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  • in reply to: Picky, Picky, Picky- How To Deal with Picky Eaters #451523

    Well I am fortunate enough to have a really good eater. My daughter eats pretty much anything you put in front of her(with the exception of bell peppers). However I came across a very useful cook book for the kids I babysit.

    They are extremely picky eaters! the cookbook is “Deceptively Delicious” by Jessica Seinfeld(the comedians wife). It uses purees hidden in everyday foods.

    Like butternut squash in brownies, cauliflower in mashed potatoes kind of things. Very sneaky and kid approved!

    I like to keep oxyclean in the house for stains. I try to keep a squirt bottle with a mixture of oxyclean and water to quickly act on stains.

    I just found this recipe last night and tried it this morning. They taste great!(I don’t use stevia or anything like that so I substituted honey as a sweetener.)

    Baked Oatmeal Cupcakes To Go

    (makes 24-25 cupcakes)

    Adapted from: Cookie Dough Baked Oatmeal.

    5 cups rolled oats (400g)
    2 1/2 cups over-ripe mashed banana (For all substitutions, see nutrition link below) measured after mashing (600g)
    1 tsp salt
    5 NuNaturals stevia packets (or omit and use 5 tbsp liquid sweetener of choice–such as pure maple syrup or agave–instead)
    optional: 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips
    2 2/3 cups water (640g) (If using the liquid-sweetener option, scale water back by 1/3 cup.)
    1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp oil (45g) (I really like coconut, but veg oil will also work. For lower-fat substitution notes, see nutrition link below.)
    2 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
    optional add-ins: cinnamon, shredded coconut, chopped walnuts, ground flax or wheat germ, raisins or other dried fruit, etc.

    Preheat oven to 380 F, and line 24-25 cupcake tins. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients and stir very well. In a separate bowl, combine and stir all wet ingredients (including banana).

    Mix wet into dry, then pour into the cupcake liners and bake 21 minutes. I also like to then broil for 1-2 minutes, but it’s optional. These oatmeal cakes can be eaten right away, or they can be frozen and reheated for an instant breakfast on a busy day.

    View Nutrition Facts

    in reply to: Superbowl Sunday Triple Bash! #448138

    well as always, meat balls with BBQ sauce. Spicy chicken cheese dip made with Franks red hot, and finally salsa con queso

    I really, REALLY enjoy this site. I check back almost everyday. The layout is great, the color scheme works really well, and things are easy to find with the tabs you have listed. I have used so many tips and tricks and money saving hints from here. I have shared many of them with my friends and family and I shout your praises on Facebook. 🙂 I don’t really have any ideas to “spruce things up”. You do a great job compiling all this info. Keep up the good work.

    in reply to: Reaching your Fitness Goals for 2014 #446732

    1. Start riding my new bike with my daughter to get in shape and spend more time with her.
    2. Eat even healthier(even less processed food)
    3. visit our park more often to get in some extra walking

    in reply to: What 3 Things do you MYO or DIY to save money? #446727

    I make my own laundry soap
    I make all of my house hold cleaners
    I cut mine and my daughter’s hair to save money.

    We love homemade fruit roll ups! We would make lots of those. Also deer jerky.

    We have been given a lot of deer and I would love to make some jerky out of some of it.

    in reply to: Share your Best Fundraiser Ideas #444179

    I think an excellent fundraiser is a MOVIE NIGHT. Use your church that more than likely has a projection system. charge $2 to get in and $1 popcorn and $1 drinks. It’s almost all profit!

    in reply to: BBQ Bash- What’s your Favorite Recipe/Tip? #443111

    Dyed deviled eggs! They are so colorful and usually get lots of attention. after you have boiled, peeled, sliced and scooped out the yolk, you place the eggs in a food color bath for a few minutes till they are the desired darkness.

    It doesn’t change the taste but add “flair” to your eggs. Red, white , and blue are always a big hit at 4th of July or memorial day bashes. Pastel colors go over really well at Easter.

    in reply to: Kitchen Gadgets that Save us Cash . . . #442733

    I don’t know if I have 10 gadgets or not, but here goes:
    1: Kitchen aid mixer
    2: small hand held grater
    3: Bamboo tongs
    4: Food processor
    5: coffee pot. Being a single parent (who cant tolerate too much caffine)I don’t use it often, but is very hand when I need it. Also the basket can come out and I can make just 1 single cup of fresh brewed coffee.

    If you’ve never done this, you should try it. It makes just the perfect cup! Especially when you have just ground the beans as well.
    6: coffee grinder.
    7: (Not a gadget) but my cast iron skillet.

    I’d be lost without it…and if someone breaks in my house I can use it as a weapon and WACK someone in the head(like on ‘Tangled’)

    1: I would love a juicer
    2: magic bullet or something very similar
    3: Food saver/vacuum sealer

    in reply to: What top 5 things are a *Must Have* in your pantry? #442472

    1. Flour
    2. Sugar

    Spaghetti Sauce
    4. Spaghetti Noodles
    5. Green Beans

    in reply to: Share your Best Home Remedy . . . #442302

    My issue was, every time I went to use my brown sugar it was a hard brick! No mater what I tried, be it Ziplock bags, canisters, nothing! I didn’t use it very ofter so it just dry up into this unusable brick.

    The fix?? Now I keep it in a mason jar with a screw on lid. Now every time I go to use it it’s soft and moist just like I opened a brand new bag.

    I just scoop out the amount I need and screw back on the lid. Works perfectly!

    in reply to: All About You . . . #442121

    *What brought me here was someone had posted the recipe for Super Laundry sauce on my facebook page and I clicked on the link to check it out….then I was hooked!
    *The MYO section and the Challenges
    *money saving tips. Being a single parent homeschooling family we are on a very tight budget!
    *I’m trying to learn how to make my own bread, so bread recipes(not bread machine recipes) would be good.
    **Would like to win an Amazon gift card please

    in reply to: Share your Favorite Frugal Date Idea #442119

    A picnic on the beach(or lake/park if you are not fortunate to live by the beach) at sunset was always a fabulous date for me. All it cost is usually the food you already have and maybe swing by to pick up some strawberries…;) And remember when the sun starts to go down, not only is it beautiful, but it gets a little chilly. So remember to take a blanket so you can snuggle up with your special someone.

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