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Saving Tomato Pieces

Here is a quick and frugal homemaking tip. Save and freeze tomato pieces that you may have leftover or over-ripe pieces. This is also a good tip for freezing as you can use a freezer-safe canning jar and just add pieces as you acquire them.

When I need some tomato pieces, I just pull out the jar and remove a few pieces as needed. I chop them up on the cutting board if I want puree tomatoes for my recipes. Otherwise you can just shake out some frozen tomato pieces directly into Continue Reading →

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Indoor Basil Harvested

This weekend I harvested my indoor basil that I have been growing over the winter. I brought my plants indoors last fall and while they don’t grow all that great inside in the winter, they do produce. Here is my harvested basil I cut off the two plants I had over the winter. I left some base in the pots so they can regrow again this spring once it warms up.

I am now drying these leaves and hope to have a bounty of fresh dried basil to use over the next few months. I should add that I have been cutting off leaves from these plants throughout the winter. I have used the fresh leaves in spaghetti, pizza sauce, and lasagna recipes over the last several winter months. It is always wonderful to use fresh cut-up basil in my cooking.

So as the weather is warming, I will soon re-pot and transfer my basil outside where it can really thrive. Until then, Continue Reading →

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Lemon Kefir Water

I have been making kefir water for several years now. Lemon kefir water has become my very favorite. Here is the link to my recipe for making kefir water. You use the basic steps shown in the receipe but instead of adding apple juice, you use a fresh lemon for flavoring.

Lemon Kefir Water

Cut a few slices of lemon and add it to the jar after you remove the kefir grains.
Lemon slices for kefir water

After adding a few slices of lemon, I will squeeze the rind end to add some extra juices. Then put the lid on the jar tightly and leave it for a few days to ferment. Then Continue Reading →

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Useful Trash Ideas

Here are a few ways to use trash in useful ways. I save all of my toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls. I mainly used them for fire starters but there are many useful ideas for reusing these paper rolls. Here are two of my favorite.

Save the paper rolls and fill it with dryer lint. Use it as a fire starter in your woodstove or campfire. These stuffed paper rolls make amazing fire starters.

Next idea for reusing toilet paper rolls is this simple but handy idea below. Continue Reading →

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Making do with what you have

I wanted to write a post about making do with what you have. What I am referring to is needing something at home that you don’t have. Maybe the weather is bad and you can’t get to the store to make that special meal you had in mind. Maybe you need some laundry soap and have run out. Maybe you need a cup of milk for a recipe and realize you only have a splash left in your milk jug. Or did you forget to buy that whatever and find you need it now with no way to get it?

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I think you see my point. You need something you don’t have so what do you do? My husband has a saying he likes to repeat to me. Two is one and one is none. You may have heard this phrase before as it is all about being prepared and planning. Are you ready for that next big snow storm, power outage, or SHTF situation.

Plan, be prepared and ready for whatever maybe coming. Learn to improvise and have a stocked pantry and a contingency plan. If you don’t have that certain something, how can you get by without it or substitute something else in its place?

Let’s see how we can work through these issues. In the case of no laundry soap, how about using a homemade mix of baking soda and borax or even some cheap shampoo would work. In the case of a missing food ingredient, why not have some dehydrated or powdered milk that you can substitute. Go shopping in your pantry and see what you have on hand that you can use. I love the idea “shopping” in my pantry. This is where the two is one and one is none really pays off. Buy things when they are on sale so you have extra items in your pantry. It is always very rewarding to go into my pantry and pick up that extra item that I need without the worry of running to the store or going without.

Making do with what you have doesn’t necessarily mean going without. Plan ahead and be prepared. This is the key so go forth and be ready!

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