Thursday, June 7, 2018

SHOPPING AT HOME ! From your Fridge / Pantries etc... part 1

How many times have you heard "we don't have anything to eat in the house?"   I know I have heard that many times while raising my kids and having a house full of kids, friends, friends kids and now their kids.    

When my kids were young I cooked dinner most nights at home, going out to eat only on rare occasions or the necessity of eating at the ball field more times that I care to admit.  We would have a "leftover" night about every 10 days ... and I would just take everything out of my packed fridge and put it out on the counters and the kids (and whomever else was here) could put anything they wanted on their plate.  I had not a care if they wanted "all meat,"  "all veggies,"  "all bread,"  or what ever the end of the buffet line it would be my time to dump what was left in the trashcan.

I learned a new trick after time and that was "freezing" the leftovers and making the more healthy meal of "soup" with the left overs of whatever was left.    HA!  this worked well too...  after time and tried and true methods I have become somewhat of an expert of "pantry" or "fridge" shopping and have blogged about these experiences in the past.      

I was feeding my family on $30 or $40 a week way before it was cool and could throw together a zero cost week with little effort.   I haven't blogged or done a pantry challenge in a while. This month I had to put out more than $1K in taxes for 6 months of real estate and personal property and felt the need to make up for "lost money."  

I have an empty outdoor freezer and need to restock it... we had a faux pas incident at easter and lost all of the items in it, and there were many.

In complete contrast, I also have an indoor fridge and a couple of pantries.  I have stockpiled over the years , have stockpiled in excess recently and have a well stocked pantry with many expired items in it I am sure.  Its time to "clean this up."  

So today...... I started the challenge...

with a little hesitation I am going to introduce you to one of my 3 pantries, my fridge and my freezer... (all of which my husband and daughter made fun of last night at dinner out) ... so I am sure the posting of this will bring them a tiny bit of discomfort or humor... not sure which..

as you can see they are CHOCKED FULL TO THE BRIM and are in desperate need of cleaning out


***smoothies at home are somewhat of a modern day meal.    My kids would have loved to have a "milkshake" for dinner than actually sit and eat many times, this I know for sure.   Too bad I didn't think of this then but ... at least I know now.   

this was my FIRST round of adding things to the blender from the freezer:   frozen kale, frozen grapes, a tiny bit of left over frozen blueberries

Checking the Fridge.... I found a granny smith apple,  2 apricots, ginger root and some pecans.... since there is no "recipe" I follow any longer for my smoothies , its basically anything goes....

I had this in my pantry for an extended amount of time.  I bought it from the clearance rack , knowing that this aloe water would be good for "burns" or "sunburns" not really thinking I would drink it.  Well I never used it for first aid on the outside so.... opened it up, tasted a very tiny amount and didn't mind the taste so in went a splash to the blender.   

I then scooped 2 tablespoons of Collegen   that my friend recommended to me recently for good measure .  (hair, skin, nails)

and there you have it.... soooo very delicious, nutritious and not to mention helping to clean out my stockpiles too... I am sipping on this while typing this blogpost and my mind is already getting excited about what's next on the menu!

Smoothie recipes are plentiful on the internet if you are the type that feels like they cannot be creative on their own.   I have been inspired by ordering and enjoying the freezer / blender ready smoothie cups HERE  I took advantage of the 3 free with order and loved them.  I quickly realized that the most unlikely pairing and blending of ingredients made for the best tasting smoothies ever.   So here I am working like a scientist with no beakers SLAYING IT if I do say so myself.

Now not only am I getting healthy from these smoothies but I am making some GOOD DIRT with my compost ... AND putting water in my VITAMIXER (won from an internet contest) to make some healthy water to water my plants outside ... yes... you can feed your plants REAL FOOD in the water instead of chemicals.

food for the compost

food for my plants.... this is water in the blender to "clean it"

SO there you have it... get on board with me making smoothies, soup, casseroles etc ... shop at home in your pantry and fridge!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018


I have been living my FRUGAL LIFE doing everything I can that "makes cents" in Anjie's World.... everyone knows that I use discounts, clubs, coupons, sales, thrift, DIY, support local, enter sweeps, mystery shop, barter, etc to make my life as full as I can
and continue my WORK HARD = PLAY HARD  mantra.


THRIFTING and EBAY have sparked my recent interest
Thanks to my Friend ,   Jason , that pointed out a few things
to me at a local Thrift store... RIGHT NOW ... EBAY has a FREE LISTING DEAL
and I am ON IT!

One of my favorite things to do is to combine .... coupons with Gift Certificates ,  especially if you earn getting the gift certificate.  I am a member of several sources that sell you GIFT CERTIFICATES at less the amount that is listed on them.   Stay tuned to my FRUGAL PAGE on FB & sign up for email notifications here  to get in as soon as I post them so that they do not go away.  I also collect GC from my Credit Cards (points for GC) , sweepstakes, Search to Win and more.  I talk about them RIGHT HERE and on FB so that you too can CASH IN!   Longhorn had a FREE Appetizer coupon if you signed up for their AP ... we did that and combined with GC to eat, drink and take home some goodies... now thats a HOME RUN DEAL!   you too can CASH IN ... follow me!   (no worries I don't eat like this ALL of the time,  scroll down for some healthier options!)

Shop the RIGHT stores!  Shop the stores that offer QUALITY for discount prices!    I recently (yesterday) got the items photographed above and wrote about it on ANJIES WORLD  check out the post on how I got all of what you see for FREE.  As unintended as it was, it was very welcomed!  Sign up for notices from that blog as well for a little bit of "this" and a little bit of "that."

HEALTHY AT A DISCOUNT?   everyone says that in order to eat more healthy , you have to spend more money, right?   If you have been following along I have been trying boxed meals and reviewing them.  This one was reviewed on ANJIES WORLD  and is my newest venture.  I love love love the Curry Styled Soup and the Smoothies that have helped me to eat healthier... get 3 free with your order RIGHT NOW ... thats the offer I signed up with!

Other Savings for FEBRUARY

MYSTERY SHOPS :    5 recent shops for some ALMOST free meals,  can't beat that !

Online Bill Pay:   save gas, checks, late charges etc... I use this almost exclusively now!

Barter:   Bartered : photographed a Wedding in February for Martial Arts lessons for my Grandson !  

Deals:   The BOX MAN COMETH and will keep on coming as I have ordered several items for my photography business at a great discount!  I will share more on that with another blog post!

Budget Payments:  with the extreme weather in the USA our utility bills .... well they vary hugely.... I have my electricity set up to be the "same" every month and now my gas too (its a phone call) and poof , its done!

NO TRASH PICK UP :   we take our own trash to the  dump ,  free..... this is one bill that I would opt to pay if I were rich ... but for now we take our own.  Composting the "live" stuff and burning leaves (allowed in our county)

LEARNING:    drying flowers now for a REALLY COOL DIY project that I hope "pans out"  stay tuned for more on this!!!   

Sunday, March 4, 2018

MORE "LITTLE THINGS" .... Back to the BAY...

So sometimes its all about the photos...and now is one of those times
these are a few of my recent finds.... BACK TO THE BAY...
going to throw somethings on EBAY to make a few BUCKS
Wish Me Luck

Monday, February 12, 2018

Sometimes it's the little things.... Like Ketchup!

Ketchup!    Have you ever thought about Ketchup?    I have.   Read your labels on your ketchup bottle and see that there are some ingredients in MOST ketchups that I don't know what they are or nor do I want to.    BUT .... I love ketchup!    I don't like to spend a lot of money just to be healthy but I like everyone else enjoy being healthy, participating in healthier lifestyles and not paying more money than I need to at the grocery store.   

I make many of our salad dressings (thousand island, italian, ranch), condiments, cocktail sauce,  BBQ sauce and anything else that I can to save money,  when I can't get free or close to free at the grocery store.  To that point,  people often speak of how inconvenient it is to go "scratch" rather than pre-made.   In this recipe I am using a pre-made product (tomato paste) that can and would be scratch except that I paid about 4 or 5 cents for a boatload of tomato sauces and pastes at Food Lion a while back.  

ALL OF THE ITEMS BELOW WERE ALREADY IN MY CABINET except the White Wine Vinegar.   I picked that up on sale and it will go a long way for this recipe and a couple of others that I have on the list to make next (mayo etc)!!!  SO HERE IT IS : 


Of course you can alter , add, subtract to any of the ingredients I used to make it your own...
Everyone's Tastes are Different!


6 ounces Tomato Paste
1/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar  ( I used Truvia Blend)
1/4  teaspoon Dry Ground Mustard
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/4  scant teaspoon Cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon  of Ground Clove
1/8 teaspoon of  Onion Powder
2 pinches of Allspice
Grind some Garlic (to taste)
1 pinch of Cajun Seasoning
1/3  cup Water
4 tablespoons White Wine Vinegar

Mix them ALL UP ... its that easy , some measuring spoons , whisk and some jars is all you need.

The Finished Product!!!  Will last about a month in your FRIDGE!

My Ketchup will not last that long.... but if you need it to last longer then you can "can" them to seal and store.  This is especially helpful if you have a bunch of tomatoes in the summer! 

I will be posting more of these easy smeasy recipes for you in the future to help with your "little things" that adds up to SAVING MONEY and KNOWING what you are putting in your body, all of the ingredients I used I can pronounce!!!