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While I might not always love cooking I really love saving money. One of the easiest ways or at least the most consistent way for me to save money is at the grocery store.
I'm not always be in the market for buying a new TV, car or other big ticket item - but each week I'm at the grocery store.
Each week is an opportunity to save some money. The Grocery Game - allows us to cut grocery Bills by 67% or more!
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Saving a little each week adds up over the year. Putting that extra cash in the bank just might allow for more big ticket item purchases later in the year.
Keep on cooking - and saving.
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Happy Easter and happy planning.
"Discontent is the first necessity of progress"
Celebrate your awareness of your lack of cooking skills - but don't allow them to keep you discontent. If you are discontent then you know things can be better - but you'll have to try and learn new skills.
This can apply to not only cooking but anything - take the plunge and don't settle. Learning a new skill doesn't mean you need to make it a profession. It just means give yourself credit and the ability to step out and find out, what you can do if you try.
Sometimes the best results come from basic steps.
Once you finish this short video for cooking pasta - you'll see what I mean.
If you got enough cooking info for now - then practice by cooking some pasta tonight.
This breakfast recipe apple oatmeal muffins are great, but the crumble topping makes them even better
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Thank you for this easy recipe. I'm embarrassed to say we ate the full loaf. Did I mention it was in one sitting. So happy the recipe made more than
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It all begins and ends with choosing the right recipe.
Flipping through food magazines and choosing what to make based on the picture can be a recipe for disaster.
Remember food in magazines and fashion models have something in common - experts behind the pictures.
Before you run out and get all the ingredients I want to stress read the recipe first. Completely. Slowly.
For instance feel like making doughnuts on the fly for dessert. Won't happen. How do I know - I tried it. Since I didn't read the full recipe, to the end, I didn't know that the dough had to rise twice, preferably overnight.
Read the recipe then assess your skill level or your time. You might have to choose something else.
Choosing the recipe is part of the planning but so is
writing the grocery list
shopping for the ingredients
prepping the food
starting the cooking process in an organized manner
Consider a recipe that is poorly chosen then add in the fact you don't have all the ingredients (I'm Queen of that one) then throw in cooking in a random order. For example you start to heat the pan before anything is ready to go in the pan.
End result - smoking, burning oil, starting over by washing the pan (once it's cooled) - making dinner is now as stressful has heart surgery.
Bottom line, plan carefully the full process and cooking can be a lot easier.
I know that if I have a task that is usually frustrating I will avoid it. You too?
Set yourself up for success with the proper recipe for your cooking ability and carefully plan out the cooking process you will find cooking not as difficult as you originally thought.
Keep trying and practicing and you will see your cooking skills improve. When cooking becomes easier, you won't avoid the kitchen. You might find yourself enjoying cooking - maybe just a little.
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Today starts the first full week of the new year. I have my yearly goals set and I'm sure you do too.
If your goal is to eat better and improve your health then I challenge you to cook more at home. Plan your meals and prepare healthy foods at home, rather than going through the drive through or order delivery.
Each year we have a chance to develop new habits - and it can be difficult to change old habits - but with a little planning you'll be able to cook at home easier than you thought.
So whether your goal this year is to start a workout routine, spend less money or simply take time to smell the roses more often, I would like to challenge you to cook more - even if you don't like it.
A little mindful planning will take you far when it comes to learning to cook at home.
Happy New Year and happy cooking. I had a cooking block for years. I tried often to avoid the kitchen. Now I can honestly say - I enjoy cooking. Well at least I don't hate it because since I've been practicing it's becoming easier. Planning has been the number one stress reducer for me when it comes to cooking.
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Easier that opening a bottle of wine.