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Free Online Courses

By July 21, 2016 Frugal saving Money Tips

FREE online study for everyone!

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I am taking free courses from  OPEN2STUDY. The courses I am taking are helping me with writing on the web. It is an fun ten videos to watch then answer 10 multiple questions. You must get 60 to pass the course which means you correctly answer six questions with information you learn from the videos.

You are awarded a certificate after you pass that you could use on your Linkedin Profile. I am using mine to inhance my writing resumee.

There are a lot of free courses here you might be interested in. There is everything from Entrapreurship, health and nutrition, intoducing to nursing,finacial, and lots more interesting free courses. Check it out and study for free. I did and I love it.

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Make Your Own Artwork

By July 16, 2016 Frugal Decorating Ideas

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This is a cool photo, I took of the special full moon, we had a month or two ago. It was special because we had two full moons in one month, which has not happened for thirty years.

These special photos that we love ,you can take to Walmart and they can make poster size pictures from them. Then you bring them home, make a frame from tin cans and hang them on your walls. I guarantee, you have just created a vocal point that will be a great conversation piece 🙂

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Free Cranberry Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

By July 15, 2016 quick frugal tips for food

Photos by Suzzycue   This is the view of St James Church outside my third floor apartment window facing North 🙂

I hope all my friends and followers had a very Merry Christmas this year. I certainly did with my family.  We are still snow less in Stratford town but I thought I’d give you a picture so you could remember what it’s like. LOL  Snow really is beautiful and calming, unlike, the holidays which can be very stressful.

I found out that, of the top ten stress reducing foods, Oatmeal is number one. We can all afford oatmeal, I am hoping.  Oatmeal helps get serotonin flowing which is a calm inducing hormone. I now buy steel-cut or old-fashioned oats instead of the instant oatmeal because they are higher in fiber and they take longer to digest, so you stay full longer.

Recipes are really just an outline to follow. You can add other ingredients to this cookie recipe.

For example in this cranberry oatmeal cookie recipe, you can change the cranberries to raisins, if you don’t have cranberries. That kind of thing.

My Sister-in-Law Lill added white chocolate chips instead of brown chocolate ones and said the results were great. Her sister loves white chocolate so this was a delicious New Years Dinner Treat.

You should be open minded, when you use a recipe, is to follow the steps especially in baking. Baking is an exact science. The steps are there, so that you actually take your cookie’s flavor to the next level. And I’m going to show you, what I mean, by this cranberry oatmeal cookie recipe that I used to bake, while working, in a Stratford restaurant.

First of all, in one bowl mix the ingredients: 2 cups of white sugar, 2 cups of brown sugar and 1 pound of butter.

Now you’re going to add three eggs,( crack your egg into a coffee mug, because, if you get a blood spot in your egg, all the dry ingredients will be ruined) but you’re only going to add them one at a time and mix the egg completely into the dry ingredients. This simple trick, that you you can use in all your recipes for cookies, in baking will make your cookies… WOW.

Then in another mixing bowl, because, we never mix the wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients until we get them altogether, is the second WOW trick.

You will mix together: 3 cups of flour, 3 cups a steel oatmeal, 2 teaspoons of baking soda, 3 cups a cranberries, 3 cups of chocolate chips, and 3 cups of Almond chips. (walnuts would also work good here.) Now mix together with the top wet ingredients.

Then, if you want big cookies, you roll them into 3 1/2 ounce balls. You set them on a greased cookie sheet or parchment paper at least 3 inches apart , because this gives them room to bake without touching each other. This recipe will give you lots of cookies to pass out to your guests.

You bake them in a rewarmed 350° oven for about 12 minutes. You can check the cookies by sticking a toothpick in them and if there is any cookie on the toothpick just add a couple more minutes.  Be careful not to burn them because they are so good. Don’t forget to cool before eating so they don’t fall apart.

WOW… your friends at your New Year’s Eve party, with these cookies on your hors d’oeuvre table in your home.  After the holidays, you can make these cookies smaller, as a healthy treat for your children to take in their lunchboxes. Happy New Year my friends and followers. May 2016 be your best year yet.

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DO It Yourself Cork Craft Reindeer

By July 14, 2016 Frugal Decorating Ideas

Photos by Suzzycue 🙂

 Now that the holidays are over and were thinking about resolutions what can we do to keep our hands busy, instead of eating or drinking?

If you had holiday celebrations, like our family did, I’m sure you have an abundance of wine corks. For some reason, they are precious to us. We do not throw them away. We keep them in drawers, cupboards ,tackle boxes, and even jewelry boxes because that wine cork comes with precious memories. These Cork Reindeer Decorations are easy to make, into something precious, to save and bring out holiday memories for next Christmas.

These reindeer decorations are very simple to make with a glue gun, some felt, small sticks, 9 corks and one champagne cork that we all toasted the New Year with. You can make these with your kids and save them for next Christmas celebrations or you could put hearts on them and give them for Valentine’s Day which is coming up next.

I wish all my Friends and Family and Followers a very Prosperous Healthy Happy 2016. Cheers… the more wine you drink the more reindeer you can make 🙂 Make a whole herd of reindeer and decorate them for any occasion.

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Frugal Spice Tip

By July 13, 2016 quick frugal tips for food

 

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How many of you come home at night and just want to get dinner on the table? I’m one of those people and if I can find some way to cut a minute off  here in my preparation that’s right up my alley.

This is such an easy tip to do.  You take your favorite spices, mine are Rosemary, Italian(basil and oregano) , garlic powder (Don’t use fresh garlic it will make the whole shaker go moldy)black with red peppercorns and sea salt. Then add them to your pepper grinder:)

When you want to marinate your meat or add flavor from the table,  grind your pepper shaker and you’ll get all your favorite spices in a second. I even use it on popcorn,YUM.

There’s no mess from opening packages and spilling them, or trying to shake five different spices into a dish. Enjoy my fellow readers and have a great day:)

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Coffee Ice Cubes

By July 12, 2016 quick frugal tips for food

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When I developed heartburn a few years back ,a friend of mine suggested putting ice in my coffee to stop it happening. I thought…  I would give this a try. I was delighted that it really does work and have been drinking cold coffee ever since.

The only problem is, the regular ice cubes dilute the coffee.

Then, I thought what would happen if I saved my old coffee ( a very frugal idea) and froze it.

I would not only save money by not dumping it down the drain but brown cubes look and taste great in a coffee. These coffee cubes would look awesome for Christmas in a Kahlua and milk cocktail.

You can also use this trick with Tea or lemon juice, to put lemon juice ice cube in your iced tea.

This is a fun way to get your children to drink more water. Try making ice cubes out of orange juice,  apple juice and lemon juice to give them a more healthier drink to have.

Cheers to my readers and bottoms up:)

Don’t forget to recycle your old CD’s to make sparkly coasters for your drinks. They work great 🙂

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Frugal Do It Yourself Bedroom Decorating

By July 12, 2016 Frugal Decorating Ideas

A lot of my decorating in my Apartment is from found objects. I usually pick treasures up while driving around ,doing my chores.

Wow. What amazing results.

Photos by Suzzycue

Someone will put objects on the curb for free that I find or I have tried dumpster diving but I’m getting a bit old for that.

 You don’t have to go right in the dumpster, people put the good stuff, beside the dumpster.  For some reason they can’t seem to throw it away, if they think somebody can use it.  This is a great idea:)

 My bedroom you see here is all done in blues. The can of Country Blue paint I bought at a yard sale for 50 cents. I painted only the wall behind the bed. The bedspread… I made from patches of old blue jeans and sewed them onto a navy blue Martha Stewart sheet, I bought from a thrift shop for a dollar.

On the side table, is a lamp I found at the thrift store for $3.00 that I painted ,the shade blue, to match. Yes you can paint the shades instead of trying to find one to match the color of the room. The side table a friend gave to me instead of throwing it away.   I  painted the doors blue and the tile ,I put on the top ,came from another friends swimming pool, that was left over when they were finished with the pool. A Frugal Lifestyle can be fun when ,you decorate from your imagination, and stamp your personality into your living space.This looks great don’t you think 🙂

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Potato Peel Fries

By July 12, 2016 quick frugal tips for food

 

When  I saw this on Thriftyfun.com I just had to share it with you.

These photos and recipe for Potato Peel Crisps are the brilliant ideas of Attosa. She is a Musician from L.A. that loves to cook. Don’t forget to give her a thumbs up for this great frugal tip.

 I am a new member there and it is a fun site, where you can enter and win prizes for recipes or sharing your pet picture ,craft projects and read frugal tips from the writers there. They share tips and ideas for crafting, creative recycling ,gardening, frugal living, recipes, cleaning and more. Membership for Thriftyfun.com is free.

Now lets get back to the recipe. Attosa had the brilliant idea of saving the potato peels after peeling potatoes and roasting them instead of throwing them in the garbage, like I do. I do not compost because I live in an apartment. (Any ideas to help with this let me know…Thanks 🙂
 I thought, I never wasted anything until I saw this. This is the ultimate frugal idea for saving food dollars.  I won’t throw potato peels out anymore, now that I found this delicious recipe.
 I can hardly wait to peel my potatoes, to put in the roasting pan around my turkey for Sunday dinner.  I will put the potato peels right along side my roasting pan to crisp up for my hors d’oeuvres. We will enjoy these crisps while waiting for the dinner. What a great catering idea, Many Thanks to Attosa for sharing 🙂

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Frugal Saving Money Tips:

By July 10, 2016 Frugal saving Money Tips

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We all know I live a very Frugal Lifestyle. I am not ashamed but proud of it. How many of you cut tubes or bottles of toothpaste, hand lotion etc, in half and scrape them out before throwing them away.

I do.  You would be surprised how much of the product, you are wasting by not doing it. I have saved many dollars doing this…  little frugal trick. Give it a try and save your money 🙂

 

 

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Frugal DIY Window Frame Makeover

By July 9, 2016 Frugal Decorating Ideas
It looks awesome

 

 

 

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The idea some people have, that being Frugal means ,you are cheap is not right. Frugal is a wonderful lifestyle that enhances what you have now and can have in the future. If I can save money on groceries but don’t go without great taste, then, I can take a good trip, later on. Frugal is good management of money… if you ask me:)

A friend gave me this excellent window pane of glass and I  immediately saw how to make it better. I painted it blue then sanded off most of the color blue to antique it. I found cobalt blue glass beads at the dollar store and glued them around the front of the frames of the glass. Now this window appears to be stained glass and will make a beautiful  decoration on the separation wall of my balcony.

Beside it you will also see a basket that someone threw out that I treasure as a hanging planter container.

Here is another reinvented frame that I upcycled tincans to make.. Check it out here. You can do this:)

My whole apartment is decorated this way. Even though, money can be tight, we can still have beautiful little nooks, built, for our retreats, in our homes.

Have a look at this interesting  Pinterest Board, to see how other people are doing this exact way of decorating ,to find some great ideas. Thanks a lot for reading and please share your Frugal decorating ideas with us in the comments below.

This is an easy craft that makes a big impact on your balcony decorating:) Here are some more frugal garden art ideas to try.

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