Thanks to Holiday Haven for this guest post, loved this idea!
Today is kind of a special day because I get to share a special guest post with you. A few years ago I met Aimee at a bloggers event. We totally hit it off and I loved her sweet giving, yet spunky personality. She recently started her very own blog NaturallySweetLife.com. I hope you enjoy her post and take the time to follow her on facebook and pinterest. She has such great things to share with you, you will not want to miss it.
Aimee Guess is a wife, mother, foster parent, and blogger that loves to homestead in their starter home. She raises chickens, rabbits and tends to her garden while sticking to a grain-free and sugar-free diet. NaturallySweetLife.com is where Aimee posts all of her grain-free and sugar-free recipes for others to enjoy, while sharing about her homesteading adventures and money saving tips.
Grain-Free Gluten-Free Hot Pockets
What an honor it is to be guest posting for A Thrifty Mom. Being a fellow thrifty mom that I think I am, I care about feeding my family healthy recipes, but still making sure I stick to my weekly grocery budget. I have one daughter that must eat gluten-free and because of a recent health condition I eat grain-free/sugar-free. Life changes when you can’t eat the conventional foods that we all love, especially when you have to make everything homemade. So, finding easy recipes that taste good is my top priority as a busy mom.
Recently I bought my foster children frozen hot pockets, per their request, and my gluten-free daughter asked if she could have some too. I got to thinking how amazing it would be to come up with our very own grain-free gluten-free hot pocket recipe that we both can enjoy, and let me just say we did! These hot pockets are absolutely amazing. They are good to eat hot or cold. My favorite part is how versatile they are. It’s a basic grain-free gluten-free bread recipe, and you can add whatever add ins you would like.
We recently went camping and took these hot pockets with us. I reheated them in foil on our grill and I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious they tasted being heated this way. It was much easier taking these with us and definitely more tasty, than just taking deli meat and cheese wrapped in lettuce. I like having a variety of recipes that we can enjoy, and I am so pleased to be sharing this recipe with you.
Yields: 8 hot pockets, or 12 muffins
Notes: These can be stored in an airtight container, in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. If you would like to reheat them, place them in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. Enjoy!
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Thanks to Lori at Moms by Heart for this wonderful Guest Post,
From year to year, there are several fairly reliable seasonal sales centered around special events. During these times, stores will mark certain items down to rock bottom prices in order to get you in the doors. These items are known as loss leaders. Here is a schedule of monthly loss leaders, along with monthly clearance items. For those of you who are seasoned frugal shoppers, please leave a comment if there is something I missed.
1) New Year’s Resolutions – low fat brands, healthy food and diet products
2) Super Bowl Party – snack food, soda, sandwich items
3) Storage items and organization products
4) Medicine – cold and pain relief, vitamins
5) White sales
6) Chili, soups, stews
· Dated items: calendars and planners
· Christmas and New Year’s party items
· Winter clothing, jackets, hats, boots
· Christmas baking products (sprinkles, cookie/candy molds, etc)
1) National Canned Food Month – special deals on canned goods
2) National Hot Breakfast Month
3) Valentines Day – candy
4) Chinese New Year – Chinese food products
· Leftover Christmas toys are discounted up to 75%
· Winter clothing
· 2/15 on: Valentines baking products (sprinkles, special packaging, etc)
1) Frozen food month
2) Spring cleaning items
3) Easter food items
4) Gardening supplies
5) National Peanut Month
6) March Madness – sports drinks, soda
· Frozen novelties are repackaged, old packaged products are reduced
1) Earth Day – organic and environmentally friendly items, energy savers
2) Easter items
3) Auto Maintenance
· Easter baking products (sprinkles, cookie/candy molds, etc)
1) Memorial Day – think barbeque and picnic products
2) Cinco De Mayo – Mexican food
3) Mother’s Day items
4) Auto Maintenance
1) National Dairy Month
2) July 4th promos begin – outdoor barbeque/picnic items
3) Camping supplies, sunscreen, insect repellant
1) July 4th promos continue – best prices on BBQ, picnic items
2) School supplies
· 4th of July baking products (sprinkles, cookie/candy molds, etc)
· Summer clothing
· Patio furniture & outdoor decor items
1) Back to School deals – lunch foods, school supplies, backpacks, lunchboxes, cereal, peanut butter and jelly
· BBQ equipment, charcoal,
· Insect repellant
1) Back to School deals continue
2) Tomato products – look for Ragu and Prego coupons and deals
3) Baby items
4) After Labor Day, deals on BBQ and picnic supplies
· Gardening supplies
1) Halloween products
2) Baking season begins
3) Apples, pumpkins and related products
· Toy clearances make room for Christmas items
1) Thanksgiving dinner foods
2) Baking goods
3) Coffee, tea, cocoa
1) Holiday party food
2) Baking supplies
· Fall décor items 75%+ off
· Fall baking products (sprinkles, cookie/candy molds, etc)
I wanted to make a cute wreath and while brainstorming ideas, I came across a picture of this wreath via pinterest. I decided to do one I can put after Valentines Day and keep for up St. Patrick’s day AND Easter. I may leave mine up until summer..or when I need a change 🙂
Fabric scraps. I chose 3 different patterns with pastel colors. Its a new change from
red, pinks, purples we see during February.
Tip: You don’t have to buy a whole yard of fabric you like.
Buy 1/4 of a yard or half if you are going to use it for small projects.
It will save you from spending $10 on that cute Amy Butler fabric we all love. 🙂
Fabric or ribbon to hang wreath
Wreath- The dollar store has tons of wreaths.
STEP 1. Cut fabric strips 8 inches long. This will be different depending on how thick your wreath form is.
A little trial and error may be required 🙂 You can always cut off what you dont want as you go.
I also put mine in different piles so they would be easy to grab when I tie.
STEP 2. Decide the order you would like and Tie, Tie, Tie. -Watch a good movie or show while you do this! It makes the time go by faster!