Another Take Out Restaurant Win

Its been a strange week. Busy I guess. Time was not on my side for supper plans tonight, so we ended up eating out. This time KFC.

We do not usually order any of the side salads. No one really likes them so they end up wasted. Instead I order gravy, as one medium dish is not enough for our large family.

When I decided to get KFC, I immediately thought about the gravy packaging. Plastic, as well as the cover. I picked up the phone and spoke to the manager at KFC. I asked if I could bring my own containers for the gravy as our family is cutting out plastic waste at home. To my surprise the answer was yes! Though, they had to use one of the plastic bowls to measure the amount of gravy to put into my dish, “company policy”. I thought one plastic bowl wasted is better than 2 or 3 bowls and lids. 

Once again, we had a waste free take out meal at home!

In case you missed our latest experience, here it is.  McDonald’s plastic free.

Farmer’s Market Trip

My Saturday morning routine starts at the Farmer’s Market. I don’t have any pictures but maybe next week I can bring my tablet to take some. Off the vendors allow their pictures taken. I am a visual person, I would live to show what I get and from who.

I posted about Clohossey Farms a little while back, allowing me to purchase carrots package free. Here is the post relating.

Today, Clohossey Farms had a separate table featuring 2 lb carrots bundled by an elastic, loose potatoes and loose onions! Each in their own basket, for sale individually. I was so happy to see that!!

I bought more apples from Brady’s Farm, and returned an egg carton to the vendor selling local eggs. I am bad with names!

I started, this weekend, to purchase our bacon plastic free from Pleasant Pork. Also a kolbalssa sausage for Chris. No more plastic wraps. Yay!! Bacon is more pricey, $8.00 per lb and kolbalssa $10.00 per lb (I bought $3.00 worth). But, its local, does not travel a long distance, and plastic free.

I also, bought a popcorn bag!! Inspire Essential Oil Heatable Bags. This vendor sells all kinds of cloth bag products.

1/3 cup bag size. I do not recommend jumbo popcorn kernals. They take too long to microwave and burn as well leaving lots unpoped.
She told me start the time less than the instructions, 2.5 minutes to start.
small size popcorn kernels
3:45 minutes in microwave and this bag is full!
Barely any kernels left, same as popcorn machine.

My Farmers market bag. Consists of the sturdy jute bag itself, an extra reusable grocery bag just in case, 4 produce cloth bags, a pencil and paper, 2 paper bags (for soap bars will be reused over and over),  my money pouch, water bottle, bar soap and hand towel and any empty egg cartons go in here to be dropped off asap to the egg vendor. I want to find a long container to use for the bacon. Will start looking for options. I will start brining my own utensils as well incase I end up eating some amazing foods! Me and Alaina had a crepe the other weekend and we got caught up into using plastic forks and knife. I was not pleased. They suck! Also, if I have time, take a break and have a coffee. Take my own mug and spoon and see if the coffee stand will accommodate my request and maybe plant a seed or two. Who knows who may be around to talk to as well!

Our Month Worth of Recyclables

Back in November of 2018, I emptied one of the two blue bags to see what was actually in them. Its good to take a step back and look at the big picture. I have to say, since then, we made a ton of progress! We are down to one bag, keeping in mind, I am keeping good size containers for home storage. Containers such as yogurt (no more news ones though as I make my own), vinegar and oxygen bleach containers (they would make great watering cans for the kids and possible candidates for refillable soaps if I find any stores selling them).

So this day I emptied our bag. I think we are doing quite well. 2 bags of salt for the driveway and walkways, we are on our 3rd. We bought the biggest bag, bulk is best. It would be nice to find a place where I could scoop my own into a few large containers. That will be a goal for next year.

A few balls of foil, not sure where all that came from exactly. I know one ball is from Christmas, the foil wrapped chocolates. We saved as much foil as we could in a container and then wrapped it in a used piece of foil. small balls of foil will not due, they need to be tennis size balls for recycling, so I hear . . . We rarely use foil anymore, so I will have to keep an eye out for the usage.

We have some raspberry clam shells. I do not really have a use for those. I have been keeping the strawberry shells, as they are great storage options such as puzzles. I am also currently using one to hold cleaning supplies such as rubber gloves and old toothbrushes. I must say, we have cut back on the amount of berries we buy. I am focusing on bring naked fruit home as much as possible and getting the kids to try new fruits. I would say we cut back on berries by half.

K-cups are currently still used. My husband has not made the switch to reusable k-cups. Though I know it is on his mind. To keep these pods out of landfill (hopefully), we purchase the kind that has the recyclable symbol. Though, take note, the pod itself is not recyclable. Here on PEI, Waste Watch Management can not recycle these pods as there is still plastic attached and the filter. Those will highly contaminate a recycling load. With agreement from Waste Watch Management, I cut the top off the K-cup pods. The cover goes to waste and the filter and coffee grinds go to compost. Check out this link to see my process. At least the pods have a chance to be recycled instead of put into landfill.

Lots of milk cartons. lots of milk covers and pull tabs. I was wondering if it would be better to buy the 1 L of milk to avoid the caps and tabs, but that would result in more cartons and more money spent out of our pockets. I am not sure which is best.

In this bag, there was a body wash container from Dove. It finally got finished this past month, and I rinsed it out the best I could. I could not believe the odor from that container. So strong. I am not used to fragrances anymore and I find I am getting sensitive to them. Chokes me up and my skin gets super dry if there is contact. Today I picked that container up out of the bin, and then placed it back in the bin after I took the pictures. I had a hard time washing the odor off my hands!!! I washed 3 times and scrubbed with a cloth, but it still lingered on my skin. I don’t know how we washed out whole bodies in that stuff! My mind is blown.

I decided at last minute to keep a few bags and a vinegar container that mysteriously ended up in the blue bag. Two yogurt containers and a Nutella container will be staying as well. 

My storage space for containers. Lots of yogurt ones. I use these for powdered products from Bulk Barn as well as coffee. Cloth bags do not work very well for those. Messy and the powder sticks to the type of fabric I use. The coffee smell seeps into nearby products when using cloth bags. I do love my van smelling like coffee on my drive home, but not so much eating almonds for example and tasting coffee! Lol!!

Jack, my good helper.

Dishwasher

So, recently I have switched to using Nature Clean Dishwasher powder detergent. I have been fining the dishes have a residue. So I tried a little less detergent. That seemed to help some, but not so much in the glasses. Though I don’t find it is getting worse.

I also found that the dishes were not coming out clean. Dried foods bits, like potatoes, were still there. Our dish washer is old. The water pressure is not great with it and there are other issues in this old house. So I was not sure to blame the dishwasher or the detergent. The detergent seemed to work fine when I tried it as a trial for a few days about month or two ago.

Today as I was unloading the dishes, I noticed there was still some detergent left in the dispenser. Also a one dish was not at all clean and it was facing down, where the water surly would spray it. No doubt about that. But it was still completely dirty.

So I decided to take the dishwasher apart a little. I did not want to go to far, as I think, I may loose my way. Haha. I only really found the the bottom of the door was super dirty. I got that cleaned up. Put it back together as I thought, me and Chris can tackle the rest another time in the evening.

I through in a bunch of vinegar and baking soda. Set the washer to quick rinse with the dirty dish inside. And yes, it got rinsed! Yay. But, when I opened the door mid waymthe cycle, I noticed the water was not spraying out of the spinning blades very much. Maybe a couple inches high. And the rotating blade on top was not moving fast either.

So there you have it. We seen this before, took the washer apart right down and gave it a good cleaning. Worked fine until recently. And when I think about it, I can remember hearing the water spurting around the washer, loud, like it should be.

I’m happy to learn that I don’t necessarily need to switch detergents!!!

I was trying to use vinegar in the rinse aid, but I think it is plugged. Not sure how to clean that or even empty it. I’m not even sure where the rinse aid comes out of during the rinse cycle. I did find a bunch of plugged up holes (vents?) on the bottom of the door. Not sure if that is the area for the rinse aid to come out of . . .

Anyways, deep clean coming soon to our washer.

Oh yea, and, I found a tsp and 2 plastic spoons Thomas used to use (not for the past 8 months or so) trying to fit their way down the slotted drain. Oh dear!!

DIY Deodorant Tryout #2

Trying this DIY deodorant recipe again, January 6th.

I recently read an article that says you should detox from store bought deodorant for several weeks before switching to a natural (DIY) kind. It can cause irritation and other problems. When I first tried this recipe 3 or 4 months ago, two days later I was inflamed and itchy.

So here we go!

Update January 17th, 2019

This homemade deodorant is awesome!!! No irritation!! I guess it goes to show to take several weeks without deodorant before trying a DIY kind.

So I emptied one of my old deodorants from its case. Put the deodorant in a container marked, Hazard. As those cleaning and beauty products are not supposed to be disposed in your house hold garbage. Good question here: why do we lather ourselves in hazardous products?!

Once emptied I let the case and other parts soak I  warm soapy water. They got a good scrubbing with an old toothbrush and paintbrush in hard to reach areas. Though, I could not take away the old product smell.

Once dried, I put the case back together and and unwinded it so the inside platform was at the bottom of the case. Then I scooped my homemade deodorant inside, gently pushing it to the bottom. Once full pack it gently so it is well compressed. Put on the cover and your good to go!

The coconut oil melts quickly once applied, so I recommend half turns of the deodorant stick, so you don’t get an overabundance of product.

You could easily must skip the deodorant case and store the product in a container and apply with your fingers.

Also, if your shirt rubs on the product, you will get white smudges on the clothing, which can be washed.

Update, January 24, 2019

DIY deodorant still a go!! Super happy!

Harvey Wallbangers

Last night Chris took a trip to the liqure store. Not for beers but liqure. He could not remember the last time he bought that!

We are 10 years married, November 15th, 2008, and have not been able to share the experience together of having a few drinks! Except that one time on our 1st anniversary!

Reason being, firstly, we were set up by our moms! Not in a bar or party. Our moms. Sweet! We moved in together here in Summerside and shortly after our first pregnancy happened and engagement! What a happy time! Would not change a thing! Nothing!

So that being said, I was not drinking while pregnant. I was not drinking while breastfeeding either. That only lasted about 6 months and formula was used. So our first anninversary we went out together in Charlottetown at Baba’s bar. This was the last time I drank with Chris!

Sometime after, pregnancy #2! Breastfeeding for a year. Pregnancy #3, #4, and #5 and breastfeeding each child, each with a 2-3 month window of not pregnant or breastfeeding in between. Not much time for any fun!

So here we are, year 10. I’m not pregnant. I’m not nursing. I got some freedom! We were low on grocery items and did not have the ingredients to make my favourite drink, Bahama Mamas. We thought about my dad and a memorable drink he makes. Harvey Wallbangers!

We each had 4 drinks! 8 shots of liqure each. Within an hour or two. I don’t really remember. Oh what fun!! We talked and talked and laughed and laughed! Oh the social we were missing all these years! I was pretty tipsy! But not overly, well kind of. Hahaha.

Oh yes! I have to mention this! I was laughing so much, I pulled a muscle (or ligament) in my neck! Right beside my throat! Hahaha!!! It hurt to swallow and talk. But it was so funny!

Thank you Chris for giving me a great night! Xoxo

Full Days Work Ahead

  • Regular house chores –on the go . . . Sort of.
  • Laundry –on the go
  • Bake bread –Done!
  • Make sacks with the sewing machine. got some done!!
  • Supposed to tidy kids bedrooms. Jack and Julia’s room done.
  • Super =Beef Stew. – stewing!
    Bread and sub buns!
Jack and Julia’s room tidied. Took a box of toys out too. Still so much!
Couple more loads then done.
Yummy!!!
Sewing machine I borrowed. Lost the thread a couple times, learned how to redo the bobbin thread and load it! Yes!
Bags I made so far. Only takes a couple minutes to make one. If that! More material to choose from soon!