Sunday, April 30, 2017

Nature's Skittles

Amazing Colors

Just like a bag of Skittles is full of many bright colors fresh fruits and vegetables come in many bright colors as well. In fact, they come in the same colors as a bag of Skittles.

Instead of snacking on a bag of brightly colored candy, which is loaded with sugar, unhealthy preservatives and absolutely no nutritional value whatsoever, snack on a bowl of freshly cut up fruits.

Remember, canned fruits in either heavy syrup or "natural syrup" don't have any nutritional value and are full of sugars and preservatives.

Our bodies need the vitamins and nutrients that are packed in fresh fruits and cutting them up only takes a moment. You are providing yourself and your family a healthy choice for a snack.

Just think, back when Columbus and Black Beard along with his pirates were sailing the oceans, fruit was a mandatory daily food item to prevent the sailors from getting scurvy, a disease that included but was not limited to fatigue, muscle weakness, bleeding in the joints and gums and was deadly. All caused by the lack of Vitamin C that is found in fruits. This is why eating 2 servings of fruit every single day is important.


Fresh vegetables come in a variety of bright colors as well. They can be cut up and eaten raw, used in a salad and in a stir fry. You can even mix together fresh fruits and vegetables for a super healthy salad.

Our bodies are made with the need for fresh fruits and vegetables in order to stay healthy. Our bodies are not made to eat processed fruits and vegetables that come out of a can.

Fresh and preservative free fruits and vegetables should be in our breakfasts, lunches and dinners on a daily basis in order for our bodies to stay healthy and strong.

The main reason we are seeing an increase in Diabetes, heart disease, strokes, auto-immune diseases and cancers is mainly due to fast foods, processed frozen foods and foods that come out of cans.

If you eat smart choosing healthy fresh fruits and vegetables your body will have more energy and your muscles and bones will be strong(er). You will have better mental alertness. Your digestive system will work better, your cells will be healthier and the list goes on.

Did you know that purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables is actually cheaper than stocking up on canned counterparts?

Eat Healthy - Healthy Living - Healthy Choices

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Dehydrating Fruit is Healthy

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Take Advantage of Fruit Sales

I recently purchased 2 pounds of fresh strawberries as they were on sale for $2.00 per pound. I love to take advantage of fruit sales for a couple of reasons. First, I am not a great fruit eater, however, if dehydrated I eat them as a healthy snack. Second, dehydrated fruit is great to add to your morning cereal and salads. The dehydration process is frugal because you can take advantage of fruit sales, dehydrate your fruit and therefore there is absolutely no waste since your fruit is not turning moldy and rotting in your refrigerator. Waste not want not and saving money.

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A Wonderful Kitchen Gadget

A dehydrator (or two) is one of the best kitchen gadgets you can own. Dehydrators save you money through preserving food, they are not expensive and they pay for themselves.

It only takes a few moments to prepare your fruit for your dehydrator. With strawberries, I removed the tops, washed the fruit to remove soil and then sliced them up in even slices. From start to finish this process took me less than 15 minutes. The dehydrator does the rest. I started this batch around 1:00 pm and let it run until I woke up the next morning.

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One Pint of Dried Strawberries

The 2 pounds of strawberries after they have been dehydrated fits in a pint size canning jar.

I simply leave this jar on my counter top and eat a few slices for a healthy snack or I add it to my morning cereal.

Dehydrated strawberries added to your cereal is healthier than purchasing the boxed cereal that contains strawberries as there is no added sugar or other preservatives to keep the strawberries fresh. Who knows how long your fruit cereal stays on the shelves. Have you ever looked at the expiration date?

Take the jar of dehydrated strawberries to work and you have a healthy snack. Mark the jar that 4 slices equals one strawberry. This way you are not eating 2 pounds at one setting then you end up having to run to the bathroom.

Enjoy a healthy snack the entire family will enjoy. Your children will love these.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Helping our Neighbors is Frugal

Our World is Dying

I don't generally write these types of posts, however, today I am.

Our world has become a very dangerous place to live. Everyone seems to be afraid of each other. Us humans no longer care for our neighbors, humility is gone as well as humans no longer treat others as we ourselves want to be treated.

If one person helps another and that person in turn helps another not only will this turn us humans into better people it will change the world.

We don't need wars, daily violence and bullying. The World needs peace, love and humbleness. I have added a link that plays Pentatonix's version of John Lennon's song "Imagine". I do pray you enjoy it.

What can you do today to help another person?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLiWFUDJ95I

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Take Charge of Your Life

Yes You Can!

You can do anything in the world once you put your mind to it. Changing the way we think can feel daunting because human nature is to be afraid of change.

Remove "I Can't" from your vocabulary and watch your entire world open up to all possibilities. We are living in a negative world but this doesn't mean we have to live a negative life. If you want to reach the stars then make changes in your life in order to do so.

Baby Steps

Take baby steps and change one bad habit or bad thought about your life. When we think with a positive mindset positive things will happen. If you don't like your job, change it. If you don't like how you are living change it. If you don't have enough money to make ends meet then figure out how you can. Positive change doesn't happen overnight but it does happen if you put your mind to it. Determination is the key.

Positive Thoughts Yield Positive Results

If we continually think negatively about our life then our life will be negative. If we think of how we can change our life positive thoughts will start surfacing and the world is going to be your oyster.

If you are living above your means then move to a cheaper neighborhood or cheaper town. Change your job to one that pays more. If you need to have two jobs then get two jobs to get ahead of your bills.

If you can't pay with cash don't purchase the item you want. Remember, want and need are two separate things. We all want things and we all need things. However, what you need is more important in order to live a happier life. We can want all day long but wanting isn't going to pay your bills.

Be Self Sufficient

Have you ever thought on how you can be self sufficient? Meaning growing a garden to save money and eat healthy. Freeze, dehydrate and can your garden vegetables. Being creative in the kitchen and not wasting food. Make extra money by having a yard sale. Taking a hobby and turning it into cash. Live cheaper by moving and downsizing.

There is no rule that says you have to "keep up with the Jones's". Who cares how your neighbor is living high on the hog and you are struggling. Think about you and your family and how you can change your mindset and living arrangements.

It is all up to You

Starting today write down on paper what you can easily change in your life in order to live better. If you do not try you will never know. You have the power to turn a negative experience into a positive experience. If you have children you are their role model so be a positive, productive and successful role model.

Your Health depends on Positive

When you are living in a negative world you are putting so much stress on your body that you are making yourself sick. You only have one life and one body. Stress eats up our bodies, minds and souls. This stress impacts our families and jobs as well as our ability to think positive thoughts.

What one thing can you change today to start living a more positive, stress free and healthy life? Let's discuss.

Healthy Living, Healthy Eating, Healthy Lifestyle

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Healthy Eating - Soy in your Cupboard

Makeup of Soybeans

Soy is a bean that originated from Asia and has made it's way to farms in the United States. A fact that is not alarming is that 90% of all soybeans grown in the United States are GMO (genetically modified organism).

The soybeans that are grown are generally processed into soybean oil and the excess soybeans are fed to cattle in feedlots. With this being said human consumption of raw soybeans is poisonous.

Why is Soy in so many Food Products?

Soy is one of the cheapest crops in the United States so food manufacturers use it in processing food in order to save some money. Soy is used as a food emulsifier. Meaning it keeps oils and water from separating in processed foods, helps bread dough rise better and keeps those cookies and breakfast bars moist. Hence the word "Gluten" because it glues ingredients together.

What Products have Soy?

First, soy is not only found in most manufactured foods it can be found in inhalers and other medications. Bet you didn't know that.

Tuna and Salmon in Cans and Packets - The fish is poached in "vegetable stock" which contains soy.

  • Breakfast Bars
  • Cereals
  • Bread
  • Breaded Frozen Foods
  • Breadcrumbs - this is why it is best to make your own
  • Powdered Milk
  • Crackers
  • Bean Sprouts
  • Mayonnaise
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Steak Sauce
  • Non-Dairy Creamers
  • Peanut Butter - this is why it is best to make your own
  • Beer
  • Yogurt (some yogurt not all)
  • Baby Foods and Formula
  • Broth (Canned and Boxed)
  • Chocolate
  • Rice Mixes
Soy Why go Gluten Free

Over 21% of Americans are turning to a soy (gluten free) diet due to health issues associated with soy. However, not all people are affected by adverse reactions to soy. 

Gluten can be a cause for migraines, Celiac Disease, some digestive cancers, harms the immune system in some people, causes tiredness and muscle weakness and even anemia, just to name a few medical issues.

Read Labels

Learn to read your food labels if you have a sensitivity to Soy. You just never know where it will be hiding. 

Eat Healthy, Healthy Living

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Type II Diabetes Diet Plan

The Plate Method

Using the plate method when you have Type II Diabetes is an important and easy way to regulate what you are eating.

Using a 9" plate is recommended for proper portion control. Since not all dinner plates are equal you may want to measure yours to make sure you are using the 9" sized plate.

Vegetables

As you can see from the illustration, 1/2 of the plate consists of 2 types of vegetables. Only eat vegetables that are either fresh or frozen and never canned. 

Why? Canned or processed vegetables are full of sugars, salts and other chemicals in order to preserve the vegetables that are put inside of the can.

Fresh or frozen vegetables (the greener the better) do not have the preservatives that are included in canned vegetables. Frozen vegetables are simply flash frozen and put in a bag. Fresh vegetables are, well, fresh.

Always steam or grill your fresh vegetables instead of cooking them in butter or a stir fry that has oil. If you have a George Foreman Grill I found this a great way to cook my fresh vegetables and meat. The fat from the meat will drain away and you are steaming your vegetables at the same time.

Never boil your vegetables as boiling will remove most of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs. 

Meat/Protein

Always choose lean meats and cut off any excess fat the meat has. Remove the skin on the chicken as the skin is nothing but fat. You will notice that 1/4 of the plate in the plate method is reserved for your meat (protein). Your meat portion should be no larger than the palm of your hand.

Never consume any type of potted, processed or canned meats, this includes potted fish, as the salt content and preservatives in these types of meat are not healthy for consumption especially in controlling Type II Diabetes. 

Cook your meats either on a grill or George Foreman Grill (so the fat drains off), broil or bake. Fish is generally baked or poached unless you are eating a tuna, salmon or shark steak then you can easily grill your fish.

Starch

The worse carbohydrates to choose is corn, white rice, white potatoes, french fries and tortillas. White bread is a big no no along with cereals that are loaded with sugars. (Check the label on your cereal and choose cereals that have less than 5% sugar per serving)

Healthy choices in choosing carbohydrates are sweet potatoes, whole grain carbohydrates such as brown rice, whole wheat bread (again check the label for 5% sugars or less per serving). Non-processed oatmeal is a good choice.  Oatmeal that is in a container or pouch is NOT a good choice due to the large amounts of sugars and the fact the oatmeal has been bleached meaning it has lost most of it's nutrients.

The idea of using the plate method for Type II Diabetes meals is to ensure you are eating more vegetables for the vitamins and minerals, a small amount of healthy carbohydrates and a perfectly healthy portion of meat.

Fruit and Milk

Never consume fruit from a can these are loaded with high fructose corn syrup which means a ton of unhealthy sugar. Even fruit that is labeled "Natural Juices" is not a healthy choice due to the amount of sugars and preservatives.

Always choose fresh fruits only.

Drinking an 8 oz glass of milk is always a good choice to add calcium to your system. If you are into drinking Almond Milk you might want to look at the label on the container as Almond Milk and other Non-Milk drinks are loaded with sugar and preservatives.

Loose 10 Pounds

If you are overweight, which most people with Type II Diabetes are, the best thing you can do to help regulate your sugars is to loose 10 pounds.  Walking and swimming are the best exercises to start incorporating in your daily routine.

Using the plate method will also help you loose the weight since the portions 1/2 plate of Vegetables, 1/4 plate protein and 1/4 plate carbs are healthy portion sizes. This ensures there is no overeating one item over another.

I do hope this helps in planning your Type II Diabetic meals.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day Frugality

What is Earth Day?

Earth Day is a day to celebrate Mother Earth. Personally, Earth Day should be celebrated every day and not just one day. It is a day to clean up neighborhoods, waterways, and to teach others how to do the same.

How You Can Help

There are several ways you can help celebrate Earth Day. Here are a few ideas.

  • Go for a walk and pick up trash along the way.
  • Clean trash out of a lake or river.
  • Recycle your plastics, glass and cardboard
  • Plant a tree
  • Teach your children to put trash in a trash can and not litter
  • Can you recycle items around your house instead of throwing something away
  • Pick up trash in your local park
  • Recycle Metals and Tires by taking them to the proper recycling facility
  • Clean trash from a local beach
  • Clean your closet and donate to charity or a woman's safe shelter
  • Stop drinking bottled water. Plastic does not break down in our landfills. Carry Reusable water bottles.
  • Update your light bulbs to save energy
  • Help in a Community Garden
  • Plant Bee and Butterfly friendly flowers in your yard
  • If you are in a group think about adopting a highway and pick up trash
  • Fix leaking faucets to save water and money on your water bill
  • Carpool or take a neighbor to the store to save on vehicle emissions and to help others
  • Purchase local produce at a Farmers Market and help your local farmers
  • Insulate your home to save on energy bills
  • Replace old and cracked caulking around your windows to save on energy bills
  • Teach your children the importance of reducing trash, recycling, upcycling and reusing items.
We all should make every day Earth Day. If you see trash pick it up, provide a habitat for birds, bees and butterflies. Be kind to Mother Earth because with out her we will not be able to survive. 

Living Frugal, Eating Healthy, Healthy Living

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Vitamins are Not Healthy

No Regulation

Manufacturing companies that produce vitamins have absolutely no regulation whatsoever when producing their vitamin pills and tonics that are sold.

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) does not oversee or approve of what these so called vitamins are made from. You may have seen "Approved by the UPC" but even that doesn't exist, or "Recommended by my Pharmacist or doctor" on commercials. This is nothing but a marketing ploy for these manufacturers to sell more product and get richer off of your health. Don't be so gullible when watching television commercials about vitamins just because some actor in a lab coat is talking about how good they are for you.

Let's get serious about vitamins here. Since there is no regulation and there are so many vitamins on the market did you know that most of the vitamins sold are of absolutely no use to your health? Vitamin manufacturers do not have to list what their synthetic vitamins are made from. For all you know you are taking a placebo and wasting your money. Not to mention that not all synthetic vitamins are made the same so God knows what you actually are ingesting into your system.

Eat Healthy if you want Real Vitamins

If you really want a true vitamin experience why not purchase organic and fresh fruits and vegetables. Every conceivable vitamin that our bodies need can be found in a healthy diet.

Yes you do have time to have a healthy diet. All you need to do is get rid of the canned, boxed, processed and fast foods. Stop drinking soda and sports drinks and drink water instead. Putting together a meal consisting of a fresh salad some poached fish and fresh fruits takes no time at all. It's healthier and you know up front what you are actually eating.

In order to be healthy and stay healthy we need to eat healthy. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables that contain the actual natural vitamins our bodies need is so much better than taking a synthetic manufactured pill that can potentially make you sick because you are not receiving the proper vitamins.

Put your Money to Better Use

Please stop wasting money purchasing vitamins being sold by greedy corporations looking to make a quick buck. These corporations are getting rich off of your hard earned money.

Living frugally means to make the best out of what you have, what you can grow and living a healthier lifestyle. Doesn't it make sense to eat healthy meals in order to provide your body the nourishment it needs? Cooking a healthy meal does not take a lot of time out of your day. Cooking a healthy meal does not mean that cooking is hard or that you can't cook. You can cook you just need to take the time and most healthy meals can be made in under 30 minutes.

If you are one that is taking vitamins and supplements be very wary of potential dangerous ingredients.  Always advise your doctor what you are taking and show them the packaging. 

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Drink Healthy Water

Drink Water NOT Soda

'Oh the horror of drinking water!' This is how most people react just at the thought of drinking water. I am always hearing from people "soda is made from water." Oh such a bad choice of words.

Our bodies are made up of 75% water and through sweating and urinating we loose this important water in our bodies so this water needs to be replenished in order for all of our systems to work better. Water is vital for life as all of our organs need water in order to be healthy, especially our brains.

Drinking 8 sodas per day is not drinking water. By drinking sodas and even sports drinks you are actually dehydrating your body from the water it needs to thrive and be healthy. Soda is packed with sugars which is simply not good for overall health. Not to mention diet soda which is sweetened with aspartame which is nothing short of pure poison and has been linked to early onset dementia, alzheimers and learning disabilities in children.

Never Drink from the Tap

The water that comes from our taps is not healthy water. It is full of chlorine (to kill bacteria), fluoride and unhealthy metals from old pipes either in your home or from your city.

Drinking hot water from your tap is a very bad thing to do. Since hot water from your tap is coming through your hot water heater you are getting a glass of water filled with sediments from your hot water heater and ingesting enough of these sediments will make you sick.

What is Healthy Water

Healthy water is either reverse osmosis water or distilled water. Reverse Osmosis water can be found in your local grocery stores where you can bring your own water jugs. It is cheap enough and tastes great. Reverse Osmosis is a process where water is pushed through a special membrane which filters out salt and other unhealthy minerals. Purchasing water this way is so much cheaper than purchasing those little bottles of water. Plus through bringing your own water jugs you are recycling and not filling up our landfills with plastic that doesn't break down.

Distilled water is simply water that has been boiled and the steam from this process is condensed into water that has had the bad minerals boiled out of it. Distilled water is used in CPAP machines so you are not breathing in harmful minerals, rust and hard water through your lungs.

Dress Up your Water

It is recommended that we all drink 8 glasses of water per day or 1/2 of a gallon each day. This is because we need to replenish the water that leaves our bodies on a daily basis. Drinking water is a must to flush out our systems, replenish our systems and to keep hydrated.

If you can't stomach plane drinking water try adding some lemon or lime juice (from the real fruit). Blend up some berries, and other fruits and freeze these blended fruits in ice cube trays. Then simply pop out your fruit cubes and plop them in your water. You are now drinking water along with getting fruit which is normally not eaten on a daily basis.

Water Bottles

Always choose a water bottle that is BPA free. These water bottles will be marked. BPA is a chemical that the plastic bottle is made from and when this chemical heats up it leaches into your drinking water.

What I do is fill up 4 of my large BPA free water bottles and put them in the freezer. This is great in the summer since as the frozen water melts you are drinking ice water. If I am outside working or if I am going somewhere I simply put my frozen water bottles in a lunch cooler where they will stay cold but will slowly defrost. This way I always have cold water handy for a refreshing drink.

Drinking your 8 glasses of water per day will also fill your stomach so you do not feel super hungry then you end up pigging out with a large over sized meal or an entire bag of chips while watching television.

Get in the Habit

Drinking water is not a torture treatment. Once you replace your sugared drinks with great tasting water you will not only get into a healthy habit your body will love you for it. I guarantee that you will start feeling healthier and will have more energy.

We do not need to put more poisons in our bodies that we already do through our food. Remember, most diseases are caused mostly by what we eat, our environment and of course genetics.

Be a role model to your entire family. Drink water and ditch the sugared drinks.

Saving Money, Eating Healthy, Healthy Living

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Grass Fed Cattle - What's the Beef

Grass Fed Cattle

Yes, there is grass fed cattle that do stay in the fields and never get 'finished off' in feed lots. However, what many people do not understand about grass fed cattle is that it is common practice to spray weed killer in the pastures.

With this being said there is no such thing as "Organic" beef. The weed killer is still in the ground and in the roots of the grass being eaten by the cattle.  Plus the rancher must rotate the pastures in order to allow for grass to recover.

All cattle still need to be inoculated against deadly infectious diseases. Many times cattle are inoculated with a 'bead' behind the ear which slowly provides them with antibiotics for health.

There is also grass fed cattle that are 'finished' off in feed lots. In feed lots cattle can gain 5 pound and more per day. This puts on the weight which is needed to get a good price at the sale barns. Even though these grass fed cattle are 'finished' off in feed lots they are still labeled at "Grass Fed".

The price per pound of grass fed beef can be $6.50 per pound and can even be more.

Cow Calf Pairs

January starts the calving season and it ends in April at the latest. This ensures that the calves grow large enough to be taken to the sale barn in the Fall.

Cow calf pairs are put out to pasture away from the bulls because some bulls can kill a calf and loosing a calf is not an option for a rancher. Calves are worth $500 once they hit the ground.

The photograph above is a cattle ranch near where I live. These cow calf pairs will stay out in the field for the summer months until the calves are weaned and separated from their mothers. (It can get quite noisy around here when weaning happens as both the cows and the calves are bawling for a couple of days) Then the breeding process starts all over again. Yes, these calves will be sent to a feed lot. This field is not sprayed with insecticides because it is not financially prudent for the rancher to do so.

Ask any grass fed operation and you will find that even with their high prices per pound that they are barely breaking even.

Marbling and Taste

Corn fed beef has white fat and is well marbled as shown in the steak to the far left. The marbling makes the steak not only taste better as it adds juices into the meat, the meat is tender and not tough.

Grass fed beef has yellow fat and a small amount of fat. This yellow fat does not add juices to the meat and the meat is tough. Kind of like chewing cardboard. Not to mention if you are purchasing "Grass Fed hamburger" guess what, fat is added and your hamburger really will not taste good because it is fat from other grass fed cattle.

The Healthiest Beef

If you really want some great tasting and healthy beef find a local rancher or a local butcher who processes cattle. I guarantee you will be eating beef that has no added chemicals that make the meat red and appealing to the eye.

Real beef is actually brown in color not bright red as we see in the grocery stores. The taste is pure and not contaminated. No, it doesn't taste 'gamy' such as deer meat. Just don't tell your friends what they are eating because some people just can't put a face to what they are eating.

Be Frugal, Eat Healthy, Live Healthy

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Frugal Bible Tidbits #1


  • Dismantle a box of cereal and use the inside of the box as cardboard for artwork such as gluing, painting and to cut out shapes. This makes a great work area for children.
  • Reuse ziploc bags. Rinse them out then turn them inside out to dry. They can be used to put in food scraps, onion skins and meat packages that contain blood. Remove as much air as you can and close the bag.This way your garbage will not smell and animals will leave your outside trash alone.
     
  • Open the top of your coffee maker once you shut it off. This way the steam can escape and the inside of your coffee maker will not turn moldy especially if you have hard water. Always clean your coffee pot once a month by filling the pot with regular vinegar and running it through your coffee maker. Follow up with a pot of water and run the water through your coffee maker. Vinegar is a natural cleanser and disinfectant.
  • Crush all boxes and plastic bottles prior to putting them in your trash. This way you are saving space in your trashcan for more trash.
  • Never freeze food in aluminum foil. Your food will not freeze as fast thus bacteria will grow on your food. This bacteria will not be killed once you reheat the food. Always use a freezer bag or butcher paper.
  • When you are cooking dried beans or any legumes add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to cut down on the gas effects. Less flatulence.
  • If your beef was grass fed the fat will be yellow in color and the beef will be tough. If the beef was grain fed the fat will be white in color, you will have better marbling and the beef will be more tender.
  • Crushing dried herbs will increase their flavor.
  • When making herb butter mix your herbs in softened butter (not melted butter). You can then freeze your herb butter by placing your herb butter on plastic wrap, form it into a log and wrap it well. Once frozen you can slice off the amount desired.
  • Mayonnaise contains 65% oil. Less than 65% oil is considered salad dressing. 
  • Fat free mayonnaise contains more salt than regular mayonnaise. * Note: Mayonnaise does contain soy so if you are trying to go gluten free you might want to make your own homemade.
  • When cooking a meatloaf never cover it with aluminum foil if you have covered the top of your meatloaf with a tomato based product. The acidity in the tomato product breaks down the aluminum and your meatloaf will absorb it. Aluminum is toxic when in food products.
I hope these little tidbits have been helpful.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

How to Control Type II Diabetes

What is Type II Diabetes?

Also called Adult Onset Diabetes, Type II Diabetes is when your body does not use up the insulin your body produces in the pancreas. Your pancreas then ends up producing more insulin than what your body can use and your sugar (or glucose) levels become high. Diabetes can be caused by genetics, meaning it runs in your family and most importantly diabetes happens when we do not have a proper diet.

Type II Diabetes is treatable, however, if major lifestyle changes are not made such as a complete diet change plus exercise most people end up having to take medication.  This is a life long disease and if not controlled can cause heart disease, kidney disease, eye damage such as glaucoma. Diabetes can affect your body's nervous system and if not managed you could loose a leg or two. With this being said diabetes is a very serious matter if left untreated and not managed.

Lifestyle Changes

It is imperative that a person who has been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes take their diagnosis seriously and completely change their lifestyle. Exercise is a must because with diabetes we tend to gain weight and it is very difficult to keep it off. Certainly, we don't want to get any larger.

Immediate dietary changes should be made. No more fast food, soda, donuts or any other type of food that is loaded with sugar. It is recommended that when grocery shopping choose foods that have less than 5 grams of sugar per serving.

Under Control in Three Months

The day my doctor told me I had diabetes I was shocked but not shocked since both Type I and Type II run in my family. However, I was still taken by surprise with the diagnosis. The first thing my doctor did was put me on medication. I am not one for taking pills.

I immediately, on day one, changed my diet completely. I only ate fresh foods such as salads and lean meats. I ate carrot and celery sticks for snacks along with fresh fruits and stopped purchasing any all food that came in a can, a box or was processed.

I was on a mission and that mission was to get my sugar levels down. With the dietary changes that I made, as hard as it was at first, within three months of eating my new healthy diet I no longer had to take any type of medication to control my sugar. I have stayed medication free since 2013.

Saving Money

Believe it or not I spend less money purchasing fresh fruits, vegetables and meats than when I used to eat canned and boxed foods. I most certainly am eating healthier and I no longer eat fast food.

It is All Determination

Changing your lifestyle is not an easy task. However, if I can do it you can too. All it is is pure determination. You need to have the will to take back your health and not be dependent on medication. Besides you want to enjoy your life and be their for your family don't you?

Once you change your diet and stick to it it becomes easier by the day to stay away from the unhealthy foods that are manufactured and stuffed in cans and boxes. In fact, with my family I stopped purchasing processed foods altogether and the entire family eats only fresh foods. By changing the family diet I am helping to keep my family diabetes free. It's a win win for every one.

Exercise

Exercise is a must when you have diabetes. You don't have to join a gym in order to exercise. Your exercise can be as simple as walking 15 minutes per day.  If you walk three times a day that's 45 minutes of walking. Before long you will be walking further every day.

If you have a dog, this is a great opportunity for you to really take your dog on a walk. Your dog will love you for it and your body will love you for it. There is no room for laziness once you have diabetes.

Only you can make Changes

You will find that with your new found diet and exercise you will not only feel better you will have more energy throughout the day. Plus you will sleep better at night with all the walking and fresh air you are getting.

Only you can make the necessary dietary changes to get your diabetes under control. If you don't want to make changes for yourself then think about your family. Your family needs you and loves you.

Part of frugality is taking care of your health and teaching your family how to be healthy too. Eating healthy is a must in order to get your diabetes under control.

Learning to Cook

Yes you do have time to cook and with your new found diet you will be cooking up some rather delicious meals for you and your family. You will discover new and exciting herbs and spices that will please your taste buds.

There is always time to cook a healthy and nutritious meal. No more excuses that you are too busy or too tired. Please help yourself and love yourself. Your family will love you for the changes you have made if not for yourself but for your entire family.

NOTE: Always make sure you consult your doctor in order to check your blood glucose levels. If you are taking medication continue to take it while you are changing your diet. Your doctor will advise you if you can stop your medication.

Disclaimer

I am not a medical professional nor do I claim to be. This article is to be used for guideline purposes only. If your health becomes worse notify your doctor immediately. 

To Health and Frugality. I have confidence you can change your diet and become a healthier person.

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20 ways to use Easter Leftovers

Leftover Smorgasbord 

If you cooked ham for this past Easter dinner you may just have a ton of leftovers. Do not despair, there are many ways to use up all of your leftovers and have plenty of meals for another day. Here are some ideas to help you out.

  1. Send your dinner guests off with a plate so they have leftovers
  2. Make Ham and bean soup (freezable)
  3. Make Split pea soup (freezable)
  4. Ham Sandwiches - Slice thin and you have extra lunch meat in the freezer
  5. Ham and eggs
  6. Ham Croquettes
  7. Scallop Potatoes with ham
  8. Ham and Cheese Quiche
  9. Ham, Egg and Vegetable breakfast muffins (freezable)
  10. Grilled Ham and Cheese
  11. Ham and Cheese Macaroni
  12. Ham Fettuccine
  13. Vegetable and Ham Soup
  14. Ham Pot Pies
  15. Ham and Cheese Quesadillas
  16. Ham, Rice and Vegetable Skillet Dinner
  17. Chicken Cordon Blue
  18. Baked Potato Wedges Loaded with ham, cheese and leftover vegetables
  19. Ham and Cheese Waffles
  20. Ham and Egg baked Casserole
Never throw out your leftovers as you just might be hungry someday and your refrigerator or freezer may be empty. By preparing soups with your leftover ham and ham bone you are making meals for the future. 

Ham is a versatile meat and can be paired with all vegetables and even other meats like chicken for a chicken cordon blue. Being frugal is making the most out of huge family meals so there is no waste.

You can even bring your leftovers to your workplace and share if you want. It is much better to share with others who may be single and did not have a large family dinner than to throw perfectly good food in the trash. 

Food for Thought

Being frugal is thinking of the future, saving money and always helping others. 

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

10 Ways to Pay it Forward

Kindness is Infectious

We are taught to treat others the way we want to be treated, unfortunately, this does not happen very often throughout the world.

Every day we should all take the time to pay it forward and provide kindness and respectful to a total stranger. This really is not a hard thing to do; help others. Once you start paying it forward to a stranger you are not only changing the life of someone else you are changing your life at the same time.

Pay for a child's school lunch There are too many children in school whose parents can not afford the school lunches. "Lunch Shaming" has become the norm in many schools. Lunch personnel stamp the child's hand with "I owe for school lunch" or actually throw away the child's lunch into the trash. This needs to stop. Not to mention that many times a school lunch is the only meal a child has to eat. Help a child today and provide the food they so desperately need in order to learn.

Provide a Ride Provide a ride to your neighbor or shut-in to the grocery store or food pantry. You would be amazed at how many people are unable to get to the store themselves.

Mow a Yard This is certainly one that older children can help with. Help a neighbor mow their yard, rake leaves and do general cleanup. Not only are you helping your neighbor you are helping to keep your neighborhood clean and tidy. For the elderly this is a wonderful way to pay it forward. Remember, this is kindness and you should never be paid to help others.

Crock Pot Meal in a Bag There are many people with whom we work with or know who are having a hard time with family medical issues. Provide a grocery bag full of a crock pot meal along with a recipe card that can easily be cooked while your neighbor or fellow employee visits their loved one in the hospital.

Purchase a Bus or Train Pass Purchase an extra bus or train pass for a random stranger. You are helping someone get to work so they do not loose their job and your heart will be full.

Pay the Meal Behind You While you are sitting in line at a drive-thru restaurant pay for the person who is behind you in line.

Adopt a Family During the Christmas holiday there are many organizations who have donation trees set up. These trees are filled with cards listing what each family is in need of. Make a child's Christmas special for those who are in need.

Sponsor a child who aged out of Foster Care There are approximately 20,000 children who age out of the Foster Care System each year. These children generally end up homeless once they reach the age of 18 years old. These children have absolutely no family, no job, no housing and no where to go. You can help sponsor one of these children to give them a leg up and hope that they so desperately need.

Donate your Expertise Are you a mechanic, electrician, plumber or even a carpenter? Donate your time to help a person or family with car repairs, plumbing repairs, electrical repairs or home repairs. You are helping someone live in a better and safer home and you are providing desperate help in home and auto repairs.

Donate to a Food Pantry Food pantry's not only need food, they need personal hygiene products for men and women and yes, even pet food. You are not only helping a person in need you are also helping a person to keep their beloved pet.

The only thing that matters in paying it forward is the fact you are giving of yourself.

By helping others you are breathing into them a life that they otherwise may have never known. There is nothing wrong with holding open a door or carrying packages for a total stranger. There is nothing wrong with providing a meal to someone who is hungry. There is nothing wrong with spreading love and kindness on a daily basis to others.

When we spread love and kindness to strangers you are warming their heart even if only for the moment. Remember to never brag to others on how you pay it forward. Be humbled by your experience.

Being Frugal is being Humbled

How can you pay it forward?

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Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

National Grilled Cheese Day

There is nothing like a grilled cheese sandwich and a cup of soup. Comfort food for sure.

There are endless combinations in how you can make a grilled cheese sandwich. It all depends on what your imagination can come up with.

Cheese Goes with Everything

Any kind of bread along with meat and vegetable combinations can be used to make this delicious sandwich.

Making a grilled cheese sandwich is a fantastic dinner choice as this is the perfect opportunity to clean out your refrigerator and fill your stomach. Cheese and meat always goes together just as cheese and vegetables go together. What can you find in your refrigerator to make a yummy and filling grilled cheese sandwich?

Mix and match your cheese and meat along with vegetables and you have made a sandwich that will provide you with dairy, protein and nutrients that your body needs to be healthy.

Who doesn't have leftovers in their refrigerator; we all do. Open your refrigerator and see what you have to make a unique grilled cheese sandwich that is healthy.

There is nothing worse than just bread and cheese. Make your grilled cheese sandwich an entire meal. As a rule children do not like vegetables but they love cheese. Your children will eat a grilled cheese sandwich made with vegetables. Why? Everything tastes good with cheese right?

Instead of making a sloppy joe with tomato sauce or canned sloppy joe mix make a grilled cheese sloppy joe. This choice is much healthier to eat.

Use any type of cheese that you have. Pair the cheese with your left over meat and some vegetables and you will serve your family with a healthy and filling meal.

Remember that meal time is family time. Turn off the cell phones and television and talk to each other. Discuss important issues, praise your children and laugh.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

How Aluminum Foil Hurts your Stove

Foil Hurts your Stove

We have all done it. We have either placed aluminum foil under the burners on our stove top or have lined the bottom of our oven with foil.

Why do we do this? Well for a couple of reasons. Either the metal burner liner needs replacing because it is covered in burned on food or we don't want to clean our stove tops and ovens from spills.

Aluminum foil when placed under a stove top burner or used as a liner on the bottom of the oven actually conducts the heat pushing more heat to your heating coils and burning them out quickly. Remember, heat rises. 

Replace Burner Liners

If your burner liner is disgusting simply replace it. They come in a 4 pack and are less than $5.00. These metal burner liners do not force the heat back to your burners like aluminum foil does. Thus you do not have to replace the burners themselves.

Clean Up Spills

Cleaning up spills on your stove or inside your oven should come as natural as cleaning your dishes after every meal. Not to mention by cleaning up spills you will cut down on cockroaches and your burners won't be burning off the spilled food making your house smell disgusting.

Cleaning your oven does not take up a whole lot of time. If you have a self cleaning oven all the better. If you don't that's okay. Purchase some oven cleaner (read directions) and your oven can be cleaned in an hour.

*NOTE: If you have a pet bird put your bird outside while you are spray cleaning your oven. Oven cleaner is a deadly toxic to birds.

Clean Stove Healthy Cooking

Who in the world would even feel like cooking a healthy meal if your stove top looks like this? I know I wouldn't.

There are too many people who are living like the photo to the left. This is just gross.

When you have a clean stove top and a clean oven you are cutting down on cockroaches and the gross burnt smell of spilled food burning. There is no excuse other than pure laziness to have a stove that looks like this.

Stop Oven Drips

If you are baking a pie or casserole in your oven and are afraid it will spill over simply place a baking sheet under your pie or casserole to catch the drips. This way you do not have to clean your oven so often.

Remember Be Frugal, Eat Healthy and Live Healthier.

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Meals that Cook Themselves

Yes you do have time to cook

Every house needs a Crock Pot. Crock Pot meals cook themselves.You have more time to spend with family, more time outside and when you are tired from working all day your supper is already done.

Prepare the Night Before

Cutting your meat and vegetables the night before will save you a ton of time when you have to go to work.

In the morning you only have to put all of your prepared groceries into the crock pot then set it and go on with your day. Easy!

What can I make in my crock pot?

  • Soups
  • Stews
  • BBQ Chicken, Beef and Pork
  • BBQ Ribs
  • Rice
  • Breakfast Quiche
  • Lasagna
  • Casseroles
Make Your Life Simpler

The world is going faster and faster with children, work and technology. I am always hearing people tell me they never have time to cook so they can't eat healthy. 

Using your crock pot to prepare meals is a fantastic way to cook healthy meals. All it takes is a little prep the night before. No more excuses. No more need to plop an unhealthy frozen dinner into the oven for your family to consume. You are now eating healthy instead not to mention your house will smell so delicious from your crock pot meal cooking all day. 

Teaching our children how to eat healthy and teaching them how to cook is a valuable lesson of life. Now that schools no longer teach children how to cook, sew and balance a checkbook it is up to us, the parents and grandparents to teach our children life lessons.

Be Frugal, Eat Healthy, Live Healthier

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Be a Close Family Unit

Put down the Cell Phone

Breakfast and Supper should be family time. Breakfast is a time to talk with each other, give kisses and hugs and grant your family member a good day.

Supper should be an all inclusive family sit down and sup together. Talk about the day, homework, work and spending quality time with your family.

I know the world has changed. Cell phones are in the hands of everyone including our children. There is so much high tech in the world our families never talk to each other anymore. This is so sad.

It is time to change back to family time and actually talking to each other and making family plans to spend time with each other. Family values need to come back.

I realize that most people have different work times, school times and the children have sporting events to go to. Life goes by fast and the next thing you know you have lost touch with your family.

Since the days are so busy juggling family, work and school there needs to be one time during the early evening hours for the entire family to sit down together and have a meal together.

Talk with each other and find out if your family members are having a hard time with their day to day events. Talk about the work day, homework and talk about taking a picnic on the weekend. Laugh with each other and cry with each other.

We only get one family. Life is way too short to waste time talking on the telephone instead of talking with each other. Our children grow fast and you don't want to miss out on what they are doing.

Have a no cell phone zone - the dinner table. Talk with each other and bring back family values. You just might be surprised at how much you will learn from each other and your family will become a closer unit.

Family time is frugal time. Please do not miss out on what is going on with your family. Talking to each other and having family discussions draw families closer together. Be frugal and always make time for the entire family to sit down and talk every day.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

How to Make Poop Soup for the Garden

Poop Soup or Black Gold

Here in cattle country manure is considered "Black Gold" because most farmers spread the cow manure on their fields to help the corn and soybeans grow.

All gardens need some type of fertilizer and it is always best to use the real poo instead of manufactured synthetic fertilizer for your garden.

Rabbit Manure is the Best

Rabbit manure is the best natural fertilizer to use on your garden.  It is not harsh and can be used every time you water your garden. Plus, rabbit manure promotes earthworm growth. Earthworms are fantastic to have in the garden since they naturally "till" the ground around your plants.

I used to have a meat rabbit business and because of the manure I was able to sell earthworms for people to fish with. Best of both worlds.

Chicken manure is acidic and can "burn" your plants killing them. However, you can still make poop soup out of chicken manure.

Cow manure and Horse manure can be used as well. But not as often as Rabbit manure.

What ever you do don't use dog, cat or human manure on your garden!

Ingredients

1- 5 gallon Bucket with no lid
Manure
Water

Simply fill your empty bucket 1/4 to 1/2 way with the manure you choose. If it is chicken manure only use 1/4 of the bucket. Then simply fill the rest of the bucket up with water.

Sit the bucket in the sunshine so it steeps making the poop soup. You then pour the liquefied manure down the row where your plants are.
Fertilize your garden at least once a week and water it down well.

If you do choose to use Rabbit manure this is great. You will not only have the rabbit meat to eat, you can also have an earthworm business on the side to sell or go fishing yourself. Plus, rabbit manure is the least acidic and least strong of any of the manures.

How do you make your garden grow? Poop soup of course. This can be used in container gardening too.

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How to make Chicken Croquettes

What is a Croquette?

A croquette is a ball of meat and vegetables that is pan fried.  You can make just about anything into a croquette.

Your Children will eat these Veggies

Do you have picky eaters in your home? Especially children who do not eat their vegetables? I guarantee they will chow these down and you don't even have to tell them there are veggies in it.

Using Leftover meat and vegetables

I like making croquettes when I have leftovers and want to clean out my refrigerator. This way there is no food waste and that is a frugal thing. Sometimes when we make a ham, chicken or turkey or cooked too much fish to consume in one meal we get sick of leftovers.

Croquettes take on a whole new way to eat leftovers so no one is sick of eating the same thing and you are eating both meat and vegetables at the same time.  Shhh don't tell the children they are eating vegetables.

How to Make Chicken Croquettes - Makes 12 Servings

  • 1 1/2 Cups of chopped chicken. Run the chicken in your food processor or blender to chop it up really fine
  • 1 Large handful of vegetables. Leftover or frozen. Make sure you thaw the frozen vegetables by simply running cool water over them
  • 2 Eggs
  • Garlic Powder
  • Sage
  • Cumin if you like a smoky flavor
  • 1 small onion chopped fine
  • 8 Saltine Crackers (do not use Ritz crackers) or 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 stick of Butter - you can use cooking oil but I always cook with butter as the food always tastes better
  • Finely chop your chicken in your food processor or blender. Then place the chicken in a mixing bow.
  • Place the eggs, crackers or breadcrumbs, vegetables and your favorite herbs and spices in your food processor or blender and blend all together. This will not be runny. Now pour this on top of your finely chopped chicken.
  • Add your finely chopped onions
  • Mix all together until thoroughly mixed and you have a ball of meat and vegetables that holds together. 
  • Roll into evenly sized balls
  • Place the balls in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes. This sets up the meat so it cooks better in the pan.
  • Melt 1/2 of the stick of butter in your cooking pan. *Cook your butter slow and slow so it doesn't start to burn. 
  • Place your meat balls into the melted butter and then with the back of your spatula smash them down evenly to make patties.
  • Cook Low and Slow
  • Add more butter as needed as the crackers will soak up the butter or oil that you are using
  • These cook about 2 minutes on each side. Only flip them once and when you see the sides of your patties starting to brown.
These can be served with a salad, put some plain yogurt on the top of the patties or sour cream. I always do yogurt because it is healthier.

These croquettes can be made up ahead of time. Once cooked you can lay each patty individually on a baking sheet covered with wax paper and freeze them.  Once they are frozen just place the patties into a freezer bag then pull out the desired amount when you are ready to eat them. This method of freezing keeps the patties from sticking together. 

I do hope you have enjoyed this recipe. The spices can change based on your tastes.

Easy, Healthy and Frugal

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Growing your Groceries

Save Money

We all know that produce is expensive. Not to mention most of the produce we purchase is not organic.

Be frugal and save money by growing your own produce.

Use Anything for a Container

Anything can be used as a container for your garden.  It doesn't matter if you use an old drawer to plastic coffee cans.


Even shoe holders can be used as a container to grow herbs, spices, strawberries and fresh lettuce for your salad.

Gardening is Gratifying

Not only will you be proud of what you can produce in your garden you will be saving money and eating healthy. By spending less than an hour a day in your garden your mind is on nothing but your plants. You are concentrating on nothing else, you are outside and in turn your blood pressure goes down and you will be stress free.

There is nothing like nursing your garden all season long and watching what you planted grow and prosper. Think of how delicious your tomatoes are going to taste. Think of the fact you won't have to purchase potatoes for a while. Think of how healthy you are eating. Think of how you are going to fill your freezer or canning jars.

Grow your Groceries

Make it a family affair and get your children involved. The more we teach our children how to be frugal and self sufficient they in turn will pass this frugal lifestyle to their children.

It does not matter if you have a small patio and live in an apartment or have a house with a large yard. Gardening can be done anywhere.

The vegetable choices to grow in your garden are endless. Gardening is not hard to do. You will be saving money and eating healthy. Now that's Frugal.

What are you going to grow in your garden this year? What are your favorite vegetables? Let's discuss.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

How to Make Condiments

Homemade Breadcrumbs

This is so easy it's ridiculous. Even though bread really isn't that good for you, there is too much bread that is thrown into the trash. Instead of wasting bread why not turn it into homemade breadcrumbs.

  • Stale bread and even crusts that have been cut off
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic Powder, Sage, Rosemary
Note: Use any combination of herbs and spices that you enjoy. Or you can leave out the herbs and spices for unseasoned homemade breadcrumbs. 
  1. Heat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit (120 degrees Celsius) 
  2. Lay stale bread on a baking sheet
  3. Drizzle each piece of bread with a little Olive Oil
  4. Sprinkle on your herbs and spices if you wish
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until bread is completely dry and crumbly.
Crumble the baked and dried bread into your Food Processor; a blender can be used as well. Turn on your food processor or blender until all the bread has been mixed into crumbs.  Store in an airtight container or place in freezer bags 1 Cup at a time, roll the freezer bag until the air is removed and freeze. Place the smaller bags into a larger freezer bags and note on the bag what it is. 

This way you are not wasting any of the breadcrumbs you have just made and you already know you have 1 Cup of breadcrumbs in each bag. 

Homemade Mayonnaise 

Another super easy condiment to make as you have all ingredients already in your home.  

  • 3 Egg Yokes (not the white)
  • 1 Teaspoon Spicy Mustard (Regular mustard if you do not like the spice)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil or Vegetable Oil
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon (not the lemon juice that comes in a container)
  1. Place 3 Egg Yolks into your blender or food processor
  2. Add Mustard
  3. Start to puree' 
  4. Slowly start adding the Oil until you obtain a thick mayonnaise consistency
  5. Add juice of 1/2 Lemon
  6. Salt and Pepper
 Only use salt and pepper at the end

Store bought mayonnaise contains soy. So if you are trying to go gluten free you may just want to make your own mayonnaise as you need it.

Store in an air tight container in your refrigerator. Lasts 1 week

Russian Dressing

Here is another simple homemade condiment recipe. Again, all ingredients you already have in your refrigerator or cupboard.

  • 1 Cup Homemade Mayonnaise or Store Bought Mayonnaise
  • 1 Teaspoon finely grated onion or 1 Teaspoon Horseradish
  • 1/4 Cup Ketchup
  • 1 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce ** This contains soy **
  • 1 Tablespoon Relish - the Sweet Relish works best
  • 1 Teaspoon fresh chopped Chives or Green Onions
Mix together and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Lasts for 1 Week.

Why purchase condiments that are loaded with too much salt and preservatives when you can make these yourself and you know you are eating healthier and saving money. 

If you are a person that ends up wasting salad dressing or mayo because you can't use them up fast enough, make them instead. Save your money. Be Frugal, Eat Healthy and Live Happier. 

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Respecting Wildlife is Frugal

Poaching is Against the Law

On my visit to part of the banks of the Missouri River I noticed this little buck that had been killed simply for it's antlers.

Small as his antlers may have been poachers (people who have little regard for wildlife) took his antlers to use either for deer hunting next year (they rub the antlers together to attract deer especially bucks during the rut) or they were used to hang on the wall.

Respect Nature Always

If you are not going to eat what you kill then don't kill it just for the sake of killing something. People who do not respect nature have no conscience and no respect not only for wildlife but for other people as well.

If a person can't respect local wildlife do not expect that same non-respectful person to respect you.

Giving Back to Nature

With the unfortunate killing of this little buck at least other wildlife was able to have several meals from it's carcass. It has been well consumed and only the bones and part of it's hide are left.

Had this young buck not been killed then it would have grown into a mature beautiful buck that would have had a harem of does and would have bred them. You never know if he would have a strong blood line or not.

Respecting Wildlife is Frugal 

Through your respect for wildlife you are saving a species, enjoying the beauty of wildlife, allowing an animal grow to maturity so it can produce more of it's kind.  Protecting wildlife is crucial to our planet. Without wildlife for people to consume as meat we would starve.

Do NOT Poach; Ever!

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Photo credit Michelle Sargent

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