A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned -
Benjamin Franklin

Monday, November 20, 2017

Amazon - Free Shipping

With the Christmas holidays fast approaching Amazon is the main go-to place for bargains and online shopping. If you haven't signed up for Amazon Prime you can take advantage of their 30-day free trial which will give you added discounts and free shipping or sign up for one month only at $10.99 a month, but don't forget to cancel it otherwise you will continue being billed each month.

Note: I use my Amazon-Chase Credit Card throughout the year and wait until buying Christmas presents to use the cash back bonus for purchases on Amazon.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Vegetable Soup

Vegetable soup is always a good standby. You can throw anything into it and eat it either as it is or blend it for a smoother soup (I often eat it in the summer blended and cold). I make mine in a slow cooker. Change up the recipe to use up any vegetables you have, but here are some suggestions.

Vegetable Soup
I start off with a can of diced tomatoes
Cabbage is a main part of the soup (lots of fiber)
Add beans (if they are dried, soak them first)
Kale or spinach
Chicken bouillon (add as much as you need)

Note: I keep a bag in the freezer and add leftover vegetables. I use these in the soup.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Homemade Fire Starter

My cousin in England sent me a great tip for using in the fireplace.
Dry out used tea bags. Melt any leftover pieces of candle and pour the wax on to the tea bags. Use for fire starters.

Other suggestions I have seen is using egg carton (the cardboard kind) for a mold. Place a tea bag into each compartment then pour wax on top. Make sure you have a metal tray to catch any dripping wax. You can tear off each piece and use separately once the wax has solidified.

Note: The wax is best melted in a double boiler or in an old heat safe bowl in a saucepan of hot water (make sure the water doesn't get in with the wax) or you can melt it in an oven-proof container at 300 degrees until melted.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Maintenance Schedule and Daylight Savings

When the clocks are changed (either back or forward an hour) it's a good reminder to do some maintenance. Check/replace smoke alarm batteries, change HVAC filter and note on a calendar when it needs replacing again, check the oil in your car, vacuum fridge coils.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Bubble Wrap Insulation

I've read on many sites about using bubble wrap to insulate windows. Some suggest making a metal frame and attaching the bubble wrap before inserting inside the window frame. Others recommend cutting the bubble wrap to the size of the window (large bubbles work best) spraying the window with water and attaching the bubble wrap with the bubbles facing the window. It has been reported that it sometimes makes a difference as much as 15 degrees to the inside temperature.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Easy Curry

This is an easy recipe that you can add leftover vegetables and meat to.

Easy Curry

2 level tbsp. flour
2-3 tsp. curry powder
1 cup chicken stock (add more if the consistency is too thick)
2 tsp. chutney (optional)
oil (to sauté onions)
1 onion
3 carrots
(you may add other vegetables – I usually add broccoli)
Cooked meat (optional)
Salt and pepper 

Saute onions in vegetable oil (I use 1-2 tbsp. olive oil)
Add carrots and other vegetables
Add curry powder and flour and stir to coat vegetables
Slowly add stock while stirring (add more if the consistency is too thick)
If using cooked meat, cut into pieces no bigger than 1” and add to pan
Bring to the boil and simmer until vegetables are cooked. 

Serve on a bed of rice