Category: Frugal Living Tips

ULive Thanksgiving Centerpiece Holiday Hang-Ups with Sabrina Soto

Just click on the video above to learn how make a Thanksgiving Wine Bottle Centerpiece

Do you find yourself waiting until the eleventh hour to get organized for the holidays? No worries: Sabrina Soto has you covered on her new series Holiday Hang-Ups. In each episode, Sabrina provides tips and tricks to get you holiday-ready in no time. So skip the stressful scramble and achieve holiday nirvana with a little advice from a pro. First up, two surprisingly easy ideas to pull your Thanksgiving table together.

Felt Christmas Stocking Ornament Pattern & Instructions!

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Felt Christmas Stocking Ornament Pattern & Instructions!

Here is a cute pattern to make your own Christmas Stocking ornaments HERE!

Print out the pattern HERE

Thanks to Debbie Colgrove on About.com for picture and ornament instructions & pattern

Bev Kimball uses them for all her past fur babies. She says you can also stuff the stockings, and scallop the bottom edge of the white felt in a new way for each one to make them look a little different from each other.

Scrumptious Banana Nut Bread Recipe!

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Scrumptious Banana Nut Bread Recipe!

This recipe is a favorite of mine that is useful for banana, zucchini, carrot, sweet potato, and even pumpkin bread!

2 Cups banana, pumpkin or sweet potato or shredded zucchini or carrots.
3 Cups sugar (I sometimes use 1/2 brown sugar so then 2 1/2 white)
1 Cup water
1 Cup cooking oil (I don’t know what it would taste like if you wanted to substitute applesauce for part of the oil)
4 eggs

Mix all of them together in a bowl and mix well.

3 1/3 Cups Flour
2 Tsp baking soda
1 Tsp salt
1 Tsp baking powder
3 Tsp cinnamon
1/4 to 3/4 Tbs cloves (to taste)
1 Cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)
1 Cup cranraisins (optional)

Stir these 8 ingredients together and then add to the mixing bowl of the wet ingredients mixing well.

Pour into 2 5″x9″ loaf pans (greased) and Bake at 350 degrees for 60 to 70 minutes!

If you want to make a double batch then just double it all and then freeze the loafs in saran wrap.

This is a great treat for fall and your friends and family will devour them.

Classic Italian Style Cheesy Lasagna Recipe

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Here is a Classic Italian Style Cheesy Lasagna Recipe that my mom used when I was a kid. So now it’s my turn to bring this delicious and simple recipe for my family.

The entire family gobbles this one up and I double the ingredients to make 2 of them. One to eat the same night and one to freeze for a night I don’t want to cook. Just take it out and thaw in the fridge for about 10-12 hours and then pop into the oven. Super easy.

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Ingredients for Meat Sauce:
1 pound ground meat or Italian Sausage
30oz of Tomato Sauce
1 8oz Can of Tomato Paste
1tsp Oregano
1tsp Basil
1tsp Parsley Flakes
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

Ingredients for Cheese Filling:
1 15oz container of Ricotta Cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese (I grate by hand)
1 tbs Parsley Flakes
1 egg beaten

2 cups of Shredded Mozzerella Cheese

1 Package of Lasagna Noodles

Remember to double everything if you want to make 2 lasagnas.

First I brown the ground meat and drain out the fat. I then add 60oz of tomato sauce, 2 cans of tomato paste, and the seasonings and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. While that is simmering, then I cook the noodles. Once the noodles are boiling I make the cheese filling. Add the 32 oz container of Ricotta to 2 beaten eggs in a medium sized bowl. I hand grate 1/2 cups of Parmesan Cheese and add the parsley. Once it’s all mixed up, I put it to the side. Once the noodles are drained and cooling off, I make an assembly line to make the 2 lasagnas. The mozerella cheese is in it’s package. I use 9×13 glass casserole dishes or pans. I prefer glass for more even cooking.

I take 4 noodles to make the first layer, then add the cheese filling which is kind of like frosting a cake. Then I add a layer of the mozerella cheese and top it off with meat sauce layer. Then repeat and I can usually get 2 nice layers. Then bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees and should be bubbling when done. Slice and enjoy. I cut them into squares.

BBQ Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites Appetizer Recipe

BBQ Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites Appetizer Recipe

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The recipe is super easy.

Either cut boneless chicken breasts into cubes if you wants bite sized or use tenderloins for more of a meal.

Then cut bacon in half and wrap it around the bites or keep full pieces for the tenderloins.

Then use toothpicks to secure and dip it in seasonings like salt and pepper, garlic, or whatever you like.

I used BBQ sauce and you can either bake it in the oven at 450 for 20-25 minutes or grill it.

Here is a picture of what they look like before you put them in the oven. The top picture we grilled them.

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