Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Granola Bars ($0.11 each)

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I'm still snacking on these a week later, they are so yummy. Another find that saves money! SCORE. I have been packing these into Caleb's lunch and having them myself for lunch. I already went out and bought all the ingredients for the next batch! Not to sweet not too dull, just right in flavor. A little tip, I did put mine in the fridge to set them

*Makes 28 bars

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup packed brown sugar 
1/4 cup peanut butter (crunchy)
1/4 cup unsalted butter
4 cups Quick Oats (not rolled oats)
2 cups crispy rice cereal
3 teaspoons vanilla

DIRECTIONS
In a large bowl, stir crispy rice cereal, quick oats together.

In a medium saucepan, combine honey, butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat then bring the temperature down to low, and simmer till sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Pour in vanilla and stir.

Pour the hot mixture over dry ingredients. Stir until all ingredients are moistened. Press into a parchment-lined jelly roll pan.
Pack the granola bar mixture as closely and as tightly together as you possibly can into one end of the pan at about 1/2-3/4 inch thickness.Any thinner, and the bars will not hold together. Let cool on the counter till they reach room temperature.

Cut into bars (I did 4 X 7). Wrap in plastic or store in a ziplock bag.

~ Savings ~

*Updated on 1/8/13 from $0.08 ea. to $0.11 ea.

Cost Breakdown:
16 oz. clover honey - $3.78 = 22 T = $0.172/T = $1.376
7 lb brown sugar - $5.05 = 264 T = $0.019/T = $0.114
40 oz. crunchy peanut butter - $5.24 = 70 T = $0.075/T = $0.299
4 lb unsalted butter - $7.99 = 128 T = $0.0625/T = $0.250
42 oz. quick oats - $3.18 = 15 C = $0.212/C = $0.848
36 oz. crispy rice cereal - $4.88 = 37.5 C = $0.130/C = $0.260
8 fl. oz. imitation vanilla - $0.98 = 48 tsp = $0.0204/tsp = $0.061
Total Recipe Cost: $3.21
Per Granola bar: $0.11
The Contender:
Nature Valley Oats and Honey Granola Bars (12 pk.) = $2.68
Per Granola Bar: $0.22
Savings: 50%

"Over a year" scenario:
Make "Food Storage" Granola Bars recipe 15 times = $47.55
Buy equivalent Nature Valley Oats and Honey Granola Bars = $93.80

*Money Saved: $46.25

I found this AWESOME DIY here on penniesandpancakes, thank you

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Monday, April 29, 2013

LARGE kids consignment sale SCORES


Every year I do this kids consignment sale, called "just between friends". Its held here in Denver and its MASSIVE, filled with anything you could need/want for a baby/child. I went in with a list of things I was looking for and scored some awesome finds at fantastic prices. I paid 100$ for everything pictured and going back again tomorrow for half price day.
 
what did I get for 100$?
 
black dress shoes, pedi ped sandles, stride rite sandles
Gymboree golf tee and shorts, gap shorts
boden fish shirt, hanna Anderson striped shirt
Gymboree shirt, popup book
4 sets of lego bionicles, imaginext boat set
bag of cars, jewelry bead case

and........I went back today for HALF PRICE day, scored again and this time only spent 43$! would have been near 90$ without the half off day, love this sale.

 
 
what I got with round 2:
 
keen sandles, gap shorts, gap shirt, gap long sleeve shirt, Gymboree shorts, connect 4x4 game, bag of cars, mummy book, two bags of containers for lunch boxes, Janie and jack tee and matching socks
not bad huh?
 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Slow Cooker Ribs



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O M G. Wow yea...These were tasty, tender and feel right off of the bone. They stood no chance and even Caleb devoured every last bite right down to the bone.  You gotta try this if you have a slow cooker, its a must. Trust me you'll thank me later.
Found here.
 
Ingredients
Baby back pork ribs – about 2.75 pounds
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
All-purpose steak seasoning or salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups of BBQ sauce of choice

Directions
Season ribs and place in slow cooker with meaty part facing wall of slow cooker.
Pour BBQ sauce over ribs and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Serve warm with additional BBQ sauce.
Optional step: Broil ribs, in oven, on high for about 5 minutes after removing from slow cooker.
Recipe notes: Some bottled BBQ sauces can be very high in sodium, so take that into account when seasoning the ribs and adjust salt accordingly. This recipe is easily doubled to two racks.


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then.....paired it with some tasty asparagus, found here
 
1 lb. Asparagus, washed
1 Cup Water
1/2 to 1 Tbs. Land O Lakes Butter
(Tip: Land O Lakes now has Half Sticks which help to keep your butter fresher longer when using smaller amounts)
1/4 tsp. Garlic Salt
1/4 tsp. Fresh Ground Black Pepper
2 Tbs. Grated Parmesan Cheese
A Handful of Shredded Parmesan Cheese

First, chop the woody bottoms off of your Asparagus.
Put asparagus in a pan wide enough to hold them without bending their heads. They can overlap each other if they need to. Add 1 cup of water and place on high heat on the stove.
Cook, covered, on high for 4-6 minutes, depending on the thickness, until asparagus is tender, yet still nice and firm. When your Asparagus is finished cooking, discard remaining liquid.
Place butter, garlic salt, pepper, and grated Parmesan over your spears, and begin to saute them over medium high heat until butter is melted and the Parmesan begins to get gooey and lightly browned, but not burned.
Remove from heat and place on a pretty plate. Sprinkle with a handful of shredded Parmesan.
 

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

collecting can tabs


we had gotten a letter from the teacher, announcing each class is now collection the metal tabs from cans to donate for a good cause. So, I had told my mom about it and just so happened that my dad saves all his for my mom's church. Mom sent Caleb all they had!! He was so excited to get them in the mail and even more excited to take them too class. I was with him that morning too see the look on his face when he brought them into his class and got to watch him poor them all out into the class bucket. He almost filled that bucket up!
 

 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

DIY Household Cleaners



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Saving money and finding ways to save money, is my new goal. I'm moving out on my own here in a few months with my son and want to make sure I have enough to make it. So I have been coming up with plans and different ways to save some extra cash and its has been amazing seeing the money add up so soon.
 
So far I have made my own laundry soap, body soap and now all my household cleaners! That's money in the bank.
 
I found the bathroom cleaner, windex cleaner and the tub cleaner here on busy-at-home.
The all purpose cleaner I found here on onceamomalwaysacook
 
here is how:
 

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Window & Glass Cleaner
Ingredients
2 c. water
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
 
Instructions
Mix all ingredients by pouring them into a spray bottle, replacing the lid and then shaking. You definitely need to shake this, again, before each use, because the cornstarch will settle to the bottom,
 
*I tried this and LOVE it, works perfectly and no streaks!


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Bathroom Spray Cleaner
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon Borax
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated Fels Naptha
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon castile soap
  • 18 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops tea tree oil

Instructions
Boil the water and vinegar, together.
Dissolve Borax and Fels Naptha in boiled vinegar water.
Cool to room temperature and add castile soap and essential oils.
Mix thoroughly and pour in a spray bottle.
Label bottle clearly and use this cleaner to clean the vanity, toilet and tub surfaces in your bathroom.
 
*I tried this one as well, another AWESOME one! Works great
 

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Tub and Shower Scrub
Ingredients
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Castile soap
  • 1/4 cup washing soda
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops tea tree oil


Instructions
Mix baking soda, salt and washing soda.
Stir in the vinegar and allow it to foam up and then settle back down.
Add coconut oil, castile soap and essential oils. Mix until all ingredients are combined. The mixture will be moist, but crumbly. Pack into a container with a tight-fitting lid.
To use, spritz the affected area with the spray bathroom cleaner, from the recipe above, or with water. Let it set for a couple of minutes and then sprinkle a small amount of this scrub on a damp cloth to clean built-up soap scum, hard water or lime deposits and other tough stains.
 
I have yet to try this one* Its waiting for me!
 
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All purpose cleaner
Ingredients
2 cups of warm water
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tsp vegetable based dish liquid
(I use 7th generation)
juice of 1/2 lemon
 
Instructions
Add all ingredients to a spray bottle and gentle shake.
Do not use vinegar on stone surfaces such as granite or marble floors.
 
*Tried it and love it!
 

So Im now almost fully converted over to homemade, I do have a few more things on my list like: toilet bowl cleaner, dishwasher soap and some other things - will post those once done! ENJOY


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

25$ Gift Card GIVEAWAY to WhiteBearAccessories

 
 
25$ Gift Card GIVEAWAY to WhiteBearAccessories!
 
WHITE BEAR specializes in hand painted lace earrings, lace necklaces, bracelets, hair pins and more! One lucky winner will receive a 25$ gift card to their beautiful shop! Such beautiful and unique items for amazing prices, now is your chance to win!
 
Take a peek at her shop here for more!
 
Simple entries via rafflecopter below, open to USA citizens only
 
 
 
 

Friday, April 19, 2013

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

Everyday I try and take a few minutes to go around and read all my favorite blogs and see what they have been up too and found this "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. " questioner at mylifeandlemons and thought I too would give it a go!

The Good

+ I am a strong women, and a dedicated single mom
+ I adapt to change well
+ I have FAITH and Jesus is my savior
+ I am a very hard worker and a dream seeker
+ I never take life for granted, I'm optimistic

The Bad

+ I'm not the worlds best house keeper
+ I re-use the same towel for a week
+ I need to slow down
+ Instead of hording, I'm the opposite I get rid of things all the time
+ I sleep with lights on, afraid of the dark

The Ugly

+ I have a really hard time with TRUST
+ I swear..
+ I'm addicted to soda
+ I don't LISTEN to others like I should
+ I hold high standards and expectations, sometimes over kill

so this is some idea of me, Kelly. More or less.


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Thrifty Finds


Spent a entire day looking for stuff in thrift stores, we have tons of really good ones! I'm in search of so many things, with our big move coming up. For Easter Sunday I found a church that I was interested in and since going the first time have been going every Sunday. Caleb loves his church and the chance to learn about God and Jesus. I have tried several other churches here in this city, however never a place I KNEW I belonged. I know now, its fantastic and reminds me of the one I went to in TX.
 
So, on the hunt for dresses/ skirts/ shoes and jewelry from thrifting! I didn't get a chance to post but I did find 3 separate pieces for church! All were under 10$ each, cant beat it! Talk about saving money. Same went for Caleb, I scored long sleeve button up/collared shirts with ties for 3$ and they look great.
 
Additional to that, I'm on the hunt for some things for the apartment like: headboard, vintage items for Caleb's room makeover I'm working on, side table, end tables, coffee tables etc. etc.
 
I have been hunting on Craigslist for weeks and already scored: heavy metal outside table and matching chairs, totally chic! I re-purposed and looks fab! Then got a nice hutch computer desk and two awesome bar stools. I'm so excited for this place for my son and I, it will be our own haven of solitude and peace.
 
 
items found:
tree cups 0.49 each x2
blue kids tie 0.80
bad mittens 2.91 each x2
new old navy flip flops 4$
silver/gold dress shoes 4$
kids constellation finder 2$
 
 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Vacation Pictures 4

 
One of our last spots we went to was up in the mountains to a national park area that you could mountain climb and trail walk, this place was a place to test your mental AND physical abilities. We hiked up 400+ feet through steep inclines and rock terrain. I had to tap out literally 100 feet from the very top, I couldn't make it. I have NEVER attempted something like this and hope that if given the opportunity again I can master it next time. This place was like a slice of heaven, so peaceful and earthy. Everyone we passed was so nice, totally not what I'm use to here in CO {not to say that everyone here is rude, but...}