Cures in the Pantry: Honey is good for burns

I found an article in Sunday’s Parade magazine that said that honey is wonderful for healing burns. Apparently, the anti-microbial properties help burns heal more quickly than using commercially made salves. The article does warn that honey is the only thing you could use. You can’t use butter, shortening or any other substance hiding in the fridge.

Another reason to keep honey as a staple in the house.

The New York Times has a blurb about honey on burns too.


Make your own lotion!

I’m never buying lotion again! I’m serious! I just found out how easy it is to make!

I was thinking about why I buy the things that I do, especially self care products. There is this illusion that things like soap, lotion, shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant are things you can’t make yourself because of all the chemicals you see on the ingredients list. I found out that those chemicals are not necessary to make lotion (or any other product). You only need a few ingredients that you use already: water, oil and wax! Believe it or not, I already have alot of the ingredients needed to make not only lotion, but creams, lip balms, toothpaste and soap! You probably do too!

I found this basic recipe at Wabi Sabi Baby. It’s a good place to start if you want to try doing this. I’m having fun testing out all kinds of lotion recipes, but I haven’t created ‘the one’ yet. Just like any recipe, sometimes it takes time and a little tweaking to find the one you like!

The Moneyless Man: Mark Boyle

Crazy? Yes! Sexy? In a weird way, it is! Frugal? This guy is past that!

You can read more about how Mark lives money free on the Huffington Post. He has a book out now, so I know he won’t be money free for long!

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!

The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen

I’m not really interested in debating about should we or shouldn’t we eat organic foods. I know that pesticides are labeled as a poison by the DOT, which is why certain vehicles (i.e. passenger aircraft) cannot transport them, but we put them on food?  People who work closely with pesticides have a number of health problems. The list goes on and on. I believe the evidence proves that it’s something that we need to be doing, but the practicality is still not there for all of us to eat 100% organic. Is there anyone out there that does eat all organic and still has money in their pocket?

I do like the idea of focusing on the foods that have the most pesticides and making sure those are organic. This is where the “Dirty Dozen” list comes in. These are the foods that tested highest in pesticide residues. It makes sense to buy these organic.  The “Clean 15” are the foods that have the lowest levels of pesticides, so buying these conventional won’t hurt.

Here’s something to keep in mind. These lists change, so you have to keep checking them to see what’s shifted. I found that interesting. I don’t know if these lists take into account the country where the produce was grown. That’s something I would think makes the list shift dramatically. I also make sure that any animal products I choose to consume are from organic sources. That doesn’t seem to be on the dirty list.

Still, I’ll be keepping these lists in my purse for easy reference. And I’ll be looking into doing a garden again, because the only way to ensure you eat organic is to grow food yourself.

Print and cut out guide from

Full list of common fruits and veggies tested

Are there other uses for paper plates?

You bet!

Ever heard of the Glider Workout?

It’s killer! So effective. Those little glider discs are pretty pricey though! Paper plates work great instead.

I even found some of the plastic dinner plates in the house from a party we had, and I like those even better.  If you’re careful with them, they last for a good long while.

Here’s a good video to get you started.