Today I wouldn’t consider myself poor, yet I don’t think that frugality stems solely from being poor. I look for new ways to reuse items because I am concerned about the earth and about the amount of waste that our country generates. The other reason why I find alternate uses for items is because it’s just plain fun.
I had some old Pub Mix containers hanging around. I had actually meant to throw them away, but my daughter insisted that we keep them for a while. So we did and below is what I came up with…
These things were clutter my bathroom cabinet. These things are my husbands hair clippers/accessories and a bag of cotton balls. He has three different clippers and a gazillion attachments. They used to be strewn about under the bathroom cabinet, but now, they all fit neatly inside of these containers. The one I used to fill with cotton balls is invaluable. I never liked that big bag laying around in the bottom of the cabinet taking up useful space. So the containers work well.
Below I have reused styrofoam egg cartons to grow some Italian flat leaf parsley. When I initially plant my seeds, I use the fold over lid to keep the soil warm and moist. Once everything starts to grow, the lid is placed beneath the carton to catch extra water.
Finally, I have included a picture of a new recipe that I tried out this week. This one I made up myself. It’s a casserole. I have become very fond of one dish meals this year. Any recipes that I learn that saves on dishes will work great during the summer. We all would rather spend our evenings outdoors rather than in the kitchen washing tons of dinner dishes.
6 large sausages (I used Robbins)
6 medium potatoes
6 large eggs
6 oz. of milk
14 oz. bag of frozen veggies
( I used broccoli, cauliflower & carrot mix)
2 tblsp. white flour
salt and pepper
*Peel or leave skin on potatoes.
*Slice potatoes and sausages into 1/2 inch rounds.
*Boil potatoes in salted water for 8-10 min. and strain.
*Brown potatoes and sausages, on both sides, in a couple of teaspoons of olive oil.
*Coat baking dish with cooking spray, and fill it with sausages, potatoes and veggies.
*Sprinkle with salt and pepper (optional)
*In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk and flour.
*Season with salt and pepper. Pour egg mixture over the casserole. Bake uncovered for 20-25 min at 350 degrees.
Add shredded cheese (optional)
Freeze sausages, cheese and veggies in a Ziploc.
Once thawed cover with egg/milk mixture and bake 350 degrees for 20 min.