Recipe Book Purge

I am over the massive amounts of cookbooks (especially since I go to the internet for most things). So now I am going through all of my recipe books and see if there is anything that I just have to cook (so not in the house maker mood). Here is my first destash. I will be making it available for free local pickup as soon as I am done.

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Candle Deal at Ikea

I love candles and I love Ikea. However, I never realized what a great deal Ikea’s tealight candles are.  I spent $15 and I have enough candles for a month!! I use to buy the dollar candles at Dollar Tree and A.C. Moore but they burn out in a day. Plus I like to burn candles in the livingroom, diningroom, my room, and all 3 bathrooms. At $1 a candle that gets expensive. If you are a candle person check out Ikea.

There is a Rat Among Us

I just finished landscaping my backyard and fencing it in. Then to my surprise there are two gigantic holes in my landscaping (not happy). So I go to Lowes to get rid of the pest and she gives me a trap that requires me throwing the rat away. Ahh nope, not going to happen. I have moved out of places because I heard a mouse/rat. This rat and I can never meet. So I put peanut butter on rat bait and dropped it in his holes.  I also bought some spray to put on my trash and around my fence to deter the rat. I learned that rats don’t like peppermint. Next I am going to learn a DIY peppermint spray to deter the rats.

Early Morning on the Last Saturday of the Month

I love the last Saturday of the month. See where I live the Goodwill stores have 50% off sales the last Saturday of every month. This weekend I get a bonus because its Memorial Day as well. Now I use to go crazy on the last Saturday, but my closet got full of a lot of mismatched stuff that I couldn’t put together as an outfit. Now I shop with a plan and allow myself only $15-20 of off list purchases (you gotta feed that impulse buy need). Sometimes items are off list but a good buy. I will give you an example my Seinna Luna Plus Steam mop was $25 and off list. However, it retails at $109 (discounted). The reviews for this mop was off the chart and I really don’t like my Shark (which I got from a second hand store). I just like to remind people buying unnecessary, unusable, and unneeded items is not a deal.  Happy shopping!!!

Meal Planning Again

I speak on this so much because it saves me so much money. My family and I are getting bored with the same old recipes so I opened some of my cookbooks to get some ideas on new stuff. I was amazed at the information in one of my thriftstore treasure books “Good Housekeeping Cooking for the Family.” It gave some really good guidelines on how to plan a meal and be nutritious at the same time. This book is easily an antique but helpful none the less. As I read through the recipes it amazed me how well meals were planned out and I think of how much time had to be spent in the kitchen. Now I have every gadget known to man in the kitchen and sometimes big meals are still an evolution. I can’t imagine cooking up some of the more complex meals without the help of my kitchen gadgets yet that was the norm. It also boggles my brain that with all the tools of the trade available, home cooked meals seem to be endangered. Stay tuned for more of my meal planning tips, I can’t wait to share.

Freezer Friendly Meals

When you are making a dish consider if it can be frozen.  If so make a double dish and freeze it for a quick dish night.  This also works on stuff like pizza dough, tomato sauce (made from scratch), alfredo sauce, pretty much any sauces, and just get creative. Don’t freeze cabbage (trust me).