Friday, December 27, 2013

Top 10 Lazy Budget Chef Posts for 2013

It is almost time to wrap up 2013 with a nice shiny bow and call it a year. 2013 was much kinder to us than 2012. This year we welcomed the pitter patter of little feet into our family in February when we adopted Lacey.
My recipes and posts took a dog related turn with dog treat recipes and quick meals so the humans could eat decent meals while spending almost all of our extra time working with Lacey on her behavioral issues Dog face.
Lacey still has a way to go before she finds the confident dog we know is inside her but she is making good progress. As you can see from her Christmas photo, Lacey has posing for the camera down pat!
Through it all, I blogged it and you read it. Here are my top ten most read Lazy Budget Chef posts for 2013.

1. 12 Things I Do Not Buy

Monday, December 9, 2013

Cranberry Pineapple Jam Recipe

Hello, my name is Lisa and I am a Jamaholic.

I really, really, really like making jam. The more interesting the ingredients, the better I like it.

Fortunately, my little small batch jam hobby obsession comes in handy when it comes time to buy Christmas gifts. Homemade jam makes a great hostess, gift exchange, stocking stuffer, yikes! I forgot to get something for Great Aunt Tilly gift.

Or you can just enjoy your homemade jam on toast every morning like we do.



We go through so many little jars of jam, I got smart and started using pint jars.
 I also use a few half pint jars in case I want to give them as a tasty holiday food gift.

Now that cranberry season is here I can finally try out a few recipe ideas I jotted down during last summer’s Ye-haw! Berries Are In Season and On Sale season.

I trim the budget a bit by buying my cranberries when they are on holiday sale and grate my own orange zest from orange peels we air dry after we enjoy an orange or two as a snack. I never run out of orange zest because I store the dried orange peels in a repurposed jar in the cupboard with my baking supplies. I can't tell you how many years it took me to clue in to that little lazy budget way to keep orange zest on hand for cheap. I do the same thing with lemon peels too.

I know fresh fruit is best but in the interest of time and expense, not to mention the extra work involved peeling, coring, and crushing pineapple for this recipe I may have cheated and used canned pineapple.

Either way, the recipe tastes fancy but couldn’t be cheaper and simpler to make.

How to Make Pineapple Cranberry Jam

Saturday, December 7, 2013

How to Save Money on Batteries for Holiday Gifts

Are you going holiday shopping? Don't forget the batteries! There's nothing worse than having a practically useless toy to play with after the batteries run out. Trust me I know.

I found some printable battery coupons as a reminder to buy batteries for Christmas day and at a discount!

Even better is the coupon for Duracell rechargeable batteries and an Energizer battery recharger. I have a similar Energizer recharger that works with Duracell and every other brand of rechargeable batteries we put in it.





Thursday, December 5, 2013

Danish Christmas Cardamom Cookie Recipe

 I like how the holiday season allows me to combine two of my very favorite things:
  1. Baking sweets and making candy I can give away and not be tempted to eat (too much. However, I reserve the right to sample for quality assurance of course!) 

  2. Sharing my Danish heritage with my family and friends.

Cardamom shows up in a lot of Danish baking. Cardamom is a savory member of the ginger family and whenever I use it in a recipe, the food disappears quickly!

I always get repeat requests when I bring a batch of Danish cookies to a holiday party. Let's make some!

Danish Cardamom Cookie Recipe