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.

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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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Friday, July 7, 2017

11 Ways to Save Money in Summer

My family likes to live big on a little budget and one of the best times to do that is during the summer! There are so many money saving opportunities you don’t realize are sitting right under your nose!

Now I’m not trying to sound like a know it all financial expert with a list of frugal demands because I have failed as well as succeeded in almost all of the suggestions on this list.

Some of these money saving suggestions may be new to you. Some may not. Others might be a reminder to pick up something that went by the wayside.

I fully support the very real and valid idea that there might be something on this list that doesn't apply to your family, where you live, or you simply do not want to do it.. That’s perfectly fine in Lazy Budget Chef Land because my intention is to offer a list of options, not absolutes.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

9 Small Space Self Watering Vegetable Garden Ideas for Lazy Gardeners

If you ask anyone for ideas on how to save money on food and groceries, vegetable and herb gardening is a popular tip. 

Why? 

Because if you like gardening, have the space, and time to tend to a garden, it works as a way to get a bunch of fresh vegetables and fancy herbs for months on end for the couple of bucks you need to buy a packet of seeds.

I have to admit I’m more into picking and eating food from a vegetable garden than tending to it. Container gardens are needy. I’d much rather travel here, there, and everywhere enjoying my summer than be stuck home watering and weeding a garden. 

Until recently that’s exactly what my husband and I did. We grew a few things here and there but it really was hit or miss on the yield. Apparently plants need water to grow. Who knew?

Then I made my first self watering planter and learned I can have fresh vegetables and summer fun too.  I still have to water the plants but the water chamber in the bottom of the container means if I’m away from home for a few days (or forget) my water loving tomatoes won’t dry out and die.
This year we added more to make a a real deal self watering patio container garden!

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Dairy Free Milk Allergy Friendly Pineapple Fluff Recipe

One of the ironies of having a milk and dairy allergy is reading the ingredients list of a product like non dairy whipped topping (such as Cool Whip for example) and finding out it yes it does contain dairy.

Which means all of those fluffy and fun summer potluck and party salads are permanently crossed off my personal Allergy Safe Food to Eat List.

*Sad face*

That is until I read on one of my Dairy Allergy Facebook groups So Delicious started making a  Cool Whip like whipped topping made from coconut milk that is 100% vegan and dairy food allergy safe. I made a no bake pumpkin pie recipe as a test and the results and taste were good.

The non food allergy folks didn’t taste a major difference in my no bake pie, which means all of the fluffy and fun summer potluck and party salads and side dishes are now back on the table if they come out of my own kitchen!

Let’s kick off the summer with a retro Hawaiian Pineapple Fluff recipe that’s dairy free, vegan, and oh so full of yum!

Easy Four Ingredient Hawaiian Coconut Fluff Salad Recipe


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

How to Dehydrate Watermelon

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAAAAW!!! It warm enough for outdoor picnics, parades, and potlucks.

And watermelon.

Which is the best thing to take to an outdoor picnic, parade, and potlucks.

Why?

Because watermelon is the best!

Unfortunately, watermelon doesn’t keep very long after you slice it, which can be a bad thing if you have leftover watermelon from a picnic, parade, potluck, or dessert.

Fortunately there is an easy way to preserve watermelon and enjoy it all year long – dehydrate it! Yes, you can dehydrate watermelon. The more you know.

It will take a little longer to dry than other fruits due to watermelon’s higher water content but once it is does, dehydrated watermelon tastes even sweeter – just like candy!

How to Make Watermelon Candy


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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

DIY Self Watering Planter Box

While my in laws are ardent and fantastic gardeners, my husband and I are not. Sure, we like having fresh basil and such growing just steps from our kitchen, but living in a condo, most of our vegetable gardening is done in containers on the patio.

And let me tell you, container gardens are needy. They need almost daily watering unlike a traditional in the ground vegetable garden. Which is sometimes is hard to do with all of our other summer activities happening all at once.

That's when I found a better - and lazier way - to make  my container garden water itself.