Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Food Stamp Challenge: Publicity Stunt or Conversation Starter?

Mario Batali is no fool.

Mario Batali  is on the board of the New York City Food Bank. He created his Food Stamp Challenge in 2012 to raise awareness about potential cuts in the food stamp system (called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP for short.)

Batali challenged his family and some of his celebrity and politician friends to feed their family for a week on $29.00 ($1.38 per meal.) The average food stamp allotment. (While doing research this post, I found that the dollar amount can be different depending upon the person’s state, income, family size and other factors.)

Of course he talks about the Food Stamp Challenge and lessons learned when he does the challenge each year on his talk show The Chew.  I’m guessing it doesn't raise as much awareness as he’d like since people don’t watch much daytime television because they are working.

This year Batali upped the SNAP awareness challenge by a gazillion. Batali challenged controversial Gwyneth Paltrow to eat on a food stamp budget.

And the Internet went insane.

Paltrow food stamp challenge

Friday, April 10, 2015

How to Make Orangina at Home!

After a 7 mile run, Husband likes to quench his deep down body thirst with an Orangina.

This can get pricey at the quantities Husband’s been sucking down on a weekly basis so he came up with a recipe for a not-so-pricey homemade Orangina knockoff recipe.

homemade orangina recipe
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Later, I made our homemade Orangina even cheaper by buying Husband a Soda Stream Soda Maker (get more information about it here) so he can carbonate and his own soda water.

Homemade Orangina  Recipe

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Project Me: Find the Motivation to Exercise

I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions on or around New Years Eve because I end up breaking those hastily made resolutions.

I’m better at keeping my New Years Resolutions if I make them when I need them. Usually several months before or after January first. Sometimes I make them in the middle or near the end of the year.

My 2015 New Years Resolution is keep rebuilding my muscles after leg injury last year with exercise, not excuses so I can fulfill my childhood dream of taking ballet classes.

finding the motivation to exercise
Unexpected bonus? The incentive to give myself pedicures more often because I take classes in bare feet.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Shopping Seasonally: What’s on Sale in April?

After really reading the grocery store sales fliers on line instead of just skimming them, I started to notice seasonal sales patterns, especially around holidays,  especially industry holidays like Earth Day.

When I shop seasonally,  I’m able to keep my family in fresh fruit and vegetables for less when nothing is growing locally yet. 

best things to buy in April

Shopping the April seasonal store sales doesn’t just apply to food. Many household items only go on sale in April too. It is a good time to start looking for that perfect Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or Graduation gift because the prices will be higher on those items in May and June.

If you are a thrift or consignment sale shopper, April is the time to hit the stores! Thrift store donations increase in April when people start their Spring cleaning.

April Seasonal Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

Monday, March 23, 2015

7 Types of Kitchen Clutter You Won’t Miss

I was feeling overwhelmed and frustrated because I’m running out of kitchen storage space but what should I purge? I use everything I have in my kitchen – or so I thought. 

I impatiently snapped the clean but worn kitchen towel in my hand. I hated that I all of my dishtowels were faded and yucky. I decided to clean out the drawer so I could buy new.

7 Easy Kitchen Purges You Wont Miss

Guess what?  I  had more than enough kitchen towels I thought were too pretty to use (Help me - I’m turning into my mother!)  I felt like I had more items not less because I can find the nice towels easily and use the pretty ones every day.

7 Ideas for Easy Kitchen Spring Cleaning and Clutter Busting

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What is On Sale in March?

From high end heath food stores to low end grocery stores like Aldi, you can keep your family rolling in fresh fruit and vegetables for less if you shop according to the March seasonal sales.

The March Sales Madness doesn’t stop at the grocery store. If you have a specific need, you can take advantage of the many holiday and seasonal March sale events to buy those items for less.

What is on sale in March
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March Seasonal Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

How to Make Buttermilk from Regular Milk

Saint Patrick's Day is right around the corner. I made Irish Soda Bread to kick off the day because it is one of my favorite breads to toast.

I have all of the ingredients for my bread recipe except one – buttermilk. I don’t bake enough things with buttermilk to make buying a carton practical. It will eventually go bad since only one us can drink cow’s milk without getting horribly sick.

Substituting regular milk for buttermilk just isn’t the same either.

how to sour milk

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