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3 Ingredient Recipes – Chicken Tacos and More!

Fri, 7/29/2016 12:34 PM

This quick and easy 3 ingredient chicken tacos recipes will satisfy your family and get you in and out of the kitchen fast!

Easy 3 Ingredient Chicken Tacos Recipe
3 Ingredient Recipes – Chicken Tacos and More! Tips:
  • Frozen Yogurt Popsicle  – Stick a popsicle stick into the center of a container of yogurt, leaving foil the lid on. Freeze.
  • Fast Frosting – If you don’t have time or ingredients to frost your cake, lay a paper doily on it then dust with powdered sugar. Carefully remove the doily and you’ll have a sweet topping with a pretty pattern!
  • Freeze Blueberries – Freeze blueberries in the basket they come in. Do not wash them first. Wrap it all in foil or plastic wrap. This helps them keep their color and shape better.

Menu:

Chicken Tacos
Tomato, Mozzarella and Avocado Salad
Chips
No Bake Ice Box Cake

Recipes: Chicken Tacos

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 package taco seasoning
1 can Rotel tomatoes*

Place all of the ingredients in the crockpot and cook on low 6-8 hours. Shred and use in tacos, burritos, enchiladas or in a salad. You can also serve it hot or cold so it would be great as leftovers to take in a lunch.

*Rotel tomatoes are canned tomatoes with chopped green peppers or jalapenos. Any brand that is labeled “tomatoes and green chilies” should be OK or just used canned tomatoes and add the kind of peppers you would like.

 

Tomato, Mozzarella Cheese, Avocado Salad

Tomatoes
Mozzarella Cheese, cubed
Avocado, cubed

Toss tomatoes and cheese with your favorite Italian dressing and chill 1 hour. Just before serving, add in the avocado.

 

No Bake Ice Box Cake

12- 16 graham crackers, enough to cover a 9×13 pan or platter
1 (8 oz.) container whipped topping
 2 lbs. or 4 cups fresh or canned (drained) fruit of your choice including strawberries, peaches or blueberries

Spread the bottom of a 9×13 pan or platter with a thin layer of whipped topping. Layer with graham crackers. Add another thin layer of whipped topping, and then some strawberries (or other fruit). Do this until you have 4 layers of graham crackers and end with whipped topping and more strawberries. Drizzle with chocolate sauce if you like. Chill for 4 hours so the graham crackers can absorb the moisture.

 

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Quick And Easy Banana Split Recipes – Easy Desserts!

Thu, 7/28/2016 6:51 AM

Homemade banana splits are wonderful cool desserts for hot summer days! Try these banana split recipes and ideas and please the whole family!

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Quick And Easy Banana Split Recipes

Forget turning on the oven. It is toooooo hot! But that doesn’t mean you have to go without desserts. Hot summer days are perfect days for banana splits!

Try adding a new twist to your regular banana splits and use those leftover cereal crumbs by mixing:

1 1/4 cups crushed cereal (corn flakes, frosted flakes etc.)
2-3 Tbsp. melted butter or margarine
2 tsp. chopped pecans

Sprinkle on top of ice cream or banana splits. Serves 5.

 

For something truly different, try this fun dessert, which is great for kids and adults alike. Serve it for dinner, at birthday parties or for a snack.

Poor Man’s Banana Split Recipe

2 (3 oz.) boxes of your favorite Jello (strawberry, cherry, etc.)
4 bananas, sliced lengthwise
Whipped topping

Mix each box of Jello separately and chill. Place one banana in a bowl or banana split dish. Scoop out scoops of Jello and place on top of banana (as you would ice cream on a banana split).

Top with:

  • Whipped topping
  • Cherry on top
  • Sprinkles
  • Nuts
  • Fresh fruit – strawberries, pineapples or mangoes

      -Jill

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3 Homemade Bug Repellent Recipes

Wed, 7/27/2016 5:37 PM

This best homemade bug repellent recipe is easy to make with simple ingredients you have at home and can save you money over the store bought kind. 

Homemade bug repellant is a good way to avoid chemicals but still keep mosquitos, flies and gnats from bothering you. It’s best to spray it on your clothing instead of on your skin.

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Homemade Bug Repellent Bars Recipe

1 cup olive oil – can be found here*
1 cup avocado oil- can be found here*
1 cup beeswax can be found here*
30-40 drops Essential Oils (any combination you like):
citronella 
eucalyptus
lavender
peppermint
lemon
lemongrass
clove oil

I like a combination of clove, citronella and lemon for my bug repellent bars.

Melt all of the ingredients together and stir until beeswax is melted.  Add essential oils. Then pour into molds. These silicone molds work great.  Let set until completely firm and pop out of molds.  Then just rub on your skin like a lotion. 

Homemade Mosquito and Tick Repellent Recipe

4 oz. distilled water
2 oz. witch hazel*
2 oz. castor oil*
5 drops cinnamon oil
15 drops eucalyptus oil
15 drops citronella oil 

Combine all of the ingredients in a spray bottle. Be sure to shake well before each application.

*You can purchase these items in the pharmacy at your store.

 

Homemade Mosquito and Tick Repellent #2

4 oz. distilled water
2 oz. rubbing alcohol
2 oz. castor oil
2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
15 drops cinnamon oil

Combine all of the ingredients in a spray bottle. Be sure to shake the bug repellant well before each application.

 

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Does Vinegar Disinfect As Well As Bleach?

Sun, 7/24/2016 10:17 AM

Does Vinegar Disinfect as Well as Bleach? Some people are afraid of bleach and prefer to use vinegar as a disinfectant but is it as effective?

Does Vinegar Disinfect As Well As Bleach?
Does Vinegar Disinfect As Well As Bleach?

When mom mentioned that you should disinfect your countertops with bleach we received a lot of comments about how great it is to use vinegar instead of bleach.

We would like to state our position on this.

We do not want to knowingly put incorrect or dangerous information on our website, so in situations like this we will refer to the best places we know to get the correct information. Usually it will be a government agency in that area. Also even the sites who recommend the use of vinegar say that the testing for it is very unclear because it has not been tested like bleach has.

Regarding bleach working as well as vinegar, vinegar is NOT as effective as bleach and does NOT kill as many germs. Vinegar does kill some things but it is only 90% effective against bacteria and 80%-83% effective against viruses and mold/mildew. Bleach kills 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and mold/mildew. This information came from the health department. I encourage you to contact your local health department to confirm if you don’t believe these statistics.

Another thing to consider is that using soap and water kills more germs than vinegar so, unless you are trying to get rid of soap scum, residue or mineral build up in laundry, why are you even messing with vinegar?

We are not suggesting that you use an entire gallon of bleach every day to clean your home. I wash whites two times a week using bleach. I generally disinfect every few days to a week or once a day when there is sickness in the house. A gallon of bleach lasts me 3-4 months! People say they can’t clean with bleach because the fumes take their breath away. If this is happening, it is usually not the bleach. Many people simply use way more bleach than they should. I also have to ask– Has no one smelled vinegar lately? The smell from it really takes my breath away and burns my nose.

I know there are people who believe that illnesses have increased because people are using products line bleach and other disinfectants. I have to say that I do not agree and think that we should be thankful that we have products that kill life threatening bacteria and viruses now.

I once heard a person from Africa say, in response to people who want to ban pesticides, “You rich Americans want to try and force us to stop using pesticides, but you aren’t dying from the diseases that these bugs carry.”

I think the same is true with the use of bleach. It has been 60-70 years since a lot of people were dying from major illnesses that are preventable. This generation has not had to go through the pain of losing family members to these diseases so many people haven’t heard the stories and aren’t often reminded about how very lucky we are to have things like bleach and pesticides.

 

If you are concerned about bleach and the environment, you might want to check out these facts from Clorox.com:

  • Household bleach is derived from sodium chloride, also known as common table salt.

  • Clorox® Bleach begins and ends as salt water: 95–98% of household bleach quickly breaks down into salt and water, while the remaining byproducts are effectively treated by sewer or septic systems.

  • No bleach gets to the environment. Studies have shown that dioxins are not produced when sodium hypochlorite bleach is manufactured, used in laundry or in household cleaning.

  • The main ingredients in Clorox® Regular-Bleach are sodium hypochlorite, a form of salt, and water. There is no free chlorine in Clorox® Regular-Bleach.

Most people simply use too much bleach when cleaning. Here is the proper way to clean with it:

If you are going to use bleach in your dishwater, make sure that your soap can be mixed with bleach. Look on the back of the bottle to make sure it doesn’t say “Do not mix with bleach.” Some of the new scented dish soaps will set off toxic fumes if mixed with bleach.

To disinfect correctly, follow these directions from Clorox:

  • To Disinfect Surfaces: Use 1/4 cup bleach to 1 gallon of water, or as directed on the label, to disinfect hard, nonporous surfaces in your home.
  • To Disinfect Water: If you need to purify water during an emergency, (and don’t have the means to boil it for 3–5 minutes), you can disinfect your water using bleach:
      • For clear water—add 8 drops (1/8 tsp.) of bleach per gallon of water
      • For cloudy water—add 16 drops (1/4 tsp.) of bleach per gallon of water
        Mix the solution thoroughly and let it stand for about 30 minutes before using it. Properly treated water should have a slight chlorine odor. If it doesn’t, repeat dosage and allow water to stand an additional 15 minutes. The treated water can be made drinkable by pouring it between clean containers several times.

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How To Organize One Small Closet

Sat, 7/23/2016 5:40 PM

If you need to know how to organize a small closet these tips for organizing clothes and linens when you only have a small amount of closet space will help!

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How To Organize One Small Closet – Make One Small Closet Work

Do you have any ideas for organizing clothes when the closet is too small in an apartment, but one cannot afford a larger apartment?

-Virginia

Virginia, I am in the same boat as you. One of my houses was a 750 square foot log cabin that came with no closets at all and it was tough to get the closet organized. The house I live in now has two small closets, both of which are 18 inches deep and four feet wide and I have no chest of drawers for clothes. That’s it. I have no linen closet for sheets, blankets, towels and only a small medicine cabinet in my bathroom.

Here are some things I do or have done to organize a small closet and make it work better:

 

  • To organize the closet most efficiently, get rid of as much as you can and, after you do that, get rid of some more. I once read where someone had written that a good way to decide whether you should get rid of or keep something is to ask yourself, Would you like your boyfriend to see you in it? For some of us, that goes way too far back but, essentially, do you feel really good or beautiful when your wear it?
  • I have a shoe bag I hang on the back of my bedroom door and I only allow myself to keep as many shoes as will fit in it.
  • Keep seasonal clothes under the bed in narrow boxes. All my winter clothes go under the bed in the summer and vise versa.
  • Measure the amount of space you really need in the closet for your hanging clothes. I found that I only need eight inches for my long dresses and pants, which I hang by their cuffs on small wooden hangers.
  • I fitted a small open back shelf underneath where my tops hang. It has 4 shelves so I can get quite a few things on it. I store my t-shirts, pajamas, shorts and sweaters on it. 
  • I have a long shelf going across the top of the closet. On it, I keep a small basket of belts, a hat box to hold all of my purses, my one set of extra sheets and then a couple of large totes at the end.
  • Don’t forget to use the inside of your closet door to hang things. I have a divider bag hanging on the inside of my closet door, which has my scarves and some jewelry on it. You can also put your underwear in one of these bags.
  • In one small closet I had, there were hooks across the back wall behind the clothes. I was able to hang things that I didn’t use often on those large hooks including some things on clothes hangers.
  • Find other places in the room to store things. For example, blankets can be stored under a bed or in between the mattress and box springs of a bed in the summer when they’re not being used. I have a tall skinny coat/hat rack I can put in one corner of my room to store my cuter purses scarves or necklaces.
  • Towel rods are great for organizing. Use them in the closet to hang scarfs, belts or put S-hooks on them to hang purses.
  • Go up. If you have room, buy a tall cabinet with doors to place in your room for storage instead of a chest of drawers. Because it is taller, it will hold so much more and I find the things easier to get to, too.
  • Keep it neat and organized. You really can get twice as much into any space if you fold and stack things neatly instead of smashing and stuffing.

These are just a few of the things you can do to organize your small closet, but I hope this helps to get you started.

      -Jill

 

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Minty Chocolate Mousse Recipe

Fri, 7/22/2016 9:00 PM

This Minty Chocolate Mousse Recipe makes a quick and easy mousse anyone can make! It’s cool and delicious and perfect for any chocolate lover!

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Minty Chocolate Mousse Recipe

2 Tbsp. baking cocoa
2 Tbsp. milk
1 cup Junior Mints
2 Tbsp. margarine
1 (8 oz.) carton whipped topping
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Mix cocoa and milk in a saucepan until smooth. Add mints and margarine, cooking over low heat until smooth. Cool for 15 minutes and fold in whipped topping and vanilla. Spoon into dessert dishes and garnish with whipped topping.

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Saving On School Supplies

Thu, 7/21/2016 5:10 PM

Most parents resign themselves to an ever increasing list for school supplies, but are all of those costs really necessary? Here’s an easy way to save on school supplies!

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Saving On School Supplies – Which School Supplies Do You Really Need?

I have been hearing everywhere about how to save on school supplies and reading about how expensive everything is. Sometimes we concentrate so hard on how to buy things for less that we forget to ask ourselves if we really have to buy the things at all, which would save us even more in so many ways.

We still haven’t hit really hard economic times if we are discussing whether to buy a backpack with rollers or without. When times were really hard, I couldn’t have bought a backpack period. I know it may be hard to believe but you really can get an education without a backpack. I went through all my years of school and never owned a backpack.

Please don’t tell me that times are different and kids have it harder or that they have more to carry now. I had 8 classes at one point and had to carry most of my books, pencils, paper, notebooks and other supplies all day long and I did not die. I even had to carry my books and school supplies to the bus stop or I had to carry them while walking all the way to school, unlike most kids today, whose moms drop them off at the school door.

Take those school lists they give you and find out what the kids really have to have and don’t buy the rest. If the people in the school office automatically say they need everything, then try to find out from the teacher or principal. I know this is a pain but if things are really that bad for you financially you may have to do some of these things that are a “pain”.

We are like a bunch of sheep being led to the slaughter. We get our lists and blindly walk up and down the aisles of the store buying what we can’t afford and thinking there is nothing we can do about it.  I couldn’t just charge things and since I had to choose between heat, food or school supplies, I had no choice but to find out what was the least I could manage to buy.

I do know there are some things that kids really can’t do without, but things like backpacks or even lunch boxes aren’t absolutely critical. I know that some teachers have things they say you must have but at least ask if they really need everything instead of blindly buying everything.

For years, I have asked, “Why does everyone buy new school clothes for their kids” and have found that most people buy new clothes because that is what everyone else does, because that has always been the way to do it or, best of all, because “they” say you should do it.

The whole point is to start asking yourself why you buy these things and ask if they’re really necessary. In so many areas of our lives we are so used to doing things a certain way that we don’t even stop to think “Do I need to buy this?” Don’t be embarrassed to ask questions.

I learned this years ago. I went to the dentist and had to pay for it myself. He immediately started ordering about 4 different x-rays and a host of other tests. I looked at him and said, “I have no insurance and very little money… What is the very least I can get by with? Do you really need all these x-rays for this one cavity?” He ended up not taking any x-rays at all.

I understand the reasons why dentists take x-rays and teachers request school supplies so please don’t e-mail me about that. Instead, try to focus on the point I am trying to make: I asked “Why?” about something I had previously thought I just had to do and because I got up the courage to question it, I saved a lot of money.

      -Jill

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Half Price Book Sale! – Ends TONIGHT At Midnight!

Wed, 7/20/2016 3:51 PM

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Hi everyone! I just thought I’d give you a head’s up that we’re offering a half price sale on our Quick And Easy Menus On A Dime, Dig Out Of Debt, Penny Pinching Mama, and Menus From Dining On A Dime print books and e-books!

If you’ve been waiting for a good time to pick up some of our books, this is the time to get them while they’re 50% off!

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How to Compost

Wed, 7/20/2016 3:42 PM

Many people make composting much too complicated but it doesn’t need to be. Here are some easy ideas and the basics you need to know to get started!

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How to Compost

I have to say that there are 3 things that are my passion, compost, making lye soap and saving money. Don’t ask me why but I just LOVE compost! I know, it doesn’t take much to give me a thrill!

I keep an old ice cream bucket with a lid for trimmings from my kitchen to put in the compost pile. All tea bags, coffee grinds and filters, eggshells, paper towel, veggie scraps (you can use them to make vegetable broth first), newspaper without colored inks. You could also keep a plastic bag or container, like a large ice cream bucket in the freezer.

Dump it in a pile and let it rot.

Really it’s basically that simple. Don’t use meat scraps. Only vegetable scraps, garden clippings, grass, leaves etc. I just put mine in a big pile and let it rot for a year and then use it. I have had in the past 2 piles that I contained with wood pallets. I just made a little fence with the pallets. I would turn the pile every couple of months with a pitch fork from the 1st pile into the second. That just let air in to get it rotting faster.

You can also stick a piece of PVC pipe with holes drilled in it in the middle of your pile. This lets in air and you can stick the hose down the center of it to give it some water if it’s really dry out. It rots faster with moisture.

You can also contain your pile in a trashcan or something like that. Basically just dump it in and let it rot. You can drill holes all over the sides. Then just dump in your scraps. Every week or so, snap on the lid and roll around, it mixes it and then you will have wonderful compost in a few weeks to a few months.

Ask local farmers or chicken farms for manure. Be sure to compost it before using to get all the weed seeds killed.

Tawra

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Hickory Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Tue, 7/19/2016 3:22 PM

This homemade hickory barbecue sauce recipe makes a delicious barbecue sauce that’ll be perfect for your barbecue! It’s easy to make with ingredients you already have, so it’s great any time and especially if you don’t happen to have any barbecue sauce on hand!

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Hickory Barbecue Sauce Recipe

1 (20 oz.) bottle ketchup
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup water
1 tsp. onion powder
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1-4 tsp. liquid smoke (to taste)
1 Tbsp. brown sugar, packed
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Store in refrigerator. Use on anything you want a barbecue flavor. Makes 3 ½ cups.

 

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Homemade Sloppy Joe Recipe

Mon, 7/18/2016 5:43 PM

This Homemade Sloppy Joe Recipe makes a quick and easy dinner that you can make for the entire family for just $5 including the side dishes!

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Homemade Sloppy Joe Recipe

Homemade Sloppy Joe is a quick and easy dinner that you can make for the entire family for just $5 including the sides!

The best part is you don’t have to buy a box mix or a can of sauce. You can make your own Sloppy Joes and it only takes about 10 minutes to make with ingredients you already have in your refrigerator.

I save time by cooking 5 pounds of ground beef at once and then dividing it into freezer bags.  I don’t even have to brown the ground beef because I cooked it before I froze it. Then I just thaw the amount I need and throw it into the pan to warm and serve. It goes great with a salad or sliced fruit and dinner is fast, easy and cheap!

You can make a pan of brownies or lemon bars to go with it.

Homemade Sloppy Joe is a great dinner to make during the summer and if you are going to a sports event you can make it ahead in the morning and then just warm it up when you get home. You can put this in the crockpot on low for 1-2 hours but it’s so fast and easy that I usually just use the stovetop.

Homemade Sloppy Joe Recipe

1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped or 1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
5 Tbsp. ketchup
2 tsp brown sugar
1/8 tsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
hamburger buns

Brown meat and onion until onion is tender. Drain Fat. Add other ingredients and heat thoroughly. Serve on hamburger buns.  Serves 6.  

This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled and you can make several batches and freeze ahead of time. Then just thaw and serve. If you use a 5 pound chub of ground beef, that cuts the price down even more. 

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Homemade Eyeglass Cleaner Recipe

Mon, 7/18/2016 9:07 AM

Have you seen how expensive eyeglass cleaner is at the store? Did you know that you can make your own homemade eyeglass cleaner for just pennies? 

Save money making homemade eyeglass cleaner in just minutes with this easy and inexpensive recipe!

Homemade Eyeglass Cleaner Recipe
Homemade Eyeglass Cleaner Recipe

Here is the best recipe we have found and use on a daily basis! With four people wearing eyeglasses in our family you know we go through a lot of eyeglass cleaner!

Homemade Eyeglass Cleaner

Fill a small spray bottle with:

  • 1/2 isopropyl alcohol
  • 1/2 water
  • 1 drop of  dish soap (optional)

Gently shake. Spray on eyeglasses and wipe with a clean 100% cotton cloth.

 

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