Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Frugal Doings: June 7th, 2016

Remember this series and this notebook?

I've given the notebook a face lift as you can see in the new picture below and added several more 'things I make instead of buy' recipes to it.

(I used old calendar pictures to redo the cover as well as the dividers inside the notebook in the new picture.)

I also made up a big batch of one of the 'all purpose' cleaner recipes I have in it ... Miracle Spray.

This gallon 'milk jug' full should be enough to last for a while and I am happy to say that
 I had everything on hand to make it. (Milk jugs are good for more than just holding milk!)




Do you have a specific place where you keep your 'I can make it instead of buy it' type recipes/methods?


patsi
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13 comments:

  1. Patsy, Your cover is adorable!

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  2. I love the cover Patsy! Yes I have books I keep all my ideas and cut outs in. I started them when I was 14 and have kept everyone. All my recipes, methods and ideas are in them. I don't keep magazines etc just the few pages I want to keep and then they are all in one spot.
    When I need a bit of inspiration I get my books out. Saying that just now I need to have a glue in session as I have saved a big pile of recipes!
    Its raining here... Im inside cooking and keeping warm! Hope you are having a great week! xxx

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    1. Annabel, Thank you! Sounds like you have lots of inspiration. I bet it's fun to look back over the older ones. Stay dry and enjoy your day at home! I love those kind of days too!

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  3. Hi Patsy,
    I subscribe to your blog and have read your posts for quite some time, but very rarely comment. Yes, I keep a special DIY book. It is a purple holographic hard cover notebook (I can always find it amongst my other papers. *laugh*) I have recipes for food items in one half of the book (like my Homemade seasonings, homemade sauce mixes, homemade granola, Bisquick,etc.) Then you flip the book end over end, and I have recipes for non-food DIY's, like all my cleaners, weed killer, windshield washer fluid, etc. I make as much as I can from scratch. If it is a winning recipe, it goes into the purple book. I save a lot of money by making my own. BTW, your Miracle Spray is the same as mine (from Wendy) I keep my favourite dinner recipes that I gather from these budgeting websites and blogs in a binder. I am enjoying your blog, even though I don't comment, and we read a lot of the same blogs I have noticed. Keep up the great work.

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    1. Susan, that's a good idea about flipping the notebook over for non food DIY's. Thank you for commenting and for your words of encouragement.

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  4. Dear Patsy,
    This is such a good idea. I need to get so many recipes off of my Pinterest page and onto paper but have been putting it off. Thanks for the inspiration! Your new cover from calendar pages looks fantastic.
    With love, Kelsey

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    1. Kelsey, I still have a few recipes on Pinterest that I need to add to my notebook too! Thanks for the reminder!

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  5. Hi Patsy, your folder refurb looks great. I have two folders. Both have inserts to separate various recipe or ideas files. Each folder has a material cover that I made and can be easily removed and placed on a new folder. My foodie folder has a fabric with olive oil labels all over it and my DIY folder is blue denim with animals I appliqued onto it. The blue denim folder cover would be close to 10 years old. As each folder contains plastic sleeves, it's easy to add new ideas. I tend to paste/glue recipes onto a page to give stability. Many ideas or recipes I handwrite and then place in one of the folders. It's a handy and neat way to keep my ideas contained within a reasonable space.

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    1. Jane, the fabric covers are a good idea and their washable should they get dirty!

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  6. I am sorry Patsy but when I click on 'this series' it only shows the same June 6 , 2016 post I had been at. :) I don't remember this post so wanted to refresh my memory! I sure liked the idea of flipping the book for other ideas too! Thank you. sarah

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    1. Sarah, I clicked on it and it took me to the page ... did you scroll on down? The other posts in this series are below the first one.

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  7. Can I ask where you found the "non-water-soluble" eucalyptus oil for the Miracle Spray? I haven't found a good source here in New England.
    Thanks, Sue

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