Saturday, November 17, 2018

Amazon: Mr Coffee Cafe Barista Espresso and Cappuccino Maker $99.99 Shipped (Regularly $199.99)

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Check out this Amazon steaming hot deal (ha, get it steaming) Mr Coffee Cafe Barista Espresso and Cappuccino Maker only $99.99 shipped, regular price is $199.99, that's 50% off!

This would be perfect if you are someone who loves to stop and get their morning latte or cappuccino fix! Make your favorite espresso drink at home and save yourself a ton of money every week. It is a 3-in-1 espressolatte and cappuccino maker, automatic milk frother and 1 touch control panel for coffee selections. These won't last, head over to Amazon to grab one before they are gone.

Turkey Thaw Times

Is it time to start thawing that frozen turkey? Here's a chart with thaw times depending on the size of your turkey. Keep these things in mind when you are thawing your turkey in the refrigerator.

  • Make sure your refrigerator is at 40 F or lower.
  • Leave the turkey in its original wrapper.
  • Place the bird in a tray or pan to collect any juices that leak out.
  • Keep it at the bottom of your refrigerator so any leakage will not contaminate anything below.
Source: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Amazon: Bubzi Co. White Noise Sound Machine & Sleep Aid Night Light Only $21.54 Shipped (Regularly $43.43)

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Check out this hot deal on Amazon on this adorable Woodland Owl White Noise Sound Machine & Sleep Aid Night Light. This wise old owl can help soothe your baby to sleep, plays 10 different lullabies and turns off after 30 minutes. Press the night light to project a colorful galaxy of stars on the wall or ceiling.

This Woodland Owl White Noise Sound Machine and Night Light won't last long at this price $21.54 shipped Regularly $43.43. Head over to Amazon to check it out!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Amazon: Lego Harry Potter Hogwart's Express 801 Pieces $64.00 shipped (Regularly $79.99)

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Head over to Amazon to snag this awesome Lego Harry Potter Hogwart's Express Building Kit for only $64.00 shipped, regularly $79.99.

We are huge Harry Potter fans in our house so this Lego Harry Potter Hogwart's Express Building Kit would be a blast to put together. This set includes 801 pieces for children 8-14, train has removable side panel and roof, plus railway bridge and platform 9 3/4 and more,

Homemade Creamy Coleslaw Dressing

I know when you think of November you don't really think of coleslaw but I made a batch of BBQ pulled pork in the crock pot for Sunday night dinner and I always make coleslaw to go with it. We take a hoagie roll, slap a big glob of BBQ goodness on it and then smother with creamy coleslaw, it's delicious and a really inexpensive meal. 

I splurge and buy the bag of pre-shredded cabbage with carrots instead of shredding my own but I always make the dressing from scratch, it's so much better than store bought and costs pennies to make, a decent brand of coleslaw dressing at the store is at least $3.99 for the bottle.

Creamy Coleslaw Dressing

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix the sugar, lemon juice, vinegar, pepper and salt together until the sugar granules are dissolved, whisk in the mayonnaise until smooth and creamy.
I usually make the dressing and mix in the shredded cabbage about 30-45 minutes before we eat, it lets everything mix together and softens the cabbage a little bit.
If you like spicy you could add a little chipotle sauce or cayenne pepper.

Amazon: 27 Piece Cash Register Set w/Food, Money, Lights Sounds Only $19.99 Shipped (Regularly $27.99)

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Head on over to Amazon where you can score this Big Mo's Toys 27 Piece Cash Register Set for only $19.99 shipped, (Regularly $27.99)

This 27 Piece Cash Register Set includes, food items, credit card machine that works, real on screen calculator, microphone that works, scanner that lights up and beeps. Get an early start on your shopping for your little ones, take advantage of the free shipping!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

25 Tips to make your fruit and veggies last longer

If you are like me there is nothing worse than having to throw away a bag of fruit or veggies that you just bought. I have every intention of using whatever it is that I purchased and then stuff happens and you don't eat at home for a couple days or you have to whip up a quick meal so you can get your kids off to their sports thing or class and then a couple days go by and you go to the fridge to use it and it's slimy or moldy and you have to just toss it. It's basically just throwing money straight into the garbage and I hate wasting money, we all do it and it's not on purpose but it just happens.

I've put together a list of 25 tips to keep your fruit and vegetables fresher for longer, it doesn't cover every produce item on the planet but most of the common ones we use on a daily basis. These are just recommendations, you have to do what works best for you and your family!

1. Throw a clean dry sponge in the fruit and vegetable drawer of your refrigerator, the sponge absorbs moisture and your produce will last longer. Change out the sponge every couple of months.

2. Keep apples in a cool dry place, most of us don't have a root cellar to store food so the refrigerator will have to do. Be careful to store them away from vegetables, apples produce a gas that can cause other produce nearby to ripen prematurely.

3.If you have a banana hanger use it! Bananas give off gasses that make them ripen and turn brown, they need good air circulation around and under them. I actually use a banana hanger, here is a picture of mine.

(Did you know you can freeze ripe bananas)? Check out my post How to freeze ripe bananas.

4. Make sure berries are completely dry before putting them in the refrigerator, wait to wash them until you are ready to use them. Keep them in the little plastic container with holes that they usually come in or in another container loosely covered.

5.There is no definitive answer for citrus fruits like oranges and lemons, I keep mine on the counter but they can be stored in the refrigerator in a ventilated bag. Just use a sandwich or freezer bag and cut small holes to allow ventilation. Maybe you have a better solution that I don't know about, please share.

6. When you buy grapes, after rinsing, leave them in the colander for storage in the refrigerator. The holes in the colander allow air to circulate around them.

7. If you want to store produce in bags make sure to wrap loosely, air circulation around fruits and vegetables reduces spoilage. Make your own bags, poke holes in ordinary ziploc storage bags.

8. If you are only using half of an avocado, leave the pit in the half that you are not using and sprinkle with lemon juice to keep it from browning. Store in an airtight container or bag in the refrigerator.

9. To keep asparagus fresher, place the stem ends in a container of water or wrap them in a wet paper towel and put in a plastic bag. The asparagus will continue to absorb water and stay fresher longer.

10. Broccoli will keep longer if you store it in the refrigerator like a bouquet of flowers. Cut an inch off the stems and submerge the stems in a bowl of water.

11. Best way to store celery is to take it out of the plastic bag from the store, wrap it in aluminum foil and keep it in the refrigerator.

12. Store garlic at room temperature in an open container, don't take off the protective paper husk until you are ready to use it. It is ok to store next to onions.

13. Keep raw ginger in a sealed plastic bag in the freezer. When you need some for a recipe, no need to defrost, just use a grater and add what you need to your recipe.

14. Revive wilted greens like lettuce or cilantro by soaking them in ice water for 15-20 minutes.

15. To make iceberg lettuce last longer just remove the innermost core before storing the the refrigerator. I just hit the core hard on my kitchen counter and then it pulls right out. Make sure the lettuce is dry and store in a bag with holes that allow air circulation.

16. Leave mushrooms in the original container that they come in, the container is usually cardboard to keep the mushrooms from being too wet. Plastic containers tend to hold the moisture in which allows them to become soggy. Don't wash them until you are ready to use.

17. If you only need half an onion, use the top half first. The root half will not sprout and will store longer in the refrigerator.

18. Store onions in pantyhose...I know it sounds funny, you start with one leg, put the onions in one at a time and then tie and then add another and repeat until you reach the top, do the same thing with the other leg. When onions are stored touching each other they tend to spoil faster, this really makes them last longer. Here are my onions in pantyhose in the garage if you don't believe me, when you need an onion just use a pair of scissors and cut off the bottom onion, the rest won't fall out because you have tied in between each one.

19. Don't store onions and potatoes together, moisture in the onions will cause the potatoes to sprout faster.

20. To keep your potatoes from sprouting store them in a bin with an apple, the apple will slow down the sprouting process.

21. Spinach gets slimy so fast, the best way to keep it fresh for as long as possible is to make sure the leaves are completely dry. Separate into layers and place paper towels in between the layers and store in an airtight container or put back in the original bag including the paper towels. That's a whole lot of work that I don't want to do so my professional advice haha, is to use spinach as quickly as you can!!!

22. If you are only using half a bell pepper in a recipe, make the other half last longer by leaving the seeds and membrane intact on one side. Leaving the seeds and membrane will make it last longer, store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

23. Don't store tomatoes in the refrigerator, cold destroys the flavor and texture. Keep them on your counter at room temperature and try to keep them separate.

24. If you buy root vegetables with leafy tops like beets or carrots, remove the greens before storage. The leafy tops will suck the moisture and shorten the life of the vegetable.

25. Last but not least.....Bagged nemesis. Don't get me wrong I love the convenience of bagged salad but we don't always use the whole thing so I wrap up the leftovers and then a day later it's all slimy and gross. The amount I spent on that bagged salad I could have bought several bunches of green or red leaf lettuce and had 5 salads. After some research here is the best way to keep it fresh for as long as possible, dump out the remaining salad onto a paper towel, wrap it up in the towel and place it back into the bag, leave the bag open for air circulation. Honestly this is another one like the spinach, too much work so just eat the salad as quickly as you can!!!

Whewww that's a lot, what tricks do you use to keep your fruit and veggies fresh?


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