Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Caramel Sauce

Today, I am sharing a family favorite, CARAMEL SAUCE. What we love about this recipe is that it works perfectly in drinks like lattes and caramel apple cider.  This isn't the best recipe for things like caramel apples, but you will enjoy this drizzled over homemade brownies or in your favorite coffee drink.

1 cup of packed brown sugar or sucanat
1/2 cup of half and half
1/4 cup of unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (this can be left out, but we enjoy it)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of sea salt

Whisk brown sugar, half and half, butter in saucepan on medium heat. Whisk about 7 minutes until sauce thickens. Stir in cinnamon, vanilla, and sea salt.  Pour into sterilized jar and store in fridge

Sugar Free Option: Sub sugar for 1 Cup Just Like Brown Sugar. Whisk 5 minutes.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Green Giant Prize Pack Giveaway (CLOSED)


If you are anything like me, eating healthy is a priority, but sometimes I just don't have the time to make some awesome veggie dish. if you need an easy low-cal veggie dish, try Green Giant®

 Green Giant® gives you more:

* Simply Steam Varieties with no sauce- great for those with food restrictions
* 27 varieties under 100 calories per serving
* Lightly sauced varieties with tons of flavor and without the guilt

We enjoy this over brown rice:)

If you would like to give Green Giant® a try, I have great giveaway for you: 

A gym bag, food journal, Green Giant® coupons, and a $10 Target gift card.

To enter, leave a SEPARATE comment for each action: 

1)Visit;  Leave a comment letting me know what Green Giant® variety you want to try. 

2) Follow me on Twitter @dollarhollering
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4) Share a link to this giveaway

The giveaway will end on  October 27, 2013 at 11:59pm.

Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by Green Giant® through General Mills and MyBlogSpark. I received the same prize pack that is in the giveaway. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Italian Sausage and Greens

This is meant to be a one dish meal. To save money, switch out 1/2lb Italian sausage with beans.

Italian Sausage and Greens
 You will need:
1 Onion
2 Peppers ( I like red and yellow but use what you have)
1-2 Garlic Scapes chopped (or a few cloves of minced garlic)
1 lb of Kale, stems removed and chopped or spinach
1lb Italian Sausage, sliced thinly or removed from casing
3/4 cup broth
Optional: 1 teaspoon of red wine vinegar

Brown sausage and set aside. In same pan, saute peppers and onions in a teaspoon or so of oil. I skip the oil when using frozen veggies. Once peppers and onions are softened, add in garlic and saute for a minute or two. Add sausage and pile kale or spinach on top of the sausage and veggie mixture. Add broth and let the greens cook down. Top with vinegar.

This meal has a lot of flavor as is but feel free to mix it up with what you have on hand.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Crustless Pumpkin Pie with Pumpkin Spiced Whipped Cream

Who doesn't love pumpkin pie? And with 50 cans of pumpkin left you have to know that I would be busting out a pumpkin pie recipe at one point or another.  So here it goes.....

Pumpkin Pie

You will need:
1 can of pumpkin (15oz)
1 can of evaporated milk
3 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 eggs
1/4 cup  organic cane sugar ( you could use white or brown sugar)
1/4 c honey

Combine all ingredients and mix until smooth. Don't worry if it's a little runny it will firm up. Pour into a greased pie pan and bake at 400 for 10 minutes and 325 for 40-50 minutes depending on your oven.

Pumpkin Spiced Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon or so ( I like a little more) pumpkin spice
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Combine whipping cream, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and  powdered sugar. Beat until peaks form (about two minutes).  Serve immediately.

Two down...49 more to GO!

Linked to: Good Cheap Eats

Sunday, September 1, 2013

It's Emergency Preparedness Month + Up to 50% off Mountain House!

Hey folks, It's been awhile since I last posted. We have had a lot going on in our neck of the woods. I should be getting back to my regular posting schedule this month. In honor of Emergency Preparedness Month, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite places for emergency supplies...

***Emergency Essentials****

Some of my favorite buys:

* First aid supplies: You can buy things like a single dosage of pain reliever, a single band aid, eye patch, insect repellent, and so much more. I love that I can make my own first aid kit tailored to the needs of my family. It's also great for replacing items like sunscreen, OTC meds, and other items that need to be rotated out over time.

* Emergency kit supplies: We live in a tornado-prone area, so having an emergency kit is a must. Like first aid supplies, I think that building your own emergency kit makes a lot of sense.  Some of my favorite items are emergency ponchos, hand warmers, matches, emergency blankets, aqua boxes, and high calorie food bars.  Again, I love that i can buy just one item if needed.

* Mountain House meals:  Emergency Essentials has an excellent selection of Mountain House meals. I love that I can try something in the pouch before I buy a number 10 can.  Mountain House meals are great for camping and emergency preparedness as you just need hot water to make a meal.  We have tried chicken/rice and scrambled eggs/ham,

If you have been on the fence when it comes to ordering Mountain House meals,  Right now, Emergency Essentials is having a huge sale on the mountain house #10 cans. Up to 50% off. You may need to add to cart to see discount. Shipping is free over $150 and flat rate shipping for orders under $150. 

I am NOT an affiliate of Emergency Essentials. Just love sharing good tips for saving money on preparedness items.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Very Berry Slush

1 cup of hot water
*3-4 Tablespoons of Sugar
3 Tablespoons of lemon Juice or lime juice
 Any combination of: Frozen Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries

In blender, combine hot water, sugar and lemon juice. Blend for 20 seconds. Add frozen berries 2-3 at a time until  you reach a slush consistency. (For me this is 2 cups or so).

*Stevia works well in this recipe. 1/2 teaspoon is sweet enough for me.

My Vitacost Order

What I bought:
Coconut Water
Vitacost Brand Stevia Powder
Native Forest Organic Whole Coconut Milk
Earthpaste, Cinnamon
Desert Essence Organics, Coconut Lotion
Organic Lemon Juice
Whole Sweeteners Coconut Palm Sugar
Whole Sweeteners Organic  Sugar
Newman's Own Organic Black Tea
Neem Face Lotion
Thyroid Plus
B-12 Extended Release
Amazing Grass Green Super foods in Orange Dream
Miracle Noodles

This order will  last me anywhere between 4-6 months.  The miracle noodles are the only new product that I haven't tried before. My hubby loves pasta but he is  gluten free with me (by default) so i thought this might be an alternative to the brown rice pasta (which is ok). Feel free to ask me about any of the products i bought in the comments.

  If you are interested in saving money at Vitacost, join their referral program. Anytime you refer a friend and they place an order of $30+. You get $10  and they get $10.  Vitacost generally offers free shipping on order $49+. Right now they are offering all Vitacost brand supplements Buy 1, Get 1 1/2 off.  We have yet to be disappointed in anything with the Vitacost label.

What healthy items do you like to keep on hand?

Disclaimer: I've included my referral link. I will earn $10 if you sign up through my link. Thanks for supporting my site.