Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Recipe for Cocoa Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies

This recipe has been updated from the “bonbon” version (the one that calls for chocolate chips); this one substitutes cocoa (with modifications to the amounts of butter and sugar) instead. So these are even more like the ones Mommy used to make!

So much yummy-ness!


1 ½ cup sugar
¾ cup butter (150 grams)
¼ cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup cocoa
2½ to 2¾ cups quick cooking oats (200 grams)


In a saucepan over medium heat, mix together sugar, butter, and milk. Bring to a rolling boil, and boil for one minute, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and then cocoa, and mix until well blended; add oatmeal.

(If the mix starts to get crumbly, stir in a teaspoon or two of hot water; the cookies should then set up fine.)

Drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheets. (I prefer to use dinner plates and refrigerate the cookies so they get firm faster!)


Monday, September 8, 2014

Reposting from “Happy, Strong Home” Blog: Wholesome Recipes & Money-Saving Tips

Reposting from my friend Julie at Happy, Strong Home:

How to Feed a Family (of 4) for $125/Week at Whole Foods

Julie says:
“When we switched to organic and natural foods about six or seven years ago, the sticker shock was brutal! We transitioned item by item every few months to adjust our menu without adjusting our budget too much.
I often hear how expensive it is to eat organic (not gonna lie, depending on what you buy, you can blow your budget on products with the “organic” label!).
But I’m here to show you how to create a menu to feed a family (of four!) on just $125 per week.”

Feed a Family on $125

We don’t have a Whole Foods Market in my neighborhood in Uruguay, but I’m planning to check out some of the recipes Julie shares in this post...

Thanks, Julie! J

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Favorite Recipe: Corn Casserole

Also called corn pudding, corn spoonbread, or even corn cake, this recipe has been a favorite, often showing up at extended family potlucks!

Mix together dry ingredients* and set aside:

1 cup bread flour (or all-purpose flour)
1 cup yellow cornmeal
4 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
½ tsp salt

In another mixing bowl, mix together:

1 can (15 to 16-oz) whole-kernel corn (undrained)
1 can (15 to 16-oz) creamed corn
3 eggs
½ cup corn oil
½ cup (melted) butter
1 cup plain yogurt (or sour cream)*

Combine dry and wet ingredients. Mix well. Pour into ungreased 1.5-liter (1.5-quart) glass bread pan (or casserole dish) and bake at 350 degrees F for at least one hour – until firm and top is golden brown. (May take longer than one hour.)
Awesome as left-overs, too!

Enjoy! (We surely do!)
*Frugal Notes:
  • The original recipe calls for Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix. My dry-ingredients substitution has worked marvelously – and will undoubtedly continue to serve us well in other areas of the world where Jiffy Mix doesn’t even exist!
  • I regularly substitute plain yogurt for sour cream – with great success!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Educational Freebies from Little Learning Lovies

Little Learning Lovies is offering some great educational freebies right now.

Two of my favorites are:

FREE -- PreWriting Set 1 -- PreK --- SAMPLE
pre-writing fun for my eager "K-2" student

FREE SAMPLER - Addition Clip Cards -- Farm Theme
fun addition practice for my rising 2nd grader

Download these and more -- totally free -- at Little Learning Lovies! (On the home page, go to "Free" in the left column.)
Don’t forget to enter the $50 giveaway, ending tonight, March 29, at midnight! Click here for complete details.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Little Learning Lovies: April Packs over 70% off!

Beginning in April, Little Learning Lovies will be introducing a new set of monthly packs, each centered on a particular theme. All products contained in each “Lovie Pack” will be brand new, never-before-released games and activities. You’ll be able to purchase each pack for only $14 – but their retail value will always be $20 or more and contain at least eight different games and activities!
Here’s the exciting news for all us Bargain Hunters: To start off this project with a bang, Little Learning Lovies is offering the option for you to pre-purchase the April Pack(s) for over 60% off!
I’m personally very excited about April’s “Farm Time” theme in both the “PreK to Grade 1” and “Grades 1 to 3” Packs. Click on the farm picture above to get a sneak-peek of some of the games and activities included in the April Pack.
Now through March 31, you can pre-purchase the packs for only $8.50 each. Or do as I did and buy both the Little Lovies and Tiny Lovies Packs for only $12 – i.e. only $6.00 each!
Plus, I’m especially excited to offer coupon code b1g1 (all lowercase) to the readers of this blog, so you all can get an extra 10% discount! But don’t wait – these offers are valid only through March 31.
Happy shopping – and learning!
And don’t forget to enter the $50 giveaway, ending on March 29. Click here for complete details!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Today: FREE Italian Ice at Rita’s!

Happy “official” First Day of Spring!
Stop by Rita’s to celebrate with a FREE 10-oz cup of Italian Ice!

(You can read details in an earlier post, including a link to join Rita’s Birthday Club!)
We went mid-morning – and even saw a local news channel taping the event!


Monday, March 18, 2013

Intro to "Little Learning Lovies" & Giveaway!

Very recently, I learned about Little Learning Lovies, and I'm excited about the wealth of material available on the site, especially for pre-K through 3rd grade!

Little Learning Lovies (an online store with its accompanying blog) is run by a mother, teacher, and homeschooler to four daughters who (in her own words) "do a great job of keeping her creatively inspired."

Little Learning Lovies :: Where Love and Learning Live Together!
Often, products are offered for free in downloadable form. (Downloadable, instead of printed, material in my opinion is especially helpful for those living overseas!) And you can keep up with special offers and other news via the Little Learning Lovies Blog.
New material is constantly being added, so you'll want to check often. You can even request that material on specific subjects be created! How's that for service?
I'm very excited to tell you about a great giveaway today: Enter via the Rafflecopter form (below) for an opportunity to win $50 to spend at Little Learning Lovies!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
The giveaway ends at midnight on 03/29.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Counting Apples Printable Set (60 pages) FREE!

We’ve been taking an eclectic approach to teaching our toddler some pre-school basics. In reality, his best teacher is his “Best Big Sister” – who, incidentally, says she wants to be a K-2 teacher when she grows up! That said, we’re constantly amazed at what our Little Man picks up as he listens in on what his sister is learning, finishing first grade and starting second.
We’ve worked a little on numbers and counting, so I was especially excited to find this counting freebie!

You can get the Counting Apples Printable Set (60 pages) free by using coupon code freehomeschooldeals. This offer is valid through March 20, 2013.
You can read all the details over at Free Homeschool Deals.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

"Here We Grow Again!" Consignment Sale

It’s almost spring – and spring and summer consignment sales are underway. We’ve learned to dress our whole family for (a lot!) less by shopping at consignment sales – and by consigning clothes, too!
If you live in the Upstate, you can check out the semi-annual "Here We Grow Again" Consignment Sale, going on this week and next. Doors will open to the public on Friday, March 15, at 9:00 a.m. (That’s tomorrow morning!)
We love this sale! We’ve had great success dressing our children – in quality clothes – for great prices. And I’ve learned over the past three years that name-brand clothes tend to wear, and wash (and resist stains!), and keep so that I can re-sell them – and so savings really get multiplied!

Check the website ("Here We Grow Again" Consignment Sale) for all the details...

If you don’t live in the Upstate, I still have good shopping news for you: Check out an earlier post for tips on Saving on Clothes – including tips for saving by shopping online!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

FREE Italian Ice at Rita's – on 03/20

Mark your calendars: The official First Day of Spring is only one week away. Stop by Rita's to celebrate with a free Italian Ice!
On Wednesday, March 20, from noon to 9:00 p.m., all open Rita's locations will be celebrating their annual First Day of Spring by giving away 10-oz. cups of Italian Ice – one per guest!
No coupon needed! Just show up!
Happy Spring!