Food and drink

Prepping Fajita Style Veggies

Fajita strip covereditIt is extremely convenient to use pre-prepped vegetables for meal preparation. Cooking at home is a big money saver. However sometimes some of the pre-prepped items can still cost quite a bit more than if we had prepped the items are ourselves. In some cases I highly recommend buying prepped veggies like frozen spinach and okra. However there are times that you will see a price difference of 50 to 75%  more  than if you were to prep your veggies yourself.

For example, I found a fajita mix of veggies that appeared to  be a little less than 2 cups of veggies for $3.99.  I purchased the same components: 1 green bell pepper, 1 red bell pepper, 1 onion, and 1 jalapeño for $2.14.

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After slicing the veggies I still had an entire half of onion remaining. In addition to that I made 4 cups rather than 2 cups for the $2.14.  If we did the math on two cups then my actual price $1.07 for 2 cups of fajita style veggies that were prepped by me. That is more than a 70% price difference for something that would take less than ten minutes or so to do (less than 3 minutes if you are really handy with a knife)

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Wanna talk about streamlining things a step further?

1. Prep enough veggies for another meal
2. Freeze them in a freezer-safe bag
3. Use the frozen veggies in a future meal

Self-Prepped frozen veggies allow you to:
1. Have control over your ingredients-you can add as little or much as you like
2. Saves money
3. Saves time

Extra tip: If I know that I am going to be using the same veggies later in the week but (Maybe diced instead cut into strips) for something like a soup or casserole, then I go ahead a pre-cut more veggies and then refrigerate them in a container to use that same week.

Don’t know how to make fajitas? First check out some Basic Knife Skills and then check out this great recipe Oven Baked Sheet-Pan Fajitas


Simmer Down Sunday


Today is a great day to take a break…..How did you treat yourself this past week? How did you take a break from stress? What did you do for entertainment? We wanna hear from you. Leave a comment, you may be the inspiration for someone else’s entertainment ideal or stress relief.

Finance · Kids and Family

How to save big on School Projects

Learn how to save big on your child's next school project.School is back and in full swing. The kiddos are at the point where teachers are going to assign some project that will have you driving your child from one store to the next to acquire supplies. The cost of supplies can quickly add up, not to mention there will likely be more than one project to do this school year. There is no way avoiding the laborious task of finding and buying supplies to make the most awesome project in hopes of getting the teacher’s approval. We want to talk about how to get supplies without breaking the bank.

1. Preparation is key– Easier said than done sometimes. Even as adults we sometimes put things off until the last minute. There should be no surprise when children do the same. Be proactive, ask the teacher at P.T.A. meeting if there are any upcoming projects. Having some notice can make the difference between buying last minute over-priced supplies in the middle of the night at the nearby local drug store or having the opportunity to get the best bargain else-where.

With a little preparation you can save big. Amazon is a great place to buy supplies at great prices. Not only are you able to take your time to find a savings, but you also get the luxury of comparing the quality of the supplies without having to leave your home. All glues, glitters, and clays are not created the same. The customer feedback on Amazon’s site can help you better pick the correct supply the first time around.

2. Check out your local crafting store– We all know that we can go to the local Wal-Mart, yes they have bargains but when it comes to variety, then Wal-Mart does not compare to your local craft stores like Hobby-lobby, Joann’s Fabrics, and Michael’s. These stores offer major savings. Michael’s and Hobby Lobby both offer 40% off coupons in Sunday’s paper almost year round. In addition to that all three have printable coupons on their websites and sometimes have mobile coupons as well. Forty percent off can be a pretty penny saved. Often the coupons is for 1 item, however all of the aforementioned stores take the 40% off of the priciest item, so there is no need to do a separate transactions to capitalize on the discount.

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Food and drink

A Low Stress Touchdown

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Relaxation is key to streamlining our lives. Making time for entertainment is essential. When we are less stressed we can be more productive and better focused. Tonight kicks off my mini-vacations into the world of football. The NFL is having their season opener tonight. My heart will be there in the stadium when the Pittsburg Steelers and New England Patriots kick off at 8:30pm. But wait a minute, today is Thursday!! Which means tonight is Thursday!! With the millions of things I already have to do, going out to watch the game or having a small get together at home can be stressful. Considering the weekend is not quite here yet, we need to get things ready in way that is easy breezy and cost effective. (Not that I would want it any other way.) Kebabs are any easy way to score a touchdown with your guest. Kebabs are fast, easy, healthy and no recipe is required to assemble them.Kebab

Simply cut your meat into bite size chunks and then alternate them with your favorite bite size veggies on to skewers. I brush my kabobs with a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil and sprinkle a little  seasoning.  Then I grill them for a few minutes on my George Foreman grill or cook them in the oven. (Be sure to rotate the kebabs at least once part way through cooking.) Continue reading “A Low Stress Touchdown”