Leftover Hambone Soup

June 22, 2010

We are not huge Ham eaters but every year at Christmas our Jewish Financial Advisor sends us one. I tell you he’s Jewish because I think it’s ironic and hilarious that he sends a ham instead of a turkey considering most Jews don’t eat pork. Anyway… He sends us a Harry and David Ham and it is the most delicious ham EVER. I’m pretty sure the fact that it’s free adds the best spice ūüėČ ¬†I cook it on Christmas Eve and we eat what we want of it on that day. The rest of it I freeze in various portions (cubed ham,bone,soup ham etc..) and since we eat so little ham it does us through the summer.
The whole point to this was that this year with the leftover Ham Bone I made this soup and it was REALLY good. Also a big plus that it made alot and was cheap….

After the Holidays Ham Bone Soup
1 ham bone with some meat
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 (15 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes with juice
1 (14 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables (I used the veggies from dinners I’d frozen in my veggie container in the freezer), thawed
3 potatoes, peeled and diced
1 1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
3/4 cup uncooked long grain rice
1 cup chopped cooked ham, or amount leftover
1 (10 ounce) can tomato sauce
Directions
Place the ham bone into a large pot and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook for 15 minutes. Add the onion and tomatoes, then stir in the frozen mixed vegetables and potatoes. Simmer for about 20 minutes, then add the macaroni, rice, and chopped ham. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat for 1 1/2 hours. Any ham on the bone should come off easily. Remove the meat and discard bone. Stir in the tomato sauce and let cool for about 15 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information
Amount Per Serving  Calories: 195 | Total Fat: 2.7g | Cholesterol: 6mg

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Little Frugalista

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Frugal Garden Slow Waterer

June 21, 2010

My favorite style of Gardening is anything I can get and/or make for free so of course I was thrilled when Quiltie¬†asked me if I’d like to dig up some of her Brown Eyed Susans¬†and Daisies to place in my own yard. I’m pretty sure my Gardening¬†and Frugal Lifestyle roots from my Grandmother who used to say “My name is Jimmy. I’ll take whatcha¬†Give Me!” (Guess she couldn’t come up with anything to rhyme with Ellen since that was her actual name)¬†On a total tangent….¬†Visiting with¬†friends one day they¬†commented on their “Cottage Style”¬† of decoration for their home. Upon asking me what my Gardening and Household Style was¬†I replied “Jimmy”. They thought it was some sort of Middle Eastern Feng¬†Shui thing until I relayed the saying above¬†to them.

I dug up 2 large clumps of the Free Flowers to place on the corner of my property where 2 Pompous Grasses I had placed last year had died. I placed them in those holes and prayed they would fare better then the grass had.

Last week however I noticed that they were beginning to wilt and therefore I had to start watering them. After a few days of taking the time to water them I got a little tired of the chore. I was wishing that I had a couple of Aquaglobes to place at each plant to keep them watered.

Well being as cheap as I am I set out to create a cheap Slow Waterer from things that I already had on hand.

See look how wilted they are looking behind the Waterer!

Little Dude is a HUGE juice drinker and goes through a 64 ounce bottle of Walmart Apple Juice every week. I just happened to have an empty bottle he had finished on hand so I decided to create the Slow Waterer from that.

I had read more then once about people making Waterers from Milk Jugs. They had punched very small holes in the bottom of the jugs, placed them beside their plants and filled them with water. This allowed the plant to be watered slowly at the root as God had intended.

I decided that this was a great idea, however I was failry sure my neighbors wouldn’t want to stare at milk jugs every time they were out in their front yard. So I set out to think of something to cover the Apple Juice Bottle with. That is when I remembered the¬†Earring/Brooch Holder I had made from a picture frame¬†and the fact that I had leftover Burlap from that Project.

So I set out to cover the Container with Burlap after I had punched 2 tiny little holes in the bottom with a knife…

I used Floral Wire ,which I always keep on hand because it is soooo handy, to create a loose stitch on the edge of the Fabric…

I pulled the Fabric so that it bunched and hooked it around the top of the bottle. I then took the Floral Wire and stitched a small spot at the bottom to keep the fabric closed there.

I made sure to cut the fabric off about a 1/2 an inch from the ground so that the water coming from the bottom of the Bottle wouldn’t get soaked into the fabric instead of the ground. I turned the side pictured above towards the plant so that you can’t see it.

Hope this inspires you to use what you have on hand to create what you need in the Garden ūüôā

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Little Frugalista

Saving Money on Father’s Day/ Free Kids Summer Activity

June 19, 2010

I began this posts, as I usually do with pictures of things I/we had created (see below). My next step is usually to link to a former post of mine that talks about the creation or whatever related topic. In doing this I noticed a HUGE oversight on my part. I forgot to share this cheap little tid bit….

Looking for something to do with your bored kids this summer? Lowes offers a free workshop, usually every second and fourth Saturday of the month called Lowes Build and Grow Workshops. At 10 am on those mornings they offer neat projects that both girls and boys will enjoy. If you are interested HERE  are the next 2 projects that will be offered.

¬†If you don’t have a Lowes near you check out Home Depot\’s Kids Workshops. Though I don’t have a Home Depot near me to know personally, I am told the workshops are very similar. It would be worth calling about to find out.

All of the Workshops are totally free, including the materials¬†and I can tell you from experience that Lowes provides the first 50 kids at each workshop free Work Aprons and Goggles. They use the kid size hammers in the picture below but do not send them home with the kids…

The little clear pocket at the top of the apron is where they make cards to put your child’s name on the apron.

June 10ths Workshop was a Picture Frame. The kids got to choose whether they wanted their frame to be up and down (portrait) or sideways (landscape). They started out looking like this….

Never missing the opportunity for an inexpensive gift we decided to alter these into Father’s Day gifts. I am a huge fan of paint and already had the perfect .99 can of Blue on Hand from another project we had done (Primitive Signs/ It’s amazing to me what people will pay for words painted on a piece of cheap wood but I guess I’m off topic).

After spray painting both of the frames and letting them dry we ran to our local Hobby Lobby where we purchased 2 things that happened to be on sale… 3-D Scrapbook stickers and 2 pieces of scrapbook paper. Total cost for this project ended up being $2.20 plus tax.

Each of the frames came with a cardboard insert and we covered both sides of the insert with the scrapbook paper which we cut to size and then glued onto the card board. After that dried the kids placed the stickers on the frame and onto one whole side of the insert. The other side of the insert we glued a picture to with Non-acid Scrapbook Glue which I also had on hand.

Now anyone who knows Mr. Frugalista will tell you that he is a huge fan of Hunting and Fishing. So Little Dude chose a Fishing Theme for his Frame. I will tell you my child is not usually solid blue. On the day of this picture he decided to color his whole head from the shoulders up blue with sidewalk chalk that had gotten rained on….¬†

Back…

Little Miss chose a Hunting Theme. Yes I realize that it is funny that I have placed a disguise on her face to match my blog header and that there is a shotgun above her head and bullets at the bottom but hey it’s his thing. lol Feel free to borrow the picture as many have borrowed my Veggie Cartoon picture as I Wrote a Post On. I would however love to know why you are borrowing it because I can laugh with the best of them ;)….

You could have tailored these to any interest and I can tell you my kids LOVED making them. So it killed 2 birds with one stone, entertaining my kids for a few hours and creating an inexpensive Father’s Day Gift.;)

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Little Frugalista

Cartoon Vegetables

June 19, 2010

I have officially been sharing my Frugal Advice with the world via this blog now for 4 months. After these 4 months one question has been first and foremost on my mind concerning this blog… What in the heck are all of you doing with Cartoon Vegetable Pictures? A couple of months ago I posted my recipe for Leftover Vegetable Soup¬†and at the top of the post I inserted¬†this cute little picture…

¬†This picture has drawn in THOUSANDS of people. My top search term consistently every day¬†is also various cartoon vegetable terms¬†in all of their forms and misspelling. Just a as an example from the past 2 days…

Today

Search

cartoon vegetables,cartoon veggies,cartoon steamed vegetables,cartoon pictures vegetables,cartoon pictures of vegetables,cartoon vegies,cartoon vegitable

Feel free to use the picture. Heck in fact I sniped it from another site. What I want to know is… What is everyone doing with a picture of cartoon vegetables?

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Little Frugalista

*Hydrogen Peroxide* The Best .50 You’ll Ever Spend

June 14, 2010

I know you’ve seen the adds¬†that pop up on the side of your screen that say “One Mom Found a Super Cheap Effective Way to Whiten Teeth! Click here to find out what it is!”. Well this Mom is giving the info. away for free ;)… Hydrogen Peroxide. I get comments now and then about how white my teeth are. After a barrage of questioning about what sorts of things I use the questioner is usually disbelieving that, no I do not use those $30 Boxes of “White Strips, Gels,Rinses etc..” but rather use the .50 active ingredient they use… Hydrogen Peroxide. The trick to Whitening your teeth with Peroxide is to rinse your mouth before brushing with a 1:1 (once again with pity for the math challenged as I, a half and half solution) of water and Peroxide. Then Brush your teeth as normal.

I’m sure at this point you are thinking YUCK I bet that tastes like foot but I assure you that it tastes like nothing. The only real difference between pure water and Peroxide ,taste wise, is that it will Fizz once you spit it out. The Fizz always thrills me though because that means it’s Fizzing out all of the crud I don’t want in there in the first place.

If you want to REALLY clean your teeth you can create a paste of Baking Soda and Peroxide. The added abrasion of the Soda helps to scrub the gunk off of your teeth. I can not promise however that this concoction will taste pleasant, though it is very survivable because I have done and will continue to do it myself ūüėČ

Do these (either just Peroxide or Peroxide with Baking Soda), according to my dentist, once a week only.

All of that being said I need to add to this post…. Please consult your dentist before following this advice because, though my dentist gave me the ok, your teeth may have special needs with which this advice may not work. Do I sound like one of the announcers at the end of a drug commercial that lists off 200 things that may go wrong if you take their medication?¬†“Possible side effects may include, listening to Wayne Newton Music, Cranial Implosion, Negative Karma, Coloring Outside the Lines¬†etc..” ūüėÄ

Now since I’ve created a whole posting touting my love affair with Peroxide I will give you other great uses for this Store Bought Wonder…

  1. To clean and sanitize the kitchen¬†‚Ästclean countertops and sanitize lunch boxes. As with all cleaning I try to use things that are EcoFriendly and won’t adversely effect my family’s health and Peroxide fits the bill.
  2. To clean vegetables and fruits and prolong the freshness and taste ‚Äď Add 1/4 cup of 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide to a sink full of cold water. Add vegetables and fruits wash, then rinse with cool water.
  3. Cut and Wound care ‚Äď Misting a wound with hydrogen peroxide will help clean it while speeding the healing process.
  4. For your toothbrush ‚Äď Soaking your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide between uses can help keep it clean and prevent transfer of germs. Particularly useful when you or someone in your household has a cold.
  5. As an astringent ‚Äď Dabbing 3% hydrogen peroxide on pimples can help promote clearer skin.
  6. Fresh blood stains¬†‚Äď use 3% H202 to remove fresh blood stains in clothing. Then rinse fabric with soap/water. Also works for most other stains.
  7. For canker sores and toothaches ‚Äď use 3% hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash to kill germs and allow any sores to heal.
  8. Athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, and skin infections¬†‚Äď Soak the affected area in 3% hydrogen peroxide once or twice daily.
  9. Sinus infections ‚Äď Mix one tablespoon of 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide with one cup of distilled water for use as a sinus spray to kill and prevent sinus infections.
  10. Window and mirror cleaning ‚Äď Hydrogen peroxide provides a streak free shine on glass surfaces. Simply use a spray bottle to wet the surface with 3% hydrogen peroxide, and wipe with a lint free cloth. This can also help disinfect, which is important in homes with children who like to put their mouths on the glass.
  11. Shower disinfectant ‚Äď Keep a spray bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide in the shower for spraying down the shower to kill bacteria and viruses.
  12. Humidifier disinfectant ‚Äď Use 1 pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of water.
  13. Laundry Bleach replacement¬†‚Äď Add 8 ounces of 3% hydrogen peroxide to your wash. (Does the name Oxyclean ring a bell?)
  14. Pets ‚Äď For dogs and cats, use 1 ounce 3% hydrogen peroxide to 1 quart water for their drinking and bath water.
  15. Home & Garden Plants ‚Äď Use 1 ounce 3% hydrogen peroxide per quart of water.
  16. Bathtub detox ‚Äď Add one pint or quart bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide to warm bath water and soak for 20-25 min.
  17. And last but not least¬†My second Favorite Use after Teeth Whitening…¬†Pour a little around your faucets and watch the nasty dirt and bacteria fizz out. Take a Toothbrush (One¬†you use solely for cleaning. I don’t care how mad you are at him, don’t use his toothbrush. I’m fairly sure there is one lady out there in cyberland right now who thinks I’m psychic and can see her through the screen.) and scrub the remaining junk around the faucet and rinse with clear water.

If those weren’t enough uses for this Cheap Wonder and you would love to read more, including how to cure an Earache, Clean out Earwax, Prevent Swimmers Ear¬†etc… Click HERE¬†to visit Tip King.

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Little Frugalista

Hillbilly Housewife

June 13, 2010

I was taken to task yesterday by Quiltie for not posting here on my blog ūüôā She told me she had been checking every morning and night only to find that I hadn’t posted anything new. This past week was the first week of my kids summer vacation and my schedule has been juggled quite a bit. Instead of running at 10am I end up running at 6:30 am (shock to my system!). I also plan at least 4 free activities for my kids to do during the week so that they don’t get bored and kill each other ūüėČ Hopefully things will calm down and I will be able to fit blogging in better.

For those of you that hunger for more Cheapness check out this site….

Hillbilly Housewife is another great site I like to visit. Some of my favorite things on this site include:

¬†–an Emergency $45 meal plan for 4-6 for a week

¬†–Homemade Convenience Foods

Recipes

-For those of you that participate in¬† Angel Food Ministries¬†here are Angel Food Recipes. For those of you that don’t and have no idea what it is, check out the clickable link above and find out if you might be interested in buying inexpensive food this way.

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Little Frugalista

Chicken Tortilla Soup

June 9, 2010

Chicken Tortilla Soup:

1lb chicken, cooked and chopped (I use leftover Chicken I’ve frozen from other dinners)
1 T olive oil
1 small onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1 can 28 oz crushed tomatoes
1 can 10.5 oz low-sodium chicken broth
1 1/4 cups water
1 can 4.5 oz chopped green chile peppers
1 can 15 oz black beans, drained and rinsed (I cook my own on the stove and freeze them in 1 cup portions in baggies)
1/4 c fresh cilantro, chopped * I didn’t have this and it turned out fine*

In large saucepan, heat olive oil and saute onion and garlic until soft. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Optional toppings include baked tortilla chips, low-fat sour cream, cheddar cheese, etc.

Nutritional Info per serving (w/o toppings): 278 calories, 4.9 g fat, .5g saturated fat, 46 mg cholesterol, 30 g carbohydrates, 23 g protein, 466 mg sodium.

This is a healthy protein packed meal that is sure to fill you up and is great the next day for lunch.

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Little Frugalista

We Already Knew This

June 2, 2010

If you read my post about Haggling Medical Bills¬†then you are one step ahead of the people on MSN¬†that wrote the article about 10 Things Your Hospital Won\’t Tell You.

¬†#4 Your Hospital Bill is Negotiable¬†just reaffirms to me that I’m not the only one out there getting discounts on medical bills just for asking.

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Little Frugalista

Meal Plan for Week of May 31

June 1, 2010

Monday (Memorial Day)- Cookout at my house ūüôā My part is Grilled Steaks, Grilled Chicken, Grilled Zucchini,Pepper and Onions,¬†and Hummus with Whole Oat Bread

Tuesday-Cut Up Leftover Steak and Chicken turned into Fajitas,Leftover Green Beans, Leftover Zucchini,Pepper and Onions (Leftover Hummus¬†went into a Wrap today fro¬†Mr. Frugalista’s Lunch)

Wednesday-Crockpot Split Chicken Breast,Steamed Broccoli and Rolls (leftover Chicken will be frozen for Chicken Pot Pie later)

Thursday-Pinto Beans and Hushpupppies (leftover Beans will be made into Refried Beans¬†because Little Dude has been asking for “Smooshed Beans”)

Friday-Turkey Burgers on the Grill with Corn on the Cob

Saturday-Grilled Chicken, Zucchini,Green Beans

Sunday-Baked Potato Bar (Chili,Cheese,Sour Cream,Butter etc…)

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Little Frugalista

In Honor of The Memorial Day Cookout

May 29, 2010

If you are like me you have meat thawing in the fridge right now to cookout for Memorial Day. I love the taste of Marinated Meat but hate the fact that most store bought¬†Marinades have MSG,High Fructose Corn Syrup and a Whole Slew of other preservatives. Here is a great Marinade Website that has TONS of Marinades you can make from scratch to avoid the additives mentioned above. Don’t let that description throw you because they are EASY EASY EASY

Nikibone Marinades