Memorial Candles have been used as a token of remembrance since time immemorial. Candles have always given a focus in spiritual ceremonies. The light is slightly hypnotic, the warmth of the glow gives us comfort. It tells us that though we are in the dark there is still light out there. We might not understand the mysteries of life but memorial candles are symbolic of more than what we know.

Memorial candles started our as candles that were placed on high at a funeral ceremony. They were often given as a funeral gift to the families of the bereaved. Nowadays people want memorial candles that are more artistic in design. Ones that are beautiful works of art and remembrance.

Candles in memory nowadays are usually embossed with designs and memorial inscriptions can be worked in on to the piece. It is even possible to add in a photo print to a candle nowadays as well.

The makers of memorial candles can vary from artisan crafts people working on them individually to larger manufacturers who can modify and personalise the candles at the stroke of a keyboard.

Candles like this are usually lit at the funeral ceremony or at special occasions and outside of that they can be given pride of place at the home. They become a funeral keepsake.

Saving money on your household food budget.

This recession is putting massive pressure on households across America and the World. Household budgets are getting tighter every year. As costs go up it is getting harder and harder to balance daily budgets while eating well. Making use of tips from more austere times, families can cut down on food costs while eating healthy as well. Indeed many of these tips could be used in a post about improving diet and wellbeing.
Here are 5 tips to reduce your food bill, stay healthy and fit.  

Cook From Scratch.
One of the reasons that Americans are becoming so unhealthy is the preponderance of processed foods and meals that they are eating. You may feel like you are getting value in a Microwave dinner but the salt and quality of the food will be a lot lower, value for money will be a lot lower than what you cook yourself. Buying a full roasted chicken or uncooked one is significantly cheaper than buying breaded fillets. You get enough meat to do several meals and it is better for your health and weight. The fillet can be cut off the chicken for stir-fry’s, the rest cooked for use over several days. The skin and drippings were traditionally used to make a rich, nourishing and tasty soup. Indeed, high quality restaurants still do it this way.

Grow your own.
If you have a back garden or even a balcony or pots, you’ll be able to grow a large amount of food. A water barrel, with holes cut in the bottom becomes a great way of setting potatoes. Fill it with 6 inches of earth, add in the seed potato and keep topping up with earth every few weeks. After a few months, there will be about 70lbs of potato in one barrel. A dwarf apple tree can produce 55lbs of apples, which can be readily stored. In hotter parts, passion fruit and grape can run along the fence providing home grown high quality fruit. The garden does not have to be that large, an area the size of a car can provide a stunning amount of food throughout the year. Indeed the city of Havana in Cuba provides most of its own vegetables from what is grown in window boxes and roof top gardens.

More vegetables, less Meat.
Meat is expensive, there is no way about it, and when you are cutting costs, it is always one of the largest spends you’ll come across. It is not essential to your diet, dishes that use meat can substitute it with vegetables such as egg plant, peppers etc. If the vegetables are not overcooked, it will give the crunch and the bite that meat lovers enjoy. So with the money that you save on meat can buy more vegetables, giving you bigger meals or more fruit for snacks. A positive health spin off on this would be the reduction of heart disease and cholesterol.

Less Recipes, more innovation.
Cooking with Recipes is useful when you need guidance; it is not conducive to spending carefully. Recipes often call for obscure spices, and more exotic foods than one can buy cheaply. They are often set meal pieces, than every day meals. If you look start practising with making meals out of what you have, rather than buy especially for recipes, you’ll find that the amount of food that goes to waste is cut down dramatically. It is used in new dish; often quiet interesting and tasty ones that you’ll create yourself.

Core Meals
Build up a list of 7-8 core meals, which share many of the same ingredients and are mostly compromised of foods that can be bulk bought and fresh bought. This does not mean that you have to have seven variants of a bland dish. Look at Chinese and Indian cooking; they have great diversity but many core elements in each. It means that your main food buys will never go off as there are different ways to incorporate them in to meals. If you love chicken, then you can use it in Chicken stir fry’s, Roast Chicken and Potatoes, Chicken bakes etc. Same with rice, pasta and potatoes.
With a little imagination, experimentation and a willingness to get stuck in you can create wonderful dinners at a significant saving.