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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; 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;  or from; 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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making it yourself!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Since I order from 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! 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 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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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 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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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 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! 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! 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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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;;;; 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; 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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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; 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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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 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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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 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; 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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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,;; 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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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!


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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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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; 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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