Step Into The Living Room…It’s Oh-So-Civilized!

The Living Room at FAU* is as comfortable as your own. Oh, wait…it might be even better! Comfy lounge seating √, gourmet kitchen √, full bar with crystal glass service √, popcorn in porcelain trendy square bowls √, barista coffees √, desserts, including gelato √ and fun concession stand items.

And did I forget to mention it’s a movie theater showing art films? OMG, I loved it! And there could be one near you…that is if you live in Boca Raton, FL or  Portland, Oregon. Read More

Cannellini Bean Spread on Rustic Toast

I started pureeing white beans (and black beans) a while back and have featured them many times on these pages. Often they are the pillow on which a piece of meat or fish rests. In that application, they do double duty…they’re a tasty legume and they’re a silky sauce.

After I did it the first time, I was hooked. Think about it…it’s much more attractive and satisfying than a scoop of beans on your plate. :)

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Through My Lens

These days I do not leave the house without my camera because I’ve become involved in the world of photo challenges. What are photo challenges? They’re personal challenges in a public forum based on a group theme. No reward/prize offered. Just a new community to engage in. And, I love that it stretches my mind and opens my eyes. Every day!

I’ve added a new category called “challenges” under my FOTOS page (above). Take a look…perhaps it’ll inspire you to join up or do something similar. I plan to feature some of the 365 photos in my blog’s sidebar when I think they’re particularly interesting, like today (day 27). The complete work will be available on flickr though the link provided.

A New Way to Save Money at the Supermarket

See this powdery white stuff sitting on a spoon? It can save you money. And, no, it’s nothing I’ve been mis-using in any manner to create some drug-induced delusion. But I am on a high!

It’s corn starch. And it’s magical.

I read somewhere that the best glass and mirror cleaner was 2 tablespoons of corn starch mixed with 1 quart of water. Being frustrated with the streaks that even the best (highest priced) cleaners left, I decided to try it. I’ve been experimenting for several weeks before going public with the news…it really works! 

I’ve been using the solution:
• in the shower;
• around the bathroom sink basin/countertop, faucets;
• all glass tables;
• mirrors;
• kitchen countertops;
• stove top;
• stainless steel work table;
• and to clean the inside of the refrigerator.

It was working everywhere so, today, I gingerly sprayed some on a cloth and wiped down leather furniture and even passed it over the wood. And I can’t wait to try it as a spray starch when I iron. OMG, did I say that? Maybe I am inhaling some because I never, ever said that before! I mean, really, not ever!

My Research
I looked at several brands of corn starch in the supermarket and, interestingly, not one of them has ‘household cleaning’ as a suggested use, so I looked on the internet and found this website that says corn starch is one of the lesser known natural cleaning agents. 

How Much You Can Save
The highest priced corn starch was Argo at $1.69 for 1 lb.; most others were about $1.29. If more mathematical minds than me can figure out how many tablespoons of corn starch are in 1 lb., then divide that by 2 (2 tablespoons) to figure out how many quarts of solution can be made, I’d love to know. I’m thinking a lot. 

Meantime, as comparison, this could be your savings (x how many times a year you buy these products) versus a $1.50 or less for corn starch.

Arm & Hammer All Purpose Cleaner, 32 ozs. $2.99
Sprayway Stainless Steel Cleaner, 15 ozs. $4.19
Windex, 26 ozs. $2.99
Arm & Hammer Shower Spray, 32 ozs. $2.49
Weinman Leather Wipes, 30 sheets, $3.19
Pledge, 16 ozs. $4.29

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather spend my money in the wine aisle! And it’s so empowering to not buy in (figuratively and literally) to the hype. Let’s save money and help the planet.

I invite you to share any similar tips in the comments section of this post.