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    I taught the people at our church to use Zoom. ...

    I taught the people at our church to use Zoom. At first there was resistance but now they're holding all their usual meetings that way.
    I've been writing letters to contacts that I think might be...
  2. Lots of household items that can be used for...

    Lots of household items that can be used for starting seeds, such as toilet paper tubes or pots formed from newspaper around the bottom of a glass or container.
    The biggest problem I always have is...
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    I agree, collards are delicious. Lacinato kale...

    I agree, collards are delicious. Lacinato kale is far and away my favorite for salads; I don't find much difference in the varieties when cooked. I've had the best garden success with the red...
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    I'm working full time from home but no commute,...

    I'm working full time from home but no commute, and no driving DD around, really saves a lot of time.

    * I finished our taxes and have done some deeper-than-usual cleaning around the house, and...
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    We are all doing well. We're a family of...

    We are all doing well. We're a family of introverts, so the being at home part doesn't bother us, although the resident teen would certainly rather be homebound with her friends than her parents. :D...
  6. Thread: Making bread

    by Rosemary
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    Another fan of the bread machine. We make all...

    Another fan of the bread machine. We make all our breads and pizza and it is a huge time saver.
    It does take a little more work than dump & go, though. I always check the dough after the first...
  7. Thread: Microwaves

    by Rosemary
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    We use ours all day long for reheating foods. I...

    We use ours all day long for reheating foods. I do a lot of batch cooking.
    My parents never had a microwave when I was growing up. You can batch cook and reheat without one, but it makes a lot...
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    I mostly stayed on track this week for food and...

    I mostly stayed on track this week for food and exercise... DD made a batch of cookies and I ate more than I would have liked. But, on to this new day, when I will go walk with a friend in a park...
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    After spending time clearing a space and making...

    After spending time clearing a space and making it photo-worthy, it can be difficult to fill it with a project. So that makes me think about whether I'm really going to have time to work on a new...
  10. I melt all chocolate in the microwave. Break it...

    I melt all chocolate in the microwave. Break it into pieces and check at least every 30 seconds, stir it around. It will be mostly melted before it is obvious - the top may appear solid while the...
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    Sounds like there's lots of support here - there...

    Sounds like there's lots of support here - there have been daily check-in type threads in the past for frugals, environmental choices, simple living choices, etc, where anyone can chime in.

    I am...
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    Welcome! My child will be leaving for college in...

    Welcome! My child will be leaving for college in less than 2 years and I am already seeing that things will be very different. New situations, new experiences, having to make adjustments keeps us...
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    Walkable, sunny place for winter?

    My parents hit their snow saturation point last week and would like to escape the north for a month or so. They are somewhat familiar with Phoenix and Tucson, because I used to live there, but they...
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    I love my stainless pans... but there are...

    I love my stainless pans... but there are advantages to cast iron for particular applications, for instance, long cooking where something might burn in a stainless pan. I have a porcelainized...
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    Some of the dinners we've had this past week: ...

    Some of the dinners we've had this past week:
    chickpea/potato/spinach curry
    spinach lasagna
    black bean chili
    homemade pizza
    baked potatoes with toppings, sauteed red cabbage on the side
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    There are so many things that feel like they are...

    There are so many things that feel like they are never done. This is a good opportunity to think of a few things I can really remove from my list.

    1. Repaint kitchen ceiling after the pressure...
  17. Carly Simon's "You're so Vain"

    Carly Simon's "You're so Vain"
  18. They haven't presented it in that way, have they?...

    They haven't presented it in that way, have they? "Pay for your health insurance on your tax bill. It will cost you less in the long run." Why haven't they? First, "tax" has been turned into the...
  19. If you add the cost of U.S. health insurance to...

    If you add the cost of U.S. health insurance to the average family's taxes paid per year, I think it would probably exceed the tax rate of the Scandinavian countries. Then add the cost of daycare,...
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    We spend about $60/week/ less than $280/month for...

    We spend about $60/week/ less than $280/month for groceries for 3 (1 a teenager). We eat nearly every meal at home or homemade all month. Like happystuff, I stock up when sales are good, and some...
  21. Thread: Making yogurt

    by Rosemary
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    I've been using a Salton quart-size yogurt maker...

    I've been using a Salton quart-size yogurt maker for over 12 years. I use a glass mason jar instead of the plastic container that came with it. Here's my system:
    Heat milk to at least 165F. ...
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    Some friends and I had a cooking morning a few...

    Some friends and I had a cooking morning a few weekends ago and my family just ate the butternut squash soup that we made that day, which was waiting patiently in the freezer. I usually add...
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    I decided to simplify the meal routine a couple...

    I decided to simplify the meal routine a couple of months ago, with a template for the week. It has been helpful, but the most helpful thing is cooking extra and having meals in the freezer. Here's...
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    For about 10 years, I've been making a PDF that...

    For about 10 years, I've been making a PDF that has a few photo highlights of the year and a greeting. I don't do a big letter to everyone. I email the PDF to everyone and then I send handwritten...
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    Greens make everything better! And more...

    Greens make everything better! And more beautiful, also.
    The one way that I've found dandelion greens to be palatable is on pizza. ;)
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