Tuesday, September 25, 2018

How to Cook a Pumpkin in an Instant Pot in Fifteen Minutes or Less!

I am a super fan of cooking with pumpkin because it is so versatile! You can eat it starting in the morning for healthy breakfast right on through the day and onto dessert.

Which is why I try to buy a pumpkin every year. Pureeing your Halloween pumpkins and freezing or dehydrating them for later is a budget friendly way to enjoy this healthy squash after they disappear from the grocery store on October 31st.

Unfortunately, since pumpkins take an hour to bake in the oven before I can even think about cooking with it or drying it into dog treats with the dehydrator that I can’t live without (learn more about it here) I don’t have the time to puree any more than one pumpkin a year – until now.


How to cook and puree a pumpkin
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How to Make Instant Pot Pumpkin the Easy Way

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Why Do My Dehydrator Tomatoes Turn Black and Moldy?

My in laws have another bumper crop of fresh garden tomatoes. Even after canning loads of  almost every conceivable tomato recipe – tomatoes, sauce, juice, salsa,  and new this year ketchup! – their tomato plants are still growing more fruit than even the most dedicated gardener can pick.

Which is how I ended up with two big  bag of very ripe garden tomatoes for which I am very grateful. I immediately brought the tomatoes home, sliced the majority of them, and put them in my portable dehydrator that I absolutely can’t live without (you can learn more about it here) like I’ve done many times before with great success. (I am including affiliate links for your convenience.

When I checked the tomatoes in the dehydrator, instead of packaging them up for later I got my first vegetable dehydrator fail. Most of the tomatoes turned black, moldy, or both in the dehydrator.


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Why?

3 Reasons Why Tomatoes Turned Black in the Dehydrator and How to Prevent It


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Quickest and Easiest Homemade Pickle Recipe You Will Ever Make!

I like nothing better than a good ol’ garlicky Kosher dill pickle. Try as I might, I haven’t quite found the right recipe to replicate what I devour from the store.

Which made me pretty darn sad, when we were running out of those wonderful deli pickles and the last time I went to Aldi they didn’t have any for sale. No worries! I tossed a couple of cucumbers in my cart and trotted home to make the quickest and easiest refrigerator pickle recipe you will ever make!

Let’ s get pickled!

easy dill bread and butter pickle recipe
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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Savory Turkey Herb Rub Recipe

I am all over make ahead herb mixes and rub recipes because they take seconds to make and are an easy way to make dinner taste fancy on the cheap when you don’t have the time to cook something elaborate.

Which is pretty much me all of the time.

Inspired by an over productive summer herb garden, a turkey breast I needed to defrost to get back some freezer space, and my social media feeds blowing up with posts from  friends competing in an international amateur swimming event in France,  I set out to create a savory meat rub recipe that is similar of French Herbes de Provence.

Which is a fancy way of saying spice mix made from herbs that grow well in Provence, France.

Oooh la la!

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Originally I created this savory herb mix recipe to kick up a turkey (and as a test run for making Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.)  It tastes so fantastic that I used my savory meat rub on just about every type of meat my husband and I could think of: fish, chicken, turkey, beef, pork, and even lamb with excellent, excellent results.

Let’s just say, it’s been a savory kind of summer!

How to Make a Savory Poultry, Beef, Fish, and Lamb Spice Rub Recipe


Friday, August 10, 2018

47 Things Thrifty People Save and Reuse to Save Money

Sometimes I am a complete weirdo and buy something or refuse to throw out or recycle it because I can reuse the packaging to save money. After years of trying to get a second reuse out of almost everything before it hits the trash can, my family is practically debt free and our weekly household trash fills a grocery shopping bag on a good week.

Now I’m not saying I am some sort of hoarder (there’s no room for bunches of extra stuff when living in a condo! We do a quick check in to see if there is a need for an item and if we don't, then it is put in our recycling, donate, or trash bin.) Turns out by being resourceful with our trash there is a ton of stuff I don’t need to buy because I save and repurpose what I have around me. It saves money in an eco friendly way that works for us.


47 Things Thrifty Zero Waste People Do Not Throw Away to Save Money


47 ideas of things not to throw away to save money
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Friday, July 20, 2018

6 Quick Money Saving Ideas So Easy You Can Practically Do Them in Your Sleep!

I try to keep myself busy with little projects on the weekend to keep from getting bored or going crazy especially on rainy days. More often than not, there is an (accidental) money saving component like planting all of this year’s container garden with seeds I found during a junk drawer clean out just to see if they will grow.

Since most of these little projects and happy accidents are too small for their own blog post, but still pretty darn useful, I figured why not put them in an old school round up post of quick and easy money saving hacks?

6 Quick and Easy Ways to Save Money You Need to Know
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Friday, July 13, 2018

Goodbye Plastic Free and Zero Waste Shopping: Whole Foods Won’t Allow You Fill Your Own Bulk Bin Containers

Every Zero Waste and Plastic Free advocate suggests you can reduce your household waste by filling your own containers from the bulk food bin section at the grocery store. Often, but not always, the bulk bin unit price is cheaper – especially when it comes to buying spices. As always, your mileage may vary - compare the unit price before you buy!

I’ll admit, the even cheaper sale price was the reason I stopped into Whole Foods because they were giving Amazon Prime members a discount on bulk bin items (learn more here via my affiliate link.) I figured it was as good of time as any to cross a few items off my grocery list while at the same time help slim my trash and recycling bins. (We like to keep our weekly household waste as low as we can but are not an official Zero Waste or Plastic Free home.)


Another reason I like filling my own containers is it helps me from accidentally misjudging the quantity I need and overbuying. Let’s face it the two ounces of spice that fills a spice jar looks like nothing in a bag.

No zero waste customer containers allowed in the bulk bin food store
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