Even in its milder forms, food-borne illness is very unpleasant. But it's quite easy to avoid getting or spreading it by following some very simple techniques and practices for storing and handling food. Here are some of the most important ones.
When my husband and I bought our first home, we were utter novices at the whole home maintenance thing, even though we had both grown up with regular chores and were reasonably competent in handling basic tools.
To give you an idea of how new it was to us, when my oldest child was about 6 weeks old, I accidentally flushed one of his cloth diapers down the toilet.
I’ll never forget the sense of panic I felt, since that toilet was the only one in our apartment, it was a Sunday night, and neither one of us had any idea how to remove such a clog from our plumbing system.
I will be eternally grateful and always hold in warmest regard the young plumber we found in the old yellow page listings in the phone book that night.
Update - October 2017 - I've recently taken on a new classroom teaching assignment, and the workload and demands on my time have been way more than I bargained for. There are days where I would not be able to eat at all during the day if it weren't for the trusty peanut butter sandwich. This is my ode to the peanut butter sandwich. I find myself falling back daily on this old lunch standby and appreciating it more than ever.
It’s no secret that peanut butter, along with ramen noodles and rice and beans, is a mainstay of many a budget meal plan and the butt of many a joke about monotonous and tasteless diets.
I know it’s only January, but this is the time when seed and garden catalogs hit the mailboxes of gardeners.
I am a proponent of growing as much of your own food as you realistically can within the constraints of your lifestyle and space considerations. Besides being enormously satisfying, it is the only way I know to economically eat organic produce.
I met a while ago with a dear friend who was struggling with some hard times. In the course of our long conversation, she expressed feelings of inadequacy because she was not managing to get done each day what she felt she needed to in order to improve her situation.
She found she was more forgetful than usual, and her kids told her all the time that she was absent-minded and unfocused.
I told her that stress has been shown to affect memory and organizational ability.
Hi, I'm Nancy Maje Gillis, and I hope to help you find ways to live more cheaply and mindfully so that you have less stress and more money to spend where it will make a difference in your life. I know a thing or two about living a full life on a budget because I've been doing it for a long time, first growing up in a family of 11, then as a grad student and young, married, working woman, and more recently while running my busy household and raising my 4 sons through debt-free college degrees and into independent adulthood. All while saving for our own retirement. Here I share ideas for keeping life sane, affordable, and fulfilling.