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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Get A Rain Barrel

This is such a great idea, that i think that every single home should be required to have one. I love having a rain barrel. It saves me a ton on watering my garden, flowers, etc. Also it is just good to have one hand.
This whole next week it is going to be raining here. So I am going to set up another rain barrel up at another corner of my house.

Why should I use a rain barrel?
Lawn and garden water makes up approximately 40% of total household water use in the summer. A rain barrel can save you money in the summer by lowering your water bill by reducing irrigation water usage.
Collected rainwater is better for plants because it isn't chlorinated like your tap water is.
Reduce water pollution by reducing stormwater runoff which can contain pollutants.
Storing rainwater for lawn and garden use helps recharge the groundwater which feeds local rivers.

There are some great videos on YouTube about making rain barrels and tons of info on Google.

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Tip For The day!

Save all of your empty milk jugs !!
One great use for them is to get HOT WATER: In the summer, fill a few and let them heat up outside in the sun. You can use the water to hand-wash dishes and wash your hands.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Dry Milk Continued

Since I made that post yesterday, I have been really interested in if there are any recipes out there that are made just for using dry milk. So I went to Google and did some searching. Here are some great links that I found for using dry milk:

Using Powdered Milk In Cooking


Storing Dry Milk

Using Dry Milk

Saving Money Using Powdered Milk

Very Best Baking Recipes From Carnation

Potato bread recipe using instant potatoes and dry milk!

Make Dry Milk Taste Like Fresh Milk

Dry Milk

Recipes Using Dry Milk

The Fab Four
How to survive on wheat,
dry milk, honey and salt

I am so sorry for all of the links. There is just a ton of info online about using dry milk. I could list even more. I just wanted to share all of them.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Dry Milk

I am finding in the last few weeks , that if I did not have any dry milk I would not be able to cook a lot of things. Milk has gotten so expensive that I just have been able to buy a half gallon of it and using it only for cereal. I then make a jug of dry milk to use for cooking and baking. It has been a life saver. It has saved us a lot of money and it is very good for you. My little one is almost 3 and he actually loves to drink dry milk more then whole milk.
It does not make a difference in cooking. Everything I use it is cooks and bakes just like if I used whole milk.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Trying To Survive

Since January , my family has been going through a very tight and trying time. My husband is still laid-off. I have been sewing some cloth towels and diapers. Trying to sell what I can to make extra money. Unemployment is not a lot of money. But , we are actually making it. All of our bills are paid and nothing is behind. This has been such a learning experience and we have found out some things that we need to do and some things that we have actually done right.

More postings later about what we have been doing!! I have been getting my veggies all ready to plant.

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