Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A Thrifty Idea and a Few Suggestions Worth Repeating

Last week I made a delicious Slow Cooked Shredded Beef Ragu Pasta recipe from Recipe Tin Eats

pasta recipe, shredded beef, ragu sauce
I snapped a photo of a serving of Slow Cooked Shredded Beef Ragu Pasta - before it was consumed by my family recently.

This recipe reminded me of a helpful way to save a penny - and the planet.  

The ingredients for this recipe included three tablespoons of tomato paste. As is so often the case, this was a smaller amount than what was in the can. While I was saving the remainder for another use, I realized it has been quite some time since I shared my tip on this blog for how to avoid wasting the excess. 

I used to publish a weekly series called "Seven Tips to Make the Most of a Moment." My suggestion for how to save leftover tomato paste for future use was included in one of those posts, and published exactly one-year ago today! That same post also included a solution for removing pet nose-prints from your windows, a movie and book suggestion, and more. 

Because many of my current readers may have missed that post, I'm sharing the link for it here today. Just click on this title and you will be able to view the previously published post:
Seven Ways to Make the Most of a Moment -Week 10 (Originally published 5/27/14)

tips, window cleaning, iris, rhubarb, tomato paste,

Life is full of coincidences! 

The main character in the movie I reviewed in this post last year was Matthew McConaughey. Coincidentally, just before I wrote this article for today, my husband and I watched Interstellar - another of McConaughey movies!

The plot of Interstellar seemed improbably - at least right now! None-the-less, this movie was well filmed, kept me on the edge of my seat, played with my emotions, and had a "stellar" cast. Today, it has me thinking a lot about our place in the galaxy!

For the riveting video preview of Interstellar, click the Amazon link below, and then on the video icon you will see in the left margin. Just watching this preview makes me want to see the movie again!

I don't really want to live anywhere else!

Saving left-over tomato paste seems like a small thing to do. It is not just a way to save a few pennies though, but an environmental friendly thing to do as well. Image how many less cans would be produced and discarded if we all did little things like this! This movie makes me think we better start taking better care of planet Earth. 

What is your favorite thing I mentioned today - or in the linked post from a year ago?
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  1. I've been doing your tomato paste trick ever since you shared it last year - and it works perfectly! My husband saw Interstellar without me, but I think I need to see it now!

    1. Glad you found the tip helpful Lana. I enjoyed Interstellar a lot more than I thought I would!

  2. I had to laugh when I saw you put peanut butter on the door to get the dog to lick it! I have one question about the tomato paste how come you just don't buy the tube? Am I missing something here? I will have to check out that book as well!

    1. I know - the things we will do for our blogs, right Rena?! A tube of tomato paste??~!! I didn't know it existed!

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  4. Definitely the tomato paste trick.
    And Rena. It comes in tubes??!

    1. i just asked Rena the same question ... who knew?! And Diane - I just read your post for today, and I am so saddened by your loss.

  5. I put tomato paste and a few other things into ice blocks, freeze them, then put them into bags which I label and store.
    And thank you for the cat snot trick. We have a double trail across most of the windows (one cat is taller than the other) and it is soooo unsightly.

    1. I love the Norwex cloths, because you can just wipe the smeared area, and not have to clean the whole window every time. Perfect to do just before company arrives!


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