Instant Pot Love!

Hey there friends! A couple of months ago, on prime day, I jumped at the chance to get myself an Instant Pot for a great deal. I have been wanting one for a while, but the price tag was holding me back. On prime day, it was almost half off! So, I snagged one. Yay! Of course then I had to learn how to use it. Haha!!
Instant Pot Love
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October in Review at frazzled JOY {2017}

I’m seriously still wrapping my head around the fact that it’s November. September and October just flew by. We were super busy with kid activities and we tried our best to fit in a project here and there. Things have kind of been all over the place lately!! I have definitely been a little frazzled. But, all these things that keep me busy, bring me so much JOY so I can’t complain.
October in Review at frazzled JOY {2017}
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Party Time-Camping Birthday

I’m playing a little catch-up today.  I really wanted to share with you some of the fun we had a month ago with my son Gavin’s birthday party, and also some fun I had this weekend at a baby shower I hosted.  So, first I will share the birthday party today and the baby shower tomorrow.  As I shared here my baby turned 10.  Since we only do friend parties on “big birthdays” (10, 13, 16, 18) he was super excited and had all kinds of ideas but then chose a sleep-over.  The original plan included pitching a tent in the back yard for sleeping but it was a little too chilly for that.  But, I went with the camping theme anyway.  Here are a few photos – all pinterest inspired – because I don’t have any original ideas anymore 😉

 

Simple basic decorations.
A combination of a couple of cakes I found on pinterest.  I love the blaze that the candles made when they were lit – looked like a real campfire!!  The trees were made by covering upside-down sugar cones with icing (star tip), the tent was graham crackers covered with icing, and the rocks were pretzels.  My little photo bomber down there helped with the writing – she has a much steadier hand than I do.
  Then, on to the fun – have you seen this game – shower cap+shaving cream+puff cheetos.  Perfect for 9 and 10yr old boys.  If I did it again I would probably use canned whipped cream instead of shaving cream.  A couple of boys had the shaving cream falling off their head into their face.  
My attempt at glow-in-the-dark bowling.  Fun, but the only problem was you really need a glowing ball too 🙂
We got creative and used the gas grill to make smores (don’t have a fire pit).

 

Even Dad got in on the fun 🙂
 
Then there was movie watching and attempted sleeping – although after all the sugar I fed them they had a little bit of a hard time with that.  
 
Everyone had tons of – most important the birthday boy thought it was great!!
 
Come back tomorrow and see the fun from the baby shower 🙂

 

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Memories and Family Recipes

I’m sure we all have those recipes that have been passed down from our moms or grandmas.  For me, when I make these I am taken back in time to when I would come home smelling it cooking, or helping in the kitchen to make it.  I love that feeling!  Just this week I made one of these – Goulash.  I know there are so many variations to this recipe out there, but this is the one I grew up on.  It is very simple and budget friendly, so I am sharing it with you today.

Goulash
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
2 cups pasta (I mostly use either macaroni or egg noodles, but really anything will work – except spaghetti)
Can of tomatoes (whole, diced, doesn’t matter)
Can of tomato sauce
Green pepper
Onion
Salt and pepper to taste

Brown the ground beef.  Cook noodles.  Drain noodles.  Combine all ingredients and simmer.  The longer you let it simmer the more the flavors combine.  Sometimes I will put it in a baking dish, (sprinkle grated cheese – optional) on top and bake at 350 for 25 minutes.  I always add grated cheddar cheese at serving, but this is up to you.
 
 
Like I said, easy and budget friendly.  Enjoy and have a blessed weekend!!  

 

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Home Made Cleaning Products

About a year ago I got fed up with spending big bucks on cleaning products.  It seemed ridiculous!!  And, then thanks to pinterest I discovered I could make my own at a fraction of the cost!!
 
So, I gathered together the simple ingredients and started with a few simple things.  

 

 

I wanted an all-purpose cleaner that I could use on most surfaces.  I also needed a glass cleaner, and something to cut through grease in the kitchen.  
 
These are still the basics that I use now and have found that they work as well if not better for much less.  I have tweaked these to serve my taste but definitely check the links below with the recipes for other cleanser recipes you might be interested in.

 

 

2 Cups water
1/4 Cup castile soap (mine is Peppermint which I love the smell of)


All-Purpose Cleaner (Watch out for a reaction! It will bubble a lot.)
3 Tablespoons vinegar
1/2 Teaspoon washing soda
1/2 Teaspoon castile soap
2 Cups hot water
 
 
Glass Cleaner
Half Vinegar
Half Water
A few drops of castile soap (optional – to cut the smell of the vinegar)
Also, check out my pinterest board for other ideas.  There are many variations of each cleanser out there in blog-land, so you should be able to find what meets your needs and your tastes.  
 
I also was determined to find an alternative laundry detergent, because with a family of 6, I felt like I was washing my money down the drain every week.  The laundry detergent recipe originally came from The Duggars.  (If anybody knows how to save money with laundry it would be Michelle Duggar!!)  However this site has an awesome step by step tutorial along with the recipe.  I love the laundry detergent, and again it works as well or better than the store bought for MUCH LESS and I have a new HE washer and have had no problems – very few suds with this soap.
Here are the ingredients that go into the liquid laundry detergent:
  • Borax
  • Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (NOT Baking Soda)
  • Fels-Naptha Soap Bar
  • 5-gallon bucket with lid
  • 10 gallon milk jugs (or other containers) that have been cleaned and rinsed (the concentrate will disperse more evenly if you go ahead and divide it up.
You will not use ALL of anything except the Fels-Naptha Soap Bar.  Also, I divided the recipe in half because I didn’t have room to store ten gallons, and five gallons lasts me 4-6 months.  

 

Hope you find something you like to help you save some money$$!!
Linking up with Carmel at Our Fifth House.  Check out lots of other helpful cleaning tips!!

 

Also linking up at Living Well Spending Less
Thrifty Thursday Linky Party at LivingWellSpendingLess.com!

 

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