Tuesday, January 17, 2017

What Do You Make in an Instapot?

I added an Instapot to the Lazy Budget Chef Kitchen and Thunderdome this Christmas. Both Husband and I read the instruction manual that, let’s face it, is written for people who already know how to cook in an electric pressure cooker – which isn’t us.

So exactly, how do you use an Instapot and what do you cook in it?

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Monday, January 2, 2017

The 10 Best Budget and Food Hacks of 2016

Hello 2017! It is a brand spanking new year full of brand spanking new possibilities.

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!

In 2016 was the year of budget cleaning, shopping, travel, and food allergy hacks. And wowzers folks I want to come to your next party because you really, really love my vodka watermelon hack!

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The Ten Most Popular Lazy Budget Chef Post in 2016

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

How to Make Homemade Baking Powder

I wanted to make cornbread and found out mid recipe that I didn’t have baking powder.

Naturally I was baking after a late dinner and most of the stores were closed.

What to do? What to do?

Learn how to make baking powder from pantry ingredients of course!

Here’s how.

Homemade Baking Powder Recipe

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To make one teaspoon of baking powder you will need: 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

15 Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas for People Who are Foodies, Cooks, or Like to Eat

I like helping Santa fill our Christmas stockings with unusual, fun, and somewhat useful stocking stuffers. I’m stepping up my gift giving game this year.I hope if I do a good enough job at helping Santa fill our stockings the Big Guy will reward me with an Instapot under our Christmas tree.

If you are in the same boat or are running out of gift ideas for your favorite baker or cook (or person who could use some help in the cooking department) I put together the perfect stocking stuffer  gift guide for you!
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20 Essential Cooking Techniques (w/ Brendan McDermott) – Learn 20 accessible techniques that make cooking faster, easier and more delicious in this on line video class. It includes 9 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access, class materials - including recipes, and the ability to email the instructor with questions you may have about the lessons in the course.

Star Wars R2 D2 Kitchen Timer – Keep dinner from burning with everyone’s favorite mech driod  as he counts down up to 60 minutes with his rotating head.

Friday, December 2, 2016

How to Make Dried Butternut Squash Dog Treats

Most days, Lacey has her anxiety and behavioral issues in check thanks in no small part to the work our fantastic dog behaviorist helping Husband and I help Lacey with her issues.

But, my friends there still are things that throw Lacey is a blind panic tizzy. The best way to snap her out of it is with a positive distraction like her Buster Cube.  If you aren’t familiar with it, a Buster Cube is nothing short of a miracle because it the treat dispensing puzzle changes every time the dog plays with it and holds her attention longer than the toys Lacey has already figured out.

What can I say? Lacy is a genius.

Who needs a bunch of healthy low calorie dog treats for her Buster Cube to cope with the holiday madness.

Butternut Dog Treat Recipe

After a quick check with Lacey’s veterinarian they confirmed butternut squash is safe for dogs to eat. Lacey later confirmed that dogs like to butternut squash. It’s a win - win!
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If you don't have a dehydrator (Husband bought me a Nesco Dehydrator and I love it! IMHO it is much better than the Excalibur) you can make my butternut squash dog chews in the oven although they may be a little less dry as the dehydrator method. I would store them in the refrigerator or freezer just in case.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Easy Dairy Free No Bake Pumpkin Pie Recipe

One Thanksgiving my assignment was to bring pumpkin pie for dessert. Husband found a no bake pumpkin pie recipe. He wanted to make it to add something a little new and different to the Thanksgiving dinner menu that has been set in stone since 1986.

Keep reading to learn how to make this simple and delicious pumpkin pie dessert!

He makes the pie. The family enjoys the pie and Husband and I are high fiving ourselves because it is a much better tasting pie than the dry and/or slightly burnt pumpkin pies we’ve had in years past. 
Yay for trying new things for Thanksgiving dinner!


Oh nope.

Nope ditty nope, nope, nope.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

How to Make a Dairy Free Graham Cracker Pie Crust

I needed a graham cracker pie crust for a no bake pie recipe (which I will post soon on Lazy Budget Chef!) As I read the graham cracker pie crust labels in the grocery store and I was ever so sad to find out every single one of those store bought pie crusts have butter in them.

I’m sure it tastes great but it isn’t something I should taste test with a dairy allergy.

Fortunately, the pie crust label also told me it takes a mere three ingredients to make a graham cracker pie crust. So I popped over a few aisles, bought a box of honey flavored graham crackers because I was feeling fancy, raced home and started to experiment.

And ta da! I made a milk allergy friendly graham cracker pie crust!

You can use plain, cinnamon, chocolate, etc. graham crackers in this recipe of you like. I went with honey because it will compliment the pie filling I will use to fill it.

How to Make a Quick and Easy No Bake Graham Cracker Pie Crust

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