My family has a real taste for hummus – we will dig in to a container of Haig’s or a batch of homemade hummus like nobody’s business! When my husband saw a tip in a running magazine about substituting celery and carrots for bread, crackers, and chips for the dipping, we gave it a try and really enjoyed it. But how could we bulk buy on the veggies and make them last in the fridge?
Turns out you can keep fresh celery, carrots and radishes crisp much longer if you wash and chop them, then store them in water in the fridge. Voila! Chip replacements that stay crunchy much longer.
Now if only I could get the hummus to last that long…..
(Want a bonus tip? Here’s where I got my recipe for a super easy hummus when I ran out of tahini.)
Once a year we take the time to look over all our bills and see which normal and regular bills we can reduce. Every single month, money is going out the door for things like:
- Trash collection
- Phone (cell and land line)
- Banking Fees
- Car Expenses (oil changes, air filter, gas)
All of these expenses come month after month and frankly, because they are so regular we often do not even think about them beyond simply paying for them. However, sometimes there are easy ways to reduce these bills that we have never applied. It may mean switching companies, switching carriers, or just giving your current company a call and asking for a reduced bill or a long-term customer discount. Remember that saving only $5.00 per month on a bill may not seem like much, but when expanded into the next ten years, it becomes significant. While you are on the topic, make sure you are taking advantage of things like automatic bill pay and online banking where you can save the cost of postage and of course, the cost of late fees due to forgetfulness.
So, take the time this month to sit down with your spouse and talk about all these “fixed” expenses and see where you can save some money.
Malia Russell is the blessed wife to Duncan, thankful mother to five children, ages newborn to 20 and an author, conference speaker and director of www.homemaking911.com and www.wheat-n-things.com. Visit her site for inspiration, encouragement and practical help in your roles as a godly wife, mother, homemaker or home educator.
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The weather’s turning warmer in quite a few places, and folks are thinking picnic! If you’re looking for quick and easy picnic fare – or just want a fast and healthy lunch – grab a bag of whole grain tortillas next time you’re at the grocery store.
We have wraps at least once a week; it’s easy to mix things up by using peanut butter and fruit spread one day, peanut butter and banana another, and even peanut butter and Nutella. You could even experiment with a banana split type wrap by using mashed banana, strawberry jam, and some crushed peanuts or walnuts.
Whole grain wraps are handy for a multitude of other quick meals, of course. We like to make quickie quesadillas: just cover half of a tortilla with shredded Mexican blend cheese, fold it over and microwave for 20 – 30 seconds. (Or take a few minutes extra and make a “real” one – yum!) Scramble up some eggs and veggies, pile them on a whole grain tortilla, top with some salsa and you’ve got a breakfast burrito. (Don’t worry, we won’t judge if it’s for dinner instead. *wink*)
If you are a whiz in the kitchen, whip up a batch of homemade tortillas in advance, but even those of us who don’t quiiiite qualify there can still pull together super fast, super easy, healthy roll-ups and wraps just by remembering to add some whole grain tortillas to the shopping list. Having a few bags on hand make my menu planning go quicker and easier and takes a bit of a load off each week’s meals.
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