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The Awfully Bad Guide to Monster Housekeeping: Food & Recipes

The Awfully Bad Guide to Monster Housekeeping: Food & Recipes

This volume of the Awfully Bad Guide to Monster Housekeeping feature failsafe recipes for keeping a hungry monster happy, but more importantly, full. Delicious menus, disgusting dishes – this book has them all.

Written by children from Burbage and St Monica’s Primary Schools, with help from poets Naomi Woddis and Polarbear, and illustrations by Hannah Shaw and Katie Cleminson. Chapters include: Shopping on a Monster Budget, Real Life Monster Munching, Most Disgusting Recipes for Special Occasions and Etiquette Guidance as well as activities for the brave reader to try.

Suitable for readers age 9+

Available priced £3 from

Posted by ministryofstories on 2011-10-27 09:54:10


Peanut Butter Pie

Peanut Butter Pie

As always, if you’re interested the recipe is here.

Posted by .mariannika. on 2009-05-08 12:39:44

Tagged: , $60/Week , Cooking , Food , Eating , Eating on a Budget , MA , Art is the Handmaid of Human Good , Peanut Butter Pie , Alton Brown , Good Eats , Food Network , Gist , Birthday , Birthday Dinner , Yum

Sausage, Egg and Cheese Frittata

Sausage, Egg and Cheese Frittata

When your food budget is low, a frittata can save the day. This recipe I made cost $6.35 and could feed six portions. A Frittata is versatile – change up the ingredients to suit your taste and your budget. Good for breakfast, dinner, brunch.…

Posted by Patty Anderson on 2014-06-25 20:31:32

Tagged: , food , entree , recipe , easy , cheap

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6 November 2013

Today was like, a turning point day for my mood.

I started off this morning feeling just as shitty as I’ve been feeling. And I was running late for class again.

Side note: I’m pretty sure everyone who hangs out with me, ever attended school with me, or worked with me knows this already, but I HAVE A SERIOUS PROBLEM WITH BEING LATE. Like, seriously. I have so much trouble arriving to places on time.

And it’s not that I don’t care–I care a LOT, and I honestly TRY to be on time. But it’s like there’s a problem with my brain. I can’t tell how much time is passing. I feel like I’ve spent five minutes doing something, but it’s really been 15.

I was late for every first-class-of-the-day in college, I think. Almost every day. Sometimes VERY LATE. Somehow, this never affected my grades–I guess professors just learned to accept it about me?

I always participated a lot in class to make up for it, but a couple professors did sit me down and say "You’re such a good student; you write papers well, you know answers in class–but why are you always late?" And I had to honestly be like "I just have a problem, especially with waking up… it’s very difficult for me to get ready on time."

I guess we all have our faults, but this one is particularly obvious, and I’m painfully aware of how rude people find it to be. I’ve tried and tried to improve. I set my clocks ahead. I try to wake up earlier. One time a couple years ago, I tried to give myself the incentive of a reward. I was going to buy myself a pair of expensive boots if I was on time every day for two weeks. And I still failed, so no boots.

Sometimes I get into a stride when I can be on time for several days in a row, but I always falter and fall back into my old bad habits. I’ve been a late person since elementary school, and I don’t know if I’ll ever totally change. It’s not even just for "boring things" like school or work that I’m late for… I’m late meeting friends, going to parties, going to run errands, everything.

Some people say "Oh, I CAN’T be late!" when I tell them about my problem. And it’s like "HOW? HOW DOES THIS WORK? Please explain your secrets to me!" But I think everyone else is normal, and I’m the one who’s kind of lagging behind, lost in my thoughts, unable to perceive time.

So I shouldn’t get so upset with myself for being late. It’s not a new thing. I should be used to it by now, but the feeling before arriving someplace late is ALWAYS distressing to me.

Today I was supposed to come to a math class 15 minutes before it ended to talk to the kids a little about a text I wrote weeks ago. But I was running late. So I got there 5 minutes before class ended and the teacher was like "Well, that’s not a lot of time… you can talk to them another day about it."

And I felt awful and irresponsible, AGAIN.

So then I went to the history department. I was supposed to make a worksheet for the fourth-year class to do with them tomorrow, but then I realized that I wouldn’t be in school, because I had my NIE appointment that day. But the teacher, Mercedes, asked if I could still finish the worksheet so she had something to do with the students for class.

Mercedes is a lovely woman. She is always well-dressed and she’s intelligent, and I enjoy teaching classes with her. Today, after I finished the worksheets, we sat and talked for a while. Being a history/social sciences teacher, she likes discussing politics and differences between nations.

We were talking a lot about Spain’s economic crisis and the similarities between Spain and the United States, and I was explaining how the middle class is shrinking rapidly in the U.S., how there are many more poor people only getting poorer, while the rich are often reporting record profits.

She was like, "But you’re part of the middle class, right?"

I almost started laughing. "No, no." I had to say. "I’m poor. My family is poor. Technically, we fall under the term ‘working class,’ but we’re definitely poor."

She asked how I was able to go to a university and study, and I told her how I chose an inexpensive university close to my house so I could commute, and also that I had a lot of debt to pay back from loans.

And I explained to her that my family doesn’t have health insurance because it’s so expensive, and how it’s difficult to afford many things. I explained that my parents spend a lot of time working… working and being stressed out from working so much.

I explained to her that the only reason I’m able to do the things that I do is because I’m educated, and continue to educate myself.

And it’s true. This is something I’ve thought about a lot… of course, I’m always thinking in terms of social class, so I’ve probably thought about it AD NAUSEUM. But when you’re poor, life is much more difficult in SO MANY WAYS. You aren’t allowed to make mistakes, because a little mistake, like overspending or not planning ahead, can knock you on your ass. When you’re wealthier, you have a cushion.

The poor are always being scrutinized much more harshly than the rich, too. And we naturally have fewer opportunities and resources to improve ourselves.

I am EXTREMELY, EXTREMELY lucky. I may be poor, but I’ve always had parents who care very much about me and want to see me do better for myself. Education has always been a priority in my family, and my parents were always involved in my academics, and always encouraged me to cultivate other talents, like art, music, and whatever random thing I happened to take interest in that week.

I’m lucky that I naturally learn things quickly, but more importantly I’m lucky to have had so much support. As my mother has said, when we were little, she couldn’t always buy my brothers and I toys, but she would NEVER say no to buying us books.

It’s sounds so nerdy, but I spent lots of my time reading when I was a kid. I used to say I was afraid of the dark so I could sleep with a nightlight… when really I just wanted a light to read by (also, I ruined my eyesight, but whatever). My mom would discover mounds of books under my pillows and realized what I was doing.

The thing is, I LOVE learning. I love reading. I can’t stop being curious about things, and I’m interested in almost every topic.

It takes a lot of work to stop being poor. Seriously, there are lots of bars in the way to digging yourself out of poverty, but education is really the most important tool you’ll ever use to get out. But you also have to be able to dress well on a budget, and cook for yourself, and be unafraid of risks, and be able to interact with people from all walks of life… all of which I’ve tried so hard to master. I feel proud when people are surprised to learn that I’m poor, and I’m proud to feel like I’ve made progress in my life.

After this conversation, I was thinking a lot about all of this. And I realized I AM SO LUCKY, and I am doing something amazing just by being here.

It’s so easy to feel down and sad while I’m here, but I AM IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY, and I AM BILINGUAL, and I HAVE A JOB TEACHING CHILDREN. I’m immersed in another culture and I have money. All of those things are really AMAZING, when I think of where I came from!

My parents have always loved me and have spent their whole lives working so hard for me to have a better life. I’ve grown up basked in love and attention, surrounded by people who care about me and want to see me grow. And it’s amazing that I’ve made it this far. My outlook for the future seems pretty bright, too.

There was no way for me to feel sad after I realized this.

Today’s theme was… money! After talking to Mercedes, I found out that the school had money to pay me today. So I went and cashed my check, and I HELD 700 EUROS IN MY HAND. I know it’s obnoxious, but I just had to take this photo. I read somewhere that touching money on a regular basis actually can make people happier… I don’t disagree with this.

I paid my rent and put the rest in the bank, and I felt SO MUCH BETTER. The thing is, money is incredibly important. Like it or not, everything you do in life is accompanied by the background noise of money, like a pulse that runs beneath every interaction and activity.

I look at people and determine their economic status. We speak from different perspectives depending on how much money we’ve had in our lives. Our anxieties hang in the balance, always counting coins to decide whether we can afford to do things.

I know people who say money isn’t important… and these are usually people who have never had to worry much about money. If you grew up poor, the last thing you want to be as an adult is poor. I don’t want to be grossly rich, but I want to have enough money that I don’t have to WORRY all the time. I want to feel like it’s okay to make mistakes.

One time last year, someone told me that I live a boring life and that I’m boring because I worked hard to get good grades in high school, instead of screwing around and "LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST" like he did. At the time I was terribly, terribly hurt by this comment. Like I’ve said, being called boring is an awful thing.

But now, looking back on that, I’m INDIGNANT. He had no business making that judgment call about my life (besides, I still had a social life… I just wasn’t getting into trouble). If I hadn’t worked as hard as I did, I would have stayed in Jersey Shore my whole life. I didn’t have the luxury of parents with full bank accounts to cushion me. I could have screwed around and relaxed, but instead I chose to dedicate myself to school and extracurriculars, and NOW I’M HERE, and hopefully I’ll go even farther.

I’m still on the same subject, but I think this is very important for everyone to remember: in a capitalist society, POOR PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO MAKE FEWER MISTAKES. Always. They’re always scrutinized more harshly and more hangs in the balance for them. Money makes all the difference in all your life. I think part of me has always realized this, and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if my constant striving for something better is related to my constant anxiety.

ANYWAY, after being happy about money, I went home and cut up vegetables to make a delicious vegetable soup. I used beef broth, soup bones, tomato paste, bay leaves, basil, garlic, black pepper, carrots, green beans, corn, celery, onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes. AND IT WAS AWESOME, but I made a ridiculously huge pot of it. I also set my apples aside to make later.

Then I went to my private lesson, which lasted longer than it should have because the boys wanted me to explain the lyrics of Bohemian Rhapsody to them. I ran home to drop off my things, and then went to meet Charlie and Olivia for coffee. Charlie brought his friend Noelia along, and she’s super nice and really cool to talk to.

Olivia had to go to a private lesson, so then Charlie, Noelia and I went to Mango because Noelia needed to exchange something. I mentioned to Charlie that I was looking for a pair of short brown boots, so he took me to a couple of stores to look for them. I saw a few pairs I liked, but I wasn’t prepared to make a decision yet!

I had invited Olivia back to my apartment after her lesson for apples and ice cream, and Charlie asked if I had enough apples. PSH, I ALWAYS cook too much food, so of course I had plenty. So he went with me to Mercadona to get ice cream and then back to my apartment to help me make the apples.

Actually, he probably cooked the apples more than I did. He’s objectively better at peeling and cutting apples, and then I kept looking at the recipe while he was stirring them on the stove. But they turned out lovely, and Olivia came and we all ate the apples and talked for a while.

They left, and then I called my loan company again… and I was able to put my loans into forbearance right over the phone! SO much easier than sending a fax. And now I won’t have to pay $120 every month while I’m here. What a relief!

As I said, the theme of the day was money and its role in my life. I also had other conversations with people that involved this same theme, because my life always seems to work like that. So I decided it was a good idea to listen to "Money Talks" by the Kinks and then fell into a hole of listening to Don McLean and then eventually went to bed.


Posted by the-memorial-electric on 2013-11-11 17:19:19


Homemade Facial Skin Treatment Recipes

Homemade Facial Skin Treatment Recipes

In today’s beauty-conscious society, females have so many alternatives to pick from when it involves the methods of looking physically perfect. They can choose in the variety of procedures and products that promise enticing, yet oftentimes surface, beauty perks.

Yet you see, you don’t really should spend a bunch of money merely to have a smooth and remarkable skin. Availing different sort of procedures and beauty products to make your skin look healthier and younger is vey pricey, specifically if your budget plan is simply minimal. Why spend hundreds of dollars in conventional beauty enhancement routine when you can pamper yourself with all-natural skin treatment procedures at the comfort of your residence?

Homemade skin treatment procedures as a different beauty routine

If you are just one of the gals which enjoy making use of all-natural combinations as a choice for pricey facial procedures and products, then homemade skin treatment is a perfect beauty alternative for you. Other than the reality that homemade skin procedures are cost-effective as compared to the ones supplied at medspas and beauty shops, these treats are additionally secure and easy to do. It is additionally in fact enjoyable doing this sort of beauty routine, specifically if you try it with pals. Homemade beauty treats additionally save you a bunch of time as you no more should go the beauty shop or medspa for skin treatment procedures.

Must-try homemade skin treatment recipes

So if you haven’t tried any homemade skin care procedure in the past, the adhering to are several of the widely recognized all-natural skin treatment recipes that deserve taking a look at:.

1. Facial mask– cucumber/honey/oatmeal.

For a must-try all-natural skin treatment moisturizer, one of the most popular homemade treat is the facial cucumber/honey/oatmeal mask. Just what you need are the adhering to substances:.

* One to two teaspoons of uncooked oatmeal.
* One tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil.
* 1/4 mixed or mashed cucumber.
* One tablespoon of organic honey.

You should combine all the substances together till a thick paste is formed. You can add added olive oil if you prefer a thinner texture. After combining all the substances, you can delicately apply the mask to your face, and wait for 10 to 15 minutes just before rinsing with lukewarm water.

2. Egg white lightening mask.

Now for an all-natural lightening skin care procedure, just what you should certainly try is the egg white mask. The adhering to are the substances you need for the mask.

o One tablespoon honey.
o One a little beaten egg white.
o Two tablespoon unflavored gelatin mix.

In this certain all-natural skin treatment mask, you have to softly beat the egg white till it comes to be frothy. Next is to combine the gelatin and honey together, then include in egg white. After combining all the substances together, you can then apply the mask on your face, and wait for 15 minutes just before rinsing with lukewarm water.

3. Banana yogurt all-natural skin treatment mask.

If you have a bunch of bananas in your cooking area, then try concocting a banana yogurt mask for an all-natural skin care procedure. Below are the substances you need:.

o 1/2 mashed ripe banana.
o One tablespoon organic honey.
o One tablespoon wheatgerm.
o One tablespoon whole milk, simple yogurt.

Once you have all the substances, you should combine them entirely. Apply to the face, then wait for 10 to 15 minutes just before washing off with lukewarm water.

Posted by davidlacruze on 2014-09-30 13:33:07