Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
What are some other ways you shop more efficiently?
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
- Always treat the stain as soon as possible. Dab or rinse with cold water if you cannot pre-treat it right away.
- Know the type of fabric you are working with. If it is dry clean only then that is what you should do.
- Know the type of stain. Water temperature can make a big difference in stain removal. Some stains come out with hot water while others are made permanent with hot water.
- Work from behind the stain. Turn fabric inside out and place on a clean cloth or paper towel to prevent further spreading.
- Allow chemicals time to work. Some take time and rushing the process could lead to inadequate stain removal.
- Do not rub excessively; this will lead to the fabric wearing down.
- Test whatever chemicals you use on an inconspicuous place for color fastness. Don't use chemicals that will harm your clothing.
Here are some common stains that you will encounter and tips to remove them.
- Grass stains- Blot with cold water as soon as possible. Use a pre-treating agent (Spray and Wash, Shout, Oxi-clean), rubbing alcohol, or vinegar. Let it soak overnight. Rinse with water. Rub normal laundry detergent on the spot and then wash as normal. My favorite pre-treater is Oxi-Clean.
- Spaghetti Sauce Stains- Wet fabric and sprinkle with powdered dish detergent. Scrub gently with toothbrush. Rinse and launder as usual.
- Blood Stains- Pour hydrogen peroxide on and rinse with cold water.
Ink Stains- Before washing blot with rubbing alcohol. I have heard that hair spray will work too.
- Berry Stains- Dab with lemon juice and flush with water.
- Deodorant Stains- Oxiclean is my favorite but you can also soak the garment in equal parts ammonia and water. Add a few Tablespoons of liquid dish soap and soak overnight.
- Soiled Collars- Take a small paint brush and brush on some shampoo to the soiled area. Shampoo was created to dissolve body oils.
These are just a few. I want to know, what are your favorite stain removers?
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
- The U.S. Department of Energy says consumers spend 6-12% of their income on utilities. For many, winter means higher energy bills. If you find yourself dreading the upcoming cold season and the increased cost of energy try some of these tips and start saving money on your energy bill.
- Light bulbs- Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL's). CFL's last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs and can save up to $60 in electricity per light over their lifetime.
- Unplug- Appliances and electronics that have a clock, operate by remote controls, and chargers are vampires sucking energy even when they are turned off. 40% of energy is consumed from these items when they are turned off. Unplug them when they are not in use, like when you are sleeping, or get a Smart Power Strip.
- Water Heater- Insulate your water heater if it was built before 2004. Wrap it in a Thermwell blanket and you'll save 10% annually on your water heating bill.
- Furnace- Service the furnace every 2 years and you'll save 10% on heating bills.
- Turn Down the Heat- According to the Alliance to Save Energy, every degree you turn down the heat in the winter you take 5% off of your bill. Get an Energy Star programmable thermostat (~$70) and it will save more than twice its price in a year by adjusting the temperature automatically for when you are gone or in bed.
- Washer/Dryer- Save 50% of the energy you use on heating water by setting your washing machine to cold. Set your dryer to moisture sensor and cut energy use by 15%.
- Stop Drafts- Don't heat the outside world. Block drafts with weather stripping and save $30 per year.
- Lower water Temperature- Set water heater at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Before you do this though make sure your dishwasher has a heat boost because the water needs to be 140 degrees to clean properly.
- Timer Lights- Install timer lights or motion lights for exterior lighting and in rooms you use occasionally.
- Full Loads- Make sure to fill your washing machine and dishwasher up before you run them. It takes the same amount of energy to run the wash whether it is full or not. Air dry your dishes and clothes too.
Individually these things might not be a lot of savings but if you do them all the savings really can add up. What are some of the ways your family tries to save on energy?
Saturday, January 23, 2010
5 LB. Allergen-free Box is $23. This food does not contain the eight top serious allergens: peanuts, soybeans, milk, eggs, fish, crustacean, tree nuts and gluten.
6 LB. Premium Seafood variety box is $35. This is a brand new item and it contains the finest quality seafood assortment available.
Those are the main packages. Each month they also offer different specials like a fruit and vegetable box, assorted meat grill box, a chicken box, and others.
To order you need to find a local host site since they do not deliver you need to pick it up. You can find a host site by going to the Angel Food Ministries website. Once you find your host site you can order online using a Credit Card (small convenience fee charged) or go to the host site to order and pay using cash, check, or food stamps. Yes, they accept food stamps. If you do like to place orders online then I suggest you become a friend on Facebook because every month they offer a promo code for 5% off your online order.
To view this months menu visit their website and select This Month's Menu from the tab. I think you will like their food, I know we do.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Three-Cheese Garden Pizza
1 small onion, sliced into rings
1 med. Zucchini, sliced
1 C. mushrooms, sliced
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1 Cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 C. shredded cheddar cheese
¼ C. grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. Italian seasoning.
You can also use homemade pizza crust. Try out my recipe for homemade pizza dough.
4-H Pizza Dough
1 Tbsp. dry yeast
1 C. warm water
1 tsp. granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 C. vegetable oil
3 C. sifted flour
1 C. or more of flour
Dissolve yeast in warm water with sugar added Measure salt and oil in mixer and add yeast mixture. Add 1/2 of flour and begin mixing. Gradually add the rest of the four while mixing. Divide dough into number of pizzas to be made and shape on greased pizza pans or cookie sheets. Let rise 20-30 minutes. Top with desired ingredients and bake at 450 for 15 minutes. Crust should be light golden brown and cheese melted on top.
Wendy's Pizza Dough
13 oz water
2 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil
3 Tbsp Sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp yeast
4 Cups flour
2 T. cornmeal to sprinkle pans (opt)
Mix together water, oil, sugar, sat, and yeast. Gradually add flour. Divide dough and roll out on greased surface. Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 10 minutes. Cool and wrap in foil to freeze. Store the pizza crust in freezer until ready to eat. No need to thaw, just cove with sauce, cheese and other toppings as desired. Bake @ 420 until crust is golden brown. Or, after pre-baking the crust top with the toppings and cook at 425 degrees until done.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
1/2 C. flour
1/2 C. milk
1/4 tsp. salt
4 T. margarine
5 large eggs
Combine flour, salt and milk. Mix well.
Add eggs, one at a time whipping after each.
Melt margarine in pie pan. I do this by placing the pan with the butter in it in the oven while it is preheating.
Add batter to melted margarine. Do not stir.
Bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Serve with powdered sugar, syrup, or jam.
The next time you have extra eggs, give German Pancakes a try.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Tuesdays- wash the kids colors
Wednesdays- wash the adult colors
Thursdays- no laundry because this is my errand day.
Fridays- wash the whites
Saturday- wash the bath towels and rugs.
Sunday- day off.
Laundry baskets- make sure everyone has their own basket for putting dirty clothes in. They also help for putting folded laundry in to carry to the rooms. My kids all share one that is in a central location of the bathroom since that is where most of the clothes end up. My husband and I have 2 baskets in our bathroom, one for colors and one for whites.
I will have a post next week about stain removers that work. If you have any great ones please let me know.
Friday, January 15, 2010
This picture is of a square I'm making for my afghan. It is my first time doing such elaborate cables. It took me about 3 hours to get that far (still learning remember) so, I figure I burned 300 calories and by the time I finish it I will probably have worked for another 2 hours so, this is a 500 calorie square for me. And, I'm not snacking while my hands are busy so that is an added benefit too.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
1 medium onion
4 garlic cloves, pressed
1 jar (16 oz) salsa
1 Can (2.25 oz) sliced pitted ripe olives, drained
½ C. golden raisins
Meanwhile, thinly slice lettuce and cut tomatoes in half. Snip cilantro. Top tostada shells with lettuce, beef mixture, tomatoes, cheese and cilantro.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Your house is full of everyday household heroes, products that have a beneficial secondary use. I have written previously about Vinegar. Baking Soda is also a very handy item to have on hand. The best part is it is inexpensive to purchase. You are probably familiar with baking soda when it comes to baking but here are some other ways you can put your baking soda to use.
- Unclog drains by pouring 1 cup of baking soda followed by 1 cup hot vinegar. Let sit for 30 minutes and then run water.
- Use it as a mouthwash,sorry, no minty fresh breath but you will have less bacteria.
- Clean your toothbrushes, especially after being sick, by soaking them overnight in 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup water solution.
- If you have a grease fire don't dump water on it. Dump baking soda on it to extinguish it.
- Great deodorizer for your freezer or fridge. Open the box and put it in. It will last up to 30 days. You can even purchase specially made boxes for the fridge or freezer.
- Run an empty dishwasher with baking soda to clean up hard water and other buildup.
- Don't want to spend lots of money for expensive jewelry cleaner? Just make a paste out of baking soda and water. It is perfectly safe on gold and silver.
- Help reduce kitty litter odor by putting a layer of baking soda in the bottom of the pan and then pouring the litter on top.
Or, make your own litter by mixing baking soda with 3 inches of sandy clay.
- Relieve bug bites, sunburn, and poison ivy by making a paste and applying it directly to the sore.
- Scrub out your bathtub and sink by sprinkling it on the grime and then wiping with a sponge.
- add 1/4 cup baking soda to the toilet bowl, swirl, and scrub.
- If you don't have any antacids to fight heartburn? Make your own by combining 1/2 tsp. baking soda with 1/2 cup of water.
- If you have cracks in your side walk or drive way sprinkle baking soda to keep weeds at bay.
- baking soda is less corrosive then salt so sprinkle it on your icy side walk.
- Keep ants out of the dog/cat bowl by sprinkling a layer of soda around the bowl.
Monday, January 4, 2010
A friend who is a computer expert received the following directly from a system administrator for a corporate system. It is an excellent message that ABSOLUTELY applies to ALL of us who send emails. Please read the letter below, even if you're sure you already follow proper procedures. Do you really know how to forward emails? 50% of us do; 50% DO NOT. (I think more like 20%--80%). Do you wonder why you get viruses or junk mail? Do you hate it? Every time you forward an email, there is information left over from the people who got the message before you, namely their email addresses and names.. As the messages get forwarded along, the list of addresses builds, and builds, and builds, and all it takes is for some poor sap to get a virus, and his or her computer can send that virus to every email address that has come across his computer. Or, someone can take all of those addresses and sell them or send junk mail to them in the hopes that you will go to the site and he will make five cents for each hit. That's right, all of that inconvenience over a nickel. How do you stop it? Well, there are several easy steps. Try the following if you haven't done it before:
(1) When you forward an email, DELETE all of the other addresses that appear in the body of the message (at the top). That's right, DELETE them. Highlight them and delete them, backspace them, cut them, whatever it is you know how to do. It only takes a second. You MUST click the 'Forward' button first and then you will have full editing capabilities against the body and headers of the message. If you don't click on 'Forward' first, you won't be able to edit the message at all.
(2) Whenever you send an email to more than one person, DO NOT use the To: or Cc:fields for adding email addresses. Always use the BCC: (blind carbon copy) field for listing the email addresses. This way the people you send to will only see their own email address. If you don't see your BCC option, click on where it says To: and your address list will appear. Highlight the address and choose BCC: and that's it, it's that easy. When you send to BCC: your message will automatically say 'Undisclosed Recipients' or the principal addressee in the 'TO:' field of the people who receive it.
(3) Remove any 'FW:' in the subject line. You can re-name the subject if you wish or even fix spelling.
(4) ALWAYS hit your Forward button from the actual email you are reading. Ever get those emails that you have to open 10 pages to read the one page with the information on it? By forwarding from the actual page you wish someone to view, you stop them from having to open many e-mails just to see what you sent.
(5) Have you ever gotten an email that is a petition? It states a position and asks you to add your name and address and to forward it to 10 or 15 people or your entire address book. The email can be forwarded on and on and can collect thousands of names and email addresses.
A FACT: The completed petition is actually worth a couple of bucks to a professional spammer because of the wealth of valid names and email addresses contained therein. DO NOT put your email address on any petition. If you want to support the petition, send it as your own personal letter to the intended recipient. Your position will carry more weight as a personal letter than a laundry list of names and email address on a petition. (And don't believe the ones that say that the email is being traced, it just isn't so!) Some of the other emails to DELETE and NOT forward are:
1. The one that says something like, 'Send this email to 10 people and you will see something great run across your screen.' Or sometimes they'll just tease you by saying 'something really cute will happen. 'IT ISN'T GONNA HAPPEN!!!!! (We are still seeing some of the same emails that we waited on 10 years ago!)
2 Don't let the bad luck ones scare you either; delete them, they are trash.
3. Before you forward an 'Amber Alert', or a 'Virus Alert', or some of the other emails floating around nowadays, check them out. Most of them are junk mail that's been circling the net for YEARS! Just about everything you receive in an email that is in question can be checked out at Snopes. Just go to www.truthorfiction.com . It's really easy to find out if it's real or not. If it's not, please don't pass it on..
4. Before sending the email scroll down to the bottom and remove ALL the build up of 'Virus Protection Messages' and other advertising that get tacked on each time an email gets forwarded. So please, in the future, let's stop the junk mail and the viruses.
The first thing you want to do is choose obtainable resolutions. If your resolution is to run a 5 minute mile and you are extremely overweight you probably won't be able to keep your resolution. A goal to run a mile is more realistic and can, with a lot of work be achieved with in a year.
Break down larger goals into little goals to help you achieve the big one. So, if you want to run a 5 minute mile make sure you can run a mile first.
Write your resolutions down and place them somewhere you can see them everyday as a reminder. If it is not written down it will be forgotten.
Work on your resolutions daily. Many resolutions are a "work in progress" like weight loss and getting organized. Do something daily to help you reach your end result.
Some resolutions are deeply personal but share the ones that are not with another person who can support you in your goal. Working towards a goal with someone who shares it also makes it easier.
It is never too late to start and if you break them start them up again.