The To Do List.

Things have been pretty interesting around here lately. The weather is getting nicer (slowly, but surely! It was 65 degrees yesterday!), the days are getting longer, and Zoe is getting more and more independent, so I’ve been able to do more projects. Of late, I’ve been of the habit of posting items to my Facebook feed so that I can remember them, but I realized, why not post them here? So, I present to you the items of my recent to do list, in conjunction with my Sisyphus Project to help us nerds save money.

Dandelion Wine.


Is your yard full of bright yellow weeds? Have you not cleaned out your garden yet? Or do you have a lovely local park that doesn’t spray its lawns with chemicals? If so, and you want free raw materials for making your very own boozahol, then this project is something you’ll want to keep an eye on. Doing the math, it will cost me $1 for the white wine yeast, $.10 cents for the lemon juice, $10 for the sugar, and $.50 cents for the ginger to make 6 gallons of dandelion wine. Can’t complain about $12/6 gallons.


Alcoholic Ginger Beer.

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If you can get ginger on sale, this might also be worth a look in terms of a fun summertime beverage. Sitting merrily atop my largely inactive stove are six bottles of fizzy ginger drink, all waiting for the end of the month when we can drink altogether too much of it at one time. We made 2 batches of it, so the count is $2 for champagne yeast (2 packs), $6 for sugar, $5 for ginger, $1 for jalapeno, $.10 cents for lemon juice, and $.50 for mandarin orange. Oh, and I suppose whatever it costs to leave the pilot light on for the stove, since the yeast likes to be warm. So, $14 for 9 liters of ginger beer? Again, not too shabby.

All right, it’s getting late, so I’m going to leave it there for the day – booze is a good theme to go on for the moment, right? Next time I sit down in front of the computer, I’ll tell you the updated tale of how Rumpelstiltskin spun plastic bags into eco-friendly grocery sacks.

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