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My Stay At Home Adventures - From Workin.. by Joyce @ My Stay At Home Adventures - 3d ago

Guys, you have to check these Free Kids Lemonade Stand Planner!!

We talked about the importance of kid enjoying a lemonade stand and what it can teach them, and today we have something special for you all!

I’ve created a Kid Lemonade Stand Planner to help you and your kid plan their lemonade stand. You see because I truly believe that teaching kids about the importance of money and entrepreneurship will benefit in the future, I created this planner.

So what does this super cute free digital planner has?

Free Lemonade Stand Printable

Now, this lemonade stand digital planner is about 17 pages, and it is set to help your child prepare but most importantly understand how the process work.

It shows how to create a business goal and track expenses, earnings, and profit. It's like running a small business.

With this kids lemonade planner, you can help your child keep track of the financial side of it by writing down their supply list and adding cost.

They will be able to keep track of all their lemonade expenses as well and during sale day keep track of income.

Of course, to keep it even more realistic we added a change spot check to help them count the coins and cash.

I also added 2 lemonade stand flyers to use to advertise your lemonade stand.

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Take a look below and see how cute this free digital planner is!

This kid lemonade stand comes with:

  • supply list
  • 2 lemonade stand flyer
  • expense tracker
  • sale tracker
  • a planning sheet
  • blank calendar
  • a change spot checklist
  • idea sheet
  • and more!
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 This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com.

Summer has so many positives and one of my favorites is being able to do some outdoor dining. Here in Pennsylvania we definitely don't eat outdoors during the winter months!

It is too cold and sometimes we are buried under inches of snow. We have to take advantage of warmer weather to enjoy our back patio. I have some of the best tips for outdoor dining during the summer months that will keep you entertaining outside more and more!

5 Tips for Outdoor Dining During the Summer

One of my favorite reasons to dine outdoors is that I don't have to heat my kitchen up using the stove. Summer grilling is EASY and it is fun to get creative with the grill.

My family loves to watch the kids play in the yard while we get the food ready!  The whole family is having a blast when we are outside.

Get Creative With Your Meat Selection

When I think of outdoor dining I think of MEAT! That is typically the main dish when we do summer grilling. Where a lot of people get stuck is they just make the SAME thing over and over again.

I like to get creative with my meat. There are so many delicious cuts of meat that you shouldn't limit yourself to one kind.

To save myself the time I like to order from the Fareway Meat Market. Their meat delivery service is outstanding and such good quality. Grilling high-quality meats is essential to a good meal.

I recently received the Date Night Bundle and was really wowed by it. The bundle included two 10 oz. Iowa Pork Chops, two 8 oz. American's Cut Boneless Pork Chops and two 12 oz. Beef Ribeye Steaks. Some other things I like to get are the 85% Butcher's Blend Ground Beef and the Premium Steak Burgers.

I can make several delicious meals with these meats and the flavor ideas I have are endless!

Now I will tell you that the 12 oz. Beef Ribeye Steaks are the most delicious steaks ever! So good, that um we forgot to take a photo and realized this after we were almost done “tasting” them.

And their Premium Steak Burgers are to die for!! These burgers are super delicious grilled or air fried my friend. One of our favorites by far!

Now here's a bonus for you all!

For our readers! Head over to Fareway Meat Market and enter code “meatlover” to receive $20 off your first order. I know I am!

Stay Hydrated

The weather can get pretty warm during the summer months and so we usually grill out later in the evening when it is cooling off. I always want my family to stay hydrated and we like to enjoy a tasty beverage when we are outdoors.

I recently found out about Southern Breeze Sweet Tea and we all love it. Can you imagine sweet tea without calories or sugar? Well, it does exist and it is amazing. I can drink glass after glass without any guilt at all. Plus there are four delightful flavors so we never get bored.

Be sure to check out this promotion where you can get free shipping on your first order! I like to turn these pre-sweetened tea bags into all sorts of tasty mocktails for my whole family to enjoy.

Be Flexible

A big part of the reason I love outdoor dining is because it takes some of the work off of my shoulders. I have learned that we don't always have to have fancy side dishes when we are eating on the patio.

When we grill burgers I will keep things simple and it works perfectly. One way to keep things easy is to grab a bag of popchips as a side for our burgers. There are several flavors so everyone can pick their favorite. I may even put some dip on the table to eat with the popchips.

Another way to be flexible is to let the family snack a little before the meal is ready. A little pre-dinner snacking never hurt anyone and popchips are a great choice because they are never fried and only have real ingredients!  Check out all the info about popchips and let me know what your favorite flavor is…mine is the Zesty Jalapeno Cheddar!  Yum!

Paper Doesn't Always Work

Typically I would pick paper products for our outdoor eating to keep clean up quick and easy. Sometimes we have to deal with some wind and the paper products just don't work.

Instead of bringing out our nice ceramic plates I like to keep some hardy melamine plates in the cabinet for those windy days.

Don't forget to have a paperweight of some kind to keep your napkins from flying away!

Invite Some Friends

Outdoor dining is just more fun with friends. Another benefit is that everyone is outside and you don't have to clean your house from top to bottom before they arrive.

Do a quick cleaning of the bathroom and kitchen and tidy up the living room. BOOM…you are company ready!

What Do You Like To Make for Grilling Nights?

What is your favorite meat to grill? How do you prepare it?  I love that the options are endless!

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This Instant Pot Puerto Rican Beef & Pasta is so simple to make so flavorful you are going to love it!

What I love about this Instant Pot Beef & Pasta recipe is that you don’t need to use store-bought spaghetti sauce.

Not that I have anything against store-bought sauce but for this Puerto Rican recipe it has a unique flavor that no bottle spaghetti sauce can compare to.

How to Make Instant Pot Puerto Rican Beef & Pasta

For this recipe, you are going to need sofrito and a packet of Sazon. If you don’t have them, they are available at your local grocery store.

You can find sofrito recipe here or purchase it!

Now let’s gather the ingredients.

Ingredients for Puerto Rican Recipe Beef & Pasta

For this Instant Pot Puerto Rican Beef & Pasta you are going to need:

  • ground beef
  • sofrito
  • Sazon
  • olive oil
  • medium onion
  • clove of garlic
  • can of tomato sauce
  • can of diced tomatoes (your favorite flavor)
  • chicken bouillon packet (optional)
  • box of bow tie pasta
  • water or favorite broth
  • salt and pepper to taste

We have the ingredients now it is time to prepare this delicious Puerto Rican pasta recipe.

Step 1 – On your Instant Pot, press Sauté and add the ground meat and cook for a few minutes (2 minutes)

Step 2 – Add olive oil, sofrito, onions, garlic, sazon and mix well for about 2 minutes.

Step 3 – Sauté the meat until brown.

Step 4 – Once the meat is brown add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and chicken bouillon packet (optional) and mix well.

Step 5 – In about 5 minutes add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

Step 6 – Close the Instant Pot and stop Sauté function.

Step 7 – Press the Manual button to 5 minutes.

Step 8 – Manual release and serve!

Your Instant Pot Puerto Rican Beef & Pasta is ready to serve! Top it with parmesan cheese or your

favorite cheese and enjoy!

Instant Pot Puerto Rican Beef & Pasta Recipe

Ready to make this Instant Pot Beef & Pasta  Here's the recipe card with the exact measurements.

Instant Pot Puerto Rican Beef & Pasta
Ingredients
  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • 2 Tablespoons of sofrito
  • 1 packet of sazon
  • 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes (your favorite flavor)
  • 1 chicken bouillon packet (optional)
  • 1 box of bow tie pasta
  • 2 cups water or favorite broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions

Step 1 – On your Instant Pot, press Sauté and add the ground meat and cook for a few minutes (2 minutes)

Step 2 – Add olive oil, sofrito, onions, garlic, sazon and mix well for about 2 minutes.

Step 3 – Sauté the meat until brown.

Step 4 – Once the meat is brown add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and chicken bouillon packet (optional) and mix well.

Step 5 – In about 5 minutes later add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

Step 6 – Close the Instant Pot and stop Sauté function.

Step 7 – Press the Manual button to 5 minutes.

Step 8 – Manual release and stir well.

 

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Everyone agrees that our children's education is important.  We all want the best for our children.  One way we can help with our children's education is by helping their school. Many schools have big needs. Our schedules and wallets don't always allow for us to do as much as we desire for our schools. Luckily there some painless ways to help your kids' school financially.

5 Painless Ways to Help Your Kids' School Financially

I think everyone is interested in a painless way to help their kids' school financially without busting their budget? You know that I follow a strict budget and I have to get creative with how I help my local schools.

The fact is that many schools are under-supplied, have outdated equipment and facilities and there are important programs that can't be funded. These things affect our kids and our community.

Schools have a budget just like families do and those budgets are tight. There are a lot of ways families can help their school out financially without a major sacrifice.

Box Tops for Education

Almost every school collects Box Tops for Education. The Box Tops for Education program is totally dedicated to giving CASH back to schools.  It is a wonderful program and allows parents to easily help schools financially just by clipping the box tops off of products they are already buying.

If you aren't sure if your school is participating just call the school office or ask the local Parent Teacher Association. You can find out which products have a Box Top on them by checking HERE.

School Supply Donations

It is sad, but every year there are children who do NOT have any school supplies. When this happens the school will typically try to give the kids the most important supplies they will need.

It costs the schools money to buy these supplies. If they have a lot of children in need this cost can get high.

One easy way to help your child's school financially is to donate school supplies. Back to school time is a great time to stock up on school supplies for your own children and to help the school. Sometimes you can even get FREE supplies.

Also, check around your house. Most families have extra supplies in drawers or cabinets that could be donated. If you haven't created your back to school budget yet…there is still time!

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Save Your Pennies

I have several articles that talk about saving your change.  There are a lot of things you can save your change for. What if you decided to start saving all of your pennies…or nickels…or dimes…or quarters.  You could even save ALL of your change.

Once you fill the jar with coins then you can donate that money to the school. Many schools have special funds that they are saving money in for a big project.  Ask if you can donate to one of these funds.

It may not seem like a lot, but every little bit counts. If the whole family participates you will be surprised how much money your family could raise.

Volunteer

Volunteering may not seem like a way to help financially, but it really is. If you can set a volunteer schedule up the school can really put you to work.

Reading with a child or assisting them with math work will free up staff for other more intensive teachings. Maybe they will have you help with hall decor or decorating bulletin boards.

Time is money and by sharing your time with the school they are able to allocate their resources in a more effective way.

Organize a Drive

I have a friend who organized a coat drive in her community. The concept wasn't hard and it made a big difference to a lot of people.

Talk to the school and find out some specific needs they have. Gather a few other parents and organize a drive to help meet that need.

One of the easiest ways to help your local school financially is by working with other families. When we work together we can have a huge impact!

How Will You Help Your Kids' School Financially?

Have any of these ideas sparked a desire to help your child's school financially? What will you do to make a difference? I would love to hear your ideas!

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My Stay At Home Adventures - From Workin.. by Joyce @ My Stay At Home Adventures - 1w ago

Have you ever thought about living a frugal lifestyle? Do you really understand what a frugal lifestyle is? I am going to give you some tips on how to adopt a frugal lifestyle and how it can bring more peace and happiness to your life.

You see even though the economy is doing well compared to a few years ago now more than ever it is the best time to start adapting to a frugal lifestyle.

Let's begin!

How to Adopt a Frugal Lifestyle

I have been living a frugal lifestyle for many years.  This isn't something I have to announce to people who know me, it is just a way of life for me.

Having a frugal lifestyle has allowed my family to be free from the burdens of debt. It has truly given us freedom!

It's more about being able to stress less about finances and focus more on important things in my life. Adapting a frugal lifestyle I focus on the value of life than anything else.

Read – Why Would A Person Choose To Live A Frugal Life?

Forget About the Myths

I will tell you that there are some BIG myths about living a frugal lifestyle. The main myth is that if you live frugally you are just plain CHEAP.

That couldn't be further from the truth. My family still spends money, goes on vacation and lives in a nice home. What we don't do is spend money heedlessly without thought.

It's about smart spending!

Frugality is not about being cheap. Do not be sucked into this myth and turn away from the opportunity to live a frugal lifestyle.

Let's me give you an example, when we shop we look around for a good value deal, not a cheap one. Spending our money wisely to get pay for a good value that will last is important.

Frugality also doesn't mean you are poor. My husband works and I work from home as a blogger. We are not poor, but we do choose to live a frugal life.

Making the Most of Every Dollar

People who are frugal know the value of a dollar. They realize the hard work that goes into making a dollar and they don't want to squander it.

One of the biggest ways that people waste money is by not having a budget. Creating a family budget is easy to do. It will truly be the best way to make the most of the money you make.

Being a good steward of your money is an important part of living a frugal life. It is easy to take simple steps to make a dollar last longer. I have a list of 40 easy ways to save money that can get you started.

What Is Important to You

Living a frugal life means figuring out what is important to you. I like to make a list of things that are important to me or things I want or need. Then I will prioritize the items on my list in order of most important to least.

This gives me a way to steer money towards the things that are at the top of the list. An example would be that it is important for me to buy a newer van in the coming months or years. I am working hard to save our extra money for this big purchase. We want to pay cash for the van so we don't incur any interest charges or having an additional debt.

This works perfectly if travel is important to you or having plenty of money for holidays. The list can be anything you want it to be and the best way to make these things a reality is by living a frugal life.

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Spend Less Money

A lot of people spend more money than they actually make. Americans in general spend, spend, spend with no thought to whether the purchase is actually needed.

If a person starts thinking about each purchase with a frugal mindset it will make a big difference. Learning the difference between wants and needs is the starting point.

Keeping this thought in mind when you are shopping will enable you to spend less money. There are some easy, but unusual ways to spend less money that you may not have thought of trying.

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Freedom From Worry

My happiest days are when I know we have our debts paid off and money in our savings account. This gives me a peace of mind that allows me true freedom from worry.

There is something so satisfying with not having to worry about money.  This is something I want for all of my readers!

Less worry leads to more happiness, less grumpiness and probably a longer life! We all know how much stress hurts our bodies.

I also don't have to worry about keeping up with my friends or neighbors. My family has a plan in place and I put on the blinders to what other people may be spending money on.

Finding the Right Balance

One important part of frugal living is finding the right balance between spending and saving. No one is telling you that you can't spend any money if you want to be frugal.

I am saying that you should spend money on items you really need or that are on your priority list. Figuring out areas we are wasting money will free up funds for fun adventures.

Part of any good budget will be a column for saving money. It is always good to be prepared financially for the unexpected. Things HAPPEN and sometimes these things can be very COSTLY.

Unexpected tragedies, health issues, home problems, etc can devastate families who don't have good savings.

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Start Today

What are you waiting for? You can start living a frugal life TODAY. Start small and keep working at it. You won't even miss the things you wasted money on. You will be so excited about the peace you feel and the progress you are making on your financial goals!

Your turn: You read about ways to adopt a frugal lifestyle and we want to know your thoughts.

Let me know what tops your priority list?  Do you have any frugal living tips to share?  Feel free to comment below.

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Today you are going to learn why a kid lemonade stand is good for your kids and the reasons behind them. Now, recently you have seen many talks about kids and their lemonade stands and if you haven't you will.

Just keep reading!

Lemonade stands are common during the spring and summer months. Kids love having a lemonade stand, but some parents don't want the hassle. I am going to tell you why having a lemonade stand is good for kids and that it is worth every bit of effort!

Seriously starting a lemonade stand for your kids is super affordable. To start your lemonade stand, you might need the following:

  • Lemonade (lemon or mix)
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Pitcher
  • Cups
  • Table / stand
  • Sign

Also, don’t forget to keep cool and apply sunscreen and wear hats.

Why Having a Lemonade Stand is Good for Kids

Lemonade stands are synonymous with summer, kids, and fun. I don't know a child who wouldn't want to try their hand at a lemonade stand. The biggest reason children don't have a stand is that their parents don't want them to.

What if you understood the benefits to your child of having a lemonade stand? I bet you would look at this stand as a great opportunity instead of a big hassle!

Kids Can Learn Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is the foundation of our country and is something kids can learn early. As parents, it is important that we give our kids a chance to try their hand at a small business venture so they can learn more about entrepreneurship.

A lemonade stand is an easy way for kids to learn what a business is and what it takes to make a business work. Many children are never introduced to the concept of entrepreneurship unless they have a parent or family member who is a business owner.

The skills needed for entrepreneurship are skills that can benefit any child!

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Kids Can Learn About Finances

You can't run a lemonade stand without a little money being exchanged. Usually, a lemonade stand runs on round numbers…50 cents or a dollar a cup. It is an easy way to get kids to do some easy math.

Learning to count back change is a good lesson that can be taught.

Helping kids understand that you have some money to start your stand so they can make change. They will have to set prices for their products and pay for the supplies.

Luckily the supplies needed for a lemonade stand are very inexpensive so there are very little start-up costs!

A Lesson in Customer Service

A lot of people are disappointed in the kind of customer service going on in today's world. This is a great opportunity to talk to your kids about how to treat customers.

Learning how to give customer service is a wonderful job skill that will serve your children well in the future!

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Build Social Skills

Selling takes social skills. The kids will have to talk to people they may not know.

They will have the chance to ask people to buy their products. These social situations take some self-confidence.

There is a chance for disappointment for kids. Some people won't want to buy their lemonade. Maybe someone will say that they don't like the lemonade.

These are opportunities for kids to get over their fear of rejection and embrace the truth that the people are not really rejecting them and it isn't personal!

The social skills learned from having a kid lemonade stand are worth it for our kids!

Learn to Set Goals

Goal setting is a great skill for kids to learn at an early age. A lemonade stand is an easy way to introduce this skill.

Kids can set goals for how much lemonade they want to sell, how much money they want to make, how many customers they want to serve and more!

Help kids write their goals down and keep track of sales and money so they can see if they reached their goals.

Kids Can Get Creative

I have seen some really creative lemonade stands. The kids make a variety of lemonades and even offer other drinks. Bottled water, cans of soda, etc can be good for sales.

Maybe the children want to offer food in addition to the lemonade. Cookies, cupcakes, brownies or even muffins are good things to sell. The kids can help make these items the night before and package them up individually.

What about having a themed lemonade stand like in the book Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink.  In the book everything at the lemonade stand was PINK.

They could have a color theme for the stand or even a flavor theme. The flavor could be lemonade! Besides the lemonade drink, they can make lemon flavored treats like lemon bread, lemon iced cookies, etc.

The Legal Issues Involved

Unfortunately, I have been hearing about kid's lemonade stands being shut down because they didn't have the proper permit.

This was never an issue when I was a child, but it could be a problem for your child today depending on where you live.

The great news is that Country Time Lemonade has a way to help if a permit issue comes up. You can read all about how they can help HERE.

It is always a good idea to check if your town, city or municipality requires a permit before you open your stand. Kids would be really disappointed to be shut down for a permit violation and they probably wouldn't understand the issue.

When it comes to a kid lemonade stands what are your experience?

So has your child ever had a lemonade stand? We like to have a lemonade stand when we have a garage sale. It really helps with customers and sales!

I would love to hear how your sale goes!

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My Stay At Home Adventures - From Workin.. by Joyce @ My Stay At Home Adventures - 2w ago

I was given this Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in exchange for my honest opinion.

Thanks to our friends at Hamilton Beach you are going to learn how to make a delicious Rice Cooker Puerto Rican beans recipe using a rice cooker.

I was given this  Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker to review it and test it out and let me tell you I sure did!

Creating delicious meals in appliances is our thing because they help cut back time in the kitchen which I love.

This rice cooker Puerto Rican beans recipe or Habichuelas Guisada is so delicious and sweet to taste. You will fall in love with the Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker and the stewed bean recipe, I guarantee it!

But before we get into creating this delicious Puerto Rican stewed bean recipe let’s take a look at Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker and its features, shall we?

Oh, and stick around to win one too!

Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker

This Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker is steady and heavy which surprised me. Compared to my previous rice cooker, the Hamilton Beach is solid.

Once you open you will be able to see the attachment it comes with:

  • A rice rinse basket or steam basket (4 – 20 cup capacity)
  • Rice cup
  • Spoon

As you can see the inside is good quality too! It has a nonstick pot, my friend!

One important thing to remember is that this Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker you can make a variety of foods.

Grains, hot cereals and yes, you can even cook your favorite packaged rice mix without boiling water or set a timer.

Now, with these Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker is well great for oatmeal and grits and one of my favorite Cream of Wheat cereal!

Another great thing I love about this rice cooker is that you can meal plan easier. You can set it and have your meal ready later.

Once the meal is done it automatically shifts to Warm.

Now, for those who love to cook rice and beans, this is gadget is for you. You see, as a Puerto Rican who loves to cook her native dishes but don’t have much time this rice cooker works for you.

I made this Abichuela Guisada or Puerto Rican Stewed beans using the Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker and you will see that this rice cooker is not just for rice!

We also made white rice to go with it too!

How to Make Rice Cooker Puerto Rican Beans

Now that we went over the amazing features of this rice cooker and seriously it even makes Avena, it's time to learn how to make this delicious Puerto Rican bean recipe famous in the island.

What I love about this stewed bean recipe is that is sweet and has sweet plantains in them.

If this is your first time making Puerto Rican beans know that this method is the easy way to make it because you won't mess it up. Also, you can add whatever your heart desire when it comes to vegetables and meat.

I mean you can add ham, carrots, sausage, chicken, you name it.

One thing I advice is to make sure you taste it and add seasoning to your liking.

Now, this Hamilton Beach Puerto Rican beans we didn't add any salt at all and the reason why is because of the ingredients.

Rice Cooker Habichuela Guisada Ingredients

For this rice cooker bean recipe you are going to use the following ingredients:

  •  Olive oil
  •  Sofrito
  • water
  • packet of Sazon
  • Chicken Flavor Bouillon (you can use packets too)
  • can of tomato sauce
  • stewed tomatoes
  • can of beans or two  (we used pink beans)
  • cloves of garlic
  • bay leaf
  • Vienna Sausage
  • large onion
  • ripe plantain
  • potatoes
  • dry basil or fresh sweet basil
  • Salt & pepper

Once again, I want to make sure that you taste your recipe and to add whatever your little heart desire including hot sauce!

Now that you have your ingredients gathered let's create this rice cooker strewed bean recipe.

How to use Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker to Make Beans

Making stewed beans using a rice cooker is different than any other way because it is going to take about 45 minutes to be done. This seriously allows me to set the rice cooker and work on other things around the home and by the time it's done it is dinner time.

See how this works! You set the timer and your dinner will be done by dinner time.

Let's begin!

Step 1 – Set your Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker to Heat/Simmer (we pressed 15 minutes).

Step 2 – You are going to add olive oil, onions, garlic and sofrito and mix it very well.

Step 3 – Add the tomato sauce, can of stewed tomatoes, the chicken bouillon, beans, and bay leaf and mix well.

Step 4 – Once is mixed well add the rest of the ingredients and stir well.

Step 5 – In about two minutes or three close the rice cooker lid.

Step 6 – On your Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker press the White Rice button (45 minutes).

Step 7 – Once is done, serve!

Your Rice Cooker Puerto Rican Stewed Beans are done and my friend you are going to taste sweetness! You can serve this with white rice or eat it alone, to be honest!

Now that you know how to make this Rice Cooker Puerto Rican Beans it is time to print the recipe!

Rice Cooker Puerto Rican Beans
Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Sofrito
  • 1 packet of Sazon
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons of Chicken Flavor Bouillon (you can use packets too)
  • 8 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 14 oz of stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can of beans (we used pink beans)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 can of Vienna Sausage, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 large ripe plantain, cut into thin pieces
  • 2 large potatoes, diced
  • 1 teaspoon of basil (we used fresh sweet basil)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  • Set your Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker to Simmer
  • Add olive oil, onions, garlic and sofrito and mix together.
  • After a few minutes add the tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, the chicken bouillon, beans, and bay leaf and mix well.
  • Let it heat up and mix well for about 2 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  • Close the lid and press White Rice (45 minutes)

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Ever tried Instant Pot custard? If you haven't good news, you are going to learn how to create this delicious and straightforward pressure cooker custard.

Let's begin!

What I love about this IP custard recipe is that there are only four ingredients. The prep time is not complicated and setting your Instant Pot, or favorite electric pressure cooker is super easy as well.

How to make Instant Pot Custard Cups

To begin making this IP custard recipe, you are going to need:

  • eggs
  • sugar
  • Milk
  • ground nutmeg
Let's make custard in the Instant Pot

We got the ingredients now it is time to cook this custard. Gather your ingredients and a mixing bowl and follow the steps below.

Step 1 – Combine the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and milk and mix them all. Make sure you mix them well.

Step 2 – After you are done pour mixture into a lightly buttered or cooking spray into a 1 or 1 1/2 baking or souffle dish. You can even use large ramekins that can fit your instant pot or favorite electronic pressure cooker.

Step 3 – Add 1 to 1/2 cups of water to your instant pot.

Step 3 – Place a trivet or ring of aluminum foil in the Instant Pot.

Step 4 – Close the lid on the Instant Pot and turn the valve to sealed.

Step 5 – Hit the Manual button, high, and set to 7 minutes.

Step 6 – All for a quick release.

Ready to make this Instant Pot Custard recipe? Here's the recipe card with the exact measurements.

Instant Pot Custard Recipe
Ingredients
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl combine eggs, sugar, vanilla, and milk; mix well.
  2. Pour into a lightly buttered (or sprayed with nonstick cooking spray) 1 or 1 ½ quart baking or souffle dish, or large ramekins which will fit in the instant pot, and sprinkle with the nutmeg. Add 1 to 1 ½ cups of water to the inner pot and place a trivet or ring of aluminum foil in the instant pot.
  3. Close the lid on the Instant Pot and turn the valve to sealed. Cook on the manual high setting for 7 minutes. All for a quick release.

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It’s not important as much as it’s necessary to be mindful of water usage. Be it in the kitchen or bathroom. But the former is an excellent place to start.

Little changes on a daily basis can make a mountain of a difference. Believe me! So here are the 5 easiest ways to save water in the kitchen.

Also, saving gallons also means reducing the numbers on that utility bill.

So are you ready to conserve water and money?

5 Easiest Ways to Save Water in the Kitchen

Now I’m not going to state obvious and grand things like why don’t you buy a touchless kitchen faucet?

You should if you can and want to. But that’s not my focus here.

All I’m trying to do is discuss simple ways to save water. Habits that you can incorporate into your daily life associated with uses of water in the kitchen.

#1 Double Up

Who says you cannot blanch pasta and vegetables together? Or cook rice and steam vegetable at the same time!

Such techniques save a lot of water during cooking. And truth be told, they also save time spent on cleaning up.

There are many recipes out there that allow you to experiment like this. You should know that veggies don’t take more than 2-3 minutes for blanching.

So you can add them after the used water starts boiling again. In the end, drain everything together and toss the ingredients with your choice of sauce.

Now let’s talk about cooking rice while also steaming vegetables. Did you know that there are rice cookers equipped with steamer trays? The latter is positioned right above the water line.

You don’t need to start both the veggies and rice at one time and then remove the former when it’s cooked.

Instead, begin cooking the rice first.

And then add those vegetables later. Such a habit ensures that everything is steaming hot at the same time. Plus, the chances of burning yourself because of the steam also get reduced.

And I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that you can incorporate this habit without the rice cooker as well and you here’s how.

#2 UseMinimal Water for Boiling

Many professional chefs might not like what I’m about to say. To boil dried pasta, at least one pound of it doesn’t NEED 8 quartz.

I mean you can just as easily achieve the same results with minimal water as long as it covers the pasts completely!

And you make it a point to stir more often.

The stirring prevents the pasts from clumping, which is why a large amount of water is required in the first place.

You can try the same technique when boiling any other ingredient as well. In fact, many people use this cooking water for preparing other recipes too.

For example, the leftover starch from boiling pasts can be used as binder for pasta sauce such as Fettuccine Alfredo!

#3 Turn Leftovers into Stock

After blanching or steaming those veggies, why don’t you add the remaining water to your homemade stock?

Ever thought about that?

You can freeze this water in any container. Feel free to add more whenever there are leftovers you don’t want to waste.

So when you decide to prepare stock, you’ve got the base already. This is great news for those who love making stews and soups.

#4 Reuse

These are the 5 easiest ways to save water in the kitchen, correct? But here’s the one that I found to be the most useful.

Reusing kitchen water for watering plants or rinsing produce is a brilliant idea and a practical one!

Why don’t you wash your vegetables in a large sized bowl? Instead of doing the same under running water!

It’ll be like your vegetables’ own finger bowl. This way you can use the dirty water for pouring it into the potted plants or in the garden.

#5 Wash Dishes in a Tub/Bucket

Washing anything under running water is not such an environment-friendly move. In place of that, all you need is a plastic bucket or tub filled with soapy hot water.

The first batch obviously cannot be used on plants, but the second batch of water that you use for rinsing the dishes can.

All the more reason to buy plant-based, phosphate-free dish soap!

Along the same line, I would advise you to stop rinsing your dishes. The practice seems totally unnecessary and even harmful.

Detergents are created to get rid of oils and food from the dishes, right? So there’s no need for you to do a part of that by rinsing them. And this applies even in the case of dishwashers.

So this is how you can save water in the kitchen. Lots of it!

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Up To You Now!

I have discussed 5 easiest ways to save water in the kitchen. If these are too much for you, then why don’t you take one step at a time?

Begin with any one practice and as times passes, keep adding more such habits into your daily kitchen routine.

How does that sound?

Even though water restrictions might not be tightening where you live, the fact that it’s happening elsewhere is reason enough.

Wouldn’t you agree? Water conservation is an important subject and it’s better to jump on the bandwagon rather than being left out.

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So do you have any more useful tips to share? If so, please don’t hold back. The comments section is created for your thoughts and feedback after all.

Thank you for showing concern toward the environment. I’m sure Earth appreciates the world out of it!

About the author:

The whole point of starting a blog was to strike a chord with fellow moms. This is exactly what Barbara Davis had in mind. And her unique style of writing has helped achieve that goal. She writes articles to encourage pregnant women and moms to be an excellent version of themselves. Even with the most playful and naughtiest children. Or a professional life that takes up most of the day. Being a parent is hard, and Davis understands that above all else.

Sources:

  1. https://www.property24.com/articles/10-easy-ways-to-save-water-in-the-kitchen/25475
  2. https://hilahcooking.com/water-conservation-in-the-kitchen/
  3. https://www.goodhousekeeping.co.za/home-organising/6-ways-to-save-water-in-the-kitchen/

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Let's discuss 8 tips for saving money each month that you might not be doing, shall we?

Let's begin!

There are times when we wish money grew on trees but unfortunately a solution to our money problems isn’t that easy.

You may feel like there is never enough money to do the things you need to each month whether that is paying the bills, grocery shopping, getting some well-deserved you time, or splurging on that amazing vacation that you’ve been dreaming of!

Although it can seem like money is always an issue, there are some tips and tricks to help save!

There are plenty of ways to save money each month to help with whatever your family may need. Although it might sound tedious and overbearing to have to change your lifestyle and spending habits, these tips are easy to follow.

There are no crazy suggestions or need to change your life drastically. Small changes here and there can make a huge difference, so here are tips to try each month that are doable:

8 Tips for Saving Money Each Month (That Will Increase Your Savings) Don’t eat out as much

Eating out can seem like an easier solution than making a full menu for the whole house each week. It can also seem like something fun to do instead of just sitting at home at night.  No matter what our reason for eating out, it is wasting money.

Did you know that you could save thousands of dollars by eating at home and not going out? Yes, you read that right, thousands of dollars each year. If we go off of the number of $6,000 dollars per year, that is $500 dollars a month that you could be saving. Saving about $500 dollars each month will bring you closer to much closer to any savings goals you may have.

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Shop on sale

Yes, that shirt on the mannequin is super cute but it’s also probably full price. Don’t get sucked into buying full price items–there are just as cute of clothes on the clearance racks in the back of the store that are much cheaper.

This tip doesn’t just go for clothes either, you can easily shop on sale at every store you go too! If you can wait long enough, that new item you were eyeing will be cheaper! Be patient young shopper.

Coupons, coupons, coupons

This tip is almost too easy. Coupons are sent to your door, to your email, and straight to your phone almost every day and they can save you a whole lot of money! Before you grocery shop, go through the supermarket flyer and see what is on sale and plan your weekly meals around those items.

If you do need to shop for clothes or household items, go through your emails and see what stores attached a coupon! Coupons make saving cash easy on items you would already be buying.

Shop used

Depending on what you need, there are plenty of places to shop used items like furniture, toys, and electronics. On an app like LetGo, pricey items will be for sale at a much lower cost than you see at the store not only because they’re used but also because some people just may want to get it out of their house. Take advantage of these apps to save some money.

Sell items you don’t use

This goes along with the tip to shop used! Use those apps to sell items you don’t use anymore! Do you have teenagers but still have items from when they were babies like toys, equipment, and cribs? Sell it.

Do you have an old piece of furniture that you hate looking at? Sell it. Are you making that guest room into a workout room to save gym membership costs? Sell whatever you don’t need that’s been sitting in there. People will want these things and will be quick to buy it which can be an opportunity to have some extra cash.

Live under your means

Just because you can buy something, doesn’t mean you should. Living under your means will help with saving money each month because you will be bringing in more money than you are spending.

Changing the way you’re used to living isn’t going to be easy, and it may not happen overnight, but making small changes every day will make the transition less difficult than doing it all at once. Over time you’ll start to have more money each month to put into your savings.

Consolidate debt

Look into your monthly expenses like credit card bills and any loan payment. While those payments may seem like fixed amounts you can’t get around, look into options for lowering those monthly payments.

Look into consolidating your credit card debt or research your options to refinance your student loans here.  With lower interest monthly payments, you’ll save a lot of money in the long run.

Cancel your cable

While canceling cable may not be an option for everyone, cable bills can be extremely expensive.  According to NBCNews, on average cable can cost up to $99 dollars a month, which is a lot of money especially if your family only watches a few channels.

Cutting out cable from your life is a great way to save a lot of money each month, and there are plenty of other options to watch your favorite shows. Look into streaming services like Hulu or Netflix and your family won’t even miss having cable! They offer a lot of content and are way cheaper per month than cable is.

Conclusion

Like I said before, there are plenty of ways to save money each month, these are just the less intense ones that are doable for everyone! Money can be hard to talk about and deal with but don’t get discouraged!

A lot of people put themselves and their families on a budget each month to make sure they are on track and saving money. But remember that just because they are labeled quick fixes, doesn’t mean you personally have to make it quick!

Set a goal of when you want to do each tip, like next month we will stop eating out and use coupons for food shopping and the next month we will go through the house and sell things we do not use.

Good luck saving!

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