Showing posts with label money saving. Show all posts
Showing posts with label money saving. Show all posts

Monday, August 6, 2012

Money Saving Natural Oder Killers

tomato sauce
A recent "oopsa" when home canning a couple of jars of chicken soup left a smell previously unknown to man in my newly refurbished kitchen cabinets. I tried a string of natural odor killers and one chemical concoction before finding a cure. Here is how they sized up from start to finish.

I started by washing the area with soap and water to no avail.

Then I tried a natural paste of baking soda, dish soap and water. Still no help.

Next I tried strait lemon juice.

After that a paste of lemon juice and baking soda as a scrub.

After which I peeled off the contact paper lining.

The cabinet still stunk like a in desperation, I sprayed it with a chemical concoction you may have heard of...Fabreze. Save your money...the cabinet still smelled bad if not worse!

So, I left more baking soda in the cabinet over night and woke up to the same smell the next morning.

Remedy 2:  The next morning I discovered an all natural skunk smell remover in my cabinet called Nature's Miracle.  I am happy to report that after two applications, the smell began to lift slightly however it was still there! Yes, after using skunk smell still smelled like a skunk!

As my mind drifts to episodes of Seinfeld...I begin to wonder if tomato juice really works on skunk...

I reach for the can of tomato sauce in my refrigerator and begin to clean the spot in the cabinet...within five minutes the smell that I had been fighting for a week was completely gone!

Remedy 1:  It is true! The number one money saving all natural odor remover that I recommend is tomato sauce!

I also blogged about Natural Bug Removal.
And Setting an Atmosphere with Scents.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Make Your Own Organic Chicken Nuggets

homemade chicken nuggets
Avoid Take Out Make Your Own
If you are anything like me, you have searched everywhere for an affordable frozen chicken nugget that competes with the flavor of the big name brands. My kids are picky eaters and I am sorry to say they like their chicken nuggets. The organic nuggets I have been successful in locating are usually around $7 for a small box. So today we set out on a taste testing frenzy to find a recipe using organic chicken that will save money and be easy enough to make ahead in big batches and freeze. Imagine the excitement when I got it right the first try! Here is my money saving combination of ingredients.

Organic Make Ahead Chicky Chicken Nuggets

1/2 Cup Oatmeal
1 pound organic free range chicken cooked and chopped to mash or food processed
1/2 Cup canned Organic squash puree
1/4 cup shredded cheese (we used Colby jack)
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon onion powder

In one bowl place...
2 eggs, beaten and mixed with a splash of milk

In another bowl place...
1 cup each panko bread crumbs and organic white flour

Heavily grease two cookie sheets and preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine first seven ingredients in a bowl and mix. Mixture will look like dry meatloaf, roll into balls and then shape into nugget ovals of choice (this is very important if you want your picky eater to taste, choose the correct shape for your nugget), dip in egg wash and then bread crumbs. Place nuggets on greased cookie sheet for baking. Bake in 375 Degree oven for 8 minutes, turn and bake on second side for 8 more minutes. Nuggets will firm up to expected consistency as they cool. Freeze in zip lock bags for reheating later.

When the nuggets first came out of the oven they were popular but they gained in popularity as they cooled and became more firm like traditional chicken nuggets.

If your child doesn't prefer these #money saving chicken nuggets over their favorite brand at first don't get discouraged, it takes an average of 7 to 11 introductions before a child becomes familiar with a new food.

You may also like my #money saving Apple Crunch Muffin Recipe.
or Teaching Kids Sustainability.

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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"...for your Father knows what you need before you ask." Matthew 6:8