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Blog: Live like a Queen on less!

live like a queen, choosing wisely.


Spring is here!
Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Going out a little each day if the weather is nice at all; and doing a bit of yard cleaning up makes it so much easier; I've had violets and helebores in bloom already; roses were pruned and they have new growth showing me that though snow covered everything recently spring is coming!

 Daffodills and tulips are sprouting up slowly but they are gradually getting larger; so are the calla lilies'; in fact, if we don't get rain shortly I will be back there watering them!

Most of my pots were cleaned up; and the plants groomed; most all of them are sprouting new growth! Painting pots with yellow and tangerine/pumpkin spray made winter months so incredibly cheerful! wonderful to see when overcast or raining out! (have one out my front window where I can see it!  My neighbor enjoys my yard so much she takes pictures of the pots even when covered with snow!

Doing a little daily if possible; or a little in the AM; then going back out instead of overdoing it all at one time, just makes it look so much tidier when I go out; still have leaves left to rake though not to many; but it is getting to look so good for me to go out and enjoy a cup of coffee at the patio table even though  I have to be well bundled up!

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eat healthy for less!
Saturday, February 26, 2011

Tons of recipes are available on line for make it yourself mixes; everything from cake mixes; to cookie mixes; to bean soup recipes;  pudding mixes; and wow! can u really save a bundle by doing this!

Buy seasonings by the Tablespoon or whatever small amount to be used quickly from bulk rather than in containers; 

There is so much chemically treated salt being used in processed foods now, you are far ahead to make your own everything folks;  you can get healthy organic salt cheaply; search out places like my health food store had 1 lb of grey celtic salt for less than $5.00;

I also get himalayan sea salt inexpensively from a store 20 miles away; grind my own; also get organic peppers and grind my own;  never liked pepper much til I started grinding my own peppercorns! 

I was unaware of various types of rice til I started searching them out for healthier foods to try; now I love jasmine, and various others I can get thru searching various stores, on line, etc; for less expensively sadly than I can locate locally; did get a 25 lb bag of basmatic rice organic at the store 20 miles away;  love eating it with salsa on top; and with using spagetti sauces, make it yourself chicken stock; beef stock etc;

With you making your own, YOU have the control over what is going into the mixes; do check out www.vitacost.com; which only charges $4.99 s&h irregardless of how much you order!

Recently discovered a type of bean that is so outstandingly superb in taste irregardless of how it is cooked that I am going to buy 25 lbs of it; keeps best refrigeratored or frozen; so I plan on filling my freezer with them!  these are called anasazi beans;  I order from www.bobsredmill.com;  or from www.amazon.com; with subscribe and save; but they have yet to offer the 25 lbs from him that I like;

His products are always and ever superb; hard to locate many of them in my area; and I love his whole wheat farina which is available only from his site!

Do google "dehydrated foods"; go to library and get information; is simple and easy to do; then you have your own herbs; and it's very rewarding to have your own dried veggies grown yourself handy to have to eat!  very simple to do; including mints for teas!

I have recently started using Bob's red mill milk powder; which is not instant milk at all; and learned that putting the water 1st the blender; then mixing for quite a bit; and putting into a ceramic pitcher is outstandingly good for a creamer for coffee and far healthier for me; and have even enjoyed being able to enjoy the taste of milk again!

Recently got a book on cheese making; and you can google this as well; very rewarding and easy and simple to do!  and far healthier for you as well!

Using healthier sugar is incredibly rewarding as well;  I have tried several various kinds; and the change in taste is incredible!

I actually have 2 food dehydrators that I have used this past summer; and would love to find a way to do it in the sun on screens;  someone told me that a friend of hers had done this with grapes she made into raisons and they were absolutely the best she had ever tasted in her life!  Hope to find some "free" this summer to try this with!

Eating healthier doesn't have to be expensive;  lots of research is available out there and just like finding what stores carry the best prices on what is what needs to be done;  working with others can be fun and rewarding as well! sharing ideas is like suddenly realizing wow! if I had only had a brain I would have thought of this a long time ago!

Taking a thermos of coffee with you; a REAL cup instead of a paper one; and having your own home made banana bread with you makes you feel like a queen; far healthier; far cheaper; and satisfying to boot!

Here's to your health!

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Fantastic Teas for Great Price!
Saturday, January 15, 2011

Amazon has some great buys organically etc that are difficult to locate locally; since I enjoy drinking teas a lot especially in the winter months; but also enjoy ice teas; I found that Davidson's on amazon are organic and just got a lb of it! for $12 or less! I subscribed to the subscribe and save; no shipping & handling fees this way; and got a whole lb of chamomile tea (loose) which is the very best I have ever had in my life! Normally I don't care for the "tea bags" so mix mint with it to make it better;

 This was the whole heads of dried chamomile heads; crush them together and it releases more of the "flavor"; I made a pot of it in my coffee pot and it was wonderful beyond words with a little honey in it!

I have also gotten whole hibiscus heads this way; oh, and it is delicious as well; and the Earl Grey I enjoyed greatly as well; in fact, I mixed a little of the English tea in with it because it was kind of "bland" by itself!

From the remarks on hibiscus it makes fantastic iced tea; so I am going to try that when it gets a little warmer! been so cold here don't even like the idea of anything iced! Oh, I am looking so forward to spring and summer!

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from the heart
Thursday, December 09, 2010

The best gifts are free. They are giving of your self to others; listening, caring; showing joy at the sight of others; letting them know that them being there is the greatest gift they can give to you, as they are a treasure and delight to your heart!  Kindness: once years ago I was going through an extremely difficult time in my life; emotionally, etc; and my heart hurt. I was able to keep a smile on my face, work, and as long as no one asked me about it, I was fine. But the moment anyone asked, tears would start to flow.

One day as I was going back to work from walking around on my lunch hour, a man opened the door for me and made a kind comment;  later in the evening I called my grandfather and told him; and said "it's like the world has a famine of kindness"; it's the first time since I can recall in years where someone has just shown kindness to me!" He was familiar with my pain and the difficult time I was going through.

Kindness: is free. And it should just bubble up and out of your being, and flow over all you see, meet, even to others as you walk down the street!  Let us flood the earth with kindness, and peace and goodwill  and joy to others, like the waters covered the earth in Noah's day!  A simple opening of the door and a pleasant comment: brought me to tears during a time when I was in such distress inside that no one would have ever known from the outside.

This AM I got up around 5AM; I peeked outside and saw a raccoon, who was drinking from the tub of water I put out for all God's creatures who might come by needing a drink of water. I was so happy to see them; doesn't have to be fancy; the "tubs" given away by hospitals work wonderfully well as feeders for birds; wash rocks well, then place inside to keep from "tipping" over. If large enough rocks so that birds can land on it and drink; they are delighted to have it to drink and bathe with!

Popcorn from air poppers; no butter or salt; feed birds, as well as any "bread" that does not have mold. They love getting it!  Hummingbirds do not all migrate south; the majority of them do,but some do stay year round! The $1 store sells feeders; simple 4 to 1 solution of sugar and water, boil for 2 minutes; then let cool. No need to add food coloring; keeps them in food all winter long!

Creating memories is what "life" is all about. Not so much as "money" items at all; especially at this time of the year. Living with my aunt when I was younger; she had 4 small children and was working; on her days off she would say "well I should do this and this and this and this"; but I am instead going to go to the river, and have a picnic with my children. For I will never be able to regain the time they are this age; and far to soon they will be grown and gone. That stuff can be put off til later; My focus is going to be on spending my time off with them!"

Loved her attitude, her way of seeing and doing and choosing; somehow she managed when they were sleeping to take care of the laundry, etc; but she never let the "shoulds" take control of her life; and never had to look back with regret saying "I wish I had done this instead";  she did indeed choose wisely, and I thank her for the lesson she taught me!

People are the priority; and choosing to treasure them and letting them know it, from the heart is such a gift; kindness shown to others; just a simple kind remark brought tears to me, back then. I treasure these memories the most; others say "don't you remember this or that about the person; I always respond: no, the acts of kindness are the ones I remember the most. That stand shining above all the others. Simple acts of kindnesses, simple words; that meant  so incredibly much to me.

Be kind, be kind, be kind! Words can be so helpful; and mean so incredibly much that they stand out like lighthouses in memories of dark times in the hearts of someone you never knew was in such hurt.  Words can hurt, or words can heal. Develope a habit of kindness; a kindness in tone, a kindness in attitude, a kindness in not letting your "mind" race ahead of you as you go thru life; but train it to focus on what is being said to you; and paying the gift of kindness to the person enough to hear what is being said; instead of rushing so much through life, with all the "shoulds".  Kindness is free; and from the heart. But it must be developed and worked on;

Things will never mean as much as people do. The "buy buy buy" at Christmas was manufactured by retailers; for the money. The memories will never be of "items" received; but of the gathering together of loved ones; the converstions, the games played with others; the special silly "turkey dance" that became a ritual for the children; that never made any sense at all; but just special memories for the children; who laughed with delight at the person who "created" it just for her children as a memory of holidays! (it was not me, someone I knew) she didn't have much money; but she gave her children the greatest gifts of silliness that anyone ever knew!

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making it yourself!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Since I order from www.amazon.com food items mainly that are not available in my area or I can get there cheaper than I can find here; especially with the $25 or more purchase and free shipping! (certain items) which is what I get!

 Have been watching JR Specialties which offers 7 vanilla beans for $7.95 with free S&H; far cheaper than I can get locally; reading all the reviews discovered many recipes for making it yourself vanilla extract! Incredibly simple and inexpensive and the reports said repeatedly that it was far superior than the boughten ones. So I took the plunge and am looking forward with joy to getting them anyday now!

www.hillbillyhousewife.com offers a lot of great recipe ideas including one to make your own sweetened condensed milk! Going to take another plunge and make this as well.

As soon as my mayonnaise is gone, I am going to make my own as well! on www.ehow.com I was reading many ways to make your own; they all say the same thing: incredible taste! and you will never go back to store bought again!

I NOW know to buy "spices" a Tablespoon or so from "bulk" rather than the prepackage stuff that is over priced, fills land up and sits til outdated in a shelf anyway! Also, may times the Mexican or Asian markets or places in groceries stores for these offer small amounts of spices far cheaper than those in the "regular" aisles that we have grown up buying from!

Love seeing reviews, and learning of new beans, rices, recipes that I had never encountered before in my life! that are healthier, and exciting to try out!

Change is indeed good! After reading reports over "rice" and basmatic and jasmine; I tried both and could not believe on what I had been missing out on! wonderful items! Now I do have to go about 15 miles to a nearby town to get them at the store there that offers many organic items: but it is well worth the trip to me! Last time I was there, I bought a 25 lb bag of brown basmatic organic rice; and put into glass jars; so much fun to use soups, or spagetti sauce, or just top with salsa which I love!  Absolutely adore the rice cooker I got at a thrift store for $4! However, I have discovered to check it when cooking the rice as many times I need to add more water to it; especially when using soups and spagetti sauce!

Jasmine rice though is a favorite as well; so incredibly delightful one wonders why the other "rice" is offered at all! (generic!) 

Today I am going to make chili beans; I have all the ingredients; and it just sounds really good as it is super cold here; and I hate canned chili! This way I can make a bunch; and then freeze so many nights ahead I only have to make cornbread and can have a delightfully delicious meal or lunch at little cost, and great to my health!

looking to see what other items I can easily make my own at far less expense!

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strangers in the night!
Sunday, November 21, 2010

While I was snuggled all safe and warm in my bed, reading an excellent book, I heard a little noise; going to the door and peeking out: I observed 4 fat and fluffy raccoons on my deck, eating cat food and drinking water!

I bought extra cat food, putting it in a "window box" planter, added a full size pan of water; and this AM they were there; eating again! So sweet to see them!

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sharing and caring
Saturday, November 13, 2010

My neighbor just turned 76; she is more disabled than I am; her daughter is coming to move her back east to live closer to them. We got boxes and have been slowly packing her items for her so it is easier on her children when they come. A friend put many of them in the smaller bedroom, and then we put many in her front room. The items she no longer wants, or needs, is packed on my deck currently, waiting for me to take to Salvation Army for her.

Today  she wanted me to throw good food away out of her fridge freezer; I said, no, I will take it home! and did so; she had lined up a man who was going to take her full freezer full of food; for some unknown reason, he said he didn't want to have it. So I was blessed to be able to fill my freezer full of food, and give quite a bit to another neighbor who welcomed it gladly! She then baked some bread pudding with some of the bread and shared it with all of us!

We also got quite a bit of beans, spices, etc; which are always welcome! Some of the bread was a kind I am not fond of, but it is going to be fed to the birds! Didn't get to much time today to watch them for a long time, but did enjoy seeing them feeding on the ground, and on the feeders; and took time to speak with, pet and feed my cat, Mr B. He had been acting skitterish again, but now seems to be calming back down.

What a wonderful surprise this turned out to be! Was cold outside today; and even my hands were like ice cubes from the frozen food; had to rearrange food, etc; to get the other in. It felt like Christmas to my neighbor and me!  It was really a delight as I had just about cleared my pantry and freezer out for others who were in need. Now I got treated! Joy joy joy!

Happy thanksgiving to all!

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simple solutions!
Monday, November 08, 2010

Today when the sun finally broke thru a short time, I went outside and filled my bird feeders; some of them, wet from the rain, had to be brought into the house, washed, dried, and then filled. I was using my car hood to set feed on as I filled various feeders; I had opened a bag of "regular: bird seed; a 20 lb bag; what I do is to mix the black sunflower seeds in with it as while it comes with some, not very many, and this way there is a very good mixture; I put in various other odds & ends as well;

Now, the "hood'" of my car of course has a slant to it, downwards; in the midst of filling, feeding, etc; the large bag slid off and some was on the ground. Thinking I would sweep it a little later, but wanting to run to the store quickly while it was still sunny; and not raing, I went to get cat food, as I had very little and needed to feed a hungry cat as well. (remember, I was "adopted" by a Siamese);

Upon returning about 15 to 20 birds flew away; they had been feeding on the spilled bird seed! And better yet, they were dry as it was under the carport awning! This way, the birds can eat, the birdseed stays dry, and all are happy campers!

A scarecrow moment for sure! " if I'd only had a brain, i  would have thought of this a long time ago!"

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Yikes! i've been adopted!
Thursday, October 28, 2010

I have lived in my current mobile for 17 months now; I noticed a beautiful pure Siamese cat sunning himself, here and there but learned he was a stray. Didn't belong to anyone here in the park. A woman who loved cats fed it and others or rather I did FOR her, as she is so disabled she is unable to do it easily herself.

At first, he was skitterish, and to frightened to eat whenever anyone was around; I would put the "food" down on the lawn, stand on the deck; and talk to him. He would grab a little food with his tongue, and jump about 2 feet back from it; I kept talking to him, and gradually he started answering me.

Deciding on a name, I called him Mr B, (for Mr Blue Eyes); but being so distinguished a cat, Mr B fit him to a T, so that is what he now responds to. Gradually, he would come to eat when I was near. Then I let him sniff my hand, and he let me pet him a "short" time. He used to "sleep" in my oriental poppies outside my bedroom window!

Now, I LOVE feeding and watering the birds; so they are plentiful around my place; and while I much prefer STATUE cats, which are in my yard, as art: with allergies etc I was not wanting to have a "cat" adopt me! However, he has; and I have found that he loves sleeping in the "cat bed" I have put on the back steps with the awning overhead; also have an old "rug" down on a chair on the deck, which he sometimes sleeps on.

The weather here has been wet, wild and COLD; giving him and the birds food yesterday, I attempted to bring him into the house for warmth, but he jumped right out of my arms and fled! Which is ok with me, as it is far better for him to be an outside cat than an inside one!

I have found that even when he "sleeps" in my flowers, yard, etc, he has yet to bother any of the birds (wow isn't THAT strange!); so as long as I keep him well fed, it appears that the two of us will do fine together!

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Good friends on rainy days!
Monday, October 25, 2010

I LOVE books! So glad our mom was a reader; I read to my daughter when carrying her, after she was born, and she also loved to read, and did the same with her 3 boys; and they all now love reading as well!

Love cookbooks as well; though have to admit my favoritest is the Farm Journal ones that I have picked up. I do pick others up, but then just jot down the recipes I really love, and freecycle them on to others! FAR better as my bookshelves can reach over flowing easily! Have a bunch of books picked up and ready to be read on days like today when it's cold, and raining buckets!

And my favorite: magazines! a  neighbor down the street gets tons of them; I take her birds and blooms ones and the stack them in the magazine rack to look at and enjoy during the dreary cold days of rain, snow, sleet, hail, etc. I DROOL over David Austin's FREE English rose book; so incredibly beautiful to see. Jot down plants that interest me, but don't really have much room for to very many more of them!

Not a TV watcher hardly at all; get internet and basic channels for $39 a month; do upgrade in winter to $10 more; gives me more channels if I DO decide to watch. And the LOVELY music channels! They did NOT tell me that I would get them; tried just for fun, and love the golden oldies! Listen to it all day long without interruptions or commercials; HEAVENLY!

During the summer, I am outside a lot and do read at times, but not near as much as during the winter months. LOVE to get a cup of tea, and just put my bathrobe on over my clothes to get warmer, and just read an excellent story teller!

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buy in bluk to have on hand
Friday, October 22, 2010

My grandson's LOVE getting cards and I had gotten them quite a few different ones from Leanin Tree; they have a huge variety with various animals, etc that are just outstandingly good quality, and they have matching envelopes.

I went to their website: www.leanintree.com to see if possible to buy cards at bulk rather than pay the individual price. Glad that I did! They have a clearance section: and I could get 20 cards for a fraction of the cost of buying them individually; and if I ordered $50 worth free S&H. SO: what I DID was: I ordered 2 of the 20 card packages; and a huge bunch of the outstandingly fun and wise flexible magnets that were marked down to only 50 cents each!

I still have quite a few of them; and everyone loves to get one. My sister even comes over to pick out some for her "friends" to give as a gift to!

Grandson's still love getting the cards, as well as magnets. So do my neighbors and everyone else. And I never have to worry about getting a "gift" as I have them on hand!

And it is FUN: to pick ones out for the various people; sometimes putting the $ out can seem like a lot: but in the LONG run, it can REALLY and TRULY save you a TON!

Be wise: and be smart!

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shop at smaller markets!
Thursday, October 21, 2010

On my way to my aunt's house today; taking her some oriental poppies from my garden, I stopped by a small market which is like a fruit and veggie stand; I got a BUNCH of fresh local carrots for only $2.00 for a very large bag; it included the "new colored" ones as well as the regular ones; I was able to get a bag of 10 bell peppers for $2.00 (they sell in stores here for 49 cents a piece; I also got a very large bag of about 8 to 10 yams for $3.00; shared some with my neighbor! And also a very large bag of organic spinach for only $1.00!!! Oh, and at least 8 if not 10 very large fresh limes for $2.00 as well!

 Many times you can find not only FRESHER but local produce such as apples, peaches, pears, figs, dates, and get FANTASTICALLY great buys on them as well! You DO have to know prices; for example, I can still go and pick my own tomatos which I may be doing tomorrow for only 29 cents a lb!!!! But don't neglect the SMALLER STORES for the great big ones!

An Ace Hardware store, locally, which is also a UPS pick up store, and the liquor store, is far friendlier and can give GREAT advice freely on how to repair things, as well  as being CHEAPER than Walmart! which is just down the ROAD from them!

When a Walmart store FIRST goes into an area, they run GREAT savings! However, they then start RAISING their prices, and raising them, and raising them: however PEOPLE still many times THINK that "oh they have fantastic prices" when in REALITY they could find and buy the SAME things ELSEWHERE for FAR CHEAPER than they can at Walmart. I KNOW this as I used to walk DAILY to one and back for exercise, pricing the items!

Not saying do NOT shop there for items you CAN get great deals on: and the PEOPLE are always fantastic! But WATCH your "mindset" and BE SMART! BE WISE! I actually stopped by there today thinking on making a purchase; however, I LEFT the STORE without buying anything at all. The item I had thought about purchasing was NOT less expensive there than I could get elsewhere; being in no hurry, I will continue to look til I find the BEST price for the item I am looking to buy!

And DO BUY on line if it will SAVE you $, and be far healthier for you than you can find locally! Especially when you can get FREE SHIPPING on the items! I normally do this with FOOD ITEMS like from www.amazon.com where I make SURE that they qualify for free shipping if over $25.00 purchase!

Also: local HEALTH FOOD STORES can carry FANTASTIC prices on items; like any other store, some are good prices and others are not! DO try some of the TEAS to be found there; the LEAF and FLOWER teas found there are NORMALLY NOT irradiated (you can ask!) and you can easily get a "ball" or wire mesh do hickey to put the TEA into; THIS is the BEST TEA that there is folks! What is in the TEA BAGS is what is LEFT after the BEST has been removed! Oh, and teas can be heavenly!

I go out to a local creamery in a nearby town to get FRESH REAL BUTTER; NOTHING in a store can even compare to the taste! not even the so called 'real butter"; If you do not have a local creamery in your area, DO see if you can get some RAW milk from a dairy farmer, to make your OWN real butter from! Contrary to what the MEDIA told us years ago: butter is FAR HEALTHIER for us than margarine! As a matter of fact, the "margarine" was actually used to fatten turkeys, and IT caused heart problems. So the MEDIA which works along with the Gov gave us the information that butter was bad. It was NOT! The margarine which they simply added yellow food coloring to, is what caused the heart problems.

But it is still making them billions of dollars a year if not trillions, and put many dairy farmers out of business, sadly. When "exploitation" which is the targeting and harming of us the people is the "way" democracy works: for THEIR personal profit and THEIR personal interest: we need to be WISE enough to CHECK that what is being SAID is true. Usually I have discovered that this is not true at all! Mislead and deceive and over bill is the way of the Gov of the USA. What a shame!

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this is hilarious!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

This is just to funny not to share! Spoke with one of my grandkids today; he is 18 years old and just out on his own and sharing a place with others. He sounded a little funny so I asked him if he had been sleeping. He said no, his head was hurting.

 He had cleaned (and he is excellent at cleaning and helping) the bathroom, and it has shower doors; he was cleaning the top of the doors, said it was real linty and a dead frog covered with lint came off and it startled him so much that he jumped, hitting his head on the metal on the doors.

He said he had a little cut, had put neosporin on it and a bandage; said it was out in the yard. I said well either no one had cleaned the top of the shower doors in a long time or someone had pulled a prank on him; he said no one had cleaned it in a long time grandma it was just covered with lint.

I was laughing at the visual of a dead frog coming off and it scaring him so much so that I was crying. He said it will be something to tell your grandkids huh! I said you ARE my grandkid!

He said oh, well, something to tell your GREAT grandkids then huh!

He had gone to see the new Harry Potter movie and said it was the best yet; so good in fact he would have liked to have seen it again a second time!

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learning new things
Sunday, October 17, 2010

Found a bunch of various "make it yourself" cheeses on line; sounds exciting; may have to try! wondering if anyone else has seen these and if they have tried them, and what was the best recipes to use! SO exciting to discover new things! and ways of doing things that I have never learned before or even THOUGHT of doing!

DID find that on www.amazon.com there are a LOT of products that are healthy that I am unable to find in the area that I live in. With the FREE S&H on orders over $25 (I am VERY careful to order things that ARE eligible for this) and put items that I would like to TRY on my wish list as I come across them! www.naturalnews.com has GREAT insight as to what IS good and what is just misleading and deceiving information which is what "democracy" is sadly. Wouldn't it be fantastic to live in a country that was FOR the health welfare and well being OF the PEOPLE: instead of us being the target to harm for their personal profit and gain!

Bob's Red Mill has a MILK POWDER which is DIFFERENT than powdered milk; it comes from cows that have NOT been fed with chemicals; and sounds very interesting. Have THIS on my wish list since everything I find is geared to HARM me physically as the greatest wealth seems to come from us being ill. I HAVE tried the "coconut" milk; one that WAS organic; but when I went back to get more, they were OUT of it! (grocery outlet store!) and even THESE you have to be KNOWLEDGEABLE about as they like to claim "organic" or "natural" and THIS IS OK by our "government".

BE SMART! What you DO NOT KNOW can INDEED harm you and yours greatly! and not one gov agency in a "democracy" is there FOR the HEALTH and WELFARE and WELL BEING of ANY of the PEOPLE folks! DO be WISE and SHOP around; many times you CAN find things at GREAT prices in odd and out of the way places!

www.motherearthnews.com is a FANTASTIC resource that teaches you all kinds of neat and wonderful things: that are HEALTHY for you! Along with all kinds of tips, and do it yourself that we have NEVER had access to in mindless void of mainstream media that is dedicated to keeping us ignorant of what is REALLY going on! they have do it yourself solar ovens, homes that are green, inexpensive, and make it yourself recipes that are tried and true.

I am just discovering all kinds of NEW and EXCITING things; including all kinds of FOODS and SPICES that I get by the Tablespoon now instead of buying high priced packaging! Was UNAWARE of the FANTASTIC variety of RICES available; LOVE the LUNDBERG ones that are eco grown in California but they are difficult to FIND in my area. DO try these folks: the JASMINE and others are FANTASTIC. So is the WILD RICE BLEND: which cooked in my rice cooker, DID take a little more liquid than it called for; but when it was done, crunchy and DELICIOUS! LOVE the things that are delicious AND nutricious!

Thank goodness we DO have a store that is about 15 miles away that DOES carry things that ARE nutricious and sometimes I can get GREAT savings there. DO stay AWAY from all the genetically modified seeds and foods that are DESIGNED to contain pesticides and chemicals as well as all kinds of horrid things! (they are NOT going to be marked) and if they were, they would mark them as NON GENETICALLY MODIFIED; cuz THIS is what THIS nation is all about, sadly. In France and other countries, they rip them up and are REFUSING to eat or have anything to do with them. THEY are FAR more knowledgeable than WE are folks!

Raw milk is GOOD for us; so is REAL butter and REAL cheese MADE from raw milk; this is WHY they took them AWAY from us; pretty sad, huh! Wouldn't it be GREAT to have a GOVERNMENT system that was FOR us, instead of AGAINST us? I thought that was what governing was all about! 

SO: better to have holes in apples and have to cut them out; than to have all the chemicals inside of us! and I am going to learn to make my own cheese with GOOD milk; I can do this easily after all I am only 30 (for the 2nd time!)

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Surround yourself with beauty
Friday, October 15, 2010

Surround your self with BEAUTY. Things that YOU love; being frugal does NOT mean miserable; Lena Liu is a wonderful artist I admired for years; I got one of her beautiful paintings under a bunch of grime; spotting it I KNEW what it was and who it was done by; short of $ then, returned a week later and got it for 1/2 price of $5.00; It has a treasured place in my home; and I DELIGHT in it's beauty!

I have CUPS that I LOVE to drink out of; I have plates I LOVE to eat off of; do they match? NO; neither do my bowls but I LOVE to eat out of them as well! I have 4 Royal Dalton plates of wild flowers, all different, got for $2 each; and I LOVE them; my silverware doesn't have to match either! I recently just got a glass sqare cake pan for $1.00!!! I have glass bread pans, and several glass skillets; as well as cast iron ones. THESE are HEALTHY for us to use; and yes it took TIME to find them but I DID! Steadily removing ALL aluminium even COOKING ware from my house; it causes so much medical problems folks it should not even be available for SALE in this country! And if we had a WORKING and FUNCITIONING Government we would NOT!

My curtains in my kitchen I just love so much; I got at yard sale for $4.00; I NEVER just "buy" to COVER them; I WAIT til I find something I LOVE! And at a price I am wiling to pay for them; I have glass jars of various sizes and shapes filled with things; and I LOVE them!

Find beautiful things that appeal to YOU; and then, surround yourself with BEAUTY; in your everyday life. You will then ENJOY life to the fullest and SAVOR the sheer joy of life and living!

Tangerine planters and yellow planters etc; ALL appeal to us as BEAUTY; and they LIFT our spirits up; THIS is the joy of having BEAUTY around you. THIS is I believe what seperates the women from the men. Even if one single rose bush; outside a mud hut, women DELIGHT in BEAUTY!

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Frost is coming! YIKES!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Watching the news today; it was 80 degrees today; and then lower tomorrow and then into the 60's and it is going to be near freezing tomorrow night. I am NOT READY to have it so cold; yet it IS October. Soon the days will be shorter and shorter and shorter.

 It is difficult time for me to deal with little sun; so I keep Birds and Blooms magazine that a friend gives to me; I have a magazine holder, and they stay there until winter time. David Austin's free rose catalogue is also there. How I  LOVE looking at the beautiful roses in the gloomy dreary days of winter.

I have 2 stacks of books actually that I have put aside for me to read; this is something that I do when winter is here and the weather not clear; I can curl up and read a GREAT book! And sip a cup of tea; with raw honey in it! mmmm, it doesn't sound quite so bad after all!

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Save $ on laundry soaps
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Laundry soap are so full of chemicals they can affect me from 3 feet away with an instant heada che; I used to make my own laundry soap using Fels Naptha or Zete; then the makers of THOSE products heaped the chemicals SO MUCH on THESE: that I could not even keep the laundry soap in my own HOUSE!

SO: what I LEARNED: was I bought Biokleen; I had HEARD reports of how excellent it was but had to TRY it for myself to BELIEVE it. NO CHEMICALS are used in it at all. The SAME AMOUNT you use for HOME MADE soap aprox 2 to 3 Tablespoons is ALL YOU USE of this marvelous product! THERE ARE NO FILLERS INVOLVED HERE FOLKS!

So, while yes, the INITIAL OUTPUT is $10 or $11, NO FILLERS mean LOTS of LAUNDRY as you are ONLY USING a VERY SMALL AMOUNT! I LOVED it, and am STILL WORKING on the FIRST box of it I got quite a LONG time ago! BTW, I DID buy another box when they had a great sale on it; so am probably good for at least another 8 months! WHEN I SEE it on SALE, at a GREAT savings, I WILL pick it up, knowing that I will indeed be using it later. However, if I had KNOWN that the original box would last THIS long, I probably wouldn't have picked it up when I did!

This actually saves you a GREAT deal of $; and not only THAT: it saves your lungs, and sinuses!

ALSO: while checking things on ebay the other day, I spotted some "soap nuts" which are supposed to be wonderful for doing laundry with! I have never tried myself, but the opening bid for these on auction was 99 cents! WORTH checking it out folks! Be sure you know what the going price is elsewhere so you do not overbid!

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dehydrate! dehydrate!
Monday, October 11, 2010

My friend Liz gave me a bunch of fresh basil; she had been drying a bunch herself; and she showed me how she had dried tomatoes, onions, both green and regular; also peppers; THE LIGHT WENT ON!

I got a dehydrator, and started with the basil; then I made banana chips; now I am looking forward to doing apple chips with the crabapples that fall in my yard! And my mints: I am going to dehydrate to make my own teas; chives, thyme, rosemary, etc; YES YES YES! If I had ONLY had a brain I would have KNOWN to have done this a VERY long time ago!

I LOVE the idea that I can make dried fruits and send them inexpensively to my grandkids; with total control over the quality of the products. All my soil in my planting bins are organic soil I got from my aunts compost pile of 20 years with no one ever using the EARTH!

WOW! things LOVE it and they just do so very well! I have a HUGE lavender plant that quadrupled in 1 year's time; I am going to prune it, and dry it; and then use it to make some really neat things; to give as Christmas gifts, and just because I love to give gifts to others!

Perhaps I will put some in my soap and shampoo bars I am going to start making; just as soon as the weather turns a little bit nastier. Right now I am LOVING the sun shine; and spending time outside even tho it's getting darker far earlier than I would like for it to!

I actually got TWO dehydrators each for less than $5; barely used. LOVE the idea of how many various things I can start drying. Wow, what wonderful possibilities!

Think tomorrow I am going to go out to the farms who sell produce and see what I can find; amazing that SQUASH dried tastes BETTER and far SUPERIOR to potato chips! Incredible!

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healthier rice is available
Friday, October 08, 2010

Going to Winco today to pick up a few items,  I checked out some items; the rice selection there is sadly lacking in showing what is definetly available at SOME stores, not all of them. This is why many times i order through Amazon folks. However I did not yet check out the Asian and India stores in my area yet. Now, back in the back of the store, near the bullk IF you know what you are looking for and where they are located, you can find basmati  rice which is extremely flavorful and makes your house smell outstandingly wonderful! This is a highly treasured rice folks: and if all you have ever tasted is regular white rice and regular brown rice you are in for delicious delights!

 One of my favoritest is Jasmine rice. Just outstandingly delicious. This is also one of my neighbors favorites. Now, I have a store located about 15 miles away that carries OODLES of organic and GOOD for you items; which is wherec I can go shop, and do so, with my neighbor who is now getting to know quite a LOT about the chemicals and other horrid things in the food chain, that is all geared to harm us for the greater good of their pocket books when we get ill. We have to OUTSMART them folks!

THIS is the reason everyone is talking about eating healthier; once you UNDERSTAND the connections between chemicals/pharmacuticals/and "politicians" and other elected officials: and that "exploitation" which is targeting and harming us the people for THEIR personal profit and gain (which is a crime) and the judicial system that has always and forever simply gone right along with this at great profit to their own pocketbooks: you also will start implimenting all you can as it is NOT nor has it EVER been the "will of the people" to be exploited in such manners

Trust me, rather go hungry than eat some of the gross vile and disgusting things that I have been eating most my life with the THOUGHT that there were agencies in place to prevent such atrocities from happening! THESE agencies folks work AGAINST the people and the population: NOT for us at all. And all of this was done with premeditated planned out right along with the media who knowing all along what the plan was, kept their discretion for if the lights of publicity had shown on what was going on for the past 40 years we never could have gotten away with it (David Rockefeller speech given back in 1991).

FIRST of all: HEALTH is and always SHOULD be the #1 priority of MOMS; so I encourage you to check out www.naturalnews.com; www.mercola.com; www.motherearthnews.com; www.pioneerliving.com; etc. Won't take very long to get to the understanding of what has happened at all.

Organic farming has been proven to yield 3 x's the amount of crops in any area at all;  other than chemical/the www.seedsofdeception.com; chemical company Monsanto: and all the manufactured and fabricated (which is what democracy literally means) stories that are presented by so called "doctors" scientists, experts etc: are just that. Big fat lies! Democracy literally means setting the truth to the side and presenting a DIFFERENT idea instead. (gotten from the diaries of the settlers back in the 1800's in the area I live in)

Fuel: the book, outlned a marvelously wonderful way of feeding even huge cities in a healthly, nutriciously and green, with recycled water, etc: method; it was rejected just like all the other marvelously wonderful methods and plans that have been coming up from the farmers of this nation for a century. There is NO REASON for the chemicals etc to be in the foods at all folks; other than that it makes certain folks wealthier; just like all the plastic and petroleum does, and the chemicals added in every area and arena of our homes. They also profit greatly when we get ill, and THIS is their biggest profit of all.

Anyway: check out Asian and India stores in your area; google and or go to Amazon and check out the various types of rice; and beans; and other products. Talk to your locals to see who has eggs, and pigs or cattle and see if you can't share crop or share farm with them. I also belong to a local harvest group who harvests fruits, etc, that folks prefer not to do themselves. We give 1/3 to  the owners (if they want them) 1/3 to people who harvested and in group, then try to sell at very reasonable price to others locally or simply give them to those interested in receiving them. We do not harvest chemically treated items: better wholes in apples, and/or worms, than chemicals in children!

Anyway: $4.99 for "wild rice blend" in bulk, none available in smaller packages; so  I really LIKE Lundberg rice, here in USA, and they eco farm and use as few as possible chemicals, etc. You can check out their site. On Amazon I scored 6 packages of wild rice blend for $15 something; these are 2 lbs packages; no, I haven't tried them but have always wanted to do so! Very aromatic, and one lady from Calif couldn't understand why the Jasmine rice in a package here didn't smell wonderful like they did in California!

I went to Ashland today with my neighbor, who wanted to go as I told her they had a great buy on chicken legs and thighs, smart chicken (organic) for only 89 cents a lb. I have not had chicken or other meat in a VERY long time due to what I found to be done to them, and what they are serving us in these. One woman I spoke to had been to see an agriculture farm; of cattle; lined up, unable to move, in excrement 2 to 3 feet high; they feed them hormones, and other chemicals, etc, to try to make them "fat" as they are so  unhealthy. NONE of these even NEEDED to be done folks. The FARMERS wanted to keep their farms, but they were taken away with laws, and by deliberately underselling them and any other way they could put them out of business, because "exploitation" is the way "democracy" works, sadly.

So: I got 4 packages of these; these normally run $2.49 a lb; it said previously frozen, but mine were still frozen; I am going to cook, make chicken stock, and shred the chicken; will put into zip locks; or containers, and use to make salads, tacos, etc, to make them go as far as I can.

While there, I enjoyed looking at the various rices: forbidden rice, which is black; I googled when I got home, and found out that it turns purple when cooked. A reader tip was a woman used 1/8th cup of this to her regular rice, and all the rice turned color and gave the other rice a superb flavor! (gotta LOVE reader tips!)  I saw a Burmese Red or something like that; a yellow rice; as well as small packages of basmati and white and brown jasmine rice; I have never had brown jasmine rice, just the white. Am looking forward to trying it one day!

Rice is NOT just "rice" folks!  a huge selection and variety is available to us; many extremely nutricious and delicious! I DO have a rice cooker (got at thrift for $4) works fantastically; I have put in "soup" as a base; and added liquid; DO check to see if need to add MORE water, as sometimes you do! Also have used spagetti sauces; including Alfredo; I have added fresh basil, onions, garlic, etc; simply INTO the rice and let it all cook together. One of my FAVORITEST things to do is to once done, ADD SALSA to the top of it. Heavenly !

 I LOVE salsa but do NOT like chips! My solution was to try salsa on my rice: and I LOVE it! I DO check around for various recipes, etc, for ideas: and found a great one for fried rice which I am going to try.

Also saw a box of something called "dirty rice" which I am going to google and find out what it is and perhaps try it!

Marci was thrilled beyond words with all the healthy products available in the store; she walked out with 5 full bags of food: for $100!!! And she said oh, my gosh! I thought that I had spent way to much $; I like this store SO much better than Winco! She said I stocked up on a lot of things but I  am just thrilled, I got HEALTHY things for me; and so MUCH of them! Doubt she is going to do much shopping elsewhere; and it's fantastic as we can split the cost of gas and go together, which somehow makes it far nicer and worth the drive there!

Start with a little, and gradually find alternatives that work well for you! Like I said: natural news exposes a lot of things that claim to be organic and are not! Just like I was saying: I bought a lb of organic Celtic salt for $4.65; yet I have SEEN tiny little jars perhaps an OUNCE for $7.99; folks: you have to SEARCH for the BEST prices just like anything else you buy!

Your health is the most important thing in your life: and your families. It takes LITTLE to find out ways to improve your life: here is to your well being!

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gifts from a gardener!
Wednesday, October 06, 2010

My friend Liz is an avid gardener; she and her husband have had huge gardens and still have them going. I found 2 of the Harry Potter books she has been wanting for her grandkids so took them by today for her. She gave me lots of regular and lemon basil. Told me to strip the leaves and dehydrate it, then crumble the leaves and put in a jar.

She showed me her dehydrated tomatoes, squash which was OUTSTANDING in flavor; FAR superior to any potato chip! green onions as well as a white onion. She then simply keeps them in jars and they look very interesting on her counter!

She also gave me an inside needle ivy, which I passed on to my neighbor, and an aster! I am heading out to get my dehydrator and using it on the basil. I have never even heard of lemon basil before! How exciting to get and try new things! I would NEVER have thought of dehydrating a squash: nor that it would literally taste superior to potato chips!

www.motherearthnews.com has lots of do it yourself items to make for far less money than you would think! Am going to check there for possible do it yourself screens to make where can just dry in the sun next summer! My sister told me she had been given some raisins made out of grapes from a friend who had simply dried them on screen in the sun and it was far superior than any she had ever tasted from a store!

I am telling you folks: you cannot go wrong with having gardeners in your life as friends!

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become a SNOOP
Wednesday, October 06, 2010

By this, I mean every time you are in a store, DO LOOK and SNOOP at the prices! Think of it THIS way: as you are walking you are LOSING calories, gaining tone, and best of all KNOWLEDGE!

Do NOT go there necessarily to BUY: and NEVER go there hungry! I carried cloth bags with me before they ever became "popular": always carried water bottle, and granola bars, or crackers and peanut butter, and reading material! No need to fret waiting in line, grab a few lines of your favorite book! Backed up traffic, no need to fret, good music, good books, good food! If you find yourself getting "restless" practice a little meditation! Get back into harmony; and begin to think of GOOD things;  jot down things you might forget if not noted.

DO carry something to write with; and jot in a journal or notebook when you get home. SHARE what you have learned with OTHERS as well! Looking at the "Mexican" food aisles, and the Asian items etc: is extremely rewarding. Many times great buys can be found there; as well as foods that grab your attention; note them down; google them when home, and find recipes that might have gone unheard of by you and not tasted as you had never heard of the items before!

I noticed that the Mexican aisles have very small packages available for herbs and spices at GREAT prices as opposed to the "AMERICAN" prepackaged HIGH prices. Enlightening huh! I found out that buying a Tablespoon or so at a TIME, from BULK was FAR cheaper than buying off the "shelf". Though I have not yet tried it, I am going to: make my own mayonnaise: I have read repeatedly that it is SO GOOD tasting that you will NEVER go back to store bought again!

Incredibly ENLIGHTENING again! Had never even THOUGHT of making my own: it had simply never even occured to me that THIS was something that I could easily DO! (snoop on line as well!) When my neighbor weed eating cut my phone line (the inside wiring), I  went to www.ehow.com; then went to the local hardware store as Walmart wanted far more than I wanted to pay for inside wiring. The man quickly cut it off a reel, and quite simply explained in very simple terms HOW I could DO IT myself! And I DID: for less than $3 I was ABLE to SAVE myself $150 in having someone else FIX it for me!

TRUST ME: I have NEVER conquored using an electric can opener folks: and if I can do something THIS complex: (to ME) or what I had THOUGHT was complex: ANY one any where any time can DO this and it was SIMPLE!

Shatter MINDSETS: when Walmart goes into a location: they have low prices on many things! then they actually INFLATE the prices, and they are oft times FAR HIGHER than you can find things ELSE where! Many stores that are HIGH in prices normally: can offer on certain items and at certain times things FAR CHEAPER than you can buy ELSE where!

Every store: has things that are higher, and things that are lower in price than others. You HAVE to take the TIME or have someone LOCALLY who can become a MISER ADVISOR: and even THIS person will be learning NEW things from others who have done THIS practice as well!

ALWAYS and EVER be willing to LEARN and to TRY new and different things! And DO pass information on to others that will benefit them as well!

Instead of snooping ON people: snoop FOR people: and enjoy the process along the way! And if you run into a store for an item needed: PLEASE take the time to just PEEK as you are there: for any pricing information that can be passed on to others!
 

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great breakfast!
Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Simply get some oat bran; to make it into a delicious cereal, make 2 cups boiling water; then slowly add the oat bran, stirring it. Lower heat, will be thick in just a moment;

 Organic oat bran: no need to pay more for "cereal"; simply use the oat bran! Quick, simple, easy, delicious and nutricious! feel free to add berries, banana's what have you to!

Since I stay away from milk, I simply put on a little REAL butter, from REAL cows, bought at a local creamery (NOTHING tastes as good as THIS); and add a little organic raw sugar to it.

Similar to cream of wheat but thicker, and not as thin. Great change of pace from oatmeal, which I still like!

Though I say "breakfast" I have enjoyed this for lunch, and for dinner!  Think tomorrow I will add some organic raisins to it!

To your HEALTH!

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Eating healthy on a budget!
Sunday, October 03, 2010

Stopped by the Walmart super store as was in a neighboring town that has one; every time for the past month or so that i have gone in, they have offered a great savings on grapes; on the shelf beneath the grapes they have the cost at $1.88 a lb; however on a "sign" stuck up sideways by them, they offer the green seedless one week at 50 cents a lb; then the red seedless for 50 cents a lb; just be VERY careful to READ which one is on sale! Fantastic savings!

Stopped by Target today, and found 8 o clock coffee 11 oz for $3.97; I picked up some hazelnut that I have not enjoyed for a very long time, and the aroma that floods my house is amazing!

Placed an order from www.amazon.com today: for the Lundberg wild rice gourmet blend rice, six 1 lb bags of rice, for $15.91 which is $2.65 a lb! and a 16 oz More than gourmet gold roasted chicken stock Glace de Poule; have never tried it before but it was recommended and due to the reviews and the ingredients I am looking forward to trying it. Very concentrated, use very little to a gallon of water (so i will be using far less than that!) to make the stock; it states that it keeps very well in the refrig; however, one lady said she freezes it by the tablespoonful on a cookie sheet; then puts into a container to use as needed! All organic ingredients, and no msg, very little sodium; sounds yummy! Both qualified (REQUIRED for ME!) for the FREE shipping over $25; the rice can be frozen, and keep nicely or vacuum sealed to preserve freshness; Since wild rice blends even in bulk here normally go for at least $7 a lb this is a fantastic buy for me! And the notes saying that this is far superior (the stock) than the hours spent cooking, canning, etc: did it for me to at least TRY it! LOVE that the woman put the note about freezing it by the Tablespoons on a cookie sheet to preserve it!

Lundberg is grown in Calif and is eco friendly and I LOVE their rices! Looking forward to trying their Christmas rice that is going to be available soon! Signed up to be notified when it is available! IF I cannot get the price I want locally, I do not mind at all ordering especially when I do not have to pay S&H!

Costco: went there with my sister; got 5 lbs of peeled and cut organic carrots for $4.95; gave some to my neighbor to enjoy as well; smells OUTSTANDINGLY like those that I get at the Farmers Market; NOTHING tastes as good as carrots from a garden or organic! got 3 lbs of bananas for $1.32; got a 10 lb bag of SWEET onions for $6.99 (shared with neighbor) but in the regular stores they are at least $1 a lb or more; got Tillamook 2 lbs of sliced REAL cheese made without the chemicals normally in milk for $4.99 (in stores they are around $4 for 1 lb!)

What I got there that was NOT food: Kirkland brand toilet paper; 420 sheets per roll; twin ply; 35 rolls; the sheets per roll is higher and in fact 2 1/2 times the amount usually found on any other toilet paper; THIS will last at least a year, so the $17.99 is well worth it!

Also got Allclear which is their BRAND of clariton; same ingredients; and I get 300 pills for $12.45; cheapest found elsewhere is 120 pills generic at Walmart for $18.99; quite a bit of savings here! and again, it will last me a year or just about so!

Picked up a book by Lee Child that I had not read yet nor been able to get from the library; out in paperback it was $5.50; and used IF you could find it, it would be at least $5 from a used book store! My sister will read it after me, and then on to others who enjoy so it was well worth it! Incredibly amazing that a book can be around for 100 years or more: and cost so very little once figured out how long it will last and how many times enjoyed indefinetly over generations!

Going to enjoy the coffee and read a good book! Does life get any better than this? Especially since it is supposed to rain tonight! (tho many times tea is just as loved and savored by me anyway!)

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walking!
Saturday, October 02, 2010

My neighbor Marci has joined me in a walk every morning that is normally an hour long, or just about that. Today, was her day to determine where we were walking. We came home 3 1/2 hours later! YIKES!

Tomorrow I am going to Costco to get some granola oat and honey bars; 96 of them for $12; I carry them WITH me so when i leave for a walk and get hungry, I can eat them! and they are GOOD! I have a stainless steel water bottle, that stayed at home today; FROM now on, it goes WITH me!

Good news: while I was away, my sister came by, and left me a couple of books she said were good reading, and a HUGE 25 lb bag of peanuts so I can feed the blue jays and other birds who love the peanuts!  I send them emails re the humerous and funny  antics of the birds, and pics of them, that Marci takes, and sends me over the internet; so they can enjoy them as well!  I had mentioned to her that I was having trouble finding peanuts that were unsalted to feed them and that $2 a lb was just TO HIGH! But she KNEW how much I love to feed them and so she brought me a bag by! My aunt brings me large bags of thistle seed so I can feed my finches for my birthday!

It has been near 90 here almost every day this week; pretty warm for October;  so we try and go walking early in the day. But we are still warm when we get back from it after an hour: and 3 1/2 hours later, we need another shower! But we are gearing up with boots etc to be able to continue to do this even after the weather is not so warm!  Got a wonderful journal today at Goodwill to put my writings in; and 3 cards for $1.00; TWO of them were beautiful with book marks that could be removed and used! FAR cheaper than getting one in a regular store! Also picked up 2 of the Harry Potter series a friend had asked me to keep an eye out for! and only $2 a piece! THIS is what life is about: asking OTHERS to help you on their journeys in their lives: for what YOU are looking for; my sister blessed me with a  bag of peanuts she found; I blessed a friend with 2 books SHE had been looking for; I blessed my neighbor with a wonderful card and a beautiful bookmark that she can use!

Cheers to all as we go on walkabouts and have adventures daily!

 

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the sheer JOY of it all!
Friday, October 01, 2010

The store that my bank is in, that is very close to me, normally is higher priced than others, but I STILL look to see what I might find that is a great buy! Found: marked down organic buffalo meat: that I am going to cut up for stew meat; and freeze (3 packages!); 2 packages of wild fresh caught fish; got a Tablespoon of cumin to use in chili I am going to cook shortly (FAR FRESHER to buy spices, and seasonings by the Tablespoon than in the higher priced packaging where it sits in your cupboard to be used! Heavenly smell!

Further on down in the store was a shelf with marked down items: including organic and fair trade teas: Earl Grey, one of my favoritest! and also Ceylon black! not only marked down but an additional 50 percent off the lowest marked price! YES!

I stocked up on these, and gave my neighbor a package of fish, and of buffalo meat and told her what I planned on doing with mine! (she's been having a hard time lately just recently last month started getting a steady income! And in return, she blessed me with some fresh figs, and 2 dinasour eggs; looks like an apple but is soft like a plum! I am looking forward with delight to TASTE one tonight! 

I went to the grange and they STILL had 20 lb bags of birdseed 3 for $9.99!!! normally it's $6.99 or more for the same item! and they had a HUGE bird seed feeder made for woodpeckers for only $6.99!!! I had looked at some previously that were not even a 4th of the size for $3.97! All kinds of nuts galore; at least 2 lbs of them I would think! AND: last but not least: they had a beautiful bird dripper on a rock base marked clearance from $36 to $8.74!!!!! Got one for both me AND one for my neighbor, who has joined me in gardening, and in feeding and watering and watching the birds!

I had been wanting a bird dripper for a VERY long time; EVERYTHING comes to he who waits: and for the PRICE that they are WILLING to pay for it! TWO beautiful drippers: with all the supplies needed; for LESS than 1/2 the cost of what ONE would normally run!

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use HEALTHY cookware!
Thursday, September 30, 2010

If you are fortunate enough to have the older cast iron cookware you are in fortunate shape! REASON: the IRON which is required by your body, cooks into the food, and then into you! Additional bonus: you can make cornbread and other items in your oven with it!

Going to the Good Will As Is store today: I picked up two glass pyrex pie pans; $1 each; joining my glass bread pans i picked up for 10 cents each at a garage sale. Glass is extremely safe to cook in or the older ones certainly are. No inkling what they might be adding to the newer ones.

The non stick teflon is horrid folks; flakes off into foods, kills birds instantly if left on without anything in it; toxic gas; 100 percent of nursing mothers years ago were found to have this substance in their milk; get rid of these if you have and they should not even be being sold in this country or any other, for that matter.

www.hsn.com Todd English and Joy Magnono I believe is the spelling; have a green technology that is amazing; little pricey for my book, but once bought, will have forever. At the As Is store today, was a wonderful Paul Revere ware skillet; the handle was in need of a little care, but this cookware is also good, or was. Can't say it is the same today.

Democracy "works" by targeting and harming us the people; for their personal profit and their personal gain; it is NOT and never HAS been a Gov system that was FOR the people at any time. It is NOT the will of the people either; for NO ONE wants to be exploited; or harmed in any way, shape or form. Exploitation: our Gov claims is the "way" democracy works. It is a crime. So do not expect ANY Gov agency in the USA to be doing anything in any manner to help the people of this nation or globally with THEIR stated plan of global dominion; which is "intellectual elites and bankers" running the world.

Democracy literally means setting the truth to the side and presenting a different idea. You will find with little research that it is the manufacturing and fabrication of THINGS or LIES or STORIES instead of the TRUTH. The AMA is done this way; the FDA works hand n hand with Monsanto, a chemical company who also owns a pharmacutical along with Dow & Rockefeller. So what we HEAR, SEE, and READ: is made up poppycock, given to us by a so called "expert"; It takes LITTLE TIME to research and find out the TRUTH.

www.care2.com is a great site; lots of information, lots of green living and healthy ideas; and petitions to sign. This is where I signed petitions re all  the chemicals in the milk being fed to our children. Sure enough, it apparently has a "shelf life" of twinkies; because after getting a gallon and keeping it 6 weeks past the "expiration" date: it had not soured, no rotten smell; poured it down the drain and now get raw milk from a local farmer.

The information being given out to us the people is manufactured and fabricated stories; when you connect the tremendous profit: being forced to buy from their Corps; and then pay again the same folks when we get ill to "cure" us: and being way overbilled for everything, perhaps one day we will know and understand that "democracy" has nothing at all to do with freedom; in the mean time, we must educate ourselves and others as much as possible; for our own health and that of our neighbors, and our communities, and then onto the states.
 

Now, undoubtedly you have seen "experts" and "so called" authorities telling you they have not got a clue how to cure Alzheimers or prevent it. This is quite simply not true at all. www.naturalnews.com; www.mercola.com; and googling it and researching it takes little time. WELL worth the time spent as ignorance is NOT bliss!

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savor the flavor!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I am currently boiling some eggs to have for breakfast;  went on a long walk this AM with my neighbor; and it's currently almost noon and I have yet to eat anything! DO BUY organic or range free eggs: I know personally folks who have chickens and get from them when I can; otherwise it's on to www.craigslist.org checking under farm and garden!

The FLAVOR is SO incredibly GOOD; it makes one wonder what is DONE to the "eggs" they sell in the stores! even the so called 'range free" eggs sold in the large stores don't hold ANY flavor at all to REAL eggs from REAL chickens from REAL farmers!

With some REAL butter made from REAL milk from REAL cows! Bought direct from a creamery because the FLAVOR from it is the difference between night and day as "real butter" supposedly bought in a box from the grocery store!

I normally pay $2 to $2.50 a dozen; sometimes $2 for 18 small eggs; from HONEST farmers! Now, I COULD pay up to $5 a dozen for the SAME thing but that would just be downright silly now wouldn't it? BE WISE! and DON"T say "I can't afford it" when in TRUTH: you just need to do some checking around like you do in stores to find the BEST prices!  Find a local farmer in your area who sells RAW milk; it is NUTRICIOUS, and DELICIOUS: and that is WHY it is no longer sold in "huge stores";

In a "democracy" where targeting and harming the people for THEIR personal profit and THEIR personal gain is the way it WORKS: (which is a crime, btw) there is NOT one single Gov agency doing the job it's supposed to be doing (especially the Judicial branch!) and there is NONE working for the health and welfare and well being of ANY of us! Monsanto's employees work hand in hand with the FDA: which I call Forever Deceiving Americans into believing that anyone anywhere is doing anything that is GOOD for the PEOPLE!

Monsanto and Dow: both have huge pharmacuticals attached with them; so they profit greatly when we are ill! Democracy literally means to set the truth to the side and manufacture and fabricate something ELSE instead! (going back to the diaries of the early settlers in the 1850's ) in Rogue Valley, Oregon! The AMA, and all the information given to us the PEOPLE is then just manufactured and fabricated lies: given as "true" when in TRUTH, it is a LIE!

 This goes for MARGARINE or BUTTER as it is labeled in the stores: given the information that BUTTER was bad for our HEARTS was a LIE; what IS bad for us is the product that they used to fatten turkeys with: it caused heart disease; so they put "yellow food coloring" in it, and "sold" us the "package" that butter was bad; margarine was GOOD!  Profits folks: everything is done for THEIR self interest; and that is their pocketbooks! YIKES!

Read about a wonderful store that is available in many locations called Wholefoodstores.com; you can check your zip code to see if any are near you! I do NOT have one remotely  close to me, SO I am going out and contacting others in the community as MOST of us are greatly concerned and rightly SO of the content of foods that we have grown up THINKING was good and safe for us. When they put chicken manure into hot dogs as it "made it so appealing" and THAT was given the OK from the FDA is when I FIRST got suspicious of what was going on!

Am going to do what I can to CORRECT the food chain in MY area: and my hat is off to you, if you participate in it where you live!

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using food savers
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Food savers can be gotten from thrift stores for very little; many times folks buy them, and do not even use them; then clean cupboards and donate them. Check them carefully to make sure as with anything how "worn" or not they are. Huge generic plastic rolls can be gotten cheaply off ebay. I have 2 of  them actually: one seals jars; vaccuum sealing removes all air out of the container it is in; and the items will last indefinitely as they do not age until exposed to air.

Buying food items in bulk, and then storing them is easy; popcorn tins emptied out make great containers; mark with a sharpie what it is; and a recipe if you are so inclined to do so. You are ahead to make a recipe box and put the recipes in it; ex organic buckwheat pancake mix; what needs to be added to it to complete the recipe.

Flour, yeast, macaroni, powdered eggs, milk, etc; can easily be broken down into smaller parts; along with herbs, teas, coffee, etc. This makes it extremely handy to have FRESH items readily available; and is fantastic to have to go hiking, camping, to give to others in need.

Be creative and start thinking outside the box: from what most of us do normally; simply go to the store, and get the items; the REASONING behind this is quite simple: we can get healthier for us foods and use THEM; and have a supply of food items handy just as our forefathers did!

I encourage ALL to check out different and healthier food choices available that we have had no inkling or knowledge that these items were even available; what they are; and how so many have included them in their cooking; not all the "rave" receipes were to my liking but I found many that contained new to me foods that are incredibly healthy and incredibly delicious! Glad that I checked some of them out!


 

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buy now and cook later!
Monday, September 27, 2010

Getting ripened bananas at a GREAT discount: but its 92 degrees today! SO, simply PUT IN THE FREEZER; yep, skins and all!  Nothing simpler folks; and then, when it is decidedly COOLER, when I want to heat the house up and make it smell delicious, all I do is put them on a plate, let them thaw, and peel them, smash them, and make SCRUMPTIOUS banana bread!

Loving to feed the birds: but bird seed is usually $6.99 for 20 lbs; my neighbor who gets the paper, brought over an ad: True Value has THREE 20 lbs of bird seed for $9.99!!!! It is at my GRANGE CO OP: where I usually buy my bird seed! So I got SIX BAGS of it! 3 for me, 3 for my neighbor who is now HOOKED on feeding and watering the birds as well! I got SIX stamps on my CARD: which when is FULL, I get another 20 to 25 lb of BIRD SEED FREE!

When you GET a GREAT BARGAIN: like once I was on my way somewhere and stopped off at the grocery store on the way, to get a cold drink. They were having a HUGE meat sale: look at the UNIT price: not the COST. Pork which had been running $2.99 a lb: they had 10 lb packages of it for only $1.10!!! a LB! SO: i got roasts, chops, and more: ended up 80 lbs of meat for $60.00;  some of the "cuts" were cheaper still!

MANY folks look at the TOTAL PRICE: without FIGURING IN what the UNIT cost is: and the WHOLE NET WEIGHT: and have not been CHECKING when going to STORES as to what the MEAT is running per LB!

I did not get to where I was going: I headed back home, and using FREEZER WRAP: or butcher paper it used to be called: wrapped each individually and I do NOT pay extra for "freezer" tape! I use Mainstay duct tape which is an excellent buy! Or whatever I have on hand; it ALL works FINE! Label what it IS with a BLACK SHARPIE which I KEEP inside the BOX of freezer paper.

I then have a FREEZER full of FINE food: that keeps so much better with NO freezer burn! than when I used "ziplocs"; however, I DO use ziplocks that I get at Costco; for when I make spagetti, rice, soups, etc: ALWAYS make enough to EAT several meals folks! and they LAY FLAT in the freezer; easy to pick up, thaw in hot water in sink, and eat up, with a loaf of sour dough bread, which I also keep in the freezer; and simply take out a slice or two of bread and toast it! with REAL BUTTER from the CREAMERY which is HEAVENLY, it makes a SUPER meal!

If you don't have a creamery in your area, see if you can't locate someone locally who has RAW MILK;  and make your OWN butter! Far healthier for you!
 

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Wonderful new sight today!
Sunday, September 26, 2010

I was out in my yard repotting some plants: and took a break on my back steps; I heard a ratatattat of a woodpecker but it always takes me a minute to figure out what the sound is.

   This time it sounded decidedly different so I sat still and watched; shortly a woodpecker came over the top of the fence and it went SIDEWAYS on my fence, up and down on the fence panels themselves getting itself ants I am sure and whatever other insects it could find! I have NEVER seen a woodpecker do THIS particular thing before! Of course I am only 30 (for the 2nd time!)

Just LOVE to see the "new" birds arriving and the various varieties of woodpeckers as they migrate on their way to more sunny weather! While 88 degrees today, it does remind me as the leaves keep falling into my birdbath that fall is indeed on it's way!

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grand pyrenees
Saturday, September 25, 2010

While at the grange today, waiting for the loader to put the 35 lb bag of peanuts for the blue jays and other birds who love them into my car, I was parked next to a 2 seated pickup truck; which had 3 HUGE dogs in it! Beautiful and big; I was talking to them, telling them how beautiful they were, and that their owner must be extremely skinny to be able to fit in their with the 3 of them!

Two were in the back seat, and one stretched out in the front seat; when the owner who was indeed a very small and skinny woman, came I told her oh, you are the luckiest person! and you are thin! I told them you MUST be in order to drive with the three of them in your vehicle!

She said they are very friendly and affectionate if you would like to pet them; so I got out of my car and walked over and talking to them, petting them. HUGE i am talking HUGE animals; I asked her what kind they were and she said Grand Pyrenees, livestock guardian dogs. And she was there of course buying supplies for the livestock!

What a WONDERFULLY GRAND adventure! If any of you gets an opportunity to ever meet one of these animals: please do so! Your  life will be enriched indeed!

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Eat fresh!
Saturday, September 25, 2010

Yesterday I got 18 small eggs for $2.00 from an FARMER; had some last night for dinner! WOW!

 Tastebuds dancing in my mouth from sheer delight at FLAVOR! Adding organic sea salt and NO it does NOT have to be "expensive" folks! CHECK your PRICES! I have seen "sea salt" that is CHEMICALLY TREATED and harmful to you! I have seen TINY spice type jars with "salt" for $8 to $9!!!! THIS IS NOT CORRECT!

I have gotten sea salt grinders with Himalayan pink salt which is EXCELLENT: and they are REFILLABLE, for about $6; and THESE are LARGE ONES! not gigantic but at least 5 times the SIZE of the "tiny" salt ones selling for $8.98!!!

I have gotten a LB of grey Celtic Sea Salt that was only $5??? if THAT! BECOME a MISER ADVISER in your area! DO go shopping to COMPARE PRICES everywhere! then LIST them perhaps on a SITE: such as "while I was out and about to day I SAW: chicken for 48 cents a lb; buy one get one free!" etc.

DO try "dill" dried dill: get a tiny amount and put in your JARS: small jars, small amounts; USE THESE instead of paying huge sums for packaging! SAME with "peppercorns"; if you NEED to order ON LINE, DO SO! or find a PLACE in your AREA where you can get a "group" going that is like minded and order together! such as azure standard, and vitacost, www.superorganics.com;  www.naturalnews.com; THESE sites folks have food information on them that PEOPLE are not even AWARE even EXIST! I know: I am ONE of THEM!

Am planning to buy some yum yum powder next month; to make my own fruit flavored drinks; and talk to farmers re growing ORCHARDS of this fantastic product!

DO grow your own HERBS: I live in a mobile home park: and I go out and SNIP off herbs to USE in my FOOD! Easy to do folks: incredibly EASY to DO!

OH, and on your onions: once you "cut" the ROOTS off, PLANT THEM AGAIN! and they will grow ANOTHER onion for you to ENJOY!

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plant now! enjoy 2nd harvest
Friday, September 24, 2010

Just planted some lettuce and onions today! looking forward to enjoying salads FRESH from the garden (living in a mobile home park,  I plant in fruit bins I got for $1; and painted green; used organic soil from aunts compost pile of 20 years! EVERYTHING loves to florish in them!

Cut my bamboo into 2 parts, and now have 2 bamboo's in matching pots! love the willowy effect of it!

Went to the $ store today with neighbor; then to the Good Will As is store; got 4 beautiful Starbucks coffee cups for 25 cents each; a THISTLE SOCK for my finches! looks NEW! and 2 tops costing 80 cents for both tops!

Stopping at yard sales on way home, picked up a beautifully painted drop bottle that I washed thoughtly and am going to use for olive oil; and an antique small lamp with elephants on it with an old time lamp shade both for $1.00!!! Picked up a good book for 5 cents; AND the BEST of the best: I got 25 stepping stones for garden paths for $5.00!!!! and they are HUGE nice super thick ones! YES! my garden loves LOVELY and I can now enjoy it even when the rains come!

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planning ahead
Thursday, September 23, 2010

Plan ahead NOW for the dark, gloomy days of winter, when the shortest days of the year are coming!  What I DID was simply get some SPRAY PAINT: pumpkin orange is my favoritest, looks EXACTLY like tangerine! (they were OUT of it at Walmart!) so I  got some FUSION YELLOW paint.

Took me HOURS (not really, but at LEAST 8 minutes to make up my mind: it would have been thru 2 cities, and to the very end of another to find pumpkin IF they had it in stock!) so I finally chose the YELLOW FUSION: for 2 reasons: FUSION PAINT actually BONDS to the plastic and becomes a permanent part of it! and YES it REALLY TRULY WORKS!

Makes some old planters that are marred scarred maybe even a little tear in it; look NEW! and actually I was quite surprized to find out that a can of paint goes a VERY long ways when it comes to pots to plant things in!  I am THINKING: on overcast, rainy, wet cold weather: I can look with DELIGHT and JOY out my window: and SEE bright cheery yellow and TANGERINE pots! even if the TREES in them are deciduous! YES YES YES!

Cheers to ALL!
 

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treasure looking!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I shop frequently at the Good Will As is store; the other day I found a beautiful colorful peasant skirt I could not pass by for 32 cents! clothing there is by the pound: $1.29 a lb;  brand new george foremans $3; if no drip tray, simply put on cookie sheet, or the edge of a plate under the grill.

Book was $1.00; shoes run $1 to $2; many are brand spanking new; beautiful quilt was had for $6; thick thirsty towels (BE selective!) $1.50; yard art $1 or less; beautiful oil paintings $2;

Do NOT be afraid to LOOK: once I found a Lena Liu, one of my favoritest artists, picture under a very dusty, dirty glass; it was $10.00; I quickly figured that few if any would take the time to KNOW what the painting consisted of and $10 was a little high for me then; returning at a later date, just a couple of weeks later, still there, now marked 1/2 price; so for $5 I got an exquistely beautiful painting that all it took was looking BENEATH the dirt and grime! (picture glass folks, washed off wonderfully with microfiber cloth!

Church sales are FANTASTIC: spotting black garbage bags on the sidewalk not gone thru, or put out, I quickly discovered a mine of equistely beautiful super expensive leather bags; for $1 each! Probably cost more than I pay for rent each!

Birkenstocks: first I found a pair brand new for $8; didn't like them as didn't know that they had to be worn each day a little to "break" in; finally learned that and loved them! however, when it came time to get some, they were $100!  My sister lives 6 miles from Woodburn Oregon; they have a "shoe emporium there; visiting her, 2 pairs of super nice sandal Birkenstocks far cuter than any in my area, $39 each or 2 pair for $60.00; we split the 2 pair; she got one and I got the other!

Prior to leaving from my visit, I returned and picked out 2 more pair; total THREE pair for LESS than I would pay for ONE here. And I had red, a thong type black pair, and another black pair. I will NEVER need another pair in my LIFE! and these are WAY cute!

Curtains: yard sales, thrift stores, church sales! Just got 2 beautiful new pair which fit my corner of dining room, have 2 windows each one set in front, one set to the left side: complete with lace and swags that I have not yet put up; not sure that I will; beautiful sculptured; $4 for the entire SET!

Do NOT be in a hurry to BUY: WAIT until you KNOW that it is PERFECT; and will be PERFECT in YOUR home. It ALWAYS comes TO you: if you WAIT! Rather live reading a book with a flashlight than to have to live with a mediocre lamp that is NOT a thing of beauty! THIS is what a QUEEN does folks! THIS is what FRUGAL LIVING is: not 'making' ends meet; but KNOWING how to LIVE, savoring excellent, superb cooking (your own!) where your tastebuds JUMP for JOY! using the BEST and healthiest foods available, even if you get them over the internet! And SURROUNDING yourself with the things YOU LOVE!

Gastronomical delights for the EYES: is a David Austin apricot rose; yes, I looked for YEARS before I got this one: as a GIFT! his rose catalogues are FREE, and fill the dark gloomy days of winter; with sheer delight and joy of just SEEING them! THIS is how I finally made my selection! previously however I got TWO of them marked way down, and buy one get one at end of season. They had been bareroot plants, and had foliage and blooms on them. Not supposed to get them then or that way. I not only DID; after soaking them well in water, I planted them, and cut down and off ALL foliage; wanting all the energy of the plants to go directly to the ROOTS. Sure enough, they lived, bloomed out again, and have provided me with hours and days of JOY!  (these are NOT fussy like hybred teas!)

Happy hunting! And what JOY you get from the treasures you find!

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cook once eat several times!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I am currently soaking beans overnight; I will be making them tomorrow; and I always make extra so that I can freeze easily in zip lock bags; this way I will always have "prepared" food on hand that can be thawed easily. Since you are going to be "making a mess" when you cook, always and ever cook MORE than you will eat so you will always have easy to cook meals; save $ and tastes SO much better than boughten!

  Do invest in a mister or spray bottle to put your OWN oil in for use in pans, and waffle irons! so much healthier for you and you will save a LOT of $! (I DO keep krusteaz on hand, as I only need to add water to it! love the buckwheat and the whole wheat and honey!) THIS way you can save your eggs and milk for other things!

 I buy my bread always at the Orowheat Thrift bread store; I get a senior discount, and stamps on a card; that once full, I get a free loaf of bread, or cakes etc.

Do buy your "spices" etc at the "bulk" section, a tablespoon or what ever you need, a little at a time, rather than paying far more for a packaged one, that will sit in your shelf for months!

 I always check out the Grocery Outlet store here for spices, and or/oils, etc; for baking; they also carry organic items at a fraction of the cost elsewhere! (not always but keep checking back!)

Do invest in an organic sea salt grinder; that is refillable; not only healthier for you, but the taste is incredibly outstanding; provides a ton of minerals missing from our diets! Also grind fresh peppercorns, again, can get a little from bulk section. You will LOVE it. I have never liked ground pepper but THIS is outstanding! Find peppermills at thrift stores!

Do grow herbs you LOVE in a pot if nothing else; nothing will EVER taste as good as some snipped fresh from your own garden!

Cheers!

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don't put cash in the trash!
Saturday, September 18, 2010

discover microfiber folks! created in Germany to be used for cleaning WITHOUT CHEMICALS!!! they have 200,000 dirt and bacteria grabbing dots per square inch; you can locate them many times in the auto sections of stores; and also on www.qvc.com; and www.hsn.com; on hsn they also have durafiber which is the next step up.

i have a microfiber mop I will have forever! made of tubular steel, with an extension on it, flat head, and the thick special mop head microfibers go on like velcro; when done, simply remove and wash! Fantastic to do walls with as well!

For your bathtub, just sprinkle baking soda like you would comet; you can get cattle grade baking soda at grange's; not meant for human consumption; split with friends; you can make a "paste" if you want, with that and/kosher salt, and use if need more "scrubbing"; this works fantastic as an oven cleaner as well, with NO CHEMICALS!

Using microfibers or CLOTH napkins, got mine at thrift store for 10 cents each! they will STILL be going when 700,000 paper towels would have been used! BE WISE!

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buy NOW at end of season!
Saturday, September 18, 2010

If you BUY out of SEASON, you can get FANTASTIC savings! I used to tell folks: I make THEM pay ME to take it off their hands! In summer, get the 25 cents for knit hat, scarf and mittens! keep WATCHING til they get to the price YOU want to pay!

At the dollar store here in town, keep checking around the end of Feb and first part of March; they get in a supply of $1 bird feeders: both "tube" type and hummingbird feeders; also they get in a great supply of various size and colored pots, including hanging. WATCH for them!

We actually have 2 dollar stores here in the town where I live; and they get different things; I KNOW where to watch for the pots and bird feeders; these make GREAT gifts as well folks;  and you can easily pick up ever bearing BARE ROOT strawberries, around the end of Feb, which can be easily planted in hanging pots and make great mothers day and Easter gifts; who does NOT love strawberries!

Summer clothing is now 75 percent off; and keep checking Fred Meyers will have 50 percent off or 70 percent off their LOWEST MARKED PRICES!  Bought $80 coats for my grandkids for $7 EACH this way in March! (winter coats)

A beautiful white down comforter that came in package from QVC, originally $80 in thrift shop; picked up for daughters birthday in hot summer when was 50 percent OFF the reduced price tag of $20! so I got a $150 down comforter for $10 in the HOT DOG DAYS of AUGUST!

Got planting pots at a store (Rite Aid) who had some for 50 percent off; then waited and sure enough they had an EXTRA 25 percent OFF the already REDUCED price of 50 percent off!  Was able to get some beautiful URN shaped planters this way; good sized ones for less than $4 each!  THIS is the TIME also to CHECK OUT the 75 percent off prices (at SOME stores!) and pick up  wind chimes, etc, for gifts: for $2 or so! DO have a "drawer" or a box JUST for present items; if you BUY throughout the YEAR you will NOT have to pay DEAR or feel any guilt at all when holidays roll around!

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treat yourself to waffles!
Friday, September 17, 2010

Get a mister and use your own cooking oil to spray things like waffle irons, pans, etc, instead of paying for the "canned" spray on. You will save a lot of $ and be healthier and wealthier!

    Waffles are an oft times over looked treat and delight! Waffle irons can be picked up like new for $2 or $3 at a thrift store! Place on a cookie sheet, prior to cooking and clean up if any over flow is incredibly easy!

Krusteaz brand comes complete with all ingredients inside: all you need to add is water! You can get whole wheat and honey, buckwheat, oat bran and apple, blueberry, as well as the buttermilk. Having a variety is awesome!

Knowing that buckwheat is considered to be an "aquired" taste, when my grandkids requested I make some for them as well as myself I did so with a few misgivings. However they loved them so much (we had for dinner!) that they requested I make an encore for their breakfast the very next day!

Waffles are GREAT for any time of day! and if you have extra dough, cook them up; easy to toast in toaster or microwave to have later in the day;

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share your plants!
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Now is the time of year we can easily divide plants; same as in the spring! either way, by joining a garden site such as yahoo groups local gardening group where you can post things you have to offer and ask for the things you would love to have some of!

   Gardeners are the NICEST folks! now, I never COULD grow "inside" plants very well; however, the OUTSIDE is a whole different story!  Just in from watering, I noticed I have another beautiful apricot colored David Austin English rose coming on; it is SO breathtakingly beautiful: EVERYONE on the PLANET should have one!  Roses do NOT have to be high maitenance at all; just the hybred teas are: the floribunda's and the English roses which are HUGE cabbage shaped ones: are incredibly EASY to maintain: and the REWARDS are fantastic!

   NOTHING tastes as GOOD as something from your own garden; unless it's gotten locally from out of someone ELSES garden! Snipping herbs to put into your own cooking is beyond flavor; you WONDER how the FLAVOR ever gets OUT of so much stuff in grocery stores!

   Well, off to divide oriental poppies, lavenders, and other things: then will travel to meet with folks who will love them as well! This REALLY helps EVERYONE so incredibly MUCH: you SAVE on $; you get things YOU want for your own garden for FREE; and joy is had by all!

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grilled foods taste incredible!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

If you are not in the habit of using a grill, similar to George Foreman, which I found mine like new at Goodwill, you are missing out! Not only do you save electricity and/or gas by using it, the most expensive restaurants in the world use them for one simple purpose: the FLAVOR.

  Incredible flavor that is almost unknown to us delights the mouth and tastebuds! If yours does not have a 'drip tray" simply put a plate down under the edge of the grill to catch the grease, or put it on a cookie sheet, which is what I also use when making waffles, in case of overflow.

Grilling both sides at the same time cuts down on cooking time; after cooking, season with fresh ground sea salt and fresh ground peppercorns, you can easily find these also at Goodwill stores. Become a miser advisor folks: look everywhere for the least expensive healthiest to eat items!

Right now I am using Himalayn pink sea salt; I also have Celtic gray I have tried, and like; the pink is a little "sweeter"; and am thinking of picking up some of the Hawaiian red sea salt. Your body will thank you in so many ways; as they contain trace minerals that regular salt does not have. If not available in your area, check out amazon.com; for free shipping over $25; many items not available locally can be found there.

Might also check to see if you have a local group in your area that does bulk ordering from health groups! Also, when using spices, herbs, etc, just grab what you need a Tablespoon or whatever in the bulk sections rather than buying the packaged high price stuff!

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health tips
Sunday, September 12, 2010

oganic salt contains minerals that the body needs; grinding your own salt and peppercorns not only makes you feel like a queen it is SO incredibly nutritious for you! won't need to buy all the supplements etc to replace the minerals that were taken out from regular salt.

  Easy to find old pepper grinders and same can be used for salt folks; at thrift stores; incredible taste! you will find your body actually craves the organic salt to begin with; once it realizes that it will now have a steady supply of it, it calms down; and you will discover that the majority of foods cooked in restarurants, and canned or boxed foods contain so much sodium that you will learn to make your own, which again, will save a great deal of $; and be incredibly delicious!

    Now: SOME of the "sea salt" is chemically treated as well; others have a huge price tag; avoid these folks; you can easily seek out nutritious and good for you foods at a fraction of cost; just like everything else: compare and buy; 

Get your 'spices" a teaspoon or so at a time from bulk, rather than buying containers of them that will sit to be used for a very long time, if ever!

NOTHING tastes as good as grinding your own salt, and your own pepper on foods folks. The cheapest foods taste incredibly delicious!
 

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life is fantastic!
Friday, September 10, 2010

I love to garden; feed and water the birds; and just delight in my yard; seeing all the various kinds of birds, and their antics!

  The chickadee has to be the clown of the bird world; extremely curious it will visit every feeder in the neighborhood; it will do somersaults; it likes to get 1 single sunflower seed at a time, then hop or fly from branch to branch til it finds just the RIGHT one; then it cracks open the seed, and savor it; then it flies back to the feeder, to select another one, and goes thru the same routine. NOTE: not always is the same branch the RIGHT one to eat it's new seed on!

This particular bird, KNOWS how to live like a queen, and be frugal. It chooses wisely, if to light etc it drops it on the ground to get a GOOD one; then it goes to a place that is perfect for it to enjoy and savor the delight it has chosen.

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