Tip Tuesday – Fluffy Eggs

Have you ever wondered why some eggs are light and fluffy and others aren’t? IHOP is known for their fluffy eggs and there is a reason why.  Just add a little of your pancake or waffle mix to your eggs and beat! Just a table spoon or two will whip those eggs into a fluffy scramble or omelet.

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Food Friday – Lunch on the Run

We all remember those “Salad Shakers” that McDonald’s was offering a few years back. High priced and a lot less healthy than they claimed.  Well this new homemade twist wins two thumbs up for us! Grab a mason jar from the cupboard and start stacking.

Directions:

1. Pre-chop lettuce, veggies, meats etc…

2. Place dressing on bottom of jar

3. Stack on heavier veggies and cheese

4. Drop in lighter veggies and fruits

5. Top with lettuce

6. Store a weeks worth in refrigerator

7. When it’s lunch time, shake and eat!

 

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Thrifty Thursday- Book Lovers

This thrifty tip is for all of our avid readers out there. After countless dollars being spent on books, we have a new way for you to save some money and still keep the books you want.  Paperback swap is a great way to read that next popular book with out having to dish out $10, $20, even $30 dollars for it. The service is free and easy! Start off by signing up at paperbackswap.com. After you have registered, you can list any books you are willing to part with.  If you list at least 10, they will give you 2 credits to start with.  1 credit = 1 book. It’s that easy. You earn credits by mailing your books to people that request them.  Then you use those credits to request books from other people. You are responsible for paying the shipping but remember, this is media and media mail is much cheaper (Usually about $2). Search for our blog on sending media mail in 2012 for more info. Once your book arrives, it’s yours to keep. You do not have to relist it if you love it.  If you don’t think you will read it again and want to swap it, just add it to your list for trade.

This service is becoming very popular and may not be free for long. So jump on and sign up today!

Happy reading!

For full instruction on how it works, click here: http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/how_to_swap_books.php

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Tip Tuesday – Mosquito Repellant

Spring is here and that means bugs. Specifically Mosquito’s! These pesky little creatures can be itchy, painful and just annoying. Before you head out the door make sure you protect yourself from these “buggers” with a nice smelling repellant made right from your kitchen.

Here’s what you need:

Combine in a 16 oz bottle:
15 drops lavender oil
3-4 Tbsp of vanilla extract
1/4 Cup lemon juice.
Fill bottle with water.
Shake!

Hey that was easy. Now go play!

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Fat Letters??

What if your child brought home a letter for school, but instead of it being for behavior or grades it was because they were overweight? This is happening is schools in the USA.  Children with a high BMI are being sent letters stating their current health statistics, and ways to help get them to a healthier status. This has raised uproar in states where it is taking place, but is it necessary? Many parents would take offence, but some are simply unaware of their child’s health risks or how to change behaviors. In an age where convenience out weighs health, it can be hard to avoid high fat, sugar and processed foods. Could raising awareness help? We may not know how the results of these letters now, but we do have some statistics on how to prevent child obesity starting day one! BREASTFEEDING! You got it. A 17 year study showed staggering results on how breastfed babies have lower obesity rates. By age 5, children that were never breastfed had obesity rates of 4.5% compared to only 0.8% in children that were breastfed for 1 year. By age 12 children breastfed for a minimum of 6 months had 22% lower obesity rates than non-breastfed babies. Breastfed infants learn to control the amount of human milk and calories they consume better than bottle-fed infants, who are often forced to continue feeding and finish a bottle after they are satisfied. Energy-dense infant formulas may stimulate the endocrine system to secrete more insulin and growth factor than human milk does, which leads to increased rates of body fat in formula-fed babies (Hediger et al. 2001). – LLLI”

These statistics are hard to ignore. Breastfeeding starts a behavior of eating until full rather than eating until your “plate is finished” Of course this is just a small part of a long lone of benefits that breastfeeding provides. Breastfeeding can reduce your child’s chances of getting cancer, allergies, and diabetes to name a few.

To read more about the benefits of breastfeeding visit:

http://www.llli.org/llleaderweb/lv/lvjanfebmar07p2.html

 

To read the full story about “Fat letters” visit:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/27/fat-letters-massachusetts_n_2775004.html

 

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Food Friday – Apple Pies!

We saw these apple pies on another site and they looked awesome!  Here is the recipe.

APPLE PIE IN A APPLE BOWL

5-6 Granny Smith apples (make sure they can stand on their own)
1 tbsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp. brown sugar
pie crust (homemade or pre-made)

 

 

  • Preheat oven to 375F. 
  • Cut off the top of 4 apples off and discard. Remove the inside of each apple with a spoon or melon baller very carefully, as to not puncture the peel. If you’re a skilled interior apple excavator, salvage as much as you can so you can use it for Step 2. I, on the other hand, am not skilled so I just had to throw my interior apples away and chop up additional apples for filling.
  • Remove skin from remaining apple(s) and slice very thinly. These apple pieces will give you the additional filling needed to fill the four apples you are baking.
  • Mix sliced apples with sugars and cinnamon in a bowl. If you prefer more or less cinnamon make adjustments as desired. Same goes for the sugar.
  • Scoop sliced apples into hollow apples.
  • Roll out pie crust and slice into 1/4 inch strips. You can also add a strip of pastry inside the top of the apple almost like a liner to add a little more texture/sweetness to the pie.
  • Cover the top of the apple in a lattice pattern with pie crust strips.
  • Place apples in an 8×8 pan. Add just enough water to the cover the bottom of the pan.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown and sliced apples are soft.

We hope you enjoy

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Thrifty Thursday – Dish Washer Tabs

We all know that cleaning supplies take up a large part of the shopping budget! It’s crazy how much companies charge for these items knowing we will pay for them. Most of them are very simple recipes that can be made at home, or substituted with household items. We have all heard that you can make your own laundry soap, but dishwasher tabs? YES  you can, and it’s easy.

Here’s what you need:

1 Cup Borax

1 Cup Washing Soda

1/4 Cup Epsom Salt

Lemon Juice

Instructions:

1.Mix all the powders together well

2.Separate 1 cup of the powder into a separate bowl

3.Add 4 tbs lemon juice to the mixture. It will foam a little and get wet and sticky.

4. Pat mixture into the ice cube trays

5.Repeat steps 2 and 4 until your mixture is gone.

6.Place the mixture in the window for drying or leave out overnight.

For full instructions, visit Louise’s Country Closet at:

http://www.louises-country-closet.com/2013/03/homemade-dishwasher-detergent-cubes.html

Fill the trays and pat down the mixture.

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Words of Wisdom Wednesday

We’re not sure if this would be considered “wisdom” but it sure is funny!

“Facebook just sounds like a drag, in my day seeing pictures of peoples vacations was considered a punishment” –Betty White

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Tip Tuesday – Bag Sealer

Do you have a bag of opened chocolate chips in your cupboard right now? Who doesn’t. It seems like there is always a 1/4 of a bag of chips in the pantry just waiting to spill.  Next time you open a bag and don’t use the whole thing, try this trick out.  Just cup the top off a plastic bottle and slide it over the open end of the bag.  Fold over any excess packaging and screw on the bottle cap for a tight seal.  You can use this for rice, beans or any other bag with no reusable seal.

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