1 Here I am on set with Jim Cramer, the host of Mad Money. I was teaching Jim how to stencil his name on a porcelain cup for drinking his green tea.
2 These clever porcelain cups are a product of Decor Craft Inc. (DCi). Designed by James Burgess, these cups are insulating double-walled ceramic and have silicone lids. Beverages stay either hot or cold for quite a while.
3 The matte finish of the ceramic makes stenciling names or designs a breeze. You just need adhesive stencils, a foam pouncer, and craft paint - all Martha Stewart Crafts products from Michaels!
4 To discourage the use of disposable paper cups, I decided to make personalized drinking cups for my entire Bedford staff. But, I really feel that DCi needs to change their packaging to something more eco-friendly.
5 Betsy riding Ramon was thrilled to see her cup.
6 Ryan striking a pose in the greenhouse
7 Gelbu and Dolma in the stable ready for their coffee break
8 Susie and Maureen enjoying an outdoor break
9 Wilmer, Pete, and Phurba take a break from mulching.
10 Gyurme likes his cup.
11 As do Chhiring and Mike!
12 Maria and Laura are very happy, as well.
13 Now the house staff can refill their personalized drinking cups with water, tea, or coffee. Instead of using bottled water, which gets costly, we use these large jugs of water, which are washed, sanitized and re-used many times over.
14 You can save money buying things in bulk, like these cotton bar towels, which we use over and over again in the kitchen. They're inexpensive, very absorbent, and wash well.
15 We just received a new shipment.
16 I also order the small washcloth size for drying hands. I discourage unnecessary use of paper towels.
17 Recycling is the law in many places and that good practice begins in the kitchen.
18 You can shave quite a bit off your electric bill by turning off lights when you leave a room. The most energy-saving bulb of all is one that's turned off.
19 Keep thermostats low when not at home. Programmable thermostats are a really good idea and can help save quite a bit with fuel costs.
20 If you have a fireplace, close the damper when you don't have a fire burning. An open damper is like having an open window, allowing heat to escape in winter and cool to escape in summer!
21 In cold weather, storm windows and storm doors really help to keep a home cozy.
22 In autumn, the screens are replaced with the storms and are stored in the basement in these compact units.
23 Every window on each building is numbered and every storage slot is labeled accordingly.
24 And every screen and storm window is also labeled and is stored in its corresponding slot. This way, there is no confusion when making the seasonal change.
25 Also, for places like the basement, where lighting is purely utilitarian, we have switched to energy saving bulbs. These are especially efficient in my laundry room, where the lights need to be on for long periods of time.
26 When the heat or air conditioning is on, I post reminders everywhere!
27 You can save quite a bit of money by making your own pet food. We package meatballs made of lean ground round. We steam brown rice and combine it with organic frozen vegetables. We also poach fish filets.
28 These healthy foods are combined at mealtime and Francesca, Sharkey, and G.K. love every morsel!
29 All vegetarian kitchen scraps are fed to the chickens. This cuts down on feed costs and provides lots of good nourishment.
30 My chickens love their varied diet and they lay amazing eggs.
31 We use a lot of composted mulch at the farm on all of the garden beds.
32 I used to buy mulch by the truckload, but now we make it ourselves, using all the organic matter from the farm. Making your own compost is fun and rewarding, even in the tiniest of backyards!