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Frugal Snack Ideas and How to Make Your Own Microwave Popcorn!



 
Hi Ladies…How would you like to save a ton of money and still make healthy and easy snacks?  
For starters…how about a great frugal drink…like Sun Tea or Homemade Lemonade?  My secret sister blessed me with a box of Lipton and a gorgeous Sun Tea Jar. (Giant pickle jars work great too.)  I’m assuming you all know how to make sun tea…but if you haven’t tried homemade lemonade you are in for a treat.  I’m not talking about using lemons either because that’s not convenient. I mean just buy a big bottle of lemon juice and sugar or stevia.  My family goes through tons of this, so I buy the double giant bottle pack of Real Lemon juice at Sam’s. 
  Lemonade
OK..here’s the recipe…1 Cup Lemon Juice and 1 Cup Sugar plus enough water to fill a 2 qt. pitcher.  That’s it. Please try this!! You will be amazed! 

I do five gallons at a time for a big get together in our cooler. Every kid I’ve ever known was amazed at how wonderful it tasted. Get rid of that powdered stuff..yuck!!!  It costs too much and doesn’t taste even a fraction as good. And when you make your own..you control how much sugar goes in too.!

Frozen Lemonade in 2 Qt. Juice Bottles for Ice Cold Lemonade on the Road! And to save more money, pour your lemonade in a 2qt juice bottle and freeze it! Take it with you on the road and in no time at all, it will be defrosting. By the time you get to your first stop..and the kids are getting hot and thirsty…the ice cold lemonade will be ready for them. (Take some cups along of course!) We keep several bottles in our mini deep freezer. It’s way better than sodas and cheaper…and  it’s more appealing than water sometimes.


I discovered this two years ago but don’t have time to take my own photos…and why bother? This  video shows exactly how to do it! To read more click here. Hoopajoo did a great job..so I’ll let her show you what I do.   We stocked up on the paper bags and cheap real popcorn last year..and still have plenty left. The kids thought this was super fun to do. :o)

Christian, Levi, and Rebecca have a snack
  

And of course..don’t forget the watermelon! One big watermelon goes a long way! My kids live on it during the summer!  We spent such a fun week with our friends, The Robisons, in Galveston and the kids sure did enjoy their watermelon. It’s a healthy snack that really helps beat the heat!

Happy Homemaking!
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7 comments:

Lorraine said...

think I will try that lemonade recipe sounds great..we have had a heatwave here too so have spent a lovely day in the garden pottering around and having a bbq..the cute bit was my 2 younger sons playing having a bbq with a bucket, pizza dish and lego burgers!

nannykim said...

We do the popcorn but dont do the staples--we just fold it once or twice and it works fine in our microwave. Perhaps it depends on the power of the microwave--but we have never lot any kernals.

Amanda Rodgers said...

I like to cut the watermelon into popsicle-sized chunks, put a popsicle stick in them (I use the plastic sticks from our popsicle molds), and freeze them in a single layer on a cookie sheet. After they're frozen I put them in a freezer bag, and my kids have healthy popsicles. If I don't have enough popsicle sticks, they wrap a washcloth around the base of the frozen watermelon, and eat it that way.

They also like eating frozen grapes.

-Amanda -_-*

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Natasha said...

I will go and check out that video right now! Thanks for all of these great tips.

Nice to see you featured at the Shabby Chic Cottage today-bravo! You deserve it Donna!

Best wishes for a beautiful week,
Natasha.

MosaicMagpie said...

I came over after reading your guest post on Gina's blog. I am glad I did, now a follower.
Debbie

Cindy said...

Good morning Donna. I have just found your heartfelt blog. I am so excited!!
I too am a Texas gal. We live in Seguin..that is by New Braunfels and San Antonio. Where is your neck of the woods?
I love the idea of homemade popcorn..my husband will be thrilled..he hates the pkg stuff.
Do you can or dehydrate food?
So looking forward to following your blog.

Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Sarah said...

Hey...we buy the same lemon juice from the same place. We make lemonade too but we use stevia.

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