Q #178– If you’ve tried canning your own food, did it really help with expenses & do you think it’s really worth it today?

I guess this is the perfect corollary to my previous question about freezing and batch cooking, and makes more sense for me to try as a long-term solution to keeping food handy and keeping costs down. At least, that's the theory. What really made me think hard about it was the fact that having a … Continue reading Q #178– If you’ve tried canning your own food, did it really help with expenses & do you think it’s really worth it today?

Had my first batch of “overnight oats” this morning…

I'm one of those people who love oatmeal any time (frankly, any "breakfast" food any time is good to me). But after deciding to swear off the instant packets (goodbye peaches 'n cream and strawberries 'n cream... [whimper]), I was having a tough time figuring out a good way to have oatmeal. I mean, the … Continue reading Had my first batch of “overnight oats” this morning…

A Newbie Learns How to Tighten the Belt on Her Wallet (& Waistline, Naturally, But Mostly the Wallet)

Somehow in all my years, I never quite learned how to do a budget. Or, more accurately, a realistic budget that takes into account my real needs versus my wants, what's coming in versus what's going out, etc. Somehow I'd discard the budget before finishing it, or even acknowledging that it's there. Messed up on … Continue reading A Newbie Learns How to Tighten the Belt on Her Wallet (& Waistline, Naturally, But Mostly the Wallet)

Attempting to (re)introduce fish into my diet and my home… & it’s gonna be tough

My numbers suck. That's what it comes down to. I've spent a while working on my iron deficiency (ebbing and flowing, namely because my diet over the past year has been awful and I've relapsed in regards to my ED a few times), and now I'm more concerned about my cholesterol A1C and my 10+ … Continue reading Attempting to (re)introduce fish into my diet and my home… & it’s gonna be tough

Q# 173–Are air fryers a good energy-saving alternative to the traditional oven, & are they really worth having?

Migraines and colds have stopped me from even going online for most of a week, so I kept this question on the back burner til I could try and do some more research. I know, air fryers are all over the place and there are a ton of models. I'm thinking hard about getting one … Continue reading Q# 173–Are air fryers a good energy-saving alternative to the traditional oven, & are they really worth having?

Edible Schoolyard: A universal idea, by Alice Waters

My Copy: 9780811862806 (image from amazon.com) I'd set this in my to-read stack quite a while ago, and it was a tough book to find the first time I went looking for it (I'd grabbed pretty much anything written by or about Alice Waters that week). But this is a pretty good book for pre-teens … Continue reading Edible Schoolyard: A universal idea, by Alice Waters

I think I FINALLY managed to bore myself out of my usual procrastination methods…

It's been a hard road to slog through, and I've fallen way behind on some things and barely touched others. My days and evenings have been full of obsessively playing video games, hoping to reach ever-elusive goals. And then, while doing that, making new reading lists for the year (because my files weren't saving right … Continue reading I think I FINALLY managed to bore myself out of my usual procrastination methods…

I’m going to have to say goodbye to the humble potato…

While I'm pleased my first pot roast came out just fine, it seems I might not be able to enjoy it terribly often in the future. Mainly because I like having pot roast over mashed potatoes like always in life. This week, though, revealed that the food gods have decided to laugh at me and … Continue reading I’m going to have to say goodbye to the humble potato…

I had an actual intelligent moment on this craptastic week: I made chili.

This past week and change (roughly 7 of the past 9 days) has been "one of those days." You know, the days where within half an hour of waking up a dozen things have gone wrong... and you just wanna throw your hands in the air, say "screw it", and go back to bed until … Continue reading I had an actual intelligent moment on this craptastic week: I made chili.

Being generally tired for not much reason…

My Christmas tree looks pretty sparse this year. I just pulled out the musical instrument ornaments I went crazy over last year and put them on, and I'm getting some of those "s'more" figure ones in the mail soon... but I left the colorful plastic multicolored bubbles on hooks in the box. I just didn't … Continue reading Being generally tired for not much reason…