got a kick out of 1.24 acres being a huge tract of land! :)
I work at a company whose main mission was to produce components for our industry in the US--without being too precise, it is a green industry but most materials were being shipped from Europe. We buy domestic aluminum and steel even though it costs a few cents more per pound. I do not think it hurts our business at all. Definitely not enough that we would be able to hire another employee if we bought foreign materials.
not totally related, but my mom hates grocery shopping, so instead of pretending with the newspaper ads,I took care of most of our family's grocery shopping once I could drive. I'd make a list, my mom would give me a certain amount of the grocery gift cards purchased through my little brother's school and I'd just do the shopping. If I wanted something outside the family's stuff, I paid for it with my own money. (here is an actual list my exasperated dad once wrote before I took over: milk, eggs, bacon, EVERYTHING) I also had a baller summer job making $14+/hr full time which usually tided me over for the upcoming school year, but it worked well.
@Caitlin with a C Yes to @lemonadefish -- I do the giving away, but I am also responsible for suggesting pairings/recipes/etc so I have to taste as well. I found this gig on goodfoodjobs.com and I have met a bunch of people that work for similar companies through the demo-ing
I have a great side gig where I sample fancy foods at stores like Whole Foods and wine/cheese shops when I can (I aim for one per weekend). I usually end up with an extra $200 or so dollars a month, and they conveniently send out checks on opposite weeks from my regular job. This works really well because I get to do things I enjoy (talk with people about food) but other people do most of the administrative tasks to do with the business. I was also offered a role in the admin side at the same time I took my current "real job." If you're side-gigging for someone else, there could also be potential to grow in another organization.
@jquick http://coffeeinthewoodshed.com/2013/10/08/id-like-to-sip-my-cider/ that is a great one! very easy in a crock pot and I added sweet potatoes (peeled and chopped to be a little smaller than the squash) and lentils (the protein really helped keep me full!). I'd definitely pack a slice or two of lime to squeeze on top right before you eat it. Also froze a jar or two and that worked well!
If you want to have any money left in your bank account do not sign up for the emails from Sierra Trading Post. If you love Smart Wools and fancy rain coats (seriously, everyone: Helly Hansen) do it! Things are usually a tiny bit irregular (has never been enough that I notice) and a whole lot of money off. The best/worst part is when you see your total you also see how much you would have paid full-price.
@Jaya My best friend's dad still wears his wedding suit to every wedding he attends. After 30 years he still looks great in it! I love the idea of it becoming his "wedding suit" instead of just the suit he was married in.
This was my go-to lunch side for a while this spring when spinach was in season: toss a handful or so of raw spinach (baby or otherwise) into a pyrex or tupperware with a slice or two of lemon. When you are ready for lunch, rinse the spinach and don't try too hard to shake them dry. Microwave with the lemon slice for 30-45 seconds and squeeze the lemon over the spinach! *salt+pepper are always a good addition* This works nicely with most leftovers, but I did it with pieces of salmon (sorry, office-mates!) or chicken. Sometimes leftover rice or quinoa.
samurai is the best sauce!! after living in Belgium for a little while, I get my flight attendant mom to bring me back jars