Thursday, December 19, 2013

An Abundance of Oranges?

This post is for those who are fortunate enough to have orange trees on their property or if you have an abundance of oranges for one reason or another.

For the first time in many years, we are blessed with an abundance of oranges since our baby orange trees have matured and put out lots of sweet oranges.  Yes, this makes me happy, happy, happy since oranges, even in the State of Florida, have become rather expensive.

Of course I have lots of recipes using oranges that I will be posting on my food blog, but the following are general pages about the use of orange marmalade.

Click here for a page dedicated to cooking with orange marmalade.

Recipes using orange marmalade from Thrifty Fun

Different uses for orange marmalade from eHow

If orange marmalade is not your thing, here are some other ideas for using oranges . . .

Uses for oranges from eHow

Household uses for oranges

10 Unique Uses for Orange Peels

Beauty Uses of Oranges

24 Uses for Oranges

Monday, August 19, 2013

Bulk food buying

You want to save money buying your groceries in bulk, but where do you start.  Where do you go to find those bargains?  Don't know how to store all that food?  Is couponing worth it?  What about splitting those bulk purchases with friends?  How do I plan it all?

I've done it before, but it was a long time ago.  The greatest lesson I learned . . . you don't save money if you buy too much and end up throwing it away.

It takes time to plan your purchases, organize your pantry and refrigerator and menu plans for efficiently using the food, which can be an exhaustive commitment if you really don't have the time.  You will learn my lesson . . . if you don't have the time to make a plan, you will end up throwing money away and not saving at all.

You can do it on a small scale like we do . . . when there is a good price on an item we use often, like butter, rice and pasta, we stock up on the item since we know the item will not be wasted, how it will be stored and how long it will take us to use it.

If you have the time and patience, the following are some great resources for guidance.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Lemons, lemons, lemons

When life brings you lemons . . . rejoice!!

We are lucky enough to be blessed with a healthy lemon tree on our property, along with limes and sour oranges.  We love cooking with them, but there are so many other uses for lemons!  Since I have an overabundance of sour oranges, I plan on experimenting to see if they are as effective as lemons.

Did you know that lemons can be frozen whole?  Place whole lemons in a bag to keep them all in one place.  Thaw them out when you are ready to use them. The juice will taste fresh, however, the texture of the lemon will be soggy.

Jillee of One Good Thing, one of my very favorite blogs, has written numerous posts on the many uses of lemons.  Her latest post is all about the health benefits of lemons, which also includes links to past posts on other uses for lemons.  Check out the rest of her blog while you are there . . . love her DIY recipes, a must for other frugalistas out there!

Click here to go to the article