For those of you who love to give gifts to others, but don’t have the budget for that, this article is just for you!
Every year we all have those neighbors, family friends, teachers, and coworkers we want to give presents, but don’t want to spend lots of money on, but you can’t just keep giving cookies every. single. year… Trust me, we all know where you’re at. We’ve all been in that same exact boat!
I’m going to share what I’ve found to be the best for those special people!
1. Hot Cocoa Kits for the cold season, yet so simple and easy to make! Don’t forget cheap too!
2. Homemade Caramel Apple Gift for those who love to cook!
3. Gift Baskets for those who you can’t find just that “one thing” for!
4. Plus many more Mason Jar Presents!
My grandma has always made these Biscuit Donut Holes, or as she sometimes calls them, Poor Man’s Donuts! Her mother used to make them when she was a child and she’s continued the tradition by making them for her kids and now her grandkids! And boy have we loved them!
I’m not sure if there’s really a person out there than can turn away from a sugary donut. I’m really not sure it’s possible! Especially with how delicious these guys are.
They’re everything you want in a dessert: sugary, simple and scrumptious! (Yes, I did just find three words that started with an ‘S’, but they all fit perfectly!) Go ahead and give these donuts a try. You will be chowing down on them in only a matter of minutes!
- Any can of Biscuit Dough
- Enough Vegetable Oil to fill pan 1-1/2 inches
- Cinnamon and Sugar to roll the dough in after it’s done frying (you could also use powdered sugar)
First, cut the biscuit dough into quarters.
Turn the oil to med-high and place one bit of dough in to test if the oil is hot enough. The dough should fry up pretty quickly. Once you’d determined that the oil is hot enough, add as many dough bits as you can to the oil so that they are fully submerged.
It should only take about two minutes before you need to stir them up and flip a few of them around. After that you should only have to let them fry for another minute until they turn a nice dark golden-brown.
After they’ve been scooped from the oil, roll them in a cinnamon-sugar mix.
If your mouth isn’t watering at this point, I think there may be something wrong. 😉
If you are anything like me, you’re hoping that you won’t have to walk into a grocery store until after Thanksgiving! But if you have put off or have not been able to do your Thanksgiving shopping until now, it’s still possible to save money on what’s probably the most expensive meal you’ll make all year.
Here are just a few tips to carry you into the final preparations for your big holiday meal.
1. Ditch store bought gravy. Make your own gravy. It tastes better and is significantly less expensive to make. This year, I am making my gravy early. I happened to already have some homemade chicken broth on hand. So, I made the gravy last night and will simply add the turkey drippings from the roasting pan once that bird is roasted! Gravy will keep in the refrigerator for one week. So, it’s a nice thing to cross off your list a little early.
2. Don’t use paper plates. Those fancy paper plates and plastic cups can be pricey. Use your nice plates and just plan to also use your dishwashing machine. It’ll end up cheaper to run the dishwasher than to buy all those plates and cups that you’ll just throw away. There is one exception, though. Yesterday, I met a lady who said that her mother-in-law called her and told her that she had a bunch of those nice paper plates sitting around in her pantry. She asked if she could bring them over on Thanksgiving. “Yes!” was the answer! So, if someone else offers to bring those fancy paper plates, you’ll get the best of both worlds: no dishes and no cost!
3. Use nature for your decorations. Walk outside your door and pick up some beautiful leaves to decorate around the house and the dining table. It’s beautiful and free!
What else do you do to keep your Thanksgiving thrifty?
For a while now I’ve been noticing that my kitchen has so many mis-matched things and I’ve looked into buying new things but it’s going to cost me so much money for something that isn’t a need but a want! Luckily I’ve found the perfect things that cost so little yet look so cute!
Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Head to the dollar store
- Get wooden utensils
- Get some paint *desired color & white*
- Create an area that’s okay to be messy.
- Get paintbrushes!
Now you’ll need to mix the color of paint of your desired choice with white creating a ombre look. Doesn’t matter what utensils colors get what, but creating the look will appear the kitchen to look more together and matching!
Have you ever made your own marinara sauce?
I didn’t ever even think to make my own until I was given a bunch of freshly picked tomatoes from my neighbors’ garden! I usually make homemade tomato soup, but decided to try something different this time and instead opted for marinara sauce! The recipe is super easy, and so yummy. You’ve got to give it a try!
12 cups of blanched, peeled tomatoes
2 large onions – chopped
7 cloves of garlic – minced
2 Tbsp. dried Italian seasonings of your choice (basil, oregano, thyme, etc)
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Heat the oil in a pot. Add the onions and cook slowly until they are golden and begin to caramelize. Then, add the garlic and dried herbs. Cook for about 5 minutes. Then, add the tomatoes.
Once everything is in and mixed well, bring to a simmer and let it cook on low for about 2 hours. Afterwards, puree the mixture with an immersion blender, or carefully add to your blender, a couple of cups at a time.
There you go! Easy, healthy and yummy!
Tired of the bathroom clutter that no matter how many times you re-organize, just still seems to pop back into your life? Want a way to fix it? Here’s the cure!
So many times in my life have I been tired of cleaning and re-organizing the drawers day after day. I have tired sectioning off the items and categorizing them countless times, and I’m finally happy that I found the way to fix it!
*The dollar store has each of these objects.
1. They have little drawer organizers that are perfect for makeup, bobby pins, clips, and anything you put into those little drawers.
2. Ice tray can be the perfect use for your little earrings that seem to go missing one-by-one!
3. A candle holder can be used for keeping Q-Tips in, and Cotton Balls!
4. Lastly, a tier tower to keep on the table for all your random things that you just don’t have enough counter space for.
Heading to the jewelry store to get your jewelry professionally cleaned is a pain, and frankly for me, doesn’t happen very frequently. So I went out a bought a jewelry cleaner about a year ago, but was terrified when I read reviews on it stating that it stripped jewelry of its coating after time!
I am one of those people that never takes off her ring (because I am also one of those people that loses EVERYTHING) so it always gets dirty. Whether I’m baking cookies, applying lotions, or doing yard work, my ring takes a serious beating on a very frequent basis. This led me to research DIY jewelry cleaners that were made with less chemicals, and luckily I found the perfect solution!
All you need is…
- 1 tbs salt
- 1 tbs baking soda
- 1 tbs Dawn dish soap (this is my all time favorite dish soap)
- 1 cup hot water
Mix the ingredients together, and let your jewelry soak for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then take the peices out and gently pat them dry. And that’s it! No scrubbing, no driving to your jeweler, and no expensive cleaners!
Countless times I’ve always had a craving for something sweet, and chocolate-y. But along with that craving is not wanting to make the entire pan of brownies! Annoying right? Well I have the perfect idea, called brownie-in-a-cup!!
- 1 microwave safe mug
- 4 Tbs flour
- 4 Tbs sugar
- 2 Tbs cocoa
- 2 Tbs canola oil
- 2 Tbs water
- 1/3 tsp vanilla
- Combine all ingredients in small bowl and mix together till smooth.
- Spray the mug with cooking spray so it doesn’t stick.
- Pour into the mug
- Microwave for 1 minute!!
Then WA-LA! You have your own personal treat that took under 5 minutes.