Fabric hack: Quick fix for bleach stains

I’m not sure how so many of my clothes end up with bleach stains, given that I don’t use much bleach around the house. But they do. Thankfully, many of  the clothes that end up with these stains are black. “Wait! That’s good?” you say. “Bleach stains are terrible on black!” Yes, it is good. Because there’s a really way … Read more

Free MOOCs? Forget about it.

Since much of this blog is about thrift, and I’ve talked about free and cheap educational opportunities here in the past, I’m sharing an entry from one of my other blogs about policy changes that make some “massive, online open courses” no longer free.

Thrifty fun at the Stuff Swap

I found some lovely bird prints at a stuff swap hosted today by the local timebank. At a stuff swap, you bring things you no longer want or that you have too many of, and take stuff that you like. There’s no money involved, and in the case of this swap, no one keeps track of how much you’ve brought … Read more

Recipe: How to caramelize onions in the slow cooker

I love caramelized onions. Sweeter than sautéed onions, they make a great topping for pizza and a nice addition to soups and sauces. Caramelizing uses low, steady heat to break down the onions’ starches into sugars. Continue applying heat, and the sugars turn golden and more mellow in flavor—just as when caramelizing crystalized sugar. The challenge is that it’s easy to mess … Read more

Fun find: Spice tins

I went garage saling today. A lot of it was overpriced junk, but I found a few gems here and there: a four-outlet USB charger for 25 cents, a couple nice picture frames for a dollar a piece, and the Robert Fagles translations of the Iliad and the Odyssey, which are renowned for not being as dull as dish water. … Read more

Recipe: Slow cooker tomatillo soup (vegan/vegetarian)

My favorite coffee shop recently featured tomatillo soup for lunch. It was delectable and inspired me to create my own version at home. Because I keep cooked beans, caramelized onions, cooked grains and vegetable stock on hand in the freezer, the preparation was incredibly quick and easy. (You can find my directions for making big batches of beans here, caramelized onions here, … Read more