Tip Tuesday – Easy Corn

Corn on the cob is a great summer time favorite. It goes with just about anything. The only part that stinks is shucking it! Getting those fine silks off is horrible. We’ve got on easy way to get perfectly shucked corn every time with no fuss.  Simple cook your corn in the microwave with the husks still on.  It takes about 6 mins. When its done, (be careful it will be hot), Simply cut the bottom off and slide the corn out. Make sure to cut the stem off entirely or it won’t slide. Butter, salt, pepper…enjoy!

 

 

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Food Friday – Homemade Doughnuts

Everyone loves a fresh doughnut from time to time, but kids love doughnut holes! We’ve got a kid friendly spin that is easy and fun. We bet you have everything you need already in your house. If not, here is your list:

 

 

 

 

 

1 tube of biscuit  (don’t get the flakey layers)

1 cup sugar

2 tbsp cinnamon

1 cup powdered sugar

3 cups of your favorite oil

2 brown paper lunch sacks

Directions:

Fill saucepan with oil and turn stove to medium heat. This will take the oil a little longer to warm up, but be patient we don’t want any grease splatter.  While the oil is heating, open the package of biscuits. Cut each biscuit into 4 equal parts. To make them more like doughnut holes, roll the pieces into balls for a more round shape. Put your powdered sugar in one paper bag and the sugar and cinnamon in the other. Now that your oil is warm, slowly drop 8-10 balls in the pan. The oil should bubble but not splatter. Use metal tongs to turn the dough balls during the cooking process. Once they are brown all over, place on a paper plate lined with a paper towel to drain oil. When they have cooled slightly, have the kids put half the doughnuts in each bag then shake vigorously. Remove from bag and serve. Repeat steps for the remaining dough.

These are surprisingly delicious and calorie free…..o.k. we’re kidding about the last part but they are worth the calories.

For a lower calorie recipe, try the low fat biscuits and a natural sugar substitute like Truvia

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Thrifty Thursdays – Gardening Savings

Each year we hit the outdoors to pull weeds, plant new flowers and get the yard ready for summer. It takes a lot of hard work…..and money! That trip to your local home improvement store can really add up! Here is a little trick to help save some of those hard earned dollars. Instead of buying expensive weed controlling fabric or or unsafe chemicals, try lining your garden beds with newspaper.  Lay your bark or rock on top and weeds will stay away for about 2 years.

Go Green!

 

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Tip Tuesday – Moist Cookies

Home made cookies are the best! Whether it’s grandma’s recipe or right off the package, it’s hard to beat a fresh baked cookie.  Most times cookies don’t last long around the house, but sometimes they dry out before they get eaten.  We have a helpful tip to keep your cookies fresh a little longer. After you bake your batch of cookies, add a slice of bread to your container. The slice of bread will help to absorb any dry air and gives the cookies the needed moisture needed to stay soft. You’re bread will get hard and stale. Once the bread has dried up, replace with a new slice!

 

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Food Friday – Whole Wheat Oatmeal Berry Crumb Bars

Todays recipe come to us from Nature Box. These oatmeal bars are both delicious and nutritious!

Serves: 9
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 3/4 cup blackberries
  • 3/4 cup sliced strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat an 8 x 8 baking dish with nonstick spray.

2. In a small bowl, combine berries, sugar and cornstarch. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Add egg, vanilla and cold butter, using your fingers to work the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse crumbs.

4. Spread 2/3 of the batter into the prepared baking dish. Spread berry mixture evenly over the bottom layer. Sprinkle with remaining 1/3 of the batter and turbinado sugar.

5. Place into oven and bake until golden brown, about 25-30 minutes. Let cool slightly before cutting into bars.

Find this recipe at:

http://blog.naturebox.com/post/48381729467/whole-wheat-oatmeal-berry-crumb-bars

Or follow Nature Box on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/NatureBox?fref=ts

 

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Thrifty Throw Pillows

Adding a few new decorative pieces to your home is a great way to spruce up your living space. Fresh paint and some throw pillows can make a whole new room. But wait, when did throw pillows become so expensive??? They can run from $10 (if your lucky), to $50+ dollars.  Purchase 3 or 4 pillows and you can run into the hundreds! We found this great DIY blog that made pillows for cents on the dollar. Check out these great porch pillows. Would you believe that is spray paint. See how its done at:  http://thisthriftyhouse.blogspot.com/2010/07/spray-painted-pillows.html

 

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Words of Wisdom – Ellen DeGeneres

Follow your passion. Stay true to yourself. Never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path. By all means, you should follow that. - Ellen DeGeneres

 

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Tip Tuesday – Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me!

Todays tip comes from a bizzy babee follower and couldn’t come at a better time.  With summer around the corner, everyone is getting their patios and yards ready for outdoor entertaining. A wonderful summer meal isn’t complete without pesky bugs flying around right? Well shoo the fly’s away without expensive sprays or candles. Did you know that fly’s hate pine-sol? Fill up a bottle with half pine-sol and half water and use it to wipe down your outdoor table, chairs and furniture.  You can get you cleaning done and repel bugs at the same time!

Have a great fly-free summer!

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