Easy way to Remove Sand off Skin

It’s summer time and that means going to the beach.  Does it drive you crazy that it doesn’t seem to matter how much you try to wash the sand off your skin after, you can’t get all that sand off?  Try sprinkling baby powder to easily remove that sand.  You’ll be amazed as to how well it works!


Home Made Graham Crackers Recipe

Here’s a great treat for the young and old.  This is another good idea to do with the kids as an activity.  This recipe should make about four dozen.


What You Will Need:

–  3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

–  1 1/2 cups whole-wheat graham flour

–  1/4 cup sugar

–  1/4 cup brown sugar

–  1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

–  1 tsp baking powder

–  1/2 tsp baking soda

–  1/2 tsp salt

–  1 tsp vanilla extract

–  1/2 cup butter

–  4 Tbsp honey

–  1/4 cup cold water


What You Will Need to do:

1.   Preheat oven to 350°F.

2.   Mix both flours, both sugars, baking powder, salt, baking soda and cinnamon in a bowl with an electric mixer.

3.   Now add butter (it’s best to use cold butter).  Then add honey, vanilla and water.  Continue to mix until the contents of the bowel is mixed into a ball.

4.   Next, roll out dough onto waxed paper.  Leave the dough to be about 1/2 inch thick.

5.   Place dough in the refrigerator for about an hour until it is firm.

6.   Now that the dough is firm, lightly flour the dough and roll out the dough so that it is about 1/8 inch thickness.

7.   Then cut dough into roughly 2 inch squares and placed on parchment lined cookie sheets.  Poke each square a few times with a fork, like you would when baking a pie.

8.   Bake for 15 minutes or until the squares are lightly browned at the edges.

Frugal Tip #12 ~ Cheap Alternative to Shaving Cream


Tired of spending too much money on shaving cream for your legs?

Instead of shaving cream, use your hair conditioner to shave your legs.  It’s amazing how much money you’ll save and I found that it leaves my legs even smoother than shaving cream.  You don’t even have to use the expensive conditioner, just whatever is on sale.


Frugal Tip #11 ~ DIY Swiffer Towels

Swiffer Sweeper


Instead of spending money of those Swiffer cloth refills, take regular kitchen rags and insert them like you would the cloth refills.

Make at Home – Kraft Miracle Whip Recipe

Below is a recipe to make the infamous Kraft Miracle Whip at home.  As always, I’d love to hear any suggestions you may have to tweak this recipe.

–  4 egg yolks
–  1 tsp salt
–  2 Tbsp sugar
–  2 tsp dry mustard
–  6 Tbsp vinegar or 6 Tbsp of lemon juice
–  3 cups salad oil
–  3 Tbsp flour
–  1 cup boiling water
–  ¼ cup of vinegar

1.  With an electric mixer or blender, blend egg yolks, salt, sugar and 2 Tbsp vinegar (or lemon juice).

2.  Next, add 1 cup oil, slowly.  Add remaining oil, carefully and then add remaining vinegar.  Make sure that everything is well blender before adding the next item.

3.  In separate bowl, mix flour, mustard, boiling water and ¼ cup of vinegar (this shouldn’t be substituted for lemon juice) together until smooth.

4.  Now pour everything into a saucepan and cook slowly until everything is smooth.

5.  Finally, blend everything togeth and place in a container to cool in the fridge.


Frugal Tip #10 ~ Bill/Invoice Mistakes Do Happen

You’d be surprised how often errors show up in your bills.  Make sure to keep all your receipts.  Compare those receipts with your credit card bill so there are no errors.  I also make sure to take a look at your phone, cell, cable, etc. bills so there are no fees that you don’t want or need.  

Kraft Version of the Mandarin Hunan Pork Recipe

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I really like the Hunan dish from Earls and have posted a copycat version of the recipe.  I’ve found another version of the recipe that Kraft has made.  Check out the recipe below and try it for yourself.


 Mandarin Hunan Pork recipe


What You Will Need: 

–   1/4 cup Kraft Mandarin Orange with Sesame Dressing

–   2 Tbsp hoisin sauce

–   1-1/2 tsp soy sauce

–   1 Tbsp oil

–   2 red peppers – cut into bite-sized pieces

–   2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped

–   1 piece gingerroot, peeled and thinly sliced (about an 1 inch in size) 

–   2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

–   1 lb. (450 g) pork tenderloin, cut into bite-size pieces

–   5 sprigs fresh cilantro


What You Will Need to do:

1.   Mix the first 4 items together.

2.   Heat the oil in the wok or a skillet.  Add peppers, ginger and garlic for roughly 30 seconds. 

3.   Add meat and cook until done (roughly 5-6 minutes).

4.   Now stir in the dressing and bring it to a boil.

5.   Place on dish and sprinkle cilantro on top.  

Tassimo Canada Give Away

Everyday from now to August 24th, Tassimo is giving away a Tassimo T55 Machine and $100 worth of T Discs.  Follow the LINK to enter for your chance to win one.


TASSIMO T55 DAILY GIVEAWAY - We’re giving away a shiny new T55 + $100 worth of T DISCs… EVERY day! - Every day until August 24, you could win our newest brewer, the T55. It’s sleek , shiny and smart. Really, really smart. Plus, we’ll throw in $100 worth of T DISCs to get you started. - BOSCH

Friday Safeway Deals for July 27, 2012

I’m really starting to love Friday Safeway deals.  They are fabulous deals that you shouldn’t miss out on.  Here they are for July 27, 2012.






Homemade Fruit Flower Bouquet

Ordering a fruit a bouquet can be very costly.  You can easily make one at home for less than half the price as what the professionals make.

What Tools You Will Need:

–   Vegetable peeler

–   Melon baller

–  Flower shaped cookie cutter

–   Thin wooden skewers (like you would use for kabobs)

–   Pot or basket

–   Play Dough or clay (will explain later)



What Ingredients You Will Need: 

–   Pineapple

–   Seedless watermelon

–   Honeydew Melon

–   Cantaloupe

–   Grapes and/or raspberries

–   Strawberries

–   Chocolate

–   Parsley



What You Will Need to do:

1.   Use the vegetable peeler to remove the skin of the honeydew and cantaloupe.

2.   Slice off skin and round off pineapple and watermelon.  Then slice into rough 1/2-i nch thick ring.

3.   Take the cookie cutter, cut our flowers from the middle of the watermelon and pineapple rings.  With the remaining pieces of watermelon and pineapple, use the baller and carve out holes for the centres of the flowers.

4.   With a skewer, thread a flower petal and place piece of fruit ball in centre.  Note it really looks attractive when you use opposite fruit for the centres and petals.

5.   Warm chocolate like a fondue on a double boiler.  Stick skewer into strawberries and then dip into chocolate.

6.   Take play dough or clay and insert in the pot or basket you are going to use for the bouquets.

7.   Insert skewers with fruit into the dough/clay.

8.   Once all your fruit skewers are placed, place some twigs of parsley in-between the skewers.  This fills in the bouquet, hides the skewers and makes it look more like a flower bo

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