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Simply Rurban http://thriftyandgreen.com/blogs/pamela-pinto-sessions Living rurally in and urban setting. Sharing traditions, how-to's recipes, crafts & life. en Egg And Cheese Breakfast Casserole http://thriftyandgreen.com/blogs/simply-rurban/egg-and-cheese-breakfast-casserole <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-feed-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_feed_image" width="450" height="338" alt="" src="http://thriftyandgreen.com/sites/default/files/Egg-cheese-casserole-done.jpg?1395846396" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This week Stella had the first round of her State Testing (SOL) and she was very nervous about the tests to say the least.&nbsp; An email went out the parents asking if they would bring in items so that all the kids would have a &ldquo;good&rdquo; breakfast before a day of testing.&nbsp; I was not going to participate until I saw what the menu was &ndash; lots of fruit and then bagels, muffins,</p> <p><a href="http://thriftyandgreen.com/blogs/simply-rurban/egg-and-cheese-breakfast-casserole" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles Recipe Listing Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:00:45 +0000 Simply Rurban 9383 at http://thriftyandgreen.com Toilet Paper Seed Pots http://thriftyandgreen.com/blogs/simply-rurban/toilet-paper-seed-pots <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-feed-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_feed_image" width="450" height="377" alt="" src="http://thriftyandgreen.com/sites/default/files/TP-pot-filled.jpg?1395329640" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This past weekend was glorious and truly gave me the itch to get my hands dirty and thoughts of gardening filled my head.&nbsp; So glad I spent all day Saturday out in the sun, since Sunday the weather turned and we had snow and ice that continued into Monday.&nbsp; My seeds have been sitting on my kitchen counter reminding me daily as I walked by them.&nbsp; Each weekend I had good intentions </p> <p><a href="http://thriftyandgreen.com/blogs/simply-rurban/toilet-paper-seed-pots" target="_blank">read more</a></p> articles Green Lifestyle DIY Projects Gardening Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:00:02 +0000 Simply Rurban 9366 at http://thriftyandgreen.com Make Your Own Laundry Detergent! http://thriftyandgreen.com/blogs/simply-rurban/make-your-own-laundry-detergent <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-feed-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_feed_image" width="450" height="415" alt="" src="http://thriftyandgreen.com/sites/default/files/Laundry-detergent-in-jars.jpg?1394636047" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I am very sensitive to many ingredients in &ldquo;traditional&rdquo; laundry detergent and so is my daughter. I can go somewhere and if they use a detergent that I am sensitive to, usually by early in the day I have a rash where the sheets rubbed against my skin during the night. The same thing will happen with towels and clothes washed in detergents that I am sensitive to.</p> <p><a href="http://thriftyandgreen.com/blogs/simply-rurban/make-your-own-laundry-detergent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> articles Green Lifestyle DIY Projects Green Cleaning How To Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:00:18 +0000 Simply Rurban 9346 at http://thriftyandgreen.com Mini Apple Crisps http://thriftyandgreen.com/blogs/simply-rurban/food-stamp-challenge-week-3-mini-apple-crisps <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-feed-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_feed_image" width="450" height="338" alt="" src="http://thriftyandgreen.com/sites/default/files/Challenge-apple-crisp-done.jpg?1393434433" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Almost every night Stella and I say over and over again &ndash; I want something or my stomach is hungry.&nbsp; Not that we had dessert every night before the challenge, but we did indulge a couple of times a week.&nbsp; To have something sweet at the end of the day after a good meal is very satisfying.&nbsp; Dessert is one thing both of us miss, even though I am the sweet tooth in the house &amp;n</p> <p><a href="http://thriftyandgreen.com/blogs/simply-rurban/food-stamp-challenge-week-3-mini-apple-crisps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles Recipe Listing Healthy Snacks Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:00:56 +0000 Simply Rurban 9269 at http://thriftyandgreen.com Peach And Blueberry Coffee Cake http://thriftyandgreen.com/blogs/simply-rurban/peach-and-blueberry-coffee-cake <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-feed-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_feed_image" width="450" height="404" alt="" src="http://thriftyandgreen.com/sites/default/files/P-B-coffee-cake-served.jpg?1391703754" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Our last game night my contribution to the pot luck was dessert. I couldn&#39;t think of what I wanted to make, but I knew I wanted a new recipe. With the cold dreary weather we have been having I wanted something that reminded me of summer. I knew I had some peaches and blueberries in the freezer from summer picking, so decided it needed to be something that incorporated both.</p> <p><a href="http://thriftyandgreen.com/blogs/simply-rurban/peach-and-blueberry-coffee-cake" target="_blank">read more</a></p> articles Recipe Listing Desserts Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:00:12 +0000 Simply Rurban 9200 at http://thriftyandgreen.com Chili With Sweet Potato and Cocoa http://thriftyandgreen.com/blogs/simply-rurban/chile-with-sweet-potato-and-cocoa <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-feed-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_feed_image" width="450" height="338" alt="" src="http://thriftyandgreen.com/sites/default/files/Chili-crock-pot.jpg?1391010397" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have never really liked chili &ndash; or so I thought.&nbsp; Lately I have been having chili at other people&rsquo;s houses and instead of saying I don&rsquo;t like chili &ndash; I have been venturing out and taking whole bowls full.&nbsp; I decided it might be time for me to make a pot of chili at home &ndash; vegetarian, of course, for Stella to have some.&nbsp; Looking at different recipes</p> <p><a href="http://thriftyandgreen.com/blogs/simply-rurban/chile-with-sweet-potato-and-cocoa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> articles Articles Recipe Listing Dinners Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:00:10 +0000 Simply Rurban 9175 at http://thriftyandgreen.com Homemade Soaked Granola http://thriftyandgreen.com/blogs/simply-rurban/homemade-soaked-granola <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-feed-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_feed_image" width="450" height="439" alt="" src="http://thriftyandgreen.com/sites/default/files/gran-done.jpg?1390494845" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I love granola, but in the past couple of years have stayed away from it, mainly because of all the processing of the ingredients. I used to make my own granola, but life became busier and busier and I just stopped making it.</p> <p><a href="http://thriftyandgreen.com/blogs/simply-rurban/homemade-soaked-granola" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles Recipe Listing Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:00:56 +0000 Simply Rurban 9129 at http://thriftyandgreen.com Kale And Sweet Potato Soup http://thriftyandgreen.com/blogs/simply-rurban/kale-and-sweet-potato-soup <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-feed-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_feed_image" width="450" height="338" alt="" src="http://thriftyandgreen.com/sites/default/files/Kale-soup-served.jpg?1389288294" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The forecast has been dismal and there have been threats of power outages. Since we have an electric stove I made a pot of soup that I could heat up on the wood burning stove.&nbsp; I was in the mood for something with kale, had sweet potatoes, onions, carrots and of course garlic on hand, the brain wheels were turning.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Kale And Sweet Potato Soup</h3> <p>Ingredients</p> <p><a href="http://thriftyandgreen.com/blogs/simply-rurban/kale-and-sweet-potato-soup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Recipe Listing Soup or Stew Thu, 09 Jan 2014 11:00:50 +0000 Simply Rurban 9032 at http://thriftyandgreen.com How To Make Your Own Fire Starters http://thriftyandgreen.com/blogs/simply-rurban/how-make-your-own-fire-starters <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-feed-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_feed_image" width="450" height="338" alt="" src="http://thriftyandgreen.com/sites/default/files/Firestarter-done.jpg?1388678860" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We heat our house with a wood burning stove.</p> <p><a href="http://thriftyandgreen.com/blogs/simply-rurban/how-make-your-own-fire-starters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Green Lifestyle Articles DIY Projects Articles Fri, 27 Dec 2013 11:00:10 +0000 Simply Rurban 9087 at http://thriftyandgreen.com Christmas Cookies: Crispy Pecan Balls http://thriftyandgreen.com/blogs/simply-rurban/christmas-cookies-crispy-pecan-balls <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-feed-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_feed_image" width="450" height="321" alt="" src="http://thriftyandgreen.com/sites/default/files/Pecan-served.jpg?1387472876" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It wasn&rsquo;t until a couple of years ago that I started liking pecan balls.&nbsp; I was never a real fan of pecans &ndash; but these were nice bite size little treats.&nbsp; This year I changed the recipe up a little &ndash; I decided to make crispy pecans and add those to the recipe.</p> <p><a href="http://thriftyandgreen.com/blogs/simply-rurban/christmas-cookies-crispy-pecan-balls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christmas Recipe Listing Desserts Wed, 18 Dec 2013 11:00:43 +0000 Simply Rurban 9065 at http://thriftyandgreen.com