Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Household Habits that will Save You Money

I'm always looking for things to do that will lower our bills or minimize our expenses.

Here's a list of some really easy ones to do:

1. Wash your laundry in cold water.

2. Turn off lights and unplug appliances that draw energy even when not in use (like your printer or coffee maker with a timer, etc). (Find out how much energy your appliances use!)

3. Use fans instead of the air conditioner. Do not use blankets in the summer when sleeping.

4. Wear sweaters and other warm clothing in the winter, instead of running the heat. Use very warm blankets in the winter!

5. Consolidate your errands. If you are going out, especially if you are taking a car, plan to do errands that fit into your route. Never drive a long way for just one errand!

6. Eat at home, and eat your leftovers. Or at least freeze them for next week. It's so sad when food has to go in the garbage...

7. Do not go shopping just to fill your time. EVER. Only shop when you must, and always with a list. Do not make impulse purchases! I even write a list when I'm doing non-grocery shopping. Otherwise we fall into the "I want" trap.

8. Use diluted vinegar or baking soda for most of your cleaning tasks.

9. Buy milk in bags, not cartons (assuming you use several liters/week).

10. Quit your expensive unhealthy habits (i.e. smoking, diet sodas, daily iced coffee, etc).

What money saving strategies do you use?

Monday, May 25, 2015

Weekly Menu!

It's that after-the-holiday time now, and time to plan my week from all sorts of angles. As it turns out, I actually have a super busy week ahead, with more than enough to keep me busy! And I don't want to end up having food crises, because hungry kids are not happy kids...

So here's the FOOD plan:

Lunch - Dairy and Pareve leftovers from Chag
Supper - Shabbat leftovers (including chicken, cholent, potato kugel, broccoli...)

Lunch: Lentil Patties, Baked Potatoes, carrot sticks
Supper: Macaroni and Cheese

Lunch: Baked Potatoes with various toppings, hard boiled eggs, make-your-own-salad
Supper: Pizza (quick crust recipe)

Lunch: Sandwiches, carrots and celery sticks
Supper: Any leftovers from the week!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Allergen Warning (Pecans)!

Due to an irregularity in the packaging process, approximately 100 packages of Gad (brand) cheese may contain undisclosed pecans. These cheeses are being recalled from store shelves.

The affected product is Camembert Cheese (made from Sheep's milk), 25% fat, 125g packages, with barcode # 7290011499334, with a use-by date of 20.6.2015

Anyone with a pecan allergy is advised NOT to consume this product.

Please call customer service at 1-700-50-21-22 to arrange for a refund.

Please share this recall with anyone you know with a tree nut allergy, it could really save a life!

Shabbat and Shavuot

Tomorrow night is Shabbat, and then we go straight into the Holiday we've been counting up to - Shavuot! Shavuot here in Israel is a mere one day long, and that means it is actually a drop too short (wait, not sure I should say that!). Some people have a tradition to stay up late into the night, or all night, learning Torah. That makes for some very tired people come morning.

In my house that means everything is topsy-turvy, and people choose to eat and sleep at various times throughout the day.

So my day meal plan needs to be very flexible... and accommodating for those of us who can't eat dairy, AND those of us who love to eat dairy! Should be interesting.

We're having guests for Shabbat lunch, so it's not overwhelming. We're really looking forward to this Shabbat and Shavuot!

Here's the plan:

For all meals - Fresh Homemade Whole Wheat and Oat Bran Challot (and rolls for Shavuot morning, so people can make hamotzi whenever they are ready)

Friday night:

Vegetable Soup
Roast chicken (not sure how I'm spicing this, I usually decide on the spot)
(and something for the vegetarian, not sure what)
Potato Kugel
Roasted Broccoli and Kohlrabi
Cabbage Salad
Vegetable sticks

Shabbat Lunch (us + 7 guests)

Vegetarian Liver
Cabbage Salad
Vegetable Sticks
Black Bean Cholent
Potato Kugel
Oven fried chicken
Apple Kugel
Roasted Broccoli and Kohlrabi
Whatever other vegetables I feel like cooking

Seudah Shlishit will be random snacks and baked goods

Shavuot Night

Macaroni and cheese
Non dairy Eggplant "parmesan" (with nutritional yeast instead of cheese)
Salmon (baked, with herbs and lemon)
Rice with roasted garlic 
Roasted Kishuim
Cherry Tomato and Avocado Salad (if I buy avocado)

Shavuot Lunch

leftovers from Shavuot night, as needed


Apple Muffins
Chocolate Chip Cake

NOW I need to get to work on this!
I am planning to give my kids a LOT of work today and tomorrow!