Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Here's a Hint

Recently my auntie who was moving gave me, among other things an old book called "Here's a Hint" it was printed in the year I was born (1977 shhhh).  Its a book of hints for all parts of the house, easy way to do things, different homemade chemicals to use and ways to reuse things and save money.

Yet again it reminded me of what a throwaway society we live in.  People buy disposable wipes, disposable nappies, disposable cleaning cloths, disposable containers for the kitchen, disposable wraps. Basically everything comes in a disposable version.  But do you know what....... we don't have to follow the norm and all the advertisements selling us another throwaway product.  Because although they may say they are disposable they are only disposable to us, not to the environment, hell half these throwaway products will still be hanging around the dump in 30 years time.  So not only do these products cost us more to buy but they are going to cost us and our environment in the future. 

OK off the bandwagon now, I thought I would just share my favorite hints with you, if your lucky I will include some funny ones too.

  • Hold a tube of toothpaste under hot running water to extract that last bit of paste.  This saves quite a bit that would otherwise been thrown away (bet you never tried that hard to get that last little bit out).
  • To cut down on electricity for water heating, have the thermostat set to 65 C turn hot water switch on just before going to bed, then switch it off when you get up each morning.  You'll find you have plenty of hot water to last you all day. This is a great saver if you live alone or have a small family.
  • Fix a small hook near bathroom, kitchen and laundry sinks if you like to remove your rings when washing or washing up.  There will be no chance of rings being lost if they are always hung on one of these hooks.
  • To clean the copper base of saucepans, place in a jar one cup of flour and two tablespoons of salt then mix to a paste with vinegar.  Rub on copper with fingers.  Cleans in seconds and requires no hard rubbing.
  • To clean the inside of a thermos flask fill the flask with boiling water then add one teaspoon of baking soda.  After all bubbling has stopped, wash flask normally in warm water.
  • Instead of boiling the jug of hot water every time you want to make just one cup of tea, fill a large thermos with hot water in the morning and get your hot drink from there all day.
  • Put a small bell on the fireguard that way you will know as soon as a child touches it.
  • Sometimes mothers are faced with a child who will not stop crying.  When this happens, immediately get a bottle so that not one tear is wasted.  When we try to get a bottle full of tears, it  is amazing how quickly the tears stop (this one made me smile).
And the book goes on and on all  in all a rather interesting read.  There is a lot of stuff on how to use old pantyhose to clean, mmmmm lovely.

    Wednesday, May 11, 2011

    Starting a Diary

    I decided that I would start a diary, sorry to disappoint but it wont be on here.  I don't think you actually need to know how many loads of washing I did and if the kids took a poop or not.  I randomly decided to write a diary yesterday after I found an old book that I used to write poetry in.  Suffice to say there is plenty of room as I only used two pages with my creative writing.

    Where did this idea come from?  Sorry it wasn't in a bid to record my oh so exciting, jet setting lifestyle.  No, while I was at my parents place my mum pulled out and old diary she had written when I was young.  It wasn't feelings and grumps and fluffy dreams, it was what had happened in that day, what the weather was like, what us kids were doing, what happened on the farm, meetings etc.  I realised that it was actually quite useful, not only was it an interesting read 20 years later (yes I am that old and I was no baby when she wrote the diary either) it was a reference to things we often forget.  Like where did I buy those nice socks from.  When did I get my last haircut, what were the kids doing at this age etc etc etc.

    As much as I love the Internet and blogging etc, I LOVE PEN AND PAPER.  I write lists on paper, write notes on paper, read paper books, I just like paper.  So yesterday I started recording what I had done, how the kids were, that we went to the docs and what we had for dinner, or in yesterday's case what we didn't have (vegies).  In doing so, I realised I actually do a hell of a lot so this could also prove as a great way of showing other people in this house that I don't sit on my bottom playing on the Internet watching cartoons all day. Oops had better finish this and get back "doing things".

    Not sure if this will last, I mean like learning Hindi it may be forgotten but I will try, I wont panic if I miss a day.  It isn't supposed to be a chore but an unwinding time.

    Happy writing people.....

    Tuesday, May 10, 2011

    The bread making continues.....

    Who would have thought that after a few months I would still be making bread on a 2 day basis.  NOT ME.  Granted we have had a bit of brought bread (still haven't used a whole loaf of brought bread since starting the challenge, it sits in the freezer for emergencies).

    I went away with the kids for a week and hubby was disturbed to find there was no homemade bread left for him, so he had a piece of brought bread only to find the taste so horrific that he called me to find out how to make bread himself.  I hate to say it but he did a dam good job, so good it made me try harder.  We now have two lovely puffy loafs of bread made every second day.  Just to give you a giggle each bread tray has two little balls of dough in them so when the bread rises it looks like someones bottom bursting out from under the teatowel.  If nothing else it makes me smile.

    Today after trying to find snacks for the kids in a house with not to much food left in it (grocery day tomorrow), I stumbled across an idea.........BREAD STICKS  so after baking my two loafs I used the last bit to make thin little bread sticks.  I cooked them for the same time as the other bread (30mins) so when they were finished they were crusty sticks and the kids loved them.  BRILLIANT healthy snack number 1 that kids love.  I think I got the idea as I was tempted to make pretzels but couldn't be bothered.  So now I am on the lookout for other bread related ideas..... 
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