Monthly Archives: May 2016

New Favorite Things!

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Hi Everyone! It’s been some time since I shared some of my favorite things. Enjoy!

I’m not usually a huge fan of mixes, but sometimes (when its the end of school and you don’t even want to look at six bags of gluten-free flour!!) you cave in. I was super surprised to see this new brand that has an amazing short list of ingredients and actually tastes yummy too! Here’s a picture of the finished chocolate muffin mix:chocolate muffins They are available at several different online stores–and they have crackers also!

Next is ice cream! I have a weak spot for ice cream and while it is fairly simple to make it, I’ve been buying it occasionally because of time. Have you heard of Ben & Jerry’s diary free ice cream? I have to say it is really amazing–one of my favorite flavors ever actually. Unfortunately, the Chunky Monkey flavor is the only one that is gluten-free. Maybe there will be more in the future! dairy free ice cream

I seriously have an issue with pens–when I have a favorite you should really not try to borrow it. I have been known to raise my voice if you try! I’m working on it, but after years of working with the public I know how often pens come back! I didn’t know I needed a new pen, but this one has a super fine point and is amazing for writing in the tiny spaces of my planner.

Speaking of planners, I recently discovered Inkwell Press. I had a credit to use in their store and I wasn’t sure what to think at first. I purchased the Weekly Kick-start notepad and I am in love. It’s made the past few weeks so much easier with the end of school crazies and getting everyone on the same page–literally! The paper is so nice and thick I can write on with sharpies if I want to and not have it bleed through.

And finally–coffee! When I’ve been drinking hot coffee I’ve been using the Starbucks Via Brew. Which are delightful, but a bit of a strain on the budget. I decided to give a French press coffee pot a try. It has been lovely to get the strong dark coffee taste with a fraction of the cost. It is a bit to have to wash it–just so you are forewarned, but I still love the taste that I am willing to add another chore to my list.

What about you? What have been your favorite things for the past month? Do you think you will try any of my favorite things?

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Five Frugal Things

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Hi Everyone! It’s a no menu post week and I thought I would try a list post! I follow The Frugal Girl and she occasionally posts 5 frugal things she’s doing. I find it refreshing and a great reminder because while I am always striving to be frugal sometimes I lose sight of all the things I’m actually keeping up with and instead focus on the huge looming bills or other things that don’t seem so frugal.

Feel free to chime in with your list or even your favorite frugal activity that you find easy and fun to keep up with!

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1. I made bread. We eat gluten-free and dairy-free bread at my house and during the past few months I’ve just been buying frozen bread. It doesn’t taste the greatest and it really isn’t cheap at $5/loaf, but sometimes its better to save sanity and spend the money. This past week I took the time to make the bread and boy was it yummy! It tasted even better remembering that I didn’t have to spend $5 for a loaf!

2. I bought a French Press coffee maker. I know–I count spending money as a frugal activity?? Well, I’ve been craving really dark coffee. The only thing that tasted good was the Starbucks sticks in the Italian Dark Roast. The cheapest I’ve found the sticks is $1 per more or less. So I made the plunge and purchased a French Press Coffee pot after doing some research. I absolutely love it. It is the exact taste that I was looking for and it’s perfect for that strong cup of coffee in the morning.

3. We chopped up/juiced veggies/fruit in our fridge. We had a ton of veggies/fruit leftover at the end of the week, so instead of going out and buying more and burying what we had we took about 45 minutes to chop up and juice our extra veggies. It worked! We ate/drank them up instead of throwing them in the trash. So encouraging.

4. Bought some local eggs. Also not a “cheap” activity, but the eggs are happier and much more yummy than even the organic eggs in the grocery store–and there’s no comparing the price! I love happy eggs. 🙂

5. Used a coupon before it expired. I am having a hard time remembering which coupon this was, but I recently did buy some nut milk on sale at the store and remembered to use the coupon I had printed out a few weeks before. This is my favorite way to save a lot at the store when I have time.

So how about you? What are your favorite frugal things from the past few weeks?

Menu Plan Monday, May 2nd!

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Menu Plan Monday! Yay! I love having a plan for what’s happening for meals–makes the week a whole lot smoother! And since my life just seems to go from crazy to more crazy that is exactly the structure that I need. I’ve also been planning at least two meatless meals a week. So far there haven’t been any comments and the food has disappeared! I’m excited about that!

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The theme for this month at Celiac Family is Cakes…and that makes me think of coffee cakes! I don’t have any on my menu plan these next two weeks, but I will definitely be thinking about some for the next plan.

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Breakfast
Shirred Eggs
Chocolate Muffins
Chocolate Banana Swirl bread–never got to make this last time, so I am trying again.
Cereal
Triple Berry Kiwi Smoothie
Grain Free Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Dinners/Lunches
Mushroom Leek Risotto
Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, veggie
Vegan Sloppy Joes (never got made last week!)
Mac & Cheese (from the freezer as this recipe makes a ton!)
Pizza–we’ve been having Daiya pizza from the freezer case frequently. I love it!
Cauliflower Chili Pasta, grilled chicken
Grilled sausage–still trying to come up with sides for this one!
Chili (froze half of what we made last time–makes for an easy quick dinner)
Clam Chowder
Tomato Soup with sandwiches
Fish, rice pilaf
Popcorn, smoothie

Special Treat: Tumeric Milk

For more menu ideas check out Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday. Or for just gluten-free ideas check out Celiac Family and the Gluten-Free Menu Round-up!