Another way to get some updated clothing without buying foregin is by upcycling your old stuff…Thanks to pinterest, you can get lots of great ideas. I hurt my hands knitting somehow, so I messed around with old maternity clothing:

from this…to this: (via ) with a few tweaks! (sleeve lengthening, button adding.)

And then an old nursing gown to a layering piece: (and oh, how wonderful it was those first few months!)

That was my facebook status. And okay, I had to admit, my friend Jessie was dazzled. “You can knit and you have a famous chowder?” she commented. I must reply honestly…the only person who knows it’s famous is my husband. And he’s the only one who matters. BUT since it’s soeasy and soyummy I decided to share the recipe with you. I have no fancy pictures to make you salivate and no reviews promising good results. But I like it! And no, there are no exact measurements either. That’s just notmystyle. Feeds our little family of 4. I’d suggest doubling potatoes and haddock if you want to have leftovers. psleftoverssoooogood.


A *halfhazard* recipe



  1. 1 pound haddock ends (cheaper than haddock filets, same haddock)
  2. 2-3 potatoes
  3. corn
  4. onion
  5. butter
  6. half-and-half
  7. milk

Ok. Turn the stove on medium high with a mediumish large saucepan. throw in a chunk of butter. throw in some diced onion. brown the onion. Maybe use 1/4 of an onion? More if you like it strong.

While that’s browning, wash and chop up your potatoes into little cubes, sized to your preference. (seriously. some recipes say 1 inch cubes, etc. who really cares if they’re an inch? chop.them.up.) throw in another chunk of butter. throw in the potatoes. dump a little water in too, just enough to cover potatoes. turn on high. Cook those until they’re mushy.

dump in the corn. As much corn as you’d like. cook it all. Dump in some half and half. Enough to cover all your materials and then some.

While you bring that to a light boil chop up your haddock. throw it in. Cook until the haddock turns white and flaky.

While it’s all cooking together, maybe splash in some paprika, basil, onion powder, salt, pepper? Whatever you like. Tonight I did paprika, parsley, basil, onion powder, salt, pepper…

yum yum. Serve with GOLDFISH for your kids. unless they’re big. even then…

So during my latest shopping trip to Target for diapers and such, I got lured over to the beauty section. One of my fave brands is Essie, because the little bottles are justsocute and the colors are gorgeous. I came across a color called “Merino Cool” (ok.  My friend Melissa tipped me off to it and I went out looking for it. Notgonnalie). Anyways, it’s such a fun fall color, and so neutral. Looks like it’ll go with anything. Oh, it’s from last season? Well! Didn’t anyone tell you that I love to knit? How can I NOT buy a nail polish named after one of my favorite wool fibers?


I flipped the bottle over, praying it wasn’t made in China. Guess what? Essie nail polish is made right here in the US! Go buy yourself a bottle. Treat your toes (or nails if you aren’t a biter like me) to some colorful, fall-inspired economic stimulation-girly style.

Ok, so I understand that buying EVERYTHING American can be difficult. While it’s an ideal goal, some of us don’t have the wallet or the know-how to do that. So, I’m presenting you with a challenge. Change 1 purchase this week. Switch from Tropicana or Hannaford/Shaws brand orange juice to Florida’s Natural. The price is competitive. It tastes just as good, and it’s 100% sourced in the US. If each of us do this, it can create a big impact on the American economy.


Do you have any other ideas about one thing we could switch over to buying that is 100% made in the US?

Ugh! So sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been buying American a lot and I know I need to post it to you guys- things have just been crazy with R starting preschool and trying to keep up on housework. Iwontaddtherearefruitfliesinmycar. Not sure why. ANYWAYS, I’ve been finding that it’s not as difficult to buy American as I previously thought!

When I was wandering around Rite Aid the other day on a diaper run, I came across this really nice hand soap and lotion by J.R. Watkins. The lotion retails for 8.99 and the soap retails for about 5.99. But who wants to spend 15$ on hand soap and lotion for the house? Notme. If you were to go to Rite Aid this week, however, and you have a rewards card (free) you can get a bottle of each for 3$ total. Each bottle also has a 1.00$ off coupon on it, which makes your grand spending total .50 per item! Plus, it’s made in the US and for those of you who are earth conscious:  Ammonia Free, Animal Testing Free, Anxiety Free, Guilt Free, Bleach Free, Phosphate Free, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Free. 🙂


Another tip on buying US: Just because something has an American business address on it doesn’t mean it’s made and/or sourced here. There should be a small bold label on it that says “MADE IN USA” or something similar. “Manufactured for” “Made Exclusively for” and similar mean it’s not American. Tropicana Orange Juice shocked me when I looked on their label and saw that some of the oranges are from South Africa, whereas Florida’s Natural (same price, competitive taste) are sourced completely in Florida. What have you been buying and finding from our country?