Grow your on celery, never buy celery again.

Re-Growing Celery

Did you know that you can grow another complete celery stalk from the bottom piece that you cut off and throw away? This is new to me, too,


When you bring the celery home,  you cut the end off first then put the rest into the refrigerator.


It is recommended to set the bottom piece on a saucer of warm water overnight to get it started ( in the case you can not plant it right away).


When you have the time, take that piece and plant it just like it is, in the vegetable garden with the stalk side up. Just dig a small hole, fill it with water and set the end in the hole, then cover it up with an inch or so of soil. Water thoroughly.

This is in an example of one posted after3 days.


This is an example of one planted and 10 days after


It will grow a brand new top to be cut and used. After re-growing celery, you can cut and plant the bottom again for more new growth from the top.

If you don’t have a vegetable garden you can plant the bottoms in small pots or trays (or if you want to grow them during these winter months.

Once you have it growing, you can cut it off on an “as needed” basis and just keep it regrowing in the garden or pot.

I may never need to buy celery again!

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A-Z of Veggies & Fruits

There’s a proper way to store fresh produce, and as I am about to launch into a new work-out routine and a healthier diet, I thought I would finally determine the proper ways to store it all.

Apples – Do not wash until just before eating, keep them sealed in the plastic produce bag, in the refrigerator. They give off a lot of ethelyne gas, so don’t store them next to anything else.
Avocados – Keep them at room temperature.  If you need one to ripen quickly, put it in a brown paper bag along with a banana.  If it is ripe and you need to slow the ripening process, put it in the fridge.

Bananas – They produce more ethelyne gas than any other fruit.  Keep them away from other produce,   on the counter-top, away from other produce.  Once they are ripe you can stop the ripening process by putting them in the fridge, just be sure to put them in a sealed bag.  The skin will turn black, but the fruit will be fine.
Beans (snap, string or wax) – Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.  Do not wash until just before use.
Berries – You know when you buy berries and they look like they have a dusty layer one them…? That is calledbloom, and it serves as a natural preservative.  Never wash berries until just before use.  Pick through them and throw away any berries that are bruised or molding.  Store loosely in shallow containers, cover with plastic and keep them in the refrigerator.
Broccoli & Cauliflower – These need to be kept in their wrapping/packaging and kept in the fridge.  Do not wash until just before using.

Cabbage – Keep in the fridge, in a plastic bag. Do not wash until just before using
Carrots – Whole carrots?  Wash them thoroughly.  If they have green tops, cut off all but an inch.  Wrap them in a damp paper towel, seal in a plastic bag and store in the crisper drawer.

Cherries – Store in the fridge in a plastic bag.  Do not wash until just before eating.

Citrus – Since citrus fruits have thicker skin, they are easier to store.  They’ll stay fresh for about 2 weeks in the fridge, about a week on the counter.  It doesn’t matter if they are near other produce.

Corn – Husks on? Store loose and uncovered in the fridge.  Husks off?  Wrap in foil and store in the crisper drawer. It will keep for 1 to 2 days.
Cucumber – Store in plastic bag in the refrigerator. Do not wash until just before use.
Eggplant – Wrap in plastic and refrigerate.
Garlic – Store at room temperature. Whole heads will last 3 to 5 weeks, but once cloves are separated, they will last about 10 days.

Grapes – Do not wash until just before eating, as they also have a bloom.  Store them in the fridge, in the plastic bags they come in, or poke holes in a plastic bag to allow for air circulation.  They say they should last up to 2 weeks.  (I have never seen them last longer than a week before getting shriveled up and gross…)
Jalapeno Peppers – Store in plastic bag, in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.
Kiwi Fruit – store at room temperature until ripe, then cover with plastic and refrigerate.  Will keep for about a week.
Lettuces, Leafy Greens & Spinach – Wash, wrap loosely in paper-towels, then bag it… paper towel and all.
Melons – Store at room temperature until ripe, then refrigerate. They will keep for about a week.
Mushrooms – Do not wash until just before using.  Pre-sliced? Store in the refrigerator in their original packaging. They will last for about a week. Whole?  Store loosely in a brown paper bag in the refrigerator
Onions – Store in a cool, dry place that has good air circulation.  (Store in the fridge if you don’t have such a place.) They will keep for 2 to 3 months.  DO NOT STORE WITH POTATOES.  (If next to each other they spoil faster.  Who knew?)

Pears – If they aren’t ripe, store them at room temperature.  Once they ripen, place them in a plastic bag and store them in the fridge.  They will keep for about a week.

Peaches, Plums, Nectarines & Apricots – Store at room temperature until ripe, then store in plastic bags in the refrigerator until ready to eat.  They will keep from 3 to 5 days.  Do not wash until ready to eat.
Pineapple – Store at room temperature until ripe, then store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Potatoes – Store in a cool, dry, dark place that has good air circulation. They will keep for 2 to 3 months.  DO NOT STORE WITH ONIONS.  (If next to each other they spoil faster.  Who knew?)  Sweet Potatoes keep at room temperature for a week or in a cool dark place for about a month.

Tomatoes – Store them in a cool, dry place.  Don’t store them in plastic bags as the trapped ethylene will make them ripen more quickly. Once ripe, you can put them in the fridge to slow the ripening process, but let them come to room temperature before using them.

Zucchini – Refrigerate in a plastic bag.  Do not wash until just before using.

Make those old shoes new again, Bejewel!

Have a pair of heels you know longer wear, or a pair that just don’t cut it anymore style wise? Well with the help of the dollar store and a bit of glue, you can have a brand new pair of shoes and be fashion forward.

You’ll need:

You can use pre-set rhinestones, or to make it easier you can get rhinestones that are not preset from the dollar store. With flat nose pliers, Using the prongs open to release the crystal rhinestones. Skip this step if you’re using loose flat back rhinestones.

Squeeze some glue into a small dish or container. Pick up one of the larger rhinestones with the tweezers, dip the backside into the glue.

Press the stone into the top of the center of the heel. Add several other large stones around the top, gradually working your way down to the middle of the heel with smaller stones. Go back and add small round stones in bare spots. There is no right or wrong way to creating the pattern – have fun with it!

A tip: the smaller round stones will require the tiniest bit of glue. Dip a toothpick into the glue, dab it onto the backside of the stone and apply to the shoe.

Repeat the same steps on the other shoe . . .

And you’re bejeweled!


Make your own Icepack

It’s handy to have ice packs around for various reasons. Have you ever considered making your own?

Save money on buying ice packs and take dish soap, pour it into a ziploc bag, select the size you want according to what you would use most, then freeze it. The soap doesn’t solidify so it molds to the shape you need, it gets colder and stays colder longer. Also you can pick different kid friendly colours so your child keps the icepack on longer 🙂 Side time, by adding rubbing alcohol to the soap, it helps to make the way it freezes still mouldable but it stays cold even longer.

DIY Ice Pack Recipe
1.    Select Ziploc bag size of choice (double or triple bag to protect against leaks).
2.    Get a big bottle of cheap dish soap.
3.    Load up the Ziploc about 1/2 – 3/4 full. Close the bag a couple of times squishing out the air each time. Freeze.

Tips:

  • Double or triple-bag your ziplock. Put the soap in one bag, then put another 1 or 2 bags around it. You could even zip it shut then super glue it shut so prevent leaks.
  • Do smaller bags rather than the big gallon ones.
  • Wrap them in a towel when you use it.
  • Replace them after a while. I’m sure eventually, just as regular ice packs due, they will wear out. No one wants soap everywhere, so just keep an eye on them! 🙂

Wish I would have known #2

Don’t have any use for that little bit of extra coffee in the morning? Well you do now! Freeze the extra coffee in an ice cube tray until you have the whole ice tray pull.. then put the cubes into the blender with your favorite creamer and syrup… & bang you have a home made frappuccino. Image

Wish I would have known #1

ImageI always come across great little tips and tend to post them on my twitter (@womanonabudget) but have decided that they deserver to be on wordpress. Unlike most of my blog posts that contain recipes, instructions or long winded rants.. these How-To’s will be short and simple just to share what I find with all of you and will be labelled “Wish I would have known #_”… So for the first “How to” you may be wondering why is there bread on top of that cake?

To prevent a cake from becoming stale after letting it cool before icing/leave out before serving. Place a slice of bread on top. The bread becomes hard as a rock, but the cake layers remain moist and as perfect as when I made them. Wish I had known this one a long time ago 🙂

Quick, Easy and Yummy.. My favorite salad

Maybe it is just me, but it seems like the best salads to make are either the LEAST healthiest, require ingredients you never have and take up the most time. That is why I love this salad. Most of the things are ingredients you have at home and the ingredients work so well together. Also besides the bacon, the salad not all that bad. I highly suggest giving it a try.

Ingredients

*6 to 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
*2 medium pears, chopped
*1 cup dried cranberries
*1 cup chopped pecans
*8 slices thick-cut bacon, crisp-cooked and crumbled
*4 to 6 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
*Poppy seed Salad Dressing (I like T. Marzetti)
*Balsamic Vinaigrette (I like Newman’s Own Light Balsamic Vinaigrette)

DIY Dryer sheets, why didn’t I know this sooner?

Soak an old face cloth in some fabric softener, leave it to dry and toss it in with your clothes in the dryer.  Not only does it work like a charm but it softens the clothes without using additional softener in the washer and NO STATIC CLING!!!  You can reuse the same towel about 12 times without re-soaking!!!

When it is time to re-soak,Pour on some fabric softener, about 1 capful onto each towel and let it soak in.

I would make additional dryer sheets because it’s kind of a pain to search through all those dried clothes searching for your reusable dryer sheet.  Better to just have 3 (or more) on hand!

Ta Da! & Money is saved!