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How can I get that smell out of my car? The power of vinegar
June 15, 2012, 9:01 AM
Filed under: Healthly Living, helpful household hints, Life style

Kill weeds and grass growing in unwanted places by pouring full-strength white distilled vinegar on them. This works especially well in crevices and cracks of walkways and driveways.
Give acid-loving plants like azaleas, rhododendrons, Hydrangea and gardenias a little help by watering them with a white distilled vinegar solution now and again. A cup of white distilled vinegar to a gallon of tap water is a good mixture.
Stop ants from congregating by pouring white distilled vinegar on the area.  This one my mom always used and it really works! Pour into spray bottle and use near walls and doorways and kitchen area.
Discourage cats from getting into the kids’ sandbox with white distilled vinegar.
Preserve cut flowers and liven droopy ones by adding 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar to a quart of water in a vase.
Get rid of the water line in a flower vase by filling it with a solution of half water and half white distilled vinegar, or by soaking a paper towel in white distilled vinegar and stuffing it into the vase so that it is in contact with the water line.
Clean out stains and white mineral crusts in clay, glazed and plastic pots by soaking them for an hour or longer in a sink filled with a solution of half water and half white distilled vinegar.

To shine chrome sink fixtures that have a lime buildup, use a paste made of 2 tablespoons salt and 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar.
Make your own scouring cleanser by combining 1/4 cup baking soda with 1 tablespoon liquid detergent. Add just enough white distilled vinegar to give it a thick but creamy texture.
Clean counter tops and make them smell sweet again with a cloth soaked in undiluted white distilled vinegar.
Clean and deodorize a drain by pouring in 1 cup baking soda, then one cup hot white distilled vinegar. Let this sit for 5 minutes or so, then run hot water down the drain.
Deodorize and clean the garbage disposal by pouring in 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup hot white distilled vinegar. Let sit for 5 minutes then run hot water down the disposal.

For cloudy glassware, soak paper towels or a cloth in full-strength white distilled vinegar and wrap around the inside and outside of the glass. Let sit awhile before rinsing clean.
Get rid of lime deposits in a tea kettle by adding 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar to the water and letting it sit overnight. If more drastic action is needed, boil full-strength white distilled vinegar in the kettle a few minutes, let cool and rinse with plain water.

Remove wallpaper easily by using a paint roller to wet the surface very thoroughly with a solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and hot water. Or spray on until saturated.

Stave off high blood sugar and other Alzheimer’s risk factors with a daily dose of vinegar.  According to researchers, there is evidence that vinegar sinks risk factors that may lead to memory decline and dementia — namely, high blood sugar, insulin resistance, diabetes and prediabetes, and weight gain. While vinegar does not confront Alzheimer’s directly, studies at Arizona State University have found that vinegar can curb appetite and food intake, helping prevent weight gain and obesity. Swedish investigators agree. In one study, downing two or three tablespoons of vinegar with white bread cut expected rises in insulin and blood sugar by about 25 percent. Pour on the vinegar — add it to salad dressings, eat it by the spoonful, even mix it into a glass of drinking water. Any type of vinegar works because it’s the acidity that counts.

Stop insect stings and bites from itching by dabbing them with a cotton ball saturated with undiluted white distilled vinegar.
Soothe sunburn with a spray of white distilled vinegar, repeating as often as you like. Ice-cold white distilled vinegar will feel even better, and may prevent blistering and peeling.
For cuts and scrapes, use white distilled vinegar as an antiseptic.
Get rid of foot odor by washing feet well with antiseptic soap daily, then soaking them in undiluted cider vinegar for 10 minutes or so. Remember that cotton socks aid odor control more effectively than wool ones.
Clean a hairbrush by soaking in a white distilled vinegar solution.
Tone facial skin with a solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and water.
If commercial aftershaves cause rashes and itching, try using undiluted white distilled vinegar as an aftershave lotion.
Lighten body freckles (not facial freckles) by rubbing on full-strength white distilled vinegar.
Eliminate bad breath and whiten your teeth by brushing them once or twice a week with white distilled vinegar.
Make nail polish last longer. Wipe fingernails with cotton balls dipped in white distilled vinegar before putting on nail polish.

Keep car windows frost-free overnight in winter by coating them with a solution of 3 parts white distilled vinegar to 1 part water.
Polish car chrome with full-strength white distilled vinegar on a soft cloth.
Remove unwanted decals and bumper stickers by covering them with a cloth soaked in white distilled vinegar, or by repeatedly spraying them with full-strength white distilled vinegar. They should peel off in a couple of hours.
Rid the windshield wipers of road grime by wiping them with a white distilled vinegar-soaked cloth.

Remove the leftover odor after a rider has been carsick by leaving a bowl of white distilled vinegar overnight on the floor.

Remove winter road salt residue on car carpeting by spraying with a mixture of equal parts white distilled vinegar and water, then blot with a soft towel.
Remove the hazy film that builds up on inside windows by spraying with white distilled vinegar.
Remove dirt and stains from car carpeting with a mixture of half white distilled vinegar and half water.
When doing car maintenance, soak rusty bolts and screws with white distilled vinegar to make them easier to remove.
Loosen chewing gum stuck to carpeting or upholstery by soaking it in white distilled vinegar.
Create an all-purpose window cleaner with a few ounces of white distilled vinegar in a quart of water.
Give leather upholstery an extra shine by cleaning it with hot white distilled vinegar and rinsing with soapy water. Make your car extra shiny by adding a few drops of white distilled vinegar to your bucket of water.

Keep a dog from scratching its ears by wiping them out regularly with a soft cloth dipped in undiluted white distilled vinegar.
Remove skunk odors by wiping down the animal with a 50-50 solution of white distilled vinegar and water, followed by a plain-water rinse. Repeat if necessary. Discourage a cat from sitting on a certain windowsill or other surface, or from scratching upholstery, by spraying white distilled vinegar on the item. Test first on an unnoticeable area to be sure there won’t be a discoloration.

Kill fleas by adding a little white distilled vinegar to your dog or cat’s drinking water.

Make perfect, fluffy meringue by adding a teaspoon of white distilled vinegar for every 3 to 4 egg whites used.
Perk up any can of soup or sauce with a teaspoon of red or white wine vinegar.
Eliminate the greasy taste in food cooked in a deep fryer by adding a dash of white distilled vinegar.
If you’ve added too much salt to a recipe, add a spoonful of white distilled vinegar and sugar to try correcting the taste.

To make basic vinaigrette salad dressing use 1 part white distilled vinegar to 4 parts oil.
Make creamy vinaigrette by adding some plain or whipped cream to a mixture of 1 part white distilled vinegar to 3 parts oil.
Tenderize meat with white distilled vinegar. Use it in marinades or when slow cooking any tough, inexpensive cuts of meat.
When poaching eggs, add a little white distilled vinegar to the water. The whites stay better formed.
For extra tenderness with boiling ribs or stew meat add a tablespoon of white distilled vinegar.
To add a zesty new taste to fresh fruits such as pears, cantaloupe, honeydew, or others, add a splash of rice or balsamic vinegar. Serve immediately to prevent the fruit from becoming mushy.
Freshen wilted vegetables by soaking them in cold water containing a spoonful or two of white distilled vinegar.

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How to Save Money on Produce and Meat
June 13, 2012, 8:31 AM
Filed under: couponing, Financial tips, Healthly Living, Holiday Fun, Life style

Summer is the best time for fresh fruit and grilling out on the Bar-b-q and spending time with family and friends.  This year we have watched as prices for these items have soared and it seems that we might have to forgo those extras this year.  But not so fast…I have a few tips that will help you save at the checkout and bring home the tastes of summer you cherish.

Produce:

1) Tomatoes- rather than buy the cherry tomatoes buy the larger round ones these can be up to a $1 cheaper.  You can also grow your own whether you live in an apartment or condo, rent or own this is a cheap and easy alternative.  Just ask at your local nursery personnel for hints and tips.

2) Corn- unshucked corn is cheaper (it also lets the kids help preparing dinner).  Buy on the day you want to eat it, my husband’s family used to have a farm and he says that corn becomes less sweet the longer it sits around.

3) Mushrooms- instead of Portobello mushrooms, buy Creminis they are smaller versions of the Portobello.  In some stores it may save you as much as $3.

4) Strawberries-Here is a great idea, pick your own usually that saves you half the price.  It is also a fun way to spend time with the family.  Check in your area for some farms and stands where they advertise this feature.  It saves you money and creates lasting memories for your children.  A little hard work never hurt anyone:)

5) Salad greens – Don’t buy the bagged versions, Buy by the head.  To make it last and stay fresh longer up to a full week, wash the leaves and dry throughly.  Then store in a plastic bag that you have punched holes in with a fork.

5) At roadside stands, buy your stone fruit that is slightly bruised.  While you discard the bruised portion you still save about half of what the unblemished cost.  Buy at roadside stands as a rule for all produce this will be like buying direct.  No middle man in this case the store.  Fresh fruits and veggies have the most nutritional value anyway.

Meats:

1) Buy the “market grind.”  Rather than the national brands it is often a higher quality and is local.  It usually costs about a dollar less per pound.

2)  This one I had never heard.  Buy a 2 lb ham from the refrigerator section.  take it to the Deli counter and have them slice it.  You will get more meat and can use for sandwiches it will also cost about $1 less per pound.  Check with your store not all grocers will do this.

3) stock up on b-b-q  meats and rolls and ice cream around holidays these items are usually 60-70% off and using coupons always helps.

4) Buy a chuck roast it is cut from the same muscle as rib-eye, and tastes similar.  Ask the butcher to cut 2 steaks out of the first 4 inches of the eye of the chuck roast, then have him grind the rest into hamburger.  You could save almost $10.

Other products:

1)  Salsa- Shop the international isle.  Lesser known Latin brands are up to 30% cheaper than our national brands.

2)  Make your own marinades and dressings.

3) Buy hot dog and hamburger rolls at dollar store or discount stores.

 

 



Who likes to party?
June 5, 2012, 12:28 PM
Filed under: Fun on a budget, Healthly Living

Once again its time for Fun for Free with the Greenback Grazer team!  Johnny tell all the good people out there what they can do this week without spending a dime!

This week you can cruise the classic car scene, shop till you drop, peruse antiques, you can party the day away, attend a gardening class taught by professionals, even audition for a theater production.  Is this a free Disney Cruise?  A time share gimmick? Nope.  These are all free events that are happening in our area this week.

Check out the classic car scene at Zion Mennonite Cherry Lane in Souderton from 8-2 June 9th the Strawberry Bash includes flea market as well.

Floral and Hardy are having a free gardening seminar on June 9th.  Scent additions and making the most of your garden will be this weeks topic.  Just RSVP 610-584-0797 4007 Skippack Pike Skippack, PA.  Also for children they will hold a free terrarium workshop at 10am.

Antique farm and tractor show 10am-3pm hosted by Skippack Historical Society at Allenbach-Cholet Farm 4109 Cremery Rd (behind Cremery Tire), Some items will be for sale  and while admission is free donations are appreciated.  610-724-5664

Also on the 9th in Lansdale party the day away in an old-fashioned block party at the Family Worship Center  1000 Troxel Rd. 11a-4pm.  Food, fun, music and more.  This is a family friendly event.

A Community Giveaway-Everything is free at North Penn Church of Christ from 8am-10am only.  Come and take what ever you need!  call 267-421-9113 for more details.

June 10-11th Auditions for Charlotte’s Web are being held at 7:30pm on Sunday and Monday www.dcptheater.com

There are a few other events that cost minimal cost so check out the following:

Touch a Truck- Admission is $5 kids under 2 free.  June 9th 10a-2p  held rain or shine at Red Hill Fire Company  all benefits will go to Youth and Family Services.  There will be food and games and the first 200 kids will get construction hats.

Pancake Breakfast 8a-11a Lansdale United Methodist Church 300 N Broad St.  Proceeds go to global missions.

Perkiomen Creek Sojourn-June 9th 9am-2pm rent a canoe and join the Conservancy team on 7 mile trip along the creek.  For more info visit www.perkiomenwatershed.org

The Country Store Museum at Red Men’s Hall is now open Sundays from 1:30-4pm.    The Country Store Museum is located on the ground floor of Red Men’s Hall, housing the ‘Historian’s collection of post 1870 manufactured goods in a setting of fixtures  from the old Niantic Store. It exhibits a late 19th century general store where  local families shopped for necessities. Nostalgia pervades this museum with its  clutter. Yard goods, crockery, ground coffee, tobacco, clothing, garden  implements and an apothecary shop surround a pot belly stove where a friendly  game of checkers could be played next to the spittoon.

The shelves of The  Country Store Museum are stocked with fabric on bolts, sewing accessories and lace,  hardware, blue Mason jars, kerosene lamp globes and period boxes of goods.  Portrayed at the store is country commerce bartered homemade soap, baskets, home grown produce as well as pottery and tin ware from local tradesmen. The museum’s  original 1890 ledger from the Hereford Store reveals a great deal of this  barter.

 



Cooking, crafting, and camping More fun for free!
May 29, 2012, 9:24 AM
Filed under: Craft Ideas, Healthly Living, recipes
Coconut Flour Chai Spiced Cupcakes -TASTY AND GLUTEN FREE!!!!!
                        By Jamie Calabro
1/2 cup coconut flour, sifted
 1 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
 1/4 tsp baking soda
5 eggs
1/2 cup coconut oil
 1/2 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine dry ingredients together and set aside. Using mixer, combine wet ingredients until they are really well combined and even a little foamy. On low-speed, mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Batter will thicken only slightly and will resemble a pancake batter. Mix till all the lumps are gone. Pour into cup cake papers (2/3 full) and bake for 25-30 minutes.  Cream Cheese icing works well with these flavors or eat them plain.

Buttoned-Up Elegance

Give a lightweight, linen curtain beachy flair  by stitching a border of mother-of-pearl buttons across the bottom of the rod  pocket.

Blackboards

Transform any object with a flat, smooth surface  into a blackboard. Here, enamel bakeware was used, but you can make use of  anything that strikes your fancy, such as an old mirror or a salvaged window.  Apply two coats of chalkboard paint using a small sponge applicator or roller,  as the fibers in regular paintbrushes tend to leave behind streaks. Chalkboard  paint comes in both liquid and spray versions. If you try the spray, be sure to  cover the surrounding area carefully to prevent spatter.

All-American Floral Wreath

4 steps for the winsome wreath

1. Saturate a 12-inch floral foam wreath  base with cool water.
2. Insert green leaves into floral foam, for  texture. Or skip this step and insert short, clipped stems of pink and white  peonies around the base, slightly varying the stems’ angles while concealing the  foam.
3. Display by hanging from florist’s wire, or looping a  grosgrain ribbon belt through the middle.
4. Maintainwreath a  week or more; place it daily in a shallow container, refreshing the foam ring  with cool water.

All-American Floral Wreath

4 steps for the winsome wreath

1. Saturate a 12-inch floral foam wreath  base with cool water.
2. Insert green leaves into floral foam, for  texture. Or skip this step and insert short, clipped stems of pink and white  peonies around the base, slightly varying the stems’ angles while concealing the  foam.
3. Display by hanging from florist’s wire, or looping a  grosgrain ribbon belt through the middle.
4. Maintain wreath a  week or more; place it daily in a shallow container, refreshing the foam ring  with cool water.

Read more: How to Make a Fresh Floral Wreath – Country Living

Cover a Lampshade

Measure the diameter of the lampshade bottom and  top, and add 1 1/2″ to each. Measure the shade’s height and add 3 3/4″. Cut a  length of fabric to size with sewing shears. For the bottom hem, fold the fabric  3/4″, iron flat, and machine stitch. Cut a piece of string 1″ longer than the  fabric’s length, fold the top 1 1/2″ of the fabric over the string, and iron  flat. Machine stitch two straight lines (1/2″ below the fold and 1/2″ above the  fabric’s edge) to create a drawstring seam. Fit fabric over lampshade, draw the  string tightly over top of shade, and tie. Evenly distribute folds and stitch  seam closed.

Candles in Seashells

Lovely on their own or as a companion to sand candles, these small lights  celebrate the beach and the summer. Collect only good-sized empty shells, or  save the shells from your next clambake or oyster fest.

seashell candles

MAKES SIX CANDLES
Supplies:1.5 x 6.5-inch seashells

Six 2-inch lengths thin wire wick, primed

6 wick holders

0.8 ounces stearin

1 disk wax dye, if desired

8 ounces paraffin wax

Directions: 1. Clean the seashells  thoroughly. Then, to be sure they are really clean, put them in boiling water  for a few minutes.
2. Insert the wicks into the wick holders and place  one in the middle of each seashell.
3. In the top of a double boiler over  medium heat, melt the stearin and wax dye, if using. Add the wax. Melt and mix  thoroughly. Heat to 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. Fill each seashell nearly  to the top and allow to cool completely, or overnight.
5. Trim the wicks  to 1/4 inch and arrange the candles on a dish or in a bowl of sand. Light and  enjoy!

Bandanna Table Runner   –

Add a cheerful touch to the summer table with  this patchwork-style runner. Line up enough bandannas to fit the length of a  table, leaving some overhang, and stitch together. To back the runner, cut an  old cotton tablecloth (any light-colored one will do) to match its width and  length. Sew together along the edges or attach with iron-on bonding.

Camping-

Here is a a great way to spend time together without spending money.  If you don’t own a tent chances are you know someone who does.   Or you can find a range of tents types and sizes for around $50-$100  for an investment in your family it is well worth it for the years of use and togetherness.

Take the kids camping in the back yard.  Make it Dad and his boys (or girls-they need dad time too)!  Or go to a local park check and see if they permit camping overnight and if they allow campfires or b-b-qs.  Bring your own food, go for a nature walk, horseback riding, bring some outdoor games, go swimming in the lake, cook out, and make s’mores.  Be a family make memories that your kids will remember for years to come:)

Allentown KOA Campground

6750 KOA Dr., New Tripoli, PA 18066-2419 Get Directions
610-298-2160 Toll Free USA: 800-562-2138 Website

Open April 1 through November 1, the Allentown K.O.A. Campground welcomes you and your family to their clean, modern campground. Enjoy the swimming pool, hay rides, and special family oriented activities. Conveniently located near Dorney Park and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and within a short drive to Hershey and Gettysburg.

Lake Towhee

Old Bethlehem Pike, Quakertown, PA 18951 Get Directions
215-757-0571

This 552-acre park has much to offer, including a playground, picnicking, hiking, ball fields, horseback riding trails, boating, fishing, group and individual camping, ice skating, nature area and a 50-acre lake. Open sunrise to sunset.

Appalachia Spring Ranch

7187 Troxelville Rd., Beavertown, PA 17813-9109 Get Directions
570-966-0884 Website
Enjoy a vacation with horses, education, hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing and photography.
For more locations and information search the PA Tourist Commission site. http://www.visitpa.com


Cleanout Cooking
May 15, 2012, 8:20 AM
Filed under: Healthly Living, recipes

Cleanout Cooking.  Hey readers if you like our recipes try this one as well she is another small town girl living out her experiences!  She has really great insights and is easy to read!



Fabuolous Fast Starts to Your Day
May 15, 2012, 7:23 AM
Filed under: Healthly Living, Life style, recipes

Here are a few breakfast ideas under 300 calories.  There’s bound to be a few that will intrigue your taste buds.  Good Luck readers!

1) Peanut Butter/apple quesadila- 2 8” whole wheat tortillas, 1tbsp peanut butter, 1 sliced apple.

2) 1 egg scrambled in 1tsp oil.  1 whole wheat bagel thin; 1 turkey sausage link, and 6oz low sodium vegetable juice.

3) Strawberry French Toast-1 slice whole-wheat bread dipped in 1 beaten egg and cooked in 1 tsp butter and 1 cup sliced strawberries.

4) Pancakes and bacon-2 frozen pancakes, one tsp honey, 1/2 sliced banana, 2 slices turkey bacon.

5) Maple Almond Oatmeal- 1 cup oatmeal cooked, 1tbsp almond butter, 2 tsp maple syrup.

6)  Smoothie-1 cup nonfat plain yogurt blended with 1 cup frozen peaches, 1/2 cup calcium fortified OJ, 1/2 banana, 1 tbsp ground flaxseed, and pinch nutmeg.

7) Greek Yogurt Parfait 8oz plain Greek yogurt, 1 diced nectarine, 1tsp honey, 3 tbsp sliced almonds.



If It’s Free It’s For Me
May 10, 2012, 9:20 AM
Filed under: Financial tips, Healthly Living, Life style

This is one of my husband’s favorite sayings.  I tease him about it, however I have started examining it more closely.  Now that’s not to say I am taking it to heart litteraly.  But, it does seem to be true.  These days you can find free stuff all around.  You just have to know where to look.  And that’s where we come in.

You can find free stuff in all kinds of places.  I was reading a magazine and they had a list that got me started on this tangent.  It was about cosmetic freebies.  We all know about the advertised ones like our local cosmetic counters at the mall.  However, these were actually free products no purchase neccessary:

www.olay.com/skin-analyzer Sign up for Olay Professional Pro-x and get  FREE headband.  This special headband works when you take a picture of yourself while wearing it and then upload it to Olay’s site; you can get a personalized skin analysis.

www.merlenorman.com  A FREE facial?  Stop by one of their locations fo a 20 minute deep cleansing, brightening, retexturizing, or hydrating facial.  There is a studio in Skippack.  On 4007 Skippack Pike (610) 222-0577

www.waxcenter.com European Wax Center for first time visitors can recieve an eyebrow, bikini, or underarm wax.  There is only one location near us in Horsham.  It is on Welsh rd near the Walmart headed towards Willow Grove.

www.benefitcosmetics.com Stop by the brow bar on your birthday and recieve a complimentary brow wax with ID.  The only location near us is Ulta on Knapp Rd near Montgomery Mall  215-616-4601

Multiple use products:

    This is one I havent heard of before.  Organix Rewewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil $8 @Walmart.  Apparently, you can use this product as frizz control and dry dull hair by creating a shinny healthy look.  You can also use on soften rough skin.  A few drops on those rough areas and the hydrating omega-6 fatty acids are not heavy and your skin won’t feel greasy!

Band-Aid makes a blister stick that you can also use on areas of friction.  Like your cute new sandals that rub on the tops of your feet.  Put it on before your shoes to prevent the blister.  Almost any drug store has it.

Baby wipes: Not just good for baby.  If they are flushable you can also use them in the bathroom, you can use them as make-up removers (some also works to soothe skin), they are good as handy wipes after a meal, or keep in your car and clean your hands after checking your oil.  Another thing I have done is kept them with me when I travel.  It is refreshing while on a long flight or train, or bus ride.  It is a nice refresher in close cramped quarters.