It’s time for another Non-Consumer Mish-Mash, where I write a little bit about this and a little bit about that.
I am patting myself on the back for being proactive and getting dinner started early in the day, and even better it will be a meal that uses up a myriad of leftovers. The meal? Black bean chili. (Beans cooked in my pressure cooker, of course!)
- I’ll add the last of some marinara sauce from last Saturday’s lasagna. Yes, the Italian spice palate is very wrong for chili, but will get masked by the spicy chili flavors. Plus, I splurged on nice New Season’s Market bulk spicy sausage for the lasagna sauce, which will complement the chili.
- I’ll add a couple packets of red pepper flakes that come with pizza deliveries.
- I’ll add the last small amount from some El Pato enchilada sauce, (which we use for salsa, as the smooth texture is non-offensive to a certain young family member who gets wildly panicky at the sight of onions.)
- We’ll sprinkle the too-small-to-dip tortilla chips on top of the the chili, which I save in a glass jar for this very purpose.
- I’ll whip up a pan of cornbread and call it a day.
A frugal, tasty, healthy cheap meal that cleans out the fridge? Can’t get much better than that!
Next Week to be an Awesome Week of Giveaways!
I have a number of rather wonderful giveaways I’ve been putting together for you guys. Both the deluxe and premier copies of TurboTax and the paperback of Gretchen Rubin’s Happier at Home. I also have a few other goodies I’m working on, so it’s going to be a very fun week!
I’m kind of like Oprah this way.
“You get TurboTax, you get TurboTax, two people get TurboTaaaaaaaaaaax!”
Favorite New Household Tips
Like everyone in the world, I love clever household tips. And the internet seems to provide endless ah-hah moments in the category. Here are a few of my recent faves:
- Did you know that a dead AA battery will fall over, while a charged one does not? It’s true, I tested it out! Here’s a link with a video.
- Buzzfeed has a great list of Clever New Ways to Use Your Kitchen Appliances that surely has one ah-hah moment for you. It’s heavy on ice cream, brownies and hash browns, but that plays to my strengths. It includes the tip to shred cooked meat in your standing mixer, which I already do and works fantastically. Tip: Undercook the meat a tiny bit, which is food safe as you’re likely to continue cooking it later in the recipe anyway.
- Looking to expand your wacky cooking repertoire? How about using your coffee maker? This NPR post has the information about how to use that ever present coffee maker to cook up meals including poached salmon with couscous and steamed vegetables. I kind of want to try this, although my husband would kill me if I added a fishy flavor to his coffee. (Remember the episode of The Office when Dwight hid a fish in the ceiling tiles?)
- Keep a fillable dish scrubber in the shower filled with half vinegar and half Dawn dish soap. Scrub a little every day while showering, and the shower is simply clean all the time! I do this, and it’s a life changer.
- Keep your SOS pads in the freezer between uses to prevent them turning to rust.
What are your favorite household tips? Please share in the comments section below.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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