Easy way to Remove Sand off Skin

It’s summer time and that means going to the beach.  Does it drive you crazy that it doesn’t seem to matter how much you try to wash the sand off your skin after, you can’t get all that sand off?  Try sprinkling baby powder to easily remove that sand.  You’ll be amazed as to how well it works!

Home Made Graham Crackers Recipe

Here’s a great treat for the young and old.  This is another good idea to do with the kids as an activity.  This recipe should make about four dozen.


What You Will Need:

–  3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

–  1 1/2 cups whole-wheat graham flour

–  1/4 cup sugar

–  1/4 cup brown sugar

–  1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

–  1 tsp baking powder

–  1/2 tsp baking soda

–  1/2 tsp salt

–  1 tsp vanilla extract

–  1/2 cup butter

–  4 Tbsp honey

–  1/4 cup cold water


What You Will Need to do:

1.   Preheat oven to 350°F.

2.   Mix both flours, both sugars, baking powder, salt, baking soda and cinnamon in a bowl with an electric mixer.

3.   Now add butter (it’s best to use cold butter).  Then add honey, vanilla and water.  Continue to mix until the contents of the bowel is mixed into a ball.

4.   Next, roll out dough onto waxed paper.  Leave the dough to be about 1/2 inch thick.

5.   Place dough in the refrigerator for about an hour until it is firm.

6.   Now that the dough is firm, lightly flour the dough and roll out the dough so that it is about 1/8 inch thickness.

7.   Then cut dough into roughly 2 inch squares and placed on parchment lined cookie sheets.  Poke each square a few times with a fork, like you would when baking a pie.

8.   Bake for 15 minutes or until the squares are lightly browned at the edges.

Frugal Tip #12 ~ Cheap Alternative to Shaving Cream


Tired of spending too much money on shaving cream for your legs?

Instead of shaving cream, use your hair conditioner to shave your legs.  It’s amazing how much money you’ll save and I found that it leaves my legs even smoother than shaving cream.  You don’t even have to use the expensive conditioner, just whatever is on sale.


Frugal Tip #11 ~ DIY Swiffer Towels

Swiffer Sweeper


Instead of spending money of those Swiffer cloth refills, take regular kitchen rags and insert them like you would the cloth refills.

Make at Home – Kraft Miracle Whip Recipe

Below is a recipe to make the infamous Kraft Miracle Whip at home.  As always, I’d love to hear any suggestions you may have to tweak this recipe.

–  4 egg yolks
–  1 tsp salt
–  2 Tbsp sugar
–  2 tsp dry mustard
–  6 Tbsp vinegar or 6 Tbsp of lemon juice
–  3 cups salad oil
–  3 Tbsp flour
–  1 cup boiling water
–  ¼ cup of vinegar

1.  With an electric mixer or blender, blend egg yolks, salt, sugar and 2 Tbsp vinegar (or lemon juice).

2.  Next, add 1 cup oil, slowly.  Add remaining oil, carefully and then add remaining vinegar.  Make sure that everything is well blender before adding the next item.

3.  In separate bowl, mix flour, mustard, boiling water and ¼ cup of vinegar (this shouldn’t be substituted for lemon juice) together until smooth.

4.  Now pour everything into a saucepan and cook slowly until everything is smooth.

5.  Finally, blend everything togeth and place in a container to cool in the fridge.


Frugal Tip #10 ~ Bill/Invoice Mistakes Do Happen

You’d be surprised how often errors show up in your bills.  Make sure to keep all your receipts.  Compare those receipts with your credit card bill so there are no errors.  I also make sure to take a look at your phone, cell, cable, etc. bills so there are no fees that you don’t want or need.  

Kraft Version of the Mandarin Hunan Pork Recipe

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I really like the Hunan dish from Earls and have posted a copycat version of the recipe.  I’ve found another version of the recipe that Kraft has made.  Check out the recipe below and try it for yourself.


 Mandarin Hunan Pork recipe


What You Will Need: 

–   1/4 cup Kraft Mandarin Orange with Sesame Dressing

–   2 Tbsp hoisin sauce

–   1-1/2 tsp soy sauce

–   1 Tbsp oil

–   2 red peppers – cut into bite-sized pieces

–   2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped

–   1 piece gingerroot, peeled and thinly sliced (about an 1 inch in size) 

–   2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

–   1 lb. (450 g) pork tenderloin, cut into bite-size pieces

–   5 sprigs fresh cilantro


What You Will Need to do:

1.   Mix the first 4 items together.

2.   Heat the oil in the wok or a skillet.  Add peppers, ginger and garlic for roughly 30 seconds. 

3.   Add meat and cook until done (roughly 5-6 minutes).

4.   Now stir in the dressing and bring it to a boil.

5.   Place on dish and sprinkle cilantro on top.  

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