Tuesday, September 12, 2017

15 Non Electric Thermal Slow Cooker Recipes You Have to Try!

I like to stream videos while I work on a sewing project and have recently fell head first into the BBC Victorian Farm series. It is about three historians who live and run a historical farm as farmers would have during the Victorian era.  Since the presenters are professional historians there isn’t any manufactured reality show drama or taking any modern shortcuts. Often they try something in real life that they studied from artifacts and books, like cooking dinner in a non electric hay box slow cooker.

Which reminded me that the decorative pillow on the guest bed in my sewing room is how I store my Wonderbag thermal slow cooker. (I’m always thinking about my amazing readers like you and that's why I share ideas like these. When you get this goodie, I might get a few coins thrown my way that keeps me supplied with enough coffee and household electricity to keep bringing YOU free ideas like this every week. Thank you for your support!)

In storm and hurricane ravaged areas non electric slow cookers can be a welcome and needed way to conserve camp stove fuel while you are waiting for the electrify to come back on. 

Fortunately I haven’t had to use my thermal cooking pot to cook like that. I usually use it to start a meal and allow it to cook during a road trip or event so I have a hot and allergy safe meal waiting for me in the trunk of my car when we are done.

 (If you plan on using a thermal slow cooker this way, I suggest you use a thermal cooking pot that comes with an internal cooking pot that seals for travel like the  Thermos Shuttle Chef Vacuum Thermo Pot,. Otherwise you'll' have to get creative with bungee cords to keep the lid on your own cooking pot while it bounces around in the car in a hay box style cooker like I do.)

15 of the Best Non Electric Hay Box, Wonderbag, and Thermal Slow Cooker Recipes for Lazy Budget Chefs

I was poking around for new hay box thermal cooking recipes for tailgating season, and with Hurricane Harvey and Irma also on my mind though I’d share the recipes I found with you in case you are in need of recipe ideas that don’t require electricity to make.


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Thursday, August 17, 2017

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

As my BPA free plastic food storage containers cracked, stained, or leaked beyond practical use, I replaced them with glass Pyrex and Anchor Hocking food storage container even though I was concerned about smashing them to bits because dropping things is my superpower.


For many years we put our trusty glass storage containers to heavy use and I’m happy to say I haven’t broken one. Eventually the plastic lids on the Anchor Hocking containers began to crack and split while the Pyrex glass storage container lids did not.


You can buy replacement plastic lids from Anchor Hocking (aff) but for the price of a new lid, I can buy several new Anchor Hocking containers from a closeout place like Big Lots.Which starts the flimsy container lid cycle all over again.


But truthfully, the real reason why I have bought replacement lids (trying to be less wasteful and all that jazz) is I kept forgetting to buy replacement lids.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sriracha Ketchup Recipe

Nothing tastes better than a juicy hamburger, hot dog, or French fries topped with ketchup.
Unless it is sriracha ketchup.

That’s right, my friends, America;s favorite hot sauce has added its spicy goodness to all matter of prepared foods and now ketchup. I bought a bottle of sriracha ketchup the moment I saw in the grocery.

And my husband was insanely happy.

Until we ran out.

And I couldn’t find sriracha ketchup at the grocery store.


But no worries!  It is so fast and easy to make homemade sriracha ketchup I may never buy the prepared stuff ever again because it takes less than 5 minutes to make!














How to Make Sriracha Ketchup the Easy Way!


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

How to Make Dehydrator Chili Powder from Hot Peppers

My husband loves hot and spicy food so much he started adding hot chili peppers to our container garden even though they are too hot for me to eat.

It’s fine by me. Like they say, you are what you eat and that’s why my husband is hot!

Since our apache, Tabasco, and habanero peppers plants are service for one, I need to find a way to preserve the spicy hot pepper goodness.  You can can hot peppers but you risk comprising the heat because you have to can the peppers in vinegar.

And that won’t do.


how to make chili powder from your favorite hot peppers
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Friday, July 28, 2017

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

You quickly learn when you or your child has a food intolerance or allergy that packing a lunch is the best way to east safe food away from home. The same goes when you or your child follows a special diet.

The same goes if you are trying to save money by not going out the lunch during the work or school day.

With Back to School shopping in full swing it is the perfect time to buy a new lunch bag or lunch box. Unfortunately, most of the lunch boxes for sale in stores are for little girls. Where are the pretty and cute lunch bags for tweens, teen girls, and women?

On the Internet, of course.

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Zero Waste Lunch Bags for Girls, Teens, and Women

Friday, July 21, 2017

Lavender Iced Tea Recipe

My husband and I say it isn't officially summer until the bees are buzzing around our lavender bushes. They attract the biggest bumblebees we’ve ever seen and it kinda nice to take a break from reading on the front porch and watch them enjoy the fruit (well, pollen actually) of our gardening labor.

Cutting back the lavender flowers encourages our plants to grow larger, which attracts more happy bees. It also encourages me to find ways to use the lavender buds. Waste not. Want not, right?
And that, my friends is how I made my recipe for lavender iced tea. The lavender adds a light savory touch to an already fantastic cold drink for a hot and humid summer’s day.

Let’s make it!

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How to Make Lavender Flavored Iced Tea

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer Squash Frittata Recipe

During the summer I am all about making one dish dinners. They are quick, they are easy, and more often than not, do not heat up the kitchen when it is sweltering hot outside.

Even better is the excuse to use one of my favorite summer seasonal vegetables – summer squash!



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