Quick Beef and Cabbage Skillet Recipe – Hearty Winter Fare

Quick Beef and Cabbage Skillet - roughly chop cabbage and shred carrots

Bobbie says: Winter was almost ignoring us here in south central Pennsylvantia:  not too frigid and hardly any snow, and heck, I even wore shorts last week. Well, indoors, at least.  Then that stupid groundhog saw his shadow on February 2, signalling six more weeks of winter. And then, someone must have passed the message along to Winter, … [Read more...]

Get Clothing Clutter Under Control

Dear Home-Ec 101, I have a dilemma. I find my bedroom becoming cluttered very quickly with clothes that are "too clean to wash" yet "not clean enough to put away". I was a single mom for many years, going to school or working, sometimes more than one job, and as a result, I didn't want to spend more time on laundry than I had to. I'd wear … [Read more...]

How to Use Rubbing Alcohol Safely

Heather says: This is another post in the series on household chemicals. Rubbing alcohol is frequently recommended by frugal and green bloggers for use as household cleaner. Rubbing alcohol a general term that most often refers to isopropanol, but can also refer to ethanol. It is very important to understand that there is a difference between … [Read more...]

Can You Make Your Own Powdered Sugar?

Heather says: Yesterday a reader commented on Beet Sugar vs Cane Sugar: Where do you purchase organic beet sugar? Have you found it in powdered form? I have only found it on an Austrian site so far and would prefer to buy US grown if it exists. As I am not, nor was I ever, a pastry chef, I began to research. It turns out the only difference … [Read more...]

Chicken Thighs and the Reduced Budget

Dear Home-Ec 101, My husband was recently laid off -sound familiar?- and we really need to cut our food budget while he looks for a new job. In your opinion, what's the most economical cut of meat or poultry I can get to feed our family? I pretty much stuck to boneless skinless chicken breasts before, but right now they don't seem to be such a … [Read more...]