Category Archives: Food

Money Management?

Hey you!? 😉

There’s a few possible reasons you may have clicked to read this blog. You’re either in debt and trying to manage your funds and got a little curious, or you’re a subscriber (yes, YouTube terminology *sigh* lol). Either way, both reasons got you here for a good reason and I want nothing more than to share my “TipsforZip” with you! ^_^

First things first, you want to get your finances in order. Times may be tough, but it’s ESSENTIAL to everything you intend on doing from here on out. Let’s face it, with stinky credit and a buck to your name, there’s not much else for you to choose from economically IE: cars, homes, food

Spend In Moderation

Spend in moderation
Spend in moderation.

Be sure to keep track of your spending habits. Try making separate envelopes each labeled with where it’s going. Example: [Rent] {Car} [School] {Daycare} [Living expenses] so on and so fourth. Add money to each envelope every week or two weeks depending on when you get paid, so by the end of the month, each slot will be filled with what you need and what ever is left over can be put towards saving etc. The better your financial savings, the better quality essentials to life, you can have. Some may understand the foods in which they consume on a daily and where it’s really coming from. You’ll be able to research and then after make a more sound judgement on what is safest and healthier for you and your family. Invest in only the things in life that assist you in greatness. Organic is not as expensive as some may think, especially if you have the option to plant or buy baby fruit and veggie plants to grow (if you have the time I might add) ;-).

Paying off Debt

Paying off debt
Paying off debt

Now this is one of the more common stresses in gathering funds [lol]. Even if you have just a penny after paying off all of your bills…SAVE IT! Every little bit counts for something. If you have overdraft fees of $60 and a student loan or credit card bill of $300, try and reduce the bill with the highest amount. If ever in a situation like that where each debt is critical and demands are higher for payout, (especially if being charged fees left and right) then address the higher priced one first and try paying it off in chunks. If it’s something more mediocre like an overdue library book verses a utility bill, clearly…take care of your utility bill first. You need water, electricity,  and things of that nature to survive…that will be your top priority. Paying in moderation also helps your credit score when they see you’re consistent and pay you debt in a timely manner.

Organization

Organization
Organization

Ah yes, it can get really tedious if you’ve let things pile up. Whether it be your home, your office, your desk or locker at school…please ensure that your work and or living space is tidy! Stress comes with uncleanliness too. You can’t focus, you can’t work properly and everything becomes a distraction. Worrying about how to get everything done at once and still have time for yourself. Just like money, you have to organize the way you live. It’s also an essential to getting things done productively and efficiently. A few extras dishes in the sink? Clean it up. Papers and pencils or kid toys all over your desk at home? Clean it up. Room all out of place and smelling not too fresh? [Lol] Yes…clean it UP! 😉 I assure you, you’ll not only feel better but you’ll do better and look better because your up keep is inside and out. Take control of your life and live it well. That does not mean run a muck and do things you may regret 10-20 years down the line [haha]. It just means to keep it safe, clean, and stress free. For the parents reading, this is also a wonderful tip and bundle of tools you can teach your kid(s). Get it instilled in them while they’re still young and impressionable, so as adults these things will already be a “must do” in their day to day. Much harder to get through to the stubborn ones as they age [haha]. 🙂

I hope this has been helpful to and for you. Please if you wish to share any of my blogs, keep all present information including my name, in the post when and or if you decide to share it. Leave your thoughts below I look forward to reading them! ^_^

Until next time….

-Jumblez

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What’s so great about FLAX SEEDS?

Hello again readers! 🙂

I’m sure this is a very COMMON topic among the masses [hehe], but I wanted to shed a little light on it from my point of view. Provided there will be facts to validate the majority of them ;-). For those unaware of what flax seeds (also known as common flax or linseed) are, they’re basically seeds derived from the plant (binomial name: Linum usitatissimum). Tiny brown seeds, some golden brown, and the other is a darker brown. The darker pigmented seeds seem to carry more omega -3, being a little more beneficial in that sense. Reminding me of that quote “the darker the berry, the sweeter the juice”. Lol! Seems to apply in a many of circumstances regarding food etc (wheat bread, berries, flax seeds, black or brown rice, black tea, black beans,fruits) I found this site and a few others to be rather beneficial {http://www.first30days.com/living-healthier/articles/dark-foods-nutrition-champs.html}. According to Wiki, “It is native to the region extending from the eastern Mediterranean to India and was probably first domesticated in the Fertile Crescent.” 

Flax seeds are EXTREMELY beneficial and a good source of essential fatty acids, such as calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorous, vitamin E, and are also a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids as stated above 😉 . Aside from seeds, it also comes packaged as ground also known as flax seed meal. Usually used in smoothies, food etc. There’s also flax seed oil which is a colorless to yellowish oil obtained from the dried ripe seeds of the flax plant. There are a variety of different ways flax seeds/meal/oil can be used.

WAYS FLAX SEEDS CAN BE USED:

  • Flax seeds can be used as a hair gel. By boiling about 1/4 cup of flax seeds in a pot of 2 cups of water. Constantly stir and check to see if the water has become the right thickness and level of consistency that you want it. You can either extract the gel by pouring it into a knee high that’s been placed into a small container of some sort, and using plastic tongs to glide it out into the container. Don’t squeeze it like you would a tea bag, but more as though you were putting a frosting covered butter knife in between your fingers and sliding the frosting off. Except, it’s tongs and not your fingers. The second way is to use a cheesecloth or a wired strainer the kind with the very fine holes. Extract the gel, allow it to cool down and add any essential oils you’d like. I love using lavender and lemon grass along with drops of vitamin E.
  • They have a sweet, nutty flavor. When boiled and whipped with apple juice, they make a great binder and leavening in baked goods, in place of eggs.
  • Flax seeds alone can have a laxative effect on the body and so should be consumed in moderation. Many vegans enjoy them daily for the Omega-3 benefits.
  • The tiny brown seeds  are sometimes added to cereals. They are prone to rancidity and must be stored in the freezer.
  • Flaxseed oil has been found to be beneficial for those who suffer from Crohn’s Disease and Colitis. Several studies have found that this oil seems to be able to calm the inner lining of the inflamed intestines. There’s also  a high content of mucilage in flax and this is an effective natural laxative.
  • Flaxseed oil is beneficial in helping to reduce high cholesterol (not by itself, it must be added into your diet regimen). Lowers the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure.Flaxseed oil also helps to:
    1. Reduce the risk of cancer.
    2. Aid in the growth of healthy hair and nails.
    3. Promote healthy skin.
    4. Reduce menopause symptoms.
    5. Play a role in burning body fat.

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These are just a few of the great ways flax seeds can be used. Some people with Sjogren’s syndrome (a dryness of the eyes), flaxseed oil helps to improve this condition. All in all, you can’t go wrong with flax seeds, it really is helpful in a number of ways. I love using it as my hair gel! If you have curly hair, it really helps to define them. I hope you’ve taken something helpful from my post today, feel free to discuss such below in the comment section. Until next time….

-Jumblez

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Baking Bread From Scratch

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Hello again readers,

I’m back after a long delay. I had to revise my text here at WordPress for policy purposes, so I have not forgotten about you all. 🙂 Be sure to check out my website listed in my profile for that, and links to my other blog will be provided.

Moving along…. [hehe] I LOVE to cook and bake and plant when I can on my free time.  I baked this in March I believe, and don’t quite recall the exact measurements I used so bare with me here lol. The ingredients are pretty basic and simple. Reminds me of Amish bread in a way.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1/3 cup White Sugar
  • 2 -1/4 tsp of Active Dry Yeast
  • 3/4 tsp of Salt
  • 2 tbsp of Vegetable oil (I heard coconut oil works as a great preservative instead)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl ( I love using the stainless steel, I can manipulate the dough better for some odd reason) dissolve the sugar in warm water.  Then add and stir in the yeast. Allow the yeast to sit about 15 minutes or until it produces a creamy foam.
  2. Add the salt and oil to the yeast. Mix the flour into the bowl 1 cup at a time.  Knead the dough onto a lightly floured surface until it’s smooth and no longer sticking to your hands or the surface, but still flexible-not stiff. Place in a well oiled bowl turning it to coat the dough. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp hand towel and let sit for about an hour to double in size.
  3. Punch the dough down to remove the air pockets and continue kneading it down for a few minutes and divide in half based on how many loaves you’d like to make and if you’ve added to the ingredients measurements. Place into two well oiled 9 x 5 inch loaf pans (I didn’t have one so I simply molded the dough and placed it in the oven as is hehe) Let it rise for about 30 minutes until it’s risen an inch above the pans.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, and you’re done! 🙂

I hope this has been of some kind of help to someone out there trying to make homemade sweet buttery bread (coat the tops of the bread with REAL butter and yum!) I’ve tried butter and jam with my bread it’s delicious! My bread lasted about a week or so.  Make sure to wrap it up in plastic wrap, I stored it in the fridge to try and preserve it longer but I suppose you can leave it out in like a bread container as well. Maybe I’ll try making wheat bread next yummy! Provided are a few pictures I’ve decided to share with you all to show how mine turned out for the first time in a long time since my Amish bread last year or so…

Until next time 😉

-Jumblez

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Growing Cucumbers & Tomatoes

Hello again and welcome readers!

I just briefly wanted to share my experience with growing cucumbers and tomatoes from home. I initially wanted to begin this little journey, because I missed planting, and watching them grow. My mom used to ALWAYS have plants at home, and me and my brother got to name them each and learn their purposes. Of course being as young as we were, we gave them Pokemon names, haha! Those were the good ole days. The living room was full of beautiful green plants all different shapes, shades, textures, and sizes. We had pets back then during various times in our lives, this in particular time we owned an angora Egyptian cat. Beautiful long fluffy white fur, so sweet and so smart! Unfortunately we had to give him away :-(, but I mention Egypt (our cat) because he loved nibbling on the plants (which let us know he was getting sick) a lot of the plants are known to aid the ill.

So any who ->before I get off topic here lol….

I’ve been learning to plant since 1st grade when they had you do a project on growing the Lima bean in a plastic bag with a moist paper towel….ah them days lol. We even had eggs hatched and they were the cutest little baby chicks ever. Such a fun experience! So, for these many reasons, I’ve been really interested in the concept of life, and being able to contribute to it in the best of ways. Plus, I found it to be such a financial relief, to have your own mini garden with the essentials you need, verses paying for something with an unknown origin. *wink wink* (Haha)….So  I started my cucumbers, they were growing just fine as you’ll see in the video, but I transferred them improperly I think and didn’t know to remove the old soil from the mini cup it was in, when entering into fresh new soil. The pot was also too big and didn’t have any holes at the bottom to allow air to circulate and for it to properly drain. The tomatoes, one night I left them on top of the damp soil beside the cucumbers (yes the pot was big enough to fit everything lol) and I slept forgetting to remove it. How unfortunate when I came back to find mold creeping up the sides. They were too young to be transferred and really had been growing much more than it shows in this clip. I was so sad they both were dying and felt a bit guilty. :-/

In short, I will be more prepared for next time, and theirs tons of information out there available to everyone. I wanted to get a feel for things first I guess (impatient ole me). I hope you’ve enjoyed the video, and my blabbering lol. Be sure to keep up with future postings.

Jumblez

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