Featured Participant on Frugal Home Friday

Frugal HOME Friday

Link up your frugal tips for home and homestead,

recipes, DIY or crafts, and share ideas to inspire others

Featured Participant:

A Beginner’s Guide to Saving Money – Part 1 – Saving money on clothes

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Please share your own Frugal Home and Homestead posts

You could be our next featured blogger:

Each week we will be choosing a new blogger participant to feature in our Friday Link Up.  Share your posts – old or new – that involve anything HOMEkeeping, HOMEschooling, HOMEsteading, HOMEindustry!

By linking up – you agree to allow us to use your photo and link to your blog if you are chosen as our Featured Participant. We share links on FB, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest as well to let the world know about your great ideas. Thank you for participating and sharing.

There are so many wonderfully creative bloggers out there who have a wealth of knowledge to share on topics for the home and homestead. If you run a home business, enjoy gardening, raising bees or chickens, love cooking, are good at organizing or any other topic that will be valuable to our readers – please link up your pictures and share the knowledge to inspire others!

If you don’t blog – you can link up photo’s from an Instagram account to share ideas as well or leave us a comment with your thoughts!

linking up: Fabulously FrugalOrganized 31,Fabulously Frugal Thurs,Sunday Showcase Works 4 Me

 

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Big Giveaway: from Favado to encourage Family Dinners

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We take family dinners seriously, here at Molly Green. The family time,  the planning, and preparing of family meal time is not always easy to come by these days for busy families.

An attractive dinner setting

Does dinner time at your house leave you feeling frustrated? Is it too difficult to menu plan and serve a meal that everyone will enjoy while sticking to a budget. Don’t be discouraged because you are not alone.
Guest post from Inspired Bloggers Network – with Giveaway hosted, in part, by Molly Green!
Over the next two weeks, the Inspired Bloggers Network is teaming together with Favado and $5 Dinners to equip you with the tips and inspiration you need to make dinner time with the family a less stressful ordeal. You can follow all of our updates in social media with the hashtag #inspiredfamilydinners, but first, we want you to get to know our sponsors with an awesome giveaway!

Enter to win an All-Clad Cookware set and $5 Dinners Cookbook Gift Basket for Inspired Family Dinners with Favado

 
Enter to win an All-Clad Cookware Set (valued at $800) from Favado and a Cookbook Gift Basket from $5 Dinners between now and February 23rd at 11:59 PM CST.

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About $5 Dinners

Erin Chase has helped millions of families across the countries enjoy delicious and nutritious family dinners, for less! She’s put together a gift basket with a copy of each of her cookbooks:
The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook , her The $5 Dinner Mom Breakfast and Lunch Cookbook, and her The $5 Dinner Mom One-Dish Dinners Cookbook -along with some fabulous cooking utensils!

You can find more of her great recipes at 5DollarDinners.com.

Enter to win

To enter for a chance to with the All-Clad Cookware Set (valued at $800) from Favado and a Cookbook Gift Basket from $5 Dinners, you must choose from any (or all) of the choices in the giveaway widget below. This giveaway will close on February 23rd at 11:59 PM CST. For official rules, please view below.

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DIY Cornhole: frugal family football fun

DIY Cornhole

There’s a whole lotta’ buzz about football right now as families across America prepare for the Big Game!

Football and food aren’t all the fun to be had during the Super Bowl – cornhole goes hand in hand with tail gate and back yard parties surrounding the game. As a matter of fact, cornhole is so popular, it is officially a sport in it’s own right. Cornhole even has it’s very own National Association.

Watch the Video by the American Cornhole Association HERE

To purchase these game sets – you will spend, on average of about $124 – $250 . . . . . . or you can go the frugal route.

Get step by step instructions on how to build your own cornhole board paint it and make bean bags HERE. 

Be sure to check out these fun ideas from Pinterest for Super Bowl Food!

super bowl party food

Big Game Food

 

Super Bowl XLVIII Viewing Information

DateSunday, Feb. 2

Where: MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Start Time: 6:25 p.m. ET

TV Info: Fox

Live Stream: FoxSports.com

Mobile: Fox Sports Go Mobile App

Spread: Denver -2 (via ScoresAndOdds.com)

 

Are you making frugal family football plans for the Super Bowl?

Molly Green Members – be sure to check out the yummy SUPER BOWL 2014 Dine on a Dime menu and shopping list – You can download right from your member page now!!

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Frugal Friday – recipes for leftover ham

 

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Christmas ham is an all time favorite at our house. We love to get the honey baked ham and we always have plenty of it left over. After the first day or two, I always need to come up with a new way to serve that delicious ham to keep it interesting.

One of the best ways I’ve found to use it up is to put it into a cheesy macaroni casserole. This recipe once gained me a standing ovation – right in my own kitchen! It really is THAT good!

I call it:

“Cheesy Delicious Macaroni & Ham Casserole” 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups  macaroni -cooked according to package directions & drained
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup  flour
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion or other onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 pack (10 ounces), frozen chopped broccoli, cooked & drained (1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 cups chopped/bite size pieces – cooked ham
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs or crushed Ritz crackers tossed with 1 tablespoon melted butter

cheesy delicious ham casserole

 Directions:

Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and set aside. In a medium saucepan melt 3 tablespoons butter over low heat. Add flour, green onion, salt, and pepper; stir until blended. Add milk and stir until blended. Bring to a boil; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened and bubbly, about 2 minutes. Add in broccoli, macaroni, ham, and 1 cup cheese. Transfer to a 2-quart casserole dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese & buttered crumbs over top of the casserole.
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes, or until top is brown.
Stretch those leftovers a little further by using the ham bone and scraps to slow cook pinto beans. Follow this delicious step-by-step recipe for southern pinto’s ,so good it’ll make yer tongue slap yer brains out! (If any of my northern friends need a translator for that one, just holler)
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Frugal Friday: simple, frugal, crafts for Christmas

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Happy – Almost – Christmas

I don’t know about you, but I’ll be “wrapping up” the last of my Christmas crafting and maybe even a little shopping this weekend. I’ll also be putting some final touches on the Christmas decor and doing a bit of deep cleaning before our company arrives.

If you are feeling a overwhelmed with your cleaning list, be sure to read about how I’m tackling mine here.  Soon enough, we’ll all be Merry and Bright!

About those Christmas crafts . . . .  here’s a terrific collection to inspire you this weekend!

Super quick gifts to make from Better Homes & Gardens 

quick and easy gifts to make

Fine Craft Guild –  Sea Shell Printing 

shell printing

From Good and Messy – a new twist on the Sharpie Mug

new sharpie mug idea

Diary of a Quilter – Great neighbor gift of homemade potpourri 

homemade potpourri

Wrap it all up with this sweet little candy cane craft – It makes a great decoration on a package, and it’s a beautiful ornament that is a gift in it’s own right!

From Sweet Miss Daisy

candy cane craft

For more ideas and a little “how-to” check out my dollar store crafts here 

I’d love to see pictures of your crafting projects for Christmas, or your favorite Christmas recipes!

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Frugal DIY Christmas ideas

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In case you missed yesterdays guest post from cousin Midge – she brought us frugal ideas for thinking outside the box this Christmas. Midge has several loved ones who are avid gardeners, and she put together some wonderful gift baskets they are gonna love! Go here to read about her frugal finds in her gift basket. 

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(I am secretly hoping to be one of those loved ones who are the lucky recipients of these great gardener gifts!)

With personal, frugal, and handmade gift ideas in mind – I’ve gathered a few more choices for you from around the web. Each of these DIY gift ideas include step by step instructions on the original sites. Just click on the photo’s below to learn more and get recipes and directions for each project.

Be sure to follow Molly Green on Pinterest to find unique recipes, money saving tips, homesteading advice and more!

diy soap crayons

handmade lemon soap

branch bangles

Be sure to wrap up all your lovely DIY gifts with a beautiful burlap bow – go to factory direct craft.com for step by step instructions

diy burlap bows

 Don’t miss the Molly BOGO Christmas Bundle – see it HERE

 

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What to do with leftover turkey? recipes & storage solutions

leftover turkey recipes & storage

 

What to do with leftover turkey?

Remove the cooked turkey meat from the bones and store meal-sized portions in foil then sealing in a freezer bag to store for longer lengths of time. Simply thaw and chop what you need for casseroles, soups, and other recipes.

Take advantage of  the turkey bones by browning them and using them for an extra-tasty, healthy stock.  Make turkey broth by boiling the leftover turkey bones in a large pot or crock pot, right away, then freeze in 1-cup portions for up to 6 months. It makes a frugal and delicious addition to cooked rice, in casseroles, sauces, and as a base for many soups.

turkey stock

 

Keep it simple. If you’ve saved leftover celery stalks and onion, you can throw them in for flavor. A little garlic, and a touch of red pepper flakes make a savory broth. Freeze in jars, or plastic containers after cooling.

You’ll find simple instructions here for freezing with jars from the Ball jar company. 

Recipes to use up leftover turkey meat:

After pulling turkey off the bone (or pulling out of the freezer from the meal portions frozen before)

Curry Turkey and Rice

Cook rice in a large pot according to directions, measure enough rice to be sure it covers your family as the main course.

Add 3-5 tablespoons of mild curry powder to the water, 1 -2 teaspoons of garlic powder, and a tablespoon of coconut or olive oil. When rice is almost finished, and the water has almost been cooked off, stir in the bites of turkey.

Serve with a fresh side of veggies!

Turkey Pot Pie - Southern Food.About

Turkey Quiche - Southern Food.About

Turkey Enchiladas - Taste of Home

Turkey Quesadillas  - Cooking Light

Turkey Tetrazzini  -The Pioneer Woman

 

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Upcycled Owl Craft: Guest Post Thursday

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It’s Guest post Thursday and I am thrilled today to introduce you to Ashley from Life with Moore Babies.  The Moore Babies are a crafty little crew and I believe you are going to enjoy the projects they come up with as much as I do!

Today Ashley is sharing with us a craft that is extremely frugal and very green. These cute little up-cycled owls will be great for keeping little ones busy while you work to prepare for Thanksgiving. As a matter of fact, they would make adorable little place holders or decorations for the kids table – Don’t you think?

As sweet as these little birds are, they aren’t very complicated, nor do they require many supplies. You can always substitute with things you have on hand.

egg carton owl

 Cut the top off the bottom of an egg carton. Then cut the top into two pieces and the bottom into sections of two, and make the eyes. When Cutting the eyes, be sure to include the pointy section between the egg spaces, which will make the beak.  They do not have to be exactly the same. You can experiment with various angles to create slightly different facial features for your owls.

The idea with a project like this is not to make it difficult or to stress about getting it perfect, but to enjoy the process and be creative – together!

owl craft

Provide simple paint supplies, or even markers to color the body and the face (eyes and beak) of your up-cycled owl critters. Googly eyes and feathers are the perfect accent pieces to finish off these fun little creatures. If you don’t happen to have them on hand, the eyes can be painted on or colored with sharpie markers, and the wings could be cut from colorful paper.  Be sure the paint is dry before you begin the gluing process.

owls for kids

Simple tips for crafting with kids: 

  • Cover the surface area with newspaper or a plastic tablecloth that can be re-used
  • When painting – have children wear large T-shirts to protect clothing
  • Don’t worry with perfection
  • It’s much more important to enjoy the time together than to worry about kids technique
  • Make suggestions, but allow them to get creative (you might just be surprised)
  • Use sincere encouragement & be specific – Instead of “good job” try “I really like how you used that bright blue to differentiate between the body and the head” or “I am impressed with your attention to detail” & “Your placement of the feathers make him look as though it could fly away – It really comes to life”

I hope you’ll enjoy some fun & frugal crafting with the kiddos this holiday season. I hear it can reduce stress!

Thank you so much for Pinning and sharing~

Be sure to hop over and visit Ashley @ Life with Moore Babies

 

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Frugal Friday Link Up Party:

 

 

homemade Christmas

 

A frugal Homemade Christmas  doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful. We are running a special on the Molly Green Christmas Bundle here.

We’ve been rounding up frugal handmade gift ideas from around the blogosphere and I think we’ve come up with a little something for everyone on your list.

Check out these cool ideas from Pinterest

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Links are below - 

Frugal Homemade Gifts

#1 Homemade Christmas 

#2 Homemade Gift Ideas 

#3 Upcycled Projects 

#4 Thanksgiving & Holiday Food 

 

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Frugal family fun – for the birds: Frugal Friday Linky

Welcome!  

There are many different ways to enjoy living a frugal lifestyle . . . this is a great place to learn new things, find what works and encourage one another. Below you can share the link to a post on your own blog, share a little about your frugal life and encourage others, or share a frugal Pin from Pinterest.

This linky party will now be open for the entire month of November (expiring December 1). Come and link-up to this great community of frugal followers! I’ll be Pinning away and sharing your posts ~

Link your frugal posts

Our frugal tips for the week: 

Family fun does not have to break the bank this fall!  With only a few simple ingredients and a family walk in the outdoors, you can make these easy bird treats and enjoy educational fun . . . that’s for the birds!

for the birds

It’s a great idea to hang these handmade bird feeders nearby so that you can be sure to see the feathered friends who come visit for a special treat. All that’s needed to make these is a few pine cones slathered in peanut butter and rolled in wild bird seed.

nature project

Add a little more excitement by donning binoculars and a field guide to identify the birds who flock to your yard. These treats are so affordable, you can help feed your new friends all through the winter. Be sure to get the kids involved. Other ideas to turn it into a fabulous learning experience include photographing the birds or sketching them in an art journal.

Don’t have an art journal? You can make one with inexpensive Composition notebooks and personalize them with your favorite scrapbook papers.  These simple journals make a terrific gift for a friend as well. They also make a cool new “smash book”  - crafty and frugal!

nature journals

Take notes and collect data to chart the number and types of birds in your area. Try different kinds of bird seed to see if one attracts more birds or attracts different types of birds than another.

Bird watching is a fun family activity that is not only educational and fun, but also super frugal! Cornell Lab has a wonderful FREE resource to learn more about our fine feathered friends here.

Whether you are looking for a new frugal activity or wanting to add an outdoor element to the family homeschool, all ages can benefit from the fresh air and activities that are For the Birds! 

 

To share a link to your post about frugal living, use the Linky below. But first . . .

1. We’d love for you to share your links that include anything related to DIY projectssaving money, frugal living, made-from-scratch cooking, cleaning products, sustainable livinggardening, organic and anything else related to homemaking. You can also include your struggles while trying to live a frugal lifestyle (like Midge)! Show us how you are thriving while surviving on a smaller budget.

2. Link directly to your frugal post, not to your home page.

3. Please grab our linky button (from the sidebar) and put it on your blog or on your linky post, or use a text link back to our site.

4. If you link-up, please click on others’ links as well. Our frugal followers have a lot to share!

5. By linking up you agree to allow others to share and Pin your post (linking to you of course).

 

Living frugally means living, learning and growing from each other. We can’t wait to see what you are going to share! (Tto see other blogs that have linked up, click the link below.) Ready, set, link!

After you link up your post, go back to this same link below in order to visit other blogs and support and learn from the other participants. I will be pinning away! Do you follow Molly on Pinterest? 

 

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