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“Is It On Sale?”

“Is it on sale?” This was a question my mom repeatedly asked me before a purchase was made. She even wrote me a poem once and lines within the poem were “never buy it unless it’s been marked down twice.” Today when I visit with her, she is quick to show me a new purchase that was bought on sale. Recently my four year old and I were in the store and he picked something out and said, “Mom, can we get this or is this not on sale?” So I guess you could say that my mom’s ways of shopping have rubbed off on me.

So today I want to share a few of my shopping habits with you:
1. Is it on sale? This is definitely a question I pose before any purchase. And when I look for a sale, a couple of dollars off is not much of a sale, but if the item is something I must purchase then $2.00 is better than none.
2. When I purchase items online, I will always google coupon codes for that site. For instance, when I recently made a purchase I found a coupon for 20% off and for free shipping. I went with the latter as it was the best savings for me and I ended up saving $7.00 by using the free shipping coupon code.
3. When I purchase large items in the store or when I am only making one specific purchase in a store, I will google that item to see if it is cheaper anywhere else and then see if the store will match it and these days most stores will match competitors prices. This has helped me save up to $20 or more sometimes.

Now I will admit that I am not a coupon queen, but I am about a deal. I will also admit that I am not much of a shopper, but when I do shop I look for a deal. You also need to know that just because something is on sale does not mean that it needs to be purchased. I know that is hard for some to hear, especially my mom if she is reading, but we must be wise with purchases. ­čÖé

I would love to hear some ways you save. Please share as I know many of us looking for a deal are always looking for more ways to find them.

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Butternut Squash for Breakfast

For years I have only eaten butternut squash for lunch or dinner; having this for breakfast had not been an option in my mind. That is until recently! I was watching Food Network, which is usually my go to place when I have time to veg in front of TV, and there it was being served for breakfast. The chef was making a butternut squash egg scramble that people loved. I wanted to eat what she was making right then, but instead I waited to make a version of it for breakfast the next morning.

My version consist of roasted cinnamon butternut squash with a fried egg over easy and bacon. The sweet from the squash, savory from the egg and salty from the bacon makes the perfect combination.

Sorry the bacon did not last long enough to make the pic.

Sorry the bacon did not last long enough to make the pic.

 

Roasted Butternut Squash

Ingredients

2 cups of butternut squash cubed

1 tablespoon of cinnamon

1 tablespoon of coconut oil melted

1/2 to 1 teaspoon of sea salt

1/2 to 1 tablespoon of honey (add depending on sweet preference; to be drizzled on top)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 F. Toss the butternut squash in the melted coconut oil, sea salt and cinnamon. Place in the oven for 15 minutes and then check the squash. The squash should be fork tender. If not fork tender, then place back in the oven for 5-10 minutes. When done, drizzle with honey and toss. Serve warm.

So there you go….butternut squash for breakfast. There are many more options for having butternut squash for breakfast. Butternut squash can be aded to your breakfast burritos, frittata, or egg scrambles. ┬áHave you tried butternut squash for breakfast?

 

 


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How Do You Organize Recipes?

I don’t know about you, but I have attempted many ways when it comes to organizing recipes. I have purchased cookbooks and tagged recipes I enjoyed. I have gone the binder route, placing printed recipes and ones cut from magazines into paper protectors putting them behind the appropriate section, i.e. breakfast, poultry, desserts, and so forth. And like many I am pinning away recipes to try on Pinterest. All of these ways are good, but there is another way that I have found even better and this way is through Evernote.

Evernote is a revolutionary way to take notes on your phone, ipad, and/or computer. The process is simple. Once you create your account, you can add notebooks, notes within the notebooks, and tags to your notes. You can even add audio and pictures directly to your notes. You can share your notes with family and friends as well. I have a recipe notebook along with several other notebooks through Evernote. To my recipe notebook, I add the recipe I have created, discovered online, or found in a magazine and tag it with words such as breakfast, dinner, dessert, paleo, poultry, etc. If I have any pictures, I will add them to the note as well. If it is a recipe I have found online, I add the url to the note in case I need to refer back to it or ask the blogger or cook a question regarding the recipe.

I absolutely love organizing my recipes this way for so many recipes. Here are a few…

1. I have access to my recipes wherever I am. If I am traveling, in the grocery store, or sharing a recipe with friends, I am able to view my recipes.

2. Through the search option, I can locate recipes quickly. I don’t know about you, but I have spent too much time thumbing my way through many cookbooks searching for a recipe.

3. When someone asks me for a recipe, I can easily share it through text or email by hitting the share button.

4. I can type notes as I cook from the recipes as reminders for next time.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I still love to look through a good cookbook or cooking magazine, but once I find my go to recipes or ones I want to try, they are filed away in my Evernote recipe notebook. How do you organize your recipes? Have you tried organizing them Evernote? If you haven’t, I highly suggest you should. If you have, what are your favorite things about Evernote?

 


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Yummy Bites

Well it has been a while my friends. Life got the most of me with moving into our home, the summer schedule and friends and family visiting, which was all definitely a plus and worth getting off the blog schedule. Now we are back…back to our schedule. school, bedtimes, and BLOGGING. For my first Foodie Friday post after the break, I want to highlight a food that is a quick and easy snack full of nutrition and energy. I chose this snack because this is one of the foods that my amazing friend, Leah Conti, introduced to our family. This week was Leah’s birthday so why not highlight one of the foods she made that our family loves. There is not a time I make these and a few other goodies that I don’t think of her. For those of you that do not know, she lived with our family for two years and during that time our bond grew deep….especially a deep bond with food. She and her husband, Patrick, now live in South Africa as missionaries. Oh how I miss her!!! So when I am missing her…making some of our favorites is a must.

Ingredients

1/2 cup of chopped and pitted dates

1/2 to 1 cup of raw nuts (we used mixed nuts)

1 to 2 tablespoons of honey

Pinch of salt

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (or your favorite extract or oil)

Directions

Pour dates and nuts into a food processor and chop until well combined. Then add salt, honey and extract or oil and chop again until the mixture begins to clump together. (If you use essentials oils such as lemon or orange, I would only use one drop as it goes along way. This is also a great way to add another healthy element to these bites.) Finally remove the mixture by taking spoonfuls and rolling them into balls and placing them onto a dish that can be placed into the refrigerator. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes and then they are ready!

If you are wondering why I have allowed you to choose the amount of nuts, honey and extract/oil to use because it is really to your liking. If you prefer something more sweet then use more honey. If you prefer something more aromatic then choose different extracts/oils. You get the idea. Whatever way you make them, I think you will like them. There are so many ways and combinations to try. You can use oats, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, raisins, flaxseed,  chai seeds, dried fruit and so much more. They are great for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack. The only problem with these is that because they are such yummy bites that you will want to eat them all, but remember to control your portions and save some bites for another day. Just keep them in the refrigerator and they will last for about 3 days.

What are your favorite combinations when making these? Do you have any recipes that remind you of someone?

Cheers for Leah's birthday and all the yummy bites she has made!!!

Cheers for Leah’s birthday and all the yummy bites she has made!!!