Anyone need a FREE dress for a prom or something fancy-ish?

This first dress is being offered by Matching Outfits. If you’re interested, use the Facebook messaging system to contact .

It’s a size 2/3 and hemmed to fit about 5’2 or so.

Here’s the whole post ~here ~

This next one is one I’m offering. Probably easiest to contact me via email at jupitersinclair@gmail.com. First one to contact me,gets it.

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It’s a size 8, but fits smaller,IMO. It’s trimmed with black velour and the dress is satiny-ish with dots that are black & glittery.
Here’s the measurements:
Waist: 15″ across front
Bust: 18″, armpit to armpit
Length: roughly 36″

 

 

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ICYMI: Food & Clothing Swaps, food bank pizza,building a greenhouse from plastic bottles….

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Recipes &  Food Budgeting Tips

Healthy Eating on a Budget – Week 4 – There’s 5 weeks of “budget” meal menus to look at here. I *think* this is for one person. Week 4 looks like it was the least expensive – $38, still more than a food stamp budget but maybe could still be done if you get lucky at the food bank. It’s still worth looking thru and adapting a few meal ideas to fit your own needs. I’m just always looking for inexpensive meal ideas that don’t involve beans and rice. Not every poor person likes beans & rice, so I like to present variety.

March Food and Product Swap- “Swap It Chicago is a food and product exchange that takes place every month in Chicago. We gather monthly to exchange our homemade goodies–there is no money exchanged and the event is FREE for those who register.”

Your Fridge: You’re Using It Wrong- How to store fruits & veggies to extend shelf life.

 

 

Hey,now…this is fancy. Where’d they get that pepperoni!?
(But seriously…food bank English muffins, the canned sketti sauce, and some commod cheese… good-enough-pizza)

DIY & Frugal Living

The streets of San Francisco are lined with pear , plum and apple trees thanks to ‘guerilla grafters’ secretly grafting fruit-bearing scions onto ornamental, non-fruit bearing trees making fresh fruit free and available to everyone who wishes to pick some.| Food Warrior Network  – Guerrilla Grafters !

Swap Positive -“The idea behind Swap Positive is to offer and get free clothes, forever. No money changes hands with these clothes ~ even if you get them home and decide they aren’t quite `you’, we ask that you GIVE them away to someone. That is the mission of Swap Positive.”

 Build a Greenhouse Using Plastic Bottles- If you’re thinking about building a greenhouse and need material cost to be low, here ya go.

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

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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?

Recent Freegan & Garden Scores

Freegan = food that has come our way at no cost.

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NOT the prettiest apples ever but my daughter made a small batch of applesauce with a few of them over the weekend and they taste like apples do. These were picked from someone’s apple tree and passed on to us. Apple cider vinegar and applesauce making posts are forthcoming!

DSC_0318-001 This was about to be expired. We have a small,local grocery who would rather it go in someone’s belly than get tossed,so score for us. I LOVE tofu-kan and it’s the only kind of tofu a couple of my kids will eat. I think it’s because it has a firm, meatier texture to it. It’s great stuff for noodle and pasta dishes , salads,stir fry ,or just snacking.

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Yes, more zucchini. I’m telling ya, make friends with gardeners and you will never have a zucchini deficit in your life .

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I grew these beautiful habaneros. I have no idea what I’m going to do with them yet. My dearest hubby has habanero hot wing induced PTSD from his fantasy football league’s draft night. I need to give it some time before he’s willing to participate in the eating of anything made with these.

 

 

How Wild Food Foraging Can Lower the Cost of Groceries

How Wild Food Foraging Can Lower the Cost of Groceries

I know this isn’t possible for some people but if you have the time, physical ability and access, I highly recommend foraging. It was my Grandma who first taught me about foraging. I remember putting on jeans and a flannel shirt in the 95 degree summer heat to go berry picking. One of my best tips for wild berry foraging: dress like you’re living in Seattle, circa 1990. On one impromptu berry picking excursion last year, I wasn’t quote dressed for it and ended up looking like I’d been thrown into a cage with angry cats.

There is a map of public spaces free to forage on, in cities and rural areas. I think it will become more useful as people start adding more spots…. none of the sweet spots I know in my area are on the map. Map of Where To Forage

I’ve written about foraging a little bit on my other blogs…most recently this past Spring when my older kids went out and foraged ramps. The blackberries are just ripening now in my favorite picking spot, so I’ll probably do a post on  those soon. This was from last year:

originally on my post Garden Bounty

And I have no shame. I combined them with day-old packaged shortcakes that were super cheap for dessert