All at the same
easy and every single one of us could recondition our way of life to what is
increasingly becoming a forgotten skill.
What used to be
natural and normal has, flipped if you will, to now being looked upon as the
unusual, rare and even abnormal.
It's a skill that
is becoming more and more lost as the generations move on.
***This is quite
unfortunate because it will be the future generations that are unknowingly
hurt in more ways than one without the benefits that this basic knowledge
Have you guessed
How can you save
money, your health and the planet all at the same time?
By taking a few
extra moments, with a few different recipes and heading back to basics.
Sounds too good
to be true?
Let's take a
Money- Have you been grocery shopping lately?
I think I speak for the majority
when I say groceries have become outrageously over priced. What can you do,
right? We all have to eat!
Let me say, little changes
over time will make a BIG difference.
Take a moment and think about
how, not that long ago, you had your basics to shop for, sugar, flour, salt,
etc., the staples of the kitchen if you will.
Most of these pre-made, convenient foods where non existent and could be made either in a jiffy,
with very little extra time, very little cost, or in bulk and stored to last
for months! We all know that these products add up quickly in the $$$ amounts,
not only as a one time expense, but one that we keep paying over and over
again, week after week, and month after month!
Save Your Health - Additives, Preservatives, colorings, chemicals, etc. It's all there, almost
unavoidable, but especially so in packaged convenient foods.
Let me say again, little
changes over time will make a BIG difference. Do you really want it
Do you want your
kids and their kids to have it all?
Save Our Planet - Packaging, packaging, packaging!
Just walk down
any isle in the market, and it is plain to see just how very much packaging is
Let me just say (you got it); little
changes over time will make a BIG difference.
I have a family of four, two of
which are teenagers. Each trash day it amazes me of the number of bags that I
see filled, (two, three, four or more) waiting at the curb to be picked up and
hauled off to the nearest landfill. I have always, with my family of four,
(babies through teen years) only created one small bag of trash per week!
Sometimes stuffed, and others only 1/2 full, but nevertheless when it was a
typical week, there would sit my one bag awaiting the landfill.
Is this significant? YOU BET! If
every family of four would cut back to one small bag of trash per week the
impact on our planet would be astronomical!
Oh yes, by the way, I not only
help save the planet because of my one bag per week, but I also spend far less
than my neighbors for my trash removal than they do!
Here's a couple of my favorite
quick and easy recipes to get you started.
Home Made Onion Soup Mix
and less costly than Lipton's store bought!
Makes one pint = to
7 oz. Beef Bouillon Powder (3/4
I buy bullion cubes in bulk (Sam's
or BJ's or online) then grind them to a powder with a small hand coffee
grinder, which buy the way, I do not drink coffee but this little machine
comes in handy for grinding all sorts of spices, herbs, peppercorns etc.
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup dried minced
onion (purchased as above also)
1/2 Cup onion
powder (ground from the minced onion above)
1/4 Cup parsley
Store in glass canning jar or
other air tight container.
To use for dip
combine 1/4 Cup mix with 1 pint sour cream and chill.
Homemade Microwave Vanilla
as a desert in itself or use as fillings in eclairs, tarts or other tasty
1/3 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 Cups fat free
1/4 cup egg
substitute or one egg slightly beaten
1. Combine flour, sugar and salt
in a medium microwave safe bowl. Gradually add 1 3/4 Cups mild, stirring well
with a whisk. Microwave on HIGH for 4-5 minutes or until thickened, stirring
after every minute.
2. Combine 1/4 Cup milk with egg
or egg substitute in a large bowl. Gently stir one-fourth of the milk mixture
into the egg mixture; add to remaining hot milk mixture.
Microwave on HIGH 1
minute, stir well. Stir in vanilla. Cover with plastic wrap and chill.
Yield: 5 servings 1/2 Cup each.