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DIY Chip Clips from Recycled Hangers!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on August 24, 2014 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)
Frugal Tip of the Day! Never buy chip clips again! Recycle disposable hangers into chip clips! Use to keep items securely closed. I use mine on cereal bags, chip bags, crackers, bread, dog food bags, everything! To make cutting the ends off easier, I use my garden sheers/lobber.



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Carved Pumpkin Safety Tip: Use a Glow Stick instead of a Candle!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on October 13, 2013 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

TIP: Use a glow stick w/ stand to light your carved pumpkin instead of a dangerous lit candle.  I love this!  What a genius idea!  I found this one at Target for just ONE DOLLAR!  Whoot!  RePin this post here.


                  


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Rooting Basil Clippings to Create New Plants!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on June 7, 2013 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Did you know...1) Basil is a natural insect repellent! It smells nice, is great to eat & cook with, has many health benefits, and keeps pesky mosquitoes (and other insects) away, too!


Did you know... 2) Basil clippings can be rooted to grow new plants. Pictured here is mine after just two short weeks. My clippings have rooted well, in just a cup of water - nothing else, and are ready to be planted.



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Growing Garlic from Table Scraps!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on June 5, 2013 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (12)
Did you know?  1) you can easily grow garlic from table scraps!  2) the young leaves can also be eaten!  They have a nice, mild, garlic (almost onion like) type tasty flavor.

That's right, you can eat the leaves much like you would green onions or chives!  Cut a little bit off, and toss it into your salad (or pasta, dip, soup, etc.), or onto a baked potato, or whatever you like.  Just don't eat them all, b/c if you leave some length, you can later braid your garlic after it's harvested & dried, which makes a neat & convenient storage display.  Garlic is EASY to grow (and can be grown in all zones), and as you can see below, it grows quickly, too!  And the health benefits are numerous!  Garlic is a staple in our household; we love it, and use it in many recipes.

Below are some step by step photos of my garlic being grown from table scraps:



Notes:  I used an inexpensive American organic garlic bulb from my local grocery store which only cost about $0.50 cents.  I separated the cloves, and planted them tips up, and flat parts down (where the roots will develop).  Garlic likes full sun, and being well drained.  Each clove planted will produce a bulb (of about 12 - 20 cloves).  Want more info?  I found the following post, here, to be very informative.


p.s. The "pot" in the photos, is actually a recycled gallon tin can that I picked up from Papa John's Pizza for FREE!  It was used to hold marinara sauce before I cleaned it out, drilled holes in it for drainage, and painted it.  It was left over from a previous project I made, a DIY Hanging Garden.  To see what else I have in my apartment garden, click here.


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DIY Hanging Garden! Perfect for Small Spaces!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on May 24, 2013 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)
                               

 

Here's my DIY Hanging Garden (click here for "how-to" step-by-step photos).  I just added some flowers, herbs, and seeds.  It's perfect for our small apartment.  I added purple plants ("Purple Heart Wandering Jew" I believe) to the top yellow cans/pots b/c our favorite team is LSU and their colors are purple and gold, so we're showing a little team spirit!  If you made this project last year when I posted about it (here), I'd love to see your photos!  And yes, that is an old popcorn tin (on the bottom left) from last Christmas that I'm now using as a planter, lol.  Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce!  The DIY concrete planter is a nice space saver, too.  And it's perfect for me to step onto when I need to check on, or water, my seedlings in the tin(s) above my head.  To see more of my apartment garden photos, click here


                  


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Do-It-Yourself Projects, Crafts, Recipes, Ideas & More!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on February 13, 2013 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Simply follow the links, which will take you to photo albums filled with pictures of projects, then click an individual image to enlarge it, and get more information. *You do NOT need a Facebook, nor a Pinterest, account to view any of the items below.


DIYs on this blog:

DIYs Located HERE.


On Facebook:  

Misc. DIY ideas HERE.

Various DIY Pallet Projects HERE.

DIY hanging garden HERE.

More misc. ideas mixed in HERE.


On Pinterest:

Activities for Kids HERE.

Christmas Ideas HERE.

Creative DIY Crafts HERE.

DIY Upcycling/Repurposing HERE.

DIY Home Ideas HERE.

Tips and Tricks HERE.

Kitchen Tips HERE.

Garden Ideas HERE.

Party Ideas HERE.

Girly Stuff HERE.

Easter Ideas HERE.

Thanksgiving Ideas HERE.

Halloween Ideas HERE.

Valentine's Day Ideas HERE.

Stuff for Pets HERE.

Photo Ideas HERE.

To Your Health HERE.

Money Earning Ideas HERE. 

 

Recipes (click the links below):

Appetizers

Breads, Soups & Salads

Breakfest 

Cheese Balls, Chips/Crackers, & Dips

Crockpot Ideas

Desserts

Healthy

Meats

Miscellaneous

Pastas

Seafood

Sides

Vegetarian


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Easy DIY, Space Saving, Braided Avocado Seedling Starter!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on September 15, 2012 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Young avocado trees have thin stems/trunks, so I decided I wanted to braid them like braided ficus trees. And I couldn't decide if I wanted a three, or four, braid, tree, so I decided to attempt both.  And because avocados are in season, and on sale this time of year, I decided I'd get some extras just in case I got some duds.

 

The problem was that I didn't want a bunch of little cups holding all my seeds separately. I live in an apartment, and space is limited. Plus, I didn't really like the idea of poking the seeds with toothpicks to suspend them in the cups of water. So pictured below is what I came up with, and it allows me to hold/grow up to four seeds, at one time, per container!

 

I used some empty Parmesan cheese containers. First I outlined the holes using a quarter as a rough guide. The holes will actually end up needing to be a little bigger than the size of the quarter. Make sure the holes are large enough so the seeds are not too tight. If the seeds are too tight in the hole, they will not be able to split open and let the plant grow (see pic below). If you accidentally cut the holes too large, no problem, you can still use the toothpicks if needed (i cut mine shorter).  Also, I added an extra smaller hole in the center of the larger holes that will hold the seeds so that I can easily add more water as needed without opening the lid.  Place the avocado seeds flat side down, pointy side up.


Have you ever tried braiding trees?!  If so, I'd love to hear about your experiences!  


                            



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Keep Milk Fresh Longer With Baking Soda!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on September 14, 2012 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (7)
Add half a tablespoon of baking soda to a new, freshly opened, gallon of milk to make it last twice as long!  The baking soda reduces the acidity, and slows down spoilage.  I normally pour a cup of milk out to drink (this gives room to shake the gallon up after adding the baking soda), then add one tablespoon of baking soda to the gallon, and give it a good shaking.  And no, I cannot taste any diffence.  :-)  

Also, the refrigerator door is generally NOT the coldest place (b/c it's exposed to warm room temperature air each time the door is opened), so milk should be stored in the body of your fridge (as far back as possible).  And did you know... milk can be frozen!  Just use a little out of the container to give room for expansion.  

The next time you find a great deal on milk, stock up using these tips!  



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