Urbandumpsterdiver's Blog

August 19, 2012

Wilderness Grilled Chicken

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 11:59 pm

My husband thought of the above title.

We have a wood stove in the camp. As you can see from the picture there is a teapot on top. I had to make some hot tea tonight with lemon as I’m a little under the weather. It’s in the 50’s here at night so you need some heat in the house. So in comes the wood stove. They are good to have. They can heat up the entire house AND can cook your food.

Tonight we grilled chicken on the outdoor fire. You gather up some dry twigs and small pieces of dry wood to start a fire around the area to build a fire. The grill is held up by bricks. We had purchased some chicken at the local market on clearance.

We buy meat with coupon peelies on them. Usually if the meat does not sell by a certain date they have to close them out very cheap. That is when I buy meat. They were a $1.50 but with a .50 coupon that chicken costs me $1.00. Now since we can’t eat all that meat at once, I buy up quite a bit and then freeze the meat. I only take that meat out the day I’m going to cook it or it will go bad.

Cooking over a wood stove or open fire saves money and teaches you survival skills. If we were to have a major snowstorm, hurricane or tornado and the power was out, you’d need to find a way to cook and stay warm. The cooking outdoors and the woodstove will do it.

As far as keeping things cool, google Flowerpot Refrigerator. 2 young people demonstrate how to keep things cold in clay flower pots. When I get back to the South I’m definitely going to try it.

We never know what is going to happen in our world. Anything could happen. High food inflation, major war, solar flare, extreme weather changes, dollar collapse, anything could happen.

You have to dig a well before you’re thirsty.

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August 17, 2012

Cleaning Supplies

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 7:23 pm

Retrieved out of the trash yesterday 5 bottles of laundry detergent and 8 bottles of generic Pine-Sol. These cleaners do not go bad and will last us a long time. We figured we’d gotten about $15 worth of items that are perfectly good.

The only thing I can think of is that the containers were damaged in transit and wouldn’t be sellable in the store. If nothing else, we can be clean!

I spoke to a young lady yesterday at a local discount store. We had a discussion over the health care issue that many retail employees face, which is none or close to none. She told me that if she wanted health care through her employer, it would be $150 a week. That’s an insanely high price. She could get good coverage for a lot less. She told her employer, I don’t think so.

Isn’t there a better way?

August 6, 2012

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 11:46 pm

This afternoon we saw a little deer while driving back to our camp. As we drove up she just stood there. Just staring at us, not breaking her stare. I’m frantically pulling my phone out of my purse to take a pic. I wanted to take a pic through the windshield. When I finally took her pic, she jumped across the street. If you zoom my pic, you’ll see her hind legs up. She looks like Rudolph but in the summer.

So then we mosied on and founds some good finds. A brand new lamp behind a hotel dumpster. The base was broken but it was still good. The shade was a little worse for the wear but we replaced that with a shade we had at our summer cabin. It has a nice little glass top table in the middle so it’s really handy.

Found a used wok (good for cooking outdoors), 2 Currier and Ives TV trays and some shelving for the cabin.

On the way back attended a garage sale. Found some great deal. Vitamin/pill holders (the plastic ones) for a quarter, a brand new shelf and candle holder for $2 and 6 beautiful glass food containers for a $1. Don’t discount garage sales or goodwill store

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