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Also, be aware of how much heat your cooking appliances emit. Use an outdoor grill or a small toaster oven when cooking in the summer. When you can, save the stove-top and oven heat for when it’s needed in the winter.
After cooking in the oven on colder days, leave the door open so the residual heat stays in your home.
For the holidays, I’m “famous” for peanut butter fudge. It’s fairly quick to make, and the biggest expense is peanut butter. I’ve been known to bring other dishes when I have extra time, but I let “you’ll have to make this again!”
fall on deaf ears unless the dish is cheap and quick.
The title of the thread drew me in, too…
I stockpile mostly ingredients when I find a good deal — canned and frozen vegetables, grass-fed ground beef, honey, nuts (I freeze them), olive oil, and coconut oil. And nonperishable things like toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper, tampons, etc.
I agree, I don’t stockpile anything we haven’t already tried and liked. And cheese isn’t stockpiled in my house for some reason.
Great job Jenifer! Every little bit really does help. My husband doesn’t like sun-dried clothes for some reason, but I’m curious how much it would save.
Good question! Peanut Butter Fudge from a recipe passed down from my grandmother — it’s a yummy Christmas tradition and always makes an appearance at family get-togethers during the holiday season.
2 cups sugar
3 tbsp. butter
1/2 c milk
Stir and cook in a saucepan over med-high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook 3 minutes. (My mom goes by the 3-minute rule and always has perfect fudge. I have to test it at this point to see if it’s at “softball stage.”)
Remove pan from heat. Add:
1 cup creamy peanut butter (We’ve tried various brands, but Jif is the one that the whole family successfully uses.)
1 tsp vanilla flavoring
Beat with a mixer until thickened. Pour onto a greased platter and let cool.
Pineapple Honey Fruit Toss is my go-to recipe for many potlucks and BBQs. It started as a dish for a church potluck when many of them were participating in a local Biggest Loser competition. I usually just keep it in the fridge until just before serving time.
1 cup strawberries and/or blueberries
1 small can of pineapple juice
1 tbsp. honey (more or less depending on desired sweetness)
1/2 cup chopped pecans or almonds (optional)
In a large bowl, whisk together the juice and honey. Cut fruit into bite-size chunks. Add fruit and nuts to juice and toss to coat.
Tips: Add apples to juice mixture immediately after cutting to avoid them turning brown. Use slightly under-ripe bananas so they won’t be mushy.
It’s a very versatile mixture, and many other fruits (like kiwi and fresh pineapple) can be used along with or instead of those listed.
Do you mean remedies like the Lactaid pill that’s taken before consuming a dairy product? Or recommendations like substitutions for dairy products?
A lot of people who are lactose intolerant can still handle yogurt, and goat’s milk products are usually easier to digest than than cow’s milk. There’s also a small-scale dairy farm (cows) in my area, and many locals who are lactose intolerant can still drink this milk because it’s still so pure. There’s some process they don’t put their milk through – I just don’t remember what it was. My diagnosis was a milk allergy, so I have to stay away from all of it. I think I’m going to pick up some raw milk and see if that reacts any differently.
Potatoe Slices sound delicious! Will definitely keep this in mind next time I peel potatoes. And pickle juice?
I was just coming to ask where to buy essential oils so thanks for all of the answers! I haven’t had any experience with them, but a doctor recommended a couple to rub on me for certain physical problems. Is it the scent of the oil that is supposed to help or do the benefits come from oil that gets absorbed through my skin?
Just wanted to bump this, as Dove shows the sample offer is still available.
Great tips and ideas!
My husband stays super busy, so I like to pack an early picnic breakfast on hot summer days. If he has time, we’ll go the library afterwards to browse.
Around my city, there are LOTS of free or cheap plays, workshops, and events to attend. Look at calendars for churches, schools, libraries, and health food stores.
The high school in my area puts on awesome plays for a fraction of what the local acting companies charge. Whole Foods often has free lectures, tours, events, etc. You can also check your newspaper or town’s website for local events and festivals.
Sure, people try to sell you plenty of things at festivals, but it’s also fun to just browse.
I was recently diagnosed with quite a few food allergies and we haven’t figured out what the rest of my allergies are yet, so I don’t stockpile too many things. My husband and I also go through too many phases where we devour one thing and then get tired of it for months. As for food, my stockpile is normally rice, beans (dry and canned), frozen fruits/veggies, and nuts.
Everything else I just try to keep tabs on so I know when to start looking for a good deal.
I stockpile mostly nonfood items, like shaving cream, razor blades, contact solution, makeup, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, dental floss, laundry detergent, and fabric softener. These are things we always use and have certain brands we’re particularly fond of. I have enough storage space in the cupboards of the bathroom and laundry room to keep a few extras of each of these.
I love going to parks, especially since my budget for “date night” with my husband is practically nonexistant! We normally take a picnic (breakfast on hot summer days) and then just walk around enjoying the view. If there’s a lake or river, we may bring towels and changes of clothes. When there’s plenty of open space, you could also bring a frisbee, football, volleyball, etc. to toss around. If you have a pet dog, I bet they’d love getting out to the park as well.
My first date with my husband was to a city park with a river flowing through it. He tried to impress me by jumping off some high rocks into the river. I guess it worked…
Welcome! I’m a newbie too. I’m in SC, but I receive email updates from The Dallas Mommy with some awesome deals. Have you heard of her?