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Topic: Frugal Living Swap (SIGNUP CLOSED; MAIL BY 2/6/2010)  (Read 150560 times)
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« Reply #650 on: January 06, 2010 09:00:57 PM »

Best eating in the world:

A mom and pop restaurant in the South with rough hewn wooden walls, rolls of paper towels at each table, and where you spread newspaper on the table, and they spill out a big tub of boiled fresh crawfish and corn on the cob.

That goes for BBQ too! We always say if it's tumble down and looks like it should be condemned, it probably has great BBQ!

Has anyone mentioned PainlessFrugality.com in this thread?  A friend of mine just gave me a link to their latest post on navy showers (get in, get wet, turn off water, soap up, turn water one, rinse off, turn water off, etc.).  I haven't read much yet, but the name of the blog itself is intriguing.

I do that in the summer to save on water. Learned to do that when I was chaperoning a kids camp b/c all we had to use was cold (and I mean COLD!) well water to shower with. But not in winter...too cold to stand there without warm water running! I'm a huge wimp and super cold natured...my feet get cold on the first freeze and don't thaw out until Spring starts. (To my partner: A great pair of warm, fluffy socks would be great to wear with my house-shoes!  Grin)

My friend just posted this article on Facebook and I must share!  Maybe we should invite him to our swap.   Grin

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« Reply #651 on: January 06, 2010 09:11:36 PM »

I have a partner too! And I loves her Cheesy

Mmm, beans! Hummus is awesome, but I can't seem to make it, I buy it pre-made. I do lots of other stuff with beans though, roasted chickpeas are so good! Just drain and rinse a can or two and then pat dry, season with salt, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, whatever floats your boat (I like 'em spicy) and then roast on a cookie sheet. Great high protein snack, I am seriously addicted.

Hehe..glad I'm not the only one partnered (other than my partner Wink).  And anyway, Kaz said she was already planning to put us together. Grin

And I totally agree on the roasted chickpeas! I started doing those when I was sort of doing the South Beach diet a few years ago.

MareMare, do you have a food processor??  I have a recipe from Eat, Shrink and Be Merry that works out great and doesn't have tons of expensive tahini in it. If you want to try it out, I'll PM you the recipe.  I've made it so many times and it works great.  I did make it once or twice in my blender and it worked fine that way, too  - it's just a bit harder to get it all out compared to the food processor.

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« Reply #652 on: January 06, 2010 10:25:59 PM »

My opinion on the whole one partner spending more thing is that you have to get on the same page.  It can actually wreck a marriage eventually if you don't.  Again, I'll recommend The Total Money Makeover if you can get your husbands to read it.  I think lots of people are sort of living mediocre lives when they could be living much better if they followed a budget, put money into savings for retirement and their kids education and never acquired any debt.  Of course, I'm just learning this now and my husband is reading the book, too, so hopefully we'll get on the same page on this and start the plan.  I'm tired of two steps forward, one step back (or all too often, three steps back!).

I didn't mean for it to sound like we're on the rocks, nowhere close! (We just celebrated our 8th anniversary yesterday Cheesy) I just get annoyed when his first inclination is to replace something instead of thinking of a more creative solution or that we "need" a whole case of pop, that kind of thing. He actually worked at a thrift store when he was single, so it's not that he's always averse to being thrifty; I think it's more the convenience factor and a little bit of impatience. I get tired of the grumbling about the cloth diapers or that kind of thing. He has grudgingly accepted the cloth napkins. It shouldn't matter to him -- I'm the one who does the laundry! Anyways, I have heard good things about that book; I'll have to check it out sometime.

I read a few pages back about getting hubby to eat beans/veggies.  Ever hear of the Sneaky Chef?  She has ways of adding veggies into almost everything and your subjects will never know it.

That's fun stuff! Actually, I can't complain too much. My kids are awesome at eating their vegetables. We get a box of organic veggies delivered each week and they are always sooo excited to see what's in there. Dh isn't jumping up and down like they are, but he will eat whatever I serve, as long as it's not beans. lol I guess it isn't the end of the world if he won't eat beans, but it would save some on meals. Oh well, slow and steady wins the race, right?

Hey, know what tomorrow is? Thursday! And one day closer to partners! (For those of us not lucky enough to already know. booo Wink )

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« Reply #653 on: January 06, 2010 10:34:45 PM »

I wanted to clarify for those worried about allergies (I'm a big ball of allergies too!) that when I wrote posts about my dog and making doggie biscuits I was referring to my dog who lives at my parents' house. None of my animals live at my place - they are either in my classroom or at my parents'. I just didn't want the swap organizers to read my posts and my application and think I was lying when I said I don't have animals at my house...Thanks!

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« Reply #654 on: January 07, 2010 12:43:51 AM »

Oh WOW. I just joined and I feel really behind. I can't read all of the pages to date so I'll just have to jump in Grin
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« Reply #655 on: January 07, 2010 01:41:38 AM »

mmm yum just had a bowl full of fresh pasta with homemade butter.
the rest of the past I have in the dehydrator drying out for another day


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« Reply #656 on: January 07, 2010 02:46:20 AM »

Wow - this thread really grows quick!  It is hard to keep up.  Off to read some more.

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« Reply #657 on: January 07, 2010 03:05:13 AM »

yep, it's hard to keep up, and hard to join in! by the time you've poseted there's another 6 posts!
i'm really excited for partners now, we have 6" snow here in SE England and it's still coming down. DH works from home but is poorly and the kids are off school probably til next monday, after having 2 weeks off for christmas!
i need to escape into my crafting! *_*

still, soup for luch and roast dinner tonight, MMmmmmm

« Reply #658 on: January 07, 2010 03:28:57 AM »

Oh my gosh! Thanks so much for the sneakychef link!  That's so awesome lol maybe I can get my hubby and son to eat veggies for once and they won't even know it Smiley

Sorry about your home Kaz Sad  Hope everything gets cleaned up soon!

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« Reply #659 on: January 07, 2010 04:21:12 AM »

*does the boodie shakin Snow Day Dance of Joy*  *then crawls back into bed*

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