One of the websites that I absolutely LOVE is Swagbucks. It is very easy to earn Swagbucks and cash them in for gift cards. I always go with Amazon gift cards. I have been using this site for years, pretty much since it started. I log in each morning and complete the Daily Poll and the Daily Offers to earn SB (Swagbucks) and once I have 500 I cash them in for a $5 gift card to Amazon. I earn around $25 a month using this program and I barely do any work. Here is what I typically do to earn SB: Continue reading
I’ve been thinking a lot about food waste in our house and I am very driven to reduce the amount of food we waste on a daily basis. In a previous post I mentioned that the amount of food waste that currently exists is 53%. That is more food going to waste than there is being eaten. That baffles me. I have been trying to come up with ways to establish waste free eating and here is what I have come up with: Continue reading
When I started baking bread last year I absolutely fell in love with no knead bread. I am a big proponent for making everything we eat from scratch, as much as I can at least. The idea of whole food has a huge following and it makes sense. Eating food that isn’t processed and is an ingredient itself. Makes sense right? So why is it so hard to do? Cost and convenience is why my family had always turned to a grocery store loaf.
Bread has been around for thousands of years. Leavened bread was actually created by pure luck! Bread was originally composed of just flour, water, and salt. Pretty simple! When exposed to yeast the bread begins to bubble on the surface and when baked the bread rises and has the fluffy insides we have grown to love.
Bread takes time and requires kneading. While no knead bread can take 12-18 hours to make, it requires little effort on your part. Simply mix flour, water, yeast, and salt together and let the dough rise for 12-18 hours. Once the rise is complete you toss it into a dutch oven and bake. It forms a crunchy crust on the outside and a warm fluffy center on the inside!
Here is my favorite recipe: Continue reading
One of the most frequent purchases we had on our grocery list was chicken stock. We use it for everything! We even add it to the dogs food for extra flavor. My husband is a big fan of purchasing organic items so needless to say our shopping gets expensive. We eat a great deal of chicken in our house so I did some research and found that I could make my own stock using the bones of my roaster chickens. No idea why I didn’t think of this before!
When making chicken stock I use a lot of vegetables, such as celery, carrots, and onions for flavor. To save money I save my vegetable scraps for making stock later. When you cut up an onion, instead of throwing the ends and peelings away, toss it into a freezer bag and toss it in the freezer. Do the same with celery and carrots. Use these in your stock rather than cutting up fresh vegetables. You get great flavor and color as well as lessen the waste with vegetables you already use frequently in your kitchen. Continue reading
So it’s that time of month again, budget time. I have been pretty lazy with our budget for the past two months and our accounts definitely show it. I was absent from here yesterday because I spent the day cleaning my kitchen. I am so behind on my spring cleaning challenge!
I have decided to mix things up a bit with how I use my budget this month, and I have chosen to use the cash envelope system. I get paid once per month which seemed nearly impossible at first and my husband is still writing his book so this is not bringing in income yet. We are working off of one income, once per month. Once that money is gone, it’s gone. When I first started working my current job trying to budget this once a month income was really hard. We ran out of money countless times and I had to turn to little sources of income which were insignificant but helped in the long run. My favorite is Swagbucks, I’ll do a post on this later. I earn at least $10 a month on this little site and I choose Amazon gift cards since I am a Prime member. Its fabulous!
Anyway, back to my budget. Continue reading