Wednesday
Sep172014

How to make homemade spider repellent with peppermint oil

I hate spiders. Not as much as my husband hates them. But they sure are not my favorite thing. But I started making this homemade spider repellent and I was amazed at how well it worked!

I want to give credit where credit is due, but I can't find the orginial source where I got this recipe. But the video above showes what I use and yes, it works. 

You could also put a few drops of peppermint oil in your mop water when you mop your house and that would probably help as well.

Do you have any homemade bug sprays? 

Tuesday
Sep162014

How I save cash on groceries- without coupons (Free Printables) 

Let me start by saying, I actually love coupons. I am not a coupon queen, by any means, but thanks to Laurie over at Passionate Penny Pincher, I have learned the coupon basics and saved quite a bit of cash. 

But I am not a faithful couponer every week. I know a lot of people who are and save a lot of money. But I have a few reasons it doesn't always work for me. 

Tuesday
Sep162014

PB&J Cake

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Nothing says fall like "back to school." Of course back to school started in my state a month ago. (Don't get me started.) 

And of course nothing says "back to school" like a little peanut butter and jelly.  

I present you with the PB&J cake! I came up with it Sunday. (It's just an excuse to eat cake, right??) You will notice the cake is the same basic recipe from this recipe I made last week. 

What you'll need:

1 1/2 cups AP flour

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp salt

2 tsp baking soda

1 cup lowfat yogurt

3 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp strawberry preserves (or your favorite flavor jam or jelly)

1/2 cup oil

 

Frosting:

1 cup creamy peanut butter (I used natural and it turned out just fine)

3 cups confectioners sugar

2 tbsp milk

1/2 cup butter melted

Combine your first four dry ingredients. It works best if you sift them together. But if you don't have a sifter you can whisk them!

Then combine your next five wet ingredients in a separate bowl. 

Then combine your wet and dry ingredients. I used a bunt pan and baked at 350 for 35 minutes. 

Next, combine your peanut butter, milk, confectioners sugar and butter and whisk to perfection. I used a wooden spoon, but I'd highly recommend using your mixer for a smoother consistency. 

When your cake cools ice and enjoy. It's really good if it's a little warm. 

What fun baking have you done this week? 

Monday
Sep152014

Making plans to pay yourself

A few weeks ago I talked about making your first budget. I answered a question from a viewer on my YouTube channel

That sparked a few more questions from a few more viewers. On in particular caugh my interest. 

 

We put our bills first, we know they're coming and we prepare for them. Whatever is left from our income after bills is split between things we need, our own allowance and savings. All our bills, except electricity and water, we know exactly how much it'll be at the end of the month. So instead of waiting for the bill to come in we pay half of it every two weeks (aka fortnightly). So then it's not as big a bill at the end of the month. It also allows us to put a little extra on the bill and then every now and then we get a free month from that bill. For example, our phones are $63 each a month, so we put $40 on each every fortnight and at the end of the month we are $7 ahead. That also goes for loans. Our car loan was supposed to be for 3 years, 2 years later we had paid it off. 
We're so good at the paying of bills and we SUCK at the savings. Since having our daughter (who will be 2 soon) we never seem to keep our savings long. 

We need all the tips and tricks to saving money as we can get. Before Hubby and I met he was good at paying his bills but the left over money was free money to blow on anything he was interested in that week. That has influenced me to do the same. Help?
Quick disclaimer: I am not a financial advisor. I am just a lady who lives on a budget. But Jason and I did answer her question: 

 

What plans do you make to pay yourself? Do you set savings goals? Tell me all about it! 

 

Friday
Sep122014

Creamy Peanut Butter Apple Dip 

It's apple season!!! I love apples. I really do. I miss living in Northwest Georgia where apples are abundant. 

And now that Honey Crisps are in season... ahhhhhh!!!!

My sweet boy loves apples too. So I wanted to make a dip he could eat with his apples as a meal. 

(Quick tip: you can sub bread for apples in a pb&j.)

What you'll need:

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1 8 ounce package of softened cream cheese

2 tbps honey

Cream your cream cheese. Then add your peanut butter. Finally add in your honey and whip.