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March 2011 - Posts

  • Wait! Don't throw THAT away!

    Below are some items that are usually thrown away that cause me to pause and wait before heading to the trash:

    Paper Towel Tubes:

    • They hold those annoying plastic grocery store bags in a small space by stuffing the tube tightly full of them.
    • They help to keep the tangle of cords behind any table or entertainment unit neatly tucked together. Just split down one side from hole to hole and put the cords all in.
    • They make great kindling when filled with wood shavings and paraffin wax or cotton dryer lint!

    Citrus Peels:

    • Freeze them in a zip lock bag in the freezer and once in a while take a frozen peel out to run through the garbage disposal. When they are frozen they help to sharpen the blades and the sent will freshen the disposal naturally.
    • Citrus peels boiling in a pot on the stove or fireplace hearth are a natural air freshener and mood booster.
    • Dried orange peels can be used as quick and aromatic fire starters.
    Cardboard Egg Cartons:

    • Again these work as fire starters if filled with cotton drier lint or wood shavings and some paraffin wax. They can then be cut into cubes or strips.
    • They can be used to start seedlings. Once your little shoot has reached the height to replant, you can simply snip off the cup it’s being held in and plant the whole thing in the ground.
    Oh, there are so many more items that I pause and tend to wait and ponder before throwing away. So there will be more to come!

    Not only do I look at items to reuse, recycle and repurpose I even look at NEW items (while doing the budget friendly past time of window shopping) and think of ways to make something that looks interesting out of 'throw away' items rather than buy the newest gadget.

    Subscribe to my YouTube Channel and see when I load up a new video using some items I would have usually thrown away, had I not window shopped for a handy kitchen tool – and decided to make it myself!

    Best Blessings!
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    Joseph & Donna Miller, Owners

    Deut 28:5 - "A blessing upon your grain-basket and kneading-bowl."

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  • Stock Market vs. Food Storage


    The best I can say is it looks like things they are 'a-changing'...I'm not a gloom and doomer, but do have a healthy distrust for any entities that attempt to 'control' others...but I'm not a tin-foil hat wearing conspirator either. Over time, we have gotten less and less family-reliant and self-sufficient and have relied far too much on the status quo.

    To me, with the stock market as volatile as it is and most savings options not earning what they used to, both FOOD and SKILL are GOOD investments. After all, you can't eat little green pieces of paper or gold/silver to survive. But if you've stored food, you can live and thrive longer!

    It's more about the shifting of priorities for me and our family. Stocking up food is more about prudence and choosing a long term solution over convenience. We lived off our food storage for a year due to hubby's non-paying boss, so I know it is a lifeline.

    Growing your own food, learning how to
    can, dehydrate and preserve are all the things that were not passed down due to the onset of conveniences. These are now a very good time/skill investments to save money as well as survive in a crisis - even if it's just a personal one like ours has been.

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     Best Blessings!

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