CheapSexyEats: The White Soup

    The White Soup with Sweet Potato Croutons

1/2 white onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, diced
about a 2 inch piece of ginger root, grated
1/2 head cauliflower, cut into pieces
2 cups of soaked and sprouted white beans or 15 oz can, rinsed and drained
3-4 cups water or vegetable stock
1 cup of thick creamy liquid, like cream, coconut milk or evaporated milk
1 small sweet potato, cubed

In a three quart pot, saute onion, ginger and garlic until onion is translucent. Don’t let it brown. Add cauliflower and beans. Mix together, then add water or stock. Simmer until cauliflower is fork tender. Puree with a hand blender or regular blender in batches. Stir in your preferred creamy liquid . Add salt to taste.

For the sweet potato croutons, pan fry cubes in a light tasting oil until brown. Turn cubes over and brown on the other side. Salt and pepper to taste.

Garnish soup with croutons and freshly cracked black pepper.


Introducing: CheapSexyEats

The rules:
*Produce is under $1/pound or as close to it as possible.
*Only whole foods. No prepacked, precut or prepared.
*Cooking techniques will be kept as quick and easy as possible.
*Herbs and spices are from the bulk section if dried. If fresh, I grew them or got them
from someone who grew them
*Animal products will increase your costs. These recipes don’t use many.

Note: If you have special dietary needs, your food prices may be higher. For example, I don’t eat sugar, gluten, dairy or yeast. So I personally have to use foods and flours that do not have these things. Those special items can cost a lot more. It will still be cheaper to make things from scratch using these higher priced items. Have you seen the price tag on gluten free cookies?

Now get your mind right, your dishes washed, and your groceries ready!

CrazySexyCrafty: DIY Military Jacket!

This project went from this:

to this:

I’m so happy with the way it came out! It was an old military issue shirt I found out was my father’s. He was in the Air Force. It was really easy to make and cheap. Really, the cost for me was $0. I had all of the materials in my craft stash. The materials are very cheap to get though. The chains are from the dollar store, and the rivets you can get at sewing/hobby shop.

I posted the full tute at Cut Out and Keep.

I talked them down in a retail store!

The other day, I was at the art supply store looking for droppers. I normally don’t buy those kind of things, as I am an avid recycler and always save different kinds of glass bottles and jars, including ones that have droppers in them. I never know when those kinds of things can be used for something else. And I always find another way to use my recycled items.

I needed a few more droppers than what I had in my stash for a craft project I was doing. I found some, and noticed how stiff the price was for something that is essentially plastic. Then I saw that one of the packages was torn, and some of the contents missing. Since I really wanted the droppers, I deciding to try my luck and see if they would sell it to me for a discount.

I asked the cashier if she would willingly sell the package to me, and she said she would give me a 10% discount. What I did next surprised even me! I told her that 10% wasn’t worth it! I would be willing to buy it at $4 (the retail price was $6/five droppers). The cashier found that 30% off made the price $4.19 plus tax. I agreed, and bought the droppers.

I cannot tell you what kind of rush I got from standing firm in my decision to get the best value for something I wanted. To be honest, I think I could have probably gotten an even better price! Since this was the first time I’ve ever done anything like that, I’ll chalk it up to a learning experience. I learned a few other things too:

*Stop overlooking imperfect items-Next time, I’ll be more aware of opened packages, dented cans, one or two broken eggs, and missing items. Stores want to move that kind of stuff too.

*Be willing to walk-If she had said that was the best price she could give me, I would have put the item back with no problem. Sometimes you have to pick another time or day.

*Be firm about what you think the item is worth-I couldn’t believe that all she could do at first was 10% off. I might as well have bought the item at full price in that case! I didn’t say anything about it being poor quality or overpriced, but stating how much I was willing to pay was a much better strategy.

*Be nice, but direct-No need to yell, cuss, scream or insult. Much better to be matter-of fact, and non personal.

Still can’t drop “F Bombs” on dating profile!

It really disturbs me that you still can’t say the frugal word on dating sites. But then again, since we JUST started saving money as a nation, nobody has yet learned to have some finesse when approaching the subject. This article gives a few good suggestions on how to handle such a delicate subject without tarnishing your suave image.

Guys ask me about frugal dating alot. They want to know if it’s ok to use a coupon at a restaurant, if they can take a first date to a free concert or if hand picked flowers cut it. Is McDonald’s acceptable? What about the dollar movie?

For me, what it boils down to is HOW WELL you plan the date, not how much money you spent on it. I don’t really need or want to know how much or how little the date cost you. It used to be that a guy would spent A LOT of money on a date and made it known so that he can get something back at the end of the night. That is just as crass and classless as declaring upfront that you don’t plan on spending anymore than $5 on a girl. Neither one of those approaches are a good idea, especially if you want to see her again.

How well you plan is determined by how well you listen and pay attention. If she says that she does frequent McDonalds, then eating there shouldn’t be a problem. If she follows a strict diet, Mickey D’s is a “NO”. Does she like horror movies, Comedies? Love stories? Make sure the dollar movie you’re going to see is something that is of interest to her or both of you.

Keep the coupons to yourself. Pass them quietly to the waiter or stick the two-for-one under the 20 dollar bill at the box office. Keep the focus on her and the possible connection.

You cannot be cheap AND lazy! Lack of money does not mean you stay at home flipping through TV channels and eating canned soup. If you are low on funds, then that means that you need to be high on creativity! If you don’t plan on spending but so much on a date, then you better be exercising your creative muscles! You should be doing that anyway if you are a true cheapskate!

Just create the best atmosphere for deepening the connection. The amount of money spent is secondary.

The Camo Shirt

I tried to submit this in the Ultimate DIY Competition over at Cut Out and Keep, but that didn’t work out. They claimed that the contest closed today, but they closed it yesterday. I was peeved, but I’m over it now. It may have something to do with them being over in the UK and their days start earlier than mine.

I did leave the tute on how to do this over there, so you are welcome to check the technique. This was some work, but I totally enjoyed learning more about appliques. It’s a great way to use up old t-shirt scraps. I have a lot of them!