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January
2 - 2010

12 Days of Christmas: Candied Orange Peel

This year I’m celebrating the holidays with a “12 Days of Christmas” series on the abundances of our kitchen and garden. Share your experiences, too, and happy holidays! On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … 8 oranges’ peels, candied 7 dozen pounds of pork … and fat to render 6 farm-fresh eggs, 5 daikon pickled for banh mi, 4-some gallons of beer, 3 quarts of applesauce, 2 half-gallons of sauerkraut, and 1 quart of yogurt, homemade.

December
29 - 2009
December
16 - 2009
December
10 - 2009
December
4 - 2009
November
27 - 2009
November
24 - 2009

Check Out An Electricity Meter To Save Energy

Last year, I wrote about how an electricity meter caused me to rethink my coffee strategy — and slash our electricity bill. In case you don’t own such a meter, I’ve learned that the Denver Public Library has teamed up with Xcel Energy to add portable Watts Up? power meters to its circulating collection. That means cardholders can reserve and check out a meter to measure their own electricity use, letting them know where to make changes to save energy. Not in Denver? Your public library might offer a similar service. Go here to search, and add your library system name to find out if watt meters are available near you.

November
20 - 2009
November
18 - 2009

How Do You Clean?

This morning, I came home and found that my house could use a bit of sprucing up. I try to keep things orderly, but as anyone who lives anywhere probably knows, I’m fighting a losing battle. In the past, I’ve tried a variety of methods to keep the house clean. Some worked very well; others were not so productive. At one point, Mr. Cheap and I posted a chart of chores on the wall so we could see what had been done, which was a good tool when we first began living together, to help us learn what needed to be done.

November
16 - 2009
November
8 - 2009

Feelin’ Sneaky – Where To Hide The Goods

OK, we can all agree it’s not a great idea to keep a lot of cash around the house. But for those times when you do have cash around the house, check out TipNut’s recent post on Hiding Valuables – Sneakier Uses For Everyday Things. Of course, people have to get all cranky in the comments saying that now burglars will know how to find things. I’ll just say this: I saw a few of these ideas and thought “Now that’s a good one! I’ve seen it before and always meant to use it.” Those “seen it before” ideas probably aren’t good to use. But if the list inspires your own unique idea, that probably IS good to use.

October
23 - 2009
October
23 - 2009
October
16 - 2009
October
9 - 2009
August
24 - 2009

Back-To-School – Peach Pie Dinner

We are in the heart of our CSA season here, with fruits and veggies rolling in. Most recently we’ve been enjoying these beautiful peaches. They are delicious, organic peaches from Colorado’s Western Slope. In honor of the first day of school last week, Mlle. Cheap and I agreed to use some of them to make a peach pie for dinner.

July
20 - 2009
June
30 - 2009
June
17 - 2009
June
12 - 2009