Giftable Pancake Mix in a Jar

Update: I originally posted this recipe on October 31, 2011. A friend recently reminded my about this recipe so I wanted to be able to share it with all of you who have been following Mindfully Frugal Mom in the past year. The best part about this Pancakes in a Jar recipe is that it’s actually healthy, and can handle just about any substitution to accomodate a variety of dietary needs.   In fact, I originally got this recipe from a friend … [Read more...]

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Easy Homemade Cole Slaw Dressing

Most of my favorite simple recipes are born from the fact that I have run out of something and am too lazy to go to the store. I love making my favorite Kohlrabi Slaw recipe, and I had all the ingredients to make it last week -- minus the prepared Cole Slaw dressing. So I made up this quick, easy, fail-proof Coleslaw dressing recipe, made from ingredients I always have on hand. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:18] … [Read more...]

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Heirloom Tomato Salad with Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette

I'm always looking for ways to use up my CSA produce; it seems like as the season goes on, we get sick of the usual things and I'm forced to come up with new ways to cook the profligation of zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, that we have this time of year. What I love about this recipe is that it takes about 5 minutes to make, and looks (and tastes!) like something you'd get at a fine dining restaurant. This easy Tomato salad is completely … [Read more...]

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Make it Yourself: Insect Repellent (and why you should NOT be using commercial repellents!)

Why make your own bug repellent? Well, most commercial bug sprays contain DEET, or Diethyl-meta-toluamide.  Deet is a neurotoxin and known carcinogen.  Deet has been proven to be unsafe for babies and children. And frankly, if I wouldn't put it on my kid because it's toxic, why would I use it? Fortunately, it's super-easy to make your own effective and cheap insect-repellent. If you're been following the Make it Yourself tips on Mindfully … [Read more...]

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Make It Yourself Monday: How to get Rid of Ants Using Peppermint Oil

When you have ants in your home, the first inclination may be to spray the bejeezus out of your foundation with toxic chemicals. Don't! I have sucessfully rid my house of ants using the simplest of ingredients: pure peppermint oil.  It may take several applications, but it should do the trick. Here's what to do: On a damp rag, place about 10 drops of peppermint oil.  Wipe this mixture on the floor in every place that the ants could … [Read more...]

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Make It Yourself Monday: Rhubarb Ice Cream!

One of my absolute favorite parts about this time of year is the rhubarb! Besides getting a HUGE bunch of it in our CSA basket last week, I also snagged some from the "Extra" pile at my CSA pickup. Hard to believe that there are people that don't love some rhubarb. I was inspired to make some rhubarb ice cream! And let me tell you -- it was SO good. Cool, refreshing, and not overly sweet. Delicious, and perfect for this time of year. Make it … [Read more...]

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Make It Yourself: Reuse Cooking Water as Fertilizer for your Garden!

Don't toss that cooking water!! Did you know that you can reuse the water you cooked your vegetables in to help fertilize your garden? I do this all the time. Because we have a very small yard, I do container gardening and don't have a compost pile. To give my vegetables a little extra boost -- and save water -- I use my leftover cooking water and use it to water my plants. The nutrients from the vegetables will infuse the water, and … [Read more...]

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Make It Yourself: Homemade Carpet Cleaning Solution

Being a mom of a dog and two messy kids, one of which has an obnoxiously easy to trigger gag reflex, I often have cause to do some major carpet cleaning. While I find it fairly easy to find products that clean my area rugs (Biokleen Carpet and Rug Shampoo is a good choice), it's much harder to get rid of the odors that linger for days or even weeks after the stain is gone. I haven't found a commercial product that works anywhere near as well … [Read more...]

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What to Do With All That Artwork?!! 6 Tips To Repurpose All those “One of a Kind” Masterpieces

So, it's the end of the school year, and chances are, if you have kids in school, or even in preschool, reams and reams of papers, artwork, worksheets, old tests, and everything else are probably ending up on your counter. I'm the same way. It's just so hard to throw away anything on which my little snowflake put crayon to paper, but frankly, what am I going to do with 10 sheets of paper with the same.exact.brown.squiggle? So here are a few … [Read more...]

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Make It Yourself Room Freshener Spray!

I've been trying to rid our home of all chemical scents and products, but one thing I was having a hard time with is a Febreeze-type air freshener. As usual, it's essential oils to the rescue! Seriously, is there anything that EO's aren't good for? This is so easy, and it works terrifically both for refreshing furniture and spraying the air.  The essential oils used in this blend are known for their cleansing properties. You can use any … [Read more...]

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Make it Yourself Monday: Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

These dinner rolls are perfect -- part whole wheat, made of real food ingredients, easy to double, and easy to freeze. I make a double batch, put them in the freezer, then take out 6 at a time when a need a quick complement to dinner! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:10] … [Read more...]

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Make It Yourself: Drain Cleaner!

Since my daughter was diagnosed with asthma a year ago, my husband and I have been very vigilant about what we bring into our house. When it comes to household cleaners, nearly everything we use is something I make. We do have an old house, though, and a recurring issue we have is the bathroom sink getting clogged. After a little research, trial, and error, I realized that  the easiest and most effective way to un-clog it is with natural … [Read more...]

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Make it Yourself: Allergy-Friendly Granola Cereal

I'm one of those annoying people who are at their best first thing in the morning. My best, however, doesn't extend to thinking up glamorous and varied breakfast foods.  Which is probably why I've eaten the exact same breakfast for my entire life. Cold cereal and milk. Even with a choice of fancier breakfast fare, I would rather eat this simple meal to start my day.  Cascadian Farms Oatmeal Raisin Granola Raisin  is my absolute favorite cereal. … [Read more...]

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Make it Yourself: Seasoned Bread Crumbs

How many ingredients do you think are in your average package of store-bought seasoned breadcrumbs? Well, there's bread (and all its ingredients like flour, water, yeast, etc), salt and pepper, and maybe some parsley or basil. That's it, though, right? WRONG. I pulled down a package of Wegmans seasoned breadcrumbs, and I read (among many, many others) the following ingredients: High Fructose Corn Syrup Mono- and Di- … [Read more...]

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