Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Saving Money on Foaming Hand Soaps!

Like many people I know, I keep a cabinet STOCKED full of my favorite brand and scents of anti bacteria foaming hand soaps. When my favorite store has their big 75% off sale, I go! Sadly though, I missed the last one! :( Suddenly I realized one of our bathroom soaps and our kitchen soap was almost gone and I had already used the last of my stock pile! BUMMER!! But then I remembered "I have the foam pumps!" All it take is about 2 table spoons of any liquid soap and water to create a FULL bottle of foaming soap! Just put the soap in the bottle, add the water and shake! It's that simple! You can use any liquid soap and it will work. Also, I know a lot of people are starting to make their own liquid soaps. It works with those too! So the next time you find yourself with empty foaming soap pumps, or you are looking to save a little money, remember this!! Happy soap making everyone!!


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Food, Food and MORE FOOD!!!

Now that moving, Holidays, and Birthdays are over in this house for awhile, it's time to get back to business!! That means more tips, recipes and crafts! Woo Hoo!! Today's recipe is a YUMMY breakfast recipe. The best part is you just get out of bed and it's ready to eat!! WHAT?! The second best part is it's LOW CALORIE!! Everyone knows how much I LOVE my CrockPots! Well I found an awesome magazine full of healthy, low calorie meals that you can make in the CrockPot!! Since most people's New Years resolution is to lose weight or get in shape, I decided to share the recipes, once I have tried them and decided if they were yummy or not!! We have now tried four of them and so far, they have all been amazing! Even Troop has eaten them with no complaints! So, to kick off the new year I am going to start with a Recipe for French Toast Bread Pudding!! You will probably have most of these ingredients already so maybe you can make it tonight!!

French Toast Bread Pudding

12 oz of challah or sweet bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
4 cups fat free milk
1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
Fat free or sugar free caramel ice cream topping (optional)

1. Line the crock pot with a liner or foil. Place bread cubes in the CrockPot.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together milk, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and salt. Pour over bread. Press down lightly with the back of a spoon to moisten bread completely. Cover and chill for 4 hours.
3. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or until knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Turn off CrockPot. If possible, remove liner from the crockPot. Cool for 30 mins.
4. To serve, transfer french toast to a cutting board and slice it. Or spoon it into serving dishes. Top with caramel topping.

When I made this I did not have any sweet bread so I used extra thick slices of white bread and added 1/2 tsp of cinnamon to my milk mixture!