How to Lower Your Cost for Trash Removal: My Zero Waste Log April 2016

zero waste challenge

Two more kitchen garbage bags will make this bin full.
On April 30, in the big garbage bin in the garage, there are 2 kitchen-sized garbage bags and empty mulch bugs for our flower garden. Our kitchen garbage can is almost full. 2 more garbage bags will make this bin ready for the town dump.

For 2016 so far, here are our garbage expenses:

Total =$ 50.00 for 4 months of Garbage and Recycling Disposal: 

Continue reading “How to Lower Your Cost for Trash Removal: My Zero Waste Log April 2016”

Do 1 Green Thing to Keep the Green $$: Reduce Waste

FullSizeRender (1)
From the cover of Amy Dacyczyn’s The Complete Tightwad Gazette

Amy Dacyczyn saw the relationship between frugality and environmental impacts. (Psst! Here are 10 other ways Amy D. has inspired me) She says in her Tightwad Gazette I, “People tend to think that environmental damage occurs because of sloppy practices of some factory out there. In fact, we consumers create the demand for what the factories produce…One family making a supreme effort entirely without any harm to the environment makes little impact. But the collective effort of the majority of the population to make smaller, seemingly insignificant changes can make a difference.”
Continue reading “Do 1 Green Thing to Keep the Green $$: Reduce Waste”

Make It Monday Recipe Week 9: Blueberry Boy Bait Cake

FullSizeRender
Yummy Blueberry Boy Bait Cake with light streusel topping

Got hungry teens? This will not last long in your house! Not an “easy and quick” recipe, it is deliciously worth the time and money-saving effort to make a wholesome snack/breakfast food! Your kitchen will smell divine!  Continue reading “Make It Monday Recipe Week 9: Blueberry Boy Bait Cake”

Make It Monday Recipe Week 7: Kale Chips

IMG_0837
Here is my daughter making kale chips for her cooking class project when she was in 7th grade

The challenge of making homemade kale chips is knowing the right recipe for your oven. I have tried recipes that called for the oven temperature set at 400, 375, and 325 degrees Fahrenheit. All of these temps caused an unpleasant, smoky odor. That’s no way to get your family eating their dark leafy greens!  Continue reading “Make It Monday Recipe Week 7: Kale Chips”

How to Lower Your Cost for Trash Removal: My Zero Waste Log March 2016

zero waste challengeIMG_5330On March 30, in the big garbage bin in the garage, there are 2 kitchen-sized garbage bags. Our kitchen garbage can is nearly empty.  Continue reading “How to Lower Your Cost for Trash Removal: My Zero Waste Log March 2016”

10 Ways Amy Dacyczyn Inspired Me – Aimee’s Take

tightwad gazetteNot too long after becoming a stay-at-home mom when my second child was born, I discovered this book at the library, a compilation of Amy Dacyczyn’s widely distributed newsletter from the 1990’s called, The Tightwad Gazette. It was nearly 10 years after she stopped writing that I discovered her stuff. Continue reading “10 Ways Amy Dacyczyn Inspired Me – Aimee’s Take”