Yummy Mason Jar Salads, Save Time & Money.

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Mason Jar Pre-made Salads:

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My husband and I did this DIY pre-made lunch for each of us for the week. We each made 4 salads with different salad dressings, put them in the fridge and grabbed one for lunch on the go, or for a nice side to dinner. It stayed fresh and came in handy.

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Tips:
Always put the salad dressing first, then layer the harder vegetables, lettuce last. This will create a barrier so the lettuce doesn’t get soggy.
They will stay fresh for 4-5 days.
Use enough salad dressing.
I used croutons and they absorbed moisture and got soggy.
Use any vegetables, cheese, and greens you desire!
I bought a 12 pack of mason jars from Walmart. I got the wide-mouth kind, it’s easier to get your fork in! They were about $12 for the pack.

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I gathered everything I like in my salad and did a little salad workshop on a Sunday. That way there was 8 salads all ready to go in the fridge.

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My husband doesn’t get a lunch break a lot of days; so when he leaves for work, he simply grabs a salad jar and Ta-da, lunch!
What kinds of things do you put in your salad?

The Frugal Survalist series starts Sunday.

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Do NOT miss the new weekly, continuing class on my blog–
-Extreme Frugal survivalist-
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I am very excited to announce, starting Sunday, twice a week I will post a video teaching frugal survival plans and techniques. My husband will host the video class series, covering almost every topic related to surviving, in any emergency situation. He is an extreme survivalist, with 9 years military training and raised in the mountains of Eastern Oregon. He will be teaching us how to survive and prepare yourself and your family for disaster while still being frugal. Each video class will cover one topic on survival.

What topic would like to learn more about on survival?
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Mini-Me Chronicles.

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This little girl is my littlest best friend. My little dear’s name is Gracious, we call her Gracie. After having her, is when I decided to take this route and actually start ‘being’ a decent mom, be a good and fun one at the same time. Have something of worth to share with my offspring. I love sharing how to budget and save with my little ones. They get it too. They love it and it will be a great jumpstart to implement as they grow older and develop spending habits. I hope to teach my little people the value of a dollar. It took me, hmmm, a while to get it. I hope they learn sooner.
Amber 🙂

Olive Garden without the restaurant. It’s worth a gander.

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Olive Garden Copycat Sauce–It tastes soooooo good! I made it the other night, worth a try!
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Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce is delicious, but here’s how you recreate the flavor of their delicious sauce in the comfort of your own kitchen for a mere fraction of the price.

You’ll Need:
1 pkg Pasta (penne or fettuccine)
1 stick of butter
1 clove of minced garlic
1 pint of heavy cream
1 cup of fresh Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp cream cheese
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper

Cook the Pasta al dente. (to your taste preference!)

While the pasta is cooking, Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for two minutes stirring constantly, then add in heavy cream and cream cheese, stirring constantly. Heat until the mixture begins to bubble along the sides, but do not boil.

Add in Parmesan Cheese, and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Continue stirring until the sauce is fully incorporated, but do not boil it as that will cause the cream to curdle.

Glad I am not the average, spending $146-$289 /week on Grocery’s.

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I used to spend this much, now that I am aware of my spending habits, using coupons and maximizing on sales; my weekly cost is so LOW, and I have a stock- even for a family of 7. Interesting article.

HOW much do you spend on grocery’s per week?
http://wallstcheatsheet.com/personal-finance-2/5-handy-tips-for-saving-cash-on-your-grocery-bill.html/

Every baby needs these. Adorable|functionale.

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5 Pairs free, pay shipping.

http://www.babyleggings.com

WHY I LIKE THIS IDEA~
Change diaper without undressing.
Keeps sweeties warm.
Crawling babies knees protected.

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Click on “Shop Now” and select any 5 baby leggings you like!
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Once you have made your selection, you’ll automatically be directed to the shopping bag. Enter the promo code ENBABY and they will deduct 100% off the cost of your selected baby leggings – all you pay is tax and shipping! Shipping adds $13.45, but this is still a great price for 5 pairs!