COOL SUMMER RECIPES & 21 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER BUY NEW

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COOL SUMMER RECIPES & 21 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER BUY NEW

Fruity Peanut Spread
This kid-friendly spread makes a great sandwich or a dip for fresh fruit. To us as a dip, add extra orange juice, until it’s the right consistency.
10 min | 10 min prep
makes 1 1/2 cups
1 medium apple, quartered, but not peeled
1/2 cup dried cherries or dried cranberries
1 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
In a food processor, chop apple and cranberries. In a smll bowl, combine peanun butter, orange juice and cinnamon.
Stir apple/cranberry mixture into peanut butter mixture until combined. Cover and refrigerate.

Strawberry-Banana Smoothie
This is a yummy start to the day or good any time. Don’t throw out overripe bananas. If you want it sweeter, increase the sugar by using flavored yogurt. Plan ahead for future smoothies by peeling and freezing black bananas in resealable plastic bags.
5 min | 5 min prep
SERVES 1
1 banana, cut into chunks and frozen at least 15 minutes
1 cup strawberry or blueberries or raspberries (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup orange juice
3/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
In a blender or food processor, combine banana chunks, berries, and orange juice.
Puree untl blended.
Add yogurt and puree until smooth.
If needed, add more juice to achieve desired consistency.

Banana Raspberry Smoothie (Vegan)
5 min | 5 min prep
SERVES 1 -2 , 2 cups
1 banana (frozen or chilled)
1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup almond milk (or sub other milk)
1/2 cup orange juice (or sub other juice)
1 teaspoon agave nectar (optional) or honey (optional)
2-3 mint leaves (optional)
lime wedge, to garnish
Throw it all in a blender (except mint and lime wedge), and puree!
Stir in the mint leaves, bruising slightly, and garnish with lime.

Creamy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
The soy milk adds an irresistible creaminess and flavor that you just don’t get from regular milk. This is a simple recipe that tastes delicious and leaves you feeling full, and it’s healthy too!
3 min | 2 min prep
SERVES 1 -2
1 cup vanilla soymilk
1 banana
2-3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
Pour 1 cup vanilla soy milk into the blender.
Chop banana, add to blender.
Measure out 2-3 tbsp peanut butter (i prefer 3 for a more hearty flavor), add to blender.
Mix well in blender until all ingredients are mixed smoothly together.
Pour into a large glass and enjoy!

Delicious Healthy Strawberry Shake
Prep Time: 10 Minutes Ready In: 10 Minutes
Servings: 2
I love this! Especially on hot days!”
Ingredients:
2 cups milk
1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup frozen strawberries
Directions:
1. In a blender, combine milk, honey, vanilla and frozen strawberries. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve

21 Things You Should Never Buy New

Wise Bread, On Monday June 28, 2010
If you’re looking to get the most value for your dollar, it would do your wallet good to check out secondhand options. Many used goods still have plenty of life left in them even years after the original purchase, and they’re usually resold at a fraction of the retail price, to boot. Here’s a list of 21 things that make for a better deal when you buy them used.

1. DVDs and CDs: Used DVDs and CDs will play like new if they were well taken care of. Even if you wind up with a scratched disc and you don’t want to bother with a return, there are ways to remove the scratches and make the DVD or CD playable again.
2. Books: You can buy used books at significant discounts from online sellers and brick-and-mortar used book stores. The condition of the books may vary, but they usually range from good to like-new. And of course, check out your local library for free reading material.
3. Video Games: Kids get tired of video games rather quickly. You can easily find used video games from online sellers at sites like Amazon and eBay a few months after the release date. Most video game store outlets will feature a used game shelf, as well. And if you’re not the patient type, you can rent or borrow from a friend first to see if it’s worth the purchase.
4. Special Occasion and Holiday Clothing: Sometimes you’ll need to buy formal clothing for special occasions, such as weddings or prom. Most people will take good care of formal clothing but will only wear it once or twice. Their closet castouts are your savings: Thrift stores, yard sales, online sellers and even some dress shops offer fantastic buys on used formal wear.
5. Jewelry: Depreciation hits hard when you try to sell used jewelry, but as a buyer you can take advantage of the markdown to save a bundle. This is especially true for diamonds, which has ridiculously low resale value. Check out estate sales and reputable pawn shops to find great deals on unique pieces. Even if you decide to resell the jewelry later, the depreciation won’t hurt as much.
6. Ikea Furniture: Why bother assembling your own when you can pick it up for free (or nearly free) on Craigslist and Freecycle? Summer is the best time to hunt for Ikea furniture–that’s when college students are changing apartments and tossing out their goodies.
7. Games and Toys: How long do games and toys remain your child’s favorite before they’re left forgotten under the bed or in the closet? You can find used children’s toys in great condition at moving sales or on Craigslist, or you can ask your neighbors, friends, and family to trade used toys. Just make sure to give them a good wash before letting junior play.
8. Maternity and Baby Clothes: Compared to everyday outfits that you can wear any time, maternity clothes don’t get much wear outside the few months of pregnancy when they fit. The same goes for baby clothes that are quickly outgrown. You’ll save a small fortune by purchasing gently used maternity clothes and baby clothes at yard sales and thrift stores. Like children’s games and toys, friends and family may have baby or maternity clothing that they’ll be happy to let you take off their hands.
9. Musical Instruments: Purchasing new musical instruments for a beginner musician is rarely a good idea. (Are you ready to pay $60 an hour for piano lessons?) For your little dear who wants to learn to play an instrument, you should see how long his or her interest lasts by acquiring a rented or used instrument to practice with first. Unless you’re a professional musician or your junior prodigy is seriously committed to music, a brand new instrument may not be the best investment.
10. Pets: If you buy a puppy (or kitty) from a professional breeder or a pet store outlet, it can set you back anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. On top of this, you’ll need to anticipate additional fees and vet bills, too. Instead, adopt a pre-owned pet from your local animal shelter and get a new family member, fees, and vaccines at a substantially lower cost.
11. Home Accent: Pieces Home decorating pieces and artwork are rarely handled on a day-to-day basis, so they’re generally still in good condition even after being resold multiple times. If you like the worn-out look of some decor pieces, you can be sure you didn’t pay extra for something that comes naturally with time. And don’t forget, for most of us, discovering a true gem at a garage sale is 90% of the fun!
12. Craft Supplies: If you’re into crafting, you probably have a variety of different supplies left over from prior projects. If you require some additional supplies for your upcoming project, then you can join a craft swap where you’ll find other crafty people to trade supplies with. If you have leftovers, be sure to donate them to your local schools.
13. Houses: You’re typically able to get better and more features for your dollar when you purchase an older home rather than building new. Older houses were often constructed on bigger corner lots, and you also get architectural variety in your neighborhood if the houses were built or remodeled in different eras.
14. Office Furniture: Good office furniture is built to withstand heavy use and handling. Really solid pieces will last a lifetime, long after they’re resold the first or second time. A great used desk or file cabinet will work as well as (or better than) a new one, but for a fraction of the cost. With the recession shutting down so many businesses, you can easily find lots of great office furniture deals.
15. Cars: You’ve probably heard this before: Cars depreciate the second you drive them off of the dealership’s lot. In buying a used car, you save money on both the initial cost and the insurance. It also helps to know a trusty mechanic who can check it over first. This way, you’ll be aware of any potential problems before you make the purchase.
16. Hand Tools: Simple tools with few moving parts, like hammers, hoes and wrenches, will keep for decades so long as they are well-made to begin with and are well-maintained. These are fairly easy to find at neighborhood yard or garage sales. If you don’t need to use hand tools very often, an even better deal is to rent a set of tools or borrow them from a friend.
17. Sports Equipment: Most people buy sports equipment planning to use it until it drops, but this rarely happens. So when sports equipment ends up on the resale market, they tend to still be in excellent condition. Look into buying used sporting gear through Craigslist and at yard sales or sports equipment stores.
18. Consumer Electronics: I know most folks like shiny new toys, but refurbished electronic goods are a much sweeter deal. Consumer electronics are returned to the manufacturer for different reasons, but generally, they’ll be inspected for damaged parts, fixed, tested, then resold at a lower price. Just make sure you get a good warranty along with your purchase.
19. Gardening Supplies: This is an easy way for you to save money, and all you need to do is be observant. Take a look outdoors and you’ll likely find such gardening supplies as mulch, wood, and even stones for free or vastly reduced prices. Used garden equipment and tools are also common goods at yard sales.
20. Timeshares: Buying timeshares isn’t for everyone, but if you decide that it suits your lifestyle, purchasing the property as a resale would be a better deal than buying it brand new: on average, you’ll save 67 percent on the price for a comparable new timeshare. If you’re new to timeshare ownership, give it a test run first by renting short term.
21. Recreational Items: It’s fairly easy to find high ticket recreational items like campers, boats, and jet skis being resold. Oftentimes, they’re barely used at all. As long as they’re in safe, working condition, they’ll make for a better value when purchased used than new.
Lynn Truong is the co-founder and Deals Editor of Wise Bread, a blog dedicated to helping readers live large on a small budget. Wise Bread’s book, 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget, debuted as the #1 Money Management book on Amazon.com.

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Recipes for the 4 th & 20 Things You Should Never Buy Used

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Recipes for the 4 th & 20 Things You Should Never Buy Used

Grilled Vidalia Onions
It can be prepared in the oven or on the grill.
50 min | 10 min prep
SERVES 4 , 4 onions
4 medium vidalia onions
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1 Tbs pieces
1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary
salt
pepper
Cut top and root end from onions. Peel and rinse. Make two cuts into each onion without going all the way through, making quarters that stay together. Core the middle of the onion.
Place each onion in the middle of a foil square large enough to securely wrap the onion. Put 1/4 tsp of beef boullion granules into the middle of each onion. Crush about a 1/4 tsp of rosemary on to the top of each onion. Top with 1 Tbs of butter. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Securely wrap each onion. I double wrap so juices don’t leak out. Place on medium grill for 30-40 minutes until soft when squeezed.
Serve as side dish. You can serve in the foil packet.

Dilled Cucumber Spears
A fresh, cool and light veggie to serve as a side in the summer when cucumbers are at their peak. Goes well with grilled meats and chicken.
5 min | 5 min prep
SERVES 4 , 16 spears
2 cucumbers, chilled
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
garlic salt
dried dill
Slice ends from cucumbers and peel. Cut in half and quarter each half to total 16 spears.
Brush spears with olive oil, and sprinkle with garlic salt and dried dill.
Serve immediately!

Buttermilk Dressing- Rachel Ray Recipe
I saw this recipe on the Rachel Ray show and made with iceberg wedges .This is the best “ranch” dressing I have ever had.

3 min | 3 min prep

SERVES 6

1 scallion
1 garlic clove
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup mayonnaise
Blend scallion and garlic in food processor. Add buttermilk and mayo. Process, add salt and pepper to taste, and process again.

Coffee Smoothie
Strong brewed coffee, milk, sugar, and…vanilla pudding (to sweeten and give a little thickness). Ice…and a blender! Awesome….get creative and add other flavors if you wish
5 min | 5 min prep
SERVES 4 , 4 smoothies

1 cup strongly brewed coffee, cooled
1 cup milk, cold (whole, 2%, or skim, whatever you prefer)
2 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding
1-3 teaspoon sugar, depending on how sweet you like your coffee
2 cups ice cubes (add more if you want a thicker smoothie)
Add all of the ingredients to the blender and blend until no ice chunks remain. Done!

Parmesan Ranch Green Beans
Super easy,no cook side dish that even your kids will enjoy. If you cannot find a parmesan ranch, then just add a few shakes of grated parmesaan to the dressing.
10 min | 5 min prep
SERVES 4
15 ounces green beans, french cut style
2 tablespoons parmesan ranch dressing, preffer Cardini’s
bacon bit
Open can of green beans, drain and place in a bowl. Add dressing, toss and top with bacon bits. Serve cold.

Chicken Wings
1¼ hours | 10 min prep
SERVES 5 -6
4-5 lbs chicken wings
5 ounces regular soy sauce
1 cup orange juice
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
Rinse chicken wings and cut off tips.
Pat dry with paper towel.
Pre-heat oven 350 degrees.
Mix soy sauce, orange juice, brown sugar and white sugar together. Mix well to disolve sugars.
Marinate chicken wings in marinade for at least 2 hours. (large zip lock freezer bag works well).
Remove chicken from marinade and discard marinade.
Cook chicken at 350 degrees for about 1 hour or until done.

Bean Salad
An excellent party dish.
35 min | 15 min prep
SERVES 8 -10
1 lb green beans, cooked (approximately)
1 lb wax bean, cooked (approximately)
116 ounces beans (mixed, kidney, chick peas)
2 medium onions
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
Dressing
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup salad oil
Shake dressing ingrediengts very well and pour over vegetables. Store in refrigerator and stir occasionally.

Shish’d Tofu (Grilled Marinated Tofu – Vegan)
30 min | 15 min prep
SERVES 4
2 (350 g) packages firm tofu
2 teaspoons curry powder (indian curry powder)
1 shallot
1 lime, juice of
2 tablespoons brown sugar (I use evap cane juice or organic sugar)
1 1/2 tablespoons Braggs liquid aminos (or sub soy)
1 garlic clove
1/2 teaspoon dried mint
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil (or any light oil such as canola)
fresh ground pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder (to taste) (optional)
1.Drain the tofu and cut it into large cubes Press out some of the excess water by patting it dry or squeezing out by placing a plate on top of the tofu with something heavy on top. I use a clean tea towel and lightly press down.
2.Mix everything else together in a mini blender or food processor. Adjust seasoning to your taste.
3.Marinate the tofu in the mixture for at least a few hours, overnight is best.
4.If you’re using bamboo skewers soak them for 30 minutes to prevent burning on the grill. Thread the tofu onto skewers.
5.Grill on medium heat, getting some nice grill marks on each side — brushing with the excess 4marinade as you go. 3-4 minutes per side is usually enough.

20 Things You Should Never Buy Used
By USNews.com
We all love scoring great deals on Craigslist and Ebay, but many second-hand purchases are actually terrible deals. Stay clear of these 20 used items that will end up costing you money — or even endanger your health.
1. Cribs and children’s furniture: If there’s any chance that you’ll put your children at risk by buying used, just buy new. Used children’s furniture, especially cribs, can be a safety hazard because you can’t be certain of a potential recall or if the crib was installed correctly. (See also 7 Baby Items You Don’t Need to Buy.)

2. Car seats: Even if a used car seat looks OK, damaged car seats aren’t uncommon. Considering that safety technology improves every year — and the fact that car seats can go for as little as $50 — buying new is usually the better option.

3. Bicycle helmets: Usually, a crash would only crush the foam inside the helmet casing, so the damage to the helmet may not be visible. However, since helmets are meant to protect against one accident only, buying new would be a safer bet.

4. Tires: Sometimes it’s hard to tell if used tires were once part of a totaled wreck. If they have been in an accident, they’re bound to be unstable and unreliable. Putting your safety at risk for the sake of saving a few bucks just doesn’t add up.

5. Laptops: Because of their portability, laptops are prone to all sorts of abuse and problems. When you buy a used laptop, unless it’s refurbished, you have no idea what it’s been through or when important parts will die on you. You also don’t get the warranties and tech support that come with buying new.

6. Software: Most software comes with a serial number that you register with the company when you activate the software on your computer. If the serial number on your use software has already been registered, you can’t use it again.

7. Plasma and HDTVs: The cost for fixing or replacing the parts on plasma or HDTVs is high. Sometimes, it costs as much as buying a new TV. Considering the repair costs, you’d want to get an extended warranty, but that isn’t an option if you buy your TV used.

8. DVD players: While it’s smart to buy used DVDs, this doesn’t apply to DVD players. DVD players have lasers that will eventually wear out. The cost to repair or replace may cost more than the player is worth.

9. Digital and video cameras: Like laptops, used digital and video cameras are likely to have been dropped and banged around. It may not be obvious, but once the damage kicks in, it’ll be expensive to repair. If you know what to look for in a digital camera, you can get a great new camera without breaking the bank.

10. Speakers and microphones: Speakers and microphones are sensitive audio equipment that don’t stand up well to blasting and mishandling. Like laptops and cameras, the damage may not be obvious, but their performance would be severely compromised.

11. Camera lenses: An SLR camera lens is the most expensive part of a camera. It also directly affects the quality of your images. Any damage to the lens, however slight, will show up in your photos.

12. Photo light bulbs: Not the ordinary light bulbs you use at home. We’re talking about the light bulbs used with photography equipment. They’re relatively expensive, but their life span is short enough that you likely won’t get much use out of them if you buy second-hand.

13. Mattresses and bedding: Just think: You may be sleeping with other people’s mold, mites, bacteria, and bodily fluids. Besides, even the really good mattresses are only supposed to last eight to 10 years, and it’s hard know for sure how old a used mattress may be.

14. Swimsuits and undergarments: This is probably a no-brainer, but it needs to be said: Do not, do not, do not buy used swimsuits or undergarments. They’re worn too close to the body — someone else’s body — to consider buying used.

15. Wet suits: Wet suits lose the ability to keep you warm over time. If you’re a scuba diver, or the last owner was one, the constant change in water pressure will eventually wear out the wet suit and make it more likely to tear.

16. Shoes: If you get used footwear, it’s likely they’re already molded to the last owner’s feet. Poor-fitting shoes are not only uncomfortable but can cause all sorts of health problems, as well.

17. Hats: Hats are likely not cleaned before they’re resold or donated. If you buy a used hat, you don’t know if you’re also getting skin infections, old sweat stains, hair products, and other cringe-worthy remnants. Now that’s a deal you don’t want.

18. Makeup: A good thing to remember about used makeup is that it’s a breeding ground for bacteria and a number of contagious diseases. The great deal you found may come with pink eye and cold sores. Instead of buying used, consider making your own beauty products (it’s easier than you think) or skip makeup altogether.

19. Pet supplies: Old stains and odors continue to ferment even if used pet supplies are sitting around in storage. If cleanliness is ever an issue, just say no.

20. Vacuum cleaners: Vacuums are among the heavy-duty household appliances that tend to get a lot of use and abuse. They can also cost more to fix than if you bought them new right from the start.

Amy Lu writes at Wise Bread, a blog dedicated to helping readers live large on a small budget. Wise Bread’s book, 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget, debuted as the #1 Money Management book on Amazon.com.

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Foods poisonous to pets & No Buttermilk for a recipe,do this

Welcome to my money saving Blog where I share many of your favorite recipes and stories with everyone who visits here. Feel free to comment – feel free to ask questions! All are welcome! I also hope you pay a visit to my blogs – history files for more money saving hints and tips for everyday life.I believe that making your own food saves more money than any other part of our lives. My email is grannyj40@yahoo.com you are welcome to write to me anytime.

Foods poisonous to pets & No Buttermilk for a recipe

Homemade Buttermilk
If a recipe calls for Buttermilk and you have none on hand use this homemade version. It is much cheaper then buying it and works just as well.
5 min | 5 min prep
SERVES 32 , 4 cups
1 (370 ml) can evaporated milk
1/4 cup vinegar or lemon juice
water
Pour milk in a 32 oz measuring cup.
Slowly stir in vinegar and mix well.
Add water to fill to the 32 oz mark; mix well.
Refrigerate.
Sirecz (Easter Cheese)

Prep Time: 10 Minutes Ready In: 45 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes Servings: 6

“A traditional Slovak Easter Cheese served with the Easter meal. This is served sliced and cold. It tastes like a sweet custard.”
Ingredients:
12 eggs
1 quart milk
1 cup white sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 pinch ground nutmeg

Directions:
1. In an electric mixer, beat the eggs until mixed well.
2. Transfer the eggs to a double boiler and stir in milk, sugar, vanilla and nutmeg. Cook over a medium heat for 30 minutes. Use a metal slotted spoon and constantly stir the bottom of the pan to prevent scorching.
3. When the mixture looks just like cooked scrambled eggs, pour it carefully into a cheesecloth-lined colander. Carefully gather the ends of the cheesecloth in your hands and pull them together until the cheese forms into a ball. Tie the cheesecloth tightly at the top of the ball. Tie the cheesecloth ends over a faucet or to the handle of a kitchen cabinet (place a bowl under to catch the whey dripping down) and let hang for about 3 hours.
4. Untie the cleese cloth and wrap the cheesecloth ball in plastic wrap before refrigerating. The cheese will keep for about a week. Slice and serve.

Easy Lettuce Wraps
Super easy lettuce wraps, only five ingredients! I got this recipe from the back of a ground turkey package. Its really easy and yummy. Perfect snack or light meal.
25 min | 20 min prep
SERVES 2 , 10 lettuce cups
1 lb ground turkey
1 (16 ounce) bottle teriyaki sauce
1 cup peanuts
10 crisp lettuce leaves
soy sauce (optional)
Brown ground turkey in a large skillet (this very lean meat may require a little extra virgin olive oil in the pan so it doesn’t dry out).
When meat is browned, pour the whole bottle of teriyaki sauce in the pan along with the peanuts.
Spoon the meat into crisp lettuce cups and dip into the soy sauce.

Tofu Dream Pudding and Pie Filling
Prep Time: 5 Minutes Ready In: 5 Minutes
Servings: 8
“A simple, sweet walnut/maple flavored pudding or pie filling made with tofu. Serve immediately as an easy pudding, or chill in graham cracker crust for a delicious pie.”
Ingredients:
1 (12 ounce) package extra firm tofu, drained and cubed
1/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Directions:
1. Place tofu, brown sugar, walnuts, maple syrup, and lemon juice in a food processor. Process until smooth. Cover and chill to thicken for pie filling, or serve immediately as pudding.

Amazing Vegetarian ‘meatballs’
This recipe is totally versatile. This is more just like the guidelines to make meatballs. You can use any vegetables you want. You can change whether you bake or fry them. Great for almost any occasion.

35 min | 10 min prep
SERVES 6 , 12 meatballs
1 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup carrot
1/4 cup beans
1/4 cup green pepper
1/4 cup mixed mushrooms
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Throw the vegetables in the blender and blend until smooth.
2. Add bread crumbs and stir in gently. Form little balls and stick on an un-greased baking sheet.
3. Bake for 15 min on one side of the balls. Turn and bake for another 10 on the other side.
4. Let cool and serve or freeze to save for another day.

Quick Onion Fries
Instead of having plain frozen french fries, toss them with a little oil and onion soup mix!
20 min | 5 min prep
SERVES 4 -6
1 (1 ounce) envelope onion soup mix
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 (22 ounce) package frozen french fries
In a large bowl, mix soup mix and oil.
Add potatoes and toss to coat.
Bake according to package directions, stirring occasionally.

Chocolate Malt W/O Ice Cream
How can a malt have it all without the ice cream? This one does. This will really surprise you…I kid you not!! Why not give it a try.
10 min | 10 min prep
SERVES 4
2 cups ice cubes
1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1/4 cup instant malted milk powder
1/4 cup chocolate syrup
2 tablespoons skim milk or 1% low-fat milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Put all in a blender and puree until smooth.
If not smooth, ice chips will distract from flavor.
Serve immediately.

Sweet Cucumber Salad
A sweet and tangy cucumber salad. Perfect for a hot summer day! If you can prepare this the night before you need it, it will be better then if you made it right beforehand. I’ve also made this with added tomatoes.

15 min | 10 min prep

SERVES 2

1 large cucumber
1/2 cup white sugar
3/4 cup white vinegar
1 small purple onion
3/4 cup water
Put water, sugar, and vinegar into small pan and bring to boil to dissolve the sugar. Turn off and let cool.
Dice the cucumber and onion.
When liquid is cool, pour over cucumber and onions and place in fridge for at least an hour.
Serve cold.
Cucumber Dip
You need to use regular cream cheese and hand dice the vegetables. I have tried this with low-fat & no-fat cream cheese and a food procesor, but all of those make it soupy.

20 min | 20 min prep
SERVES 15
1 large cucumber
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese (regular, anything less makes soup)
3 tablespoons diced onions
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt or 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Set out cream cheese in a mixing bowl to soften.
Dice cucumber and spread out on a paper towel (I usually put a paper plate underneath).
Set aside and dice the onion.
Add all ingredients to the cream cheese and blend thoroughly.
Chill in the refrigerator and serve with chips.

Fluffy Pink Dump Salad
only 4 ingredients! This is *SO* easy to make and great for potlucks, barbeques, picnics, family get-togethers, especially in the summer! It’s a nice cool, light, sweet side dish or dessert. It’s called a “dump salad” because all you have to do is dump the ingredients together and stir. Definitely double the recipe and make a large bowl for a gathering of 20+ people!
5 min | 5 min prep
SERVES 10
8 ounces Cool Whip
3 ounces cherry gelatin
20 ounces pineapple tidbits, do not drain
24 ounces small curd cottage cheese
In a medium mixing bowl, dump in the Cool Whip and cherry gelatin powder and mix thoroughly.
Dump in the pineapple (with juice) and cottage cheese and mix thoroughly.
Refrigerate until serving.
Refrigerate any leftovers.

Foods poisonous to pets editor
by Yahoo!Green, on Mon May 17, 2010 8:19pm PDT 479 Comments Post a Comment Read More from This Author » Report Abuse By Megan Zehnder, Care2
We all know that pets aren’t supposed to have people food. But let’s face it, sometimes, it happens…something falls on the floor when you’re cooking dinner, and Buddy is quickly there, vacuuming up the crumbs, or Felix steels something off the plate when you aren’t looking…
There are some healthy “people foods” for pets (only small amounts– not replacements for pet food). But there are also many foods that can be dangerous to our feline friends and canine companions.
Here is a handy list of the top common foods that are toxic to your pet along with tips on what to do if your pet happens to get a hold of any of these substances.

Avocado
While many pet owners say they feed their pets avocados with no problems, studies have shown that their leaves, fruit, seeds and bark can contain a toxin called Persin. According to the ASPCA, the Guatemalan variety, which is commonly found in stores, contains the most toxicity.
Onions, onion powder, chives and garlic
These all can lead to gastrointestinal irritation and red blood cell damage. All forms of onion can cause problems including dehydrated onions, raw and cooked onions. Cats are more susceptible than dogs, but it can be toxic to both.
Grapes
Grapes and raisins
These can be toxic to dogs and cause kidney failure. Researchers say there are still many unknowns about the toxicity of grapes and raisins, including whether only certain types of dogs are affected, but it is advised not to feed grapes or raisins to dogs in any amount.
Yeast dough
Dough that is not cooked and contains yeast can rise in your pet’s stomach, causing pain, and can potentially cause the intestines to rupture. This risk diminishes once the dough is cooked.
Bones
Left-over bones
Left-over bones pose a choking hazard to pets, and they can also splinter and puncture your pet’s gut or intestine. Additionally, do not feed your pet undercooked meat or eggs, as they can contain harmful bacteria.
Foods with a high salt or fat content
Excessive fats can cause upset stomach and potentially inflame the pancreas causing pancreatitis. Salty foods can pose a risk for the development of sodium ion toxicosis, according to the ASPCA. Be aware that if your pet gets into food with a high fat or salt content, she could experience stomach problems including diarrhea and vomiting.

Chocolate
Chocolate, coffee, alcohol
According to the ASPCA, the substances in chocolate, coffee, and caffeine, methlxanthines, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, tremors, seizures, and potentially death in pets. The higher the cocoa percentage, the more dangerous the chocolate is, making dark chocolate more toxic than milk or white chocolate. All these products can cause vomiting, diarrhea and even death.

Sugarless candies (products sweetened with xylitol)
This compound can cause liver damage and even death in some more vulnerable dogs. Xylitol is in many products including gum, candy, sugar-free cookies and toothpaste.

Macadamia nuts
These nuts can cause weakness, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia in dogs. Symptoms generally last up to two days, and usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion.

What do you do if your pet ate something poisonous?
If your animal is having seizures or losing consciousness, bring him or her to your veterinarian or emergency vet center. If your pet is not showing symptoms, but ingested something potentially toxic, call the ASPCA hotline at (888) 426-4435. Have the following information available: the species, breed, age, sex, weight, and information about the product exposure. It is best to have the package of the product available for reference.

Megan Zehnder, an animal lover and committed vegetarian, is an editor and producer for Care2′s Healthy and Green Living.

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Sweet recipes & 10 ways to use clear nail polish

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Sweet recipes & 10 ways to use clear nail polish

Caramelized Scandinavian Potatoes

Can you imagine growing up eating sugar-coated potatoes? Sounds good to me! Be careful when preparing and eating this recipe, as the syrup is very hot. You may want to let them cool a bit before serving.
25 min | 25 min prep
SERVES 6
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans whole potatoes, drained and dried with paper towels
In a nonstick skillet, over medium-high heat, heat the sugar, water and salt until the sugar has melted and the mixture forms a light brown syrup, 5-7 minutes, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat to low, then add the potatoes, coating them with the syrup. Heat for 6-8 minutes or until the potatoes are heated through and evenly coated, stirring constantly.

Iced Cafe’ Latte’

This will perk you up and keep you cooled off this summer! So easy to make! You may, of course, use the full fat version, or even the low-fat for a tasty compromise. Whichever one you choose, I’m sure you will make this a regular treat! Source: Eagle Brand
5 min | 5 min prep
SERVES 4
2 tablespoons folgers classic instant coffee crystals
1/2 cup iced cold water
1 (14 ounce) can eagle brand fat-free sweetened condensed milk
3 cups ice cubes
COMBINE coffee,water and sweetened condensed milk in blender container. Blend until coffee is dissolved.
POUR over ice placed in tall glasses. Serve immediately.

Cream Cheese and Ham Spread
Prep Time: 8 Hours 5 Minutes Ready In: 8 Hours 5 Minutes
Servings: 8
“Simple, but flavorful, spread that is great with crackers or celery.”
Ingredients:
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 1/2 ounces sliced ham, chopped
2 green onions, chopped

Directions:
1. In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, ham, and onions. Cover and refrigerate overnight before serving.

No-Bake Summer Pie

Refreshing, low-fat pie with fresh fruit…great for a cookout.
4½ hours | 20 min prep
SERVES 3 -4 , 8 slices
1 shortbread pie crust
12 ounces Yoplait vanilla custard-style yogurt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ounces fat free cream cheese
2 tablespoons sugar
6 ounces fat-free cool whip
1 lb fresh strawberries
2 cups firm bananas
Slice bananas and strawberries 1/4inch thick.
Cream the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla.
Fold in whipped cream.
Place half of mixture in bottom of pie shell.
Place sliced strawberries and bananas, alternating them until mixture is covered.
Place rest of the whipped cream mixture on top of the fruit and place remaining fruit decoratively on top.
I usually save the prettiest strawberry and put it on the top of the pie.
Let refrigerate for 3-4 hours so it can set-up and slice easily.

My Lemon Bars
48 min | 8 min prep
SERVES 25 -30
Crust
2 cups flour
1 cup melted butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Filling
4 well-beaten eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 3/4 cups sugar
6 tablespoons lemon juice
4 tablespoons flour
Mix crust ingredients together.
Pat mixture into a 9×13-inch pan.
Bake 20 minutes at 350°F.
While crust is baking, combine these filling ingredients first: beaten eggs, sugar, and lemon juice.
Gradually add flour and baking powder to the mixture.
Mix well until “frothy”.
Immediately after taking crust out of oven, pour in filling.
Bake 20-25 minutes at 350°F
Tip: Watch filling at 20 minutes – it should turn a little brown spotted on top, but not a lot.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar when cool.

Sweet-Hot Mustard
I saw this on Sandra Lee’s Money saving meals.. I like it better than Store-bought honey mustard
2 min | 2 min prep
SERVES 2 -3 , 1 dip
3 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
mix until combined.

Mom’s Chocolate Fudge

Cooking time is set-up time
1 day | 15 min prep
SERVES 24
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
12 ounces chocolate chips, your favorite brand
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Slowly melt chocolate chips in condensed milk either in the microwave or on the stove, stirring often.
Add vanilla.
Pour into an 8×8 pan or spoon into paper cups.
You can add marshmallows, toffee bits, dried fruit, coconut, nuts or whatever while it is still warm.

10 ways to use clear nail polish you might never have guessed
by Emily Hsieh, Shine staff, on Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:11am.
We all know that clear nail polish is a great finishing coat for a manicure, and I’d guess that most have even heard that it can be used to keep a run in a panty hose from spreading, but there are scores of other uses for the stuff in and around your home. Some of the most surprising tricks—for everything from waterproofing matches to threading needles—are as follows:

Making jewelry last. To extend the life of costume jewelry and to keep it looking bright and glossy, give beads a thin layer of polish. It helps prevent fading and tarnishing.

Sealing envelopes. In lieu of licking the envelope flaps to seal them (not only can this be ineffective, but does anyone find that taste as gross as I do?) dab on a little polish to keep them glued nice and tight.

Threading needles. Rather than get frustrated when attempting to thread a needle, run the cut side of the thread through the polish brush. Roll the thread between your fingers a couple times; the polish will dry pretty much immediately and the thread becomes stiffer (and much more easy to get through the eye of the needle).

Keeping belt buckles pristine. To ensure belt buckles stay bright and shiny, shellac them with a coat of polish to prevent oxidation.

Securing buttons. Brush on a dollop of polish in the center of your buttons to keep the threads from coming undone. If you have a sweater or dress with delicate pearly buttons, give the whole thing a coat of polish to keep them luminous.

Fixing window screens or shades. If you have a tear in a window shade or screen, paint on some polish to keep it from worsening.

Waterproofing matches. As any camper can attest, there are few bigger drags than a box of soggy matches. To waterproof them, paint the flammable tips with polish.

Wood floor repairs. A bit of clear polish is fantastic to touch-up minor dents and little scuffs on wood floors.

Avoiding rust stains. You know those rust rings that form on your tub if you leave shaving cream in the shower? Just varnish the underside of the can with a little polish to keep the metal from staining.

Shoelace protector. To stop shoelaces from unraveling and fraying, dip the ends in clear polish.

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Mold Remover,Horchata,Lots of great recipes.

Welcome to my money saving Blog where I share many of your favorite recipes and stories with everyone who visits here. Feel free to comment – feel free to ask questions! All are welcome! I also hope you pay a visit to my blog – history files for more money saving hints and tips for everyday life.I believe that making your own food saves more money than any other part of our lives. My email is grannyj40@yahoo.com you are welcome to write to me anytime.

Mold Remover,Horchata,Lots of great recipes.

Do it yourself cleaners
I found this great web site for making your own cleaning supplies and thought you may want to check it out.

http://www.doityourself.com/stry/cleaners

Mold Remover
Borax is a natural mold retardant. If you live in an area where the humidity levels are high, try adding a cupful to your soapy water whenever you wash down the walls. I put mine in an old spray bottle & keep it in the shower to spray after each time it’s used. Not only has it prevented mold build-up, it has removed those black spots that appear in the caulking.
5 min | 5 min prep
1 spray bottle
1/2 cup borax
1/2 cup vinegar
1 cup water
In a spray bottle, combine the ingredients and spray generously on moldy surfaces.
Wipe clean with a damp sponge.

Horchata
Prep Time: 10 Minutes Ready In: 3 Hours 10 Minutes
Servings: 6
“A refreshing Mexican drink made with rice, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon. A great balance for spicy foods, enjoy this served over ice.”
Ingredients:
1 cup uncooked white long-grain rice
5 cups water
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup white sugar

Directions:
1. Pour the rice and water into the bowl of a blender; blend until the rice just begins to break up, about 1 minute. Let rice and water stand at room temperature for a minimum of 3 hours.
2. Strain the rice water into a pitcher and discard the rice. Stir the milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar into the rice water. Chill and stir before serving over ice.

Garam Masala Tofu
from 101 cookbooks: tofu scramble with changes
20 min | 5 min prep
SERVES 4 , 4 cups
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala
1 medium onion, halved and cut into thin slices
1/2 medium fennel bulb, cut into very thin slices
1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped
12 ounces extra firm tofu, crumbled
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Spray pan with cooking spray. Stir in the garam masala, and then quickly add the onions and fennel.
Stir in onions and salt and cook until the onions soften, just a minute or two. Now it’s up to you in regards to how long you’d like to let the onions cook – it you are in a rush, just cook them for a few minutes until they soften. If you have a bit more time, let them start to caramelized and darken. Stir in the cranberries, cook them for thirty seconds and add the tofu. Stir and stir to combine the tofu with the other ingredients. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro. Taste and add more salt if needed.

No Meat-Balls
Gluten free, vegan version of a great recipe in “365 Ways to Cook Vegetarian” by Kitty Morse. These are yummy served with your favourite sauce over spaghetti squash and make good finger food with a dipping sauce. They also freeze well, so make a double batch! Even meat-eaters love ‘em…

40 min | 20 min prep
SERVES 4
1 small onion, minced
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon flax seed meal
1/4-1/2 cup quinoa, flakes
1 cup walnuts, finely ground
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons vegan worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dried basil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Oil a baking sheet.
In a blender, blend onions, water and flax meal until frothy.
In a large bowl, mix all remaining ingredients.
Add onion mixture to other ingredients in bowl and mix well to blend, adding more quinoa flakes if mixture is too wet.
Shape into balls 1-inch in diameter and place on oiled baking sheet.
Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, turning once.

Pineapple Yum Yum Salad
Looking through my recent gem of an older community cookbook found in one of my favorite antique stores, I found this delightful salad. It will go with almost any meal and could even be used as a dessert!
15 min | 10 min prep
SERVES 12 -14
1 (14 ounce) can crushed pineapple
1 (6 ounce) box lemon Jell-O gelatin
2 (8 ounce) packages Philadelphia Cream cheese, softened
1 pint whipped cream
In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, bring the crushed pineapple with its juice to a boil.
Remove from the heat.
Stir in the lemon jello followed by the cream cheese.
Use a mixer, if needed, to get any lumps of the cream cheese out.
Chill about 20 minutes.
Fold in the whipped cream and spoon into a large pretty glass bowl.
Chill at least 2 hours before serving.

Easy Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
50 min | 20 min prep
SERVES 8 -10
1 lb pasta noodles, cooked and drained
1 cup mayonnaise, preferably homemade
1 1/2 cups milk
3 cups sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper

Butter or spray a casserole dish.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Toss the pasta with the mayonnaise, milk, mustard and cheese.
Season with the salt and pepper.
Pour into the casserole dish and top evenly with the breadcrumbs.
*If you like a real crunchy top, use more breadcrumbs.
Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown on top and bubbling hot.

Crock Pot Peanut Butter Cup Cake
from the crock pot lady
2¼ hours | 10 min prep
SERVES 6
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup boiling water
grease 4 qt slow cooker.
combine flour, 1/2 c sugar, baking powder and salt.
stir together pb and milk with oil and vanilla (might need to heat peanut butter first) and combine with flour mixture.
pour into crock pot.
combine cocoa, remaining sugar and boiling water and pour over peanut butter mixture.
cook on high 2-4 hours until the top is cooked and tooth pick comes clean.
let sit uncovered off for 20 minutes.
serve with vanilla ice cream.

CrockPot Round Steak and Gravy
One of our favorites!
Ingredients
1 Boneless Round Steak
1 Small Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/4 C Water
1/2 packet of Onion Soup Mix

Directions
Place All Ingredients into Crockpot or Slow Cooker
Set on Low
Allow to cook 8-10 hours
Steak will fall apart when done
Pairs well over Cooked White/Brown Rice or with Egg Noodles

Cinnamon Honey Butter
Prep Time: 5 Minutes Ready In: 5 Minutes
Servings: 16
“This is a creamy honey-cinnamon treat, and is absolutely wonderful on toast, bagels, muffins, pancakes, waffles.”
Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners’sugar
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Directions:
1. In a medium bowl, combine butter, confectioners’ sugar honey and cinnamon. Beat until light and fluffy.

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Deer repellent,Tofu & some readers favorite easy recipes.

Welcome to my money saving Blog where I share many of your favorite recipes and stories with everyone who visits here. Feel free to comment – feel free to ask questions! All are welcome! I also hope you pay a visit to my blog – history files for more money saving hints and tips for everyday life.I believe that making your own food saves more money than any other part of our lives. My email is grannyj40@yahoo.com you are welcome to write to me anytime.

Deer repellent,Tofu & some readers favorite easy recipes.

Crustless Pear Pie
This is different play on our usual pies, but so very tasty!
45 min |
SERVES 8
4 cups pears, peeled, sliced
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons almonds, chopped
3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cold butter or 1/2 cup margarine
In a bowl, combine the pears, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg; toss to coat. Transfer to a 9-inch pie plated coated with cooking spray, sprinkle with almonds.
In a bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over top.
Bake at 350F for 40-45 minutes or unitl golden brown.
Cool on wire rack. Store in refrigerator.

Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cups
They taste just like Reese’s! I am not exactly sure about the measurements because I ad-libbed the recipe as I went along. Also, it might yield more than the amount .
20 min | 20 min prep
SERVES 12 , 12 candies
Chocolate
4 pitted dates
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted in the dehydrator (or oven at low temp)
3/4 cup cacao or cocoa powder
1/2 cup Agave
Filling
3 tablespoons raw peanut butter
1-2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons Agave
Combine dates and coconut oil in a small bowl and let soak for 30 minutes.
Transfer to blender and add cacao powder, 1/2 cup agave and process until very smooth. (This is a bit tricky and will require some patience. I have not yet discovered the trick to completely processing the dates. Sometimes it helps to chop the them in the small pieces. If you have a high powder blender this should not be an issue.).
In a separate bowl, combine peanut butter, vanilla and 2 tbsp agave and mix well.
Place 12 foil mini muffin cups on a large plate. Fill each cup about halfway full with the chocolate mixture. Gently spread about 1 teaspoon peanut butter in each cup. If you have more peanut butter left over after you have filled each cup, you can add more or just eat it plain!
Top the cups with the remaining chocolate, covering the peanut butter completely.
Chill the cups in the fridge for about 2 hours before serving. They will keep for about 5 days in the fridge.

Asian Peanut Sauce and Dip
The recipe giver said: “This easy, one step peanut dip is fantastic with any veggies, but especially with red peppers and snow peas. It’s also great warmed up and served over pasta! The best flavor is achieved using fresh garlic and fresh lemon juice.” I love to serve this with warm flour tortillas and fresh veggies when I have my girlfriends over. Feel free to substitute. It is rather salty, so you may wish to use low-sodium soy sauce. Use whatever peanut butter you like. I use all-natural, chunky peanut butter. I have a friend who uses Light Miracle Whip instead of mayo. This is one of my favorite recipes. I hope you enjoy!
5 min | 5 min prep
SERVES 8
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Stir together peanut butter, garlic, brown sugar, mayonnaise, soy sauce, and lemon juice until smooth. Refrigerate 2 hours before serving.
Serves 8.

Quinoa Salad
This is definitely just the basics – feel free to add whatever you like. Tastes great with cherry tomatoes, cukes, bell peppers, and chickpeas; I like it with toasted almonds and raisins as listed below. Enjoy!
25 min | 10 min prep
SERVES 6 , 3 cups
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/3 cup lemon juice (can add more to taste)
1/2 cup olive oil
1 garlic clove, chopped fine (optional)
salt and pepper
2/3 cup raisins, chopped if large
1/2 cup almonds, toasted
2/3 cup parsley, chopped small
1/2 cup red onion or scallion, chopped fine
Rinse the quinoa to remove the bitter coating. Cook quinoa according to package directions (bring quinoa and water to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer until all water is absorbed: about 10 minutes.).
Fluff quinoa with a fork and allow to cool to room temperature while you make the dressing.
Dressing: whisk olive oil into lemon juice and add garlic, if using. Add a big pinch of salt and ground pepper. Taste at this point – it will be sharp but add more salt if needed.
Mix dressing into quinoa and add raisins, almonds, parsley, and onion/scallion. Mix thoroughly and taste again for seasoning; the flavors will mellow a bit in the fridge.
Cool thoroughly and serve – this salad actually tastes better the longer it sits.

Spinach Salad
Very easy and light lunch or dinner salad.
5 min | 5 min prep
SERVES 2
2 cups fresh baby spinach
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil (I use Light Olive Oil)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup blue cheese
1 garlic clove
Chop the garlic clove and add it to the food processor with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar and salt pulse until blended.
Add spinach to the plates add half of the blue cheese and almonds to each plate. Then add a drizzle of the balsamic dressing to it.

Vegan Navy Bean Soup
This soup is so wonderful and tasty. It is a Vegan soup, but it tastes like there is ham in it!You could use “Red Star Nutritional Yeast” and “Grapeseed Oil Vegenaise.” *NOTE: To get the proper consistency, do not add the Navy Beans or Vegenaise until the end.

40 min | 15 min prep
SERVES 4 , 8 Cups
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium minced garlic cloves
1 cup chopped onion
5 cups water
2 cups cubed red potatoes (leave skins on)
2 cups chopped kale
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
4 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
3 cups canned navy beans, drained (2-15 oz. cans)
1/3 cup vegan mayonnaise (to give creamy effect)
In pot, sauté garlic and onion in olive oil (until lightly caramelized). Add water, cubed red potatoes, chopped kale, salt, cumin, and nutritional yeast. Stir. Cook, uncovered, over medium-high heat until potatoes are done (about 20 minutes).
Add Navy Beans and Vegenaise. If available, use a whisk to stir in the Vegenaise. This helps to blend the Vegenaise thoroughly into the soup. Cook for several more minutes and serve.
South Beach Cucumber Water
From the Whitelaw Hotel in South Beach Miami, Florida. It was the best water that I have ever had! Very easy and very refreshing, There are no real rules to this – it’s all about the combination of water and cucumber. Enjoy!
A nice refreashing alternative to just plain cold water
5 min | 5 min prep
SERVES 8
1 long English cucumber, washed and cut into 1/4-inch slices
12 cups cold water
3 cups ice
cucumber, sliced (to garnish)
Place cucumber slices in a large pitcher. Add water and ice cubes and stir.
Pour into glasses filled with ice and enjoy!
Garnish each glass with cucumber slices – optional of course!

Deer Repellent
The recipe poster said,
My Mum gave me this recipe. She has a horrible problem with deer on the island she lives on. She said she has had ZERO deer damage since using this recipe.
2 min | 2 min prep
SERVES 1 , 1 liter
1 liter water
1 egg
1 tablespoon baking soda
Puree all ingredients in a blender.
Pour into spray bottle.
Spray plants.
Apply every two weeks or after rain or watering your garden.

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SIMPLE,EASY AND OH SO GOOD & FREEZING BREAD

Welcome to my money saving Blog where I share many of your favorite recipes and stories with everyone who visits here. Feel free to comment – feel free to ask questions! All are welcome! I also hope you pay a visit to my blog – history files for more money saving hints and tips for everyday life.I believe that making your own food saves more money than any other part of our lives. My email is grannyj40@yahoo.com you are welcome to write to me anytime.

SIMPLE,EASY AND OH SO GOOD & FREEZING BREAD

Bread and Bake Goods Bakery Freezer Keeper
We all have had bake goods,bread,buns just get ruined in the freezer. They either get wet or dried out. Putting paper toweling inside the bag will save your bake goods as well as save you money..I use to make all those ruined bake goods into breadcrumbs not anymore.Now I have to purposely dry bread for bread crumbs.
5 min | 5 min prep
SERVES 8
1 loaf bread
paper towels
Take store bought hamburger buns or hot dog buns from store plastic bag. Wrap paper toweling (2 sheets) around buns (1 sheet between buns) replace into bag and freeze.
When you remove from freezer let them thaw in bag with toweling. Loaves of bread that are sliced, I fold 2 sheets in half lay one sheet on top other on bottom of loaf.

Instant Oatmeal Mix
6 min | 5 min prep
SERVES 8 , 8 1/4-cup servings
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (or dried fruit pieces)
Combine all ingredients in a Tupperware. Store in a cool, dark place.
When ready to serve, mix a rounded 1/4 cup of the mixture with 1/2 cup of water (or 1/2 cup mixture plus 1 cup water).
Microwave for 1 1/2 minute (slightly longer for 1/2 cup).

Simple Mock Chile (Chili) Relleno Flavor Without the Fuss
The flavors of a chili relleno without the work, that is what drew me to this recipe. It was originally posted in our local newspaper. A healthier alternative to a fried chili relleno, this would make an awesome addition to any mexican themed meal.
50 min | 5 min prep
SERVES 4
1 1/2 lbs monterey jack pepper cheese or cheddar cheese (shredded)
1 (7 ounce) can diced green chilies (drained)
3 eggs (beaten)
1 1/2 cups milk
3 tablespoons flour
sour cream (for garnish) (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a medium casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Beat eggs and milk together. Add the flour and continue to beat until combined.
Fold in the green chilies and the cheese.
Pour into the casserole dish and back for 40-45 minutes.
Top with a dollop of sour cream and enjoy.

No Bake Eclair Cake
Prep Time: 25 Minutes Ready In: 4 Hours 25 Minutes
Servings: 14
“This is a very quick and simple no bake dessert cake. It uses graham crackers and a pudding mixture. It tastes just like an eclair, but there is enough for a crowd!! It is a great recipe for children who are learning to cook, there is no baking involved or any power kitchen tools. Just a bowl and a spoon!”
Use low fat and no sugar ingred.This one tastes like eclair but you can use any flavors.
Ingredients:
2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping,thawed
2 cups milk
1 (16 ounce) package graham cracker squares
1 (16 ounce) package prepared chocolate frosting
Softened in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
Directions:
1. In a medium bowl, thoroughly blend the pudding mix, whipped topping, and milk.
2. Arrange a single layer of graham cracker squares in the bottom of a 13×9 inch baking pan. Evenly spread half of the pudding mixture over the crackers. Top with another layer of crackers and the remaining pudding mixture. Top with a final layer of graham crackers.
3. Spread the frosting over the whole cake up to the edges of the pan. Cover, and chill at least 4 hours before serving.

Pink Fluff
pink “stuff” as we call it.
4¼ hours | 5 min prep
SERVES 12
1 large pkg. strawberry Jell-O gelatin dessert
12 ounces cottage cheese
9 ounces Cool Whip
8 ounces crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Stir dry Jell-O into cottage cheese. Fold in Cool Whip. Mix in pineapple and nuts. Chill before serving.

Microwave Rice Pudding
I LOVE rice pudding and this is one of my favorite! Guaranteed not to scorch or curdle! I always add some cinnamon and/or nutmeg to mine . I use leftover rice, but if you don’t have rice already made you’ll need to make some.
15 min |
SERVES 6 -8
1/2-3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups milk
1 egg
2 cups rice
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Make sure the rice is cooked ahead of time.
Whisk first 6 ingredients.
Put in microwave and cook 1 – 1 1/2 minutes.
Remove and stir.
Put back in microwave for another 1 – 1 1/2 minutes.
Remove and stir.
Continue above steps until desired thickness (don’t get too thick).
Add butter and vanilla once it’s at desired thickness.
Add anything else you want (cinnnamon, nutmeg, etc).

Quick Pot of Chili
This is a great dinner recipe if you don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. I stock up on the ingredients because its so quick to assemble and tastes so great!
40 min | 10 min prep
SERVES 3 -4
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lb ground beef or ground turkey or ground chicken
1 tablespoon steak seasoning or poultry seasoning
2 garlic cloves, diced
1 (15 ounce) can chili beans
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes, of any flavor variation (e.g. fire roasted, with green chilies, plain)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1 (15 ounce) can water
salt and pepper
Brown ground meat in the olive oil in the bottom of a large pot with the garlic and seasoning about 5-6 minutes.
Add in the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes-1 hour.
Serve with a dollup of sour cream or shredded chesse.

Lemon Pepper Tuna Quinoa Stirfry
A great all-on-one meal that’s fast, healthy, high in protein and delicious.
20 min |
SERVES 2
1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup water
1 (6 ounce) can tuna, drained
1 tablespoon low-fat margarine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
2 eggs
1/2 cup baby spinach
1/2 cup mushroom, sliced
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
Bring water and quinoa to boil, then simmer until water is gone, about 10 minutes.
Saute tuna in margarine and lemon juice on low in seperate frying pan.
Move tuna to side of pan, scramble eggs in other side.
Once quinoa is cooked, add to frying pan with spinach, lemon pepper and salt and pepper, mix all ingredients thoroughly.
Heat through on low for about 5 minutes, adding sliced mushrooms in the last few minutes.

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Easter Treats ,Left overs & When to use a Debit Card

Welcome to my money saving Blog where I share many of your favorite recipes and stories with everyone who visits here. Feel free to comment – feel free to ask questions! All are welcome! I also hope you pay a visit to my blog – history files for more money saving hints and tips for everyday life.I believe that making your own food saves more money than any other part of our lives. My email is grannyj40@yahoo.com you are welcome to write to me anytime.

Easter Treats ,Left overs & When to use a Debit Card
If you plan to eat your easter eggs, never leave them unrefrigerated at any point for more than 2 hours.

Crunchy Chocolate Eggs
Prep Time: 40 Minutes Ready In: 40 Minutes
Servings: 54
Ingredients:
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups cornflakes
2 cups crisp rice cereal
1/2 cup finely chopped peanuts
3 3/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 teaspoons shortening
candy sprinkles

Directions:
1. In a heavy saucepan, combine brown sugar, corn syrup and peanut butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until smooth. Remove from the heat; stir in the cereals and peanuts.
2. When cool enough to handle, drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper-lined baking sheets. From into egg shapes. Refrigerate until firm. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip eggs in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Decorate with sprinkles. Let stand until set.

Peanut Butter Eggs
Prep Time: 45 Minutes Ready In: 45 Minutes
Servings: 66 apx
“These easy-to-make confections are a must at Easter. Have youngsters help shape the eggs, then reward them with some of the chocolaty candies.
Ingredients:
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (18 ounce) jar creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (2 pound) package confectioners’ sugar
2 cups flaked coconut
6 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup shortening
Directions:
1. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, peanut butter and vanilla until smooth. Beat in sugar. Stir in coconut if desired. Form rounded tablespoonfuls into egg shapes. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Chill for 30 minutes.
2. In a microwave-safe bowl or heavy saucepan, melt chocolate chips and shortening: stir until smooth. Dip eggs until coated; place on waxed paper to harden.
3. For more decorative eggs, place about 1/4 cup melted chocolate in a small plastic bag. Cut a hole in the corner of the bag; pipe chocolate over tops of eggs. Store in the refrigerator.

Easter Egg Dipper Treats
Prep Time: 20 Minutes Ready In: 1 Hour
By: KELLOGG’S® RICE KRISPIES® Cereal
Servings: 24
“Mold these egg shapes and dip them into chocolate and brightly colored sprinkles with your kids. They’ll make an extra special goodie for their baskets.”
Ingredients:
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 (10 ounce) package regular marshmallows
6 cups KELLOGG’S®
RICE KRISPIES® cereal
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels or milk chocolate morsels
5 teaspoons shortening
Multi-colored sprinkles

Directions:
1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
2. Add KELLOGG’S® RICE KRISPIES® cereal. Stir until well coated.
3. Using 1/4-cup measuring cup coated with cooking spray divide warm cereal mixture into portions. Using buttered hands shape each portion into 2 1/2- x 1 1/2-inch egg shapes. (Or, coat insides of plastic snap-apart Easter eggs with cooking spray. Press cereal mixture into eggs. Remove cereal mixture from plastic eggs.) Cool.
4. In small saucepan combine chocolate morsels and shortening. Cook over low heat until melted, stirring constantly. Dip bottoms of cereal eggs into chocolate. Decorate with sprinkles. Place on wax-paper-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until chocolate is firm. Individually wrap in plastic wrap. Best if served the same day.

Krispie Rice “sushi”
You can put anything in the middle… licorice, gummy worms, icing… whatever you like, or just used chocolate chips and dried cranberries. Fruit by the foot works like a charm or fruit leather.. they are totally different.
45 min | 40 min prep
2 -3 dozen
1/4 cup margarine (you can use a bit less) or butter, – (I use a bit less)
40-50 large marshmallows
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
7-8 cups krispy crispy rice cereal
4 fruit leather
In a large pot over low heat, melt margaring or butter.
Add marshmallows, stir until melted and well blended.
Remove from heat.
Stir in Vanilla.
Add cereal and stir until well coated.
With greased hands, press onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper into a thin rectangle. Trim edges to make nice neat lines.
starting at one end line up your center filling along the edge and fold over krispy rice. Cut the length and then cut that length into aprox 1 inch sections. cut fruit roll up to appropriate lengths and wrap around the outside.

Easter Egg Nests
These are so pretty as an Easter treat. I’ve seen these topped with “Peeps” as well. They’re a fun, but messy project but who doesn’t mind licking chocolate off of their fingers? Choose your favorite flavor of Jelly Bellys to decorate them with and then drop a few Jelly Bellys on the serving place as garnish.
30 min | 30 min prep
32 -34 nests
1 (12 ounce) package chow mein noodles
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
8 ounces jelly, bellys
Melt chocolate with oil.
Pour over chow mein noodles and mix well.
With a large cookie scoop drop onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet and make a depression to shape into 2 1/2″ to 3″ nests.
Let cool until chocolate it’s firm.
Top each nest with 4 Jelly Bellys.

The Best Macaroni and Cheese
I have had this mac and cheese and it truly is awesomely rich and creamy! From the June 2006 issue of Midwest Living.

1 hour | 15 min prep

SERVES 8 -10

10 ounces elbow macaroni
1 (8 ounce) package shredded sharp cheddar cheese (2cups)
1 (8 ounce) package Velveeta cheese, pasteurized processed cheese, cut up (1 cup)
1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
1 (10 3/4 ounce) can condensed cheddar cheese soup
1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper (white if you have it)
Let cheeses and butter stand at room temperature.
Cook macaroni according to package directions until almost al dente’.
Drain macaroni and transfer to a large bowl.
Add 1 cup shredded cheese and Velveeta cubes to hot pasta and stir gently til cheeses start to melt.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, butter, milk, soup, salt and pepper.
Stir this mixture into the cooked macaroni mixture.
Transfer half into a 13×9 sprayed baking dish.
Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.
Top with remaining macaroni mixture.
Bake covered at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.
Uncover.
Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.
Return to oven and bake 15 minutes more until cheese is melted and bubbly brown.
Let stand 10 minutes before serving to blend flavors.

Easter Leftovers Casserole
Prep Time: 15 Minutes Ready In: 50 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes Servings: 6
“This recipe combines leftover ham and mashed potatoes with cheese, garlic, and vegetables to make a delicious casserole the whole family will love.”
Ingredients:
12 potatoes, cubed
1/2 cup milk
2 cups cooked ham, cubed
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
6 tablespoons butter,divided
1 egg
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 cup Cheddar cheese,shredded
Directions:
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and mash with 1/4 cup of the butter and milk.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
3. Combine mashed potatoes, ham, garlic, mushroom soup, butter, egg and parsley in a mixing bowl. Transfer mixture to greased casserole dish and bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and bake an additional 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

Prep Time: 30 Minutes Ready In: 9 Hours 15 Minutes
Time: 40 Minutes Servings: 12

“A hearty ham and cheese breakfast casserole with a crispy cornflakes topping.”
Ingredients:
18 (1 ounce) slices white bread, cubed
8 ounces cooked ham, cubed
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups diced Swiss cheese
6 eggs
3 1/2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
2 cups crushed cornflakes cereal
1/2 cup butter, melted

Directions:
1. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Line the bottom of the dish with half the bread cubes. Sprinkle with ham, Cheddar cheese, and Swiss cheese, and top with remaining bread. In a bowl, beat together the eggs, milk, and onion powder. Pour evenly over bread. Cover, and refrigerate overnight.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, blend the crushed cornflakes and melted butter. Spread evenly over the casserole.
3. Bake 40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until bubbly and golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

10 Places NOT to Use Your Debit Card
by Dana Dratch
Friday, March 19, 2010
Debit cards have different protections and uses. Sometimes they’re not the best choice.
Sometimes reaching for your wallet is like a multiple choice test: How do you really want to pay?
More from CreditCards.com:
• Debt-Free Plastic Payment Options
• Credit Card Travel Perks Make Them Good Vacation Partners
• Debit Card Users Now More Protected From Fraud, Study Says
While credit cards and debit cards may look almost identical, not all plastic is the same.
“It’s important that consumers understand the difference between a debit card and a credit card,” says John Breyault, director of the Fraud Center for the National Consumers League, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group. “There’s a difference in how the transactions are processed and the protections offered to consumers when they use them.”
While debit cards and credit cards each have advantages, each is also better suited to certain situations. And since a debit card is a direct line to your bank account, there are places where it can be wise to avoid handing it over — if for no other reason than complete peace of mind.
Here are 10 places and situations where it can pay to leave that debit card in your wallet:
1. Online
“You don’t use a debit card online,” says Susan Tiffany, director of consumer periodicals for the Credit Union National Association. Since the debit card links directly to a checking account, “you have potential vulnerability there,” she says.
Her reasoning: If you have problems with a purchase or the card number gets hijacked, a debit card is “vulnerable because it happens to be linked to an account,” says Linda Foley, founder of the Identity Theft Resource Center. She also includes phone orders in this category.
The Federal Reserve’s Regulation E (commonly dubbed Reg E), covers debit card transfers. It sets a consumer’s liability for fraudulent purchases at $50, provided they notify the bank within two days of discovering that their card or card number has been stolen.
Most banks have additional voluntary policies that set their own customers’ liability with debit cards at $0, says Nessa Feddis, vice president and senior counsel for the American Bankers Association.
But the protections don’t relieve consumers of hassle: The prospect of trying to get money put back into their bank account, and the problems that a lower-than-expected balance can cause in terms of fees and refused checks or payments, make some online shoppers reach first for credit cards.
2. Big-Ticket Items
With a big ticket item, a credit card is safer, says Chi Chi Wu, staff attorney with the National Consumer Law Center. A credit card offers dispute rights if something goes wrong with the merchandise or the purchase, she says.

“With a debit card, you have fewer protections,” she says.
In addition, some cards will also offer extended warrantees. And in some situations, such as buying electronics or renting a car, some credit cards also offer additional property insurance to cover the item.
Two caveats, says Wu. Don’t carry a balance. Otherwise, you also risk paying some high-ticket interest. And “avoid store cards with deferred interest,” Wu advises.
3. Deposit Required
When Peter Garuccio recently rented some home improvement equipment at a big-box store, it required a sizable deposit. “This is where you want to use a credit card instead of a debit,” says Garuccio, spokesman for the national trade group American Bankers Association.
That way, the store has its security deposit, and you still have access to all of the money in your bank account. With any luck, you’ll never actually have to part with a dollar.
4. Restaurants
“To me, it’s dangerous,” says Gary Foreman, editor of the frugality minded Web site The Dollar Stretcher. “You have so many people around.”
Foreman bases his conclusions on what he hears from readers. “Anecdotally, the cases that I’m hearing of credit or debit information being stolen, as often as not, it’s in a restaurant,” he says.
The danger: Restaurants are one of the few places where you have to let cards leave your sight when you use them. But others think that avoiding such situations is not workable.
The “conventional advice of ‘don’t let the card out of your sight’ — that’s just not practical,” says Tiffany.
The other problem with using a debit card at restaurants: Some establishments will approve the card for more than your purchase amount because, presumably, you intend to leave a tip. So the amount of money frozen for the transaction could be quite a bit more than the amount of your tab. And it could be a few days before you get the cash back in your account.
5. You’re a New Customer
Online or in the real world, if you’re a first-time customer in a store, skip the debit card the first couple of times you buy, says Breyault.
That way, you get a feel for how the business is run, how you’re treated and the quality of the merchandise before you hand over a card that links to your checking account.
6. Buy Now, Take Delivery Later
Buying now but taking delivery days or weeks from now? A credit card offers dispute rights that a debit card typically does not.
“It may be an outfit you’re familiar with and trust, but something might go wrong,” says Breyault, “and you need protection.”
But be aware that some cards will limit the protection to a specific time period, says Feddis. So settle any problems as soon as possible.
7. Recurring Payments
We’ve all heard the urban legend about the gym that won’t stop billing an ex-member’s credit card. Now imagine the charges aren’t going onto your card, but instead coming right out of your bank account.
Another reason not to use the debit card for recurring charges: your own memory and math skills. Forget to deduct that automatic bill payment from your checkbook one month, and you could either face fees or embarrassment (depending on whether you’ve opted to allow overdrafting or not). So if you don’t keep a cash buffer in your account, “to protect yourself from over-limit fees, you may want to think about using a credit card” for recurring payments, says Breyault.
8. Future Travel
Book your travel with a check card, and “they debit it immediately,” says Foley. So if you’re buying travel that you won’t use for six months or making a reservation for a few weeks from now, you’ll be out the money immediately.
Another factor that bothers Foley: Hotels aren’t immune to hackers and data breaches, and several name-brand establishments have suffered the problem recently. Do you want your debit card information “to sit in a system for four months, waiting for you to arrive?” she asks. “I would not.”
9. Gas Stations and Hotels
This one depends on the individual business. Some gas stations and hotels will place holds to cover customers who may leave without settling the entire bill. That means that even though you only bought $10 in gas, you could have a temporary bank hold for $50 to $100, says Tiffany.
Ditto hotels, where there are sometimes holds or deposits in the hundreds to make sure you don’t run up a long distance bill, empty the mini bar or trash the room. The practice is almost unnoticeable if you’re using credit, but can be problematic if you’re using a debit card and have just enough in the account to cover what you need.
At hotels, ask about deposits and holds before you present your card, says Feddis. At the pump, select the pin-number option, she says, which should debit only the amount you’ve actually spent.

10. Checkouts or ATMs That Look ‘Off’
Criminals are getting better with skimmers and planting them in places you’d never suspect — like ATM machines on bank property, says Foley.
So take a good look at the machine or card reader the next time you use an ATM or self-check lane, she advises. Does the machine fit together well or does something look off, different or like it doesn’t quite belong? Says Foley, “Make sure it doesn’t look like it’s been tampered with.”

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How to Cook Heart Smart Grains & 5 Foods Good to Eat

Welcome to my money saving Blog where I share many of your favorite recipes and stories with everyone who visits here. Feel free to comment – feel free to ask questions! All are welcome! I also hope you pay a visit to my blog – history files for more money saving hints and tips for everyday life.I believe that making your own food saves more money than any other part of our lives. My email is grannyj40@yahoo.com you are welcome to write to me anytime.

Heart Smart
Plain Millet
A light whole grain that is best if toasted prior to cooking. Have a friend that is new to whole grain cooking and has asked if I would post some basic cooking directions. **Toasting directions inclued. ***Cook time does not include toasting time.

25 min | 5 min prep
SERVES 4
3 cups water
1 pinch salt
1 cup millet
Wash millet.
**To toast put rinsed millet into a large frying pan over medium heat.
Cook, shaking the pan for around 10 minutes or until the millet reaches a golden brown.
Bring water and salt to boil.
Add millet to water, reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, until all the water is absorbed. Turn off heat. Let sit covered for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork.

Plain Bulgur
Bulgur is a light whole wheat grain that is a good substitute for rice. It can be cooked or soaked. *I prefer cooked but am posting direction to both here.
17 min | 2 min prep
SERVES 4
cooked
1 cup bulgur
2 cups water
soaked
1 cup bulgur
1 1/2 cups boiling water
*Cooked: Add bulgur to water bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes till liquid is absorbed, fluff with fork.
Soaked: place bulgur and boiling water in bowl. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes. Fluff with fork.
Gluten Free Crock Pot Breakfast Grains
A hot, delicious and nutritious gluten free breakfast cereal!!
6¼ hours | 5 min prep
SERVES 3 -6
2 1/2 tablespoons buckwheat groats
2 1/2 tablespoons brown rice
4 tablespoons quinoa
1/4 cup rolled oat
1 cup apple, diced
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups water
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Combine ingredients in crock pot. Mix well.
Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
Stir before serving.
Add more water if needed.

Basic Quinoa
This is the basic recipe for cooking quinoa. You can use it in place of rice, or you can use it as the basis of a salad or tabouleh. Quinoa is a light and wholesome grain that is gluten free. It is prepared quickly and easily with this basic method. This recipe makes 3 cups of cooked quinoa
20 min | 5 min prep
SERVES 4 , 3 cups
2 cups water
1 cup quinoa
Wash the quinoa with water, using a strainer. Same as you would wash rice.
Place quinoa and water in a 1 1/2 quart/ medium sized saucepan, bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until all of the water is absorbed (about 15 minutes).
You will know that the quinoa is done when all the grains have turned from white to transparent, and the spiral-like germ has separated.

Quinoa Tabouli
I love new twists on classic dishes. In this one, quinoa – a Latin American grain rich in protein – replaces bulgar as the base of this Mediterranean-Middle Eastern salad.

25 min | 10 min prep
SERVES 4 -6
2 cups water
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup quinoa
1/3 cup olive oil
3 medium ripe tomatoes
2 tablespoons fresh mint
1 1/2 cups parsley, coarsely chopped
1 cup scallion, chopped
salt, to taste
Place quinoa in a colander and rinse several times rubbing the grains together to remove the bitter outer layer.
Place water and quinoa into a 2-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until all water has been absorbed.
While the quinoa is cooking, finely chop the tomatoes, parsley, and scallions. Add lemon juice, olive oil and fresh mint to the tomato mixture.
Stir in cooked quinoa and salt. Mix well.
Let tabouli sit in the refrigerator for a day to blend flavors.
Tabouli is traditionally served at room temperature so remove from fridge 30 to 60 minutes before serving.

Lentil-Barley Vege Burgers
Barley is an ancient grain that provides fiber and a ton of nutrients in these very tasty vege burgers. From March 2010 Cooking Light.
1¼ hours | 1 hour prep
SERVES 6
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup dried lentils
1 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup grated carrot
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
3/4 cup cooked pearl barley
1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 large egg whites
1 large egg
3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
Combine 1 1/2 cuts water and lentils in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until tender. Drain. Place half of lentils in a large bowl. Place remaining lentils in a food processor; process until smooth. Add processed lentils to whole lentils in bowl.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and carrot; saute 6 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add tomato paste, cumin, oregano, chili powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add onion mixture to lentils. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, barley, and next 5 ingredients (through egg); stir well. cover and refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
Divide mixture into 6 portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 3 patties; cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil and 3 patties. Serve with a spicy fruit salsa or we’ve enjoyed them as a regular burger in a bun and with cheese.

Oat and Bulgur Loaf
Adapted from New Vegetarian Cuisine. Use Egg substitute to make this a vegan meal.
1½ hours | 30 min prep
SERVES 6
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup Bulgar wheat
4 slices whole grain bread, finely crumbled
1 cup broccoli, coarsely chopped
1 cup carrot, coarsely chopped
1 cup oatmeal, cooked
1/2 cup salsa
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup sunflower seed, shelled
Steam or boil the carrots and broccoli until soft. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the water and bulgur. Set aside for 30 minutes to allow the bulgur to soften. Transfer to a strainer and drain well, pressing out any excess water with the back of a spoon. Return the bulgur to the bowl.
Preheat the oven to 350. Coat a 9×5 loaf pan with non-stick spray.
Stir the bread, broccoli, carrots, oatmeal, salsa, egg and sunflower seeds into the bulgur. Mix with your fingers until well blended. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.
Serve with salsa.

Quinoa Loaf With Mushrooms and Peas
For killer veggie burgers, serve any leftover slices on toasted whole wheat buns with lettuce and spicy mustard.” Note that shelled edamame can be substituted for the peas. Quinoa can be expensive in chain grocery stores, I have gotten it at Super Walmart .

1¾ hours | 15 min prep
SERVES 8 , 1 loaf
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus more for greasing
8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
salt & fresh ground pepper
1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup rolled oat
2 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup frozen green pea
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley, and or 0 minced fresh thyme
10 sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained and chopped
1 cup chopped red onion (about 1 onion)
Preheat oven to 350°F Lightly grease an 8-inch loaf pan with oil; set aside. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, put beans, oats and 1/2 cup water into a food processor and pulse until almost smooth. In a large bowl, combine mushrooms, bean mixture, quinoa, peas, parsley, tomatoes, onion, salt and pepper. Transfer mixture to prepared loaf pan, gently pressing down and mounding it in the middle. Bake until firm and golden brown, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Set aside to let rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Supergrain Cornbread
It’s a delicious and healthy twist on a traditional favorite. The quinoa makes it lightly crunchy.

30 min | 10 min prep
SERVES 4 -6
1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 large egg
1 cup milk or soymilk
1/2 cup oil
Preheat oven to 375.
Lightly grease an 8×8 baking pan or a 12 muffin tin.
Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl: quinoa, cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt.
Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl: egg, milk, oil.
Stir wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until blended. Pour into pan or muffin tin. Bake pan 20-25 minutes, muffins for 18-20 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Five Foods That Will Save Your Heart

One way to prevent heart disease is to eat healthy. In this post, I’ll highlight five different foods that can save your heart – literally. These are not the only five foods that protect your heart, but they stand out as star performers in my book.

1. Garlic: Known as “the stinking rose,” this herb does not stink when it comes to heart health. Numerous studies have demonstrated potential benefits of regular garlic consumption on blood pressure, platelet aggregation, serum triglyceride level, and cholesterol levels – all of which keep your ticker ticking. The other thing I like about garlic is that it can be used to season food so you can cut back (way back) on the salt.

2. Salmon: Swap out the burger high in saturated fat with salmon. Everyone has room for a little saturated fat, but a little goes a long way. A typical cheeseburger has more than a half day’s worth (from the beef and the cheese). Saturated fat will clog your arteries and put you at greater risk for a heart attack. Salmon, on the other hand, lowers your risk thanks to heart healthy fats. Omega-3s help prevent erratic heart rhythms, make blood less likely to clot inside arteries, improve the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol, and prevent cholesterol from becoming damaged. (Only after cholesterol has been damaged does it clog arteries.)

3. Berries and Cherries: I gotta give equal props to nature’s candy here. These sweet treats are high in polyphenols, which prevent cell damage that can lead to unhealthy blood vessels and heart. In the winter months, I opt for the frozen fruits. Try thawing a bag of frozen strawberries in the refrigerator. Top unsweetened, steel-cut oatmeal with these berries and some of the juice and your heart will thank you with every beat.

4. Quinoa: Commonly mistaken for a grain, these tiny sprouted seeds are an excellent source of magnesium, the mineral that relaxes blood vessels. Low dietary levels of magnesium are associated with increased rates of hypertension, ischemic heart disease and heart arrhythmias. Yes, it’s as bad as it sounds. Quinoa cooks up quickly and makes great leftovers. Mix in grilled vegetables and roasted chicken for a one-pot dish.

5. Hot Cocoa: How sweet is this? Hot cocoa is chock-full of antioxidants – twice as much as red wine and three times more powerful than green tea. The chilly air of February is no match for a cup of hot cocoa. Here’s a tip: many hot chocolate mixes are loaded with sugar. Buy 100% cocoa and then add a small amount of sugar. A teaspoon is enough for me. Don’t forget there are natural sugars in the milk so you’re better off starting with less sugar.

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SANDWICHES & PERMANENT MARKER REMOVER

Welcome to my money saving Blog where I share many of your favorite recipes and stories with everyone who visits here. Feel free to comment – feel free to ask questions! All are welcome! I also hope you pay a visit to my blog – history files for more money saving hints and tips for everyday life.I believe that making your own food saves more money than any other part of our lives. My email is grannyj40@yahoo.com you are welcome to write to me anytime.

SANDWICHES & PERMANENT MARKER REMOVER

I think sandwiches are the ultimate fast food.You can use left over spaghetti,meat loaf,chili or anything else between 2 slices of bread and it becomes total comfort food.Face it,anything can be a sandwich and it can be eaten cold,broiled,baked ,fried or grilled.
A toddler can eat spaghetti as a sandwich and actually enjoy it instead of having to sit through that picture that every parent takes with it all over the face.

SANDWICHES
The Best Tuna Sandwich
This tuna has lots of veggies in it, but if you dice them very small, it’s so good! Remember, Tuna is a finicky meal.. too much mayo makes it watery and too little makes it dry and fishy.. be sure to use your best judgement and liking. (This recipe makes a lot) you can lessen it
25 min | 25 min prep
SERVES 6 -8
2 (12 ounce) cans of solid albacore tuna (in water)
1 small green bell pepper (finely diced)
1 small red bell pepper (finely diced)
1 small onion (finely diced)
1 celery (finely diced)
2 medium sized dill pickles (finely diced)
4 tablespoons mayonnaise (heaping, use a regular kitchen tablespoon)
Drain tuna very well and add to large bowl
dice all of the above very small as indicated and add to tuna.
I add about 3 -4 heaping kitchen sized tablespoons of Mayo into the tuna you may have to add a little more or a little less based on your preference
add a few shakes of black pepper and salt (opt).
Chill in airtight container in fridge. The longer you let it chill, the better the flavor. This can be served on pretty much any kind of bread. My personal favorite, onion rolls or seedless rye!
Hope you enjoy & agree this is one of the best Tuna Sandwiches!

Reuben Sandwich
This is how I make them:
rye bread
butter, softened
corned beef, thinly sliced
swiss cheese, thinly sliced
sauerkraut, well-drained (put the sauerkraut in paper towels to remove the moisture)
French dressing or Thousand Island
Butter the rye bread on one side like for a grilled cheese sandwich.
Place thin slices of the corned beef on the bottom slice of bread, cheese then sauerkraut on top of the cheese.
Top with the other slice of buttered bread and grill in a skillet over med. heat until browned on one side.
Flip over and brown the other side until the cheese has melted.
Serve the French dressing either on the side or open the sandwich’s and put as much as you like on. You can put as much or as little of the beef, cheese and sauerkraut as you like

Sandwich Spread
22 min | 10 min prep
SERVES 6 -8
12 ounces Spam or turkey spam, cubed
2 hard-boiled eggs, minced
1 dill pickles, minced
1/4 onion, minced
1/4 green pepper, minced
2 stalks celery, minced
1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
1 tablespoon hot dog relish or chili sauce
1 dash garlic powder
1 dash dill weed
mayonnaise, to mix
Grind the Spam in food processor or meat grinder.
Add rest of ingredients except mayonnaise and mix.
Stir in enough mayonnaise for spreading consistency.
Store covered and refrigerated.

Pilgrim Sandwich
Yummy sandwich. Sandwiches can be cut into 4 squares to serve at parties or brunches.
15 min | 10 min prep
SERVES 4
8 slices French bread or sourdough bread (If using french bread, cut off majority of crust so that it can be fried on both sides.)
3/4 cup thousand island dressing
1/2 lb swiss cheese
1 lb sliced turkey breast
mayonnaise
Spread outside of bread lightly with mayonnaise.
Spread inside of bread with thousand island dressing.
Equally divide turkey between 4 sandwiches.
Equally divide cheese between 4 sandwiches.
Put in frying pan, as you would fry a grilled cheese sandwich over medium heat.
When toasted and cheese is melted, sandwich is ready to enjoy!

Taco Sandwich
From Best of Country Cooking 2005 We enjoyed this immensely, messy to eat, so include a fork and knife.
30 min | 15 min prep
SERVES 6
1 (1 lb) unsliced loaf Italian bread
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup salsa
1 lb ground beef
2 tablespoons taco seasoning
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 large tomato, sliced
6 slices American cheese
Cut bread in half lengthwise; hollow out the top and the bottom, leaving a 1/2-inch shell(discard remaining bread, or save it for another use). In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and salsa until well blended. Spread inside the bread shell and set aside.
In a large skillet, cook ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink; pour off grease. Stir in taco seasoning. Layer lettuce and tomato in bottom of bread shell; top with beef mixture and cheese. Replace bread top.

Liverwurst Sandwich
10 min | 5 min prep
SERVES 1 -2
2 slices liverwurst
2 slices onions
1 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon mayonnaise
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
2 slices bread
salt & pepper, to taste
Butter both sides of bread and toast until brown in toaster or in a 350 degree oven.
Spread mayonnaise on one slice of bread and top with onions and liverwurst. Season with salt and pepper.
Spread mustard on other slice of bread and place on top of onions and liverwurst.
Smash down and enjoy.

Chocolate Sandwich
From “Zingerman’s Guide to Good Eating”
11 min | 5 min prep
SERVES 1
1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature
2 slices sourdough bread, 1/2 inch thick
2 ounces dark bittersweet chocolate (Best to use bars shaped like a Hershey bar or cut up the chocolate if thick)
Butter each slice of bread on one side.
Sandwich the chocolate between the non-buttered sides.
Heat a small skillet over medium heat.
When the skillet is hot, place the sandwich in the center.
Set a bowl or plate on the sandwich to weigh it down.
Cook until the bottom of the bread is lightly browned, about 3 minutes.
Turn the sandwich over and brown the other side, about 3 minutes more.
Serve warm so the chocolate can drip down your wrists as you eat.

Hero Sandwich Recipe
Nothing fancy about this, plain ole basic.
15 min | 15 min prep
SERVES 8
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup Italian salad dressing (prepared)
3 cups shredded lettuce
1 loaf French bread, cut in half lengthwise
8 ounces thinly sliced bologna
8 ounces sliced cooked turkey
2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
6 slices American cheese
1 medium green pepper, thinly sliced
Mix together the mayonnaise and italian salad dressing.
Toss the lettuce with 1/4 cup of the dsressing mixture, set aside.
Brush cut sides of bread with remaining dressing mixture. Fill bread with lettuce mixture, meat, tomatoes, american cheese and green pepper. Cut crosswise into 8 slices.
Pineapple Sandwich
They are delicious. So try it!
5 min | 5 min prep
2 sandwiches
1 (6 ounce) can pineapple slices
4 slices white bread
Miracle Whip
Drain pineapple well.
Put Miracle Whip on bread.
Put pineapple slices to cover one slice.
You have a sandwich. Yum.

Gross but Oh So Good Sandwich
I know the peanut butter and egg combo sounds weird, but its my ultimate comfort food. The peanut butter and sugar can be adjusted to your taste.

10 min | 5 min prep
SERVES 1
2 slices bread
1 egg
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 teaspoon sugar
butter or nonstick cooking spray
toast bread slices.
fry egg the egg with butter or spray.
put the peanut butter on one side of the toast and the sugar on top of the peanut butter so that the sugar sticks to the peanut butter.
place fried egg between slices of toast.
enjoy!

Funny College Sandwich
A sandwich that is theoretically free (there is tution to pay) if you have a meal plan or a friend with a meal plan who is talented at stealing loaves of bread and bagels from the cafeteria and dormmates who leave their doors open. Active work time does not include obtaining ingredients.
I do not recommend stealing anything so you could ask if you could have left overs or borrow these things.
2 min | 1 min prep
SERVES 1
2 slices bread (available from your cafeteria. Best smuggled out in your bookbag)
2 slices American cheese (available from your cafeteria. Remove all mold. Choose slice best uniform in colour)
1 tablespoon peanut butter (from your roommate or dormmate)
2 tablespoons cereal (available from the cafe or your roommate. Choose on your sweet preference, the kinds with marshmallo)
1 tablespoon chocolate chips or chocolate (available from the dormmate who keeps getting packages from her family)
After obtaining all ingredients incident free:.
Set one slice of cheese on bread.
Smear peanut butter on cheese.
Sprinkle over cereal peanut butter.
Sprinkle chocolate over cereal.
Top with the remaining slice of cheese.
Top with remaining slice of bread.
Microwave for about 30 seconds on a microwave safe device.

Tofu Sandwich Spread
Makes a thick spreadable paste similar to the Loma Linda Sandwich Spread . The texture will firm in the fridge. I like it on home made bread with a dill pickle but it is also an excellent cracker spread. Seasonings are optional and amounts can be varied. You can try other nut butters if you’re not into peanuts.

15 min | 15 min prep
SERVES 8
1 (15 1/2 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
1 (3 7/8 ounce) can of sliced black olives, drained
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
3 1/2 ounces firm tofu, about 1/4 of a 14oz package
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
2 ounces pimientos, drained (small jar)
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon Accent seasoning, has msg, increase the salt (optional)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt (optional)
1/2 teaspoon Braggs liquid aminos (optional)
Cream all ingredients in a food processor.

Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwiches
A Mediterranean-Style Sandwich from the South Beach Diet’s “Daily Dish” (Phase 2). The bright colors and flavors of this overstuffed sandwich reflect the sunny region it’s named for. Soaking the onions in ice water tames the bite; try this technique for salads too. If you’re on Phase 1, skip the pita and eat the filling as a salad.
30 min | 30 min prep
SERVES 4
1/2 small red onion, very thinly sliced
1 (15 1/2 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cups baby spinach
1/3 cup reduced-fat feta cheese, crumbled
1 medium cucumber, halved crosswise and thinly sliced lengthwise
1 large tomato, thinly sliced
2 roasted red peppers, rinsed and cut into 1/4-inch slices (from a jar)
1/4 cup kalamata olive, pitted and roughly chopped
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
cayenne
2 (6 inch) whole grain pita, halved
Place onion in a small bowl and cover with ice water, let sit for 10 minutes.
Drain onion, pat dry, and place in a medium bowl. Add chickpeas, spinach, feta, cucumber, tomato, peppers, olives, oil, vinegar, and cumin; stir gently to combine. Season with cayenne to taste.
Fill pita halves with vegetable mixture and serve.

Permanent Marker Remover
3 min | 1 min prep
1 use
toothpaste
damp cloth
cover marked areas with tooth paste. rub in a bit.
Let set a couple minute wipe off with a clean damp cloth.
May need to scrub a bit.
May need to repeat to completely remove all traces.

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