Tip Tuesday: How To Frost A Cake, What I Personally Do!

by at June 19, 2012 in Food, Food Tips

 

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Icing a cake is intimidating if you’ve had disasters in the past. The cake crumbled while icing, the frosting melted or was too thick or thin, the icing wasn’t smooth, and the list goes on.

 

These are my techniques that most professional bakers use and it works for me, hope it works for you too!!! (The picture above is tinted buttercream accented with swirls and fondant circles)

 

Tip 1:

When your cake has completely cooled on the racks, take a serrated knife and level the top of the cake, you don’t want that dome look. (Don’t through away the extras, freeze them, then use in cake pops, trifles, and much more!

 

Tip 2:

Wrap your cake in saran wrap and freeze overnight, or for at least 4 hours. This will make it much easier to frost.

 

Tip 3:

Place frozen cake on serving dish, then ice the cake with a thin layer of icing. Leave the cake for 10-15 minutes and let the outer layer crust. Then ice the cake again with your final layer of icing. You shouldn’t be able to see any flex of cake. Let cake sit about 20-30 minutes without touching.

 

Tip 4:

Using Viva paper towels only, lightly lay the paper towel over the top of the cake and sides and roll your hand or a fondant smoother over the paper towel. This will create a smooth finish. Note: if you press too hard the frosting with adhere to the paper towel and you’ll have a mess.

 

NOW you should have a nicely frosted cake ready for decorating!!!

Slow Cooker Tip For Summer Use!

by at June 15, 2012 in Food, Food Tips

 

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I LOVE my slow cooker, but during the summer it’s probably not the most desirable way to cook since it can heat up your already hot house! Once all your ingredients are in your slow cooker, place it in the laundry room to cook. Close the door and forget about it!

You will notice that you can still enjoy wonderful slow cooked meals without your kitchen getting extremely HOT!

June Is Dairy Month!

by at June 6, 2012 in Food, Food Tips

 

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For those of you that didn’t know, June is dairy month! What does this mean for you? You will see that stores will be selling dairy items at lower costs for you! Also, what this means is manufacturers that sell dairy products will most likely put out some higher value coupons!

Anytime you have promotions like this, this is the time to stock-up! I freeze the following dairy items when I can get them at stock-up prices:

 

  • milk
  • butter
  • cream cheese
  • yogurt
  • cheese
  • sour cream
  • cottage cheese
  • pudding

Tip Tuesday: How To Get Silks Off Corn & Cook It At The Same Time! SOOO EASY- Full Tutorial!

by at May 29, 2012 in Food, Food Tips, Recipes

 

Corn right now is SO cheap, just $.20 each at Vons (ends today, 5/29). However, I know a lot of people don’t buy it because it’s a hassle to clean them up, but I have a simple way to cook corn that won’t require fussing with the husks or silks.

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Here is the corn straight from the store. First things first, cut the top of the silks off, then give them a good rinse under the faucet, set aside.

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Once all are trimmed and washed, take 2 paper towels, double them over, get them wet under some water, squeeze out any excess, then wrap them around the corn.

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Place all the corn in the microwave, make sure the turn table doesn’t turn, and microwave on high for 2 minutes per corn. So, I had 4 corns in the microwave, which meant I cooked them for 8 minutes.

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Once the corn has cooked, using tongs turn the corns over on the other side and cook ad additional 2 minutes per corn, or like in my case I cooked them again for another 8 minutes.

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Allow the corn to sit on the counter or in the microwave for at least 5 minutes, they will be very HOT! Carefully peel back the husks and the silks will just easily come off, as shown above. It’s that easy!!!

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Now you can butter and salt your corn or serve however you’d like. I like it plain. You will notice the corn has a very strong flavor from being cooked in the husk, hmmmm hmmmm delicious!

Meatless Monday: FatFree Vegan Kitchen, An AWESOME Website!

by at May 28, 2012 in Food, Food Tips, Recipes

 

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Today I don’t have a meatless dish to share with you, but what I do have is even better! I have become a BIG fan of this blog FatFree Vegan Kitchen. I LOVE all these meatless recipes that Susan has to offer. If you get a chance check out this website, you won’t be disappointed!!!

 

***If you scroll down on the left hand side you’ll see the recipe index, this will help you find certain types of recipes that you might want to look for. Enjoy!

Thrifty Thursday: Homemade Honey Lollipop Cough Drops For Kids!

by at May 17, 2012 in Do It Yourself, Food, Food Tips, Kids, My Tips

 

 

I’m sure quite a few of you have seen this on pinterest, but WOW what a great idea! It’s super thrifty and super simple to make. I know when the seasons change a lot of kids get sick, and what a perfect “treat” to help their throat feel better. Check out pistachioproject.com and see how you can make these for your kiddos when there throat hurts!

Homemade Cough Drops Lollipops

 

 

 

Thanks, pistachioproject.com

Pictures Of My Stockpile!

 

I am frequently asked to share pictures of my stockpile, well here you go! (I used a new panorama app on my phone, so pictures are a bit blurry.) Mind you I do have a regular pantry that I use for opened items and a deep chest freezer in my garage. I do store some household items in my garage that are not pictured, but here is the majority of it.

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I am asked frequently how to stockpile. “If I only have $50.00 a week to spend on groceries and toiletries, how can I stockpile without spending more money?!?” This was a question I had when I first started to coupon, and it comes with a pretty simple answer.

If there is a sale going on at Foods Co. for Crest Toothpaste, 6.4oz for only $.99 each when you buy 4, and I have (4) coupons for $1.00/1 Crest Toothpaste, then I am going to use my coupons and get 4 toothpastes for FREE. This is how you build a stockpile! When you see items go on sale and you have a coupon to use towards that sale item, then you are getting that product for the lowest possible price! Remember though, not all sales in grocery ads are good sales.

This is the secret though, you must stockpile coupons in order to stockpile products! You can find coupons through the Sunday paper and also online through coupon websites or Facebook.

If you can purchase an item for more than 75% off it’s retail price, then stock-up to last your family until the next sale cycle, which is typically every 3 months. Now you can go out and build a stockpile for your family!

What’s even more fun than stockpiling? Donating!!! After reorganizing our stockpile this morning we have lots to donate to Flood Ministries!

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Tip Tuesday: How To Use The Peel From A Squeezed Orange!

by at May 15, 2012 in Food, Food Tips

 

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Did you just squeeze the juice from an orange and throw the peel away!!!! How dare you!!! hehe 🙂 just kidding. Here are some fun and frugal ways to use that orange peel!!! Head on over HERE to get a list of ideas!

 

 

Thanks, ehow.com

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