provides food without costing anything extra. Green onions are perfect. You buy green onions anyway, right? Next time you buy them, use only the green parts and then take the white bulb parts and bury it in your garden. In no time, they’ll be growing. Then, when you want green onion, instead of picking them, just cut leaves off.

Just make sure you don’t cut all the leaves off at once, because the green leaves are the plant’s source of energy. If you use them faster than they grow, buy more and plant their bulbs, too.


Permanent Marker on Computer Monitor December 18, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christina M @ 10:00 am

What do you do when you realize that a Monkeytot has written on your LCD (or other kind of) screen with permanent marker? You ask Artgal. And Artgal promptly tells you to use a dry erase marker to clean it. And it works.

One caution: use Heloise’s advice, and wipe into the mark, not out from. If you wipe across your mark, it will smudge the dry erase ink and need more cleaning.


Healthier Coffee November 19, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christina M @ 10:47 am

If you want a quick and easy way to less guilty coffee, consider switching from half and half to evaporated milk. It contains about the same number of calories, but is much lower in fat. You will be surprised at how creamy it is, and it is more nutritious. Plus, for those on a budget, it costs less than half as much.


Another use for old socks November 5, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christina M @ 10:02 am

I just can’t bring myself to throw away old socks. I’m sure that the moment the trash collector comes, the partner will turn up, even though I haven’t been able to wear the pair for two years because I’m not sure there is a partner.

Enter the pony tail holder. I keep running out of them. They break or get lost. And I do not wish to damage my hair with old fashioned rubber bands. If I cut the cuffs off my old socks, not only do I feel like I’m not wasting the sock, but I restock my pony tail holders for free, and with cute colors to boot. And they are much gentler than all rubber bands and many store-bought scrunchies.


Whiteboard Idea October 31, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christina M @ 11:29 am

I get these bees in my bonnet. When we’re lucky, they’re inexpensive or they pass. Today, it’s a moneysaving idea, and I’m looking forward to implementing it as soon as I get a chance to get out of the house. It’s a personal whiteboard for each kid old enough to read.

If you homeschool, you probably do whiteboards, too. Or if you have a big family, with kids who keep different schedules. Or if you’re looking for the perfect housekeeping “method” or chore chart. Today’s idea is simple. I go to Dollar Tree and buy some inexpensive frames that are hangable. If they don’t have hangable ones, I’ll buy a picture hanging kit there, too. We’re looking at maybe three bucks. I slip a thick piece of white paper or card stock into each one, and I hang them. Instapresto, white boards. They won’t stain like the ever popular tileboard (the stuff they make shower walls from) or those shiny cardboard signs. They can be washed, and it won’t ruin them. And they already come with a frame and ready to hang. One for each person, so I can write down chores when I think of them, or take phone notes, or whatever is needed. And they’ll be a whole lot more attractive than most commercial whiteboards that cost more. Dollar Tree usually has whiteboard markers, too.

Feel free to copy the idea or pass it on.