Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Money Saving Recipes!

I've been reading the book Miserly Moms by Jonni McCoy and decided to share some of my favorite recipes from her book. I highly recommend this book to any family wanting to save money! You can buy the book HERE!

Homemade Hershey’s Syrup
1 cup cocoa (unsweetened)
2 cups sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup cold water
1 T. vanilla

Combine cocoa and sugar and blend until all the lumps of cocoa are gone. Add salt and water and mix well. Cook over medium heat, bringing it to a boil. Remove from heat once it boils. When cool, add vanilla (otherwise the flavor boils away). Makes 30 ounces

Taco Spice Mix

¼ cup red pepper flakes or chili powder
¼ cup ground cumin
¼ cup oregano
2 T. cayenne powder
¼ cup garlic powder
¼ cup onion powder
3 T. salt

Makes 12 servings or uses. To use, add 2 T. to one pound of ground meat. Mix well and then cook. For dips, add 2 T to 1 cup sour cream or yogurt.

Ranch Salad Dressing
3 garlic cloves, minced
¾ cup mayonnaise
½ cup butter milk (1 tsp lemon juice added to ½ cup milk)
1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1 tsp. onion powder
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper

Combine ingredients and blend well until smooth. Chill for at least 30 minutes. Tastes best if chilled overnight.

Cinnamon Dough
1 ½ cups cinnamon
1 cup applesauce
1/3 cup white school glue

Mix and form into ornaments
or snowmen. Let air-dry for 2 to 3 days.

Bubbles That Last
5 cups water
½ cup liquid Dawn or Joy
2 T. glycerin (at drugstores)

Pour water into container first. Add dish soap and glycerin and stir. (try not to make it froth) Dip a bubble wand into solution and blow.

Bird Treats
½ cup peanut butter
½ cup flour
1 ½ cups birdseed
Mix well and shape into a ball. Press flat to ½ inch thick.
Place on cookie sheet. Gently poke a hole in the
middle of the “cookie”.
Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool completely.
Hang with string outside.

Modeling Clay
1 ½ cups flour
½ cup salt
Food coloring (optional)
½ cup water
¼ cup vegetable oil

In a bowl, mix flour and salt together. To the water, add food coloring, 2 or 3 drops at a time and stir. Slowly add colored water and oil to dough and mix well. Knead dough by hand until soft.
Note: sprinkle with a little flour and knead in if dough is too sticky. Leftover dough can be stored in plastic bags or airtight containers to keep it soft.

Play Dough

2 Cups flour
1 Cup salt
4 tsp. cream of tartar
2 Cups water with food coloring
2 T. oil

Mix all ingredients together in a pan (non-stick). Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it forms a hard ball. As it becomes half cooks, the dough is hard to mix. Keep stirring until all parts are hardened. Remove from the pan and knead to achieve smooth consistency. This batch of play dough will cost only thirty cents compared to between two and three dollars for store bought.
Note: for glitter dough, add glitter when cooking is finished and you are kneading dough.
Try using unsweetened drink mix for the coloring. It also adds fragrance. Use one pack for each recipe.

Edible Modeling Clay

1 Cup peanut butter
1 Cup nonfat dry milk
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 cup loose coconut (optional)

Place peanut butter in a large bowl and work in dry milk with fingers. Add powdered sugar and coconut and work in with fingers. The texture should be like play dough. If it’s too dry, add more peanut butter. If it’s too sticky, add more dry milk. This keeps well in a plastic bag for a week. Try making spiders by rolling a ball for the tummy and one for the head. Use pretzel sticks for the legs and raisins for the eyes.

Aromatic Modeling DoughGreat for Christmas ornaments!
¾ cup applesauce
1 Cup cinnamon (4 ounces)
1 T. cloves
1 T. nutmeg
2 T. glue

Mix all ingredients thoroughly and shape into figures (snowmen, etc). Lay on cookie sheet and leave in oven overnight with only the oven light on. (or at 150 degrees for a few hours)

Silly Putty
¼ cup liquid laundry starch
¼ cup Elmers school glue

Mix together. Some have found that mixing
inside a plastic bag works best. Store in a plastic
container or in the refrigerator. This makes
enough for a few kids.

Garden Pesticide
1 T. dishwashing detergent
1 cup vegetable oil

Mix and store in an airtight container.
When needed, mix 1 to 2 T. of this solution
with 1 Cup water. Spray on plants, covering
all leaf and stem surfaced.
(From the US Dept of Agriculture)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing these! They will be quite helpful when I get back in to the kitchen. :)



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