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How to Fix Burned Gravy!

8:51 am

by Jennifer Freeman

How To Fix Burned Gravy

 

Don’t throw away burned gravy– there is hope to save the burned gravy!  If you are making gravy and accidentally burn it, here’s how to fix the burned gravy.   Pour it into a clean pan and continue cooking on low heat.   To take the “burned” taste from gravy use sugar.  Add a pinch of sugar, stir, and taste.  If the burned taste isn’t gone, try another pinch of sugar.  Avoid over-sugaring it.  The sugar works to cancel out the burned taste in the gravy.  It really works, I know!

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Easy Homemade Applesauce – crockpot recipe

When the twins were young we really went through the applesauce. I quickly figured out how to save some money on applesauce and learned through experimenting my families favorite way for me to make homemade applesauce. Now, I use the applesauce on our oatmeal, topped on yogurt with chopped nuts and I even add it to our fruit smoothies for extra flavor! And of course, just plain with a bit more cinnamon sprinkled on top.

Using the crockpot seems to be the easiest way for me to make it because I can walk away and it cooks up perfectly every time. Right now Honey Crisp apples are on sale and I ordered a case from Bountiful Baskets.

If you just don’t want to make homemade applesauce, grab an applesauce coupon from the Free Coupon Database to get a better deal at the store.

applesauce recipe

 

Also, check out my Red Hot Cinnamon Applesauce Recipe too!

 

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Tip Resouce Dryer sheets! Even after they have gone through the dryer they have just enough freshness left to still be put to use.  Just place one in the bottom of a clean garbage can, then put in your plastic liner.

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potato salad

 

Perked-up Potato Salad

Try something new and refreshing for 4th of July!  You can keep the basic ingredients for your traditional potato salad, but why not try a new dressing or substitute a few ingredients?
  • Mix half the amount of mayonnaise with sour cream or plain yogurt.
  • Use more colorful red potatoes with the skin on and substitute sliced green onions for regular.
  • Spice it up with a Southwestern kick. Mince fresh jalapeno and combine with cumin seeds, fresh lime zest and juice.
  • Add a Mediterranean twist using crumbled feta cheese, black olives, and fresh dill and mint. Use an olive oil and white-wine vinegar dressing.

How do you make you potato salad super?   Do share your tips and recipe ideas in the comments below!!

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popsicle lindsey

 Homemade Popsicle Recipes

In summertime homemade popsicle’s are SO yummy!  Pictured is #11 Lemondade Strawberry Blueberry Pops.  The twins like these yogurt pops and they are super easy, but I have been trying my hand at other frugal homemade Popsicle’s.   These frugal popsicle’s cost pennies each and are healthier than store bought.   It’s a good project to let the kids help with to break up a summer day with some fun.

Get The Molds — Find many styles and prices of Popsicle Molds

See the Tips below for making the perfect Popsicle.

1.  Strawberry Lemonade Popsicle – Puree strawberries.  Add an equal amount of lemonade

2. Strawberries and Cream Popsicle– Puree strawberries with equal amounts of vanilla yogurt.

3. Orange Creamsicle – Mix orange juice and yogurt in a 40 to 60 ratio

4. Orange Creamsicle #2 –  Blend vanilla ice cream and orange juice in equal amounts

5. Orange Mango Creamsicle – Mix orange juice and yogurt in a 40 to 60 ratio, add finely chopped mango

6. Watermelon and Grape Popsicle– Blend ripe watermelon with white grape juice until smooth

7.  Strawberry Banana Popsicle– Blend strawberry yogurt, equal amounts of pureed banana, and a teaspoon of lemon juice.

8. Orange Ginger-ale Popsicle – Mix flat ginger-ale and orange juice. Cherry, watermelon, and honey dew all work really well with ginger-ale, too

9. Root Beer Float – Fill Popsicle mold 1/2 full of vanilla ice cream.  Pour cold & flat root beer in to finish filling.   For a creamier popsicle, blend the ice cream with flat root beer.

10.  Pomegranate Banana Popsicle – Puree banana and add equal parts of pomegranate juice.

11.  Lemonade Fruit Pops  (pictured above)-  Lemonade with blueberries, strawberries, peaches!  Delicious!

BONUS #12  Fruit Pops – Any combination of fruit & juice.  Pack the Popsicle mold with fruit and fill with favorite juice.

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BONUS #13  Fruit Salad Popsicle
Pictured above & featured on Martha Stewart and the recipe is below.

1 peach, cut into 1/2-inch slices (1/2 cup)
2 kiwis, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
3 ounces blueberries (1/2 cup)
4 ounces strawberries, hulled and halved ( 3/4 cup)
1 1/2 to 2 cups 100 percent white-grape juice

Directions:
Arrange some of each fruit in eight 3-ounce ice-pop molds, making sure pieces fit very snugly. Pour enough juice into each mold to just cover fruit. Insert ice-pop sticks and freeze until solid, 6 hours (or up to 2 weeks).

 

Making Popsicle Tips:

Freezing juice by itself can make ice-hard popsicle that could be hard to eat.  For a flakier easier to eat popsicle add some powdered jello to the juice or liquid of choice.

The stick falls over!  Insert the stick popiscles are half way frozen so that the top layer (which will freeze first) can hold the sticks in place.

Get Molds — Find many styles and prices of Popsicle Molds

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Save while keeping cool and hydrated

7:13 pm

by Jennifer Freeman

Tip Resouce Rinse a few used plastic soda bottles, fill them most of the way with water and freeze.  Grab your frozen water bottle when you head out of the house on these hot summer days, and it will be melting to cool refreshing water while you are out and about.   The added bonus is the big blocks of ice help keep your freezer at the right temperature, so you save on your electric bill.

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