Quench Your Thirst

Got a habit of buying a coffee drink or smoothie when you’re out and about? Save some coin and make it healthier at home.

Quench Your Thirst - Got a habit of buying a coffee drink or smoothie when you're out and about? Save some coin and make it healthier at home.

Chances are pretty high that when you’re out and about on a summer day, you’re tempted to grab a quick soda, smoothie, or frap before you head home. I know the feeling. Trust me.

But, if you can hold off just a little bit longer, you can make a fancy, shop-worthy, would-have-been-expensive beverage at home. For less. The bonus is that it will be a little bit healthier, too.

For all their free-trade and organic labels slapped on everything, most businesses that sell beverages are in it for the business. The bottom line doesn’t typically require that they use hormone-free milk or natural sweeteners. Sure, they might have a token item on the menu, but I’m betting you can do better at home.

By prepping your drinks at home, you save a wait in line and you save some coin. If you really want a jazzy cup, splurge on a fun mug or smoothie cup and keep refilling it — at home.

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A Review of the Ninja Ultima Blender

The Ninja Ultima Blender mixes up the best of all worlds in my smoothie-making economy: high speed, bulk blending, and individual to go cups.

Ninja sent me their Ultima Blender. All opinions are my own.

A Review of the Ninja Ultima Blender - The Ninja Ultima Blender mixes up the best of all worlds in my smoothie-making economy: high speed, bulk blending, and individual to go cups.

I’ve owned a blender of some kind for about twenty years. I remember when FishPapa and I bought our first Oster at Costco. I’ve used it off and on for twenty years to make bulk batch smoothies, coffee drinks, and blended cocktails. It’s the classic and it still runs, though it seems that the gaskets break more often than I would like. The last gasket broke about 6 months ago, and I’ve yet to replace it. Oops!

My dad gave me a Magic Bullet about ten years ago. I loved the party cups and the versatility they offered. About three months ago the motor started to do some funny things. FishBoy17 makes smoothies about twice a day. Since that new habit developed, I’d say our blender’s lifetime use doubled.

While I love both these standard speed blenders, I realize that their time has almost passed. What once filled a need to create an occasional milk shake or margarita, the blender — at our house and maybe yours — is really having to work more hours in the age of daily smoothies. Not only do smoothies taste great, but they are also a perfect vehicle for sneaking in extra nutrition without forcing your kids to eat a plate full of spinach. [Continue reading...]

Vegetable, Beef, and Barley Soup

Vegetable Beef and Barley Soup - Prepare for fall and a busy school year by mixing up a pot of this delicious homemade soup, chocked full of vegetables, beef, and barley. It

Prepare for fall and a busy school year by mixing up a pot of this delicious homemade soup, chocked full of vegetables, beef, and barley. It’ll do your body good. Disclosure: This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising […]

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Amazon’s Prime Pantry

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This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not change, but your purchase indirectly helps keep this show on the road. So thanks! For the last few years we’ve subscribed to Amazon Prime. For a […]

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Lemon Blueberry Icebox Cake

Lemon Blueberry Icebox Cake - Who would have thought that these five ingredients could make heaven on a plate? Make a Lemon Blueberry Icebox Cake and you

Who would have thought that these five ingredients could make heaven on a plate? Make a Lemon Blueberry Icebox Cake and you’ll see what I mean. I first heard about an Icebox Cake from my husband’s mother. Ruthie had told me years ago about a concoction made with applesauce, graham crackers, and whipped topping. It […]

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A Meal Plan for the Week

A Meal Plan for the Week: Having a meal plan that doesn

Having a meal plan that doesn’t require that I be the one to cook it is the best kind of plan. Friday night I saw not one, but three meal plans fail. I had intended to make a lovely French dinner for my family for French Friday. But, after shopping with four kids all morning, […]

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Baby Cakes

Baby Cakes Cookie Recipe - Add all kinds of variety to your baking with this versatile cookie recipes. Add whatever chopped candies you have on hand to make Baby Cakes a sweet treat at your house.

Add all kinds of variety to your baking with this versatile cookie recipes. Add whatever chopped candies you have on hand to make Baby Cakes a sweet treat at your house. Disclosure: This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of […]

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White Bean Salad

White Bean Salad - Enjoy this filling, yet easy and refreshing bean salad this summer.

Enjoy this filling, yet easy and refreshing bean salad this summer. Bean salads are a perfect addition to summer suppers. Not only are they typically served chilled or at room temperature helping you avoid a hot kitchen, but they are super filling so that you know folks won’t be hungry ten minutes after supper’s concluded. […]

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Oaty Maple Breakfast Cake

Oaty Maple Breakfast Cake - Bake up some maple-oat deliciousness in this easy to prep breakfast cake.

Bake up some maple-oat deliciousness in this easy to prep breakfast cake. After living our entire lives in southern California, my husband and I had the crazy idea to uproot our family and relocate to the Midwest. We lived there for five years. There were lots of good things that came from that experience, as […]

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Pantry Challenge Recap

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Did you participate in our Pantry Challenge? How did it go? Were you pleased with the results? I’m thrilled to say that we spent $143 for the two weeks, down from a typical $400 for that same time frame. I think this is the first Pantry Challenge that I didn’t reach my goal of emptying […]

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