Monday, May 21, 2012

Linkfest: Recipe edition

I've been loving the 4 Weeks to Fill Your Freezer series over at Money Saving Mom. Once-a-Month-Cooking seems like it ruins my day or my weekend, so I've avoided it over the last few years. But individual recipes like this? DOABLE. Here are my favorites from the series:

Breakfast recipes + shopping list
Homemade Baking Mix
Freezer-friendly banana bread
Cinnamon rolls
Lunch recipes + shopping list
Dinner recipes
Brown bag burritos or Southwest Rollups
Barbecue meatballs (this would probably work with a vegetarian version too!)
Lasagne casserole (also easy to vegetarianize - and even better, no lasagna noodles. Check out her super quick cheat!)
Pizza dough (we make pizza dough, too, but we go through it too quick to freeze)

I used to make super delicious breakfast burritos for the freezer, and now I'm totally craving one!
Full size tortilla wraps (2-3 packages)
1 dozen eggs, scrambled and slightly cooled
Shredded cheese (I like a Mexican mix)
Jar of salsa
Bag of Morningstar farms sausage crumbles (frozen)
Bag of tater tots (frozen)

Assemble burritos by layering eggs, cheese, a few spoonfuls of salsa, a line of tots, and a spoonful of sausage crumbles, then wrap like a burrito, tucking in both ends. Wrap tightly in aluminum foil and freeze inside gallon ziploc bags. To eat, thaw on the counter (or in your bag on the subway) for about half an hour, then remove aluminum foil, wrap in a paper towel, and microwave for 1-2 minutes. You can also nuke them straight out of the freezer (again, remove the aluminum foil, please!) but I found that they don't quite get hot in the middle the way you do if you let them thaw a little bit. Makes at least two dozen burritos. I have no idea how long they'll keep because anytime I made them I would eat one a day (or more) until they were gone, so I never had them longer than a month. I imagine 2-3 months if they're tightly wrapped.

My favorite thing about that freezer cooking recipe is that the only "cooking" you really do is scrambling the eggs.

Free Money Finance details financial rules that work - and some that don't. I think his list is right on target!

Great tips on staying active from Zen Habits.

I've been using my sewing machine for a long time (which is not to say I'm an experienced seamstress!) but I still think a free online sewing machine class is an awesome offer!

Trent recommends picking a model and waiting six months - whatever it is you're purchasing. This is great advice. I've only been an early adopter twice (once for my Sony reader and once for my iPhone) and I like his method better. It hurts to see the price drop once you've paid!

Get Rich Slowly discusses how your friends are marketing to you. They're not only talking about actual marketing programs like BzzAgent (disclosure: I'm a BzzAgent) but about how every time we make a recommendation, we are positioning ourselves as an expert, someone to be trusted - perhaps, even, someone to be imitated. The post also explores the murky territory that bloggers face when major corporations are offering them perks and goodies.

I thought this Huffington Post article about turning 30 was spot-on - I experienced most of the same thoughts when I entered my 30s as well.

I don't normally read Seth Godin's blog, but I saw this link somewhere else (sorry, I forget who!) and this is a really important point: if you're going to measure something, be sure to pick the right metrics!

Lifehacker has a whole list of online classes that are available for free this summer! From coding to personal finance to nutrition to psychology, there is some interesting stuff here. I'm thinking of taking advantage of a couple of these!

One of the ways our modern economy works is by keeping the consumer dissatisfied. This is the primary goal of all advertising - because if we were happy with what we have, we'd stay home and not spend money. Miss Minimalist takes a close look at this phenomenon.

I guess it's nice to know that is not on a personal vendetta against me - looks like not delivering flowers is a problem for many of their customers. Clearly, they are in over their heads - I wonder how they're still around? (via Consumerist)

This post by Trent about loved ones in decline rips my heart in two. I don't live near my parents, and neither do any of my siblings. Although hopefully we have years to go before they need this kind of assistance, who will provide it for them?

Some ways to stop social media sites, particularly Twitter, from tracking your actions online. (via Lifehacker)

Nine costly things new homeowners don't prepare for via WiseBread - only, in my opinion, a number of these are totally bogus. Property taxes and insurance? These are included in your PITI on your pre-approval and other mortgage paperwork. Unless you have a really unusual situation, they are listed as part of your monthly payment from the get-go, and are taken out of that payment and held in escrow until they are due. Window coverings? Generally, these come with the house - you might not like them, but you don't need to spend $2,000 to hide your nakedness the first week you're there. Appliances - again, these should not be a surprise. The inclusion of appliances with a used home purchase is discussed in the contract negotiation phase, or should be. You'll know whether you're getting them before you're committed to the house. Utilities can be a major surprise, but you can call the utility companies before you purchase the house and get the last year or two of bills to get a sense of what they will cost you.

These slow cooker vegetables look great! What a fantastic use for all the prolific summer produce out there (and a cooking method that won't make your A/C work overtime).

The headline for yesterday's Happiness Project post is something that I've come to realize in the last few years - the problem is learning to identify what really does make you happy at home!

Penelope Trunk talks about how it's impossible to recognize what an age will be known for while we're still living in that age. I hope she's right that one of the things we might be remembered for is taking personal responsibility for our lives.

DINKs Finance discusses the cutoff for a discount. I agree that 15% is not really much of a discount. I mean, I'll take it, if it's something I would have bought anyway, but 15% is not enough to get me off the couch for something I wasn't planning to buy right this minute. The concept is an important one for my coupon challenge - in order to determine if you're getting a good deal, you need to define what a deal is.

1 comment:

  1. Love this list! I especially like the frozen food recipes and your breakfast burrito suggestion. Great idea.


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