Sunday, July 31, 2011

Clothesline 'rules'

A friend passed this one along ... if you grew up with (or still use) them, you'll get a kick out of this:


1. You had to wash the clothesline before hanging any clothes - walk the entire lengths of each line with a damp cloth around the lines.

2. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang "whites" with "whites," and hang them first.

3. You never hung a shirt by the shoulders - always by the tail. What would the neighbors think?

4. Wash day on a Monday! Never hang clothes on the weekend or Sunday for Heaven's sake!

5. Hang the sheets and towels on the outside lines so you could hide your "unmentionables" in the middle (perverts & busybodies, y'know!).

6. It didn't matter if it was sub-zero weather ... clothes would "freeze-dry".

7. Always gather the clothespins when taking down dry clothes! Pins left on the lines were "tacky!"

8. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did not need two clothespins, but shared one of the clothespins with the next washed item.

9. Clothes off the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes basket, and ready to be ironed.

10. IRONED?! On Tuesday . . . Well, that's a whole other subject!

Fortunately, we lived in a flat with a basement ... and a coal furnace, so no "freeze-dry" clothes for us.
What is this "ironing"? LOL!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Saving more at the $ store

Saw this story on the internets, and it does have some good points on buying dollar-store items rather than the name-brand stuff. But I think he could get that bill down a bit more. (Sentences in italic are from the story.)

Fabric softener sheets - Brand-name dryer sheets can often be used more than once, which is not the case with the dollar-store brand.
Cut them in half ... you still get twice the mileage. I've found a half sheet will take care of a full load. Even better -- combine a coupon and sale to get the name-brand sheets for less than $1. Then cut them in half and use them twice. You'll save even more.

Toilet cleaning bleach tablets - Who doesn't love these?
Er, I don't. Better idea -- take a splash of that bleach or the dishwashing detergent from the dollar store to clean your toilets.

Zipper sandwich bags - And because the bag is going to be thrown out after one use ...
This suggestion tends to make some folks go ballistic, but it is possible to wash bags. Even if they get one extra use, it's still one less box to buy ... and less landfill fodder. Another option: Try reusable containers. (Full disclosure here. I use a combination of bags and reusable containers for lunches. We do wash bags.)

Bleach spray cleaner - These counter cleaners are kitchen and bathroom must-haves ...
Buy a spray bottle at the dollar store. Pour maybe a quarter cup of the bleach in, and fill with water. Or make up a vinegar solution with the same proportions. Voila! Instant cleaner.

Anyway, the full story is here:

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Revved up

Had a bit of frugal fun over the weekend ... braved the heat to attend a classic car show, a fundraiser for a local charity.

The problem with seeing classic cars these days, is that I'm old enough to remember when a lot of them were new!

Not the one on the right, though, LOL!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Menu Monday: Mulberry muffins

Found this on a few years ago, and it's been my go-to recipe for using up mulberries.

Mulberry muffins

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
1/4 cup skim milk
2 tablespoons applesauce
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup mulberries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt. In a medium bowl, mix sour cream, milk, applesauce, egg and almond extract. Stir in flour mixture until batter is smooth. Fold in mulberries. Spoon batter into greased or paper-lined muffin cups.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

The recipe says it makes 6 jumbo muffins ... I usually get at least a dozen smaller ones.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Napkins anyone?

One of my projects this summer has been to sew up some lunchbox napkins.

We've used cloth napkins at home for a couple of years, but we were still using paper napkins for lunches. It finally got through my head that we're not only throwing things into the landfills, we're spending $$ (well, a small amount of $$) that could be used elsewhere.

So, with a lot of measuring and a bit of sewing, I re-purposed some soft cotton fabric scraps. The napkins are a bit smaller than the average dinner size -- they're 12 1/2 to 12 1/4 -inch squares, but they do the job.

Knew I had a hit when DH asked me if he could have one of those classy napkins for his lunch ;)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I'm not sure what to make of this

Was in the grocery the other day and turned into an aisle where an older woman and a young lass of about 8 or 9 were looking at the paper towels.

When the woman picked up a package, the little girl exclaimed: "No! You can't get that one. It's not on TV."

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Well, that didn't work

Ever see the infomercial about the product you allegedly can spray on hoses, pipes and the like to stop leaks?

I was thinking about that the other day when my hose sprung a leak. And while I was in the garage, I happened to notice a can of pruning sealer.

Hmm. Looked like kind of the same stuff. And the can said it could be used to waterproof flower pots.

Why not? So I sprayed the area of the leak, and let it sit for a couple of days.

Turned the hose on ... and the water shot right out of the crack in the hose.

So much for that ...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Garden report: We've got beans!

Been doing a bit of harvesting here at the casa de chaos. My bush and wax beans are starting to produced. Picked about a quart so far; looks like we'll be getting plenty.

I'm a bit puzzled about the pole beans. They're climbing nicely, but no flowers, or no signs of flowers. I know they come in later, but I figured I'd see something by now.

Picked 1 bell pepper and two banana peppers. Hoping I'll see more than 1 fruit from each of my bells ... otherwise, those will be expensive. My cayenne seems to like the front garden just fine.

Thinned out my cilantro, basil and oregano. Still have some salad greens, even in this heat.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Anybody know how to patch a screen?

Is there some sort of not-obvious way to repair a window screen?

Seems Big Boy loves to swat at bugs .. and his claws have done a number on the screen. Don't want to replace it until he calms down a bit...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

June freebies

Some very nice freebies here ...

Breakstone double cottage cheese
2 Garnier shampoo & conditioner
5-ct Zyrtec
1 bag Iams cat food
Oscar Meyer deli combo
Fiber choice
1 Alpo
Stride gum
Wellness dog/cat food
Oscar Meyer sandwich combo

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy July 4th

It's Independence Day here in the U.S. Wishing everyone a safe ... and frugal ... holiday!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Durham wheat blues

From Bloomberg:

Unrelenting rainfall may have slashed U.S. planting of durum wheat to the lowest level in more than 50 years, fueling a surge in the price of pasta and noodles as mills scramble for supply of the grain.

Wondered how long it would be before we started hearing about more price hikes related to this year's disasters.

Might be time to pick up some extra pasta (and I'd suggest an extra bag of all-purpose and bread flour too, if you use them). Either that, or try the low-carb diet, which might be tough considering current meat prices.

The full story: