Broke af?

thespoot:

breelandwalker:

his-quietus-make:

avari20:

But still interested in feeding yourself? What if I told you that there’s a woman with a blog who had to feed both herself and her young son…on 10 British pounds ($15/14 Euro) per week?

Let me tell you a thing.

This woman saved my life last year. Actually saved my life. I had a piggy bank full of change and that’s it. Many people in my fandom might remember that dark time as when I had to hock my writing skills in exchange for donations. I cried a lot then. 

This is real talk, people: I marked down exactly what I needed to buy, totaled it, counted out that exact change, and then went to three different stores to buy what I needed so I didn’t have to dump a load of change on just one person. I was already embarrassed, but to feel people staring? Utter shame suffused me. The reasons behind that are another post all together. 

AgirlcalledJack.com is run by a British woman who was on benefits for years. Things got desperate. She had to find a way to feed herself and her son using just the basics that could be found at the supermarket. But the recipes she came up with are amazing. 

You have to consider the differing costs of things between countries, but if you just have three ingredients in your cupboard, this woman will tell you what to do with it. Check what you already have. Chances are you have the basics of a filling meal already. 

Here’s her list of kitchen basics. 

Bake your own bread. It’s easier than you think. Here’s a list of many recipes, each using some variation of just plain flour, yeast, some oil, maybe water or lemon juice. And kneading bread is therapeutic. 

Make your own pasta–gluten free. 

She gets it. She really does. This is the article that started it all. It’s called “Hunger Hurts”.

She has vegan recipes.

A carrot, a can of kidney beans, and some cumin will get you a really filling soupor throw in some flour for binding and you’ve got yourself a burger. 

Don’t have an oven or the stove isn’t available? She covers that in her Microwave Cooking section. 

She has a book, but many recipes can be found on her blog for free. She prices her recipes down to the cent, and every year she participates in a project called “Living Below the Line” where she has to live on 1 BP per day of food for five days. 

Things improved for me a little, but her website is my go to. I learned how to bake bread (using my crockpot, but that was my own twist), and I have a little cart full of things that saved me back then, just in case I need them again. She gives you the tools to feed yourself, for very little money, and that’s a fabulous feeling. 

Tip: Whenever you have a little extra money, buy a 10 dollar/pound/euro giftcard from your discount grocer. Stash it. That’s your super emergency money. Make sure they don’t charge by the month for lack of use, though.

I don’t care if it sounds like an advertisement–you won’t be buying anything from the site. What I DO care about is your mental, emotional, and physical health–and dammit, food’s right in the center of that. 

If you don’t need this now, pass it on to someone who does. Pass it on anyway, because do you REALLY know which of the people in your life is in need? Which follower might be staring at their own piggy bank? Trust me: someone out there needs to see this. 

Reblogging for all the impoverished students. Jack is the breadline queen. And if you don’t need this – donate to your nearest food bank, stat.

Reblogging for students, working folks, and everyone who’s ever had to choose between essentials at the store because you can only afford milk OR bread, not both.

To correct the link – https://cookingonabootstrap.com/  It’s the same person, no worries.  But all of the Hunger Hurts and cost break down articles are at bootstrap.

I’ve reblogged this again but it rates another.

Human: Dinosaurs went extinct millennia ago.
Birds: *screaming at 5am*
Human: Sometimes I can still hear their voices.

arthurconandoyle:

lady-r0salind:

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arthurconandoyle:

knightfrog1248:

johnwatsugh:

“ship hate is DISGUSTING” not more disgusting than making sherlock holmes straight

… In the books by ACD Sherlock Holmes was aro/ace, but people don’t seem to much of a problem with making him gay.

HE WAS GAY IN THE ORIGINAL BOOKS

No, he wasn’t.  He frequented female prostitutes to alleviate his “needs”…bi maybe, gay, no.

……….. What??

“[…] in his mainstream Sherlock Holmes stories, Arthur Conan Doyle makes oblique references to two London scandals involving male prostitutes. Holmes – now resonant of the classic fin de siecle homosexual aesthete – asks his accomplice, Dr. Watson, to flee to the Continent with him after Holmes almost dies in Vere Street, London, the site of the notorious scandal involving a male brothel named the White Swan. Although the Vere Street Coterie was convicted in 1810, before Queen Victoria ascended the throne, the scandal remained in the public consciousness throughout the 19th century. In another story, Holmes adopts a 14-year-old “telegraph boy” as his valet, a reference that Conan Doyle’s readers no doubt would have associated with the recent Cleveland Street Affair, when “telegraph boys” serviced aristocratic male patrons and subsequently gave incriminating testimony. Some suggest that Holmes is modeled after Oscar Wilde; Conan Doyle and Wilde met once over dinner, the result of which helped Wilde’s Doria Gray become serialized in Lippincott’s Magazine.”

Source

Also, from the story “The Adventure of the Three Students” is this very telling passage: 

“It was in the year ‘95 that a combination of events, into which I need not enter, caused Mr. Sherlock Holmes and myself to spend some weeks in one of our great university towns, and it was during this time that the small but instructive adventure which I am about to relate befell us.”

The “combination of events” in 1895 refers to the “invert stings” of London which caused many gay men to flee to the countryside, as well as the arrest of Oscar Wilde for indecency. 

Why on earth would Holmes and Watson flee London at that exact time if they weren’t gay?

what did i fucking say

sydneykrukowski:

gothhabiba:

gothhabiba:

gothhabiba:

I hate the way that a lot of gay men talk about women lmfao I really do

like “I don’t do chicks” “I don’t like pussy” ok so why can’t you just say that you’re not into women & go.. why do you have to objectify &, yes, sexualise us, in order to say that you’re not sexually / romantically interested in us……………… it’s almost like you can still view women as sexual objects even if you’re not interested in actually fucking them. just sexual objects that have no use to you

& this (+ gay men trying to pressure women into physical contact they’re not comfortable with, gay men sexually assaulting women / grabbing their breasts etc. but it’s fine & funny bc they’re gay! or gay men being just blatantly textbook misogynistic but haha see above) really just showcases to me how misogyny does not somehow magically arise from uncontrollable desire, like a lot of ppl claim to try to make excuses for straight men.

i knew a gay guy in high school who persistently referred to women as “it” when we annoyed him, i.e. “it needs to shut up and stop fucking bothering me.” when i asked him why he thought this was acceptable he literally told me “i’m gay, what do chicks mean to me”

I’ve known gay men like this.

moranion:

rexauras:

kainimuramonster:

THIS IS WHAT FUCKING HAPPENS WHEN YOU FORGET TO RINSE THE TUB OUT AFTER USING A LUSH INTERGALATIC BATHBOMB!

He’s fine. He got a bath.

Lush glitter is made of seaweed.

I hope you don’t mind but I drew your cat

i mean, this is pretty much the pinnacle of all things good and bright. a glitter kitty.