Friday, June 29, 2007

Free Weekend Fun

It's coming up to the weekend (TGIF!!) and you may be looking for something to do, but saying "I'm such a poor college kid hobo, I just can't pay for this shit!". In my efforts to try to entertain my child without breaking the bank, I have discovered many a trick/tip to find free community events and entertainment.

- Look in your local newspaper (most can be found online, which negates the need to actually buy the paper) events section/calendar.
- Check your local news stations' websites for "community listings"
- Craigslist! Find your city and see what's going on in the events section.
- Go to your town's (and surrounding town's, depending on how far you're willing to go) website, or your state's tourism website. They will more than likely have listing for events that you can sift through.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Freezing and YOUR CREDIT!

Yes, you CAN freeze the following items:

- Milk! Freeze it in it's own container. Switch it to the refrigerator about two days before you'll need it, and by the time you do, it will be ready to pour. It may still have some ice chunks in it, but those will eventually melt. Shake it up before using.

- Old brown bananas! Ew, right? Well, just throw them in the freezer and pull one out about 30 minutes before you're ready to make a smoothie (reference the post "Recipes to Live By"). It will thaw just enough so that you can slit the skin with a knife and squeeeeeze it out into the blender to use as your fruit (or one of your fruits) for the smoothie.

- Pancakes! You might think they'll turn out rubbery when reheated, but I've worked on for a while, and have formulated 2 ways so that they turn out (almost) as good the second time 'round.
Method 1: place pancakes on a plate on the microwave. Heat for 20 to 30 seconds at a time, turning pancakes over between each 20 to 30 second interval. This avoids the "wetness" under the pancake (EW!) that you'd otherwise get when using the microwave.
Method 2: micro the pancakes for 30 seconds to 1 minute (depending on how many - you want to make sure there aren't any solidly frozen parts), and then place in a toaster oven (I suppose you could also use the regular toaster) for a few minutes. With this method, they'll be a little "toasted" on top, which I never find is a problem!
Yum yum, pancakes!

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