Okay, before the post today, can I ask a favor? I want to know what you want.
Please tell me. Takes 5 mins. Tops.
Today I want to tell you how you can get by with less. Because on a nonprofit salary, you have to get creative.
In this downturn, think about what you can make for your volunteer rewards, or your nonprofit staff meetings. Would you like to make bagels? How about Salsa and Guacamole?
And while you’re looking for a nonprofit job, think about all of the things you can make yourself!
Thank you to Blisstree for the incredible list! 100 Things You Can Make Yourself
Spaghetti sauce(I have the best recipe for this, and it also goes well on pizza!)
Guacamole(This is so easy and best fresh, it’s a wonder anyone buys it in the store!)
Vanilla extract(this is so easy! Two vanilla beans and some vodka, leave it in a cupboard!)
(This is easy too. And tastes so much better than storebought! You can even skip the dough and cut a piece of french bread in half!)
Pickles(My friend Kristin knows how to do this. I wish I knew!)
Wine(Stomping grapes is really fun. Try it sometime!)
Whiskey(I knew a guy who blew himself up with a homemade whiskey still. Better not try this one.)
All purpose household cleaner(My friend Sabrina is really good with instructions about this. Something to do with vinegar and baking soda?)
Moisturizer(You would not believe how easy it is to get moisturized with coconut butter only. You don’t need the fancy packaging or additives, plus, you’ll smell like a macaroon all day! (YUM!))
Baskets(I remember my aunt sitting in the lake, weaving baskets underwater.)
Paper(if you have a wire hanger, elmer’s glue, pantyhose and some old newspaper, you can do this!)
Jewelry(My cousin just sent me earrings she made herself! Thanks Joy!)
Camera(My friend Andrew is always trying to get me to make a pinhole camera. Apparently you can make one quite easily out of a cereal box!)
Gloves(My friend Ealasaid makes the prettiest gloves)
Back yard shed
Solar power generator
Bread(This is really fun, and MFK Fisher has one of the best bread recipes I’ve ever found)
(I have a fabulous recipe for bagels, once you make them you will eat them pretty much within 48 hours, even though it uses 15 cups of flour!)
A pinata(Childhood fun, it’s so easy, just blow up a balloon, soak strips of newspaper in plaster mix, put on, wait for it to dry, then paint! (Cut hole and put in candy too!))
Gnocchi (I have an easy recipe for ricotta gnocchi)
I’ve made 30 of these things. How about you?
Ask yourself, how many things do you buy? How many things do you make?
How can you make more this week?
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Oh, and if you didn’t yet take the survey, please do! I want to know what you think.