Cooking can be funny, at least in hindsight. Haven't we all experienced the punjent aroma of smoke alarm pizza or the sight of a bright purple salad when all you added was a tad too much diced red-cabbage.
Sweet potatoes were brought to Europe by Portuguese traders in 1560, introduced to Spain in mid 1600's and cultivated in colonial Virginia by 1648. The sweet potato became a popular food from Europe to Africa to India and beyond. Potatoes are fun and easy to grow your own. Keep dirt or compost in whisky barrels or planters in the back yard. When you find any potato starting to sprout in the cupboard, cut off that portion and toss the eyes and sprouts into the barrels and cover with about 3 inches of soil. In a few short weeks there will be potato plants sprouting up.
Home grown potatoes produce pretty flowers that attract bees and butterflies which to pollinate your garden. You'll know when the potatoes are ready to pick when the leaves wither, turn yellow and the stems die. You can leave potatoes unharvested in the ground all year long. Some may die but the ones that live will produce more potatoes in the spring and summer. When you buy potatoes from the grocery from time to time chop one up and add to the barrels. Maybe some day a brand new species will evolve.
Potato recipes are found everywhere in the world today. Here's a list of tasty tuber treats.
An organized kitchen is key to saving money on groceries. The less organized the kitchen, the more time is wasted looking for ingredients, finding substitutes, running to the neighbor's house to borrow or driving to the store to potentially pay more for the item in the long run.
Keep this list handy. When you get low or run out of something, cross it off the list or otherwise make a mark so you can plan for the next shopping trip, check sales and make plans on which stores to visit to save the most money. Keep these items on hand and you will always be ready for spur of the moment meals. Adjust can and bottles sizes and amounts according to your preferences.
Stock up on sale items! Realistially a 3 month supply of the basics is a good money saving goal. Most properly stored items can last for years regardless of sell by date. Items to buy in bulk for a more than 3 months supply include paper and chemical products such as toilet paper, paper towels, shampoos and soaps. You don't have to stock up for doom's day to save a few bucks but a supply to three weeks or longer will hold you over in emergencies.
Paper Trivia: Did you know that you can only fold a sheet of printer paper in half seven times? Give it a try. It doesn't matter how thick or thin the paper is, once you get to the seventh fold, the paper will not bend or budge.
Sun catchers. To create a translucent, stained glass ornaments effect, apply a bit of lemon oil to the back sides of paper ornaments to create a.
Hang the ornaments on trees, in windows, anywhere bright colorful decorations are desired.
Construct a large paper-tree for the wall with shades of green construction paper. Draw a large tree on a sheet of easel pad paper to tack onto a wall or other flat surface, then decorate with paper ornaments.