Last summer, I fell in madly love with home canning. I made raspberry jam, pickled dilly beans, peach jam, homemade dill pickles, watermelon rind pickles, and more. I spent my summer afternoons sweating over a boiling stove, and I truly loved every minute of it.
Just this morning I cracked open a jar of strawberry jam, and it was like being back in June all over again.
Why Bother with Home Canning?
Home canning is the process of preserving fresh food yourself. Home canning is what allowed people to eat fruits and vegetables during the lean winter months hundreds of years ago.
When it comes to Realtors, personalities and skill levels run the gamut. I’ve worked with two real estate agents in my life, and the second one far exceeded the first when it came to friendliness, marketing savvy, and overall skill.
There are over 1.3 million Realtors in the U.S. Remarkably, over 80% of them quit in just their first year. Out of the 20% that do make it, another 80% of them will quit within five years.
Selling real estate is hard work, which is why choosing the right agent can make the difference between failure and success for you, whether you’re buying or selling.
Without a doubt, spring and summer is the busiest home buying season of the year. And with housing prices still falling in most parts of the country, buyers are blessed with plenty of affordable options yet again.
The problem is that many first-time home buyers jump into home ownership too soon. Yes, there are some incredible bargains out there, and it’s been decades since home prices were this low. But, are you truly ready to buy a house? Can you afford it?
If you like drinking wine and, like me, you don’t want to spend a lot of money on this indulgence, then let me introduce you to flipflop wines. This winery is not only making the most delicious, budget-minded wine I’ve ever tasted, but they’ve also partnered up with an incredible non-profit to make a difference in the lives of impoverished children.
It’s hard for me not to get excited about tea. Strange sentence, I know, but I drink tea constantly. Green tea, white tea, herbal tea…I have an entire cabinet in my kitchen devoted to tea and tea-making supplies.
And I’m not alone. Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, next to water. Billions of people around the world drink tea on a daily basis. And aside from its wonderful variety in taste, tea offers us countless health benefits that we’re only just now starting to understand.
You’ve probably seen the stubby, yellow-colored ginger root in your grocery store’s produce section. This ancient root has been part of Asian cooking for years; it’s amazing when added to stir fry, sautéed with fish, or even steeped in hot water for tea.
Do you eat enough fiber? Most Americans don’t. Although the recommended daily fiber intake is 20 to 38 grams, WebMD reports that the average American only eats around 14 grams of fiber per day. And many eat even less than that.
There are many reasons why you should try and make sure you’re getting enough fiber. And it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune either.
Benefits of Fiber
As most of you probably know, fiber is an essential nutrient you need to avoid constipation and bloating. But there are many other benefits to eating a diet high in fiber as well.
I don’t like going to the doctor. I’m self-employed and pay for my own health insurance, which means the cost of any visit comes right out of my pocket. So unless it’s serious, I simply don’t go. Needless to say, it’s been years since I last set foot in a doctor’s office.
Some of you may be in the same boat as I am. Many health insurance plans no long cover office visits, and this means that the five minutes your doctor spends looking you over can cost you $75 or more. And that doesn’t include what you’re going to shell out for prescription drugs.
In the first part of this series, I talked about some of the incredible cost and health benefits of eating dandelions as well as how to harvest various components of this common weed including dandelion leaves, greens, flowers, and roots.
In this next post, I want to cover how to cook dandelions, and go over some of my favorite recipes. Most of these recipes are virtually free when it comes to expenses, especially given the fact that dandelions grow wild in many of our backyards, and for those of us who don’t have dandelions growing, they are inexpensive to harvest.
Every spring our yards are filled with the bright, sunny appearance of dandelions. Well, at least I think they’re bright and sunny. Many people view the common dandelion as a weed, and wage a small war to eradicate the plant from their lawns.
Personally, I welcome the appearance of spring dandelions for one reason: I love to eat them.
I know, it sounds strange. Why on earth would someone want to eat dandelions?
Another month has come and gone and you’ve just barely been able to squeak on your mortgage payment. You breathe a sigh of relief, but already you’re dreading next month, when the financial anxiety hits again.
If this sounds like your life, you’re not alone. Thanks to the recession, many people are just barely getting by right now. Month after month they frantically find ways to pay their mortgage and put food on the table. It’s a stressful and dispiriting situation to be in.
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