Homemade Freezer Smoothies

I saw this idea on Pinterest and new I had to give it a try. I’ve seen those pre-made smoothie mixes in the store, but never considered buying one. Still, the idea of having a mix ready to go is appealing, especially so the kids could make their own, easily. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before.

The secret to making your own mixes is freezing your yogurt in ice cube trays first.

Once you’ve done that, you can just pop a few cubes in a baggie with some frozen fruit and you’re good to go. I bagged some up this morning. I happened to have a couple of bananas that were going bad yesterday so I sliced them onto a cookie sheet and froze them last night. My supplies:

A finished banana/berry smoothie:

All ready for the freezer:

Just add some milk and bend. Ummm….I don’t really measure. Just some fruit, yogurt and milk. (And I add a scoop of protein powder to mine.) They laways turn out fine. If you like yours sweeter you can add some honey or Splenda. And now to enjoy the fruits of my labor. YUM!

Linking to Frugal Fridays and Works for Me Wednesday.

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In Molly’s Money-Saving Digest -Molly Saves In the Closet, learn how to outfit your family inexpensively, make your own closet organizer, and even turn a spare closet into an office. But the Digest doesn’t stop there. You’ll find plenty of other advice to help you get the most out of your money and your time.

  • Make a cool summertime treat with a few minutes of your time and a few ingredients you probably already have at hand.
  • Add a versatile Mexican meal to your recipe box.
  • Explore your options for making sure your pets are well-cared-for when you’re away.
  • Teach your kids an important financial concept for businesses.
  • Discover the many benefits of drinking water.
  • Learn how to protect your hair from the ravages of summertime.
  • Find out which book stays on Molly’s shelf year after year.

Molly Saves! In the Closet

It’s easy to get carried away with clothing. From the temptation to overspend to the burden of having more clothes than storage space, wardrobes can be worrisome. In this society so focused on having it all, frugal families must hold to the belief that less is more. With a foundation of neutral basics that really fit, a smaller wardrobe can cover all the bases. This month’s Digest offers up tips on practicing contentment and getting the most out of your clothing budget and your closet space.

  • Find free patterns online to make your own clothes.
  • Learn how to repair damaged clothing or turn lost causes into something useful.
  • Thin your clothing collection to make room for a frugal and fabulous “cloffice,” an office in your closet.
  • Read Molly’s tips on the best places to buy clothing, how to make good purchases, and how to stock your wardrobe with essential pieces.
  • Learn how to turn an inexpensive cardboard shoe organizer into an organizer/storage unit with drawers.
  • Explore the ins and outs of buying used.

Take a closer look at all the impressive features you’ll find in this month’s Digest:

  • This ’n’ That: August is Family Fun Month, and it’s a great time to plan an outing. Don’t forget the peaches, watermelon, and s’mores, which are also celebrated this month. Plan to make any Christmas gifts? Now is the time to get started.
  • Begin With the Basics: With two zip-lock bags, some rock salt, and some pantry staples, you can manufacture smiles with quick, cooling ice cream. Spice up plain vanilla with some cocoa or other add-ins.
  • Forms, Printables, & Resources: Your husband’s dress shirts can have new life as a blouse, a wallet, or a child’s dress. Those are just a few ideas you’ll find on the Internet for recycling old clothes. Want to try your hand at making new ones? Get sewing help and patterns online.
  • Décor & More: Find out how Eleanor Joyce was able to turn a closet into office space for just $6. If you have a closet that’s filled with things you rarely have need of, make it a cozy and functional home for your computer and put it to good use.
  • Meal of the Month: KerryAnn Foster serves up a recipe for tostadas, which can be adapted to lunch or dinner and is versatile enough to serve with salad, rice, or tortillas, as well as the usual tostada shell.
  • Pet Care for Pennies: Dr. Tiffany Rule discusses the options for pets when the family goes away on vacation. Read about the pros and cons of boarding, pet sitting, and taking your pet along.
  • Tightwad Training Camp: Whether young people want to start a lemonade stand or a more involved business, there’s something they need to understand: profit.
  • Something Old, Something New: Sharon White takes you step-by-step through taking a simple shoe organizer and turning it into something more: a wonderful place for organizing craft supplies or other small items, complete with drawers.
  • Here’s to Your Health: Make sure your body is getting the hydration it needs. Drinking an adequate amount of water affects everything from your blood pressure to your skin.
  • You’re a Natural Beauty: Like your skin, your hair needs protection from the sun. Molly tells you how to ward off damage. Do you swim in a pool during the summer? Find out how to diminish the effects of chlorine.
  • Molly Recommends: Find out which book is one of Molly’s favorites when it comes to managing home and family. You may not be running a Fortune 500 company, but you can use that analogy to help run your home.
  • Change One Thing This Month: Buying used not only saves money, but it also allows you to buy higher-quality items than you would normally be able to afford. Learn where to look and form the habit of researching used sources before spending the big bucks.
  • Inspiration! Gather a last bit of inspiration for using consignment stores, special department store programs, and thrift stores to keep your closets well-stocked.
  • Directory of Links: For those of you who print and bind your Digests, you’ll have easy access to all of the fantastic links worth saving in the back of this issue. It makes your Digest easier to use!

See why homemakers love Molly’s Digest—see what’s inside!

See a sample here.

Every month, Molly has a wealth of information and support to share in one easy-to-read, handy resource! Discover for yourself all of the exciting and imaginative ideas Molly has to offer and wants to share with you—ideas that could save you big money and needless headaches!

You’ll glean some of the best inexpensive ideas and projects for everyday living that you can find, and be inspired to be self-confident, creative, and resourceful too.

Molly makes it fun and easier to be frugal! Think about it—with so much to learn and save, if you apply just one money-saving idea, you’ll recoup the cost of this E-Book right away!

Project Manager: Toni Riggs
Contributing Writers: Dena Wood, Eleanor Joyce, Sharon White, Patricia Hunter, Toni Riggs, Tiffany J. Rule, DVM, KerryAnn Foster
Publication: 2011
Pages: 54
File Size: 4.2 MB

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