Today we had a snow day and what better way to spend a snow day than baking cookies. As I was preparing to bake, I remembered that I had gotten a cookie scoop in my Christmas stocking. I used my new scoop for the first time and I am sold. It was so fast and easy and look how uniform those perfect cookie dough balls are. What do you use? A spoon or a cookie dough scoop? I always used a spoon before, but now my cookie scoop has won me over.
Did you know that you can buy a whole ham at the grocery store for a fraction of the cost of buying ham sliced in the deli? Your store may even slice it for you while you shop (for free!). You can save significantly and freeze the meat to have it on hand when you need it.
I selected my ham and took it over to the nice man at the deli counter and asked him to slice 1/3 of it thicker (1/2" for soups and casseroles) and 2/3 of it thin (for sandwiches).
As you can see I paid a lot less than I would have paid per pound for ham at the deli counter. I had a coupon for $1 off Kretschmar ham from coupons.com too so I actually paid $19.99 for 10.55 lbs. of ham.
I packaged the ham in quart freezer bags and then put the quart bags into gallon freezer bags to keep them organized in the deep freezer.
I don't buy much in bulk, but I do buy a few things that can be frozen or have a long shelf life. I bought raspberries when they were on sale and in season and froze them. I buy meat when it's on sale and freeze it. I also purchase bulk rice and yeast at Sam's Club. What do you buy in bulk?
I hope you all had a relaxing and fun Thanksgiving. We enjoyed spending time with family and being thankful for our blessings. Here are some great ideas for using up that leftover turkey.
You can make turkey salad. Make just like chicken salad, but use leftover turkey in place of the chicken.
Another easy idea is leftover turkey mashed potato casserole.
And my favorite thing to make is Turkey noodle soup. This soup is fantastic. Delicious and comforting on cold winter nights.
Heavy whipping cream or whipping cream
1. Using an electric mixer, whip cream with sugar and vanilla until it reaches desired consistency.
I use 1/2 to 1 tsp. vanilla and 2 to 3 Tbsp. sugar for each cup of whipping cream. You can use more or less sugar and vanilla depending on your preference. Honestly, I don't usually measure when whipping cream.
I love frozen raspberries so when I saw raspberries on sale this week at the store, I decided to stock up and freeze extras. They are $1 per container at Meijer and 99 cents per container at Schnuck's. Of course, anytime you can get fresh picked berries, they will freeze wonderfully too. Frozen berries are delicious and they work well in recipes too.
Gently wash your raspberries and try to shake or blot off any excess water.
Place the berries in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
Put in the freezer until berries are frozen. It doesn't take very long. You can easily freeze several pans in a day.
Transfer frozen berries to zipper seal freezer bags, then return them to the freezer.
Vanilla beans add wonderful flavor and those pretty little flecks to recipes and they are so easy to use. Simply slice the vanilla bean lengthwise, then scrape out the insides.
Discard the outer skin and add those beautiful little bean flecks to ice cream, icing, cake batter, whatever makes you happy. Your options are endless.
We had been having a little fruit fly problem this summer and then I saw this easy homemade fruit fly trap at My Blessed Life. It worked wonderfully. It was so easy too. All you need is a piece of printer paper, a jar, apple cider vinegar, and dish soap.
Simply put 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar in the jar, squirt in some dish soap, and then roll a piece of paper into a cone shape and set it in the jar.
See all those fruit flies in the bottom of the jar. They were swarming around our kitchen the day before.
I made Sloppy Joes and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies today so I needed to use some brown sugar, only my brown sugar was hard as a rock. I needed to add moisture to the sugar so that I could break it up and measure it for each recipe.
This is really easy to do. Simply cover your brown sugar with a couple of damp paper towels, then seal your bowl with plastic wrap. Microwave at 30 second intervals until your brown sugar is soft and breaks apart.
I am reviewing an Eco Lunch Gear snack bag. This is a great bag for snacks and has been really useful on outings with the kids. We can't go anywhere without snacks. I love that there is no waste and this bag is easier for young kids to use than plastic zipper bags.
It has velcro closures at the sides and top for easy opening and closing.
It opens completely so you can wipe out any crumbs.
This washes easily in the washing machine. Just fold down the velcro tabs first so that the velcro doesn't stick to anything else in the wash.
There are several things I love about Eco Lunch Gear. They make a line of great reusable products and the fabric they use is 100% certified organic cotton. Here is the fabric info from their website:
"We are very picky when it comes to our fabric. We use only 100% certified organic cotton, which is better for the earth and us versus conventionally grown cotton. Our cotton is also certified to GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards) and is also Fair Trade and CPSIA (Consumer Products Safety Commission Improvement Act) compliant. Our liner is a waterproof material that consists of nylon with a polyurethane coating (the untreated side comes into contact with the food). Our products have been CPSIA tested and is compliant to be in contact with food."
The nylon fabric helps keep food fresh and is resistant to water, stains, mildew, and rot.
Another thing I love about this company is that the products are made in Michigan and nothing is outsourced. Being that I am a former Family and Consumer Science (Home Economics) teacher I also love that the company owner and a couple of retired teachers sew these products themselves.
For some great reusuable products that will make your lunch and snack packing easier and less wasteful, check out ecolunchgear.com. You can get 10% off with code FBFAN. It's a great time to stock up before school starts.
Food on the Table is an easy meal planning service that is based on sales at local grocery stores. With Food on the Table, users will be able to: find thousands of easy, healthy recipes, save money by knowing the items that are on sale, simplify your shopping experience with a well organized grocery list.
SPECIAL OFFER: Use promo code: MARFREE throughout the month of March, and get the service for FREE for life!
I just joined and tried out this meal planning service and it is really easy to use. Lots of recipes. It also has recipes for dietary restrictions.
Thanks for sharing For the Mommas!