Apple of My Eye

This last weekend Randy and I were taking a drive and we passed an Apple orchard and  the special ….a bag of apples get one bag free. We got 6 bags and I made apple pie filling. Which will be for pies, apple crisp and even yogurt topping…

I have to say it feels so wonderful when you accomplish something…..enough for 23 pies in the freezer.

Apple Pie Filling

6 pounds apples- Washed, peel, core and slice apples.Treat to prevent darkening.

2 cups sugar

1/4 cup flour

1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

Combine sugar, flour and spices. Rinse and drain apples; stir into sugar mixture. Let stand until juices begin to flow, about 30 minutes. stir in lemon juice. cook over medium heat until mixture begins to thicken. Ladle pie filling into freezer bags. Try to get as much air out of the bag as you can.  Lay bag  flat and let cool and place in the freezer.

Have a blessed day, Candy

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Growing Green Onions

I read this some while ago and I just had to try it to see if it works. I bought green onions to put on top of our bean dip for New years eve. They leftover was in the fridge and I trimmed all of them off and put them in water.

and one week later look what we have….

The water needs to be changed every so often to keep the roots happy and healthy. Green onions can top potatoes, noodles or salads…..just cut them up. You can keep uses the plant you and eventually it will stop growing and then you know it is time to start another one!

Have a blessed day! Candy

1/2 full or 1/2 empty bag of chips?

This week  while grocery shopping I noticed  the bags of chips and pretzels are smaller and less full. The bags are full of air to appear bigger and fuller. Tonight while out chips were $4.99 a bag…..I give up! My husband is always telling me I need to give them up well maybe today was the day. Tonight with our movie we are having popcorn!

 

While getting my popcorn out of the cupboard the lid popped off and spilled out…..Now my popcorn is 1/2 full!

God’s blessings, Candy

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Happy New year! Yesterday we were invited to a friend’s home. I usually like to stay home and watch the Twilight Zone on Hulu, but my friend was persistent and  we went. We were asked to make a dish to pass I made my taco dip and had all my ingredients but the taco seasoning. So we made our own. It tasted great and I am wondering why I haven’t kept up making my own like years passed. Here is the recipe .

Taco Seasoning

1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder ( I had dried onions so I crushed them in a small dish and which the back of a spoon)
1/4 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (we had some dried ones from our garden and I crushed them with the back of a spoon)
1/8 tsp. ground ginger

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in small mixing bowl

and mix well.

Store in an airtight container if not using right away. Makes enough seasoning for about 2 lbs. meat

I doubled the recipe and now I have more for when I need it again! Have a blessed day and New Year! Candy

Leftovers….Right Under your Nose

Hello Frugal friends! This morning I wanted to think about all the Holiday dinners we have been having. It is our goal in our home not to waste the Leftovers. I like to think Leftovers are a gift and a big money saver!

Ham or turkey dinner

  • We like to boil the bones for broth and add the leftover meat to make soup. You would be surprised to see how much meat is left on the bone.Yesterday we made bean soup with the ham bone and ham my mom gave us from Christmas eve and turkey soup with the turkey carcass and leftover turkey from the turkey my husband made Christmas day. We are taking soup to a few sick friends today and freezing the rest for another day.
  • Last night we cooked cut up turkey added some gravy and served over some toast. My husband said “now this is a meal!”

Leftover vegetables– I think I have said before I have a freezer container where I put leftover vegetables. This is when there are a small amount of Vegetables left from dinner instead of wasting…. I keep adding to it. I drain the juice and then add the veggies every time we have them. Well yesterday I added those frozen veggies to our turkey soup.

Leftover breads and rolls– I place them on a cookie sheet and let them dry out. Sometimes if I had to bake something when I am done I place the cookie sheet in the oven while it is cooling down for that extra drying power. Then when dry out I put them in a plastic bag and beat them with the rolling pin…..Great stress reliever 🙂

Leftover Mashed Potato– You can reheat them or we like to make potato pancakes.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together potatoes, beaten egg, salt, and cheese. Melt butter on a large griddle at medium heat. Drop potato mixture onto griddle 1/4 cup at a time. Flatten with a spatula to 1/2 inch thick. Fry approximately 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Serve hot.

If you have any leftover tips I would love to hear them! Have a blessed day, Candy

Unemployed…..A new chapter in my life

This week my husband and I found out our job will be coming to a close the end of December. I am left with a mix of emotions, but I am feeling I need to get back on my frugal path.

What to do when you are facing unemployment?

I feel we have been in this predicament several times and I get in my provide for the family mode.

  • Get prepared– Make sure to have all caught up or ahead as soon as you find out.
  • “Don’t make your net worth more important than your self-worth!” Meaning just because you are out of work doesn’t make you worthless.
  • Looking for work is my new job….
  • For me my friends and family have been giving me leads on jobs….Let your friends and family know you are out of work.
  • Look for what you can cut or get rid of what you don’t need.
  • With our job we do not have unemployment, but if you are eligible for unemployment take care of it right away….it may take a little time for your benefits to kick in.

I would love to hear your tips too! Have a blessed day, Candy

Happy Thanksgiving

Today, I am going to reflect on all the many blessings that surround me. I think so many times when we are struggling to make ends meet we don’t take the time to be grateful what we do have.

Have a blessed Thanks Giving! Candy