Category: Frugal Living Tips

Apply to Test & Review NEW Nuby Garden Fresh Mash n’ Feed Set

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Do you have a baby between the ages of 4-12 months? Do you regularly make homemade baby food?

Go Apply to Test Out & Nuby Garden Fresh Mash n’ Feed Set

If you are selected to participate you will receive an email from a Nuby Team Member in the upcoming days. Participants will be required to try the Garden Fresh Mash n Feed with their child and post a short review of the product on Babies R Us. All Steam n Mash will be shipped to all participants from Nuby.

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.