Hot Dogs Anyone?

I know these aren’t the most nutritious thing out there, but I love hot dogs and so does my familiy. Right now you can get a super deal on Bar S brand hotdogs. This past sunday there was a coupon in the Red Plum insert for $1 off 2 packages of Bars S hot dogs or you can go HERE to print the same coupon. Or like me use both! These regularly go on sale at grocery stores for $1 and Walmart often has them for $0.88 making for some cheap eats after coupons! You can make your own hot dog buns using my honey wheat buns recipe (almost to the bottom of that page). Enjoy some hot dogs on the grill this summer, YUM.

Frugal Tip of the Week: Homemade Body Scrub

My son and I have a skin condition called Keratosis Pilaris. Our bodies make excess keratin in our hair follicles that causes bumps and redness on our arms and legs. Also, our bodies to not slough off skin cells as easily as other people. I have found that using cold pressed coconut oil on our skin as lotion has dramatically improved the redness and bumps.  What has helped even more for me is making my own exfoliating sugar scrub (I don’t use this on my 3 year old’s delicate skin). I have an old cream cheese container that I put a few tablespoons of the oil in and soften the oil a bit (it is solid until 76°) I then add sugar until it makes a paste. You can also do this with salt if you prefer. Then I store this in my shower. Before I get wet I rub this on my arms and legs. It is just like those fancy sugar or salt scrubs you can buy at stores like the body shop for pennies comparatively. Coconut oil is not the most frugal choice for lotion, but it works better for our skin than other lotions. My target price is under $0.50/oz, which is fairly easy to find in a  health food store in the cooking oils. Just make sure to buy cold pressed oil with no fillers. I like to buy organic as well. One way that I save on my coconut oil is earning amazon gift cards by searching the web with Swagbucks. I then use those gift cards to purchase the coconut oil!

You don’t have to have a skin condition to enjoy a body scrub though. It is a wonderful way to soften the skin. Another great thing…you know exactly what you are putting on your skin. There are not 30 ingredients that you can’t pronounce. It is all natural!

*Just a note, you don’t have to use coconut oil. You can use almond oil, lavender oil, Cocoa butter or even olive oil. And those are just a few! Use whatever you like.

In Honor of Pizza Thursday’s

Thursday is pizza day in our house. If you have seen our menu, you will notice that every Thursday we have pizza. As children, both Dallas and I had pizza on Thursdays, so when I started making pizza every week we thought Thursday would be an appropriate day to incorporate it into our menu. We really love pizza in this house, if you can’t tell! Recently I have been getting a bit tired of our standard pizza dough and was in the mood to try something new. I found this wonderful thin crust recipe at Tammy’s Recipes. I have made it three times now and it always comes out fabulous! I like to mix my cheeses (mozzarella, cheddar and jack) and add fresh basil from my garden. Oh so tasty and fewer calories with the thinner crust. Lance really loves this one too. It will definitely be added to the pizza rotation. The best part is it’s done start to finish in about 35 minutes, including baking. Love that!

Baking Day: Molasses Cookies

These cookies come out of “the book”, my grandma’s cookbook. I would have to say that these are in my top 5 favorite cookies, which is really saying something for me who has hundreds of cookie recipes. They are Dallas’ favorite and Lance wouldn’t turn them down either. He is a lot like me though, in that he doesn’t turn down much when it comes to sweets! Is the insane sweet tooth a genetic thing? Must be if you look at my family….you know who you are!!! These are also one of Lance’s favorites to make. Since they are a rolled cookie, he gets to roll, cut them out and frost. Some of his favorite things to do!

Molasses Cookies

3 eggs

2 cups sugar

1 cup butter

1 cup molasses

1 cup sour cream

4 tsp baking soda

2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp cloves

7 cups flour

USE A BIG BOWL

Cream eggs, sugar, molasses, butter and sour cream. Add dry ingredients. Chill dough in fridge for about an hour. Roll dough thick (between 1/4 and 1/2 inch) cut out with 3″ round cutter or in any shape you desire. We tend to have lots of dinosaurs around here. Bake 8-10 minutes at 350°. Do not over bake these cookies should remain soft. Frost with a powdered sugar icing when cool.(I use couple cups of powdered sugar, little butter, little cream cheese, vanilla and milk to thin).  It’s a big batch and makes a ton. These freeze wonderfully.

Frugal Fun with the Kiddo

Yesterday after Lance got home from school he wanted to play together, which is a normal everyday occurance, but he wanted to do a photo booth session. We have recently switched from a PC to a Mac computer and it has this cool photo booth feature where you can take pictures of yourself with the webcam in all sorts of funny effects and you can see yourself on the screen like those booths that print out strips of photos. Lance and I had a great time being silly and emailing all the pictures to dad at work. Taking the time to be silly and have fun with your kids is one of the greatest joys in the world. And best of all, it’s free. Take a few minutes to be silly with your kiddos before they decide Mom is not the best one to be silly with!

Meal Planning: May’s Monthly Menu

I know, I know this is a little late, but I just got it done. We have been eating out of the freezer mostly for the past week and a half. And we will be eating mostly from the pantry/freezer for the rest of the month. I have everything on hand to make the meals listed. I will just have to supplement in some fresh produce and maybe some milk. That’s about it for grocery shopping this month. If there is a frugalicious deal on some meat in the next few weeks, I may do a little stocking up, but we don’t NEED any. So it will have to be a crazy deal for me to spend the money! I did do a small amount of freezer cooking the last week and I have on my list of stuff to make for the month…refried beans, sourdough bread, and a batch of chili for lunches.

Frugal Tip of the Week: Homemade Daily Shower Spray

I don’t know about you, but cleaning is not something I enjoy. I did not get that clean freak, neat freak gene that is floating around my family. So, I like to find things that make cleaning easier for me…and also frugal of course! I hate scrubbing my shower. I think it may be the thing in the house that I hate cleaning the most. I love the daily shower sprays, but I don’t love their price. The refill for the scrubbing bubbles automatic shower cleaner is $4.64 on amazon right now. That is not a price I want to pay!!! I have combined ingredients from a few different daily shower recipes that I have found online and found one that works well for my shower and water hardness. Now, this recipe may not be the best for everyone. I think it really depends on the materials of your shower and your water. I have a glass and ceramic tile shower with moderately hard water and this recipe works really well at keep the shower clean so that I clean it less often. LOVE THAT! I have not done the math for a bottle of this, but I know it is under a $1 per bottle, it may be under $0.50 if you use coupons to buy your dish soap and dish washing aid!

Daily Shower Spray

In a 32 oz spray bottle mix:

2 cups white vinegar

1-2 T dishwasher rinse aid like jet dry

1 T or so of dawn dishsoap

water to fill bottle

Spray the entire shower after use and walk away! I have read that you can add essential oil like lemon or lavender to help disguise the vinegar smell. I use vinegar to clean many things in my house so it doesn’t really bother me. You can also put this mixture in the bottle of one of those scrubbing bubbles automatic shower sprayers. I did that until mine died, now I just use a spray bottle.

If this doesn’t seem to be working for your shower, do a google search and there are a ton of different recipes out there. Many use rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide, it may be trial and error for what works best in your house.


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