By now you know I have a strange obsession with my crock pot. The good news is, not only is a crock pot a time saver, it’s also a money saver! Today, Frugal Sally will tell us 6 areas in which crock pots save money and time…because that’s how we roll.
Let me start this by saying “I love my crockpot”. There are so many reasons why I cannot do without this item in my kitchen. For starters, it is the easiest way you will ever cook. That is a fact! But the best reason is that it saves you money big time. It also saves you time and as far as I’m concerned, time IS money! [Read more…]
I’ve always found geocaching fascinating. I wanted to do a post about how it was a good family activity, but I don’t have the experience. Enter, my friend Amanda from Spinning Yarns and Other Things (and also a friend from high school). She and her family LOVE geocaching together, so I asked her to do a write up for you guys. Thanks Amanda!
What IS Geocaching?
Geocaching. It’s a weird word, I know, but it is so much fun. It even sounds a little bit illegal but it isn’t. Some of you may be thinking, “What in the world is that??” The answer is simple. Geocaching is a modern day treasure hunt that uses coordinates of latitude and longitude to mark the treasure instead of maps. When you find the treasure box you can take something from it, but you must leave something of equal or greater value.
We decided to give geocaching a try this past summer. After our first cache we were hooked! We have now successfully found 71 caches. There is very minimal cost involved and it has turned out to be an awesome family activity with an educational aspect to boot.
Today our guest post is by Brandy from Living Water Health and Wellness. Thanks Brandy!!
Have you ever been in that place where you realize around lunch time that you have no idea what you’re going to make for dinner that night? That happened to me one day this week. We were on vacation last week and I still haven’t gotten my pantry and fridge restocked. So, what did I do? I rounded up the things I had and threw them all together in the crock pot. 🙂 And you know what? It turned out delicious! That’s why this dish is called Hodgepodge Crock Pot Chicken. The great thing about this recipe is that you can really use just about whatever veggies you have on hand.
I’m so tickled today to have a guest post by my new friend, Christy, from over at The Simple Homemaker. Christy has a delightful blog. If you’re not subscribed, you SHOULD BE! She’s s complete hoot and full of tons of great information. Thanks Christy!
My husband is part Filipino. When it comes to cuisine, his Filipino blood speaks loud and clear…even louder than my “cheese is a food group” Wisconsin blood.
When he first told me about the popular Filipino dish, chicken adobo, I was not convinced of its culinary worth, but when his aunt made it for us early in our marriage, I was totally sold.
Every Filipino family has their own version of adobo. This crockpot chicken adobo recipe is our variation of recipes passed down by my husband’s father and uncle, who never could agree on whose adobo was superior.
This recipe is a guest post by Bobbie Bushman, author of Budgeting with the Bushmans. The Bushmans are a family of four who live ultra-frugally and debt free on one part-time income.
We four Bushmans eat on less than $300/month without couponing. We eat vegetarian, whole foods which are probably about 70-80% organic. One way we do that is by buying in bulk. Buying in bulk usually goes pretty smoothly for me, but in my last order I made a costly boo-boo. I accidently ordered my black-eyed peas as a flat of cans instead of in a 25 pound bag. I tell you this to let you know that in this recipe I will be using canned beans, but that is WAY out of the ordinary for us since we (except for this ordering mistake) normally eat bulk dried beans because they are SO much cheaper. [Read more…]
Today we have a great post from my colleague, Debra, from Sweet Kisses and Dirty Dishes. Just the name of this soup makes this pregnant mama happy. Chow down! Thanks Debra.
When Stacy asked me to do a guest post for Fix-It-And-Forget Friday, I was smile-from-ear-to-ear-and-giggle-a-bit excited. I immediately started to think about what I would make… and failed three attempts in a row (though don’t worry, the recipe below is a winner!) That lead to three *cough* interesting meals. The food would have been fine if it had been cooked correctly, but I did not know how to use the crockpot for those recipes.
It never occurred to me that I could not just pick up my slightly dusty crock pot and make an amazing meal. I tend to think I can do anything, which leads to a lot of humbling experiences. Ooops. Chicken and broth. Chicken and broth. My crock pot did not realize it could do anything else. Except that one time it cooked meatloaf in a hotel overnight, but that was unusual circumstances. [Read more…]
This month our guest post from Brandy is about cake….and y’all know I love cake. I have personally had a piece of this delicious dessert and it will make your taste buds sing for joy. Make it soon. You won’t be sorry.
The colors of Spring, for me, are lavender and yellow. The lavender of grape hyacinths, lilacs and sweet dresses for little girls. The yellow of daffodils, eggs and strong sunshiny days. This cake is the perfect way to celebrate the arriving warmth of Spring or keep spirits up during the rainy days. I was introduced to it five years ago as a birthday gift from my friend Anna of The Walden Effect.
Fix and Forget Friday is brought to you this week by my colleague Kate from Modern Alternative Mama. You might have noticed that I’ve had a lot of guest posts on Friday…this pregnancy been a bit rough and food was not my friend during the first trimester (although I’m quickly making up for that). My friends have graciously stepped in to help me. Thanks Kate!
I might be a little crazy.
Recently I decided that I needed to be a better friend, which largely means when my friends need help – I need to step up. So when a friend texted me half in a panic a few days ago and said “Can you please watch my kids on Thursday?” I agreed to do it. Even though it meant switching my work schedule around (which I don’t mind doing). [Read more…]
Y’all today we have a guest post by my awesome friend, Becca from Frugal Wannabe. I met Becca at a workshop and she’s been a blessing to me ever since. Crock on!
I admit, I’m one of those weird people who can and will eat and/or make soup any time of year, even in summer. So, yes, I am bringing you a soup recipe when it’s warmish weather! I also love using my Crockpot, because I have 4 kids to care for during the day, which means almost no free time, and standing over the stove leaves plenty of opportunity to forget and burn food. I am known for burning grilled cheese sammiches. Oh well, on to the recipe!
To make this yummy soup, you need lots of fresh, yummy ingredients. You could use frozen if you want, but why, when you can use fresh?! Look at all this goodness.
See that onion? Don’t mind that. I forgot that I was using leeks and stuck it in the picture. Oh well, it still looks good, right? [Read more…]