There is truth to these – I think we used just about all of these last summer.
I love these guys!
Do any of these statements describe you?
If any of these describe you, fear not! I have found a simple solution to cooking on a budget. I think these resources will appeal most to my cohort of millennial generation would-be cooks, but really anyone from single bachelor’s to busy moms who want to eat better and save money can find something here. Great recipes, step-by-step instructions with detailed photos, cost breakdowns for meals (by ingredient and by serving), a “recipe box” to save your favorite recipes, meal planner, and store list right on your smart phone. This two-part combination has everything you need to make yourself a better cook!
1. Budget Bytes
The first part of my combo is the Budget Bytes blog, referred to me by a friend. The wonderful mind behind this site, Beth, pulled me in with her mentality on affordable cooking:
I’m not “cheap” because I do appreciate quality; I just like to be able to have my cake, eat it, AND pay my bills on time.
Her recipes focus on simplicity, affordability, and timeliness. As she says herself, her blog is not meant for professional chefs – instead, she is targeting those of us who grew up in generations where simple home cooked meals may have been a rarity. Each recipe is accompanied by a breakdown of costs and it is easy to see how making that broccoli and cheese sandwich you love saves you real dollars compared to the cafe. And don’t get me started about the visual walkthrough – whereas many recipes leave me dumbfounded with their cooking terms, Budget Bytes cuts through the fog with splendid photo guides!
I have tried several electronic cooking programs to manage my recipes, create shopping lists, and explore new ideas but so far none have compared to Ziplist. With its simple interface and connectivity with Budget Bytes, it took me less than 5 minutes to create an account (email and password only), add a Budget Bytes recipe, put the recipe on my meal calendar, download the android app (there is an iPhone app too), and get a shopping list right on my phone. Plus I linked my meal calendar right to my Google calendar – all the information I need right in one place!
You do not need either of these tools to improve your cooking and start eating better and more affordable, but they sure do help! So if you really want to improve, set to it right now. Find a meal, get your shopping list together, and go to the store after work tomorrow. You can do it!
Same Love came out last July before Referendum 74 in Washington. I have been listening to it for a while now, but the other day it just hit me: this song is representative of so much power. Power in those who wish to oppress people’s rights. Power in stereotypes. Power in expectations. Power in generalization. But more importantly, power in freedom. Power in justice. Power in equality. Power in youth. We will not take it anymore. We will not back down. Change is coming. I know it, because I know us. This will happen.
When I was in the 3rd grade
I thought that I was gay
Cause I could draw, my uncle was
And I kept my room straight
I told my mom, tears rushing down my face
She’s like, “Ben, you’ve loved girls since before Pre-K!”
Tripping, yeah, I guess she had a point, didn’t she?
A bunch of stereotypes all in my head
I remember doing the math, like
“Yeah, I’m good at little league”
A pre-conceived idea of what it all meant
For those that like the same sex had the characteristics…
We are a generation. We are coming.
Not the Lesbian.
Not the Gay.
Not the Bisexual.
Not the Transgender.
Not the Queer.
Not the Questioning.
Not the Intersexual.
Not the Asexual.
Not the Ally.
Not the Pansexual, Omnisexual, Trisexual, Transvestite, Polyamourus. Not the other Stereotypes, Labels, Categories, Definitions.
We are coming. ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRZWXYZ. All. Everyone.
One Love. Same Love.
So Thursday appears to be Seattle’s favorite day – all across the city free events attract crowds and show off the exciting culture of the city. From free museum entry every first Thursday to weekly outdoor movies, Seattle really puts on a show. This Thursday I traveled down to City Hall to watch the weekly concert at noon. This week’s show was a hip-hop/rap performance by Brother from Another, a group of three Seattleites whose passion for their hometown fills their every lyric.
These three guys were brimming with energy and were a blast to watch. You can tell they’re not doing it for anything more than a love of music and performing. Just look at their smiles! Check out Brother from Another on iTunes.
The Script’s New Album #3 is amazing. I am SO EXCITED to see them in concert on August 14th in Auburn, WA. My favorite song, by far, is “If You Could See Me Now”
Two years ago at Relay for Life I asked myself this very question about my grandfather. He never got to see me grow up…I just have to imagine he would be proud. Cancer has a way of making us ask this…