"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005
Showing posts with label tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tips. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Living the Simple Life Tips

Tip 1: Low Cost Recipe

German Cabbage on St. Patrick's Day!!!
Small head of cabbage cut into small pieces
2 tbsp butter
2 cups water
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup sugar(white or brown)

*melt the butter in a frying pan over medium to high heat, add the cabbage and salt lightly then brown for two minutes.
*add water, vinegar, and sugar then reduce heat and cook for 20 minutes.

Cabbage is a wonderful food for you and has tremendous health benefits. Go to this link and learn what cabbage can do for you.

Oh and this simple recipe is extremely low cost, especially in March when cabbage is on sale!

Tip 2: Home Remedy for sore throats

This has been passed down on my husband's side of the family for long awhile.
Canela is cinnamon in Spanish. We take cinnamon sticks boil them with water and drink it as a tea whenever one of us has a sore throat. We add a bit of honey to sweeten it, and it is so soothing.(the cinnamon may leave little pieces and if you wish you can strain it before you drink it, but in 21 years, I have never strained the tea.)

Tip 3: Food waste Challenge
This is a challenge: I challenge you to save your food waste in a bucket or container with a lid for one week. Be honest and then at the end of the week, see how much you waste. Clean your fridge first, because the final addition to your bucket will be the leftovers that have begun to grow.

Over and over again surveys have shown that the average American family waste nearly 1/4 to 1/2 of all food that they buy. So perhaps in times that shout conserve and save money, all you will need to do is buy(1/4 to 1/2)less.

* I will confess now to save you any stress that I am so good at not wasting that you will not share your discoveries. A few weeks ago, while I was sick, Bill and the boys bought some meat. They know that I like to sort, and freeze it in more meal friendly ways so they put it on the bottom of the fridge, still in its grocery bag(you know the white plastic things). I found the meat a few days ago, because I began to really feel good and I could breathe and smell again. FOOD WASTE-regardless of the situation it is still waste!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Crazy for Citrus!

Many of you know that I am on a wonderful new path in my life. What began as a road to saving money has actually turned into a complete and total awareness of everything I purchase. I bet until recently(last 3 years) I haven't read any label on any product that I brought into my home.

Now I read everything. And let me tell you, the manufacturers are not hiding what is in the product, because they count on us to not read the label. Just like cigarettes that actually warn you on the wrapper that this item has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory rats(probably not verbatim), so does every product that you bring into your home. Now I do not believe that companies try and harm us, I believe that they like most of us are driven by the dollar...it is all about money. Longer shelf life, better for the company...and on and on.

In this journey, I began experimenting with homemade shampoos, and soaps, and this and that. Boy am I impressed with how easy life is becoming the less junk that I bring into the home! We have cut out paper towels, paper napkins, and all cleaners except bleach. I use 3 main products to clean with: vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice. And they work everywhere! I save and cut up old socks, shirts, whatnot for the rags to clean with...and I must confess that our house looks spiffy!

Today I thought I would share a few simple tips that are wonderful and easy and low cost.

~First most of us have microwaves and boy can they get dirty fast! We have our microwave on top of the freezer so I see the inside top every time I open it, and yuck! Before I would use an over the counter cleaner and much elbow grease. Now I save old peels of lemons and oranges in a jar in the fridge in water(as in photo). When I need to clean the microwave I pour out my rinds and water(about 1 cup) into micro-safe bowl and heat for 3 minutes. When it stops I take a washcloth and gently wipe out everything. No scrubbing, nothing! And I have teens so my microwave often looks like a bomb exploded inside! The only minor hassle for me in this process is I have to pull out the footstool, so I can make sure I wipe every portion of the inside!

~Second- Living in New Mexico has taught me many valuable things, like I only question the weather if I don't hear the wind blowing, and is everything tied down that needs to be? As a result I have become one who uses hairspray to keep up the appearance of orderly hair! Again the ingredients in hair spray bother me to no end. And what are they all? And if it cannot be in any cat products(propylene glycol) at all why on earth should I use it?(definitely read the entire article) Oh and sadly propylene glycol is in nearly all hair care products, lotions, and even baby wipes! I am not going to become a paranoid person, but can this really be good for us? Is this the reason that so many illnesses and diseases are going off the charts? I do not know. I am only sharing with you things that I ponder. But remember this, our skin absorbs products...muscle creams, the patch, etc. so don't you think that our body is over-loading on all the chemicals? Oops I got a tad off course... Back to my creation- I make my own hairspray.

Hurry and get a notepad as this is complicated:

you need one orange(I use small...and I have never paid more than 30cents for one)and water! That is it. I use half an orange for the spray and I eat the other half. But you need to keep it in the refrigerator.

How easy is that? Costs for both cleaners...30 cents as the peels are leftovers and while making your hairspray you do have a yummy snack!

Are you worried about bees? No worry as it does not smell, and is very soft! So hurry of to the produce department so that you too can have a simple cleaner and hairspray!