Looking for someone to pick up newspapers (coupons!) in the Bangor area

Looking for someone to take over picking up newspapers once a week (lots of weekend papers with coupons), usually between 5 to 20 sets of coupons a week. Once in a great while there may be no weekend papers, but not usually.  This is a free service I provide to a local business in exchange for the newspapers (and coupons!).

The catch is you have to pick up the other days’ papers as well but all together usually not more than a couple arm-loads.

I need someone to take this over for me. I don’t have time for couponing much anymore.  Is there anyone in the Bangor, Maine, area who would like to take this over from me? Must be reliable and pick up at least once a week.

Message me for more details.

(Almost) Hands-free Homemade Mayo

My family switched to eating a paleo diet about a year ago.  Basically it’s eating no processed foods, dairy, or legumes.  The only paleo mayonnaise you’ll find in the store doesn’t taste very good, and it’s ridiculously expensive.  So I use an olive oil mayonnaise recipe and make it myself.  Problem was it seemed to take forever standing there dripping oil into my mixer.  Until  … dun dun dun… a gallon Ziploc bag to the rescue.

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I add all the ingredients into my stand mixer.  Olive oil goes into the ziploc bag, it’s zipped up, and taped over the top of the stand mixer so that the oil is positioned directly over the bowl.  I turn the stand mixer on 9 (almost high) and let it work while I take a clean finishing nail (works for me) and poke a hole in the bottom of the bag.  A skewer would work just as well.  The hole should be just big enough for the oil to drip slowly at first.  At this point you can walk away for a couple minutes and let it do its thing.

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After the mayo starts to congeal, gently increase the size of the hole until it becomes a small stream of oil.  At this point you can walk away again and check on it again in a couple minutes.  I usually do this while I’m making breakfast so I can glance over at it and see the progress.  When there is only a little bit of oil left in the bag, give the bag a squeeze to get the rest out.  Turn off the mixer, untape the bag and throw it away, and enjoy your homemade mayo.

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My olive oil mayonnaise recipe:

2 egg yolks

2 cups of light-tasting olive oil (must be light-tasting)

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/4 teaspoon of pepper

1/2 teaspoon of onion powder

1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder

2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon of mustard

Add all ingredients except olive oil to mixing bowl.  Turn on the stand mixer and set it to an almost-high setting (8 or 9).  While it is running, add the olive oil to a quart or gallon Ziploc bag and zip it closed.  Using a 6-inch piece of packing tape, tape the Ziploc bag over the top of the stand mixer securely so that the bag is hanging over the mixing bowl.

Puncture the bag with a small clean nail or skewer so that a steady drip of oil drips into the bowl.  After a few minutes, increase the size of the hole so that there is a small stream of oil going into the bowl.  At this point you can walk away for a few minutes.  Once the oil is almost gone, give the bag a squeeze to get the rest of the oil into the bowl.  Turn off the mixer, untape and throw away the Ziploc bag, and enjoy your mayo.

Makes a little over 2 cups.

This recipe is to my taste.  Feel free to adjust ingredients to get it exactly how you like it.

Cleaning rugs with snow

This morning I took my living room area rug, spread it out on the snow, and used a push broom to scrub it with more snow.  I’m letting it sit out there for a couple of hours, then I’ll shake the snow off and hang it on my porch railing for another hour or so for it to dry completely before bringing it in the house.  Here’s the link to the Lifehacker article I first saw this on:  http://lifehacker.com/5475617/use-snow-to-clean-a-rug

I have to tell you though, carrying that rug outside was not a pleasant experience.  Now I know where the wet dog smell was coming from in our house.  Ewwww.

Save electricity and have water during a power outage

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This is a little tip to help you always have fresh water on hand in case of a blackout, and it helps you save on your energy bill at the same time!

Your refrigerator is on all the time, so why not help it out a little?  If you have empty space in your freezer, you’re wasting electricity because your freezer is working harder to keep itself cool.  Find some empty juice or soft drink bottles (I like the 1-liter size) and rinse them out thoroughly.  Fill them about 2/3 full with water to allow for space for the water to expand as it freezes.  Place them in your freezer spaced apart to fill some of those gaps.  They will freeze, and that ice will help your freezer stay cold so your freezer doesn’t have to work so hard.  When you add groceries to your freezer, remove some of the bottles and put them away somewhere to fill those gaps next time your freezer has empty space.

You can do this in your refrigerator too.  I have a couple of plastic water gallon jugs that I keep filled with water in the refrigerator.  We use them for our regular drinking water because we like ice-cold water, but having those in there also helps keep our refrigerator cold, and we always have a couple gallons of fresh drinking water whenever we need it.

In my deep freezer, I use the large juice bottles with handles filled 2/3 with water.  Since I only stock up on meats and veggies I get during really good sales for the freezer, sometimes it’s pretty empty in there.  The handles make them easier to lift out when I need more space, and they’re stored on a shelf until the next to the freezer to use next time.

By using this tip, next time you experience a power outage, the large bottles of ice in your freezer will keep it colder longer and save the food you have in there, plus you will have enough drinking water to get through a couple days (when the cold water in the refrigerator is gone, simply take a bottle or two out of the freezer to thaw for more water).

About once a year I replace the water in the bottles with fresh so it doesn’t get stale.

Food-grade buckets for $1

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Looking for food-grade buckets to use for compost or gardening?  Look no further than your grocery store!  Especially if they have a bakery, they will have a ton of these out back.  Most stores will sell them to you for $1 (including the lid!).  Much better than paying $6 at Lowe’s.  I bought 10 the other day to use as small composting buckets in my basement over this winter so I don’t have to spend a fortune on compost in the spring.

P.S.  Stores rinse them out but don’t usually wash them, so there may be a residue in them from frosting or whatever that has to be washed out.

How to Increase Dryer Efficiency

This is a tip by Northern Belle Diaries that I am going to try today!  My dryer is just about 6 months old, and I want to see for myself how this works.  Apparently the lint trap in a dryer collects a film from dryer sheets over time that slows down the efficiency of the dryer, but it can be washed off.  Visit the post about this by Northern Belle Diaries to check it out.

Coconut Oil – Low price at Sam’s Club

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Do you use coconut oil?  If you do, I’m sure you’ve noticed the price keeps going up.   A 54-ounce jar used to be around $23 in the grocery store, and now that is the price for a jar half that size!  Even online the price is up there.

You can get the 54-ounce jar for only $15.99 at Sam’s Club, and that is their everyday price!  Thanks to my neighbor who mentioned this to me the other day.

Great deal on shredded coconut!

I use a lot of coconut in my cooking, and it can be difficult to find unsweetened.  The price of this 12-pack of organic unsweetened shredded coconut is almost as good as buying bulk in my local organic/health food store.

Update:  While that’s a good online price, I’ve found that my local Natural Living Center (health food store) carries bulk unsweetened shredded coconut for less than $4/pound.  Since this stuff can’t be found in just any store and since I live about half an hour from my local health food store, I stock up and buy 3 to 4 pounds at a time.  It has a very long shelf life so it’s perfect for storage.

 

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Daily Deals are back at JoAnn’s!

$1 each Fabric Quarters Reg. 1.99 ea.

Sun., Sept. 22
$1 each

Fabric Quarters
Reg. 1.99 ea

Buy 1 Get 1 Free! Basic Stems Free item must be of equal or lesser value.

Mon., Sept. 23

Buy 1 Get 1 Free!
Basic Stems
Free item must be of equal or lesser value.

Tue., Sept. 24
60% off

Cozy Flannel Solids

Thu., Sept. 26
60% off

Organizing Essentials Baskets

Fri., Sept. 27
26.99 each

OttLite 13W Folding Task Lamps
Reg. 59.99-89.99 ea

Sat., Sept. 28
99.99 each

Soft n’ Crafty Toasty Natural Cotton Batting 90″x25yds
Reg. 274.99 ea

TIP:  If you’re eyeing the Soft ‘n Crafty cotton batting rolls at $99.99, you’d better be there when the store opens.  They sell out FAST.  Last time they were gone by 9:30 in the morning, and the store opened at 9!

This week’s printable coupons for A. C. Moore

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Click the graphic above to go to this week’s printable coupons for A.C. Moore.   Did you notice the $5 off and $10 off coupons?  They’re good on regular and sale items!  Coupons good on sale items are hard to find!  These can be combined with the big sale items this week for excellent savings, like the scrapbooking paper and stickers, floral stems, Sculpey, and that great $0.88 price on FolkArt paints!