Friday, August 21, 2015

How to Preserve Garlic, Ginger and Basil - up to a Year!

I ADORE Garlic. My husband swears that when we were dating - that's all he could smell - but he wasn't offended. He loved me that much.




Friday, August 14, 2015

Sending Children to Travel Alone - Example Documents, Tale of Terrors, and a TIP



Goodbye, my dearest pony - I mean, son.




Well, we did it. Our children are off on on their own, flying to the mainland to spend time with California friends and family.

You may scoff, pointing out that my son is sixteen and my daughter twelve; hardly children! But they are. It's a point worth making that age and appearance do not necessarily combine to make someone an adult and there are things that concern children - okay, teens - which can make for a confusing landscape. As their adult, it's my job to help them navigate that landscape as wisely as possible.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Meatless Mondays

Foregoing meat, - of any kind -periodically, can be very healthy.  It's also cost effective.
Today's meatless Monday meal was outstanding.


  • Cous Cous with Black Eyed Peas - better than I thought it would be!
  • Roasted beet and fresh papaya salad, dressed with Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil.
  • Spaghetti squash with Tomato Basil Pesto, with grape tomatoes and mozzarella.

There were splashes of broth, salt, pepper, paprika and I think I added some butter to the cous cous.

Yummy and then this bird sang to me: cheap, cheap, cheap!

I liked the alliteration of Meatless Monday but it also forced me to get a little more creative with meatless dishes... which are also generally inexpensive.

Please include beans, cheeses, nuts or other protein sources into the meal you plan. If you don't, you'll be cheating yourself out of very necessary proteins and you'll end up feeling hungry afterwards. Meatless does not have to mean you are depriving yourself or your body.

Interestingly, beans and rice together make a perfect protein. I learned this from a nutritionist turned teacher many years ago and I have never forgotten it.

Here are some other meatless, main dish ideas for you which are less common than say, cheese pizza or bean burritos - which are still good.
  • Lentils with Farro or Orzo pasta
  • Chili beans with corn chips
  • Pasta with butter, garlic and spring vegetables like Asparagus, Snap Peas, Carrots (sliced super thin so that they cook evenly with the other veggies - or you can cook them separately).
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Tomato Soup
  • Italian Bread Soup
  • Stuffed Zucchini with Lentils and Onions
Bear in mind I never said all meatless food was super healthy (note the grilled cheese sandwich - very fatty). I also don't recommend you stuff yourself at any meal. So it's all about balance.


Monday, August 3, 2015

3 Recipes to Use Beef to Help You Make It Toward Payday

Although I am thankful that these days we are better off than we were, and we are certainly far better off than most of the planet, I am still very conscious of what it's like to be broke, so I keep on-hand a few food ideas to stretch our dollars.

If you are looking for more ideas of how to feed your family on a very low-budget basis, you've come to the right place.