Archive for August, 2014

Money Stretching Ideas from WWI

Recently I downloaded a free ebook, Foods That Will Win The War and How to Cook Them (1918). There are several places you can download this book.

Some of the suggestions are a little outdated since this was written in 1918, but surprisingly many of the principles mentioned can still be applied today to help each of us stretch our dollars.

Here is an excerpt which is helpful:

When we come to waste caused by careless preparation we may be reminded of the miracle of the loaves and fishes – how all the guests were fed and then twelve baskets were gathered up. Often after preparation that which is gathered up to be thrown away  is as large in quantity and as high in food value as the portions used.

640px-Cucumber_soupVegetables are wasted in preparation by too thick paring, the discarding of coarse leaves such as are found on lettuce, cabbage and cauliflower, discarding wilted parts which can be saved by soaking, throwing away tips and roots of celery and the roots and ends of spinach and dandelions. All these waste products can be cooked tender, rubbed through a sieve and used with stock for vegetable soup, or with skimmed milk for cream soup. Such products are being conserved by the enemy, even to the onion skin, which is ground into bread-making material.

Throwing away the water in which vegetables have been cooked wastes their characteristic and valuable element – the mineral salts. Cooking them so much that they become watery; under-cooking so that they are hard and indigestible; cooking more than is required for a meal; failing to use left-over potions promptly as an entree or for cream soups or scalloped dishes – all these things mean an appalling waste of valuable food material. Good food material is also lost when the water in which rice or macaroni or other starchy food has been boiled is poured down the kitchen sink. Such453px--Save_Food_for_World_Relief._That_crust_of_bread_you_wasted-_That_bit_of_meat_you_nibbled_and_left-_That_plate_of_left-_-_NARA_-_512529 water should be used for soup making.

Fruits are wasted by throwing away the cores and skins, which can be used for making sauces, jams and jellies, the latter being sweetened with corn syrup instead of sugar.

Rhubarb is wasted by removing the pink skin from young rhubarb, which should be retained to add flavor and color-attractiveness to the dish.

Raw food in quantity is frequently left in the mixing bowl, while by the use of a good flexible knife or spatula every particle can be saved. A large palette knife is as good in the kitchen as in the studio.

This book was not written to save money, but to save things that were needed for the war effort. Saving money was a side product of the book. I enjoyed reading it for its historical value as well as the hints for stretching your money.

The Perfect Recipe

The post below was first posted on my other website:

The recipe for the sourdough biscuits referred to in this post was posted on this website on September 27, 2012

I like to cook. Although my husband doesn’t believe it, sometimes I follow a recipe but I often like to make something from what I have on hand. If I use the right ingredients, it does not matter whether it is my recipe or someone else’s. The perfect dish is a combination of ingredients that blend together well, tastes good and brings nourishment to our bodies.

I may mix up those good ingredients, however, and not finish the task. If I never put them in the oven and bake the dish, it is never completed – no matter how perfect the ingredients are.

IMG_1013 IMG_1015For instance, I love to cook breads. Sourdough biscuits are my favorite. I take great care to always have the right (perfect) ingredients on hand so that I may cook them at any time. When I am ready to fix these biscuits, I put together a combination of flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, oil and sourdough starter in a bowl. Those are the perfect ingredients. I didn’t make those ingredients. I just use them.

If I leave that mixture in the bowl on the counter, we will never have biscuits for breakfast. In fact, it would at some point become a smelly mess. I must put it in the oven to complete the process. Only then are my biscuits perfect AND complete.

I’m not sure if that’s exactly what God meant when He talked about the process of perfection and completion in us, but I think it might be a little like that.

The ingredients God provides for us are perfect. Those are the resources He makes available to us: salvation through His Son Jesus, mixed with the guidance and gifts of His Holy Spirit along with the blessings and trials we need in order to complete our walk with Him. Throughout our lives, we must be faithful and patient to use these resources wisely. If we do, the result of His perfect work in us will enable us to stand “perfect and complete” before Him.

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing (James 1:2-4). Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God (Colossians 4:12).

Amazon Smile and Swagbucks: Two New Ways to Stretch Your Money

I recently discovered two very good ways to stretch your money. They are two different websites: one enables you to donate to your non-profit of choice at no cost to you and the other allows you to earn points toward gift cards while searching the internet. How good is that!

Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile is the same Amazon we all know and use, but if you designate a non-profit of your choice through and make your purchases through that portal, Amazon will give .5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to your chosen charity. Everything else about your Amazon account is the same.

For instance, my husband and I are missionaries with Xtend Ministries International ( and this is what he recently posted regarding Amazon Smile:

This is a new way you can help us spread the gospel among the nations. It’s the same Amazon you are used to but when you enter through this portal and designate Xtend Ministries International as your charity your purchases will result in support of XMI with no cost to you. Thank you for participating and for helping to declare God’s glory among the nations.

If you do not already have a non-profit you would like to contribute to, we would appreciate your indicating Xtend Ministries International as your non-profit. It only takes a few seconds.


I do a lot of internet searches for information related to my writing as well as just general information. I discovered recently. If you search through their portal (they use the Yahoo search engine), you can earn points toward various gift cards. There are other ways to earn points as well, but I don’t take time to do surveys, etc. I just have that site as one of my favorites and use it each time I want to do a search.

For instance, the money images below were obtained through a search on for public domain images of money.

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More Free Ebook Sources

I have posted before about free ebooks offered for only one day on Kindle Buffet. I have discovered some more sources for free ebooks. Free is always good!

Free-public-domain-books a list of 25 sources for public domain books. These usually take a bit of searching for the ones you want, but it is often worth it. As they mention, you will often find one of these public domain books for sale on one of the major book seller websites because the books in public domain can legally be reprinted and sold. So, it is wise to check out the public domain sources first.

27d6f3ed669900b6a4a66323e214ed7dAnother source of free ebooks is Bookbub. The free offerings are interspersed with books for sale, but the good thing about this site is that you can choose your preferred categories eliminating the need to wade through types of books you are not interested in.

If you have a way to read ebooks, there are many ways to download free ones. Enjoy!