Homemade Freezer Biscuits

I’m tired…Tired of spending money on biscuits!   And when I get tired of doing something I like to find a different way.  So it started with a dream last night of making my own. After doing a bit of research, I came across this easy recipe that also showed me how to freeze the biscuits for future meals! SCORE!  So if anyone ever tells you your dreams are silly, remember there’s some millionaire walking around who invented the Pool Noodle.

ingredients for biscuts

Biscuit Ingredients

4 cups flour

2 Tablespoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup shortening or butter

1 3/4 cup milk

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Mix dry ingredients together. Add in the shortening or butter and mix until crumbly.

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Add in the milk and mix until a ball forms.

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Roll out onto a floured surface and cut into biscuits.  (We used a heart shaped cookie cutter, but you can use whatever your heart desires;)

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AND…the proof that the kiddos enjoyed it!

freezer biscuts

To Freeze: Freeze on a cookie sheet for 1-2 hours. Then remove and place in a airtight freezer bag.

To Bake: Pull the desired number of biscuits out and let thaw for 30 minutes to an hour. Bake at 450 degrees for 8-12 minutes. You can bake them straight from the freezer but they won’t rise much.

Makes 24 biscuits. Recipe found on Money Saving Mom.

Homemade Crock Pot Applesauce

I never thought homemade apple sauce would be so EASY!!  Not to mention the wonderful aroma that filled the house during the simmering in my crock pot.  It was a frugal win and super fun to make!

apple sauce

Here’s what you will need!

  • 8 medium apples (Use a combination of Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, Fuji, Gala, etc.)
  • 1 strips of lemon peel – use a vegetable peeler
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 inch cinnamon stick (I found mine at the dollar store)
  • 5 tsp light brown sugar (unpacked) – or agave

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First, Peel, core, and slice the apples.   The hardest part about making this sauce is the peeling.  I was thankful to have my friend Tina come to the rescue and help me though:)

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Set crock pot to low and cook for 6 hours. Stir apples occasionally, apples will slowly become a delicious applesauce.  apple sauce 4Just in case you were wondering, this is what it looks like at the half way mark!

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Remove cinnamon stick and use an immersion blender to blend until smooth or if you prefer a chunky sauce, leave sauce intact.

ENJOY!

PANCAKE SYRUP RECIPE

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 I have told you how to make chocolate syrup, but today we are going to make some cinnamony liquid sugar to pour all over waffles or pancakes.  This is super easy to make and taste so much better than plain old pancake syrup.

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Here is what you will need:

1 1/2 cups water

1 cup corn syrup

1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp cinnamon (this is optional, but I wouldn’t leave it out 🙂 )

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Measure out all your ingredients, except vanilla, and dump in a pot and mix well.

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Bring all the ingredients to a boil, and let boil for 7 minutes on medium heat.  Removed from heat and stir in vanilla.  Cool for 15 minutes.

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Pour over a ridiculously large stack of waffles, and ENJOY!!!

This makes 24 ounces of syrup and cost about $1.50.

 

Shelf Life of Food

Have you every wondered how long something will stay fresh and how to store it?  I’m not always good at trusting my nose and I  would rather know the facts!  Here is a handy chart I found thanks to http://visual.ly/shelf-life-food.  This does a great job at listing some common foods and how long they’ll stay fresh and safe to eat based on different storage methods.

The Shelf Life of Food Infographic

HOME MADE BODY WASH

I have read numerous blogs about making my own body wash.  I have tried many of them.  I hated most of them.  They require me to babysit a pot of water while I patiently wait for a bar of soap to melt.  Then they turn out slimy and don’t make any suds.

Here is the deal.  I totally understand that liquid body wash is a luxury and a bar of soap is sufficient to get me clean.  I am a spoiled! I love the lathery loofa filled with bubbles.   The downside to this is that I am a frugal mama who HATES tossing $4-$6 for a bottle of the stuff.  So I went on an adventure, and used many bottles of slimy homemade body wash before I came up with a pretty fantastic recipe to make it.  And the absolute best part is that it requires NO cooking, and NO grating soap!

A while back I posted about how to turn bar soap into liquid.  Make sure you check that out since you will need some of this in order to make this body wash.

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For this particular bottle of soap I used Kirks Castile Soap.  It is an all natural soap that feels GREAT on your skin.

   photo(9) Here is what you need:

1 bar of your favorite bar soap.  (Turned into liquid)

2 tsp. Dawn Soap

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Dump your liquid soap into a bowl and add Dawn Soap.  Whip it until it is fully incorporated.

 

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Pour into an empty bottle.  (This recipe makes about 18 ounces of body wash.)

That is it……..seriously!

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With just a little amount, you will have tons of FRUGALTASTIC suds!!!  (This recipe cost about $1.45.)

Weekend Printable Coupon Round Up

Are you shopping this weekend? Here are some printable coupons that should come in handy!

Thanks My Dallas Mommy!

Bidding on Hotels with Priceline

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Hotels can cost a FORTUNE!  A few years a go my husband and I decided to take a risk and try out bidding for hotel rooms on Priceline.  We were pleasantly surprised!  When bidding, Priceline deals only with national chains, so you won’t get stuck in a hotel you have never heard of.  Now days, this is the only way that we ever book a room.  We have never been disappointed in a hotel that we were put in and have saved hundreds of $$$$!

Priceline negotiating works because hotels want to book rooms.  An empty room means no money, a discounted room is better than that!  They don’t want to publish the lowest amount they are willing to take, because then nobody would be willing to book at their regular price.  This is why the name and address of the hotel is not given until after you have booked it.

Here are some tips:

1.  Make sure that you are going to be going on the trip.  You enter your credit card and payment when you place the bid.  You cannot change or cancel your reservation!

2.  Just before you click the final button, you will be shown a total cost including taxes and fees.  Make sure you are aware of the total cost.

3.  If you place a bid and it is not accepted, you have to wait 24 hours before you can bid on the same star level and date.  Make sure to give yourself a few days if you want to continue to try the same bid.

4. You can’t make room request ahead of time.  When you bid, you are simply guaranteed a room.  No guarantees on the type of room you will get.  If you MUST have a king size bed, this may not be the way to go.  In my personal experience, the hotels will do whatever they can to accommodate you, but if they are fully booked they may not have the room type you want available.

5.  Take the time to research what people have bid successfully.  Websites like biddingfortravel.com show you some recent successful bids.  You are not guaranteed to get the same price, but it  gives you a good ballpark to know where to start on your bid price.

6.  Be as open as you can about location.  If you can save 60% on the cost of the hotel, would you be willing to drive 5 more minutes to get to where you are going?  The more area you can open up, the better chance you have at getting a rockin’ deal!

7.  Consider what you are getting for the star level.  It is awesome to be able to stay in a 5 star hotel for pennies on the dollar, but many swanky hotels nickel and dime you to death.  Internet, parking, and food are typically much more costly.

8.  DO RESEARCH!  Before bidding, go on another site like Expedia and find out what hotels are going for on your travel date.

9.  If you are taking the kids, go for the 2.5 star hotels.  FREE BREAKFAST!!!  Hotels with 3 stars and up typically don’t offer a complimentary breakfast.  That alone saves you another $20-$30.

HAPPY TRAVELING!!!

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