Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Summer $100 Cash Giveaway!

I'm always looking for ways to thank you for being The Most Awesome Blog Community on Planet Earth.

Unfortunately, I can't do it in person or by anonymously mowing your lawn but I can thank you with a giveaway of something that always fits - cold, hard, Paypal cash. $100 dolla, dolla bills to be exact!

 I'd love it if a Lazy Budget Chef reader won!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Quick and Easy Grilled Red Pepper Pasta Salad Recipe

I love using grilled vegetables in summer recipes. It is a super quick and easy way to add a little pizazz that impresses to an otherwise simple recipe.

Although now that I spilled the beans on that little fancy but ridiculously easy secret, I doubt my local friends are going to be impressed the next time they ask me to make and bring my grilled red pepper pasta salad to the next cookout.


roasted red pepper pasta salad recipe
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On second thought, they are probably more than happy I finally wrote the recipe down because this simple pasta salad tastes swanky and always gets rave reviews, especially when I make it a day ahead and let the dressing do its marinade magic in the refrigerator overnight.


Food Allergy and Vegan Friendly Pasta Salad Recipe

Monday, July 11, 2016

12 Dairy Free Ice Creams That Actually Taste Good!

What tastes better than ice cream on a hot and sunny July day? Maybe that’s why National Ice Cream Day is smack dab in the middle of the month on July 20th.

Unfortunately for us diary allergy and lactose intolerance suffers and vegans, we can’t always indulge in summer’s most cold and sweet treat. That’s not to say there isn’t dairy free ice cream available, there is but in my experience most of it is vanilla which highlights everything a dairy free ice cream lacks such as taste.

But never fear my food allergy friends! I put my taste buds on the line and after some arduous research, I collected a round up of 12 dairy free ices cream recipes that are easy to make and good to eat!


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12 Food Allergy Friendly Ice Cream Recipes

Friday, June 24, 2016

How to Make Vodka Watermelon - Everything You Need to Know Guide!

I wanted to make a vodka watermelon. Some people call it infuse a watermelon. Some people charge a watermelon.

Whatever you it call it, it is the same thing. A 21 years and older watermelon filled with booze with a 50-50 chance of either coming out perfect or not infusing at all.

I’m not trying to scare you out of a spiked vodka watermelon recipe. I’m letting you know up front, if your vodka watermelon didn’t work, keep reading this post to learn how to fix a drunken watermelon that won't absorb vodka on the first go round.

How to Soak a Drunken Watermelon With Vodka 

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

How to Dehydrate Frozen Vegetables


I went to a Meijer 40% off store closing sale and came back with a ton of frozen vegetables. I didn’t have  freezer space for them because I also loaded up on frozen seafood (a sad fact when you live in land locked Central Ohio.) My plan all along was to dehydrate the frozen vegetables, vacuum seal them in mason jars, and use them in crock pot meals. Our slow cooker is the hardest working member of the Lazy Budget Chef kitchen and Thunderdome.
 
I flip flopped about writing this tutorial because I was afraid it might make me sound like some sort of hoarder or weirdo. I could see the flood of comments on the post telling me buying a freezer is easier. True but our condo is small and we often have storm related blackouts.

We haven’t had a major power outage in awhile and I was lulled into complancity. As I was mulling over how to fit a chest freezer into our condo, our neighborhood had a three hour power outage as I was unloading the dehydrator on a beautiful sunny day.

I took it as a sign to write this post.
  
Next time if someone wants to send me a Sign you don’t have to go so such extremes. A text message will do just fine.

How to Dehydrate Frozen Peas, Corn, Onions, and Green Peppers


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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

16 of the Best Homemade Cleaning Products and DIY Cleaning Solutions


It is embarrassing for how long I didn't know I could make and use homemade house and kitchen cleaners to clean my house for cheap. 

My light bulb moment was the I walked up and down the conventional cleaner aisle in the grocery store trying to find a floor cleaner that didn't have petrochemicals in it that could potentially harm my dog. It was a practically impossible task because cleaning products do not have the ingredients listed on the bottle. 

I left the store frustrated.

And determined.

Well, if the companies aren't going to tell what is in their products, then I'll make something myself! Then I'll know my household cleaners are made with safe ingredients! So take that companies!

Turns out my DIY household cleaning solutions are not only nontoxic and use less resources to make, but they also cost less money. Which means you can live green without the pretentiousness and high cost associated with some of the eco guru products now in stores.

Or you can make your own cleaners just for the sake of saving money. That's OK too.


Sixteen of the Easiest Homemade Cleaning Recipes You Can Make for Cheap!


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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

How to Make Over the Cupboard Kitchen Organizers

I know I’m supposed to like having a decorating space on top of my kitchen cabinets. I tried hanging plates on the wall because that is what you are supposed to do in a kitchen, right?

I didn’t like it.

I tried groupings of doodads on top of the cabinets - meh.

I just can’t make it work.

Besides, what I really need is more storage in my small condo kitchen, not more doodads. A kitchen remodel isn’t in the plan this year. Moving to a bigger house is too much work. I need to find some space in the kitchen I have...

Like above the kitchen cabinets!



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I couldn't find matching storage that fit above my kitchen cabinets and the ceiling. What I did find  cost an arm and a leg so I made my own! This is a super simple project anyone can do and get professional looking results.