Happy Tuesday! It sure is a perfect morning here. In the 60's and sunny, nice breeze - YAY! It won't last long, as it gets warmer again tomorrow. Hey, I am grateful for those perfect days, even though they are far between during the summer!
Today is just a bit of this and that!
Keep honey at room temperature, not in the frig. IF it crystallizes (normal) place the container is warm (not scalding) water until the crystals dissolve. Never use boiling water - as you will kill all the wonderful goodies in the honey. Honey is one food item that really never goes bad. It has been found in ancient tombs and is still viable.
Fruit - it is always something we should have on hand. Fresh is not always available - so think about canned in natural juices or frozen. Try and keep some types of dried fruits on hand as well. There are so many used for it. Add to salads for color and flavor. Add to cereals or to muffins and breads. Good for just plain old snack eating!
COMMON NON-TOXIC CLEANERS
Baking soda - works great as scrubs. Helps dissolve dirt and grime, softens water, cleans drains, helps remove odors. Shoot, you can even use to brush your teeth.
Liquid Soap - Can clean almost anything. I love my blue Dawn! Great for removing stains and grease
Vinegar or lemon juice - works to remove water deposits on glassware - cleans windows. Helps remove tarnish and rust stains. Great for a fabric softener. Lemon juice can be used for help with whitening or to remove stains.
Club soda - Is good for cleaning glass surfaces. Helps chrome shine. A great stain remover on clothes on rugs and furniture
Peroxide - makes a great whitening agent (I use instead of bleach). Is great to have on hand for minor abrasions, cuts, or bites. I also mix with water and use as a mouth rinse for cold sores or a sore throat (never swallow).
Fix leaks at faucets - it is costing you money and wasting water
Turn off lights when not needed
Buy products with minimal or no packaging that must be thrown away
Use those re-usable grocery bags - no waste or trash
Buy local and from local vendors/famers when possible
Use and buy natural, non-toxic products whenever possible
14 crackers = about 1/2 cup finely crushed
Spaghetti - 8 oz. uncooked = about 4 cups cooked
Rice, quick cooking 1 cup uncooked = 2 cups cooked
Rice, long grained - 1 cup = about 3 cups cooked
Macaroni - 1 cup (3 1/2 oz.) uncooked = about 2 1/2 cups cooked
Cottage cheese, 1 lb. = about 2 cups
Shredded cheese - 4 oz. = 1 cup
Cream cheese - 8 oz. = 16 Tablespoons
Cream, whipping - 1 cup = 2 cups, whipped
Goals are dreams and wishes that could come true! Never stop having and setting goals - no matter what you age.
IF you want to be an effective manager of your life and finances - know where you are headed. Know how you intend to get there. And have a goal of when you might get there.
We need to have plans when it comes to finances. So many people just fly through life and have no goals - it always amazes me that they CAN survive. Be mindful of you spending, your bills and your savings. Plan ahead and hopefully, your future will be bright. You should be able to get by in an emergency (emergency funds) and you should be able to live a little more comfortably.
ALWAYS be a good steward of what you have - money and things.
PLEASE remember - if you see your investments and gains are going down due to the stock market - DO NOT PANIC! You DO lose when you withdraw funds. If you make haste and start withdrawing funds (remember the great bank crash) - yes, you lose money. If at all possible - leave things alone and wait for the market to rebound. I have 'lost' and gained dozens and dozens of times. Just DON'T panic!
The world today is somewhat chaotic. Don't jump onboard with all the craziness. Stay calm and keep going forward. Slow and steady!!!!! Sure, you can plan for the worst - but always hope for the best. Keep saving and filling your pantries - for those days that may be harder than today. Watch you purchases and try to get the best deals you can. Save for emergencies and for the future.
Keep your hearts and minds kind and grateful. Be spiritual in the best way you can - each person sees spiritual awareness differently.
Keep learning and growing.
LOVE one another!