Monday, March 20, 2017

Cookie Butter Cookie Recipe

I’m trying to do small projects around the house to get me through my practically annual March Malaise Creative Slump. It is too windy and wet outside and too cold to smack things with hammers in the garage (and another reason I’m so antsy.)

So I’m doing some of the dumb projects I gotta do but put off like clearing and organizing a kitchen shelf, linen closet, etc.

I learned during our Eat From the Pantry Challenge my family has Out of Sight Out of Mind Disease and given that we live in a small condo and I can’t always store like with like, well…it’s best to rotate items from the back of the pantry shelves to the front because I always find a fun ingredient to make our current winter meals a little more interesting.

Case in point: Cookie Butter!

We love our peanut butter smoothies around here so it isn’t a surprise to find our jar of cookie butter in the bowels of a cupboard because I think it is too sweet to add to a breakfast smoothie but not too sweet to add to cookies!

Which lead to my next gray and rainy day project: make a cookie butter cookie recipe!

Let’s Bake!

How to Bake Cookie Butter Cookies

 

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I originally baked this recipe with Earth Balance dairy free butter to make my cookie milk allergy friendly. Feel free to use regular butter if you are lucky enough not to have a food allergy.

You will need these ingredients:


1/3 Cup of Cookie Butter

3/4 Cup of Peanut Butter

1/2 Cup of butter – regular or dairy free

1/2 Cup brown sugar

1/2 Cup of white sugar

1 Egg

1/2 Teaspoon of salt

1/2 Teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 Teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups of flour

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How to Make this Recipe:

 

 

You really should follow the recipe and mix some of the cookie ingredients separately. It will make a difference in the taste of the cookie, not to mention it will be easier to ensure everything is thoroughly mixed together before you pop it into the oven!

1. Thoroughly mix together the softened butter, white and brown sugars in a mixing bowl (this is called creaming.)

Lazy baker tip: I’m impatient and don’t have a lot of hand strength (too much time working at the computer) to do this with a spoon by hand. You don’t need a big fancy kitchen stand mixer to do the job for you, I use a basic electric hand mixer similar to this one


2. Thoroughly mix the following ingredients into the creamy butter and sugar mix: egg, peanut butter, cookie butter, salt, baking soda, and vanilla extract. This is where using a hand mixer comes in handy!


3. Finally add and thoroughly mix the flour to the mixture.


4. Use your hands to roll the cookie dough into small balls, place them on a cookie sheet ( I use a baking stone like this one for more evenly baked cookies), and press the balls flat with a clean fork.
5. Bake the cookies in a 375 degree (F ) oven for 10 minutes.


6. Carefully remove the cookies from the oven, place them on a cooling rack and allow them to cool.

Warning: My cookies were a little crumbly when I used a spatula to remove them from the baking stone and onto the cooling racks most likely due to the dairy free butter and I should have let the cookies cool slightly. If this happens to you and you have folks who hate to eat broken cookie, I suggest you eat the evidence.

7. Unleash your inner Cookie Monster! Nom! Nom! Nom! Nom! Nom!

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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

I usually start my day with a smoothie for breakfast. I kinda wing the ingredients in my smoothie recipes. I fell into a general formula of fortified dairy free milk, fruit (often frozen to fake me into pretending it is a milkshake,) a protein, and an extra like like leafy greens, spices, or honey.

It is the lazy way to eat a quick and healthy breakfast, especially if I make a double batch the day before. In that way it works great.

Do you know what doesn't work? How long those leafy greens, kale in particular, stay fresh in my refrigerator. I swear the minute I put kale in my shopping cart, it starts to turn (no matter where I buy it.)
 
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How to Dehydrate Kale

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Quick and Easy Whole Wheat Irish Bread Recipe

Coffee and whole wheat toast are one of my breakfast mainstays. St. Patrick’s Day is coming up so why not whip up a loaf of Irish Soda Bread one of the greatest gifts this Lazy Budget Chef (who can’t proof bread to save her life)  – the bread machine.

As luck would have it I have more whole wheat flour than white and more raisins than normal because I went to a bulk bin without a container and bought more raisin than I thought.

No problem. I’ll make a Irish style whole wheat bread featuring those those happy raisins sitting in my kitchen.

I am using the bread machine to make and proof the dough for this recipe and baking the bread in the oven because I want the round shape of a traditional Irish style bread.

You can bake it that way or you can bake the whole wheat Irish bread from start to finish in a bread machine. It will taste just the same although I personally think baking bread in the bread maker makes it a little more dense than when I bake bread machine dough in the oven. Do what is easiest for you.

My whole wheat Irish bread makes fantastic toast!

Easy Whole Wheat Irish Bread Recipe
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Monday, February 20, 2017

25 Ways to Recycle Empty Medicine Bottles

 One of our unwritten household rules is to try to get an extra reuse out of something before throwing it away to sit in a landfill for a million years. Often that second use comes by the way of our city recycling bin and local business who accept hard to recycle items like electronics and batteries.

Husband and I are relatively healthy people but every once and awhile we get sick enough to require prescription medicine. More often than not the medicine comes comes in a plastic pill bottle that isn't always recyclable.

But don't throw those empty medicine bottles away! It is so easy to recycle pill bottles into something insanely useful!



 Pop on over to my DIY blog Condo Blues and learn how to upcycle, reuse, recycle, and hack empty plastic prescription and vitamin bottles into:

25 of the Best Ways to Reuse Old Pill Bottles

 After reading so many clever organizing ideas you'll never look at an empty pill bottle as trash again!

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

How to Find the Unit Price for Toilet Paper the Easy Way!

Most items are easy to compare the unit prices by calculating and comparing the price per unit or per ounce with the exception of toilet paper.

Sheet and roll size vary by brand and/or packaging. Not to mention all of the variations within the brand itself. Is the regular size roll of TP with Fluffy Butt Wiping Technology more or less expensive than the Mega Roll Pack Made From Fluffy Kitten Tears? Who knows?

You do!

What Grocery Stores Don’t Want You To Know: How to Save Money by Comparing Toilet Paper  Unit Prices  

 

The only way to compare the unit price of toilet paper is to calculate and compare the price of toilet paper per square foot inside of the package.



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Thursday, February 2, 2017

10 Quick, Easy, and Delicious Instant Pot Soup Recipes You Have to Try!

We recently added an Instant Pot electric pressure cooker to the Lazy Budget Chef Kitchen and Thunderdome and have been cooking food and meals with it on an almost daily basis since we unboxed it last month. Yes, the Instapot lives up the the hype! It is the perfect thing for our never gets around to meal planning family to make dinner from I don’t have any ideas what do you want to eat? to done in 30 minutes.

Well, OK. If you pull frozen meat from the freezer and cook it for dinner in the Instant Pot it will take 45 minutes or so. I’m not quibbling about it because see above about not making a meal plan and not having ideas what to make for dinner on the fly.

 
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For anyone who doesn’t know, the Instant Pot is a kitchen tool that can replace seven appliances with one: stove top pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté pot, steamer, warming pot, and yogurt maker (this post contains affiliate links for your convenience.) I still haven’t gotten the hang of cooking in a stove top pressure cooker but after guessing my way through my first electric pressure cooker soup recipe I felt like an expert. That. Easy.

10 Ridiculously Easy Instant Pot Soup Recipes to Make for Dinner Tonight

Thursday, January 26, 2017

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

Last weekend I was sick and got sucked into watching several reruns of the show Extreme Cheapskates (affiliate links in this post for your convenience) because I couldn’t find the TV remote buried somewhere in my blanket nest on the sofa.

It confirmed my sneaking suspicion that The Learning Channel turned into The Laugh at Freaks Channel. Jordan the bartering guy confirms Extreme Cheapskates set up scenarios to make him look like he won’t pay for anything (when he actually does) in his blog post My Media Guy TLC’s Extreme Cheapskates: The True Story.

Worse is Broke Rich Girl’s experience that TLC lied to her when she declined to apply to be on the show. Production said they wanted her to “be the voice of reason” and later in the process wanted her to sign up for on line dating as a way to get free meals.  How sleazy is that?!

She declined. You go girl!

10 Not So Extreme Budget Lessons from Extreme Cheapskates

 

10 Not So Extreme Budget Lessons from Extreme Cheapskates
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If you strip away the fake jacked up borderline illegal and craziness, there are some general budgeting ideas that will help you save money and keep your ethics intact. Some may not be new to you. Others may be something that don’t apply or you don’t want to do.