Posted on | November 14, 2014 | No Comments
Today I’m over at Skip to My Lou as part of the Bake Craft Sew & Crochet Along. I am sharing the pattern for my Cuddlebug Scoodie, perfect for holiday gift giving to your favorite toddler. In fact, you won’t want to miss all the handmade gift ideas! I have joined over 100 bloggers to share some amazing homemade gift ideas…….
I’ve posted my pattern for a new project, the Cuddlebug Scoodie, over on Skip to My Lou. So, just click this link, or the picture below to see the pattern!
Posted on | May 1, 2014 | 1 Comment
Ad matching: this fruit for how much?
Here’s the cost breakdown:
5 Mangoes at $0.49 each
13 Avocados at $0.33 each
2 lbs Strawberries at $0.99/lb
1 cantaloupe for $1.29
All we had to do was pick up an Aldi’s ad.
Wal Mart often has high-quality produce, but the prices aren’t always great. Aldi’s can often have some really great sales, but for subpar merchandise. It’s a pretty great fit. With ad matching smaller grocery stores’ ad prices, you can pick up all the great sales around town, in one place. One lady we talked to in the produce department, she had just a list written out of all the different ad prices from several different stores’ sales. That’s our plan, eventually, but we have yet to actually do it.
As a side note: I’m in favor of supporting small businesses, especially struggling ones that feel the need to have the lowest prices around, just to get people in the door. If you do find one of these gems, I think you won’t regret going a bit out of your way to help keep them in business.
Back to the ad-matching…
Since you can freeze avocados, we decided to stock up (I don’t see this good a price on them very often!) For just the 3 of us, this is a ton of fruit, but it’ll all freeze just fine.
My husband estimated that the cost for this at their normal (even “sale”) prices would have been over $22! Considering that’s better than half-off our entire purchase… We’re pretty happy.
Posted on | April 10, 2014 | No Comments
I meant to post this for valentines day…. but life has been hectic since christmas. So, here it goes! If you’re like me, and appreciate some hot chocolate any day of the year, this one’s for you! (If not, just keep it in mind for the next cold snap…)
Strawberries may very well be my favorite thing to pair with chocolate. (Nothing personal, peanut butter!) They’re just such a lovely balance of sweetness and acidity, fragrance and fiber, crunch and juiciness… My very favorite kind of strawberries are fresh off the plant, still warm from the sun. When they’re out of season, though, any strawberry is a treat.
This strawberry cocoa is the genuine article! My husband isn’t usually a fan of hot chocolate, and he finished his mug really fast! So, without further ado, the recipe:
1/2 cup dry cocoa
12 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/8 tsp salt
7 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
Roughly 2 cups diced fresh strawberries
Stir together wet ingredients (including strawberries) in a large pot on low to medium heat. Add cocoa and salt slowly, to prevent clumping. Stir until combined, and heat the mixture until it’s the desired temperature for drinking. Once you have all the ingredients in, you could even turn the burner up a bit, so that it would get hot faster. Just be sure to stir all the way down to the bottom of the pot, so nothing gets stuck or burnt down there.
Alternatively, you could do the cocoa in a crockpot (on high for 2 hours or low for 4) However, if you do, I would recommend keeping the strawberries out until right before serving.
The strawberry goodness soaks into the cocoa more as it cooks, so I’d recommend the stovetop method, for optimum strawberry-ness in the cocoa, as well as keeping some firmness intact in the strawberries themselves.
If I did it again, I’d have it with whipped cream, because everyone knows that strawberries and cream are amazing together!
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