Sunshine is FREE

Remember to take advantage of the sunshine, it is free, cut your laundry drying time in half, put out jeans and towels to mostly dry, then throw them in dryer for 10-15 min to soften.

Keep an eye out on other items as they will dry quicker then you think.

Smelly dog blankets, stick them out there and let the sun burn off some of the stink!

KM – with leftovers

So we had a few dinners and I had some left overs, cubed butternut squash black beans, fish, lettuce, rice, corn.

So for the first dish I chopped up the butternut sqaush and put in in the pan with the black beans and corn, it came out yummy, I had that as a base and but the fish on top for a bowl…good eats!

Then I had some of the bean, corn, squach mixture left over, so I put it in my corn muffin mix and booyah! Great muffins to go with soups, stews and chili.

I had a left over pita so I cut it up in to 4ths, seasoned it with chimichuri, then bbq it til firm, and filled it up with the fish and lettuce…..oy boi… on a roll.

The whole dishes were much better then their individual ingrediants.

KM with lockdown stockpiles

So if you are like me, when the Covid started, we went and stocked up on some items. Frozen foods and canned foods. So know I have a lot of frozen food and soups left.

I got a big bag of frozen veggies from costco, a BIG BAG. Never used it, now I have a shit ton of them.

I got a bunch of different soups, and again now I have a bunch of soup.

So a made up a batch of the veggies and was like, meh, not really sure what to do with them. Then I had a great Idea…..(insert light bulb here 🙂

I took them and chopped them up (they were in large chunks and wedges) and I used them to add to the soups (since the soups are pretty weak for a meal).

Since I also have a lot of tomatoe paste (no idea why) I used that to thicken the soup to a more substancial meal.

No waste, no muss, a little fuss, and a tasty, nutritious, cheap meal.

Imperfect food is Perfecto!

Seriously people, I love this site. I decided to try, perfect the Covid, because I could not get some of the squashes I like. So far I have gotten at least 6 boxes. It has been very useful during the shutdown.

They sell food that would otherwise be wasted because it isn’t “pretty” enough, or the labeling is wrong, or they changed the logo, or because of covid there was no businesses to sell to. Not only is it good, it is usually less expensive and better quality then the grocery store.

There is no commitment on how much you have to buy, and shipping is a standard rate of 4.99. They have Fruit, Meat, Veggies, Dairy. I have yet to figure out why some of it is “imperfect”. They do give you descriptions of what you get. The only meh I had was on some radishes that were very bitey. They were good, just no kick.

I have recieved fruits and veggies, plus eggs, bacon, steak, got chocolate and cheese coming in the next one. They have a deal, see below, would love it you used my code.

“Hey, check out Imperfect! They have amazing groceries & deliver to your door. Here’s $10 to shop and create your imperfect box. You can thank me later :)”

http://imprfct.us/v/deborah_2344

Get the most out of your BBQ

so we have a Treager, we love it, what I do, is when the main meal/meat is done, and my veggies are almost done, I will do the “shut off” mode, it will continue to be hot for a while, and this way it continues to cook without using more pellets and electricity.

I also multi-task my cooking, so I started with a squash, then went out later and added my tomatoes.  Then they were all done at same time.

No muss, no fuss, and very few items to clean!

Kitchen Mash-up : Soup up your soup!

I have found that the cans of soup they sell are…well…to put it politely….are lacking….!

What I do know is use the soups as a “base” for a real soup.

Example..I had a potatoe bacon soup, HA! Pretty darn depressing.  BUT wait, what do I have here?  Is that some lovely small potates from last nights dinner, why yes it is….lets just add them, with some left over chicken, and poof, an actual soup that is filling and still pretty darn cheap!

I also had a Chicken Enchillada soup that was NO BUENO….so I added left over corn and black beans and chicken to it, was Muy Mas Bueno after that.

So I never get a can of soup unless it is on sale because they aren’t worth $2 or $3 dollars, but when I am able to get them for under a dollar I load up.

 

K ladies, pull out all those jars of beauty

stuff in the drawers, under cabinets, and in the medicine cabinet.  Use them all up before you buy more.  Save some money and still look great!

If you are like me, I have a few different jars of stuff, in different states of use.  I have been pulling them out and using them up.  Are some of them not my favorite, sure, but I like them more then I like having to spend money, and I don’t have to wait for them to arrive.

Best time ever to go no ‘poo

That is the no shampoo for newbies.  Regular shampoos and conditioners strip away natural oils and the replace with fake ones.

Going no shampoo , but using a baking soda/water solution can be difficult in the beginning because your hair is used to secreting oils in extra amounts since they are always getting washed away.

That is why no, during lockup, you can deal with hair that is limp and possibly oily for a few days to a week without worrying about having to figure out what to do for work, ect.

I would start by washing your hair every other day, get the most natural with the least amount of ingredients you can find.  Then go every other day using a mixture of mostly baking soda and small amount of shampoo, then go every two days, then every 3 days, so on, at some point you will notice your hair getting stronger and shiner with less fizz and start growing again, at least I did.

I try and wash my hair once a week, unless I get real dirty or sweaty, which doesn’t really happen during lockdown.  I try not to even get my hair wet every other shower.  My hair is the longest and thickest it has ever been.

So try it now, while hats and ponytail are in fashion 🙂  It will save your hair, save you money, and with less purchases of plastic bottle save the earth as well.

don’t fall for “convenience” of baby carrots

in real speak that is “paying more for less” great example “baby carrots”  just buy a bunch of regular carrots.  Cut and chop them yourself…KEEP the peel…..it is where most of the good stuff is.  Buying prepped carrots hurts your bottom line and your health.

Just take a few minutes to wash them before eating if you don’t go organic

Organic Authority” magazine reports that carrots contain a high degree of phytonutrients, many of which are found in the skin or immediately beneath it. Consuming phytonutrients leads to a number of health benefits, including lessening your risk of cancer and boosting your immune response.

Get Crunching For Your Health

The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database doesn’t break down the nutritional value of peeled versus unpeeled carrots, but notes that raw carrots are a healthy item. One cup of chopped carrots has just 52 calories, less than a gram of fat and 3.6 grams of dietary fiber. Carrots are also a valuable source of calcium, potassium and a number of vitamins. They also provide beta carotene, which improves eye and skin health while improving your immune system.

More Laundry savings secrets :)

I recently bought Organic Eco Wool Dryer Balls – 6 Pack – 100% Handmade, Fair Trade, Organic, No Lint – Premium Quality from amazon.  I LOVE them, they are little wooly balls and the help to fluff up your laundry and cut your drying time.

Remember, I dry my Jeans and Towels outside when I can, to almost dry, then I throw them in the dryer, these balls help to make them fluffy and dry a little quicker.

On regular clothes I think I save about 25% on time, with all the laundry that goes on here that adds up!  If I do good clothes I will rip a dryer sheet in half to help with static cling saves money here also.

Also if you wear something for half day, and you didn’t get it dirty or sweaty, either just hang back up in closet or if you MUST wash, then use the spin and rinse cycle.  The less you wash your clothes the longer they last, saving money on clothes, and water and electric bills.

The biggest saver of all, now that it is summer, let the SUN dry your clothes!