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. 


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.


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.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

11 Ways Spring Cleaning Accidently Made Me Over $650 in Extra Money

I learned that the best way to deal with and beat my Cabin Fever that rolls into Spring Fever is to keep myself occupied with a project.

Getting a Travel Fund coin bank and offhandedly thinking that I will spend whatever stray coin I find on our trip to Germany. to corral my spare change weirdly became an incentive to clean out and organize junk drawers, my purses, and random clutter catches like the linen closet.

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I hate clutter and living in a condo helps with that. I expected to find a couple of doubles since I can’t always store like with like. I also expected to add more things to put in the charity shop donation box in the garage (which I could get a receipt and claim as a charitable deduction.)

What I didn’t expect was to make a bunch of extra money Spring Cleaning from finding, selling, recycling and using the stuff I already had and couldn’t find. Cleaning and reorganizing turned into shopping the house for unexpected profit.

For example:

Monday, April 17, 2017

10 Best Leftover Ham Recipes You Have to Try Right Now!

The great thing about making a ham for dinner is that it feeds a lot of people. Which also can be the not so great thing about ham, because you can end up with a ton of leftover ham after your guests have their fill and go home.

So why not mix it up a bit and use that leftover ham as ingredient in your recipes rather than the star of the show? Using meat as a condiment in a recipe is a fantastic way to stretch your grocery budget, save money on meat, and make sure everyone at the table eats their vegetables – high fives all around!

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10 Quick and Easy Ham Recipes

Monday, April 10, 2017

Nine Plastic Cling Wrap Alternatives

I never was a huge fan of wrapping leftovers in plastic wrap. Whether you call it cling film, cling wrap, food wrap, pliofilm, or by the brand name Saran wrap it never sticks fully and the food it is supposed to protect ends up drying out in the refrigerator – yuck.

Not to mention, plastic wrap itself isn’t very eco friendly, although when it actually works, it can keep food fresher longer and that is less wasteful. Food wise that is, not trash wise – especially when you do the toothpicks in deviled eggs on a plate to keep the plastic wrap from sticking to them kind of thing.

So it wasn’t much of a stretch for me to bypass the roll of food wrap in the kitchen drawer and store food and leftovers in a container with a lid and pop it into the refrigerator. Bingo! No more dried out science experiments in the refrigerator – especially when I use a clear container.

Save food, save money, and reduce our household kitchen trash. High fives all around.

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9 Easy Ways to Replace Plastic Wrap and Save Boatload of Cash