Make an Edible Donut Valentine Bouquet

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Edible Donut Valentine Bouquet

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Entenmann’s is celebrating this Valentine’s Day with the Entenmann’s Sweet Valentine’s Edible Bouquet and Entenmann’s Sweet Donut Sweepstakes.  Entenmann’s fans won’t want to miss out on this mouthwatering celebration!

Entenmann’s provided Couponista Queen with funds, coupons and supplies to make my own Edible Donut Bouquet, and it was a lot of fun.  My mom came over one evening to see the baby, so Ava supervised us while we made the bouquet.  It took less than an hour and we thought the results were pretty awesome.   Here is the idea photo from Entenmann’s.  How do you think we did?

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If you want the recipe card to make this donut bouquet, enter the Entenmann’s Sweet Donut Sweepstakes on the Entenmann’s Facebook page through February 27, 2014 for the chance to win lots of prizes, including Entenmann’s coupons, Mr. Rich Frosted and Ms. Crumb plush toys, 1-800-Flowers arrangements and more!  Details can be found on Facebook.com/Entenmanns or on 8-pack boxes of Rich Frosted Donuts and 8-pack boxes of Crumb Donuts.  After you enter you will get the recipe card.

Entenmann’s Sweet Valentine's Edible Bouquet

Here are a few tips we recommend from making the donut bouquet:

Make sure that you are careful when dipping the larger donuts as they will be heavy.  We used 2 lollipop sticks in the larger donuts to make sure they were secure when we put them into the vase.  Make sure the sticks are in both sides of the donut (through the bottom then the center hole then into the top).  To cover the sticks showing in the center hole, I cut a Pop’em donut in half and used melted chocolate to glue it in the middle.  I did this before I dipped the entire donut so it would be smooth.

You will need to chill the donuts before dipping them and after dipping them.  Since it is so cold outside, we sent the King outdoors for a few minutes with the tray rather than try to fit them into the freezer.

If you don’t want to make the whole bouquet, or if you want treats for many people, just make the little Pop’ems and wrap them individually with some small cellophane bags and ribbon.  Viola, you will have the perfect little Valentine’s to give out at work, school, etc!

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DIY Dish Soap Recipe – Homemade, Frugal, and Easy!

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DIY Frugal Easy Homemade Dish Soap

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DIY Dish Soap  Frugal and Easy!

Have you ever thought about making your own dish soap?  Necessity is the mother of invention, or at least the mother of my googling late at night.  I am Princess T and I watch too much Criminal Minds so going out late to get dish soap when I run out is just not going to happen.  Having previously made my own clothes detergent and body wash I figured well, I need to wash dishes now or first thing in the morning and I do not want to go out just for that and risk not snagging a deal.  What was a Frugal Mom to do?  So I googled and read and read and read!  And there are a bunch of different variations that bring you to the same happy conclusion so once again I took what I wanted and felt comfortable with and ran with it…ok ok I’m more of a stroller not a runner.

What will you need and how much will it cost you?  If you are already a DIY kind of person you will find that you already have what you need at home so no need for extra expenses.

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14 ounces of water, boiled

1/4 cup of grated soap.  I used castile soap that I had from when I made body wash.  Some people use Ivory soap or whatever bar soap they have on hand.  I can’t see myself using Irish Spring or anything too bath like so I used castile soap which on its own is wonderful.

1 tablespoon borax.  I had a box from when I made my own laundry detergent

Essential oils, optional.  In a moment of sheer insanity today while looking for something totally unrelated I found a bottle of tea tree oil that I bought at Trader Joe’s recently and had forgotten about.  I read that a lot of people like to use this as they are antiseptic so I figured why not?  So I added 10 drops

Grate the soap to get 1/4 cup, about a 1/3 of the bar more or less.  Once the water is boiling stir in the soap and the borax until everything is dissolved nicely.  I added 10 drops of tea tree oil as this has a strong smell and I didn’t want it to overpower with the scent.  That’s it! Pretty easy and fast, how long does it take for water to boil? Pretty Quick

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I found a cute mason jar and in it went.  It will gel as it cools, 6-8 hours.  Knowing me as you do by now you know patient I’m not so once it cooled I put it in my fridge and watched a new episode of Criminal Minds.  It gelled nicely.  Did it work?  Yes it did, not crazy suds but enough suds to help you think that its working.  As you know bubbles and suds do not mean anything but it helps with the mind.  Was it rough on my hands?  Nope.  Did my dishes or glasses have a funky smell or taste?  Nope, they were just clean and that was all I needed, well that and a  break.

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Will I make igain?  Yep, I have everything I need to make it and since my stockpile on dish soap is low there is no reason for me to not make anymore.   My next batch I might try using lavender essential oils, some people use only 1 tablespoon of grated soap I used 1/4 cup which is a little more then 2 tablespoons.  Some swear by adding vinegar but some say that vinegar and castile soap do not mix and since I do not like the smell of vinegar I opted to not include it.  Am I happy?  yeah but I would be happier if the dishes washed themselves.

Ah to dream.

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Crescent Pumpkin Cheesecake Rolls

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Crescent Pumpkin Cheesecake Rolls

Its the season for pumpkin everything!  I’ve seen this recipe all over with a few variations but using plain pumpkin.  I didn’t have plain pumpkin I had pumpkin pie filling and since I’m going to use what I have I decided to improvise.  I sorta liked using the pie filling because I didn’t need to go buy pumpkin spice since I won’t use it again I really didn’t want to add it to my little spice bottle collection.  As it is my cabinet needs spanx on certain days.

What will you need?

2 cans crescent rolls

4 oz cream cheese softened

4 oz pumpkin pie filling

2-4 oz sugar, as you prefer I used about 3 but some might want it sweeter

cinnamon and sugar to dust with before baking

plastic bat to beat off the people trying to eat them all ☺

Mix the cream cheese, sugar and pie filing together, unroll the dough like you normally do when you are going to bake crescent rolls. When extended spread the filling all over and then roll normally (try to not get any on your fingers I dare you LOL)

bake at 375 for 15-18 minutes.

One baker made a glaze for it but we passed.  My hubby likes subtle sweetness with his morning coffee not a dessert type bread so we didn’t go down that path.

I love treats that we have coupons for or usually score deals on.   How many of us don’t stock up on the refrigerated dough variations when we have coupons?   So realistically you will make 32 of these with a whole package of cream cheese and a whole can of pie filling (small one).  This is a great Autumn treat that won’t break the bank!

We have a printable coupon for crescent rolls right now if you go to the printable coupon tab on the page, here is the link: https://www.couponistaqueen.com/coupons/  Print and surprise your family these are so so good, it will be something they ask for all the time from now on!

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Easy, Frugal and Simple: 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

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Easy, Frugal and Simple:  2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

I’d like to start by saying, I am Princess Thanya and I am baking impaired.  I long to be the Mom with the chewy cookies, or just right brownies, the perfect cupcakes, heck even the nicely baked refrigerated dough rolls, but alas I am NOT that mom.  If it’s something to bake I will under cook it, or burn it.  But I got sick and tired of reading all these posts everywhere about how easy this recipe is to make and make (one place being the Duncan Hines Website).  I wanted to join in on the fun!

Why I like this recipe, its easy.  Its 2 ingredients, I don’t have to go to the store and look for stuff I can’t pronounce and will only use once.  Here is what you’ll need:

1 box Duncan Hines or any brand cake mix.

1 large can 18 oz pumpkin pie filling (not the regular canned pumpkin but the filling that’s prepared)

Pre-heat oven at 350.  In a large bowl, empty the box of cake mix and mix with the pumpkin pie filling.  I did not use the whole can of pie filling.  I used about 15 ounces.  When you are mixing you will start to see when it has reached a good consistency.  I have read people using the whole can, its up to you.  I used about 15 oz and it was perfect. Also I used yellow cake mix, someone posted saying she used chocolate cake mix cause that’s what she had on hand and everyone loved it so again its up to you.

THAT’S IT!  No sifting, no measuring, no cracking, no melting, mix the two ingredients and you are DONE!    Get your muffin pan out and liners and fill them up!  Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a lovely golden color and a toothpick comes out clean.   Makes 1 dozen.  My hubby warmed one up and slathered it with cream cheese this morning.  Big hit!

So did I burn them?  No the force was with me

Check them out!

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DIY Frugal Homemade Hand Sanitizer!

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DIY Homemade Frugal Hand Sanitizer

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Summer is coming to a close, and if you are like me you are looking  at the expiration dates on the sunblock and lotions to decide to keep them or not.  I had a less then half bottle of Aloe Vera Gel sitting under my bathroom sink.  What to do?  Well I decided to figure out a frugal way to use it and what I found was awesome!  There are plenty of ways to make your own Hand Sanitizer.  So I picked a Frugal one and ran with it (not really more like a light jog, I don’t run☺).

OK so what will you need?

INGREDIENTS

1/3 cup Aloe Vera Gel

2/3  cup rubbing Alcohol

Essential oil drops to make it scented if you like

DIRECTIONS

Mix in a bowl until well blended, fill container of your choice.

That’s IT.  REALLY!

Really stop staring, you are making me nervous.

You will need to adjust the essential oil to your liking, at least 8 drops but I did more like 12.  If you want to buy some cheap Aloe Vera gel, I’ve seen it at the Dollar Tree.  Each tube has 6oz so you’d make two batches from one tube for $1.  You’d be out $2 for the supplies if you don’t have the alcohol.  I did have it on hand which was the purpose of my experiment, to re-purpose leftovers.   Some people go green and make this with Vodka and distilled water but I didn’t want my hubby to think I was making a cocktail.

I refilled the Aloe Vera Gel bottle and slapped some duct tape on there to label it.  I rubbed some on my hand, it is watery and you don’t need much.   Just splash a little on and rub until gone.  When you do this it smells like alcohol but once it dries I had a great lavender scent on my hands that even the hubby liked.

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How much did it make?  Well, it refilled my 12 oz bottle from the Aloe Vera Gel and I had about 4-5 oz left to put in a small bottle for my purse, so you are looking at making about 18 oz more or less.  Again, the frugality comes in the fact we are using what we might throw away at the end of Summer not actually making it to replace something we already buy.

Now I’m off to re-purpose my leftover roasted chicken to chicken salad for tomorrows lunch!

#frugalmomsrock

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Breaded Parmesan Green Beans Recipe

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Breaded Parmesan Green Beans

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This Breaded Parmesan Green Beans recipe is one I came up with for a different way to enjoy green beans.  It is really easy and so good there are NEVER any leftovers.

 

Breaded Parmesan Green Beans Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of fresh green beans, washed and stem ends cut off
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (can use less or skip it entirely)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • cooking spray

Directions

  • Wash green beans and trim stem ends
  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Line baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray
  • In one bowl, whip together 2 eggs and 2 tbsp of mayonnaise.
  • In another shallow bowl or plate combine 1 cup Italian bread crumbs, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.
  • Dip green bean in egg mixture, then roll in bread crumb mixture and place on the foil-covered and sprayed baking sheet.
  • Continue till all green beans are coated.
  • Bake on center oven rack for 20 minutes.  Check half way through and turn them over carefully so they brown evenly and the bottoms don’t burn.  After the 20 minutes, make sure they are done to your liking.  We prefer them still a little crunchy (20 minutes) but you may want to cook them an additional few minutes to soften more.
  • Serve immediately with your favorite main course!  These are also good dipped into some Dijon mustard.
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25 Refreshing Nonalcoholic Summer Drink Recipes

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Hot and Thirsty?  Check out these 25 Refreshing Summer Drink recipes for a change from your usual soft drinks. Nonalcoholic versions shown.  Use your imagination to spice them up for adults if you want to.

1. Pretty Pink Lemonade
2. Vietnamese Iced Coffee
3. Tropical Green Smoothie
4. Mango Milkshake
5. Green Juice
6. Pineapple Mint Iced Tea
7. Cherry Mint Juice
8. Orangeade
9. Honeydew Cucumber Detox
10. Lavender Lemonade
11. Starbuck’s Iced Passion Tea
12. Brazilian Limeade
13. Kumquat Squash Drink
14. Cantaloupe Mint Juice
15. Red White and Blue Layered Drinks
16. Banana Almond Paleo Smoothie
17. Strawberry Banana Apple Smoothies
18. Mango Lassi
19. Ginger Peach Soda
20. Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade
21. Sparkling Cucumber Limeade
22. Fresh Lemonade
23. Strawberry Basil Lemonade
24. Watermelon Agua Fresca
25. Dragon’s Breath Dawn

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DIY Homemade Sugar and Lemon Scrub, Frugal $2 Dollar Tree Recipe!

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Sugar Scrub DIY Homemade

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DIY Lemon and Sugar Scrub, $2 Dollar Tree Recipe!

Some people think that in order to save you have to sacrifice on your beauty regimen.  NOT TRUE!  We can use ingredients found at home or at the dollar stores to whip up some awesome stuff to keep us looking our best!  Since it is summer and we all have exposed skin, this time around I’ve been concentrating on scrubs to keep our skin soft and touchable.  I tried a salt scrub and now I’ve moved on to sugar.

Again, you might already have this at home so you won’t have to spend anything but if you don’t you can go to your local Dollar Tree store and pick up sugar and baby oil.  We use the 2:1 ratio and we are ready to mix this up!

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What will you need?

1 box sugar, 16 oz

1 bottle baby oil (comes in 10 oz you will use just 8 oz)

One lemon ( you will use the zest from the whole lemon and the juice)

Jar to hold it (I picked up one at the Dollar Tree with lid )

Now you can use any oil.  I wanted to try baby oil because a lot of us are moms and have this usually in our homes.  I also wanted to try it because of its already light texture and fresh scent.   I took one large lemon and grated to get all the zest and then I squeezed the juice.  Depending on how strong you like the smell of lemon you might want to add more zest or more juice.  I stayed with one as my lemon was very potent.

You mix your sugar and oil first, and then gradually fold in the zest and add the lemon juice.  Mix until well blended.

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I scrubbed my elbow as a test.  Aside from my feet this is my driest and roughest part of my little old body.  My elbows are happy campers tonight!  This did a great job at helping the roughness.  As with the Sea Salt scrub, I only spent $2 on ingredients as I had a lemon on hand.  If you do not have a lemon, how about an orange or a grapefruit?  I can’t wait to try out other citrus blends.  You will have a nice scrub to use or gift for 13 cents an ounce as opposed to 63 cents an ounce if you buy a 16 oz jar at $10.   You can also use any container to put it in, so save a nice jar or two.  If you are keep it  for yourself a Tupperware works, an old mason jar, the possibilities are what is in your cupboard. Just make sure that the container is not porous or the oil will seep out.

I love making these so much I’m going to make some for gifts soon.  Next up on my DIY list??  I’m not sure, so please leave us some comments for what you’d like us to whip up for our Beauty on a Budget posts.

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Chocolate Coffee Cupcake Recipe

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These cupcakes pack a serious coffee kick!  They aren’t for the faint of heart.  If you like coffee, you’ll love these.  Mocha lovers rejoice!

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Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes

Ingredients

Devils Food Cake Box Mix + Ingredients called for on box
1 cup strong brewed coffee

1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup milk

Directions for cake

This recipe is super easy!  Simply mix up the Devils Food Cake Box Cake Mix, replacing the one cup of water with one cup of strong brewed coffee.

Bake according to directions.  Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Directions for frosting

With an electric mixer, cream together coffee, vanilla, and butter.  Add in cocoa powder.  Alternate adding milk and confectioners’ sugar until desired consistency is reached.

Optional: Top with cocoa coffee nibs.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake with Chocolate Ganache Filling Recipe

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake with Ganache Filling Recipe

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake Recipe is one I found on a recipe card a long time ago.  While searching for similar recipes for this post, I found one on All Recipes.  It’s almost identical, and tastes great!  The chocolate ganache filling really makes it amazing, so be sure to check below for that recipe as well.  Nothing beats the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, and this confection is to die for!  Have milk or coffee ready.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake with Chocolate Ganache Filling

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line cupcake pan with paper liners.Combine brown sugar, shortening and peanut butter in a bowl until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs one at a time.  Stir in vanilla. Mix together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.  Pour into other mixture.  Bake for about 18 minutes.  Allow cupcakes to cool before filling and icing.  Fill with chocolate ganache (I used this chocolate ganache recipe).  Use the same recipe for the topping.  After filling with ganache, top with peanut butter icing.  Then, top with chocolate ganache.  Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 48 hours. 

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Easy Recipe – Wheat, Chia, and Oat Beer Bread

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Wheat Chia and Oat Beer Bread

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I made this for lunch today to serve with some leftover potato leek soup, and it was perfect.  Hearty and filling, make this Wheat, Chia, and Oat Beer Bread in just over an hour with no yeast — a can of beer provides the rising action.

Important Note:  You do need to SIFT together the dry ingredients or the bread will be hard like a brick.

1. Preheat the oven to 375° and grease a full-size loaf pan.  I used baking spray.

2.  Sift together the following:  1-1/2 cups of white flour, 1 cup of wheat flour, 1/2 cup of rolled oats, 3 tsp of baking powder and 1/2 tsp of salt.  Stir in 2 tablespoons of chia seeds.

3.  Pour in a 12-ounce can of alcoholic beer of your choice.  Room temperature is best.  I used Bud Select because it is low calorie and because that is what we had handy.

4.  Mix until dry ingredients are all moist.  Pour into loaf pan and allow to rest for 2 minutes.  Pour 1/4 cup of olive oil over the top.  Sprinkle with some extra oats if you like.

5.  Bake for 1 hour, turning pan after 30 minutes.  Watch the top and if it starts to brown too much, cover loosely with foil.  After the hour, remove from oven and cool in pan a few minutes.  Transfer to wire rack and cool another 10-15 minutes before slicing.  After loaf cools completely, wrap in plastic and store up to 2 days.  This is great warm from the oven or sliced and toasted the next day.

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25 More Awesome Easter Dessert Recipes

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AND check out Part I – 25 Awesome Easter Dessert Recipes for more ideas!

 

1. Rice Krispies Flower Treats
2. Bunny Cookie Bark
3. Orange Coconut Cream Cheese Cookies
4. Carrot Cake Brownies
5. Smores With Peeps
6. Almond Butter Filled Chocolate Cookies
7. Easter Egg Cookies
8. Angel Lush Cake
9. Easter Parfait With Peeps
10. Coconut Lime Curd Bars
11. Caramel Almond Ice Cream Torte
12. Spring Chick Cupcakes
13. Butterfly Cupcakes
14. Nesting Baby Blue Birds
15. Peeps in a Nest
16. Easter Nest Cake
17. Mini Bundt Cakes
18. Angel Fluff
19. M & M “Carrots”
20. Cadbury Mini Egg Brownies
21. Peeps Popcorn
22. Easter Bundt Cake
23. Chocolate Birds Nest Eggs
24. Chocolate Funfetti Cookie Sandwiches
25. The Best Cheesecake Ever

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25 Awesome Easter Dessert Recipes

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Easter Dessert Recipes

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1. Adorable Easter Cupcakes
2. Sheep Cupcakes
3. Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Bread
4. Spring Sugar Icing Cake
5. Peeps Smores
6. Carrot Cupcakes and Lemon Bars
7. Easter Bunny Cake Topper
8. White Chocolate Easter Bark
9. Hot Cross Buns
10. Pink Oreo Cookie Pops
11. Rose Scented Cupcakes
12. Rice Krispies Chicks
13. Semolina Cake
14. Middle Eastern Cheesecake
15. Pastel Meringues
16. Heavenly Angel Food Cake
17. Malted Mousse Cake
18. Coconut Cream Pie
19. Rhubarb and Blood Orange Shortcakes
20. Peeps Sunflower Cake
21. Coconut Cupcakes
22. Carrot Cake Milkshake
23. Coconut Cookie Chicks
24. Key Lime Toasted Cupcakes
25. Easy Fruit Tart

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Quick and Easy 30-Minute Dinner Recipe: Tuna Turnovers and Chipotle Cole Slaw

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Tuna Turnovers and Chipotle Cole Slaw

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Make these easy Tuna Turnovers and Chipotle Cole Slaw and have Dinner in under 30 Minutes!

Dinner in 30 minutes?  I do amaze myself sometimes!  LOL.  Years ago I had seen this recipe on the can of a Pillsbury Biscuit and have made them ever since, varying the tuna with canned chicken for my kids.  Why do I love this?  It tastes great and it is easy to make, plus you probably have everything you need in your pantry or fridge already!

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(these are the brands I used because I had them already, usually at a deal price with coupons)

Tuna Turnovers

Ingredients:

1 can of refrigerated dough for biscuits

1 can of Tuna or two packets of Tuna, well drained

Ranch dressing, about 1/2 cup more or less depending on your taste

Shredded cheese, about 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup

Directions:

In a bowl combine the (drained) tuna, the ranch dressing and the cheese until mixed well.  No set measures just what you prefer.  I also add dried red pepper flakes to give it a little kick.  Take a biscuit, flatten it out, put tuna mixture in the middle and fold over to close.  Use fork to seal the edges and make it fancy, and you are done.

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Bake at 375° for 15-20 or until golden brown

Tada!  You can change this recipe around by using the newer flavored tunas, flavored mayo, different cheeses, or even use canned salmon, chicken or ham.  The variety is endless.

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To make the Chipotle Cole Slaw that I saw in All You magazine.

Ingredients:

1 bag cabbage or you can shred a 1/2 head of cabbage

Mayonnaise

Lime – fresh lime juice is great!

Chipotle adobo sauce

Salt

Pepper

Sugar

Cilantro (optional)

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(yeah that is a big can of chipotle peppers but that’s how we roll here in Phoenix ☺ Princess T)

Directions: 

In a bowl mix the cabbage with the mayo to the consistency your liking, the juice of 1/2 a lime if its a big lime and juicy with about 1-2 tablespoons of the adobe sauce from a can of chipotle peppers.  Salt and Pepper to taste, a pinch of sugar and chopped cilantro as garnish.

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This again is to your liking, some like a little more zing so add more adobo sauce or more mayo, just play it by ear and taste buds.

Why do I love this?  Not only is it easy, but it’s common pantry goodies and things you can always score on the cheap with coupons = Win-Win!

I was done in 30 minutes and my hubby gave it 2 thumbs up!

 

 

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25 Satisfying Meatless Recipes

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25 Satisfying Meatless Recipes

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25 Satisfying Meatless Recipes — Perfect for Lent or anytime!

1. Simple Frittata
2. Pizza Alla Vegetariano
3. Zucchini Fritters
4. Tofu Nuggets
5. Cauliflower Fried Rice
6. Flatbread With Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onions
7. Kale Pesto Bean Dip
8. Freeze Ahead Lasagna Primavera
9. Mexican Stuffed Shells
10. Shipwreck Casserole
11. Goat Cheese Black Bean and Brown Rice Rolls
12. Kidney and Black Bean Burgers
13. Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes
14. Tikki Burgers
15. Sweet Potato Creepes
16. Cheesy Baked Pasta with Eggplant
17. Tempeh Tacos
18. Vermicelli Biryani
19. Fennel Carrot Soup With Ginger
20. Chickpea Veggie Burger
21. Broccoli Slaw With Tahini Dressing
22. Pasta with Pecorino & Pepper
23. Easiest Veggie Chili Ever
24. Quick & Easy Apple Broccoli Salad
25. Hummus With Pine Nuts

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DIY Homemade Laundry Stain Spray: The Dish Soap Version

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DIY Homemade Laundry Stain Spray

DIY Homemade Laundry Stain Spray

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This week, Princess Thanya whips up a batch of DIY Homemade Laundry Stain Spray.  See what happens…

 

Princess Thanya…When I started this project I found a lot of different versions for stain fighters aimed at saving money.  I saw this one enough times to make me think we should try it out.  I like that its made out of stuff I already have or can cheaply obtain.

 

What do you need?

2/3 cups Dish Soap, I used Dawn

2/3 cup Ammonia

6 tbls or 3 oz baking soda

2 cups warm water (warm helps everything mesh better)

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(I spy my DIY Homemade Laundry Detergent jug in the background ☺)

 

What do you do?

Combine the ingredients in a container.  The mix will suds up so be careful you don’t make a huge mess.

Then wave your spoon over like a magic wand and say COUPONS COUPONS COUPONS!

Nah just kidding!  But that was a fun step I added.

All in all took under 10 minutes.  Pour it into a spray bottle and you are ready to kill those stains!

Each time you use it you will need to shake it because the baking soda will settle.

This is safe on all colors, but do not use on anything you will be washing with bleach as it does contain ammonia and you will have a chemical reaction on your hands!  See the danger of mixing bleach and ammonia.

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How much does it cost? 

Well, if you coupon already the dish soap is usually free or almost free.  Mine was free.  Now this is a small bottle so if you want to buy a larger bottle at the 99 cent store or Dollar Tree then you might be out of pocket 75 to 50 cents and this will be enough for 4 batches or .19 cents a batch (99 cents less .25 cent coupon usually at the Dollar Tree).  I bought a jug of Ammonia at the Dollar Tree and a box of baking soda so out of pocket was $2.  I will have enough to make more, as since I have a small bottle of dish soap I have enough to make this twice.  The Ammonia will make 13 batches so that was .07 cents a batch,  and a box of baking soda is enough to make 6 batches or .17 cents per batch.    After all the calculations you are looking at .43 a batch for this type of stain spray (about 27 oz)! 

Ok so the million dollar question is how did it work? 

Again there are times when I do wonder if these concoctions work.  I sprayed/treated my ketchup/hot sauce stained tshirt that had sat in my hamper for over a week  (I did this on purpose, I don’t get this dirty when I eat LOL).

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TICK TOCK…(I have Ke$sha’s song Tik Tok playing in my mind LOL)…since it had been a very old stain I let it sit 30 min before adding to a load of laudry with my trusty DIY detergent and running in the washer.  Like with all stain fighters I believe that if you spray it when it happens its best.

Out it came!  Clean it IS!

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Will I continue to make this version?  Not necessarily.  I like to have a simple routine so the one that I wrote about last week where I use the undiluted DIY detergent is probably going to be my favorite.  That being said, I have a batch of this so I will use it for the laundry.

 

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