Monthly Archives: December 2017

SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE

We we did some baking over the weekend and made some sugar cookies.   I found this recipe on The Barefoot Baker web site so go check that site out too.

I made the family decorate 3 each so this is what the did.

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* 2 sticks (8 ounces) of unsalted butter, softened
* 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
* 2 eggs
* 2 tsp of Pure Vanilla Extract
* 1/2 tsp baking powder
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 4 cups (17 ounces) of All-Purpose Flour

* Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
* Begin by placing the flour in a bowl and set it aside.
* Place butter in a bowl and beat until smooth.
* Add the sugar and mix until combined.
* Add eggs one at a time mixing well in between each addition.
* Add the vanilla, salt and baking powder and mix
* Mix in the flour one cup at a time and mix just until the ingredients are combined.
* Divide the dough into 3 discs and roll each one out on a mat. Freeze for 10-15 minutes and cut out your cookie shapes and bake 6-9 minutes.

Christmas Decor

Wanted to share some of our Christmas decorations in our home.   How did you decorate your home for the holidays?

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Money Saving Tip

This is something so true to me.

Buying in Bulk

When buying groceries buying it bulk will save you money. We are a family of four and it’s cheaper to buy a family pack of meat (which would be more than one meal for us) then to just buy a pack of chops that has 4 in the package.   When I buy bulk I will freeze and try to make more than one meal out of that pack of meat. I find that chops and chicken is the best for buying bulk to me. I pay one price but get two meals out of it. So here is the breakdown:

1 pack of chicken breast $8.50 to $9.00 (has 3 breasts)

A family pack has about 6 to 8 breast and cost about $13.00. I can usually get about 2 sometimes 3 depending on the dinner. So that adds up to be $4.30 if I am getting 3 meals and $6.50 if I get 2 meals. This will save me at least $2.00 which adds up.

Now this also applies to can goods, pastas or anything that has a long shelf life. Once you are stocked up you won’t need to shop as often hence saving you money.

I normally do pastas; can vegetables, gravy’s, cereal etc… Anything that I do use on a regular basis I try to buy those items in bulk. When buying in bulk you will need to have the room for it either in your food storage area and freezer.

I hope that this little tip helped, and gives you some ideas on how to save some money.

Cabbage and Beef Stir Fry

For this recipe I found on Pinterest you can easily make this into a vegetarian dish.  This was an amazingly tasty dish that my family loved and we will be keeping this as a go to stir fry.

This was very easy to make and didn’t take much time.

Ingredients:

Stir Fry Sauce

2 Tbsp. soy sauce

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1 Tbsp. sriracha

1/2 Tbsp. brown sugar

The Stir Fry

1/2 head green cabbage

2 carrots

3 green onions

1/2 Tbsp. neutral cooking oil

1/2 lb. lean ground beef

2 cloves garlic

1 Tbsp. fresh grated ginger

1 cup bean sprouts (I added this to)

Pinch of salt and pepper

Optional toppings: green onion, crispy noodles

Steps:

Prepare the stir-fry sauce first. In a small bowl stir together the soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, sriracha, and brown sugar. Set the sauce aside.

Shred the vegetables so they are ready to go when you need them. Cut one small cabbage in half, remove the core, and then finely shred the leaves of one half the cabbage (4-6 cups once shredded, save the other half for another recipe). Peel two carrots, and then use a cheese grater to shred them (1 cup shredded). Slice three green onions. Mince two cloves of garlic. Peel a knob of ginger using either a vegetable peeler or by scraping with the side of a spoon, then grate it using a small-holed cheese grater.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot add the cooking oil, ground beef, garlic, ginger, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook the beef until browned (about five minutes).

Add the cabbage and carrots to the skillet and continue to stir and cook until the cabbage is slightly wilted (or fully wilted, if you prefer). Stir in the prepared sauce and the green onions. Top with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and a drizzle of sriracha, then serve.

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Note: My family would have preferred chicken instead of beef or no meat at all.  That is how good this stir fry was.

 

Lemon Bars Pinterest Find

Hi Guys, I wanted to share this recipe I tried from Pinterest.  It is only two ingredients and its called Lemon Bars.  You can find the original recipe under my desserts board on my Pinterest.  The site where I got this from Tammilee Tips

Now two ingredients sounded to good to be true but what the heck I wanted to try it.

I used this cake mix instead of Angel cake mix.  Not sure if that would make a difference.

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This is what the batter looked like once the two ingredients was mixed.  This did look like the picture on my blog site I got the recipe from.

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This is what is looked like right out of the oven.  This was more cake like than bars to me, but it was not bad.  We choose not to add any powder sugar on top as this was sweet enough to us.

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This in all was not a bad dessert so I would recommend this to you to try.  I use a cake mix verse an angel cake mix so again not sure if that made a difference or not.

I hope you try this lemon bars out and let me know what you thought of them.

Plan With Me Dec 4th – Dec 9th

Hi Guys, This week I tried to be a little creative and different.  I used some free printable which I will link the site below to those.  I also have updated my monthly for my planners.   I did do a video on some of my PWM so I will leave the link below to my channel on YouTube.

YouTube Channel: Ruthy’s Hangout

The kit I am using for my Happy planner is from Victoria Thatcher.com.  She has several free printable kits that are just adorable.  This kit is called Cute Christmas.

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For my Mini Happy Planner I used another kits from Victoria Thatcher.com.  This kit was called Buffalo Check.

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For my Recollection personal I used what was left from a monthly kit by Fabplannerprint  shop on Etsy.

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For my recollections spiral I used another kit from Victoria Thatcher.com.  This was just so cute not to use.  This kit is called Gingerbread.  This are some gingerbread men stickers that I used as well from the Target Dollar spot

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For my monthly layouts for the Happy planner I used a kit from Fabplannerprint shop that is on Etsy.   This is just to adorable don’t you think?

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now for both my Mini Happy planner and my Recollections personal I used a kit from Adorably Amy Designs.  The link to her shop is below.

AdorablyAmyDesigns Shop

 

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The paper clips at the top of each page I got from Tuesday Morning, and for papers clips on the side are stickers that I turned into paper clips.  These stickers were from the Target Dollar spot.

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Money Saving Tip

This is something that I struggled with for a long time, and that is to cook more dinners rather than eating out.   For years I lost the fight eating out, but not anymore.

We use to eat out at least 4 times a week. Now for a family of four that adds up pretty quickly. On average a fast food dinner for us would be $35.00.

This breaks down to $35.00 x 4 +$140.00 a week. This was done for a very long time so in a year we spent $1,680.00.

Some life changes happened in our lives that was for the best, by that we no longer eat out 4 times a week. On average now we may eat out twice a month and this is planned.   Not only was eating out costly but it was not good for our health.   Learning from past mistakes and turning those mistakes around really changed my family. We now eat better and feel better.

Cooking at home isn’t hard, even if you are popping frozen food into the oven that is still cheaper than fast food. I have learned to copycat some recipes so now my family no longer craves these from the restaurant.   I know you can do this too and you will feel better about it and be a little healthier.

I just wanted to share this tip with you and in hopes it may encourage you to save some money like I am doing.

 

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