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As a homemaker, you can become a little isolated. You spend most of the day at home or carting around the kids. You might work outside the home or work at home but you need to take care of your family too. But setting homemaking goals can help you achieve what you want for your family.

Do you set goals for yourself and your family as a homemaker?

In today’s podcast, I’m talking about goals setting for the homemaker. Before you decide you’re not a homemaker, hear me out.

If you care for your family, make the meals, do the shopping, wash the clothes, take care of the house and the list goes on, you are a homemaker.

Homemaking Goals

You might have another job outside the home or work from home but you are still a homemaker. Or the CEO of your house.

You’re the one that keeps things running smoothly, gets people where they need to go and keep them fed too.

As a homemaker, it’s easy to go from one task to another. Getting things done that need to are right there in front of you. But those things may take most of your time instead of the things that are really important.

This is where having homemaking goals come in. When you have a goal to work towards, you become more intentional about the things you do and let the less important things fall by the wayside.

Have a listen to the podcast below and I’ll walk you through how I set my homemaking goals and how you can too.

Show Notes…

The notes below are not a word-for-word transcript but more like the cliff notes version of the podcast.

Why Set Homemaking Goals?

Let’s talk about setting homemaking goals. First, if you work outside the home and take care of your family, you know you have set tasks your boss wants you to do. It’s what makes up your job outside of the home.

You might even have goals or measurements set for your job outside the home. This is how your boss or company measures how well you are doing your job. They may set these tasks for you or you might be the one to set the goals.

Either way, you have a guide to keep you on track for what your purpose is in that company.

Our job as homemakers is to make a safe, comfortable haven for our families to come home to.

We might share it with our spouse, or we might take on most of the work. But if there is no intention in building and taking care of the home, it will become stagnant.

Having set homemaking goals helps you see where you want your family to be in 6 months, a year, five years and beyond.

It helps you to see beyond that pile of dishes in the sink or the mountain of laundry in front of the washer. It gives you direction.

What is a Homemaking Goal?

A homemaking goal can be anything you or your family wants to achieve in making your house a home. To make it more enjoyable for the whole family, more comfortable, more manageable.

One example of a homemaking goal might be to eat at home as a family two nights a week.

Or maybe to keep the sink free of dirty dishes every night before bed so you wake up to a clean sink and kitchen each morning.

Or it could make changes to how your family spends money each month so you can save up for a once in a lifetime vacation before the kids are grown up and move out of the house.

Each family and each homemaker will have different goals for the stages of life they are in.

If your kids are little, getting them to do one chore each day to help around the house might be your main homemaking goal.

If you are deep in debt, your goal might be to reduce your debt by 50% in the next year and a half.

It might be to set up systems so everyone in the household can help with the basic chores and keep the house running smoothly instead of it all falling to one person.

All of these would be great homemaking goals.

Now you have a homemaking goal or two in mind let’s talk about how to make those goals a reality.

How to Set Goals as a Homemaker

It’s easy to pick a goal, then think about it, and work towards it for a week or two or even a couple of months. But when you don’t feel progress is being made, it falls by the wayside. Then is forgotten.

Kinda like those new year’s resolutions that fall by the wayside come spring.

Let’s not do that with our homemaking goals. The best way to achieve a goal is to make a good plan.

We want to take our big goal and decide what steps we need to take over the next 12 weeks to work towards that goals or goals.

I like to only take on 3 goals each 12 weeks. If you take on too much too fast, you’ll end up burning out and then nothing may get achieved. It’s better to stick with one to three goals at a time.

The goals may take longer than 12 weeks to achieve but make a plan of what you’ll work on for 12 weeks at a time.

An example is eating home-cooked meals each night instead of eating out. Only eating out when you’ve planned to eat out.

Here’s an idea of how I might make changes for our family over 12 weeks to reach our goal. I know it always helps me to have an example and I hope it helps you too. 

✳︎ The first week might comprise cutting back on eating out one meal the first week.

✳︎ The second week if the first week was successful is cutting back on eating out another meal or two.

✳︎ The third week you might make a plan for the meals for the week, including which meals you’ll eat out.

✳︎ The fourth week you might make your meal plan and shop on certain days so you are prepared for the week ahead. It may also include a few convenience food meals to make cooking at home even easier.

✳︎ Week five might follow the meal plan for each day and include a way to eat up leftovers so they don’t go to waste.

✳︎ Then week’s 6-10 might consist of sticking to your meal plan and shopping each week to make it become a habit. And making a list of all your family’s favorite meals to make to make meal planning each week even easier.

✳︎ Week 11-12 might include adding new recipes that family members find to try and adding new meals to your meal planning recipes list.

Change Can be Slow That’s OK

As you can tell by this plan, you slowly change your habits and build towards your goal of eating at home and only eating out when you plan to.

By slowly making changes you can move your family towards the goal and everyone can help.

Give everyone in the family a say on a dinner for the week. Let them pick their favorite meal to add to the family favorites meal list.

When you involve the whole family, everyone feels invested in working towards the goal and you get less resistance.

The best way to be successful at homemaking goals is to get everyone involved and invested in attaining the goal. If one person’s resolve wavers at one time another can keep working towards the goal.

Evaluate to Keep on Track with Your Homemaking Goals

After 12 weeks evaluate how you are doing towards your goal. Do you need to plan another 12 weeks or have you achieved your goal?

Start the process over again with a new goal or continue working toward the goal you’ve been working on.

Give Yourself Grace Because We all Need Grace

Making lasting chances for your family is hard work. It takes time. And it’s easy to get frustrated at how very slow the process might be.

It’s easy to get frustrated and start that negative talk in your head. You know that disapproving voice that tells you what a failure you are and reminds you how many times you slipped up.

Don’t do it, give yourself grace. Lasting change takes time, and it’s a process.

I know I’m one that wants to have instant gratification. I want to put the work in quickly and get to the end goal quickly.

But most homemaking goals take time to achieve and become habits. Once the habit is set, it’s so much easier to stick with your goal because now it’s a habit. Just something you do.

As a homemaker to keep our homes running smoothly and to make progress toward what we ultimately want for our families, we need to set goals.

Making homemaking goals can help us work towards the home we want to build for our family. A little each day, each week, each month, and each year. As we build the home life we want our families will be all the better for it too.

Take the time today to make your homemaking goals and build the home life you want.

Let’s start Now…

What homemaking goals do you plan on tackling first? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

More Homemaking Helps…

How to Keep Up with Laundry
How to Organize Your Kitchen
How to Plan a Month’s Worth of Meal in About an Hour

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What’s cooking at your house this week? If you don’t have your meal plan ready yet, take a peek below. This is another oven free week of meals at our house.

This week is starting out hot at our house, I’m hoping it will cool down as the week goes on. I’m not a hot weather girl at all, that’s why I live where it rains most of the year. I love the rain, hate the heat.

To help keep the house cool we’ll be grilling, using the slow cooker, or cooking on the stove top this week.

Our meals are also easy to make meals so if it cools down enough, I can resume staining our fence. I have a little less than half to go but the stain goes on so much better when the weather is cooler. Fingers crossed it will cool down a bit.

Here’s our full meal plan for this week…

Dinners

Crock Pot Lasagna, Salad, and French Bread

Italian Chicken, Rice and Grilled Zucchini (from our garden)

Chili Dogs, Salad, and Fruit

Tuna Patties, Rice, and Sugar Snap Peas (from the garden)

Cheeseburger Skillet Dish, Salad and Cherries

Spaghetti with Homemade Sauce, Salad, and French Bread

Soft and Crisp Tacos, Homemade Salsa, Refried Beans, and Chips

Lunches

Leftover most days

Sandwiches, Fruit, and Chips

Salad with Lunchmeat, Cheese and Homemade Croutons

Breakfasts

Toast with Eggs

Waffles, Sausage and Eggs

Toast, Eggs, and Turkey Bacon

 What’s cooking at your house this week?

Do you need help planning your menu? Find my menu planning tips here with a free printable menu planner page and here for my frugal menu planning tips.

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Cucumbers are plentiful at the store, the farmer’s markets, and coming out of our gardens this time of year. While you could make a yummy creamy cucumber salad, this easy cucumber salad with onions is quick and easy to make and healthier too.

If you have cucumbers coming out of the garden, you’ll want to try this quick and easy cucumber salad. Even my hubby who doesn’t like cucumber salads ate this one up and wants me to make it again.

This is just one of the farm to table recipes for this month’s Tuesdays in the Garden.

My gardening friends and I this week are sharing farm to table recipes to help you consume all that great produce you are growing or finding on sale or at the farmer’s markets. Scroll down to the bottom of the article to see their recipes too.

When we have cucumbers, I’ll make pickles for our family. We can dill pickles and bread and butter pickles each year.

I also make refrigerator dills and refrigerator bread and butter pickles too. They are quick and easy and so crisp too.

We also love to have salads this time of year. Vegetables are crisp and refreshing on a warm day. And when you have fresh cucumbers straight out of the garden or from the farmers market, they taste so good.

The combination of our love of salads and pickles inspired this easy cucumber and onion salad recipe.

What’s You’ll Need to make the Cucumber and Onion Salad

Cucumbers, We prefer the smaller pickling cucumbers but the regular slicing cucumbers are fine too.

Onion, You can use any kind of onion you like. I used a purple onion because of the great color contrast (we eat with our eyes too) and the milder flavor. (My picky eater will eat the purple onions, but complains about other onions.)

Vinegar, I prefer apple cider vinegar to white vinegar. If you want an even milder vinegar, you might try rice vinegar. I use it in many recipes and it has a milder flavor.

Sugar, I added sugar to cut the acidity of the vinegar in this recipe. And to make them taste like bread and butter pickles. You could use honey or any other sweetener. Or leave it out altogether if you are eating Keto.

Parsley, I chose parsley over dill because most cucumber salad recipes use dill and I wanted this one to be different. I used fresh parsley out of the garden but you could use dried parsley instead. If using dry parsley, only use 1 teaspoon.

Turmeric, I added this spice because I use turmeric in my bread and butter pickles and I like the flavor it adds. Not a fan? You can leave it out.

Salt and Pepper, because what’s a cucumber salad without these two.

How Do you Make a Cucumber Salad? Watch the Recipe Video Below to See…

This recipe is quick and easy to make. But sometimes it’s nice to watch a recipe be made the first time through. If watching a video isn’t for you keep scrolling for the written version below and the printable recipe.

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Tips for Making this Easy Cucumber Salad with Onions

Cucumbers, I prefer to slice our cucumber on the thin side. I think the dressing permeates the cucumbers better when they are thinner. But thicker cucumbers hold up better if you are making this salad ahead of time.

Onion, I like to dice the onion into small pieces so my picker eater won’t complain. But if you love onions you might leave them in rings or larger diced pieces.

Making the Cucumber and Onion Salad Ahead of Time

If you’ll be preparing the cucumber and onion salad ahead of time, slice the cucumber thicker so they will hold up in the dressing better. Or you could cut the onions and cucumber and store them in a covered bowl in the refrigerator.

Then prepare the dressing in another bowl and store with the cucumbers. An hour before serving you can combine the two. The cucumber will stay crisp when you add the dressing close to serving time. And most of the work will be done ahead of time.

Grab the printable recipe below to try…

How to Make Easy Cucumber Salad with Onion
 
Prep time
5 mins
Total time
5 mins
 
An easy farm to table recipe that is yummy and healthy too.
Author: Shelly
Recipe type: side dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups Cucumbers, sliced thin
  • ½ cup Onion, sliced thin or diced
  • ¼ cup Apple Cider Vinegar or Rice Vinegar
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Parsley, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon Turmeric
Instructions
  1. Mix cucumbers and onions, set aside while you make the dressing.
  2. In another bowl mix vinegar, water, sugar, parsley, salt, pepper, and turmeric.
  3. Pour over the cucumber mixture.
  4. Stir to mix well.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 28 Fat: .1 g Saturated fat: 0 Unsaturated fat: 0 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 6.7 g Sugar: 5.2 g Sodium: 196 mg Fiber: .5 Protein: .4 g Cholesterol: 0
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How Much Does this Easy Cucumber Salad Cost to Make?

I like to know how much the recipes I make cost. It helps me to plan my meals and keep our grocery spending under control. All while eating a variety of foods too.

Don’t worry if you don’t want to figure out the cost, I have you covered. Below is the cost breakdown of this recipe. The prices in your area may vary a little but it should give you a good idea of how much it will cost.

Cucumbers, 2 large or 3-4 smaller $1.16 to $2
Onion, 1/2 of onion $.23 at $.80/lb
Parsley, $.59 a bunch you’ll only need a small amount $.05
Vinegar $.11 when you purchase a gallon at $6.79
Spices, $.10 purchased in bulk

That brings the total for this recipe to $1.65 to $2.49 depending on how much you pay for the cucumbers. They can vary in price from $.50 each up to $1 each here at our stores.

The recipe makes 6 servings so each serving ends up costing just $.28 to $.48.

That price isn’t bad at all considering it’s a healthy side dish too.

If you grow your own onions and cucumbers, the cost will be less.

In about 5 minutes and with 5 basic ingredients, you could have a quick and easy cucumber salad to enjoy.

This recipe would be a great addition to a picnic or barbecue. I’m sure it will be eaten up right away because it’s so yummy!

Don’t leave yet, be sure to check out the other Tuesday in the Garden bloggers farm to table recipes below. They are all great cooks and terrific recipe writers so I know you’ll find a new recipe or more to try. Just click on the photo to be taken to their recipe…

            

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Do you have your meal plan done for this week?

I know I’d be lost without my meal plan. I make one each week so I know what I’ll be cooking. If you need a few meal ideas look below to see what’s cooking at our house this week.


It’s going to be downright hot later this week. I’ll be making quick and easy stove top or grilled dinners.

I don’t like to heat up the kitchen when it’s hot outside. Eating out each day isn’t an option, although it might be fun for a few days.

We are also getting lots of lettuce from our garden so we will be having salads as side dishes this week. Salads are easy to make and you can prep ahead salad for the whole week at the start of the week and be set.

Enchiladas are so good but when it’s hot out, I’ll make them in the slow cooker. They are easy to assemble and turn out great. Plus you don’t have to heat up the house running the oven.

For the baked potato bar, we’ll be making the baked potatoes in the microwave. And I’ll make skillet chili to go on top of the baked potatoes.

We’ll also be cooking the pizza on the grill. If you haven’t had grilled pizza you have got to give it a try.

Here’s our full meal plan…

Dinners

Slow Cooker Enchiladas, Salad, Chips and Salsa

Salmon Patties, Rice, Homemade Tartar Sauce and Salad

Grilled Herb Chicken, served on a Salad with Grilled French Bread

Ham Slices, Mashed Potatoes, and Salad

Chili Baked Potato Bar, Salad, and Fruit

Pizza and Salad

Sloppy Joes, Fruit and Vegetable Sticks

Lunches

Leftover most days

Sandwiches, Fruit, and Chips

Big Salad with Lunchmeat and Hard Boiled Eggs, and Grilled Bread

Breakfasts

Toast with Eggs

Whole Wheat Pancakes, Sausage, and Eggs

Omelet and Toast

 What’s cooking at your house this week?

Do you need help planning your menu? Find my menu planning tips here with a free printable menu planner page and here for my frugal menu planning tips.

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Enjoying a nice cool drink on a hot summer day can really quench your thirst. Having these mint ice cubes ready to go in the freezer can add a hint of mint and a little sweetness too, to any drink, so easily. Plus, they are so easy to make.

Imagine it’s a hot summer day. You need a cool drink. You grab a nice glass of iced tea, lemonade or ? to cool off with. You add ice but as the ice melts it does nothing but water down your drink.

Sure it cools off your drink, but that’s about it. By the time you get to the end of your delicious glass, it’s so watered down, it doesn’t taste good at all.

You can purchase those reusable ice cubes and they work well. If you don’t mind looking at colored plastic cubes floating around in your glass.

But what if you could cool your drink without it being watered down and flavor it too.

Wouldn’t that be great?!

These mint ice cubes can do just that. They can cool your drink, just like regular ice cubes do. But as they melt, they don’t water down your drink. They flavor and sweeten it instead.

Plus when you add a mint leaf to each cube you get a pretty addition to your glass instead of plastic color cubes.

And these flavored ice cubes can help you drink more water.

Drink More and Stay Hydrated with these Mint Flavored Ice Cubes

In the summer we all know we need to drink more water while working outside. If you don’t drink enough, you can get to feeling terrible or worse yet make yourself sick. All from being dehydrated.

But drinking plain old water gets boring after your fifth glass.

When you add a cube or two of these mint ice cubes, you can keep your water chilled. And have a nice flavored drink instead of plain water.

Plus since there is only a little sugar in each cube it doesn’t add much in the way of calories but adds a big benefit in taste.

Which keeps you drinking more water. Which we all know is good for us.

How to Make Mint Ice Cubes

If you want to give these little ice cubes of flavor and sweetness a try, I’ve made a video tutorial for you. It’s just over a minute and takes you step by step through the recipe.

You will need to make mint syrup first, but it’s just as easy and I have a video tutorial for it too.

After watching the video, keep scrolling for tips on how to use these cubes, how to store them, and how much they cost to make too. Don’t forget to grab the printable recipe too, it’s below.

How to Make Mint Ice Cubes - YouTube

Where to Use the Mint Ice Cubes

Use these mint ice cubes in any drink you want to flavor. Some of our favorites are..

Ice Tea, instead of adding lemon try adding a mint ice cube instead. It won’t be as sweet as sweet tea but it will add a touch of sweetness and mint flavor too.

Lemonade, lemonade can be even better with an addition of a little mint. And these mint ice cubes are a great way to add mint flavor.

Plain Old Water, most of us don’t drink enough water. It’s easier to grab a glass of tea or a glass of juice. But this can add calories, caffeine, and other substances you don’t really need when plain water would be better.

Adding mint ice cubes can help to flavor the water like I mentioned above without adding much in the way of calories. Which can help you drink more.

Print the recipe below…

Mint Ice Cubes
 
Prep time
5 mins
Total time
5 mins
 
Easy to make mint ice cubes to add a little sweetness and mint flavor to water or any drink.
Author: Shelly
Recipe type: Beverages
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16 ice cubes
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup Water
  • ¼ cup Mint Syrup
  • 16 small Mint Leaves
Instructions
  1. In a 2 cup measuring cup mix the water and mint syrup with a whisk to mix well.
  2. To the ice cube mold add one leaf of mint to each ice cube.
  3. Fill each ice cube mold with the mint syrup mixture.
  4. Freeze until solid.
  5. Add a cube or two to any drink to add a little sweetness and mint flavor.
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  Storing Your Mint Ice Cubes

Once you have your mint ice cubes made, you’ll want to store them. Now if you have room and don’t need your ice cube trays, you could store them in the trays.

But when not sealed they can get sticky on top and not look as nice. That’s why I recommend storing them in a freezer bag out of the trays.

You can dump the mint ice cubes out of the trays and then place the into a freezer bag. Remove most of the air and place them in the freezer. When you need a cube or two for a drink, take one out and seal them back up.

This is the best way to keep these ice cubes the longest and they will take up less room in the freezer too.

Serving the Mint Ice Cubes

If you are having a party, you won’t know who wants mint ice cubes and who doesn’t but you want them available for your guests to try.

The best way to display them and have them available but keep them from melting too quickly is to put the on ice.

Place the mint ice cubes in a chilled bowl with a bed of ice below them. As your guests get their drinks, they can grab regular ice or mint ice for their drinks. It’s easy, and it helps to keep the from melting.

How Much Does it Cost to Make Mint Ice Cubes

Making mint ice cubes is quick. It only takes a minute or two to assemble them once you have the mint syrup made.

And using them to flavor water instead of reaching for juice, pop, or a sports drink, can save you money and calories.

But how much do these cost to make. After all knowledge is power. And if your food budget is tight something small can make or break it. But don’t worry you won’t have to figure out the cost for yourself. I’ve done the calculations for you below…

Some of the links below are my referral links. Which means when you purchase through them I can make a little money at no extra cost to you. Thanks! See my disclosure policy for more information.

Ingredients and Costs

Mint Leaves, cost for a bunch in a small box at the grocery store $2.30, it will be next to nothing if you grow your own mint at home in pots on your patio.

Mint Syrup, $.48 per cup is the cost of the homemade mint syrup, using the mint from the grocery store in the plastic containers. One package of mint from the store will make a batch of mint syrup and leave you enough leaves to use in the ice cubes.

You can purchase mint syrup at the store in the coffee aisle. If you like to shop online amazon carries this item and you can get free shipping if you order meets the shipping requirements.

Water, nothing extra if you use tap water, a little of money if you use bottled water. I use filtered tap water.

Kitchen Tools Needed…

Ice Cube Trays, I purchased mine at the dollar store, but you can also order fancier ones on Amazon. I like this one and this one too. You can use them over and over, the fancier ones will last longer than the dollar store ones. At least that has been my experience.

What’s the Cost…

For one ice cube tray full of mint ice cubes, which worked out to be 16 ice cubes, it cost $.20 for the full batch. And a little over a penny per cube.

And that is with purchasing the mint in the small packages from the store. You can save even more by growing your own mint.

If you purchase the mint syrup instead of making it at home that will increase your cost to $.96 for a batch of mint ice cubes. Or $.06 an ice cube. Still not bad at all and it saves you a little work too.

If you are looking to drink more water but plain old water just doesn’t cut it for you. Give these mint ice cubes a try.

If you need to watch your sugar intake, you can try making the mint syrup with a sugar substitute or purchase sugar free mint syrup from the store.

 

These mint ice cubes can help you dress up regular drinks for a party. Add a little sweetness to your ice tea or lemonade. Or make it easier to get that water you know you should drink everyday down.

Find More Summer Drink Ideas to Cool Off…

Mint Water
Raspberry Mint Lemonade
Homemade Root Beer Syrup

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Are you ready for the first week in July. I know my family is looking forward to celebrating the 4th of July with fireworks and a barbecue.

If you’re still unsure of what you’ll be eating this week, find a few meal plan ideas below I’m sure your family will love.

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Summer always seems to begin right after the 4th of July. It seems most years we have mild summer weather with rain off and on until the 4th and then summer weather really begins.

My plan for this week is a yummy barbecued meal for the holiday. The rest of the week we’ll be eating easy skillet meals.

For the BLT salad, I’ll usually cook the bacon in the oven, but when it’s hot out who wants to run the oven? It just makes the house that much hotter.

Instead I’ll use my electric skillet to bake the bacon without an oven. It works better than a regular skillet because I can control the temperature better and the bacon cooks more evenly without the bacon splatter everywhere.

We’ll also be getting our first order from Imperfect Produce. I heard about them a while ago and when I looked to see if they delivered in my area, I was pleased to see they do.

If you’ve already heard of them and want to give them a try, you can use my referral link and save $10 off your first order.

I’ll let you know how we like the service after we’ve tried it out a few times. And I’ll share how the prices compare too.

Now Here’s our Full Meal Plan for this Week…

Dinners

Mushroom Chicken over Egg Noodles with a Salad

Pan Fried Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, and Salad

Hamburgers with Homemade Buns, Macaroni Salad and Fruit

BLT Salad with Fruit

World’s Best Chicken (from the freezer), Mashed Potatoes and Salad

Hoagie Roll Sandwiches, Chips and Fruit

Chicken Stir Fry with Rice

Lunches

Leftovers Most Days

Hot Dogs, Carrot Sticks, Fruit and Chips

Sandwiches, Chips, and Fruit

Burritos, Chips, Salsa, and Salad

Breakfasts

Toast from homemade bread and Eggs

Waffles, Sausage, and Eggs

Omelets, Toast and Fruit

What’s cooking at your house this week?

Do you need help planning your menu? Find my menu planning tips here with a free printable menu planner page and here for my frugal menu planning tips.

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How can you save if you’re not a couponer? You can save by purchasing items when they are on sale at rock bottom prices and buy in season.

But you need to know the best time to purchase certain items. That’s why I’ve put together a list of what to stock up on in July.

What to Stock Up on in July

July is when summer gets into full swing. There’s the 4th of July and many people take vacations during this month too. But in between all that summer fun be sure to watch for the good deals on the items below.

BBQ Foods and Supplies

July is the month to save on BBQ items. You should find great deals on meat to barbecue such as hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, and steaks. As well as condiments to go with them like ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, relish, and pickles.

BBQ supplies such as charcoal, plastic and paper plates and cups should be on sale. Be sure to watch for after 4th of July sales for red and white items that could be used for Christmas too.

School Supplies

Yes, it seems like school just let out but the back to school sales will start this month. It’s a great time to stock up on items the kids will need to go back to school with, but don’t stop there. Be sure to pick up office supply items you’ll need for the home too.

You’ll start to see deals on folders, notebooks, and binders. As well as rulers and calculators. Stock up on pencils and pencil boxes or zipper pockets at low prices. Markers and whiteboard markers should be on sale. Along with glue, glue sticks, and staplers.

School supplies also make great stocking stuffers or are good to include in shoeboxes to send to children overseas. Be sure to stock up this month and next while the best deals of the year can be had.

Garden and Patio Items

With gardening season in full swing, you’ll be sure to find discounts on items for your garden for this year and next along with outdoor living items too.

Look for garden items such as live plants, seeds, garden hoses, sprinklers, solar lights, bird baths and bird seed.

Outdoor living items will start to be on sale too. Look for items like lawn chairs, outdoor furniture, grills, and grill accessories too.

Beach and Camping Supplies

With summer in full swing, the retailers will want to give you a good deal on things you can use now. Take advantage of sales on umbrellas, beach towels, beach chairs. As well as sunscreen and suntan lotion.

Camping supplies are sure to start going on sale too. Look for tents, lanterns, sleeping bags, and other camping supplies to be on sale.

Ice Cream

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream month? You are sure to find deals on all those yummy ice cream treats you and your family love. Look for good sales and even some good coupons to match up with those sales this month.

In Season Produce

When you purchase produce in season you not only save but get some great tasting produce too. This month’s in season produce includes blueberries, grapes, corn, green beans, cucumbers, garlic, nectarines, peaches, bell peppers, summer squash, tomatoes, plums, pears, tomatoes, and red onions.

Keep these items above in mind when you are out shopping or looking over the sales flyers this month. Stock up while these items are on sale to keep your budget low.

What do you plan to stock up on in July?

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The summer is officially here. Don’t let this summer slip by instead make a plan to make the most of your summer. Starting with this printable July calendar pack.

Grab the printable July calendar pack below…

Plan Your Month with this Printable July Calendar Pack

With summer right around the corner, you want to make the most of those long summer days. You can do that by making a plan.

Not just any plan, but plans to include all the important things you want to do with your family this month.

Maybe you want to can peaches to enjoy this winter. Or maybe it’s a few day trips to the beach. Making a plan and writing it done makes it more likely to happen.

Pick a day, make a plan, and get it on the calendar. And this July calendar pack is perfect for planning your summer fun.

The July Calendar Pack is Editable

With this July calendar printable pack, you can edit the pages before you print it. It’s so nice. I don’t know about you but handwriting in on the squares always seems messy.

It’s so much nicer when you can type your plans on the square and then print the calendar page you want.

Choose the Calendar Page you Want

There are two calendars in this printable pack. One that is vertical, great for putting in a binder and one that is horizontal. The horizontal one is great for hanging on the wall or refrigerator.

Print as Many as You Need

Because these are printable you can print as many as you need. It will only cost you ink and paper. Plus I’ve tried to make these pretty but also ink friendly too. So it won’t cost you too much to print them at home.

Grab your Printable and Editable July Calendar Pack below…

When you join our email list, you’ll be sent not only this calendar pack but all the new calendar packs for the months to come. Not a bad deal, huh?!
Click here to join to get added to the email list!

I hope you find this July calendar pack helpful and the calendars help you make the most of your summer.

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Popsicles are such a yummy treat on a warm day. They are so cool and refreshing and so easy to make. Homemade popsicles are a great way to control ingredients, sugar and coloring. These strawberry mint popsicles are healthier, easy to make and fancy enough for adults too.

My kids love popsicles. Heck, I like popsicles. But the ones from the store are just sugar water and cost quite a bit for what you are getting.

I like to make our popsicles a little healthier by adding fruit and homemade sweeteners. Like using homemade mint syrup to sweeten these popsicles.

Making the mint syrup is easy to do when you know how. Plus, it adds so much flavor to these strawberry mint popsicles too. If you make a batch of mint syrup, you’ll have enough for not only these popsicles but other recipes too.

I made a quick video to show you how easy it is to make a batch of these strawberry mint popsicles. Keep on scrolling for the printable recipe, how much it will cost to make this recipe, and popsicle making tips too.

How to Make Homemade Popsicles with Strawberry and Mint

Healthy Strawberry Mint Popsicles - YouTube

How to make Mint Syrup, video tutorial

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Kitchen Tools You’ll Need to Make Homemade Strawberry Mint Popsicles

Popsicle Molds or Paper cups with Popsicle sticks,

We own two popsicle molds and we use them often. They are worth the cost because they can be used over and over.

I like the molds that come with the washable, reusable sticks. That way I don’t have to purchase popsicle sticks and have them on hand.

But if you’re not sure you’ll be making popsicle regularly, you can use paper cups and popsicles sticks in place of the molds.

Paring Knife

I have two of these little paring knives and love them. They are so handy and inexpensive too. They work great for coring and cutting the strawberries in half. I think these knives are a must-have item in any kitchen.

Tips for Making Homemade Popsicles

Slicing the Strawberries

To get the strawberries to stay in place and not float around too much in the popsicle, slice them to fit snugly in the popsicle mold.

I halved most of my strawberries since they were smaller homegrown berries. But if you have bigger strawberries, you might need to cut them into thick slices.

Adding Mint Leaves

If you’ll be adding mint leaves, I found it’s best to wedge them between the strawberries. I put a strawberry in. Add a mint leaf. Then more strawberries, another mint leaf. Finally, more strawberries at the top.

The berries help to hold the mint leaves in place. And keep them from floating up when you add the liquid.

Adding the Mint Syrup Mixture

When adding the mint syrup mixture pour it in slowly and then give the popsicle mold a shake or a tap. This will help to dislodge any air bubbles that might get stuck around the strawberries or mint.

If an air bubble are left behind, you could have a void in your popsicle.

Un-molding the Popsicles

When you are ready to enjoy your popsicles, it’s good to heat the outside of the popsicles container to get the popsicle to release from the mold.

If you don’t you could end up pulling the stick out and leaving the popsicle behind in the mold. And that’s no good.

If you have individual mold, like mine, it’s easy to hold them in your hand for a minute to help make it easier to get them out of the mold.

If your mold is solid, you might try running a little warm water on the popsicles mold area for the one you want to remove. This can help.

If you are using paper cups with popsicles sticks, you can slowly peel the paper cup away from the popsicle and enjoy it.

Here’s the printable recipe for you. If you’d like to know the cost of making a batch of these popsicles keep on scrolling down.

Strawberry Mint Popsicles
 
Author: Shelly
Serves: 6 Popsicles
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup Water
  • 6 tablespoons Mint Syrup
  • 8-12 Strawberries
  • 6-12 Mint Leaves (optional)
Instructions
  1. Core, wash and cut strawberries in half or slices if large so they can fit into the popsicles molds.
  2. Place strawberries into popsicles molds and add mint leaves if desired.
  3. Mix water and mint syrup in a measuring cup.
  4. Pour the mint syrup mixture into the popsicle molds.
  5. Place in freezer until frozen.
  6. Enjoy!
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The Cost Breakdown for a Batch of Homemade Strawberry Mint Popsicles

I always like to know how much each recipe I make costs. If you’re like me, then you’ll love I’ve already done the math for you. I feel if you know how much it costs to make something at home, you can decide if it’s worth your time and effort or not.

Plus it’s fun to see how much you can save too. Sometimes it’s a lot and other times not so much. But either way the knowledge is good.

A package of fruit popsicles from our local stores cost $3.50 for a box of 6 popsicles making them $.58 each.

The sugar and food coloring popsicles are less. But I wanted to compare the homemade variety with store bought popsicles that are close to the same ingredients as I could.

Cost Breakdown of the Strawberry Mint Popsicles

Strawberries about half a pound $1
Homemade Mint Syrup $.18 for 6 tablespoons

Which brings the total for 6 popsicles to $1.18 or just $.20 a popsicle.

By making these at home you could save almost half the price and that’s with purchasing mint in the small packages at the store. If you grow your own mint, the cost would be even less.

There you have it how to make your own homemade strawberry mint popsicles for about half the cost of the store bought ones. They are so good, I’m sure your kids will love them and adults will love them too.

What’s your favorite flavor of popsicles?

 

More Yummy Homemade Popsicles to Try…

Raspberry Cream Popsicles
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