Quote of the week: Have nothing in your houses which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. – William Morris
I love this quote. Taken the right way, it gives us an excuse to keep all the things! Or get rid of them, depending on how you look at it.
This week my munchkins are doing a morning summer camp, so I’ve had more time for getting myself into random projects around the house. One of the big ones was cleaning our the munchkin closets in preparation for the new school year.
I’ve been setting aside outgrown clothes for an upcoming children’s resale, and soon I’ll be able to drop off all of our stuff. I’m so excited to get rid of the extras that have been lying around the house. But, I must say it makes me sad to look through all of the cute clothes the munchkins have outgrown.
I know it’s against all popular decluttering and organizing rules, but I’m saving this shirt. It’s the cutest and the “best-est.”
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I’ve been toying around with the idea of buying one of these storage bag openers for a while now, but I thought I could figure out a way to do the same thing with kitchen tongs.
I was wrong about the kitchen tongs idea.
These baggie openers are on sale as an add-on item for $3.99. I’m biting the bullet and buying one while it’s on sale. Will report back with results!
Clarified Butter/Ghee Experiment
We started using clarified butter last year when I did the Whole30. Clearly, we have strayed from our healthy Whole30 eating habits, but our love of clarified butter has remained.
It’s great for cooking, and people who have dairy sensitivities can tolerate it better than regular butter. I like it because it’s easier to spread than regular butter, and I can talk myself into believing I’m being healthy by using it.
I’d been buying clarified butter at Trader Joe’s at $3.99/8ozs. That’s not a bad price, but of course, I wondered if I could do it for cheaper.
It turns out you can make clarified butter in your slow cooker. I tried it, and it works! I used about $5 worth of unsalted butter, and made 32 ounces of clarified butter. We’re set for a few months!
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Something Cute. Is It Useful?
This aqua bread box is just about as cute as can be. However, it’s not on sale, and the aqua color (which I love) is more expensive than the other color options.
In the interest of thriftiness and financial responsibility, I’m waiting this one out. At least until I’ve earned enough Swagbucks to get an Amazon gift card that will pay for it.
But I’ll be watching the price on it!
Do you have a bread box? Do you actually use it? Does it work better than using a plastic baggie?
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