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« Reply #510 on: February 13, 2010 12:29:21 PM »

I made something small but cleaning related! Dusting cloths from scrap fleece and fabric I had in my stash. Of course if I hadn't backed them I could use both sides, but sometimes cute has to win.

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« Reply #511 on: February 13, 2010 02:05:28 PM »

Does anyone know a recipe for dishwasher detergent without borax? Not because of the toxicity but because I don't know where to get it. I could buy it online but that way I would spend more than on regular dishwasher detergent.
One thing I loved about living in the US was that it seemed that you could buy anything right around the corner. At least when comes to crafting/DIY.
The city I live in  now doesn't even have a decent fabric store Tongue

Would anyone of you be interested in sharing recipes? There seem to be quite a few of us who make their own bread. And I bet there are a lot of other tasty things out there as well.
I just started a new thread in the Cooking section:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=55.0
I was thinking of a recipe only thread and all the chatting over here.
I try to translate my favourite bread recipe tomorrow.
But right now I'm working on my husband's birthday present so maybe it will take a day or two longer.
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« Reply #512 on: February 13, 2010 02:09:51 PM »

My swap box from lydiaharper came today, and she included 3 cooling racks she found for me at her local Goodwill.  Yeah!  My best friend's in Jonesboro at Sam's Club right now and is checking on bulk yeast for me.  I have received 1 bread pan in a swap and will, hopefully, have a 2nd sometime soon.  Ideally, I'm aiming for 4.  But, I do have some recipes that only call for 2.  Me baking bread is on the horizon!

Thank you for starting that thread in the cooking section.  


ETA:  Rhoda just called and is bringing me a 1 lb. container of yeast.  She said she didn't even want me to pay for her it because I'd gotten some treats for her kids earlier when we got together during the bad weather cabin fever days.

Also, I got another treasure in the mail today - the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog.  WONDERFUL!  Kiddo and I have already decided that Dragon's Tongue beans have to be a part of our order.  LOL

Rain has moved in.  Will go to sleet and snow as night progresses.  All the way through tomorrow and tomorrow night.  Very little snow accumulation expected.  That's good given that the last 2 snows haven't even finished melting yet.  Big worry is icing on roads.  Tomorrow will be a stay home, dry, and warm day.  Lots of crafting if I can keep this migraine at bay (meds are kicking in, but I still feel crummy) and get my back to loosen up (I can walk upright finally this afternoon, but the hurting and weakness are still there.  *sigh*).

Got my electric and gas bills today.  Total over $200.  Could just cry.
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« Reply #513 on: February 13, 2010 03:52:35 PM »

Does anyone have much experience growing fruits/veggies in an apartment? I saw that they had lots of tasty starter plants for various berries at Home Depot, but all I've grown inside is a succulent and a baby pine.
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« Reply #514 on: February 13, 2010 06:28:14 PM »

Got my electric and gas bills today.  Total over $200.  Could just cry.

Utility bills suck when winter hits.  We're fortunate in that we know what to expect and have budget billing that gets spread out over the year so we always pay the same every month.  But I can't even imagine being somewhere that you weren't expecting that kind of winter and having those bills hit you!! 

I made the mistake of going to a Pampered Chef party today...and really liking everything.  I was telling myself that as much as I liked certain things I wouldn't be getting anything..but then I remembered the money my dad is paying me to make scarves for his fiance.  So I'm going to get a few things but keep the full total (shipping and handling + tax) below that amount.  I can actually get quite a few useful kitchen gadgets for about what I would pay at Wal Mart or possibly less..so that's nice.   Oh, and they have a double sided pastry roller that is small enough to use right into the corners on a cookie sheet - so now I can make crackers right on the pan and roll them nice and thin without having to transfer over from the counter. Cheesy

Yes...I could put that money in savings or use it for groceries...but I think I'll just cut out my "personal" money for a month...that should make me feel better about it.    I hope....
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« Reply #515 on: February 13, 2010 07:14:46 PM »

So what's y'all's take on homemade pasta and frugality?  I don't want one of those expensive pasta machines  Roll Eyes , but I'm thinking about one of those things that looks like guitar strings. 
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« Reply #516 on: February 13, 2010 07:44:04 PM »

silk81- I have not tried this one yet but  here it is a recipie with out borax for the dish washer

1/2 teaspoon of citric acid and 1 teaspoon natural liquid castile soap

for each load.  make sure there is no added sls in the soap.  the recipie i have with borax also uses citric acid it is a good grease cutter.
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« Reply #517 on: February 13, 2010 10:54:56 PM »

craftylittlemonkey - that's how we do it here, too.  BC Hydro calls it budget billing..and I think Pacific Northern Gas does, too.  Last year one bill went up (electricity) and one bill went down (gas).  So it evened out - we owed a little on one and got refunded on the other.  I love that we changed ours.  Before that, we would go through summer with these tiny little gas bills every other month and then in the winter get bills that were over $200 at a time (for two months) and struggle to pay them.  So now we pay $88 every month for gas and $33 for electricity.  Still adds up to a lot, but we do live in the frozen north!! Cheesy

Oh, and I use grapeseed oil, too...the latest says it's one of the best for the reasons you mentioned.  I was using canola and I do still use olive oil when I want the flavour but I mostly stick to coconut oil, grapeseed oil and butter for everything else.  I'm a sucker for butter. Wink

Aiki..hmm..I'm trying to think of what you mean about the thing for pasta like guitar strings.  I have a pasta maker that I really really wanted and my mother-in-law told me never to use water in the pasta dough because it would rust and so I've never used it because I'm freaked out about it happening when most recipes I know of call for water.  I'm such a wimp.  Maybe I'll get up the guts to use it this week...seeing that I've had it for over a year now. Tongue  But I do think it would be cheaper in the long run, even if you did purchase a machine.  Mine is manual..I'm guessing it was about $50 but hubby can't remember even buying it for me. Grin
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« Reply #518 on: February 14, 2010 02:32:31 AM »

silk81- I have not tried this one yet but  here it is a recipe with out borax for the dish washer

1/2 teaspoon of citric acid and 1 teaspoon natural liquid castile soap

for each load.  make sure there is no added sls in the soap.  the recipe i have with borax also uses citric acid it is a good grease cutter.
Thanks a lot, EKO! I'm definitely going to try that one. I know where to get citric acid and I use liquid castile soap for wet felting so it's always in my stash. I really hate the smell regular dishwasher detergents leave on the dishes. especially on my son's plastic dishes.

So what's y'all's take on homemade pasta and frugality?  I don't want one of those expensive pasta machines  Roll Eyes , but I'm thinking about one of those things that looks like guitar strings. 
I don't know what kind of pasta machine that is. Could you post a link?
I mostly make filled pasta like tortellini or ravioli. You don't need a pasta machine for those. I have one and I think it makes rolling the dough a lot easier than using a rolling pin.

craftylittlemonkey, I added your recipe to the recipe thread I started (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=55.0). I was thinking if everyone posted their recipes over there we'd have them all in one place and anyone who's interested could make their own frugal cook book. Cheesy
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« Reply #519 on: February 14, 2010 09:01:01 AM »

Well, I think baking something yourself always saves money. And it usually tastes better than storebought. One thing I still have to master are chocolate chip cookies. I've tried several recipes and they always turn out way too dry.  Undecided
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