Wednesday, January 10, 2018

How to Recycle a Protein Powder Container and Make DIY Laundry Detergent for Cheap!

Liquid laundry detergent makes my washing machine stink. It doesn’t matter if it is scented, unscented, “allergy free”, plant based ingredients, or not. If I wash several loads of clothes in liquid detergent in row, my washer REEKS like nobody’s business.

That’s why I started making my own powdered laundry detergent.

My homemade powdered laundry detergent doesn’t make my washing machine smell bad, it gets even my husband’s toxically sweaty running clothes clean, and by keeping the laundry detergent recipe simple with just three ingredients so it is simple quick to whip up a batch.

 
Super simple hand made laundry detergent!
Some photos in this post are courtesy of my DIY blog Condo Blues

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Top 10 Money Saving Tips of 2017

It is always interesting when I take a look at which Lazy Budget Chef blog posts are the most popular posts of the previous year because I am almost always surprised!

2017 was the year of trying to reduce waste and the money flying out of your wallet fro the things you need, so you can save money to get those things you want.

10 easy ways to reduce waste and save money
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The 10 Best Money Saving Lazy Budget Chef Posts of 2017


 

10 Extreme Cheapskate Money Saving Tips You Won’t be Embarrassed to Try 

 


 

10 Best Leftover Ham Recipes You Have to Try Right Now!

 


 

  Nine Plastic Cling Wrap Alternatives  

 


 

 

Best Lunch Bags for Girls, Teens, and Women with Food Allergies  

 



How to Dehydrate Watermelon

 



12 Money Saving Tips I Often Forget but Should Do 

 


 

The Replacement Anchor Hocking Glass Storage Container Lid Hack They Don’t Want You to Know! 

 


 

14 Ways Cooking in an Instant Pot Saves Money  

 


 

Non Electric Thermal Slow Cooker Recipes You Have to Try!

 


 

How to Preserve Kale the Easy Way: Make Kale Powder!

 


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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Disposable Plastic Sandwich Bag Alternatives that Actually Keep Food Fresh

I try to use reusable products over disposables as much as I can to reduce our household waste. I have a ton of workable replacements for plastic wrap but I cannot find a decent reusable snack bag.

The zippered and Velcro reusable snack bags just do not keep food fresh. Call me a snob but stale by lunchtime pretzels and sandwich bread are not something I’m into, especially when I’m in an area that everyone around me can order a fabulous meal and I’m stuck with the food allergy safe food I brought from home.


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Monday, December 4, 2017

Roasted Turkey Bacon Maple Brussel Sprouts Recipe

One of my favorite holiday events is an annual charity friends and family turkey dinner. The host place makes turkey and stuffing and everyone is encouraged to bring a dessert or side dish. It is a fantastic evening filled with wonderful and caring people who Bring It when it comes to the potluck side of things.

So I, like most of my friends attending, decided to go BIG when a vegetable side dish, that per usual looks fancy pants and difficult to make but is a quick and easy recipe for Lazy Chefs like me.
I used turkey bacon in this recipe because I wasn’t sure if there were anyone attending the dinner who didn’t eat pork. It tastes great but feel free to use pork bacon if that’s what you have on hand if you like.

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How to Cook Bacon Brussel Sprouts with a Maple Syrup Reduction

Monday, November 27, 2017

Champagne Cupcakes with Vegan Buttercream Icing Recipe

My sister made me the BEST birthday present – a Doctor Who fabric apron! I figured the best way to break it in is bake cupcakes.

But not just any cupcakes - let’s make champagne cupcakes!

With a diary food allergy most baked goods are off limits unless I make them, just like this recipe - dairy free (you can make it vegan by swapping out the eggs for your favorite vegan egg substitute plant based friends.)

Using the power of my new apron (OK, actually it was after conducting several kitchen experiments but my clothes stayed icing free so yay apron!)  I made a fantastic dairy free buttercream icing recipe that tastes so good to my non food allergy friends, I got this little message from one of the Thanksgiving guests:
“Seriously, these cupcakes are making my lonely Thanksgiving a wonderful lovely holiday… but these treats meet and exceed how awesome anything dessert would be.”

Who wants cupcakes?


How to Make Champagne Cupcakes

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Best Gift Ideas for People Who are Always Cold!

Influenced by a unseasonable cold snap and freezing while I shuffled around the house while wearing many layers, I put together a holiday gift guide for people who work outside in the cold, inside a cold building, or just like the snuggle up at home when it it cold outside.

 Because yes, my friends, I am that person who is always cold!




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18 Gift Ideas for People Who Are Always Cold



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Thursday, November 16, 2017

25 Unique Gift Ideas Under 25 Dollars

If you ask a group of people what makes the perfect gift, chances are every person you ask will give you a different description. Some like funny gag gifts, others like something homemade or meaningful, some like unique or extravagant, while others demand practical presents which can be tough to do on a budget.

But not impossible!

My 2017 guide has something for every one on your give giving list whether it be a co worker, boss, or teacher, to the man, woman, or finicky teen in your life.


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