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Gluten Free Pancake Recipe

One of my favorite breakfast foods is pancakes. Since going gluten free, I’ve had pancakes less often than usual. For awhile, we were buying Pamela’s Ultimate Baking and Pancake Mix but it got to be too expensive. I just couldn’t justify adding that into our food budget. I had to come up with some recipes that would be gluten free using items we normally had on hand. I have an awesome gluten free pancake recipe that has been tested and endorsed by those who are not even gluten free! Gluten Free Pancake Recipe (serves at least 2 people) -2 cups ground oats (you can use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oats for gluten free oats) -2 cups plain yogurt or full fat milk -2 eggs -2 Tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil -1/2 teaspoon of salt -1 teaspoon baking soda -1 Tablespoon of sugar 1.  Mix the ground oats and yogurt or milk. 2. Add the eggs, butter, salt, baking soda, and sugar.  I make sure to let this mixture sit for about 20 minutes so the baking soda will […]

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Are CSAs Worth the Cost?

A few months ago we purchased a Groupon for a service that works similar to a community supported agriculture program (CSA).  I was excited because for $15 we would receive a box worth $35 that contained mostly local and organic produce.  The first time it arrived, we were excited to get into it and see what we got.  Right off the bat we noticed that the organic strawberries were all moldy and inedible.  I told Mr. Money to email them a picture explaining what we got and see what they would do about it.  They said they would credit our account $5 toward our next purchase.  As you probably guessed, I hadn’t planned on purchasing another box due to the cost and the fact that they sent us rotten strawberries. We decided we would give it another try, and in two weeks we were charged $30 for the box (they took the $5 credit off).  The box was much better this time, with no rotten produce.  However, I decided that for the price we could do much better if we […]

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Strawberry Leaf Tea

We have strawberries growing in our garden.  The delicious, juicy, organic berries taste more flavorful and amazing than any other strawberry I’ve tasted.  There’s something about going into our backyard and picking fresh strawberries and then eating them within seconds that is just wonderful.  Unfortunately, our strawberry raised bed is not very big, and it seems that every year we have many strawberry greens and leaves but not as many berries.  It is super sad, but not much I can do at the moment as we really don’t have any extra room to plant more strawberry plants. I don’t know what got in to me, but the other night I started wondering if the strawberry leaves are edible.  A quick search indicated that they are not only edible, but highly nutritious!  Imagine that, greens being good for you. 🙂 I brought some of the leaves inside, boiled some water, and steeped the strawberry leaves in the water for about 15 minutes.  If you wanted a stronger tea, you could leave the mixture overnight in your refrigerator to maximize the benefits.  […]

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How to Make Water Kefir

A few months ago I started getting interested in probiotics.  Probiotics are good bacteria that are essential to your health.  Probiotics can help balance your gut flora, which in turn can help keep you healthy and even reduce allergies.  A lot of people turn to yogurt for probiotics, but I didn’t want to ingest so much dairy so I knew I had to find a good source of probiotics that didn’t involve dairy.  I looked into commercial probiotics (Bio-kult was the best commercial probiotic I could find) but they are more expensive than I thought I’d like to spend. I did some research and came across something called water kefir. What is Water Kefir? Water kefir is a probiotic drink that is made with water kefir grains. To get started, you do have to invest in good quality water kefir grains. I bought mine from the source above.  Water kefir is fermented for a few days, which allows the good bacteria to populate in the sugar water solution.  Water kefir allows you to introduce your gut to different strains of […]

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Ways to Use up Eggs

We like to buy our organic eggs from Costco.  They come in a two dozen pack and cost us less per egg than shopping at a store like Kroger.  The only downfalls about buying eggs from Costco is that they come in a plastic package and sometimes it seems as though two dozen eggs is just a little excessive.  I’ve had to come up with some creative ways to use up eggs every once in awhile, and I thought I’d share my tips with you! -Scramble an egg in a bowl.  Before you wash your hair, spread the egg over your hair evenly.  It will help condition your hair and add shine.  Wash with your normal shampoo as normal. -Make egg salad sandwiches.  Hard boil your eggs, chop them up into small pieces, and mix with mayonnaise, celery, onion, salt and pepper, and any other ingredients you’d like to add.  You can eat it like that or spread it on bread to make the egg salad sandwiches. -Hard boil eggs and eat them as a snack.  Eggs contain omega 3 […]

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How to Save Money on Groceries

Mr. Money and I have very different views when it comes to grocery shopping.  He thinks it saves us more money on groceries when we stop by the grocery store every day and pick up the items we need to make dinner that night.  I think we save more money on groceries when we make a meal plan and go shopping once a week, or once every two weeks.  I know that I’m an impulse shopper and he sometimes is too, so I think it makes more sense if we limit our shopping trips. Every Day Grocery Shopping I will admit stopping at the grocery store every day can help save money on groceries.  Sometimes it feels like we buy produce and it goes bad before we eat it, so that’s money wasted.  If we went grocery shopping every day, that would not be an issue because we’d be buying the freshest ingredients for the meals that we want to make that day.  The down side?  The impulse shopping.  I’ve seen some of the receipts from when Mr. Money has […]

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