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

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.