I thought I would share some ways I like to use leftover mashed or baked potatoes. These recipes are delicious and often requested by the boys. Sometimes I even make extra potatoes just to use as ingredients later in the week which simplifies meal planning. These recipes are all pretty budget friendly too since the main ingredient potatoes are inexpensive.
Chocolate curls are one of the easiest things you can make to dress up a simple cake or dessert.
Use your favorite chocolate bar (leftover solid chocolate Easter bunnies work well too) and a peeler and simply curl the chocolate towards you. If your chocolate is room temperature in warm weather, it will make beautiful curls. If your chocolate is too firm, microwave for about 7 to 10 seconds until it is soft enough to curl. Firm chocolate makes great chocolate shavings if your goal is small shavings of chocolate. It's always fun to sprinkle a few chocolate shavings on top of homemade whipped cream too.
This is a really easy formula that I came up with for making gravy from the flavorful broth that is left after slow cooking meat.
1/4 cup water
4 Tbsp. flour or 2 Tbsp. corn starch*
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups broth (leftover from roast chicken or beef, when cooked in a crock pot there is a lot of broth)
1. Mix 1/4 cup water with flour or corn starch.
2. Pour broth into skillet.
3. Add water-flour mixture.
4. Cook and stir on medium heat until thickened.
5. Salt and pepper to taste.
*Use flour to make a cloudy gravy and corn starch to make a clear gravy. Use half as much corn starch as you would flour b/c corn starch has more thickening power than flour.
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.
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