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Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-30-2010, 11:56 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,131
Posted By damona
we are a family of 6, and we spend $740 a month...

we are a family of 6, and we spend $740 a month on just food, at the grocery store. factor in an extra $15 a week (on average) at the farmers market, that's an even $800 a month. we barely ever eat...
Forum: The Mindful Home   09-15-2010, 11:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,182
Posted By damona
you can try just putting the cloth ones into a...

you can try just putting the cloth ones into a paper bag with crumpled newspaper for a week or 2. you might need to change the paper if they are really bad. this might work for the wooden and...
Forum: Traditional Foods   09-15-2010, 11:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,558
Posted By damona
i love to use bacon grease to oil my cast iron...

i love to use bacon grease to oil my cast iron pan for corn bread. i also fry potatoes and onions in bacon grease. you can use it to fry eggs, pancakes, make refried beans, grease the pans for...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   09-13-2010, 09:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 283
Posted By damona
the eggs should be fine. i've done that a couple...

the eggs should be fine. i've done that a couple time before.

what i've heard is that in america, we refrigerate eggs because they are thoroughly washed (store bought ones, at least), whereas...
Forum: Women's Health   09-12-2010, 07:57 AM
Replies: 2
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Posted By damona
ok, thank you, good to know. i wasn't entirely...

ok, thank you, good to know. i wasn't entirely keen on the meds, but, as i said, i didn't know much about croup or how to treat it.

he's doing much better now, wakes up a little wheezy and...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   09-12-2010, 07:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 454
Posted By damona
my mom was a pretty good cook when i was a kid...

my mom was a pretty good cook when i was a kid (in the 80's/early 90's) but she kind of gave up on it when she and my dad split in '95. after that, there was a lot of sandwiches and cold cereal and...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   09-12-2010, 07:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 266
Posted By damona
last year, my BFF and i took all our kids apple...

last year, my BFF and i took all our kids apple picking. then we spent a day in the kitchen making spiced apple butter, apple maple jam, and spiced apples in cinnamon syrup. all 3 recipes are in the...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   09-10-2010, 05:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 349
Posted By damona
one more vote for boil and eat, or boil, cool...

one more vote for boil and eat, or boil, cool fast, then freeze.

i make big pots of soup all the time in winter and i almost never put it in the fridge. the stock pot just sits at the back of the...
Forum: Traditional Foods   09-10-2010, 05:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 541
Posted By damona
http://gapsdiet.com/The_Diet.html i didn't...

http://gapsdiet.com/The_Diet.html

i didn't find anything on the lists here that indicate that orange juice is illegal on the diet. i imagine that as long as it has no added sugar or anything, you...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   09-10-2010, 05:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,081
Posted By damona
oh, mama, i feel for you... i had such pain when...

oh, mama, i feel for you... i had such pain when i was having problems with my gallbladder that i wasn't sure if i was afraid i would die or afraid that i wouldn't!

i pretty much lived on skim...
Forum: Women's Health   09-10-2010, 05:10 AM
Replies: 2
  croup
Views: 439
Posted By damona
we found out last night that our youngest ds has...

we found out last night that our youngest ds has croup. he sounds so awful... he woke at midnight last night (wednesday night) and he was wheezing and choking... it honestly sounded like he was...
Forum: Women's Health   09-10-2010, 04:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,510
Posted By damona
Quote: Originally Posted by KT'smama...

Quote:
Originally Posted by KT'smama http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/15818925)

I don't think people who get lice are...
Forum: Women's Health   09-07-2010, 08:01 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,510
Posted By damona
kt'smama, the lint roller idea is brilliant. i...

kt'smama, the lint roller idea is brilliant. i wish i'd thought of that at the beginning of summer when we all went through this.

yes, it is necessary to bag stuff. i would also suggest taking...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-03-2010, 12:52 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,633
Posted By damona
a) How much you spend each month? we get...

a) How much you spend each month?

we get $765 in FS for the 6 of us, and that's usually gone by the 3rd week of the month. i also get about $20/week for the farmers market, and i've learned to...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-29-2010, 01:11 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 6,844
Posted By damona
Quote: and my kiddos love what they call...

Quote:
and my kiddos love what they call "messy rice".... cook up a pot of brown rice (I use the rice cooker, dh uses the pressure cooker), add black beans (I soak bags of the dried beans, cook...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-29-2010, 12:29 PM
Replies: 210
Views: 12,210
Posted By damona
i have to get my GED before i can actually go...

i have to get my GED before i can actually go back to school, though. i was planning to do that once the kids started back to school this year, but now that DH has to have surgery, it's complicated....
Forum: Reuse & Recycle   08-29-2010, 12:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 904
Posted By damona
i save any wide-mouthed jars that we get....

i save any wide-mouthed jars that we get. tostitos salsa jars are especially great. we use them for food storage, drinking glasses, etc. since they have lids, it's reduced the number of spills from...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-28-2010, 10:01 PM
Replies: 210
Views: 12,210
Posted By damona
how sad is it that i'm thinking about going back...

how sad is it that i'm thinking about going back to school, not because i want to, but because i'm so darn broke that the grants sound like a fabulous idea...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-27-2010, 06:26 AM
Replies: 210
Views: 12,210
Posted By damona
Quote: Seriously, what kind of adult PUNCHES...

Quote:
Seriously, what kind of adult PUNCHES another adult in the head for asking them to not swear in front of little kids???????
wow... just... wow. that is just crazy....
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   08-27-2010, 04:21 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,798
Posted By damona
i have a couple of the plain white chef's...

i have a couple of the plain white chef's aprons. the kind that have the neck strap and then tie around the waist. i wear those when i'm doing serious cooking or baking since i have a bad habit of...
Forum: Traditional Foods   08-24-2010, 02:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 764
Posted By damona
i buy kefir. i figure that as long as it's got...

i buy kefir. i figure that as long as it's got the live cultures and not too much other junk in it, it's better than a lot of other stuff i could be feeding my family.

anyway, 2 of my boys can't...
Forum: Traditional Foods   08-24-2010, 02:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 671
Posted By damona
tallulahma, that sounds delicious...

tallulahma, that sounds delicious http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif

i like the idea of mincing or grating the liver into meatloaf or burgers. i think i'll give that a...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   08-23-2010, 09:29 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 190
Posted By damona
do you bake? even if you use mixes, you can add...

do you bake? even if you use mixes, you can add a tablespoon or 2 of ground flax seed or oat, rice, or wheat bran to just about anything. just start slow or else there may be tummy troubles!
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Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   08-23-2010, 08:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 383
Posted By damona
i both offer veggies at nearly every meal and as...

i both offer veggies at nearly every meal and as snacks throughout the day, and sneak some pureed stuff in.

there are generally some sort of raw veggies available for snacking; carrots, peppers,...
Forum: Traditional Foods   08-18-2010, 11:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 671
Posted By damona
i posted this in the main nutrition thread and...

i posted this in the main nutrition thread and only got 1 answer, so i am reposting here in hopes that someone may be able to help me out.


i was given a 2 pound package of oxtails, 3 pounds of...
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