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Can’t Afford Healthy Eating? Maybe You’re Doing It Wrong. August 15, 2015

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Her bill was $60, mine was $12, yet she couldn’t afford to eat healthy? What was going on?!

The Truth about “I Can’t Afford to Eat Healthy.”

While I was checking out at the grocery store the other day I overheard the conversation between two college students behind me in line. She was telling the young man that she couldn’t afford to eat healthy. I had heard this statement before, and it seriously puzzled me.

“The first week I moved here I bought a week’s worth of grocery. It cost me $60!”

Wait, $60?! $60 for a week’s worth of groceries?!

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Cupcakes with Extra Icing January 10, 2012

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I’m not the biggest cupcake fan, but I really liked this idea.

This morning on the news (NPR to be precise) they mentioned a guy at an airport with a cupcake in a jar. I thought the idea was to put the cupcake into a tall jar and then fill the rest of the jar with icing. That way you’d get like 3 times more icing than even a mile-high frosted cupcake.  (I personally would prefer whipped cream instead of icing though.) But then I Googled it, and I found something way more fun:

A new trend called Cupcake in a Jar!

Cupcake in a Jar

In case you can’t tell, you’re basically making a two-layer cake out of cupcakes and using a jar so it stays all together. And the possibilities sound fun to me! Can you imagine it with cream cheese, or raspberry jam, or a cupcake-sized lush cake?

What are some of your ideas? What other things can we stack in a jar for a tasty, individual-sized treat?

Favorite Instructables of the Week November 19, 2009

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Kind of slim pickings this week, but I did find some good ones including a couple tasty recipes.

Remote Controlled Lawnmower – Now this is how to make lawnmowing fun! Pimp it out a bit and in no time you’ll have the neighbor kids begging to mow your lawn.
Write With Your Eyeballs! – All right! This is like the uber device for the physically impaired (or the ultimate lazy). It tracks your eye movements so you can do things on your computer, including drawing and writing. From a store such a system might cost you a few thousand, but this Instructable says you (or a friend) can do it for about $50.
Eggplant Parmesan – I thought I’d throw a recipe in here. I’m not a vegetarian, but I do enjoy eggplant. I’ll have to try this one out.
Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches – Speaking of yummy eggplant, here’s another tasty looking recipe, but I think I’ll try it with some bacon or maybe some thin-sliced turkey. Mmm, that’s sounds tasty.
Flexible LED eTextile Ribbon Array – For those who are confused by the name, here’s the translation: Make glowing clothing with ribbon and LEDs. Make sure to check out the last step for a really awesome dress that they made.

Weekend Project(s) – Investment Cooking November 13, 2009

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Okay, so I’m doing something a little different this weekend. Instead of something that most people would consider a weekend project, we’re doing cooking. That’s right – cooking.

The concept behind investment cooking is simple – start with ingredients that are on super sale (especially the meats and produce), cook up a ton of food with those ingredients, and then divide it all up into meal-size portions and freeze for later. That’s it!

You’re essentially making your own microwave dinners. You can often turn a task that takes a few hours every single day into just one weekend of work! Some people even make a party out of it and then you plus all your neighbors and friends end up with freezers full of meals for the month.

And another reason I like it is because while some people combine it with a menu, others (such as myself) don’t have to stick to a menu. Just look in the freezer and decide what you want that night. It’s like turning your kitchen into a drive through (with far better food of course).

If you’re interested, check out InvestmentCooking.com.

Okay, so it’s a lot easier to write than to actually do. I want to use my weekends for other projects, so I personally prefer a different method – the days that I have time to cook, I just cook up a larger batch (doesn’t have to be too much larger, just make sure there are leftovers) and then freeze the extra in meal-size portions.

Either way you do it, it’s a great way to save time and money.