Freegan Score: Oh,look…MORE zucchini. But rest assured…it will not be wasted.



I have now made ALL the zucchini things one can make,so this big guy is going in to the freezer.


But look at these itty-bitty corn cob rejects! I take in all rejects here, especially the food kind. You’ll these a lot in food rescues this time of year. Some cobs aren’t full ears, so they don’t meet market “standards” and then ends up as food waste.
Speaking of…reading today that wasted food adds the equivalent of more than 3.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere . Some of  that food waste is leftovers (especially in the restaurant world) but that not pretty or “wrong” sized produce (like my cute corn here) also figure into that.
Fun fact,eh?

Songs for Social Justice: Bullets for breakfast and mass murder meals. Enemy of the state, and your plate is the battlefield

On my regular ol’ blog, I post often about music. I apply music to life and think of it as making up a soundtrack to my own life and the world’s consciousness. It would seem strange if I didn’t carry the music over to this blog, so once in a while, I’ll share some songs that apply to social justice.

This starts off with Vandana Shiva talking…

Once they have established the norm –

that seed can be owned as their property –

royalties can be collected.

We will depend on them

for every seed we grow

of every crop we grow.

If they control seed, they control food, they know it; it’s strategic.

It’s more powerful than bombs.

It’s more powerful than guns.

This is the best way to control the populations of the world.”

“Food Fight” by Earth Amplified is a lyrical commentary on life in an urban food desert  and the role the corporations and the government have in it.  But more than that, it’s about how food is used to further oppressed those who are already economically oppressed.
In the video for “Food Fight”, we follow  a kid on a journey through his homicidal food reality. The local corner store is killing his neighborhood — literally. From a Morpheus-like guide, he learns the reality behind the food he’s buying, and must decide to take the Orange Carrot Pill or the Red Bull Pill..

That’s what the streets them say.

That’s what police them say.

That’s what the Babylon say.

Put cola upon lips

and get popped the same way now.

That’s what The Pentagon say.

That’s what the generals say.

That’s what the empire say.

Put death down your throat,

you get dropped the same way.


There’s a war going on inside,

no man is safe from:


every corner in the hood got a KFC

or McD’s. It’s crack speed like RED

Bull-ish they pulpit — so caffeine,

Kit Kat like a click-clack holes in your genes

Cuz everything at market ain’t all what it seems.

Little Debbie bussing biscuits at sugar-high fiends.

Ain’t nothing but a G thing –

GMO, MSG, genocide of street gangs.

Aspartame or street cane.

Monsanto is Rambo.

Round Up with ammo.

Who would have known you can die from a diet

Diabetes and the -itis from the dairy and the dose

of the high fructose

cuz your ribs too close

so you might start a riot.

Might be a FOOD FIGHTER!



They shootin’!

Made you look

at the labels on the food that you cook.

Just say no to cocoa box

cuz when you Google the ingredients, you might get got.

Is your milk on drugs? Cuz your brain on Fox.

Factory farming spawning the Meatrix plot,

Globally warming us all, enough cows and NOx

driving the climate, driving a hummer or not.

Drive-in like a drive-by.

E.coli served super sized with a side of super lies.

so tell me what’s more gangsta than that?

Bullets or burgers both blaze burners to black.

Breakfast is a little like Texas,

Petro is everything that you’re eating on

My pesto is backyard like choppin’ chard.

My school lunch pack a punch.




What’s Beef?

Beef is when you’re 12 years old and obese

clogged arteries, can’t see your own feet

until you’re up in ICU, guaranteed to be an ‘I see you”

From that processed food.

Suicide. It’s a suicide.

Don’t want no microwaves, no pesticides.

Fast food’s a slow death in disguise.

It’s the wild wild westernized world of deception and lies.

What’s Beef?

Beef is when you starve in a famine.

Nothing won’t grow and the land stays barren.

Pollution in the river, mercury in the salmon.

What sense do it make, being at war with the planet?

We’re at war for the mind so impressionable.

Instead of vegetables,

we reach for Red Bulls.

Poor diets kill more brothers than pistols.

We’re fighting for our lives like Michael Vic’s pit bulls.

Dog eat dog, America eats the young,

We die from beef, but more from meat than the gun.

Bullets for breakfast and mass murder meals.

Enemy of the state, and your plate is the battlefield

in this FOOD FIGHT!

SoS Juice

Frugal Foodie Digest #2

A wrap-up of everything foodie and frugal posted the past week on the Cheap Eats Pinterest board and the Poor as Folk facebook page.

Recipes & Food How-Tos
Cheesy Sweet Potato sweet potato hashbrowns

Cheesy Sweet Potato Crisps

Red Lentils & Spinach in Masala Sauce

Red Lentil & Spinach Masala

Roasted Spaghetti Squash | Real Food Real Deals #healthy #recipe #vegan

How to Roast Spaghetti Squash

Cider Apple Chicken with Mushroom Sauce

Cider Apple Chicken with Mushroom Sauce

Chicken Veggie Pie topped with Golden Potatoes |

Butternut Squash & Chorizo Shells

25 Sizzlin' Low Carb Pizza Recipes

Stir Fried Green Beans with Ginger and Onions on Simply Recipes

Stir Fry Green Beans with Ginger & Onion

Baked Eggs in Stuffed Peppers

Baked Eggs In Stuffed Peppers

White Chicken Chili with Poblano Peppers

Pawpaw Flesh and Seeds Foraging for Wild Pawpaw Fruits in Pennsylvania

Foraging for Wild Paw Paws

Cinnamon Bun Minis (low sugar and vegan)

Frugal Shopping & Budgeting

25 Healthy Foods for Under a Dollar | Premeditated Leftovers

25 Healthy Foods for Under $1.00

Leftover Swap- an app that hooks up people who have leftovers with who needs them

Managers Specials

Buying Grocery Store Manager Specials

20 Delicious Ways To Use Beans and Save Money

20 delicious ways to use beans and save money

from The Nourishing Gourmet

I use a lot of beans for meals. They’re a cheaper and sometimes better source of protein than meat. A lot of people tell me they have never cooked beans before or that they just don’t like them. In my childhood, I ate a lot of foods that I grew up thinking I hated only to find out in adulthood that I actually love them – they just weren’t cooked the “right” way when I had them. I’m fairly convinced this is the case with many people and beans. Or as she says in the post at the link, they’ve been in boring recipes. Rice & beans done wrong or baked beans from a can come to mind.

Beans are incredibly versatile. If your recipe calls for meat, there is always a bean that will substitute well.
Also, #20 on the list …Chickpea Bread…. using chickpeas or chickpea flour to bake with is a great gluten-free alternative.

Why Discussions About Privilege Are the Problem

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

This article won’t be a scream-fest, sorry. Having said that, no one cares about your J Crew packages and it’s the job of government to determine general wealth distribution via taxation in the US, not moralizing ranters. Nico, Kate, this article isn’t aimed at you. It’s aimed at the recurring argument itself.

This week, both Nico Lang and Kate Menendez let fly regarding their thoughts on monetary privilege (aka money) and numerous commenters dove in to choose sides. What I noted, besides the number of people that now seem to hate Kate, was that there was pretty much zero discussion of any objective standard of what people with or without money actually do with their money and the entire discussion of tax policy was completely avoided.

These two articles basically constituted a “battle of the anecdotes.” That’s fine, sure, we’ve all got our own experiences. Mine is split right down…

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Thrift Score: Belated Back-to-School Clothes

We didn’t have any extra cash to do back to school clothes shopping last month, and my three girls really needed some new stuff.

How cute is their sign? SO cute.

How cute is their sign? SO cute.

Hooray for the annual Presbyterian Mission rummage sale!

Or if we lived across the pond…a church jumble!

I look forward to this sale every year. So much great stuff for next to nothing.
The first day of the sale, my 12 year old said she wanted-needed sweaters. She scored 3 gorgeous sweaters (she will not model them. I asked) , and I found various other things…a dress, a skirt, some t-shirts,kids’ clothes…. for the bargain price of $13.

I could not buy the yarn to knit one of the sweaters for $13.

The ladies at check out were all kinds of wonderful. They would consider the brand label when tossing out a price at me. “Oh, this is a Gap shirt. $2, maybe? Or is that too much?”
There was the tiniest pinprick of a snag on something (I seriously don’t even notice it), and the lady checking out deemed it to be only worth 50¢. I think that first day of the sale, the most I paid for any one item was $3 and that was the dress I got.

Saturday was the best day, though. Saturday was “Fill a Bag for $3″ day.
My teenagers and I filled 3 bags. We went home with this:


I’m not  someone who cares about brand names and stuff but there were some really good ones in there. My teenagers  don’t care,either (hallelujah!). When they’re picking out clothes secondhand (honestly, the only way we shop at all for clothing),they’re looking for something that reflects their personal style, not a label.

So, I spent $22 total at this one rummage sale on clothes for one tween, two teenagers, myself, my two boys ,AND also managed to grab some things to donate to my local teen mamas. It was a pretty excellent score.

The Good Stuff: A Couple of Politicians Who Don’t Suck

Hey, I like when big House votes happen on issues that matter to me. It helps me categorize politicians into the Against Us and On Our Side file folders in my brain.

Jim McGovern has held residency in the On Our Side category for awhile now. His #endhungernow speeches make me realize that this man probably feels a lot like I do: regurgitating the same information over and over and over again , in an effort to undo false information that Republicans fabricate about social welfare programs designed to help low income families. But the major thing that makes me love Jim McGovern is his assertion that we can end hunger, it’s a matter of political will that we choose not to.

The day after the vote, he expressed how offensive the outcome was. Because human being,you know?

I just think this guy gets it and he has been consistently fighting for poor folks who need to eat.
We out to have another 'war on poverty.' We should articulate the goal that no one should suffer from hunger. - Rep. Jim McGovern, co-chair House Hunger Caucus


Last week, Jackie Speier gave examples of the food expense allowance of some members of Congress, provided to them via taxpayer dollars. Some of these representatives are allowed $150/day for food. To use my own situation to put this in perspective, my SNAP allowance right now is $3/day per person. Less than $100/month.  And hell, I can’t even get vodka with that money!
Not that I would or am I saying that anyone should be allowed to buy alcohol with their food stamps. I actually don’t think anyone should be able to buy alcohol with tax dollars, most especially congressional reps who aren’t doing a whole lot to earn their salaries, let alone foodie perks.

Listen to Jackie Speier here try to talk some shame into the leeches.


It’s too bad that pretty much nothing the good politicians say can make their colleagues have a similar sense of humanity and shame but I love them for trying.










Mean People Suck: The 217 Members of Congress Who Said Yes To Food Stamp Cuts

Yeah,so…that happened.
Friday, a bunch of overpaid clowns voted  ,”Hell,YEAH!” to cutting $40 billion over 10 years from SNAP. It’s what Jesus would have wanted.
So said Congressman Kevin Cramer  when he threw Bible quotes at someone who basically asked him,”What the hell are you thinking?”.What Would Jesus Cut?

Incidentally, it was the same Bible quote Stephen Lee Fincher (R-Tenn.) used back in May when the first vote for the SNAP cuts happened. These guys have this in their back pocket ,at the ready, whether it’s logical and applicable or not. 2 Thessalonians 3:10, which says “for even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: If anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.”

I hate when Jesus gets pulled into this conversation , and I don’t know Jesus personally, but from what I’ve heard, I think he would be like, ‘Dafuq you say?’.

Along with the basic idea of not helping people to eat, Jesus sounds like he’d be the kind of guy who would say something like, “Thou shalt not cast votes based on myths and false information perpetrated by a political party.” Or be a suck-ass meanie.

To listen to the GOP, no one getting food stamps actually works at all. But in reality, 40% do. And then the rest are children ,elderly,disabled… with a relatively small percentage being unemployed. I know,I know… we should be making those children work for their food,too.
Along with the cuts, it’s now specifically stated that you have to be working to get assistance, which is nothing new at all. Most states already have this policy in place and the Welfare to Work program was part of wide sweeping welfare reform. There are some states and regions that have lifted this policy because there just are no jobs in that region.

Republicans say that the cuts to the program are going to make people go out and get a job. I’m guessing they mean a second job or maybe a third? Maybe it’s a magic they conjured up (with prayer,of course) that just automatically created enough jobs at a living wage along with the cuts. That would be some special magic.

So, I bet you’d like to know who these 217 mean people are. Here’s the list:images

By State


Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.)

Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.)

Mo Brooks (R-Ala.)

Martha Roby (R-Ala.)

Mike Rogers (R-Ala.)


Trent Franks (R-Ariz.)

Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.)

Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.)

David Schweikert (R-Ariz.)


Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)

Rick Crawford (R-Ark.)

Tim Griffin (R-Ark.)

Steve Womack (R-Ark.)

Robert Woodall (R-Ark.)


Ken Calvert (R-Calif.)

John Campbell (R-Calif.)

Paul Cook (R-Calif.)

Jeff Denham (R-Calif.)

Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.)

Darrell Issa (R-Calif.)

Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.)

Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)

Tom McClintock (R-Calif.)

Buck McKeon (R-Calif.)

Devin Nunes (R-Calif.)

Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.)

Ed Royce (R-Calif.)


Mike Coffman (R-Colo.)

Cory Gardner (R-Colo.)

Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.)

Scott Tipton (R-Colo.)


Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.)

Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.)

Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.)

Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.)

Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.)

John Mica (R-Fla.)

Jeff Miller (R-Fla.)

Richard Nugent (R-Fla.)

Bill Posey (R-Fla.)

Trey Radel (R-Fla.)

Tom Rooney (R-Fla.)

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.)

Dennis Ross (R-Fla.)

Steve Southerland (R-Fla.)

Daniel Webster (R-Fla.)

Ted Yoho (R-Fla.)

C.W. Bill Young (R-Fla.)


Paul Broun (R-Ga.)

Doug Collins (R-Ga.)

Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.)

Tom Graves (R-Ga.)

Jack Kingston (R-Ga.)

Tom Price (R-Ga.)

Austin Scott (R-Ga.)

Lynn A. Westmoreland (R-Ga.)


Raul R. Labrador (R-Idaho)

Mike Simpson (R-Idaho)


Rodney Davis (R-Ill.)

Randy Hultgren (R-Ill)

Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.)

Peter J. Roskam (R-Ill.)

Aaron Schock (R-Ill.)

John Shimkus (R-Ill.)


Susan W. Brooks (R-Ind.)

Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.)

Luke Messer (R-Ind.)

Todd Rokita (R-Ind.)

Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.)

Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.)

Todd Young (R-Ind.)


Steve King (R-Iowa)

Tom Latham (R-Iowa)


Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.)

Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.)

Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.)

Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.)


Andy Barr (R-Ky.)

Brett S. Guthrie (R-Ky.)

Thomas Massie (R-Ky.)

Harold Rogers (R-Ky.)

Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.)


Rodney Alexander (R-La.)

Charles Boustany (R-La.)

William Cassidy (R-La.)

John Fleming (R-La.)

Steve Scalise (R-La.)


Andy Harris (R-Md.)


Justin Amash (R-Mich.)

Dan Benishek (R-Mich.)

Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich)

Dave Camp (R-Mich.)

Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.)

Candice Miller (R-Mich.)

Mike Rogers (R-Mich.)

Fred Upton (R-Mich.)

Tim Walberg (R-Mich.)


Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)

John Kline (R-Minn.)

Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.)


Gregg Harper (R-Miss.)

Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.)

Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.)


Sam Graves (R-Mo.)

Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.)

Billy Long (R-Mo.)

Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.)

Jason Smith (R-Mo.)

Ann Wagner (R-Mo.)


Steve Daines (R-Mont.)


Lee Terry (R-Neb.)

Adrian Smith (R-Neb.)


Mark Amodei (R-Nev.)

Joe Heck (R-Nev.)

New Jersey

Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.)

Scott Garrett (R-N.J.)

Leonard Lance (R.-N.J.)

Jon Runyan (R-N.J.)

New Mexico

Steve Pearce (R-N.M.)

New York

Chris Collins (R-N.Y.)

Tom Reed (R-N.Y.)

North Carolina

Howard Coble (R-N.C.)

Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.)

Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.)

George Holding (R-N.C.)

Richard Hudson (R-N.C.)

Patrick T. McHenry (R-N.C.)

Mark Meadows (R-N.C.)

Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.)

North Dakota

Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.)


John Boehner (R-Ohio)

Steve Chabot (R-Ohio)

Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio)

Bill Johnson (R-Ohio)

Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)

David Joyce (R-Ohio)

Robert E. Latta (R-Ohio)

Jim Renacci (R-Ohio)

Steve Stivers (R-Ohio)

Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio)

Michael Turner (R-Ohio)

Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio)


Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.)

Tom Cole (R-Okla.)

James Lankford (R-Okla.)

Frank Lucas (R-Okla.)

Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.)


Greg Walden (R-Ore.)


Lou Barletta (R-Pa.)

Charles W. Dent (R-Pa.)

Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.)

Mike Kelly (R-Pa.)

Tom Marino (R-Pa.)

Tim Murphy (R-Pa.)

Scott Perry (R-Pa.)

Joseph R. Pitts (R-Pa.)

Keith Rothfus (R-Pa.)

Bill Shuster (R-Pa.)

Glenn W. Thompson (R-Pa.)

South Carolina

Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.)

Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)

Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.)

Tom Rice (R-S.C.)

Mark Sanford (R-S.C.)

Joe Wilson (R-S.C.)

South Dakota

Kristi Noem (R-S.D.)


Diane Black (R-Tenn.)

Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)

Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.)

John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.)

Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.)

Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.)

Phil Roe (R-Tenn.)


Joe Barton (R-Texas)

Kevin Brady (R-Texas)

Michael C. Burgess (R-Texas)

John Carter (R-Texas)

Michael K. Conaway (R-Texas)

John Culberson (R-Texas)

Blake Farenthold (R-Texas)

Bill Flores (R-Texas)

Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)

Kay Granger (R-Texas)

Ralph M. Hall (R-Texas)

Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas)

Sam Johnson (R-Texas)

Kenny Marchant (R-Texas)

Michael T. McCaul (R-Texas)

Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas)

Pete Olson (R-Texas)

Ted Poe (R-Texas)

Pete Sessions (R-Texas)

Lamar Smith (R-Texas)

Steve Stockman (R-Texas)

Mac Thornberry (R-Texas)

Randy Weber (R-Texas)

Roger Williams (R-Texas)


Rob Bishop (R-Utah)

Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah)

Chris Stewart (R-Utah)


Eric Cantor (R-Va.)

Randy J. Forbes (R-Va.)

Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.)

Morgan Griffith (R-Va.)

Robert Hurt (R-Va.)

Scott Rigell (R-Va.)

Robert J. Wittman (R-Va.)


Doc Hastings (R-Wash.)

Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.)

David G. Reichert (R-Wash.)

West Virginia

David McKinley (R-W.Va.)


Sean P. Duffy (R-Wis.)

Thomas Petri (R-Wis.)

Reid Ribble (R-Wis.)

Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)

James F. Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.)


Cynthia M. Lummis (R-Wyo.)

13 of those sorry examples of human beings also accept a farm subsidy . They’ve accepted a total of 7.2 million dollars in farm subsidies. Hey, wait…. I have an idea. Let’s save ourselves some money and take away their subsidies. They are not in desperate need of them. Their net worth is $124.5 million. It’s not like they’re going to have to go apply for food stamps or anything . Why should taxpayers support individuals not willing to learn the value of work? 

I made Chocolate Lasagna…Pie

I have no idea what lascivious temptress invented this recipe but he or she must be either a chocolatier genius or someone who gets kickbacks from a pharmaceutical company that makes diabetes drugs.

The original recipe looks like this:

Chocolate Lasagna


  • 1 package regular Oreo cookies (Not Double Stuff) – about 36 cookies
  • 6 Tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1- 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cold milk
  • 1- 12 ounce tub Cool Whip, divided
  • 2 – 3.9 ounce packages Chocolate Instant Pudding.
  • 3 1/4 cups cold milk
  • 1 and 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips


  1. Begin by crushing 36 Oreo cookies. I used my food processor for this, but you could also place them in a large ziplock bag and crush them with a rolling pin. When the Oreos have turned into fine crumbs, you are done.

  2. Transfer the Oreo crumbs to a large bowl. Stir in 6 tablespoons melted butter and use a fork to incorporate the butter into the cookie crumbs. When the butter is distributed, transfer the mixture to a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan. Place the pan in the refrigerator while you work on the additional layers.

  3. Mix the cream cheese with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add in 2 Tablespoons of milk, and sugar, and mix well. Stir in 1 and 1/4 cups Cool Whip. Spread this mixture over the crust.

  4. In a bowl, combine chocolate instant pudding with 3 and 1/4 cups cold milk. Whisk for several minutes until the pudding starts to thicken. Use a spatula to spread the mixture over the previous cream cheese layer. Allow the dessert to rest for about 5 minutes so that the pudding can firm up further.

  5. Spread the remaining Cool Whip over the top. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips evenly over the top. Place in the freezer for 1 hour, or the refrigerator for 4 hours before serving.

36 oreos but NOT Double Stuff .Because that would just be crazy overkill.

I did not use Oreos. Couldn’t bring myself to do it. Instead,I used chocolate graham cracker crumbs. I also halved the recipe and made just a pie plate instead of a big pan of the stuff. One piece per person in my family for dessert. It worked out perfectly.
Everything else in the recipe I left the same.
It was DEE-licious.

Poor Mama Tip: When you scale back on a lot of sweets and desserts , it means so much more on the rare occasions you have them. Their taste buds also acclimate in such a way that when they do have something really sweet, a little bit is enough.  I made Chocolate Zucchini Brownies last week and my teens found them TOO chocolately and sweet. They only had one piece. It’s common for them to choose the not-too-sweet thing over something naturally sweet all on their own.