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Inexpensive Household Tips

 

Since I have not done a post with useful and inexpensive household  tips in quite some time I thought it was high time time to share these.

Uses For Vinegar

Adding a capful of apple cider vinegar to a warm bath can help soothe tired muscles and relive dry itchy skin.

No need to buy expensive window cleaning chemicals. Just make up a solution of two teaspoonfuls of vinegar to one pint of warm water, add to a spray bottle and spritz on your windows. Wipe dry with a lint free cloth.

Kill weeds. Spray full strength on weeds and grass for several days until they die.

Make your own fabric softener by mixing bicarbonate of soda, vinegar and water (parts: 2-2-4). Add a quarter cupful of the mixture to the final rinse for hand or machine washing.

Uses For Lemon

Lemon can be used as a deodorant for armpits and feet. Just cut in half and rub on skin.

Although there is still snow on the ground in many places, it is not too soon to plan for summer, thus the following tip. Lemons  soothes a sunburn too. At least it can give us hope for winter’s end.

Budget Cleaning Tips

Use 3% hydrogen peroxide to kill mildew on bathroom tiles and on plastic cutting boards. Pour enough to cover area, let sit an hour, scrub, rinse, and dry.

Use isopropyl alcohol to get fingerprints from chrome and stainless steel. Good for cell phones too. (NOT the screens; use dry cloth like the cloths you clean your glasses with) Wipe with an alcohol dampened microfiber cloth.

Use salt to clean wood cutting boards, glass baking dishes. Sprinkle, scrub, rinse, and wipe dry.

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Hopefully you found one or two ideas above that you can use. And these days, we all need more ideas like these to save money. How else are we going to afford the increase in gasoline prices? Gas prices where I am are up, up, and away!!!

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Featured Recipe    Creamed Chicken

Today I am using up what is left of the chicken I roasted on Sunday. There isn’t much left; just a portion of the breat and one wing. But I am going to make a dish that serves a hearty, filling meal for three (3) from this little bit of meat.

You can also make Creamed Chicken with other pieces of a chicken such as a chicken breast. The recipe I share today tells you how to make creamed chicken even when you do not have left overs from a Sunday roast.

This is basically my mother’s Creamed Chicken recipe.

One last note, you can also make this with turkey.

This is what you will need:

Left over chicken cut or torn into bite sized pieces

1 cup chicken broth

1 tablespoon butter

Couple of tablespoons finely grated onion

About ½ cup frozen peas and carrots

About 1 tablespoon flour

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tablespoons heavy cream

Parsley for garnish – optional

Biscuits or toast

Remove meat from bones of  leftover chicken and cut or tear into small pieces.

NOTE: If you do not have left over chicken  just cook a piece or several pieces of chicken in some chicken broth, cool, and remove the meat. This of course would cost more.

Put frozen peas and carrots in small colander and run some cold water over to begin thawing process. Leave them sit to drain and continue thawing on their own.

NOTE: I do not completely thaw the frozen peas and carrots. I just barely start the process. I let the hot cream finish them off. This keeps the peas and carrots nice and crisp and crunchy. I don’t like soft mushy vegetables in Creamed Chicken. That crunch is a nice contrast to the soft chicken and biscuits in this dish.

Chop the parsley if using.

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium low heat.

Stir in some flour and the salt and pepper.

Stir to make a paste.

Gradually add the broth the chicken was cooked in, or canned, or home made broth you may have in your freezer; into the paste stirring all the while with a whisk untill the desired consistency is reached.

You may need to add more broth here if the sauce is too thick. Start with less than you think you will need. You can always add more. It is hard to take the broth out once it is in the pan.You don’t want the sauce to be too thick nor too runny. You want a nice sauce like consistency.

Add the onion and cook until tender.

NOTE: My mother did not dice the onion. She used a grater to grate the onions directly into the sauce. When done this way the onions are so soft and juicy they do not need to be sautéed. It is almost like adding onion juice.

You can see from the picture below just  how thin and juice the onions look after grating. Normally I just hold the grater over the pan and grate directly into the broth. But I grated them onto a plate today so that you could see what they look  like. You cansee all the juice on the plate.

Once the onions are  in the pan, cook a minute or two in the broth.

Depending how long it will take your biscuits to bake, this might be a good time to get the biscuits in the oven. If using bread to make toast you can wait a few minutes.

Now stir the chicken and the peas and carrots into the pan.

Then add the cream…………………..

Stir into the mixture and heat till warmed through.

When the biscuits or toast is done arrange on a plate.

Then spoon the cream chicken over the biscuits or toast and top with some of the chopped parsley.

I couldn’t wait to dig right in. So yummy!!!

Cost

 Left over chicken torn into bite sized pieces (no cost)

1 cup chicken broth                          $0.50             

1 tablespoon butter                          $0.15

Couple of tbspns  minced onion         $0.16

About ½ cup fzn peas & carrots       $0.88

About 1 tablespoon flour                  $0.28

2 tablespoons heavy cream              $0.37

Parsley for garnish                          $0.07

Buscuits                                         $1.79

Salt and pepper to taste

Total Cost left overs  =  $4.20
Cost per person (3) = $1.40

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