Its In the Wash- Time (and Money) Saving Tips for the Laundry!

Here are 16 quick ways to save time and money on laundry:

1. Re-wear your jeans, at least 2x.
2. Re-wear and re-purpose. Pj’s worn two nights in a row can be exercise clothes in the morning.
3. If you have only wore it for a few hours, hang it up!
4. Make your own laundry soap. Laundry soap recipes can be found for a dime-a-dozen on the internet for both regular machines and H.E. machines. Homemade laundry soap lasts longer and is much cheaper.
5. Use cold water, it is just as effective as warm/hot.
6. Use a clothes line (indoor or outdoor) to wasting energy by running the dryer. If you do need to run the dryer, run it during cold/winter days and keep your laundry closet/room open. You can warm part of the house and possibly not have to have the heat on.
7.  Have a laundry schedule and stick to it!
8. Put clothes away, RIGHT away, to avoid ironing, or hang it up right away at least!
9.  De-clutter and de-clothes your closet! Less clothes makes for less laundry! Limit kids to 10 outfits each.
11. Dry a wrinkled garment with a wet cloth for  or hang in the bathroom while showering with hot water to avoid ironing.
12. Begin laundry at night, and throw into the dryer in the morning.
13. Make sure your clothes always go into your laundry basket and NEVER on the floor!
14. Keep laundry in closets or laundry room and out of immediate sight.
15. Teach and train children how to sort clothes, transfer to washer and then to dryer, fold and them away. They will be better about taking care of their clothes when they realize how much work it can be to get them washed.
16. Immediately spray or soak a stained garment. After washing hang the garment to dry, rather than putting it through the dryer where stains can be baked on permentantly.

Thanksgiving Treats, Day 2!

Here’s another-blow-your-taste-buds recipe for your thanksgiving table! 

Cream of Butternut Squash Soup
2 large onions, chopped
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 lbs butternut squash peeled and cut into 1” cubes
5 Cups chicken stock
1 cup of yogurt
Tabasco to taste
Nutmeg to taste
Saute Onion in butter in large soup kettle. Add squash and chicken stock and simmer till squash is tender (45 mins) . Puree in blendder after soup has cooled. Return purree to kettle and add yogurt, tabasco and nutmeg. Serve and enjoy!
Serves 8! 

Thanksgiving Table Treats: Common dishes with a twist. DAY 1

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is less than a week away! As I speak my boyfriend has already begun the Thanksgiving festivities at a friends house enjoying “Practice Thanksgiving” (I’m babysitting but the children are all asleep nestled in their beds….but hoping to go over there once the parents get home). “Practice Thanksgiving” is an annual celebration- a bunch of young adults get together, bringing a traditional Thanksgiving side-dish while the host prepares a turkey. Everyone chows down on thanksgiving food a week before the actual holiday. 

If you are anything like me, Thanksgiving is not just a holiday of thanks- but a meal to be savored. Sometimes, however, with lots of friends and family to celebrate, you end up eating the same Turkey-mashed-potatoes-and-gravy meal, over and over again. Thanksgiving can often turn up to be like a clip from “Groundhogs”day. 
 How about sprucing things up a little? For this lovely thanksgiving week, here the first recipe in my Thanksgiving Treat series : (By the way…this is a grill recipe- for all the men out there!) 
Sweet Potato Stacks
3 large sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into 3/4-inch-thick slices
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 tablespoon mesquite seasoning
1/4 cup pecans chopped
1/4 cup bacon pieces
2 teaspons while balsamic glaze
Preheat grill your grill and combine potatoes, oil and seasoning until coated evenly. Place each potato slice onto the grill and cook for about 4-5 minutes until potato is golden. Once  potatoe is done cooking, place on a dish and drizzle remaining combined ingrediants on top of potatoes. A drizzle more of balsamic  glaze can be added as well if desired.