- Why Unplugging is Good for Your Wallet – “Whenever I find myself comparing my wardrobe, my home, my garden, or my lifestyle to others, it ends up costing me money.” Hah. Yah. That.
- The Benefits of Eating Down the Pantry – I love this idea. I wish I could effectively execute it, though. The idea of living on quinoa, wild rice we bought two years ago, and beans for an entire month does not appeal to me in the least, but saving some money on groceries two months out of the year sounds great to me. Maybe we’ll give this a shot one of these months.
- The Best (and Worst) Cookware Materials – I’m happy to report we pass this review of pots and pans. 🙂
- Real food from the freezer – Melissa, who I met at a local Weston A. Price meeting after following her blog for a while, is doing a series on cooking from the freezer with real food as a lot of cook-ahead books and websites use a mainly pre-packaged or improperly prepared foods in their plans. This is right up my alley and I’m hoping to learn a lot from this series. (Also, she has a great sense of humor. :))
- Yes, she’s 4, and yes, she’s still breastfeeding. – LOVE this story of a little girl who underwent surgery on her head and was comforted by breastfeeding.
Archives for June 2012
I need to start keeping track of what finds on Pinterest I actually do each month because I had to scroll back through all of my pins just to remember what I’ve done this month…which wasn’t much. Seriously, how is it nearly July already?
Here are the pins I tried:
- Homemade Shower Cleaner – I’ve seen this one going around for a while but never tried it as I don’t have any blue dawn in the house. I decided to bite the bullet, though, and use the dishsoap I do have to see if that would work. I also had to heat the vinegar on the stove since we don’t have a microwave. It worked….sort of. It did get rid of a lot of the soap scum and stains, but it didn’t coat well so there are still spots where it didn’t land….which actually makes it look worse than it did before as instead of being a uniform stain, it’s now a half clean/half stained mess. Still, I’ll probably keep doing this until all the stains are gone. I HATE scrubbing tubs (as is evidenced by the stains in the first place :))so this isn’t a bad workaround.
- How to Change a Bike Tire From Mountaint to Road – The last time I was on my bike before B was born, I literally nearly passed out, so I was a little wary of getting on it again even though I really wanted to get a little bike seat for him and take him around the neighborhood. I started to look for a new, non-mountain bike, but the ones I liked were really pricey and I couldn’t justify the expense. So I found this tutorial on switching your mountain bike to more of a road bike, picked up some great slicks and a little chair for B, and, voila! It works wonderfully and both B and I really like it.
- How to Make a Ginger Bug – I made a ginger bug earlier in the month with every intention of making some root beer for Father’s Day, but it’s still just sitting in the fridge. I also haven’t fed it in a few weeks….oops. This one was a fail.
- How to Make and Use Wool Dryer Balls – I made six little wool balls using this tutorial with two skeins of yarn and they work surprisingly well. Unfortunately, B likes to play with them so I’m missing a few now. I’ll probably pick up some more wool one of these days and make new ones as well as add more to the ones I already made. I didn’t follow the directions exactly in that I was too lazy to hook the yarn under with a crochet hook (I couldn’t be bothered to get it out of my craft bin), but I wish I had as one of the balls did end up falling apart. Live and learn.
More plans for next month!
I finally made it through my first audiobook of the summer, Clara and Mr. Tiffany. It takes a LOT longer to listen to an audiobook than it does to read the book on my own or listen to it on the Kindle which was frustrating at times, but probably a good thing as it gave my brain time to process. I actually didn’t really care for this book which surprised me as I usually like Susan Vreeland’s stuff. It may have been the narrator too….her pronunciation bugged me which is really idiotic of me to say, but it’s true. She didn’t pronounce anything incorrectly and read quite well, actually, but I tend to fixate. At any rate, I’m now eligible to win an iPad through my library’s summer reading program as I’ve logged more than eight hours of reading. I could use an iPad!
After that one, I started to listen to Sarah’s Key. MISTAKE. It’s a very well-written book with an engrossing story, but I knew right off the bat that it was going to be sad. I used to be fine with sad…some of the best books on my shelf that I’ve chosen to keep are sad stories and I find that I get more out of them because the story is more engaging for some reason. More real. But apparently I’m no longer able to handle sad, especially sad that involves the hurting or death of a child. I just picture B in that situation and my brain wants to shut down. So I looked the plot up and decided that I probably shouldn’t read it as it does involve lots of hurting and deaths of children, particularly one mind-blowingly awful death that I can’t get out of my head. I know, I know. This is abnormal. I’m working on it. At any rate, I’ve decided that I should probably stay away from the sad books….at least for a little while.
That one was followed by The Book Thief which actually starts with the death of a child, but it’s very brief (and not heart-wrenchingly drawn out as they were in Sarah’s Key). It’s supposedly a “young adult” book, so it can’t be too bad, right? I’m giving it a try. The narrator is a British man and I keep trying to picture what he looks like, especially when he switches voices. I see him as a large man with dark hair and a blazer with leather patches on the elbows. Sort of like Orson Welles. I did this for the woman who narrated Clara and Mr. Tiffany as well, but she looked nothing like Angela Lansbury when I found her on the internets.
So now I’ve got more on my to-read list: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, My Life in France, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Sacré Bleu, The Art of Fielding, and a few others. These are the ones I have in my queue right now. Of course I have no idea if any of these are sad as I’ve forgotten the synopsis since I requested them, but I’ll give them a try at least.
Anyone out there have any recommendations for upbeat summer reads?
I’m reviving an old habit from a previous version of the blog and posting my weekly menu plan for the link-up at orgjunkie.com. Here’s what’s cooking this week:
- Monday – Out. (I had a counseling appointment late yesterday, so I picked up Chipotle on the way home.)
- Tuesday – Pizza casserole and green salad with ranch dressing.
- Wednesday – Baked salmon with herb cream sauce and braised spinach with lemon.
- Thursday – Spanish omelet and salad with strawberries and lemon honey dressing.
- Friday – I’ve got a moms night out with a friend, so E and B are having burgers and fried peppers.
- Saturday – Waldorf chicken salad and strawberry lime agua fresca.
- Sunday – Out. We’re hoping to continue the Sunday afternoon picnic tradition.
- Dessert – Homemade ice cream (from NT) with coconut oil chocolate shell.
- Ferment – Salsa (adapted from America’s Test Kitchen to be lacto-fermented).
- Stock – Chicken.