Archive for the ‘Thrifty’ Category

End of Summer Kite Flying

My boys kite flying on Labor Day weekend. We found that kite at Thrift Town for five bucks. Best. kite. EVER. Even though the wind was unsteady, once Chris got it in the air, it would fly for five minutes at a time. Finn was even able to keep it in the air fairly easily.

To see the full size-pictures, click on them.

Quick Update: Crock pot lentil soup

Here’s how the Crock pot lentil soup turned out:

I thought it was good but not something I’d want to eat too frequently.

Finn didn’t really like it. He’s four and has a cold, so that may change.

Christopher had three bowls and is taking leftovers for lunch today.

I was hoping it would taste more like some lentil soup I’d eaten this weekend. It had a lighter but still super-flavorful taste. The soup I made last night had a deep, earthy flavor.

What’s for dinner? Crockpot Lentil Soup

I love my Crock pot. It’s almost like having someone else cooking for me. Tonight it’s making a simple, Lentil Soup. I got the basic recipe here. I doubled it to have plenty of leftovers and made a few substitutions.

Here’s my (as yet untested) version. I’ll let you know how it turns out after dinner tonight.

Lentil Soup (makes 8-ish servings)

Ginger, ground, 2 tbsp
Turmeric, ground, 2 tsp
Cumin seed, 2 tbsp
Vegetable oil, 1 tbsp
Curry powder, 2 tsp

Lentils, 2 cups
cilantro 1.5 tbsp
Chicken bouillon, 10 cubes (or broth equivalent)
Water, 12 cups

Add the Ginger, Turmeric, Cumin, Oil and Curry to the Crock pot. Cook on high heat for a few (I did 5ish) minutes. Add everything else and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 6-8 hours.

Serve with a nice green salad and bread.

Have a great day!

Charity

Streamline your bathroom with Aloe Vera Gel

If you’re at all like me, two of your biggest concerns are saving money and reducing clutter. One product I’ve found that helps me do both is Aloe Vera gel.

Probably the first thing you think of aloe for is a sunburn. You can also use it to sooth other burns as well as minor cuts and scrapes.

Aloe gel can be used as a hair gel, too. In my experience, it provides a light hold, and isn’t stiff or sticky as long as you don’t overdo it. It also leaves your hair soft and silky afterward, unlike most hair gels which contain alcohol or other ingredients that dry your hair.

Try aloe on your brows to keep them in shape. Since aloe gel is clear, you don’t have to worry about finding the right color to match. It’s also great for soothing your skin after plucking or waxing your brows.

If the ends of your hair dry, rub a little aloe on them to help smooth and condition them. I’ve also heard you can use aloe gel in place of a regular, rinse out conditioner, although I haven’t tried it yet.

Aloe is a great moisturizer for your skin. It leaves your skin feeling soft but not greasy.

I’ve heard that aloe gel works well to refresh your skin in situations where you may not be able to wash your face regularly like camping and traveling. Just massage it on and gently wipe off the excess.

Mix aloe with salt or sugar for a great exfoliating scrub.

The way to get the freshest aloe gel, of course, is to grow your own aloe plant. If you’re like me and have a hard time keeping plants alive, or you just want to pick up a bottle or two so you’ll have plenty on hand, now is a good time to get it. Specialty health stores will stock it year round, but right now it’s easier to find in discount stores and supermarkets with their seasonal products.

The most important thing to look for is 100% pure aloe. Pure aloe will be clear. Steer clear of the blue and green aloe gels. They contain added ingredients to help “cool” a sunburn. These ingredients are okay (although unnecessary) for sunburns, but you don’t want to use these aloe blends for anything other than soothing a sunburn.

One brand that’s fairly easy for me to find is Fruit of the Earth. I think I paid around $5-$7 for a 24 ounce bottle. Not bad when you compare it to a comparably-sized bottle of lotion, or conditioner, or moisturizer, or hair gel, all of which can be replaced with aloe.

What aloe tips have I left out? Share yours with me.

Have a great Thursday!

%d bloggers like this: