Kids aren’t the only ones who dress up and have fun on Halloween. It’s a fun holiday for adults, too – and costumes are just the beginning. Dressing up and going to a Halloween party with your adult friends while the kids are out collecting candy is a great way to relax and channel your inner child. The right Halloween snacks and drinks make every Halloween party even more fun. It’s better than trick-or-treating for candy and gives you a chance to feel like a kid again. [Read more…]
It’s fall! It’s also time to make goodies for back-to-school events, harvest parties, and Halloween. These easy Rice Krispies Pumpkins are quick to make and will crown you Queen of Cool Food! We guarantee it!! The idea is simple and can be varied as much as you care.
Emily’s children are older now, and cereal isn’t always in the cupboard. Furthermore, Rice Krispies cereal was hardly a favorite except for making those ooey gooey bars all children crave. While Krispies weren’t available, Rice Chex were. Crushing this cereal resulted in something that would work well. Experimenting is always a good thing in the kitchen so she gave those a whirl. [Read more…]
Food is easily accessible in most areas of the country. As a result, we toss a lot of it rather than saving it for future use. This isn’t just wasteful, it’s painful for our wallets, too. According to Save the Food, nearly 50% of the fruits and veggies purchased in North America, Australia, and New Zealand are thrown away. Knowing how to store your food will help you eat more of what you buy, saving you money and minimizing waste. Here are some of our best tips to master your food storage.
Many vegetables can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week. Some things, like celery, last even longer. To make celery last extra long, try wrapping it in tinfoil! Another fun thing to do with celery is take the base and place it in water. In a short amount of time, you’ll have new celery stalks growing!
If you’re not going to finish your vegetables within a week, most can be frozen if prepared properly. My husband always puts potatoes in the refrigerator, but I’ve learned this isn’t the right thing to do. They should instead be stored somewhere dark and cool for optimal storage. I’ve also heard rumors before about green spots on potatoes and they were right – DON’T eat the green part! It’s a sign of toxins. Yikes! Get the specifics on all your favorite veggies here. Or, if you’re a home gardener and you want to enjoy the benefits of your labors well into winter, check out our post on preserving garden vegetables.
Dairy products get tossed a lot because we’ve been told that once it’s past the expiration date it can no longer be used. The truth is that many dairy products, including milk, can be frozen and thawed later for use. In addition, sour milk can be used to make cottage cheese, cream filling and also be used as ingredients in a variety of recipes as long as it doesn’t smell bad. Milk will have a smell before it has any possibility of making you sick. So I guess my husband sniffing the milk before use isn’t as crazy as I thought it was!
Storing Fruits and Berries
Many people hesitate to buy fruit or wind up throwing a lot of it away because they think it doesn’t last very long. In fact, when stored properly, some fruits can last up to eight weeks! Other fruits don’t last as long in the refrigerator, but they can be frozen and stored for quite a long time. The same applies to seasonal berries, which is great because you can enjoy those yummy flavors any time without paying a premium for out of season produce. An easy way to freeze fresh strawberries is to remove the hulls and place them on cookie sheets in the freezer. Once frozen, the berries can be placed in a plastic freezer bag or container. Easy! One thing I never realized was that bananas should be stored on the counter AWAY from other fruits. They will last longer and so will your other fruit! Also, you can refrigerate bananas once they are ripe to make them last longer. I like to put them, peels and all, in the freezer. They’ll turn a dark color, but be easy to use in recipes such as banana bread. Frozen bananas are excellent in a smoothie as well!
What are some things you seem to toss out all the time? Our readers might have a solution for you! Your budget and the planet will be happy you found a way to master your food storage!
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day – a day to celebrate love – those we love, places we love, and FOOD we love! Let’s get right to the food, shall we? [Read more…]
Emily and I were brought up in a traditional family of the “early years”. Dad was gone all day working and mom was home all day keeping the house in order. She always made amazing meals for our family of 6 and we ate like kings and queens! When I got older, I liked the idea of cooking but it wasn’t always that way. So I can relate to anyone reading this post that hates to cook but needs to anyway… Whether you’re not comfortable in the kitchen or simply don’t have a lot of time to spend on meal planning and preparation, having a few simple steps to follow can help make weekly meal planning and preparation easier. [Read more…]
Crockpot Meatloaf smells delicious as it cooks all day! This is one of the easiest freezer crockpot meals to make as you don’t need to brown the burger first. My daughter had never had meatloaf until this and now it’s a requested meal. I’m happy to oblige since it’s got wholesome ingredients and is easy to make!
It’s the season for comfort foods. Fall is in the air, gardens are winding down, and our peppers are plentiful. We have a couple different stuffed pepper recipes for you to try. One of them is featured in our crockpot freezer meal series and uses cauliflower instead of rice. And the other is below.
This stuffed pepper recipe stands out because of it’s use of lentils. Lentils are known for being high in fiber and protein. These nutrition packed stuffed peppers are also delicious.
Here’s a sure way to get your trick or treaters in the mood for Halloween. This easy Monster Meatloaf Halloween Dinner recipe puts a different presentation on a homecooked meatloaf full of hearty nutrition.
It’s harvest time again and like many of you, we are wondering what to do with it all! So many zucchini, summer squash, carrots and other yummy harvest vegetables. If you missed our post on how to preserve garden vegetables be sure to check it out for some easy ways to make it last longer. But back to this delicious summer vegetable chowder recipe.
My family and I love this stuffed shells recipe. When our extended family gets together, it’s often a request of theirs. And the BEST part is it makes 2 pans so I freeze one for later! These are definitely a favorite that you should try.
Looking for an awesome soup recipe? Well, summer is here again and with it the promise of more garden vegetables. Especially zucchini and summer squash! If you remember, last year I was overloaded with zucchini and summer squash. So I froze a lot of it. If you’re overloaded also, find out how to preserve some in our post How To Preserve Garden Vegetables. I still have some freezer leftovers to use up from last year. What better way than with this simple yet delicious and healthy Zucchini Soup Recipe?
My family requests I make this for them. It has replaced store bought bread and I couldn’t be happier! It’s easy, healthy and cheap!
Ok. It’s not really a homemade bug dope. It’s more like a DIY salve or DIY balm. It’s super easy to make, it’s natural, and it works! [Read more…]
One of my favorite desserts growing up was mom’s homemade strawberry shortcake. Anytime we had biscuits with dinner there was a good chance strawberry shortcake was to follow. Mmmm! Childhood goodies. [Read more…]
I’m writing this crockpot recipe as the pork roast simmers in the crockpot and I can tell you, my mouth is watering. The smell is AMAZING! This easy 4 ingredient crockpot meal is so simple but creates such an intense flavor, people will think you worked on it all day. The best part is you can freeze it! [Read more…]