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Swedish recipes for the Pacific Northwest.

For the Frugal

Other Tips for the Frugal: Cook with Left Overs


Make Swedish or Danish Lapskojas if you have left over boiled meat. >> Make home made bouillon with left over meat, bones, and vegetables. >>


Did you cook too much pasta? Make a Swedish Pasta Bake. >>


Left over egg whites and sugar can be turned into sinnful meringue. >>

Orange Peel

Brush and rinse oranges before pressing them or peeling them. You can make home made candied orange peel using the fresh peel or dry them to use them later. >>

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Half Eggshells

Add half eggshells and crushed eggshells to compost bin with worms. Often one may find baby worms curled up in the half eggshells.

Place half eggshells in egg carton and fill each shell with soil. Plant a seed in each. When time comes to transfer the plant into a pot or outdoors, place the plant with the eggshell directly into the new soil.

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Crushed Eggshells

Sprinkle crushed eggshells around plants. It will help to keep away slugs since they do not like to go over sharp surfaces.

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Eggshells break down slowly and provide calcium for plants to absorb. If you add finely crushed eggshells and mix into the soil every year, the ground will become more calcareous. Sweet peas and hibiscus, for example, thrive in chalky soil. Beets, cabbage, and spinach are also suitable.


Mix left over brewed coffee or coffee grounds mixed with water or soil for plants that thrive in acid soil, such as roses, rhododendrons, blueberries and tomatoes.

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This is an old Swedish tradition when decorating for Christmas.


  • 1 red satin ribbon (90cm/3 feet long)
  • 1 large orange
  • 50-60 whole cloves
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  1. Tie a red ribbon around an orange and tie a bow on top.
  2. Press whole cloves into the orange.
  3. Hang it in a door opening or in a window.

The orange will shrink and the peel will dry but still smell pleasant for several months. If you place it on a plate, rotate the pomander now and then to prevent mold.

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Egg and Cucumber

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Lay down, relax after applying egg as facial mask.

Many generations have applied whisked egg as a facial mask. Cucumber is another old remedy, supposedly to refresh eyes.


  1. Whisk egg yolk lightly for dry skin and egg white for oily skin.
  2. Apply on face and neck.
  3. Lie down, relax and wait for the egg to dry.
  4. Place a couple of thin slices of cucumber on your eyelids for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Rinse off face and neck with water.

Left Over Cold Coffe

Caffeine supposedly lightens dark circles under the eyes. Moisten cotton rounds with cold coffee and place on your eyelids for 10-15 minutes.

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