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Monday, March 20, 2017

First Day of Spring - Wisteria Blooming

Happy first day of spring everyone!!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Simple Saturdays Blog Link Party 3/18

Welcome back to another week of the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop! We can not wait to see what you have been up to! 


This blog hop is brought to you by a group of co-hosts committed to the simple ways of life and learning to be more self reliant.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to do more for ourselves in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop 3/11


Welcome back to another week of the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop! We can not wait to see what you have been up to! 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Cleaning Your Keurig

Cleaning your Keurig brewer is important. Not only do you need to occasionally clean to kill bacteria in your coffee maker, but I believe it is the key to making brewers last longer. Ours is almost five years old now.

Clean Your Coffee Maker and Kill Weeds at the Same Time
Coffee Recipes, Tips and More
Review of Coleman Camp Coffee Maker
If you have a small space but want a Keurig brewer, these minis are great. I store my pods in a glass jar on the counter.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Stock Up Alert - Vanilla Bean Shortage

Stock Up Alert - Vanilla Bean Shortage!! Get ready to start paying a whole lot more for vanilla. 

vanilla, frugal, baking

Due to a vanilla bean shortage in Madagascar, vanilla prices have been skyrocketing.  According to CBS News:
Seventy-nine percent of the world’s vanilla fields are in Madagascar. A shortage there has helped drive up the cost of vanilla beans from about $11 per pound in 2011 to $193 by the end of 2016.

money saving blog
via CBS
So if you bake or use vanilla stock up now before prices rise even more. Vanilla lasts a long time to I always keep an extra bottle or too in my deep pantry. How to stock the pantry on a budget.

Stock Up Tip To Save Money On Vanilla!!

But here is a tip on how I just bought two bottles at the old price. Be on the look out at your grocery store in the vanilla section. It looks like the newer shipments reflected the new high price for vanilla, but their were older stock of the organic vanilla, even better, at 3.99 a bottle. I bought two.

The newer shipments of vanilla the same price were triple that and already $22 for a large bottle. So keep your eyes peeled and stock up on vanilla now. This is why I really believe in food storage. You are not panicked because you already have stocked up at the lower prices.

Check out my 50 Best Frugal Tips for Saving Money

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Frugal Cheesy Noodle Mac and Valentine Decor

A favorite frugal meal idea. Cheesy noodle mac is a great make ahead meal and works great as a freezer meal idea.

Come by for a recipe, some Valentine's day decor and a visit from Tugg and Luna.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

How To Store Cookie Cutters

If you are like me and have amassed loads of cookie cutters, here are some ideas on how to store cookie cutters. So far mine are stored in a plastic bin but I love some of these cookie cutter organization ideas.

An organized kitchen is important to make cooking less stressful and more fun. Cookie cutters may be used only once a year so storing them put up away is how I roll. This is one of the clutter storage issues we need to deal with for an organized kitchen.

How To Store Cookie Cutters:

Large Glass Jars would be perfect to keep them clean. But can take a lot of space.
Glass jars, organized kitchen
via eatwell101

Friday, February 3, 2017

Bi-Weekly Menu Planning Ideas

I am vowing to save time and money but especially time but restarting my bi-weekly menu planning.
Join me for a Friday vlog. Remember to subscribe to my youtube channel while you are there.

Weight Loss Update - Down 5.2 Pounds

I have continued to work the plan and am down a total of 5.2 pounds at the end of the second week. My goal is to lose slowly so I am sure the calorie allotment will start to taper off the weight loss and a pound a week at the most is my goal so that I can keep it off.
menopause, free weight watchers

Friday, January 27, 2017

Weight Loss Update - Down 3.4 lbs.

I am so happy as the program is not only easy but is working so well so far. I am down 3.4 pounds since Monday. I think this system is similar to Weight Watchers but I wanted to do this free version.
free Weight Watchers
The tracking of my food really shows where you are spending your calories. I really like this part of it and have been using my extra calories at the end of the day on dark chocolate or hot chocolate. This is great because I have not felt deprived at all. The test will be today as my youngest wants to have McDonald's as a treat for lunch today so I will see what a chicken sandwich comes to. I will probably have to skip the fries but I am motivated so I think that will be easy at this point.

According to the site, this is normal for the first week because my goal is only 1/2 pound per week so I am sure it will start slowing down. I have been eating a lot of homemade vegetable soup. Very filling and also healthy. I happen to be very sensitive to sodium so I cannot tolerate canned soups.

Taco salad was dinner and lunch for two of the meals. The Greek yogurt dressings are so tasty but I use only a tablespoon and then fill in the some extra splashes of red wine vinegar. I could not find the ground turkey equivalent on the website so I looked it up so I could register my calories. The measurements are below.
4 oz ground turkey or beef = 1/2 cup

I have not exercised a whole lot outside of walks with the dogs and 5 - 10 minutes of a workout video on YouTube daily. What can I say I am working my way up. I have to baby my left knee. But I feel better, not sure why but I already do. Maybe it is mental. No one loves food and sweets like me so if I can do, anyone can so let me know if you try this program to lose weight.

See the first post as I began this menopause weight loss journey.
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