Sunday, June 26, 2016

Being Frugal is Not Being Cheap

As an extreme couponer I have over 40 bottles of body lotions and about 15 or 20 jars of expensive high end face creams and moisturizers that I got for free. But getting everything for free doesn't mean I should waste them. I am a very frugal lady I try to get everything I can out of those almost empty bottles & jars of creams and lotions. When my bottles of lotions are almost all emptied,  I turn them upside down for a few days to let all the inside contents go down to the opening of the bottles. Then I cut open the bottles with scissors and I get all the cream or lotion out of them.


  In the photo below you can see all the bottles and jars that were emptied out.


I then unite them all together into a bowl and then I mix them well. I got to fill 1 full jar from a few bottles of almost empty out lotions and creams. 


 Being frugal doesn't mean you are cheap, it just means you are smart to not waste or spend unnecessary money that can be used in other ways.

Be frugal and save money.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Lovely Yards


The yard...is an outdoor room that deserves just as much attention and beauty as the inside of our homes.

Here are some great manicured yards that may give anyone the desire to decorated the outside of their homes this year...take a peek, they are lovely. 








Sunday, June 12, 2016

Easy to Make Arepas (Spanish Tortilla)


When a desire for arepas comes along there's nothing I can do better than to make my homemade ones.

My Arpeas are made from gluten free flour, non dairy butter, salt and a hint of sugar. Lightly grilled on my Cuisinart Panini presser or skillet, then dressed beautifully with fresh organic spinach, a sliver of organic firm tofu, tomatoes and melted dairy free provolone cheese. It is absolutely delicious.

Here is my recipe: 

2 c. gluten free flour
1 tsp. salt- and 2 pinches of sugar
3 tablespoons non-dairy butter (softened)
1/3 c. melted non dairy butter

Mix flour & salt. Add melted butter, mix well and then add slowly the milk. Add more milk if needed to the dough mixture. Knead gently then spread the arepas in your hands, place them on a hot pan (med. heat), then turn them over just to brown them lightly, that's it.
Easy and scrumptious!...enjoy.

From My Caribbean Vegan Kitchen to yours...SALUD!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Re-Organizing the Clothes Closet Again

Hi there,

I have been asking myself a a question for a while now and for some reason the answer has not arrived yet. How does our closets get messy after a few months from having them cleaned out and properly organized? 

Maybe I am going crazy but it seems like my clothes closet has to be rearranged and organized every week. The clothes suddenly get out of order and the blankets inside my closet are always a mess and I am the only one living here...Me, myself and I...only little old me!

I had cleaned and organized my clothes closet in the Spring and this week I had to re-organize everything back the way I had it then. Now all the clothes are color coordinated and they are back and I hope the messy witch doesn't visit my closet for a while. 



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Genealogy Reasearch


I have been working a lot on my family tree. I have been fortunate to go back to the mid 1700's on my paternal grandmother's side of the family. But it is a very tedious job and many long hours to sit on the computer. 

Doing my genealogy has brought many tears to my eyes especially when I read their death certificates about the way my ancestors lived and how they died. But on the other hand it is a joyful feeling to know that some of them had a much easier life with maids because of their status or income. But either way...just by knowing who they were and where we come from is a big joy for me.

Researching my genealogy is a beautiful thing for me to do and it brings much knowledge of those that have passed on and those you have never met.  

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fresh Bedroom Look for Spring & Summer

Since Spring is here it is so nice to smell the fresh cut grass and the birds singing over my windows.
But here at home Spring means work. Cleaning, organizing and redecorating for the season. 

My bedroom got a fresh look for Spring & Summer. A change of color from browns and greens to a more suitable brighter color for the season and some newly sown window valances and toss pillows.

Take a look at the nice fresh bedroom.


I still need to change my makeup stool cover.


A new rug


Newly sown toss pillows


And newly sown valances to match the toss pillows.



Another project completed.


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Millie's Chunky Tomato Soup


Out of all the soups I have created in the past, this soup was and will always be my favorite. This homemade chunky tomato soup came out so good that my son and I had to have seconds.
 This soup is super filling and you will not be hungry again for at least 5 to 6 hours.


Here is my recipe:

(1) 16 bean blended bag of beans by Goya
 (boil well until thoroughly cooked)
(1) 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 T. dried chopped onion
1 tsp. Tabasco sauce
1 T. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 T. olive oil
6 garlic cloves (minced well)
5 cilantro sprigs (chopped finely)
3 envelopes of Jamon (artificial ham flavoring)
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 can of tomato sauce
In a large or medium size cooking pot mix in all ingredients, then boil the soup until soup creates a nice sauce.  Always check to see if more salt or additional spices may be needed to savor your desires.  Serve with your favorite toasted bread smeared with some butter or grilled cheese. I am still savoring this soup and I ate the last bowl of it today for lunch. I did the happy dance...oh yeah!


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Lovely Corners In Your Homes

In every home there are some small corners that are lovely, if not take a moment and sit in different chairs throughout your home and take a good look at the corners in your home because what you see is what everyone sees. The corners in your home should be lovely spaces to look at.

These lovely corners make any room come alive with beauty and inspiration for others to copy from. Here are some lovely corners I captured inside my home as I sat on some of my chairs.

  













Monday, May 2, 2016

Good Food Display For Your Next Gathering

Each day is going faster and faster and soon Summer will be here. I had been thinking a lot about Summer and of some ways I can serve fresh fruit for our family reunion this year. I found these four fruit displays to be very appetizing. So I decided to share with you these lovely arrangements in case you are also wondering what you can take to your next gathering. Take a look, they are very appetizing.

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They sure are lovely and so refreshing.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Emergency Preparedness...Part 2

Last Month our Emergency Preparedness was geared towards our 72 hour emergency backpack contents.  I posted all the medical supplies and personal papers that needed to be inside our emergency bags.


This month our 72 hour emergency backpack list continues, giving  you a list of the amount of food & water and the cooking supplies needed.

1. Make sure the food you insert inside your emergency bags are all light weight…example, instead of tuna or meat cans try purchasing the tuna and meat that comes already packed in a pouch and do the same for fruit and treats. Pouches or bags are lighter to carry than cans.

2. Pack only food items you like and food that will sustain you for 3 days. Try to make sure you have a good amount of nutritious carbohydrates, protein and vegetables. Also make sure these meals are ready to eat or lightly warm up foods only...remember this is only to sustain you for 3 days.

These are just a few photos of what I have in my backpack.





Recommended foods to pack:

-3 small peanut butter cups
-3 small ready to eat pouched of tuna fish & 3 pouches of meats
-3 packages of dried fruit or fruit in small cups
- 1 packages of fruit roll ups
-3 small boxes of raisins
-2 small ready to eat pouches of rice
- 2 small ready to eat pouches of pasta & 2 small boxes of soups
-6 small plastic bottled water 
-3 small boxed juices
-several small packages of condiments (salt & pepper) like the small packages you get from McDonald’s
-3 or 4 "small" ready to eat pouches or canned vegetables of your choice
-2 small packaged cheese
-3 protein bars
-camping cooking pots with utensils

All of these items are essential to have inside every backpack you prepare. Some of these items you may already have them somewhere inside your homes.


-small tea candles or camping fire candles or fire logs & matches. 




(to put under your cooking stove)
 -3 small boxes of matches, 2 small boxes of waterproof matches and 1 butane fire lighter

You can also include in your fire gear 2 baggies full of dryer lint, dryer lint is great to start a fire 

If you do not have any of these items, please try to gather them as soon as possible. 

For April"s purchase of the month I suggest buying:

Camping cookware with utensils 




& waterproof fire logs, You can find them in any camping store.