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Empty Egg Cartons

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Since I bake a lot, there tends to be a lot of empty egg cartons in my house. I have come up with some creative ways of using them so that they serve a practical purpose rather than just making some kids craft that will sit around until I think the kids won't mind if I threw them away. 
For the most part I simply went with the idea that these things are disposable and go in our city compost trash bin. 
One of the most common uses I have for the empty carton is to use the lid to hold our table butter. My family uses this to put on their bread or biscuits, and I've always found it handy to have softened butter out. I like to keep the butter in its wrapper to keep anything gross out of the butter. The beauty of using the egg carton as a butter holder is that you can clean your knife on it to prevent crumbs from getting into the butter and if it gets nasty then there is no need to worry about washing it out. The next purpose is probably more common, and that is to use the egg cups as…

Fluffy Pillow

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I only know a handful of people who really love their pillows. The problem is that it seems nice and fluffy at the store. Then over time it gets flat. In the past I have washed my pillow to fluff it back up, but after awhile it doesn't help as much. Typically this means it is time to buy a new pillow, but since we moved to London we have to be careful about what we throw away. Admittedly it has created some inconveniences, but the situation has started some great new habits and creative ways to make things like new.

Anyways, the typical pillow is filled with polyfil stuffing which causes the standard pillow life cycle as described above. Then there is the foam pillows that your head sinks into, but it bounces right back up in about a minute. The problem with these pillows is I just find it uncomfortable to have my head resting in a mold of my head. Perhaps I'm slightly claustrophobic.  As you can see in my pictures, I took some craft foam and cut it up into cubes. To cut the big…

Duck Egg Cookie Experiment

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Living in London we have the chance to buy various foods that we would not normally have access to back in the States. On our last visit to the farmers market I purchased duck eggs. I knew nothing about them, but I was excited about playing around with this new ingredient.

So before I go into the experiment, I thought I would share my research about duck eggs. Duck eggs:

have a thick but fragile outer shell.should replace two chicken eggs in a recipe.have a larger yolk, but the whites are less watery than a chicken egg.got a bad rep for salmonella, so make sure you cook them throughly (runny yolk).yolks have more fat in them than a chicken egg and the whites have more protein.take longer to whisk to a peak, but once you do they get fluffier than chicken eggs.If you are like my family you are dying to know: Which is healthier? Well that is hard to say. The duck egg has more fats from the yolk, more protein from the whites, but also more vitamins compared to the chicken eggs. So I guess…

Organizing Coupons

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I have always had the intention of using coupons, but honestly it seems like so much work. I can get over the time I take at home sorting through them and putting them into categories. I've never had anything against coupons. My mom used to use them all the time. I recall her saving $25 regularly on her groceries. She was very frugal with our food budget as she dragged me to two or three supermarkets on Saturday, which was the only day I'd go because it was free sample day. My mom then took the money she saved and we went out to eat at Friendly's.

The problem comes when I am at the store. I have kids in tow, I'm tired, and I just want to get out of there as soon as possible. See I have the problem where the longer I am in the store the more money I spend on groceries. I'm not sure if the food just jumps off the shelf into my cart, random people walk by and place their unwanted goods into my cart, or if my groceries simply reproduce like rabbits. The problem is alway…