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Cheryl's Sensible Cents - 4/15/2006 Newsletter
April 17, 2006

Did You Know?

It took nearly 500 years for toilet paper to make the transition from sheets to rolls.

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10 Free Gardening Tools

In this Issue:

Mother's Day on a Budget - by Cheryl Johnson
Humor for Women. What a Mom Wants for Mother's Day - by Laura Browne
Four Homemade Mother's Day Cards to Make - by Rachel Paxton

Ham Bone Dinner
Whole Wheat Orange Bread
French Salad Dressing

Money Saving Tips

  • Alternative Uses for Common Household Items: Eggs and Egg Shells, Egg Cartons, Epsom Salts
  • Beauty Savings Tips
  • Reader's Tips

Craft Ideas
Make some modeling clay

Quotable Quote

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her. - George Washington (1732-1799)

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Celebrate Mother's Day on a Budget

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Humor For Women.
What a Mom Wants for Mother's Day

Every year my family asks me what I want for Motherís Day. Every year, I give them the same answer that I learned from my mother. I say, "I donít need anything." Of course my family knows Iím not serious. Iíd be very disappointed if they actually didnít give me ANYTHING. So I usually end up with some perfume or smiley-face socks. Thatís nice but itís not what I really need. So this year I decided to ask my family for what I really want...Read On

Four Homemade Mother's Day Cards to Make

There is nothing as special or personal as a homemade Mother's Day card. Surprise your friends and family with your handmade creations. Here are some ideas to get you started... - Read On


Ham Bone Dinner

Combine in a large kettle:
2 cup dried yellow or green split peas
4 peppercorns
1 ham bone
salt to taste
water to cover

Bring to boil, then simmer 2-3 hours until peas are done, adding water if necessary. Remove ham bone, cut off meat and chop finely.

Add to soup:
ham bits
6 carrots, sliced
1 green pepper, chopped
2 onions, diced

Cook until carrots are done, about 30 minutes. Check seasonings and serve

Options:Substitute chopped bacon or salt pork for the ham bone, or omit meat entirely and flavor with herbs
Add dumplings:
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
Rub in:
1 Tablespoon margarine
Gradually add:
1 cup water

Place on top of simmering soup in large spoonfuls. Cover and cook without peeking 15 minutes. Use dumplings when all the soup can be eaten at once since they do not reheat well.

Whole Wheat Orange Bread

Makes 1 loaf

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine in a large mixing bowl:
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups white flour
3/4 cup sugar
1-2 Tablespoons grated orange peel
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup frest or reconstituted frozen orange juice
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup cooking oil
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Stir until moistened, about 75 strokes. Pour batter into greased 9x5 or 8x4 loaf pan
Sprinkle with mixture of:
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Bake 60-65 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center come out clean.

French Salad Dressing

Makes 1 1/3 cups
Shake, beat, or whirl in a blender:
1 Tablespoon grated onion
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons vinegar
1/2 cup salad oil
1/2 cup ketchup
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon paprika

Keep refrigerated

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Alternative Uses for Common Household Items

Eggs and Egg Shells

Compost nutrients - Egg shells are rich in calcium and are a great addition to your compost pile.

Seed Starters - Place egg shell halves in egg carton, fill with soil and press seeds inside to start seedlings. Seeds draw extra nutrients from the eggshell.

Glue replacement - When in a pinch, use egg white to glue together light material like paper or cardboard.

Houseplant water - Save water that you boil eggs in. Cool and use to water plants to give them extra nutrients.

Egg Cartons

Fire Starter - Start a b-b-q grill fire. Fill a cardboard egg carton with charcoal briquettes. Add some candle wax if available. Place in the grill and light.

Storing, sorting, or organizing small items.

1. sort coins for rolling later
2. Buttons
3. Safety Pins
4. nuts and bolts, nails, washers
5. small Christmas ornaments
6. Jewelry

Start seedlings for the garden

Make Ice - Make ice for a picnic or party. Use bottom halves of clean polystyrene egg cartons to make extra ice.

Packing and Shipping - Use for packing and shipping several small items

Golf ball storage.

Epsom Salts

Fertilizer - Fertilize tomatoes and other plants. For the biggest tomatoes, fertilize with epsom salt every week. For each foot of height of tomato plant, add one tablespoon. Also good for houseplants and roses.

Clean bathroom tiles. - Mix equal parts salts and liquid dish detergent, then dab it onto the offending area on tiles and scrub. Dissolves grime.

Deter racoons from the trash by spreading a few Tablespoons epsom salts around trash receptacle. Reapply after rain.

Beauty Savings Tips

Make an egg facial - For dry skin use only the yolk, for oily skin use the white (add a bit of lemon or honey if desired), for normal skin use the whole egg. Beat lightly, apply to face, wait 30 minutes then rinse clean.

Soften Skin with Milk - Milk is a natural skin softener. Put 1/2 cup powdered milk in the tub as it fills and give yourself a milk bath.

Homemade mouthwash - In a pint jar, place 1 ounce whole cloves and/or 3 ounces fresh rosemary, add 2 cups boiling water. Cover tightly and let steep overnight. Strain. Return to pint jar (or recycle an empty mouthwash bottle) and use as necessary.

Nail Polish life extender - Store nail polish the fridge to keep fresh and easy to use. Place several nail polishes in a plastic container together for easier storage in the fridge.

Save on Food

  • Be sure to take advantage of the deep discounts on easter candy over the next few days to use for nearing birthday parties, snacks, lunch treats, Mother's Day gathering, or Memorial Day celebration. By the end of the week these goodies will be up to 75% off in some stores.
  • Eggs have been on sale in anticipation of the Easter holiday. Many stores will continue to offer sale prices through this week and into next week. Buy extra eggs and plan a couple of egg dishes on your dinner menus.
  • Reader's Tips

    *(in reference to last issue's recipe "Meatloaf Made with Stuffing Mix")We didn't have tomato sauce in the house, so we substituted petite diced tomatoes both in the mixture and on top for taste. My husband, Mr. I-Cannot-Live-Without-Gobs-of-Pepper, also added pepper to the finished product.

    It was the most delicious meatloaf we have ever eaten! Thanks for the recipe which is now kept with our most treasured ones!
    - Donna, Hughesville, Maryland

    - Please share your tips

    Craft Ideas

    Make Your Own Modeling Clay:

    Let the kids help with this one. Knead together 3 cups all purpose flour, 1/4 cup salt, 1 cup water, 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil, and 1-2 drops food coloring. If sticky, add more flour. If too stiff, add more water. When your clay is workable, store it until needed in a sealed plastic bag or air tight container.

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