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Homemade: Monkey Cupcakes

Homemade is a series about making more items and gifts yourself in an effort to save money! Hopefully it will inspire you to make some of your own homemade items and share them with us. Last time I posted about my homemade crochet sock monkey, so I thought I would share with you my homemade monkey cupcakes! For our girls birthdays we rented a local church room that has a HUGE 2 story playhouse in it. When the girls said they...

HOW TO: Peel & Remove Seeds from Concord Grap...

This month we traveled to a local farm and got to pick our own organically grown concord grapes. We have been busy in the kitchen making grape pies, grape juice and grape jam! Here are some helpful tips on how we removed the skins and seeds from our delicious Concord Grapes! 1. Remove Grapes from stems and wash thoroughly! This is a great activity for kids, mine where extremely BIG helpers! 2.  Place the eye, or spot...

Freeze Ground Beef

Do you know the best way to freeze ground beef? I used to just throw the meat while still in the Styrofoam plate and wrapped in plastic straight into the freezer. Then it would take forever to thaw and can you say freezer burn! Then I learned how to “file freeze”! Take 1 lb of ground beef or chuck (1 lb = 1 cup) Place meat in a quart size freezer bag. Remove all air and flatten with a rolling pin. Place in...

Freeze Chopped Onion

Frugal Tip: Save money on onions by purchasing them at a rock bottom price and freezing! Currently in our area a stock up price for a 3 lb bag of Yellow Onions would be $1.00 or less! Gather items needed: Food Chopper (I use my Pampered Chef food chopper, but you could get a comparable one at Amazon or just use a knife) Knife Bowl Cutting board 1 cup measuring cup Ziploc Snack size bags or Ziploc Snack size...