Melon Salad with Sweet Sesame Dressing Recipe

I found this mouth watering summertime recipe at Better Homes that I can’t stop getting enough of.  Try this out for one of those hot days, when you don’t feel like during on the oven, or even for a potluck.

What You Will Need:

–   1/3 cup of sugar

–   3 Tbsp of white wine vinegar

–   ½ tsp of ground ginger

–   ½ tsp of salt

–   3 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

–   3 Tbsp of vegetable oil

–   1 ½ tsp of toasted sesame seeds

–   ½ tsp of toasted sesame oil

–   a sprinkle of cayenne pepper

–   2 cups of cut up watermelon, seedless

–   2 cups of cut up cantaloupe

–   2 cups of cut up honeydew

–   1 cup of sliced English cucumber

–   lettuce leaves

–   chopped up fresh cilantro

–   5 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled


What You Will Need to do:

1.   Combine sugar, vinegar, salt and ginger into a saucepan and stir over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved.

2.   Place contents of saucepan into a bowl.  Slowly whisk both vegetable and olive oils into mixture.  Once mixed thoroughly, add the sesame seeds, sesame oil and cayenne pepper.  This will be used as the dressing.

3.   In a separate bowl, combine the melon and cucumber together, followed by adding ½ cup of the dressing.

4.   Line bowl(s) (depending on how you are going to serve this dish) with the lettuce.  Add the melon mixture on top.

5.   Finally, sprinkle the cilantro and bacon on top.


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Frugal Tip #21 ~ Run Appliances During the Evening

If you can, run your appliances that give off heat at night like your dishwasher and the dryer.  If you have an air conditioner, it won’t have to work as hard to maintain a cooler temperature.  Another option is to also turn the drying feature off on your dishwasher and let them air dry in order to save on energy.

Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

This is the perfect side dish.  I’ve brought this item to so many BBQs and various potlucks.  I have had nothing but compliments.


What You Will Need:

–   8 cups  cauliflower florets

–   1 red onion, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices

–   ¼ cup of lemon juice

–   2 Tbsp olive oil

–   1/4tsp black pepper

–   ¼ cup sour cream

–   1-1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese


What You Will Need to do:

1.   Preheat oven to 450ºF.

2.   Combine the first 5 ingredients; spread onto foil-covered rimmed baking sheet.

3.   Bake for 20 minutes and then stir and bake for another 20 min.

4.   Stir in sour cream.

5.   Top with cheese and bake for a final 5 minutes or until melted.


Note:   Cook and crumble 4 pieces of bacon and sprinkle over roasted vegetable mixture just before serving for an extra treat.

Frugal Tip #20 ~ Save While Entertaining

I really enjoy entertaining at our house.  Nothing beats having a great time with friends and family.  With that being said, costs can really add up.  A way to lower costs is to reuse plates, glasses, utensils and napkins.  The unfortunate part is you’ll have a bunch of dishes to do after but you’ll be saving a lot by not using disposables.

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Frugal Tip #19 ~ Stay Vacation


Instead of running around, spending a lot of money and not really relaxing, why not stay at home on your holidays?  This is a great time to get all those things done around the house that you normally don’t have the time to do.  Also, take those day trips around where you live for inexpensive treat.


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