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Friday, February 23, 2018

How To Save Money On Dishwasher Tablets

Why are those little dishwasher soap tablets so expensive? Here is my tip on how to save money on dishwasher tablets. I have tested using a half tablet and they work fine but now I am using a third and here is what I do to still get super clean dishes.

Dawn for dishwasher

I use the tabs because they seem to leave the dishes spot free the best. I have tried powder and liquid and have not had as best results. If you know of a good one let me know in the comments.

How To Get Three Washes From One Dishwasher Tablet

1. Take a knife and roughly cut your dishwasher tab into a third. I throw right in the bottom of my dishwasher. I find when I put in the receptacle, the tabs do not always dissolve and I don't want that soap residue on our dishes.

2. I then take my Dawn dish soap and squirt literally just a few drops on the bottom of the dishwasher. Yes, you can use dish soap in your dishwasher but I only use Dawn. The best out there to me. But only use very small amounts along with a bit of your tablet.

3. I always make sure I have regular white vinegar in the little rinse aid receptacle. About every 4-5 days I top it off.

4. Run dishwasher as usual.

Find all of our tips on our Frugal Tips Page...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Blog And Life Updates

Friends I thought I would give you a blog and life update. I am working on some new posts cause I love blogging and want to get these uploaded but thought I would pop in and let you know what keeps me away from the computer.

First off, my oldest daughter is getting married in a few months. This is our first to get married and if you have been through it before, it does take time. Fortunately these kids hired a great planner and that person really does the most work outside of the the kids setting their lives up.

My daughter is a nurse and educator and my future son in law is a nurse practitioner. They have a lot in common and he is a delight and worthy of our wonderful daughter so we feel blessed with this awesome event coming up.

Having said that, my husband and I, ever and always budget minded, are painting the exterior of our house like a couple of crazy people. It is what we do every weekend and we are often beat and tired at the end of those days, but it is what we decided to do as a hobby together and it really has been fun too. We play our music while we paint, spend money at the hardware store, and as we finish sections, feel very proud of ourselves and our work. No worries, we have a young man coming to do the high peaks. I forbid hubby to get way up on the ladder at our ages.

So of course we are killing ourselves in the yard and our old swing set is gone and their will be some changes in our backyard which I will share. I planted a butterfly garden as well so will share as things start to come into bloom.

This is what is keeping us super busy and after it is over this summer, we plan on doing nothing and taking a nice vacation.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Cheeseburger Quesadillas - Frugal Cooking

Who doesn't love a simple week night easy meal idea? I like to buy my grass-fed beef from Zaycon and cook up in big batches for easy meals and cheeseburger quesadillas are great for those quick dinners.

Lately we eat a lot of soups, various quesadillas and mixed bowl meals on weeknights. Remember to check out entire recipe page for tons of meal and frugal cooking ideas.

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Cheeseburger Quesadillas

Recipe by Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Flour tortillas
  • Ground beef
  • Taco seasoning
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sliced pickles
  • Butter
  • Toppings of choice
Cooking Directions
  1. Cook your ground beef and season with taco seasoning. Assemble all of your ingredients and a large flat bottom pan or griddle pan. Heat your pan and spread a little bit of butter on the pan on half the tortilla. Lay tortilla flat and spread a layer of cheese, the meat and finally a layer of sliced pickles. Fold over the tortilla and brown on both sides. Serve with thousand island dressing or ketchup or even salsa. Enjoy!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup - Frugal Cooking With Sunny Simple Life

It is soup weather and I have been making a variety of healthy homemade soup recipes. This is my favorite frugal recipe this year and I have made creamy tomato tortellini soup a few times already since the new year.

The hearty soup makes for a filling dinner and I have even frozen it. Freezing dairy based soups can separate a bit but I found it was still super delicious. Let's do some frugal cooking with Sunny Simple Life.

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Watch our video of the simmering creamy tomato tortellini soup...

Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

Recipe by Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life
This is a hearty frugal soup recipe.
Yield: Family size
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced zuchinni
  • 1/2 cup green beans (frozen, fresh or canned)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend
  • Dash Garlic Powder
  • To taste Salt and Pepper
  • One box Vegetable Broth
  • 1 can Condensed Tomato Soup
  • 1 1/2 can Water
  • 1/2 cup Half and Half
  • Garnish Fresh parsley (optional)
  • One small package Cheese tortellini or kind of your choice
Cooking Directions
  1. In a large pot, saute onion, celery and carrots. Add the vegetable broth and simmer for a few minutes. Add condensed soup and water, stirring well to mix. Dump in rest of vegetables and seasonings. Simmer until veggies are tender about 10 minutes. Add tortellini and simmer until tender about 8-10 minutes but don't overcook. Add half and half, stir to mix and bring to boil. Ready to serve, garnish with fresh herbs if you like. Enjoy.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Saturday Blog Link Party 1/20

Welcome back and happy Saturday.
Enjoy our lovely feature of the week and his beautiful photographs of Stockholm. Make sure to visit his blog and see what a beautiful city he photographed.

Now link up up to 3 family friendly posts.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Saturday Blog Link Party 1/13

Welcome to the 2nd Saturday Blog Link Party with Sunny Simple Life. As always please link up to 3 family friendly blog posts. By submitting your link you are giving us permission to feature you and share your post. Who wouldn't love that right? Thank you as always...

Our feature this week is the adorable White Hot Chocolate with Polar Bear Marshmallows. So cute. I know my youngest would just love to make these. Perfect for those January days....

White hot chocolate with polar bear marshmallows

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A Quick Visit To Shelly's Bliss Cottage

As always one of my highlights of the holiday season is a visit to Shelly's vintage Christmas cottage. I apologize that I did not take more pics of her cute vintage holiday decor but we were talking and sippin' coffee and time got away from me but it is too cute not to share even after Christmas. I visit every year and you can see part one of last year's vintage holiday home tour.

Vintage Christmas Cottage

Her tiered tray is filled with darling Christmas cups. So cute with those vintage deer cups. Have you ever seen those? 

tiered tray, vintage Christmas cups

This was my favorite corner and her husband was the inspiration for the little tree in the corner and it nestled in the red enamel pot set on the old red vintage stool is just perfect.

kitchen Christmas tree, vintage aprons on rack

Her jadeite collection is huge and just a bit of it is on this cute red kitchen cart. I wish I would have taken more pictures of it.

jadeite, red kitchen cart, retro Christmas drinkware

How cute is this Christmas doily valance? Retro red and green canisters and kitchen items top her darling shelf. Make sure to click here  see all of her Christmas home tours as she changes it all up every Christmas.

doily valance, Christmas shelf decorating

This pic I stole off of Shelly's instagram. Her sweet vintage red and green Christmas bedroom is so adorable I had to share. Hop on over and follow her on instagram as she does not have a blog but posts pictures of her decor and antique booth regularly.

vintage Christmas bedroom

Friday, January 5, 2018

Saturday Blog Link Party

Well, I have decided to continue with the Saturday Blog Link Up Party. Please join me weekly. For this week I am just getting the link up going and will personalize it as my own by next week. Check in to see if you have been featured.

Add up to 3 family friendly links and we will see you each Saturday. Please link up below: