Monday, June 28, 2010

I apologize for not keeping up with this blog like I thought I would. There are multiple reasons why so I'll start explaining.

A) I started this blog in conjunction with a manuscript I was writing. And while I loved writing the manuscript, it was because I was passionate about the subject. Making little impact on the environment and saving money has always been a way of life for me.

However, I realized that although I can put words together and perhaps even be good at doing it, writing itself isn't a passion of mine. What I learned on this journey is that true writers will write no matter what and that is just not me.

B) I also did not like the publishing aspect of trying to shop my manuscript around to agents. I dread/dreaded the whole process.

C) For non-fiction books like mine, you usually have to be able to do the selling aspect of it yourself, such as book signings, interviews, talk shows, basically getting your name out there. I always cringed at the thought of that since I'm an introvert.

D) I feel like with the recent economy you can find tips to save money everywhere now. And my ideas don't seem as unique as they used to. Every time I perused my manuscript to type a new entry on here, I would think to myself that everyone probably already knows this tip.

In conclusion, I think that I'll try to break my book down into articles and send them out to magazines. The process for that is much easier. And I'll put this blog to rest temporarily until I feel some inspiration again. Thank you ALL from the bottom of my heart for the support.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Continuing from last weeks theme...

Tip #22

Bath toys for kids are the easiest things in the world to find if you just look around your house. Kids are happy in the tub with just about anything that can go in water.

Here are some things my son has used in the bath when I no longer wanted them in the kitchen:

- measuring cup (this also helped him to learn simple fractions at the age of 3.5)
- funnels of different sizes
- a whisk
- plastic bowls

If all your items are still in very good shape and you're not ready to part with them yet you can always purchase items such as those or mixing spoons or plastic containers for pocket change at yard sales.

Monday, January 11, 2010

From now on I do believe I will post on Mondays. My deadline to get all my work submitted for my job always lands on Sunday and it's rather chaotic.

So, Mondays it is!

Tip #21

This goes along with the *reusing* part of reduce, reuse, recycle.

Let your children play with things before you dispose or recycle them. (Things that are safe, of course).

For example, I hemmed up some curtains the other day. Instead of throwing the leftovers out I let my boy have them. He invented several games to play with the fabric. It kept him entertained for as long as most of his Christmas presents did. And tonight we did stretches before bed and we incorporated the fabric into it.

Today he used an empty pasta box with a clear "window" in the middle. It became a garage for his toy cars.

Kids + imagination + junk = free toys!

Ahh, free.

See you next Monday.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

I hope everybody had a marvelous holiday. Is everyone looking forward to the new year? I certainly am. I really think it will be one of my best years yet.

I need to get more query packages together to send out to agents numbers 11-20. Life has been coming at me full force for a few weeks and I am holding on until it slows down. Hopefully that will be soon!

Tip #20

I've compiled a list of delicious, low cost finger foods or appetizers for a New Year's Eve party. Most of them are self-explanatory, but if anyone wants a recipe let me know and I'll be glad to provide one.

-French onion soup gratinee
-Deviled eggs topped with chopped red onions or simply sprinkle paprika
-Baby carrots, green peppers and broccoli with the dip inside of an empty green pepper
-Blue cheese pinwheels
-Olives, baked pita bread triangles, hummus
-Bacon-banded olives
-Rolled canapes
-A wedge of melted brie or Camembert cheese (either of these from Walmart is very affordable) with slices of crusty Italian bread and grapes on the side

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Tip #19

One of my friends suggested this quick and easy recipe. It's similar to those Warm Delights that you can find in the grocery store. I will try it this week with my boy since he loves making sweet things.

Hot Chocolate Cake in a Mug

3 packets of hot chocolate
3 Tablespoons of oil
3 Tablespoons of water
4 Tablespoons of flour
1 egg
pinch of salt

Spray inside of mug with cooking spray.

Put all ingredients into mug and mix well to make the cake batter.

Microwave for three minutes.

Top cake with vanilla ice cream or whipped topping.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sorry for the long delay. To make it up I'll give some extra tips for the weeks I missed.

Continuing with the food freshness and extending groceries theme...

Tip #16
It is perfectly acceptable to freeze lemons and limes. Slice them into wedges, de-seed the lemons and wrap them up in plastic wrap so that the pieces aren't touching each other. When you need one for seafood or a drink you'll always have one handy.

Tip #17
Stick a couple of dry sponges in your vegetable and fruit drawers to soak up extra moisture.

Tip #18
If you're making ham this Thanksgiving here's a an idea for you. Leftover ham can be used in pasta dishes, omelets and croquettes.

Okay, now I'm getting hungry.

Have a great Thanksgiving and don't overdo your shopping on black Friday, haha!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Tip #15

First and foremost: Happy Birthday Caleb! My little boy turns 5 today.

This tip is going to be the first of a series that will continue for a few weeks. The topic is how to keep food fresher for longer. And in some cases what to do with food that's gotten a little stale. Some, obviously, you'll have to dump. But for others there are alternatives to the trash can. Like with the following...

Stale bread can be turned into tasty bread crumbs. I bake them at 250 F until crunchy. Then grind them in a food processor and voila. Homemade breadcrumbs! You can also add seasonings (such as oregano, dried onion, etc.) if you'd like. Rye breadcrumbs are especially yummy to coat pork chops with.