Links For 16 June 2008

[Doughnut muffins](
: A best-of-both-worlds recipe. Taste of doughnuts, ease of muffins.

[Luscious lemon slices](
: Recipe from “Mix & Bake” by Belinda Jeffery.

[The cheapest fruits and vegetables month-by-month](
: Month-by-month lists of seasonal fruits and vegetables.

[The best time to buy everything](
: Lists of when common foods and household items are generally on sale. (In-season foods, closeout household items.)

[Ten dollar meals](
: A variety of meal plans for under ten dollars.

: A cross-referenced code library of Open Source PHP projects.

Links For 23 May 2008

[Beginner sourdough loaf](
: Recipe that focuses on getting sourdough flavor without the slow-rise sourdough technique.

[Vedic mathematics](
: Algorithms for arithmetic.

: Regular expression generator for multiple programming languages.

[Hillbilly housewife](
: A recipe site focusing on low-cost cooking from scratch.

[An old-fashioned education](
: A directory of free homeschool curricula, literature, and text books.


Bloom’s store-brand bread is up to $1.89 per loaf from $1.69 per loaf. I spent several minutes at the meat counter figuring out how to get the biggest bang for my buck from the orange-tagged packages. Even tortilla chips are more expensive.

I’m a lot more careful about using up leftovers.

Liquid laundry detergent


6 C water
1/3 bar Fels-Naptha soap, grated fine
1/2 C washing soda, not baking soda
1/2 C borax
6 C hot water
2 gallon bucket with a lid


  1. Mix Fels-Naptha soap in a saucepan with 6 C of water. Heat on low until dissolved. Stir in washing soda and borax. Continue to stir until the mixture thickens, and then remove from heat.
  2. Add one quart of hot water to the bucket. Pour in soap mixture, and mix until completely combined. It should be a light yellow color. Fill the rest of the bucket with hot water, and mix well.
  3. Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens. Use 1/41/2 C of mixture per load of laundry, depending on size and soiling of load.