• Meatless Mondays

    It’s Meatless Monday-Tex Mex Burgers

    Here’s the second guest recipe courtesy of Vegan For Fun by Attila Hildmann. This has lots of layers of taste. I was eager to try the locust bean gum for the burgers because whenever I make a veggie burger they always seem to fall apart when I cook them. I still had some issues with that so I think maybe adding more locust bean gum might work better. Some recipes come out differently each time you make them so if anyone makes this or already uses locust bean gum in their recipes I’d love to hear what you think and if it’s worth the extra cost of adding it to…

  • Budget Smart Girl's Guide,  Uncategorized

    Fruit Drinks for Half The Price

    I didn’t have time to post a Friday Rambling so let’s call this one a mid-week one.   Fruit Drinks for Half the Price One way to be budget smart is to find ways to make the things you like for a lot less. Case in point non-alcoholic drinks served in lots of restaurants. They cost anywhere from $4-6 and on top of that they’re mostly ice cubes and no refills I admit they’re delicious but this summer I’ve been trying to come up with a few of my own. I’ve found a basic formula that you can tweak to your own liking or using what you have on hand.…

  • Meatless Mondays

    It’s Meatless Monday-Crispy Tofu Nuggets with Homemade Curry Ketchup

    Recently I was sent two cookbooks. Vegan For Fun and Vegan For Fit both by Attila Hildmann. They’re aimed at people who want to start eating a more healthy diet, lose weight and get in shape. They’re huge books filled with some of the most beautiful food photography I’ve ever seen. While I haven’t tried many of the recipes…yet! Here’s the first one I made (taken from Vegan for Fun), and it’s shared along with a photo, with the kind courtesy of Attila’s publisher. These are delicious, so tasty in fact that I’m making another batch this week. If like me you’re short on time you could take a shortcut…

  • Meatless Mondays

    It’s Meatless Monday-Vegetable Pastry Purses

    Here’s the second of the guest recipes from the folks at Holland House. When I tried this recipe I had enough filling for 2 dozen of the purses using 2 sheets of the puff pastry. They’re tasty and I think would make great appetizers too. My tip this week is for mushrooms. When you get them home from the store and if you’re not going to use them straight away take them out of their original packaging and store them in the fridge in a paper bag. They keep fresher longer and have less of a tendency to get them sometimes ‘slimy’ look to them.   PREP TIME: 20 minutes SERVINGS:…

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    August Savings

      Georgine has lots of ideas for saving money this month- August means summer is almost over. Don’t despair because there are lots of bargains and sales in the stores whether you are going back to school or work. If your air conditioner isn’t keeping you as cool as you like, now would be a good time to replace it. Prices drop with the temperature. This goes for lawn mowers and garden equipment as well. You’ll save by buying now. At the end of the month patio furniture and accessories should be down to rock-bottom prices. If you’re a camper, check out the prices now so your Labor Day weekend…

  • Meatless Mondays

    It’s Meatless Monday-Tofu and Vegetable Stir-Fry

    Here’s the first of two guest recipes courtesy of Holland House. I received samples of three of their cooking wines with the Sake variety being one of them so I gave this recipe a test drive. It’s easy to make, very tasty and if you don’t have sugar snap peas, green beans work perfectly too, or any other vegetable you have on hand. For the sauce I suggest adding the cornstarch to the bowl first and then slowly adding the liquid ingredients to avoid lumps. Also, another trick I’ve learned along the way when you’re cooking with tofu (besides freezing and defrosting it), is to boil it. Keep it in…

  • Budget Smart Cook,  Friday Round Up

    Perfect Marinades

    The folks at Holland House sent me some samples of their products and some recipes to try. Here’s the first one along with some tips about marinades. During August Meatless Monday will feature guest recipes, beginning this Monday with Tofu and Vegetable Stir Fry. On August 11th, it will be Vegetable Pastry Purses, on the 18th, Tex-Mex Burgers, and on the 25th, Tofu Nuggets. I can’t wait to test drive all four of these and if you want to make the following recipe veggie just leave out the bacon and add something like cubed zucchini to the skewers. Happy saving and have a fun weekend.   For more information and recipes check out-http://hollandhouseflavors.com/  …