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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 29, 2016.

Quick Tip: Using Tea in the Garden

After reusing tea bags a couple of times, add the liquid and tea leaves to your garden. Let the liquid cool after pressing all the liquid from the tea bag, then add the liquid to the water you’ll use to water the plants with. Then, cut the tea bags open and add the leaves to […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 29, 2016

Quick Tip: Reuse Tea Bags

When I was a young(er) adult, I remember sitting in my mother’s kitchen with my Nan. We were talking about little things, mainly, while making tea. She told me she always uses her tea bags at least twice. She explained that after one use, a tea bag still has plenty of flavor. This made complete […]

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Quick Tip: Now is the Time for Thanksgiving Savings

Gather the sales fliers and clip those coupons. It is time to be looking for deals on Thanksgiving and autumn related items such as foods, candles, and other kitchen needs. Saving money on these items now is a great way to stock your pantry for the coming winter and next year. Look for cans of […]

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Quick Tip: Freezing Chives

When my daughters and I moved into an apartment years ago, the woman who lived there before us had planted chives. I kept them growing, and planted other things as well. When we moved into the trailer, we brought out chives with us. When I moved from there, I had my mother take the chives […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck Copyright 2014

Quick Tip: Storing Coconut Milk

I use quite a bit of coconut milk. The milk is good in smoothies, and I use it in other recipes. Usually, I buy this milk in cans. And, being the only one I prepare meals for, I tend to use only a half a can of milk at a time. So I pour the […]

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Quick Tip: Toothpick Combo Ideas

Toothpick combos are easy to prepare. You can have them for a snack at home, school, or work. These combos also make great picnic additions. Celery and carrot rounds. Grapes and chunks of chicken. Cantaloupe and grapes. Honey dew melon and grapes. Blueberries and grapes. Honey dew melon and blueberries. Apple chunks and cheese cubes. […]

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Quick Tip: Buy Larger Quantities of Small Eggs

If you are looking to save money on eggs, consider purchasing small eggs in quantities of 2.5 dozen or more. The small eggs can be used in place of large eggs in most recipes. They will keep well in the refrigerator as well. If you you really want to go all out and purchase larger […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 29, 2016

Quick Tip: Use Smaller Eggs

Even though (most) recipes call for large eggs, that size is not usually necessary. You can get away with using a medium or a small egg in place of a large one most of the time. EX: If a recipe calls for 3 large eggs, try using 3 small. This can save you money on […]

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Quick Tip: The Art of Leftover Wizardry

On page 133 of Amy Dycyzynz book The Complete Tightwad Gazette, she discusses the art of leftover wizardry. This is an important concept when trying to live frugally. She mentions things like: Using leftovers for lunches. Keeping a soup container in the freezer. Pot luck nights. When freezing leftovers, I tend to do three things: Freeze […]

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Quick Tip: Save Money by Growing Your Own Herbs

As a quick note, I want to point out that it is far cheaper to grow your own organic herbs than to purchase them. Keep in mind that organic foods are healthier, and are not significantly more costly to grow than the alternative. Use organic soils, and organic seeds that have not been genetically modified. […]

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Quick Tip: Freezing Eggs

This is simple. I crack an egg into a bowl, break the yolk and stir a couple of times, dump the egg into a snack size baggie, and gently squeeze out the air so I can seal the bag. I did this with the two dozen eggs, then put them all into a gallon size […]

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Quick Tip: Water Bottle Tea

When running late, this is a quick way to get a cold beverage into you if you find there’s no tea made up and placed in the refrigerator. Run water from the faucet until it is cold. Place a tea bag into a water bottle and fill with cold water. Add a packet little honey […]

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Quick Tip: Toppings for Steak

I love a big juicy steak as much as the next person, though I do not eat beef often. Even steak can get boring after a while if it is always served the same way. I cook mine medium rare, which many people do not like, and have never had any issues. When we were […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, June 15, 2014.

Quick Tip: What to do with Apple Droppings

Apple droppings are the apples that drop from the trees. These can be found in orchards, sometimes cheaper than those you would pick from the trees. You may have a neighbor who lets you pick them up off their lawn for free. Or they may be given away at food cupboards. No matter how you […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 4, 2014.

Quick Tip: How to Use Up Apples

Apples are abundant during the autumn months. Sometimes you’ll find yourself with too many. They’ll keep awhile when wrapped individually in newspaper and kept in baskets or boxes in a cool place. You can also make homemade apple, puree and freeze or can it for later use. So, what can be made with all of this apples? Apple […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright October 2014.

Quick Tip: How to Use Up Pumpkin

Pumpkin is abundant during the autumn months. If you find yourself with a lot of pumpkins, remember they will keep awhile when not cut. You can also make homemade pumpkin puree, and freeze or can it for later use. So, what can be made with all of this pumpkin? Soups and stews Paleo pumpkin Roll […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, Copyright December 29, 2016. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Quick Tip: Drinking Tea for Optimal Health Benefits

1: Don’t use dairy products in your hot tea. These types of products take the effects of the antioxidants that occur naturally in the tea away. 2: Don’t add sugar to your hot tea. I got used to this practice slowly, by using less and less sugar over time. I do sometimes use honey, but not […]

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Quick Tip: How to Use Up Snap Peas and Green Beans

Many people are ending up with a bunch of peas and beans this year. Perhaps you have too many to deal with. Maybe you’re looking for ways to use them up. Wash and dry them, snap of the end and snack on them as is. Just make sure they dry thoroughly if you wont eat […]

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Quick Tip: How to Use Up Cucumber

Is your garden giving you a lifetime supply of cucumbers this year? It can seem like that sometimes. Perhaps they are the best sale item this week, and you want to buy a bunch while you can? Maybe they are what the food cupboard sent you home with? Whatever your reason for having so many […]

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Quick Tip: How to use up Fresh Spinach

If you have a lot of spinach, and are wondering what to do with it, here is a list of possibilities for you to consider. Put some on your sandwich. Add it to your salad. Chop it up and add it to fajitas. Chop and add to halved cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese cubes, and EVOO. […]

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Quick Tip: How to use up Blueberries

Maybe you went blueberry picking over the weekend. Or purchased them at a great deal. Or someone gave them to you. Or you were lucky enough to come by them at the food cupboard. Perhaps you have too many blueberries, and you can’t use them up fast enough. Did you know that blueberries are very […]

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Quick Tip: What to do with Leftover Meatballs

It can be a lot of fun coming up with new ideas for leftovers. Why not save some money on your grocery bill by brainstorming ideas for foods that you usually make too much of. Here are some ideas for using up leftover meatballs: smoosh them up and add to pizza sauce. Use them as […]

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