Sunday, August 31, 2014

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Frugal Frozen Pancakes

These are my pancakes cooling before they go into the freezer.
In the previous post, I talked about pancakes for dinner.  I have another frugal suggestion that will also save you time! 

When you make your pancakes, make a double batch and freeze the leftovers.  Just wait for them to cool and put in a plastic freezer bag or container.  This saves money by not having to reheat a stove, or wash extra dishes.  It also save you time.  All you have to do is pull the pancakes out of the freezer and microwave or toast them.  This makes a super quick breakfast idea or you can use them for dinner again. 
Also, try other things besides the standard butter and syrup.  Syrup is expensive, try brown sugar and cinnamon or cream cheese and strawberries.  Honey and blueberries work as well.  Chocolate chip and banana pancakes are a big hit with the kids.  When we were little, we would have brown sugar and butter on ours.

A Sunday Task

Okay, I forgot to take a picture of my vegetables waiting to be washed and cut up, so you'll just have to use your imagination with this picture, sorry!

A few weeks ago, I was looking for a recipe that I never did find, but I stumbled across an article that talked about time-saving things that you should do on Sundays to get ready for the week.  One of them was washing and cutting all of your fruits and veggies that you would use that week.  I have to say that for the past few weeks, I have been doing just that and it makes a big difference!

Here a few thoughts/pros:

  • We have been eating LOTS more fruits and vegetables because they are there and ready-to-go. 
  • There will be less waste.  You will not look in the back of the fridge in 2 weeks and realize that the peppers you bought are now more wrinkly than a raisin.  
  • Have your kids help you.  If you have children, give them a job to help.  My oldest can peel carrots, the middle washes them and my youngest picks up any errant peels that fall on the ground.  I have heard that kids are more likely to eat food that they help to prepare.  (That and ranch dressing goes a long way in our house!)
You obviously don't have to do these things on Sundays, if that isn't a great day for you, pick another evening or time that works best for you.  I have a friend who will take an evening every so often to make a bunch of pancakes with her husband to go into the freezer.  Quality time comes in all different packages...

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Frugal Garlic Bread

Frugal Garlic Toast

Instead of buying expensive, preservative laden garlic bread that comes in a frozen box at the store, make your own.  It is very quick and easy, I promise!
  • Preheat (if you are a preheater, many frugal people aren't) to 425 F. 
  • Lay out your bread pieces on a cookie sheet, stone or pizza pan. 
    • Tip:  Start looking at Kroger for the Manager Special bread.  Often you can get a loaf of white bread for $.59 or even organic bread for $1.59 a loaf.  I will pick up a couple of loaves when I see it clearanced and put them in the freezer.
  • Next, I combine some olive oil, vegetable oil, melted butter or melted margarine with any spices that you think would taste good on garlic bread.
    • I usually use garlic, a little salt and Italian seasoning.  You can choose anything you like.
  • Spread the oil mixture on the bread.  This can be done with a cooking brush or just a spoon. 
  • If you like, sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese or shredded mozzarella on the top.
  • Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes.  The length of time is really dependent on how thick the bread is and how crisp you want your bread.  Keep an eye on it and pull it out when it looks good to you. 
  • Another frugal tip:  If I have just baked something else in the oven, I will just put the bread in after turning off the oven and let it sit in there until it is crispy enough. 

Frugal Apple Chips

Here's how you can make your own frugal baked apple chips.  Something to keep in mind with all of the apple sales that will be coming up during the next few months!

Thinly slice your washed apples.  Any variety will work.  I found that about 4-5 apples (of the smaller variety) would fit on a cookie sheet.  After you have sliced your apples, spread them on the cookie sheet.

Next, sprinkle the slices with cinnamon and/or nutmeg.  Finally, pop them in the oven for about 2 hours on 275.  You will want to watch them closely near the end.  There is fine line between done and burnt.  It is that easy!

I stored my finished product in a reusable zip lock bag to keep moisture out.  These really taste great and my picky 2 and 4 year olds love them!  Great way to get your apple a day.

Frugal Quick Tip: Permanent Marker

Use those free permanent markers you may have gotten recently at Target (or elsewhere) to spiff up your wardrobe a bit.  I've used them on these black earrings to cover up spots where the paint has chipped.  Use a black permanent marker if you get a bleach stain on a black shirt.  You could also use them on scuffed black shoes.  What have you repaired using a permanent marker?

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