Hard Times Befall Many. Ideas, Hints, Tips, Tricks!
Hard times are a fact of life for many. Us,
too! But, we all must keep going helping each other keep spirits up and good thoughts and actions flowing.
"More, please! I mean, Any, please?"|
This page was created because we all need to save money and find ways to be successful while helping each other.
That helps the world go 'round, the way it should, with the help of inertia, of course! : )
Update: 2:45 PM 12/9/2008 PST
Delicious, Economical, Nourishing on Our Recipes Page!
To start, here are some pointers to begin with regarding
Yummy Delicious Food and Saving Money - 10 Little Hints and Tips
1. Big Hint! If you can sprout your beans before you cook them,
you will add so much incredibly good nutrients to your diet, for free! That goes
for seeds, as well! Do you need instructions? (Bottom of this page) Also, it
will SAVE COOKING TIME, thus, energy!
2. If you eat meat, save your bones! You can make a very nice soup. When
you simmer poultry bones until they are very soft, you can actually eat them or
feed them to your pet. All the marrow and bone is very, very nutritious. The
broth will be yummy delicious for your soup, as well.
3. Less is best. Did you know that most people eat more than they really
need? Believe it or not, a light diet is much healthier than a hearty diet.
Now, if you are a teenager or child, one musn't inhibit your diet! Parents and
Caretakers: Always consult with your physician for the proper amounts of food
for kids, and you!
Nevertheless, a high quality natural diet of doctor recommended proportion is
good for kids and teens, of less amount is the best for your adult body.
4. In the winter, a pot of soup on the stove is a wonderful and
inexpensive thing. Try to keep the salt down - it's tempting to have a lovely
salty soup. You can put almost any vegetable in your soup. Add sweet potatoes,
potatoes, greens, soaked beans, soaked grains, or soaked seeds (see below for
sprouting instructions) and you have a full, hearty and complete meal with all
the nutrients you could ask for, for dinner or lunch!
NOTE: Don't have a refrigerator? If you boil your soup often for at least
5 minutes and only use sterile utensils, it can stay on the stove. Pioneers kept
a hot soup pot throughout the day above the embers. However, you must consider
whether you are willing to use this method - you don't want to get food
poisoning, and it can be hard to tell if your utensils are sterile. Also, there
can be floating bacteria, yeasts and spores in the air that enter your pot when
it it opened. Again, consult with your physician on this. (Who can afford a
doctor? I don't know - but we just have to recommend this for your safety and
5. Keep your brain exercised. Study, learn, research, read. Go to
the Library, or go to your bookstore and EXERCISE THAT BRAIN OF YOURS. You will
help the prospect of your brain staying younger longer, and it will need the
exercise to stave off things like Alzheimer's.
USE IT OR LOSE IT.
6. Take the time to have a fruit and vegetable platter in your
fridge. But the fresh vegetables that you can afford, carefully wash and
cut them up into bite sized pieces. You and your family will grab these healthy
little bite sized goodies rather than turn to a candy bar or soda.
7. Make a little dip dish in the fridge. Remind your family to only
dip once! No germs allowed! There are awesome dip recipes - we will have some
good and cheap ones, soon. Remind us!
8. Make your own breakfast cereal! If you must have boxed cereal,
throw it on top of your homemade cereal as a topping! Save your money!
Great cereal: tender rolled oats, a bit of crushed nuts, dried berries,
sunflower seeds, chopped dates. Bag and refrigerate. No need for too many
add-ins to your oats or grains! Just a small serving with a topping of boxed
cereals will help kids love it!
Boxed cereals should be labeled, "Use as garnish or topping only." Or, "12 piece
limit per day." Uh oh - don't want to get in trouble with the cereal companies!
We hereby recommend boxed cereals all day long! : )
9. Make your own soda! Save on medical bills! Great for your
Just take fizzy mineral water, add sweet natural fruit juice, and it takes like
fruit soda! No chemicals, additives, fake sugars, or genetically modified
Your juice may be less sweet, but you will find that it really refreshes and
that kids will get used to it!
10. Use ketchup and mustard? Add water and shake - you'll use less,
will still be tasty.
More coming soon! Do you have a wonderful idea to share? Please please let us
know! Help the world, help yourself!
Easiest, Simplest, Least Expensive Way to
Sprout Successfully - How to Sprout (with Low Water usage, too!) )God
Willing, we will have pictures soon!! : )
1. Slim containers (not bigger than a quart) with non-leaking, wide mouth
screw tops, small or large will be fine. Expensive sprout jars not necessary.
(After all, this is about hard times!)
Any container that's fairly slim with a wide mouth with screw top will do. Drink
bottles made of safe, good quality plastic are fine, with wide mouths and a
spout or snap top to let in air.
2. 1 little strainer that fits of the wide mouth jar - any type will do
as long as you can place it over the mouth when you pour out sprout water.
3. 1 beautiful little naturally grown container herb garden to pour your
sprout water into. Your sprout water is valuable! : )
4. Sproutable beans, seeds, grains - ask your friendly health food store,
or any local grocery store for organic (no GMO or hybrids please) untreated
5. A dark, cool little cupboard or place.
6. Clean water.
7. A big happy heart. (Optional, but very very helpful : )
1. Rinse, and then soak your beans, seeds or grains in your container
overnight for at least 12-24 hours in a dark, cool, place. Make sure that they
are fully covered with water when soaking. You can use 1/3 to 1/2 the size of
the container for your beans. Less if you want bigger sprouts for salads or
chapotlies (A chapotlie is a sprouted, hand formed flat pancake lightly heated
on a griddle).
3. In the morning, pour the soaking water into your garden, inside or
out, and smell to make sure it has a fresh, light, tangy smell. If it does, not
need to rinse! Just strain out sprout water into your plants! If it's a bit
sour, no problem! Just rinse gently until sweet. Then strain out the water.
Then, with your snap top or straw open for air, place your container on its side
in a dark warm or room temperature place.
Important: Don't forget about your sprouts! Put them where you will see them in
your cupboard on your counter behind your cookie jar. : )
4. You can turn your sprout jar over if you like during the day if you
5. In the evening, (yes, you can leave your sprouts be until evening!)
sniff your sprouts and rinse gently if they have a vinegary smell, until fresh.
Otherwise, one little rinse will do, turning your sprout jar over to redisperse
the little fellows.
6. You can actually cook up your beans, seeds and grains at this point if
you like. Otherwise, you can continue and make more "sprouty sprouts."
NOTE: The day or two of soaking brought a wonderful reaction to your
dormant little beans, seeds or grains - the spark of life. They have come alive!
Their little germs may have begun to poke their little heads out, and their
enzymes may have begun to percolate to life and create nutrients and more
enzymes. So beneficial!
7. Continue the process if you want more sprouty sprouts. After the 3rd
day, you can put your sprouts in the fridge. Believe it or not, they will
continue to grow in the coolness. Cool! : )
8. Whenever you sniff your sprouts and they seem a bit sour, that's the
time to rinse. Otherwise, once a day can be more than enough. Amazing, but true.
NOTE: Always use a spotless clean container and clean beans, nuts and
seeds. That will help insure sweet production, rather than sour. Even then, sour
is not a problem. Just rinse, and you should be fine.
If your sprouts smell bad, you must throw away for compost. Did you know about a
lovely compost bucket (coming soon!)? A wonderful thing!
Whatever you do, soaking your beans, seeds and grains for 24 hours is always a
wonderful thing to do even if you don't want sprouty sprouts.
The spark of life with soaking a day or two is a wonderful way to add nutrition
and lower cooking time which SAVES ENERGY! Yay!
Questions? Contact Us and we will try to help!
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