Money Saving Recipes — Mennonite Sour Cream Chicken

I thought it only fair to warn you. I find myself suddenly in a cooking/baking mood and so we’re going to be a bit recipe-heavy for a few days. Many of the recipes I’ll post this week will be old favorites I’ve collected from some of the finest ladies I ever met.
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Bam’s Lemon Pound Cake

I consider this an inexpensive dessert because always have all the ingredients on hand. I’m a lemon lover. If there’s a recipe with lemon or lemon juice in it I’ll try it. This recipe was given to me by the lady who lived across the street from the first house I ever bought. Jean was a mentor, a confidante, and a much-loved friend. She taught me a great deal about gardening, cooking, baking, and parenting. After my mama Jean is the lady I miss most in my life. I call it Bam’s Lemon Pound Cake because I’ve made some changes to the original recipe over the years.

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Do Not Refrigerate

For homemakers one of the true Great Debates is what must be and what must never be stored in the refrigerator. One of the most hotly debated items is butter. The USDA insists butter should be kept in its wrapper in the refrigerator while many people, including me, keep it on the counter. Butter is made from pasteurized milk so the chance of contamination is low but there’s always a slight risk. Salted butter runs a low risk but unsalted, whipped, or “light” butters have a higher risk. There are certain foods, however, for which you should always follow the rule; Do not refrigerate.

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How to Grow Garlic Indoors

Garlic is an ancient bulbous vegetable and a member of the Allium family so it is closely related to onions, shallots, and leeks. It is easy to grow. Garlic grows from individual cloves broken off from a whole bulb. Each of the cloves will form an entire new bulb with 5-10 cloves. This post will teach you how to grow garlic indoors.

There are so many health benefits in eating garlic. It contains a compound called Allicin which has very potent medicinal properties. Although it’s a very popular ingredient in cooking it was used in ancient history mainly for its medicinal properties and health benefits. The Babylonians, Chinese, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans all wrote about garlic and its use in medicine and healing.


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Be Beautiful With Honey & Vinegar

Women love to be beautiful. We like to look great for the men in our lives and for ourselves. But beauty can be really expensive. In 2013 the average woman spent more than $15,000 on beauty products and rituals. Did you know there’s a cheaper way to look fantastic? Here are some ways to be beautiful with honey and vinegar.

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Shrimp with Fettuccine in Tomato Cream Sauce

I love this rich, flavorful meal. The tomato cream sauce can be used in so many dishes but one of my favorite ways is to combine it with shrimp and fettuccine. It’s my version of comfort food. And it only takes about 30 minutes to make!

If you double the recipe use the same amount of cream.

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Making A Coupon Organizer System

In my post Simple Steps To Saving Money — Part 1: Groceries I talked about using coupons to save at the grocery store. One problem I’ve seen so many times at the checkout is that people often don’t organize their coupons. They miss using coupons for items they’re buying only to find them afterward, they pull out expired coupons, and sometimes the coupons are so wrinkled and worn they can’t be read. It may seem like a silly topic, but coupon organizing is important in helping save money.

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Cleaning Series Part 4 – Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

A dear friend asked me to tackle cleaning stainless steel appliances and I’m always happy to try to help people. In spite of the name, stainless steel does stain. Unfortunately, I don’t have a stainless steel refrigerator, stove, or dishwasher. I don’t even have a stainless toaster. So I’m going to try cleaning the stainless on my Bunn coffee maker with a couple of these methods and give my opinion on them.
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Lessons My Mama Taught Me About Money

Mama was born in 1914. By the late 1930’s she had 4 growing boys. She and Daddy were trying to feed and clothe my oldest brothers during a really dark time in America. My parents were actually fortunate during the Depression. Daddy had a steady job with Ford Motor Company. He also took on jobs for overtime that most men refused; he’d clean the steel pits which, according to Mama was a truly awful job. Nonetheless, raising a young family at that time wasn’t easy. She learned a lot during those days and these are the lessons my mama taught me about money.


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Homemade Baby Food

I am old, as my husband teasingly points out so I didn’t think making homemade baby food was something I’d end up doing again. But when he got head/neck cancer things changed. He was on a feeding tube for months and when he began eating “real” food again it was extremely difficult for him. The radiation has destroyed his saliva glands and caused fluid retention in the tissue of his throat. Choking and/or aspirating food was a real danger. So I bought baby food. It was soft and easy for him to swallow but that stuff has gotten expensive in the last 31 years! So homemade baby food sounded like a really good idea!
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