Are you ready to get your grocery budget under control and your spending back on track? Find out why you need a grocery freeze to make it happen.

Why You Need a Grocery Freeze

Do you feel like your grocery budget is out of control? If you are spending hundreds each month on groceries and still having to run out weekly for ingredients then something has to change. It can be hard to get your spending on track and reign in your food budget. In the post Creating Your Future: January 2017 Goals I mentioned that this month we are doing a grocery freeze this month. It is a huge part of my finance goals because of how much money it saves my family. Keep reading to find out what it is and why you need a grocery freeze to get your budget under control.

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Are you ready to get your grocery budget under control and your spending back on track? Find out why you need a grocery freeze to make it happen.

What is a Grocery Freeze?

A grocery freeze is a specialized no-spend challenge. For an entire month you don’t spend one penny on food of any kind. It helps you reset your grocery budget and also prevents food waste. When I do it, I don’t spend any money at all on food. I don’t buy coffees, slip through a drive-thru, and no popping by the store for milk. If you want to adjust it, you can make exceptions for basics like milk, eggs, and bread. The perk of not allowing exceptions is that it forces you to get creative with your meals and, in some cases, learn alternative ways to prepare them.

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Why Do You Need a Grocery Freeze?

I don’t quite know how it happens but we always end up with things in our pantry and freezer that keep getting shoved aside each month. Canned goods sit unused and vegetables in steam packs never get eaten. A grocery freeze is the way to fix that. It forces you to use up those lonely items because you simply don’t have anything else. It can also force you to eat more vegetables is you run out of meat to prepare. (I admit that in all my years of doing grocery freezes, I have only run out of meat once.)

Grocery Freeze Steps

Now that you know why you need a grocery freeze, it’s time to get started. These easy steps will walk you through the basics. It may seem intuitive but without preparation you can stumble (or give up) when you hit road blocks. I want you to be successful reigning in your grocery budget.

Step 1

Pick you month. Don’t pick a month too far away. The closer the date is the better. That will keep you from padding your pantry with extra items before the freeze.

Step 2

Start on the first of the month and create an inventory of everything in your freezer, fridge, and pantry. If you need help, I’ve got tips and a free printable for your at You Can’t Meal Plan without Knowing What You Have.

Step 3

Take a look at your list and come up with a meal plan.

Step 4

Make and freeze the meals you can in batches. If it’s not easy on you then you will be more likely to give up as the month goes on.

 

Are you ready to get your grocery budget under control and your spending back on track? Find out why you need a grocery freeze to make it happen.

Are you ready to get your grocery budget under control and your spending back on track? Now you know why you need a grocery freeze to make it happen. Clean out your inventory and stop wasting food (and money) each month. I like to do these twice a year. Doing one in January sets the tone for my grocery budget the rest of the year. A second grocery freeze during the summer resets my pantry/freezer before the new school year. Come back next week for Grocery Freeze Tips to be successful and stretch your groceries.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

Unique DIY Wedding Guest Book

Weddings are expensive. Even when you DIY everything you are still looking at a hefty chunk of change. Add to that the fact that you want your wedding to be unique and special and it can seem like an impossible task. Last year I had the awesome privilege of being a part of some of my best friends’ wedding. I helped them with decorations, photos, and the inevitable emergencies that crop up on the big day. One of my favorite projects from the wedding was this unique DIY wedding guest book.

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This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

Materials

 

This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

Step 1

Remove all of the packaging from your canvas.

Step 2

Place your wall sticker in the center of your canvas.

Tip:

  • The adhesive on these probably won’t be strong enough to keep it in place, especially once guests start signing it. Make it stronger by applying Mod Podge to the back before attaching it to the canvas.

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Step 3

Allow Mod Podge to dry completely.

Step 4

Have guests sign your canvas during the wedding with Sharpie markers.

Tip:

  • Easily make this match your décor by choosing coordinated marker colors.

 

This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

Step 5

After the wedding, seal your entire canvas with Mod Podge and allow it to dry completely.

 

This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

This unique DIY wedding guest book becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come. The best part is that you can change the style by simply changing the wall sticker and colors. I already had the canvas for this project so it literally only cost me a dollar! Even if you have to buy the canvas you are still only looking at a few bucks to create a unique wedding memento that will last forever. That is much less than a traditional guest book would cost you. Be honest, how often would you open your guest book to look at the signatures anyway? Mine went in a box after the wedding and I never looked at it again. Don’t let that happen to you. Save your money and enjoy your special day long after it ends.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

You Can’t Meal Plan without Knowing What You Have

Is meal planning on your list of resolutions? If not, it should be. Meal planning saves you time, save you money, and saves your sanity on busy weeknights. It can be tempting to just jump in and pick out 7 recipes for the week, write them down in your planner, and call it a day. Unfortunately if you do it that way you will never be successful. You will go to make one of your meals, realize you are all out of the milk you need to make it, and promptly call the pizza man. You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

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You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

 

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You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

Create Your Inventory

 

Step 1

Print out your pantry and freezer inventory.

 

You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

Step 2

Write down what you have in your pantry and freezer in the itemized areas on the sheets.

Tips:

  • Remember to include your quantities in the square provided when filling out your inventories.
  • I like to write down the number I currently have in the first box then mark it out and update it as ingredients get used. (See picture above for reference.)

Step 3

Decide on some freezer meals that you can make. Prepare those meals and add them to the “meal” section on your freezer inventory sheet.

Tips:

 

You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

Meal Planning Tips

Now that you know exactly what ingredients and meals you have, you are ready to start meal planning. There are many different ways to do this so I’ll share specifics in another post. For now, I want to share some extra tips that make meal planning easier for my family.

Breakfast and Lunch

Don’t forget about breakfasts and lunches when meal planning. Even if you don’t typically eat these meals at home they will affect your meal plan. For instance, if you don’t pack a lunch to work each day then you will need to make a plan for your leftovers. This can be as easy as planning a leftovers night for one of your dinners. You can also incorporate leftovers into a brand new meal later in the week.

Group Meal Items Together

There is nothing more frustrating than going to make a planned dinner and finding that someone in your family has eaten one of the ingredients. Prevent this by grouping meal items together in a labeled basket in your pantry. For example, if you need rice noodles, coconut milk, and peanuts for Tuesday’s dinner place them all together in a small basket labeled “Tuesday”. Next, simply let your family know that items in the labeled baskets are off-limits for snacking.

Get Creative

Instead of running out to purchase an item you’re missing, get creative. See if something else you have on hand will work as a substitute. Here is a pin with common ingredient substitutes to help you out. Also, don’t forget that most veggies can be swapped for any other with only a small change in flavor. Most proteins can also be switched (or ommitted altogether).  I substitue ground turkey for ground beef all of the time.

Pre-Portion Leftovers

I am a firm believer that the easier you make leftovers to eat the higher the probability that they will. Instead of dumping leftovers into large containers after dinner, pre-portion them into smaller containers. When you or your family members need a quick, single-serving meal these pre-portioned containers can be heated up. This will also make lunches a breeze whether you eat at home or pack them for work.

 

You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

Now that you have your pantry/freezer inventory you are ready to save money and time with meal planning. Don’t forget to keep updating your inventory as you use items and meals. This will help you save money by keeping items from going to waste as well as keep you from eating out due to convenience. Before you go, tell me, what is the biggest money-waster for your family when it comes to food? Let me know in the comments!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
This quick and easy sausage quiche is an absolutely delicious hot breakfast. Let it bake in the oven while you and the kids get ready for the day.

Quick and Easy Sausage Quiche

Mornings are hectic. Even with careful prep the night before mornings are still rough between wrangling little ones full of energy, getting the oldest ready for school, and making breakfast. Breakfast is my least favorite meal of the day and more mornings than I care to tally my kiddos get cereal. Not because I don’t like breakfast food. I totally love it. It is my least favorite because I do not function well in the morning. That is why easy breakfasts are imperative. I need meals that are fast, easy to make, and yummy. This quick and easy sausage quiche is a great hot breakfast that fits the bill. It takes about 45 minutes to make but because you can freeze it, getting a hot breakfast on the table is easy.

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This quick and easy sausage quiche is an absolutely delicious hot breakfast. Let it bake in the oven while you and the kids get ready for the day.

 

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Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Sausage
  • 5 Large Eggs
  • 1/3 Cup of Milk
  • ½ Teaspoon Each of Salt and Pepper
  • ¼ Cup Shredded Mozzarella
  • Frozen Pie Crust

Step 1

Preheat your oven to 350º.

Step 2

Brown your sausage in a small sauce pan.

Step 3

While your sausage is cooking, whisk together your eggs, milk, salt, and butter.

Step 4

Next, mix in your cooked sausage and cheese.

Step 5

Pour the mixture into your pie crust.

Note:

  • If you are making this to freeze for later, do so at this step. See below for more tips.

Step 6

Bake your quiche for 40 minutes.

This quick and easy sausage quiche is an absolutely delicious hot breakfast. Let it bake in the oven while you and the kids get ready for the day.

How to Freeze

I use the pre-made pie crusts already in tins for this recipe. That makes is easier to freeze without tying up my pie plates. To freeze this recipe, keep your pie crusts frozen until you have finished preparing your filling. After the filling is ready, pull out your pie crust and pour the filling into it. Place it back in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to set. Next, pull out your set quiche and place it in a re-sealable freezer bag or a Food Saver pouch. Freeze your quiche for up to 2 weeks in the re-sealable freezer bag and up to 30 days in a Food Saver pouch. When you are ready to cook it, pull out to defrost then bake as in the recipe.

 

This quick and easy sausage quiche is an absolutely delicious hot breakfast. Let it bake in the oven while you and the kids get ready for the day.

This quick and easy sausage quiche is an absolutely delicious hot breakfast. Let it bake in the oven while you and the kids get ready for the day.

This quick and easy sausage quiche is an absolutely delicious hot breakfast. Let it bake in the oven while you and the kids get ready for the day.

This quick and easy sausage quiche is an absolutely delicious hot breakfast. Let it bake in the oven while you and the kids get ready for the day.

This quick and easy sausage quiche is an absolutely delicious hot breakfast. Let it bake in the oven while you and the kids get ready for the day.

Quick and Easy Sausage Quiche

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Serving Size: Eighth of the quiche (1 slice)

Quick and Easy Sausage Quiche

Ingredients


  • 1 Pound Sausage

  • 5 Large Eggs

  • 1/3 Cup of Milk

  • ½ Teaspoon Each of Salt and Pepper

  • ¼ Cup Shredded Mozzarella

  • Frozen Pie Crust

Instructions


  1. Preheat your oven to 350º.

  2. Brown your sausage in a small sauce pan.

  3. While your sausage is cooking, whisk together your eggs, milk, salt, and better.

  4. Next, mix in your cooked sausage and cheese.

  5. Pour the mixture into your pie crust.

  6. Bake your quiche for 40 minutes.
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This quick and easy sausage quiche is an absolutely delicious hot breakfast. Throw it in the oven when you wake up and let it bake while you and the kiddos get ready for the day. One quiche serves 8 but my family loves it so much that they always go back for seconds. If you are serving a hungry family of more than 4, I recommend make 2 quiches to serve. Want more deliciously easy breakfast ideas? Check out these protein-packed freezer breakfast burritos.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

DIY Leather Charging Cord Organizer

How many times has your husband asked you where his charger is? If you don’t know, then one of you is digging through a drawer of cords hoping to find an extra one that fits his phone. It’s frustrating and eats up valuable time that you don’t have. Save time and energy by storing your chargers in a DIY leather charging cord organizer. The adjustable leather cord holds your charging cords and wall adapters to keep everything organized in one place. It makes traveling easier because you can grab it and go, confident that you have what you need. Additionally, it is so easy to make that it is a perfect DIY gift!

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This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

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Materials

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 1

Trim a piece of scrap leather into a rectangle. It can be any size you like but I recommend no smaller than 12 inches by 5 inches.

Tip:

  • You can be a precise as you would like but don’t feel like you have to be. Having some irregularities adds a more rustic touch to your organizer.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 2

Punch a hole in the center edge of the right side of your rectangle.

Note:

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 3

Fold your leather in half lengthwise and cut notches every two inches with your scissors. Make sure that you have an odd number of notches that are large enough to thread your leather cording through.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 4

Unfold your leather and thread your cording through. Start by threading the cord through your punched hole and next continue weaving back and forth through the notches.

Tip:

  • Only leave enough of the leather cording through the punched hole to secure it to your organizer. The excess cording should be at the opposite end.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 5

Push your brad through the punched hole with the prongs coming through the inside of your organizer. Fold out the prongs over the cording to secure them.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 6

Place a few stitches through your organizer and cording end at the brad to secure the cording thoroughly. You don’t want it pulling out when you tighten the cord around your chargers.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 7

Cut a small square of leather out of a piece that you trimmed off in step 1.

 

Step 8

Center the leather square over the cording and brad on the inside of your organizer.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 9

Secure the leather square into place by sewing a whipstitch around the edges.

Tip:

  • For a cleaner look, do not stitch all of the way through your organizer. Instead thread about halfway into your organizer leather and pull back up through your leather square. This is so that your stitches are not visible on the outside of your organizer.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 10

Lastly, add your charging cords and adapters and tighten your cording.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 11

Roll up your DIY leather charging cord organizer and wrap the excess cording around the outside to secure.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

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This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This is such an easy and inexpensive way to organize all of your chargers in one place. You can change the look to fit your style by using a different color of leather for your organizer or cording. A DIY leather charging cord organizer is also a perfect DIY gift for the guys in your life. It is handsome and practical to delight even the most difficult men to shop for. If you want to make one for everyone on your gift list, opt for buying a yard of leather instead of using a scrap piece. Then you can cut all of your organizers at once and have enough to make them in bulk! I’d love to hear who you would make yours for. Let me know in the comments!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Asiago-Parmesan fig crostini appetizers are a perfect mix of savory and sweet. This year wow your guests with high style holiday entertaining on a budget! #ad #StellaCheeses #QualitySince1923

High Style Holiday Entertaining on a Budget (+ Asiago-Parmesan Fig Crostini Appetizer)

The holidays are a prime entertaining time. You love getting together with friends and family to celebrate this magical season. Unfortunately television advertisements, the magazines you read, and store displays convince you that throwing the ultimate soiree means spending a fortune on fresh décor, fine china, and table linens. All of this is before you even get to the food. Stop chasing an idea of perfection that will land you broke long before Christmas arrives. Here are tips for high style holiday entertaining on a budget including an easy and budget-friendly Asiago-Parmesan Fig Crostini Appetizer!

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Décor

Instead of rushing out to buy new swags and lights, use the décor you already own to decorate. If you don’t have much décor, concentrate the pieces you do have in one area (like the dining room). This will give the appearance of a full and festive party.

Another easy and inexpensive way to beef up your décor is to use Christmas wrapping paper. Wrap the pictures on your walls to look like presents. You can also wrap your food tables and even your doors to easily coordinate all of you entertaining décor elements.

Choose a Neutral Tablecloth

Create an upscale dining table with a gorgeous fabric tablecloth. The trick is to choose one that is a solid color such as green or white that can be used for multiple holidays throughout the year. Personalize the theme of your table with place settings and centerpieces. By choosing a tablecloth that can be used year-round it makes this a splurge worth investing in.

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Buy Disposable

When hosting a large holiday gathering the cleanup us a nightmare. Make it easier this year by purchasing disposable serving ware and utensils. These no longer have to mean a cheap-looking gathering with paper plates and napkins. You can buy plastic utensils and serving trays that look like silver as well as gorgeous plates in every color and style you can imagine. Take it a step further by getting plastic wine and champagne glasses that only look like crystal. Finally, no more worrying about kids breaking glasses or being forced to compromise your style.

Rock Your Food

The most memorable part of holiday entertaining is the food. If your guests don’t like it, or worse, have not gotten enough to eat they won’t be focused on the awesome memories being made. Don’t let your high style décor go to waste by underwhelming guests with food. Make sure that you have more than enough to eat and drink to keep guests happy all night.

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Appetizers are a must whether you’re serving a full meal or not. Luckily, this doesn’t have to be hard. Before you reach for that bag of chips to unceremoniously dump in a bowl, make this decadent Asiago-Parmesan Fig Crostini appetizer. With the help of Stella Cheeses creating a high style appetizer is easy and budget-friendly.

Asiago-Parmesan fig crostini appetizers are a perfect mix of savory and sweet. This year wow your guests with high style holiday entertaining on a budget! #ad #StellaCheeses #QualitySince1923

Ingredients

 

Step 1

Cut 28 small circles out of your French loaf using a metal cookie or fondant cutter.

Tip:

If you don’t have one of these cutters, a regular medicine cup will work also. This is what I used and they turned out fantastic!

Step 2

Place 1/3 cup of butter in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 minute or until melted.

Step 3

Pre-heat your oven to 350º.

Step 4

Brush melted butter on butter on both sides of your bread circles and place on a non-stick baking sheet.

Step 5

Bake bread at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Step 6

Thinly slice 28 squares of Stella Asiago cheese roughly the size of your circles.

Step 7

Place toasted bread circles on spoon rests and stack a square of cheese on each circle.

Step 8

Place a dried fig on top of each stack and drizzle with honey.

Step 9

Grate a small amount of Stella Parmesan over each honey-drizzled fig.

Asiago-Parmesan fig crostini appetizers are a perfect mix of savory and sweet. This year wow your guests with high style holiday entertaining on a budget! #ad #StellaCheeses #QualitySince1923

Asiago-Parmesan fig crostini appetizers are a perfect mix of savory and sweet. This year wow your guests with high style holiday entertaining on a budget! #ad #StellaCheeses #QualitySince1923

Asiago-Parmesan fig crostini appetizers are a perfect mix of savory and sweet. This year wow your guests with high style holiday entertaining on a budget! #ad #StellaCheeses #QualitySince1923

Asiago-Parmesan fig crostini appetizers are a perfect mix of savory and sweet. This year wow your guests with high style holiday entertaining on a budget! #ad #StellaCheeses #QualitySince1923

Asiago-Parmesan fig crostini appetizers are a perfect mix of savory and sweet. This year wow your guests with high style holiday entertaining on a budget! #ad #StellaCheeses #QualitySince1923

Asiago-Parmesan fig crostini appetizers are a perfect mix of savory and sweet. This year wow your guests with high style holiday entertaining on a budget! #ad #StellaCheeses #QualitySince1923

These delicious Asiago-Parmesan fig crostini appetizers are a perfect marriage of savory and sweet. The presentation is effortless and instantly bumps up the style of your appetizer table. This year you can wow your guests with high style holiday entertaining on a budget! What are your favorite budget-friendly entertaining tips? Let me know in the comments! Next, check out the amazing contest Stella is having for your chance to win a $5000 trip to Napa Valley, CA wine country!

Asiago-Parmesan Fig Crostini Appetizer

Asiago-Parmesan Fig Crostini Appetizer

Ingredients


  • Sliced French Loaf

  • Stella Aged Asiago and Parmesan Cheeses

  • 1/3 Cup of Butter or Margarine

  • Dried Whole Figs

  • 1 tbs. Honey

Instructions


  1. Cut 28 small circles out of your French loaf using a metal cookie or fondant cutter.

  2. Place 1/3 cup of butter in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 minute or until melted.

  3. Pre-heat your oven to 350º.

  4. Brush melted butter on butter on both sides of your bread circles and place on a non-stick baking sheet.

  5. Bake bread at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

  6. Thinly slice 28 squares of Stella aged asiago cheese roughly the size of your circles.

  7. Place toasted bread circles on spoon rests and stack a square of cheese on each circle.

  8. Place a dried fig on top of each stack and drizzle with honey.

  9. Grate a small amount of Stella parmesan over each honey-drizzled fig.
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There are recipes that are staples for your family. You know the ones. They are the recipes you don’t even look at anymore. You make the meals on autopilot. One of those meals for our family is this freezer pinto beans with ham recipe.

Freezer Pinto Beans with Ham Recipe

There are recipes that are staples for your family. You know the ones. They are the recipes you don’t even look at anymore. You make the meals on autopilot. One of those meals for our family is this freezer pinto beans with ham recipe. In fact, I have been making this recipe for so many years that I didn’t even realize how long it took to make until making it for you. Don’t let that scare you away from making it, though. The hands-on time is minimal and it makes 2 whole meals you can freeze for later. Oh, and did I mention that it’s delicious?! Make it and find out for yourself.

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There are recipes that are staples for your family. You know the ones. They are the recipes you don’t even look at anymore. You make the meals on autopilot. One of those meals for our family is this freezer pinto beans with ham recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 1 32 oz Bag of Dry Pinto Beans
  • 2 Sticks of Margarine (1 cup)
  • 1 Leftover Ham Bone (With some meat still on it)
  • Water (12+ Cups)
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Step 1

Place your beans into a large pot and cover with water.

Step 2

Boil the beans for 1 hour. Add more water as needed to keep the beans covered the entire hour.

Step 3

Drain you beans in a strainer and pull out any bad ones (these are the ones that are still hard or discolored ones). Transfer your strained beans to a bowl and set off to the side.

Step 4

Put your ham bone into your pot and cover with water.

Step 5

Boil the ham bone in water for 30 minutes. Again, add water as needed to keep the bone covered during cooking.

Step 6

Next, move your ham bone to the strainer with tongs (don’t pour out your water).

Step 7

Add your beans to the ham bone water.

Step 8

Bring your beans to a boil again. Boil them for an additional 2 hours. Remember to add more water as needed and stir occasionally.

Tip:

  • I recommend setting a timer for every 20-30 minutes to remind you to check on them and give your pot a stir.

Step 9

While your beans are boiling, remove the remaining pieces of ham from the bone. Throw out your bone when done.

Step 10

Cut the ham into small pieces and toss into the bowl your beans rested in.

Step 11

Turn down the heat to low on the beans and add your ham, margarine, salt, and pepper to the pot. Stir to incorporate all of the ingredients.

Step 12

Continue simmering, stirring occasionally, until everything has thickened.

 

There are recipes that are staples for your family. You know the ones. They are the recipes you don’t even look at anymore. You make the meals on autopilot. One of those meals for our family is this freezer pinto beans with ham recipe.

There are recipes that are staples for your family. You know the ones. They are the recipes you don’t even look at anymore. You make the meals on autopilot. One of those meals for our family is this freezer pinto beans with ham recipe.

There are recipes that are staples for your family. You know the ones. They are the recipes you don’t even look at anymore. You make the meals on autopilot. One of those meals for our family is this freezer pinto beans with ham recipe.

There are recipes that are staples for your family. You know the ones. They are the recipes you don’t even look at anymore. You make the meals on autopilot. One of those meals for our family is this freezer pinto beans with ham recipe.

There are recipes that are staples for your family. You know the ones. They are the recipes you don’t even look at anymore. You make the meals on autopilot. One of those meals for our family is this freezer pinto beans with ham recipe.

This makes a large amount of beans. If you are serving to your family for dinner, divide the batch in two and freeze half for a later meal. To freeze both meals, allow the beans and ham to cool to room temperature and add each half to a separate gallon freezer bags. Freeze for up to 30 days (longer if using a vacuum seal system like a FoodSaver). Our family love to have sweet cornbread with our beans. Make this easy on yourself by mixing up a box of Jiffy Muffins according to instructions. Next, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of sugar to the mix. Note: don’t add more than this because adding too much will result in hard, cornbread chips instead of moist deliciousness.

You can’t beat the price of this meal. Even adding the cornbread still brings it to $3 per meal! For our family that works out to 60¢ per person. Talk about a frugal meal to add to your monthly meal plan! Get more awesome meal ideas like healthy freezer-friendly chicken nuggets or easy bacon and broccoli alfredo on our recipes page.

There are recipes that are staples for your family. You know the ones. They are the recipes you don’t even look at anymore. You make the meals on autopilot. One of those meals for our family is this freezer pinto beans with ham recipe.

Freezer Pinto Beans with Ham Recipe

Freezer Pinto Beans with Ham Recipe

Ingredients


  • 1 32 oz Bag of Dry Pinto Beans

  • 2 Sticks of Margarine (1 cup)

  • 1 Leftover Ham Bone (With some meat still on it)

  • Water (12+ Cups)

  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Instructions


  1. Place your beans into a large pot and cover with water.

  2. Boil the beans for 1 hour. Add more water as needed to keep the beans covered the entire hour.

  3. Drain you beans in a strainer and pull out any bad ones (these are the ones that are still hard or discolored ones). Transfer your strained beans to a bowl and set off to the side.

  4. Put your ham bone into your pot and cover with water.

  5. Boil the ham bone in water for 30 minutes. Again, add water as needed to keep the bone covered during cooking.

  6. Next, move your ham bone to the strainer with tongs (don’t pour out your water).

  7. Add your beans to the ham bone water.

  8. Bring your beans to a boil again. Boil them for an additional 2 hours. Remember to add more water as needed and stir occasionally.

  9. While your beans are boiling, remove the remaining pieces of ham from the bone. Throw out your bone when done.

  10. Cut the ham into small pieces and toss into the bowl your beans rested in.

  11. Turn down the heat to low on the beans and add your ham, margarine, salt, and pepper to the pot. Stir to incorporate all of the ingredients.

  12. Continue simmering, stirring occasionally, until everything has thickened.
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Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

DIY Autumn Thankful Wreath

November means a lot of things to people. Some look forward to the weather finally turning crisp or the beautiful colors across the scenery. Traditions and giving are also big themes for this time of year. If you read Creating Your Future November Goals then you know that one of my main goals for this month is increasing my thankfulness. Even if you have a grateful heart, sometimes we lose sight of how much we have to be thankful for every day. That is why it is important to be mindful about increasing your thankfulness. The main strategy for doing this is to write down 3 things each day that you are thankful for. You can extend this practice with your family by making this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. It is an easy way to decorate for Thanksgiving while exercising continued thankfulness together.

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Materials

 

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Step 1

Remove all packaging from your wreath.

Step 2

Cut a length of ribbon that is 24 inches long.

 

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Step 3

Fold the ribbon in half and knot the loose ends about 8 inches from the bottom.

 

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Step 4

Wrap around the top of the wreath and pull the folded end through the knotted end. Pull tight to secure.

 

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Step 5

Tie the dangling ends into a bow. Trim the bottoms and fold the ends behind. See picture for reference.

Tip:

  • You can secure your bow to your wreath using 2 dressmaker’s pins.

 

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Step 6

Attach your faux autumn leaves with your pins to cover your wreath.

Note:

  • I love the natural look of the straw so I chose not to cover it completely. This is totally optional.

 

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Step 7

Cut out 5-10 leaves in each color from your paper pack. Use the leaf button on the “Stretch Your Imagination” cartridge (not ‘leaf-s’).

Tips:

  • Change up the sizes to add visual interest to your wreath. I used 3 inches and 4 inches.
  • Save time and use the ‘auto-fill’ feature to cut out as many leaves as will fit on one page.

 

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Step 8

Have your family fill out the leaves with what they are thankful for using the metallic Sharpies.

Tip:

  • Let your little non-writers get involved by having them dictate what they are thankful for to you.

 

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Step 9

Attach your thankful leaves to your wreath with your dressmaker’s pins.

 

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

This is an easy way to decorate for Thanksgiving. Create an environment of thankfulness with gorgeous décor. Take the opportunity to make a family night out of making this wreath. It’s good for your kids to hear what you are thankful for. Even better, you might be surprised to hear what your little ones are thankful for. (Case-in-point: my 4 year old is thankful for her Twilight Sparkle Pony from Build-a-Bear. She cracks me up!)

Want to take this décor a step further? Use some of the paper leaves as place cards for Thanksgiving dinner. As the meal winds down, ask guests to write down what they are thankful for. Have the guests add their thankful leaves to your wreath before they go. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition guests look forward to each year!

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Don’t limit your options this Thanksgiving to blowing your health goals or skipping the pie. Instead, make this low calorie whipped pumpkin pie.

Low Calorie Whipped Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving dinner staple. The calories that come along with it are less enticing. What if you could enjoy all of that spicy, pumpkin flavor without all of the unwanted calories? Don’t limit your options to blowing your health goals or skipping the pie. Instead, make this low calorie whipped pumpkin pie. A traditional pumpkin pie has about 2,414 calories. This lightened version only has 1,215 and you can make it ahead of your festivities and freeze it! It’s the epitome of light and easy.

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Don’t limit your options this Thanksgiving to blowing your health goals or skipping the pie. Instead, make this low calorie whipped pumpkin pie.

Before we get to the recipe I have a confession to make. I don’t actually like traditional pumpkin pie. Don’t get me wrong, the flavors are amazing! It’s the texture that I can’t stand. The texture is not as stiff as flan but it’s not smooth like pudding. It is some weird hybrid that doesn’t feel right to my palate. Most years I choose to scrape the pumpkin part off of the pie and just eat the flavor-soaked pie crust alone. This year, I’m changing that by making my own delicious version of pumpkin pie with all of the flavor and none of the drawbacks.

 

Don’t limit your options this Thanksgiving to blowing your health goals or skipping the pie. Instead, make this low calorie whipped pumpkin pie.

Don’t limit your options this Thanksgiving to blowing your health goals or skipping the pie. Instead, make this low calorie whipped pumpkin pie.

Don’t limit your options this Thanksgiving to blowing your health goals or skipping the pie. Instead, make this low calorie whipped pumpkin pie.

Don’t limit your options this Thanksgiving to blowing your health goals or skipping the pie. Instead, make this low calorie whipped pumpkin pie.

Low-Calorie Whipped Pumpkin Pie

Crust Ingredients

  • 1 Sleeve of Graham Crackers (9 whole crackers)
  • 1 Stick of Margarine (1/2 cup)

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350º F.

Step 2

Melt your stick of butter in a small mixing bowl in 30 second increments in the microwave.

Step 3

While your butter is melting, put your graham crackers into a re-sealable bag and crush them into crumbs using your hand (or a meat tenderizer if you’re feeling frustrated).

Step 4

Add your graham cracker crumbs to the mixing bowl of melted butter. Stir until well-combined.

Step 5

Spray a glass pie plate with non-stick cooking spray and press your graham cracker mixture into it forming a pie crust.

Step 6

Bake for 10 minutes.

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Pie Filling Ingredients

Step 1

Combine all of the ingredients above in a mixing bowl until well-incorporated.

Step 2

Cover the bowl and set it in the fridge until your crust has cooled to room temperature.

Step 3

Add the filling to your room temperature graham cracker crust and smooth into place with a rubber spatula.

To Freeze: Cover your glass pie plate with a lid (or foil if yours doesn’t have a lid) and place in the freezer. Pull out and defrost at least an hour prior to serving.

 

Don’t limit your options this Thanksgiving to blowing your health goals or skipping the pie. Instead, make this low calorie whipped pumpkin pie.

Don’t limit your options this Thanksgiving to blowing your health goals or skipping the pie. Instead, make this low calorie whipped pumpkin pie.

Don’t limit your options this Thanksgiving to blowing your health goals or skipping the pie. Instead, make this low calorie whipped pumpkin pie.

Don’t limit your options this Thanksgiving to blowing your health goals or skipping the pie. Instead, make this low calorie whipped pumpkin pie.

Don’t limit your options this Thanksgiving to blowing your health goals or skipping the pie. Instead, make this low calorie whipped pumpkin pie.

This pie is seriously yummy! My family has already gone nuts on this one so I guess I’ll be making a second one for Thanksgiving dinner. It’s more like a fluffy pumpkin mousse than that heavy traditional pie which I love but the kiddos loved the flavor even though they also love traditional pumpkin pie. No matter what your preference, this is sure to be a crowd pleaser this Thanksgiving. Now I want to know: What are you pie preferences for the holidays? Do you skip the desserts table at Thanksgiving or do you anxiously await getting your hands on all of those decadent treats? Let me know in the comments!

Ingredients

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Don't go into debt for Black Friday because you love a bargain. Find out how to actually save money on Black Friday!

How to Actually Save Money on Black Friday

In case you didn’t know, I am an avid Black Friday shopper. Over the years I have utilized every way to save on that day from shopping online to camping out in the snow at Target. It is a fun and time-honored tradition for me. Just because I love a bargain doesn’t mean I overspend and put us in debt for this deal-mania, though. Instead, I have set rules in place that I follow every season. Now I want to share how to actually save money on Black Friday with you as well as hook you up with some free moolah to shop with!

Don't go into debt for Black Friday because you love a bargain. Find out how to actually save money on Black Friday!

Start Now

Don’t think that you are forced to spend Thanksgiving Day planning for a successful Black Friday haul. Many major stores “leak” their ads early on purpose. Take advantage of this. My favorite database for this is Brad’s Black Friday. He and his team have been doing this for years. They know how to verify leaked ads and can spot a fake from a mile away. If you are relying on Black Friday deals to stay on budget this year then start planning now.

Do Your Research

When you see a deal for an item on your Christmas list make sure that you know it is a good deal. Companies pay people a lot of money to get you to part with your hard-earned cash. Check out what items are going for in stores now and compare to the deals in the leaked ads. If you’re only saving a few dollars off of the regular price is it really worth the fight through the chaos?

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Make a List and Stick to It

This is the number one best thing you can do to save on Black Friday. Make a list of the exact items you want to pick up. While you are shopping, do not deviate from that list. The chaos of Black Friday encourages you to buy now! This is made even worse with many deals being available online. Shopping online prevents you from seeing any of your money leaving. It also keeps you from seeing the items you purchase accumulate.

Brave the Store

I know that this turns a lot of people off of Black Friday. When you think about the points made above it makes sense that you will save the most money in store. However, in addition to those points, here are a few more reasons to visit the stores on Black Friday:

  1. It forces you to prioritize. Many stores open at the same time and you have to decide which store has more of the items you are looking for.
  2. A lot of deals on big items such as game consoles and televisions are only available in the store (although I recommend skipping these items in most cases… read more about that here).
  3. You get tired. When you are on your feet for hours hauling items and waiting in line you will lose stamina. Being tired will send you home with more money in your pocket than shopping on the couch will.

Now are you ready to win some free cash?! Enter below and don’t forget to share with your friends!

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Do you have a long holiday shopping list and need extra cash? Well, I’ve got good news for you. 24 bloggers have come together for the Fall Black Friday Giveaway! We don’t want you to stress over holiday shopping, so we’re giving away $335 in Paypal CASH! So what are you waiting for? Enter using the giveaway form below! This giveaway has ended. Thanks to everyone for entering!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.