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I love to bake. I try to make muffins for my kids at least once a week. Cookies are always a favorite around here also, although we are trying to eat healthy.
Many of you have seen people selling mixes in a jar. I’ve seen them, too. Lately I’ve decided to use them to make my baking at home a little easier. Why not save some time when I have all the ingredients out to make a batch of muffins? It’s just as easy to mix several batches of the dry ingredients and put them in quart jars for later. I always have extra quart jars around the house. I started a small spiral-bound notebook with the directions for adding the liquid ingredients & baking instructions. All I have to do is label the jar with whatever kind of mix it is. When I want to bake a batch of muffins or cookies, I simply turn to that page & follow the directions! Simple. It also saves me a little time and mess. You could do this with brownies, quick breads, whatever! Next time you make a batch of cookies or muffins, measure out the dry ingredients for several more batches & put them in quart jars. The kids have fun helping, too. I try to keep several different mixes in the pantry so the kids have some input on what I bake. It is a win/win for everyone!
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Our family had a wedding out-of-town this weekend. We decided to make a weekend out of it, so I booked a room at a hotel with a pool. We stopped to eat about 2/3 of the way down and that’s when I noticed what had happened. I made sure I had packed dress clothes for everyone in the family, but my outfit for the wedding was not in the car! Has something like this ever happened to you?
I am a mom who only works part-time. This is a decision I made several years ago. I make enough to buy the groceries and I am home when my children are home. This eliminated 95% of my daycare costs while still allowing me to contribute to the family financially. However, it does not leave a lot left over for extras.
Since we were splurging on the hotel room in the first place, I felt I should not go out & spend oodles on a new outfit for the wedding. So, I got online & found the town we were in had a Salvation Army Thrift Store! Yea! We headed over there where I was able to purchase slacks, a blouse, and a sweater vest for under $10 (I was glad I didn’t have to buy shoes)! This was awesome! I never was one to go out and buy a lot of new clothes and I will be able to wear these all winter to church, etc. Since I had the twins, I’ve learned to be more frugal and less picky about clothes. Who cares if we have the latest styles & manufacturers. We’re clean and decent looking. That’s all that matters to us!