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  • in reply to: Only $10 to buy food #427438

    I don’t know that I could do a menu for 2 on just $10 a week. I think it has to do with how much time I’d give to scratch cooking–honestly, virtually none. However, in my cooking, I don’t do much fancy or complex as that’s how hubby likes it, plain and simple.

    A typical weekly menu for hubby:
    Breakfast
    2 packs of instant oatmeal, 2 slices of toast with margarine, and glass of milk, he has this 6 or 7 times a week usually.

    Only variation is maybe a Peanut Butter sandwich early with milk, and then a breakfast out before golf.
    Lunch
    Typically if he’s out working on the water it’s a sandwich (maybe 2in really busy times) from 2 slices bread–by the way, bread has to be Wonder, and lunch meat, usually ham, sometimes peanut butter or bologna…2 or 3 snack cakes/pies–Tastycakes, Walmart Brand, Little Debbie, etc.
    Lunch at home–hot dog, cheeseburger, steak-um, sometimes with chips, but not always.
    Several, 2, 3, or more bottles, depending on the day, Diet Cokes per day.

    He doesn’t drink juice and water only when it’s super hot.
    Supper
    Most typical meals are:
    Fried Ham slices, mac & cheese, 1 small size can green beans
    Diced Ham in a potato dish–scalloped or fried, with peas or green beans
    3 links of sausage, 2 eggs fried/scrambled, 2 slices toast with margarine, or 3 slices of french toast with 3 links of sausage and to drink, milk (breakfast for supper)
    Fried steak, french fries (frozen), green beans or peas
    Pork Chops with mac & cheese or potatoes and veggie
    Meatloaf, 1 personal sized, about the equivalent of 2 good sized hamburger patties with a potato and veggie side
    Beef cubes or roast or pork roast, or chicken or turkey breast, potatoes prepared in the crockpot or a side of mashed
    Ground Beef, Chicken or turkey with gravy over macaroni, sort of bland Hamburger/Chicken Helper, veggie on the side
    Baby Lima Beans with “doughboy” dumplings
    Navy Pea Beans with ham
    Kielbasa sliced in rounds fried with potatoes
    Roast beef, chicken, or turkey luncheon meat on bread with gravy
    Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup
    There are some variations on this, but hubby only eats peas and green beans as green veggies for a side.

    Potatoes are preferred cooked with a roast, french fries, pan fried, and mashed–in that order.
    Sometimes suppers are just a sandwich–cheeseburger, steak-um, chicken patty, or chicken tenders with the potato harsh rounds.
    Drink is almost always Diet Coke, some meals milk, and sometimes Iced Tea.
    Desert is usually a slice of pie, purchased from the grocery store not homemade, or ice cream. I do make homemade bread pudding, and the occasional cake from scratch or box sometimes.
    Snack(s) usually a bowl of ice cream at night, during the summer might have a bowl during the day also.
    Obviously the above is a very bland/boring diet. he has the eating preference of a young child.

    i eat virtually none of that. honestly, except for dinner out at a restaurant or at a family gathering, we never sit and eat together. he won’t eat anything with, or at least that he can identify, tomatoes, onions, or almost anything spicy, in it.

    thus none of the tomato based sauces. and, nothing can be seasoned with more than salt and pepper, except where he won’t “know.” no, it’s not a doctor prescribed let alone a healthy diet. but he was this way when i got him38 years ago, and he’s now almost 60, so I don’t expect him to change his eating habits.
    In a way, I have a rather easy when cooking for him, nothing complicated.

    Much can be tossed in the crockpot, requires little extra for seasoning, and most can be done in 30 minutes or less. I use prepared from the meat/dairy section mashed potatoes, as I hate to peel potatoes!!!! french fries are frozen from the store, and even the pan fried potatoes are from the store.

    when put in the crockpot, i use small, or simply cut, not peeled.
    i prefer almost anything other than the above meals, except for meatloaf and homemade vegetable beef soup. i usually make something completely different. i’ll eat prepared items from the freezer section of make things for myself using boxed items. i like spicy, italian, chinese, mexican, etc.

    so effectively we have 2 very different meals. That alone means a double of any cost. I do try to buy meat on sale–chicken, turkey, pork, beef and have ready to cook or prepare it, and have it ready to toss in the pan if possible.
    Gloria, who has it easy and difficult in cooking for hubby

    in reply to: Suggestions/reviews welcomed #426876

    I got a bread machine, practically brand new, in the box, with the instructions for $5 at a yard sale. Later that year, I found 2 more and gave to my dil and sil, again, $5 each, practically/like new with instruction book. I have a West Bend, and I confess, I hardly ever use it, but it is very easy to use, and works well.

    So far as I know, it’s the same story with my sil and dil, hardly ever, if ever use. but, it was one of those things…better to have spent $5 than say full price. I think i’d use it more, but it requires “memory” MINE, to set up on a timer.

    And most of the time, I just don’t have the time to actualy use it to make bread in time for when we’d actually be having dinner. But, the faily does enjoy the bread when I make it!!! My best suggestion, ask on Freecycle first, might be a lot of people willing to move it out of their kitchen.

    If not found there, if you have a local “sister” group for selling items, community notices, etc., try there and ask if any one is willing to sell their for say $5 or $10, and request a manual/instruction book.
    Gloria
    Gloria

    in reply to: Has anyone tried the Bounce Dryer Bar yet? #426572

    This same type of product existed years ago. I can’t recall the brand, but I don’t think it was Bounce. I used it, as I just, then, thought it was cheaper than a sheet each time, or was too lazy or too forgetful, take your pick.

    I can’t say how long it actually lasted, I think that was very dependant on how much I dried with the dryer. But, I do recall, I often “forgot” to replace probably as soon as I needed to. It was usually, when I noticed the static seemed to have returned.

    I assume what I used as basically the same as this new Bounce, maybe revamped a bit. I might buy one, but I have to say, I’ve started using the cheapest brand I can find on sale. And, I swear, by cutting each sheet in half, and only using half a sheet, that is plenty to reduce the static and soften.

    So, if I buy a box of say 80 for maybe $3, I get 160 for that same $3. And, I have been saving them with the “idea” of simply soaking these used one with some fabric softener and reusing that way. That should also be a cheaper way to reuse and save.
    Gloria

    in reply to: Thanksgiving Problems #426308

    It’s not a problem, but I for one have never really liked or enjoyed Thanksgiving. Actually, any holiday that requires one person, like me to do a lot of cooking for others is part of my definition of H**L!!! I guess I’m odd, but I really don’t enjoy cooking, and positively hate the smell of Turkey cooking.

    When my Mom was alive, she’d often have the dinner, or come here and cook a lot of it. However, there have been Thanksgivings in the past where I’ve put the food on the table and left the room. After cooking all day, the last thing I want is anything I’ve prepared.

    Once I was finished with clean-up, I would have something very store bought.
    One year, I was so miserable at the thought of cooking I bought the dinner prepared from a local grocery store. Everything was cooked, all you had to do was heat it up. I doubt that anyone could have told the difference if they didn’t know it was store bought.

    Other than eating at someone else’s that was probably the best Thanksgiving I had as an adult.
    Now, I am even luckier, as my daughter-in-law’s family loves big get together’s and invites hubby, other son, and me to join them. I usually take something, often purchased. There’s so many there, no one really notices you that much!!
    Gloria, who will rag on Thanksgiving any time.

    in reply to: Cheap but Good Breakfast for about 21? #426160

    Probably with so many people, you should consider several casserole type options. I think the more individualized the servings, the more people tend to eat. But, when served from a caserole type, I think people tend to eat less. Not a universal, but just an observation.
    Might look for casseroles that use potatoes, with eggs, cheese and some sort of meat–sausage or bacon or ham. Might want one that is more vegeterian. Perhaps one with some sort of creamy gravy, one more spicy, and another just “plain.” Most of these you should be able to make the night before, or at least assemble most ingredients and put the last bits on just before preparing. I’d also recomend a variety of breads for toast to accopany, and maybe a fruit bowl of mixed items, again prepared and not served individually. Add some ceral for those who don’t care for a casserole, and juice, milk, coffee, tea, with butter, jam, etc. I think you can get more milage from eggs this way, then if cooking to order. Same with say potatoes and the meat. When placed on the plate as individual items people tend to like the whole plate filled.
    Also, not necessarily cheap, but a traditional English Breakfast includes; eggs, usually fried, sausage, grilled tomatoes, baked beans just heated from the can, sauted mushrooms, and toast. Sometimes there is more than one meat type. But, again, with individual servings of each item, I think you’ll use and ultimately waste more.
    Plus doing multiple items cooked just before serving for 21 people will take a lot of time and energy. Whereas preparing several casseroles which can be baked at the same time, means almost everyone can sit down and eat together, or even in shifts if necessary.
    A cold buffett of say a good ham sliced, cheeses sliced, a fruit salad, with toast or other bread would also be easy to prepare, do everything the night before and simply place for people to take what they wanted. Might have several varieties of breads/rolls.
    Not sure if this will help or not.
    Good luck,
    Gloria

    in reply to: Organic Aloe Vera Mouthwash Sample #425943

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    in reply to: More cooking means more cleaning, HELP! #425885

    Everything that’s been suggested is a great idea. Keep all cooking utensils well “greased” and as soon as you finish with a pot/pan, put it in warm soapy water to soak. And as soon as possible, wash what you have in there.

    I try to rinse all dishes before I go to work and put in the dishwasher, same when I get home, after dinner, and before I go to bed. If something is very baked on, I put it in soapy water to soak overnight, or during the day. I have to say, having a dishwasher is probably the third most important appliance–hot water heater, washer, and dishwasher–in my mind.

    Dryer comes in fourth!!! For years I didn’t have a dishwasher, but since I’ve gotten one, I’ve only done sink dishes when mine broke and I had to have it repaired, and then replaced, or if I have something that really doesn’t fit well enough in the dishwasher, rarely does that happen. I hate, hate, hate, to wash dishes.
    Also, cook larger amounts of everything at once–instead of one chicken baked/roasted, cook 3, you use a larger pan, but it’s just one pan.

    Same for say rice, or beef, etc. Cook enough for at least 3meals, or even 4. Freeze as much as possible–loose meat to put together for whatever you happen to want that evening, and also some completely made dinners–say ravioli, chicken pot pie, lasagna, etc.

    Anything you routinely like, and can make complete, just needing to be baked to finish it.
    It’s a never ending dirty job. Guess we have to do it.
    Gloria

    in reply to: Dryer Balls #425845

    I haven’t tried the balls, but do use vinegar, though I don’t see any softness or anti-static benefit from using that. I do it to help remove the laundry degergent, and as a germ fighter.
    But, I have found, the cheapes brand of dryer sheets and cut them in half and only use half a sheet does just fine. I’ll get the cheapest I can find, and simply take them out, cut in half and use.

    That becomes pretty inexpensive. And, I do wash and dry a lot of clothes, daily.
    I’ve also switched to the cheapest detergent I can get, and use half the recomended amount. Been doing that for over a year now.

    And, even though hubby has a very dirty, sweaty job, I haven’t noticed that the clothes are any less clean or any left over smell. So again that is quite economical.
    I see they have the dryer bars. Had them years upon years ago.

    i used to use them, stick them in and forget for many loads. usually, i left them in well over the recomended nuber of dyer loads.
    gloria

    in reply to: Flea bites #425443

    I agree on the Sevin Dust, and it is rather strong, so I use it only in an emergency. I suspect the steam cleaning helped considerably. I’d keep running the soapy water with light for several days, that way, you’ll know if any survived, and if another batch hatches.

    Even using a heavy dusting of Baking Soda will help to smother some. And it only needs to be vacuumned.
    I find many people respond differently to solutions. Aloe Vera gel might offer some cooling relief.

    And, if it were me–read 55 and willing to try anything…I’d also do a “sugar scrub” on areas of the body not particular sensitive–legs, arms, feet. Be gentle, a small amount of sugar out the sugar jar, and a little water to make a wet, not runny paste. massage—gently, gently, gently over the area, do not grind or rub fast. make more as needed to cover areas.

    this will slough off a layer of skin, and might help the toxin to be released a little more. and, you or whomever, will have soft, soft skin if nothing else. after, use any of the recomended ideas or what works for you.

    and, if the person can, place cold packs to help with the itching.
    good luck,
    gloria

    in reply to: tension headaches #425371

    No expereince with therapies. Did the doctor explain what they were? I don’t get tension headaches, but have had, still having migraines for 52 (at least, that I can remember, and was told by my Mom) of my 55 years.

    Fortunately, I now have a medication that takes care of them most of the time.
    I would ask, do you know what is causing the tension to then cause the headaches? Can you remove or reduce the tension?
    A couple of things to try, I have heard that drining water, as we are often de-hydrated. Also, again, something I read, drinking Gatorade for the electrolites.
    The one therapy I am familar with, and have tried for the migraines, is a form of “meditation” which is basically, just trying to get in a very quiet place, reduce all outside stimulus, and focus on one very “bland” thing.

    While I’m sure it “helps” very little besides something that attacks the physical cause of a migraine really does anything worth mentioning.
    I did also try hypnosis for awhile, and that is basically, what I took from it, the meditation mentioned above. As I said, it doesn’t hurt, but for a migraine, it didn’t make a difference.
    Good luck, and hope you find and remove the source of the tension.
    Gloria

    in reply to: Help please with Lima Beans #424662

    If they are fresh or fozen, the simpliest way is to “stew” them. I often put them in the crockpot first thing in the morning or in a pan full of water on a low heat all day, this way if I’m going ot be at home. Once done, and that for my family is soft, soft, soft.

    make sure to have plenty of water, for the crockpot i use i fill it. hard to say exactly how much water this is, sorry, i realize all measurements are sort of generic to my own cooking utensils.
    i generally have some bacon drippings and use a heaping tablespoon for seasoning, plus salt and pepper. in the crockpot on low, they are done by the time i get home around 5, and if I’m at home cooking, I just keep an eye on them and add water as needed, turn the heat up or down as needed.
    Then, I simply make “drop” dumplings or “dough boys.”

    Basic dumpling dough recipe, pinch off little bits, about the size of a gumball/jawbreaker and drop into the boiling water with the beans until cooked. If you use a crockpot, then you’ll need to transfer to a pan big enough to hold all and bring to a boil. My family loves these, personally, I really don’t like lima beans.

    This is a very warming soup. Add anything else your family likes like a salad and bread to compliment.
    Gloria

    in reply to: To-Die-For Fudge Brownies #416527

    Even easier, ever the lazy person I am.
    Buy a box of the cheapest brownie mix out there.
    Prepare according to directions.
    Over the top drizzle 5 or so tablespoons of chocolate syrup, just like you make chocolate milk with, I just squeeze in a zig zag pattern till I have a good thin glaze. Then, top with a mix of any of the following: chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, other flavored chips, peanut butter cup bits, heath bits, your only limited by what’s in your cupboard and your immagination. I tend to just have a plastic container that I always toss a tablespoon of or any leftover “chips” into.

    When I make these brownies I always sprinkle the mix over the top and bake as usual. When done, remove from the oven and drizzle several tablespoons of caramel topping over. These will be a hit.

    I’ve used all sort of combinations, including M&M’s, bits of candy bars, etc. I personally do not like nuts, but of course if you do, then add.
    Gloria

    in reply to: Home Remedies #416524

    I’m curious, I’ve always been fascinated by the various home remedies use by people before the advent of modern medicine. Not that I plan to use any, but just find the the paractices people used out of necessity fascinating.
    Does anyone recall some of the home remedies used by parents or grandparents rather than say modern medicine? I recall my Mom used to talk about different things her Mother used, but unfortunately, both are gone now.
    And, hubby suffered from warts that Compound W never really removed, and nothing availble from the local doctor seemed to work. His Mom took him to a someone local, now both passed on, who apparently “muttered” and “rubbed” something on the warts. The warts went away! The man needed to pass his healing on to a woman, and wanted to teach hubby’s Mom, but she was a Christrian, and afraid to learn. I’d gladly have learned, but the man had sadly passed on by the time I entered hubby’s life.
    It’s things like that I’d just like to hear about. Anyone have any memories and are willing to share?
    Two things I remember my Mom talking about were the use of Keroscene, though I don’t recall the specifics and “fat meat” for a wound.
    Just curious, as a historian, I’m fascinated by the small daily living things people did, a la, the way old recipes are often lost.
    Thanks for any input.
    Gloria

    in reply to: does any one have a cure for psoriasis? #416522

    I aquired psorasis from my Rheumatoid Arthritis. It’s rare, I seem to get the “rare” side effects that can go with RA. I have it bad and have been prescribed a number of things which I get mixed results with.

    I did find one thing, it’s over the counter, and based on the “coal tar” that is often prescribed. It’s called Psorent. I found it through this site as a freebie believe it or not.

    And, it really has helped. I have on several different spots on both hands, one wrist, both elbows and knees, and a couple other spots. This I find while it has an “odd” smell, isn’t as bad as the greasy coal tar, or the heavy duty steroid cream that seems to wear off too quickly.
    Now, I’m 54, so I’m willing to try anything once when it gets bad.

    But, for a child, you should be far more cautious, and I have to order it on line, though I have found recently a local doctor who does carry it.

    You might want to discuss this with his doctor first. But, it seems far less nasty than the coal tar products, even the over the counter variety.
    I’ve also switched to a goat milk soap, and use a very heavy duty over the counter, recomended by my dermatologist, hand/body lotion, Eurecin, Curel, and a few other brands I can’t recall just now.
    Let me just say, this is one “H**L” of a horrible thing to endure.

    When mine gets bad, the skin just seems to scale and break open in a matter of hours. And the itching is intense at times.
    Good luck,
    Gloria

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