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Shoo-eee. It was another busy weekend, y’all. Mr. Picky Pincher was out of town, so I was left to my own Picky little devices. I got quite a lot done, but man, it never feels like the weekend is long enough. Sigh!

Anyhoo, see what we did to save money this weekend. Add your own in the comments!

Cooking

Butter pecan granola

We were running low on granola, so I made a new batch. Yogurt and granola has become a favorite snack of ours and we’ve been chomping through this stuff like crazy! A few people have asked for my recipe for the granola, so here it is. I got it from an old library cookbook. πŸ™‚

Butter pecan granola

  • Β½ cup butter
  • ΒΌ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 cups oats
  • 1 Β½ cups pecans
  • Β½ cup ground flax seed
  • 1 cup raisins

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients
  2. Bake at 325 for 20 minutes

butter pecan granola

Once the granola cools, I store it in a Ziploc bag in the fridge.



Yogurt

Mr. Picky Pincher has become a yogurt-eating fiend, so I made more of my homemade yogurt this weekend. This time I used my yogurt starter with the whey in it and the texture was a lot better. So yes, for those of you who were curious, you should use non-Greek yogurt as your starter! It’ll still make yogurt if you use Greek yogurt, but the texture will be kinda grainy.

Here’s my recipe for my homemade yogurt if you’re curious. πŸ™‚

homemade yogurt

Coconut cream pie cupcakes

I broke the Baking Ban and baked some cupcakes this weekend! I’ll talk about this later in the blog, but I got a fancy cake holder at the thrift store. It looked so sad and empty, so I had to fill it with some tasty baked goods. πŸ™‚

I made these coconut cream pie cupcakes using ingredients from our pantry. I made a coconut cream, which I used to fill the core of the cupcake (I don’t have a cupcake corer, so I used a butter knife to remove the centers). The cupcake itself was a vanilla cupcake (recipe here) with a green coconut frosting. For extra fanciness, I topped the cupcakes with toasted coconut. πŸ™‚

coconut cream pie cupcakes

These were fuh-lippin’ delicious! I messed up the frosting a little bit, but they still turned out amazing! They’re toasty and warm-tasting, which is perfect for all of the dark, stormy weather we’ve had lately.



Pita bread

We’ve eaten through our supply of pita bread, so it was time to make some more! Today I made a double batch since we’re using these pitas in place of sliced bread in a lot of our snacks and meals.

pita bread

Garlic parmesan carrot “fries”

YOU GUYS. You. Guys. I discovered the best food ever today. In my pursuit to eat healthier, I found this recipe for roasted garlic parmesan carrot fries. I’m not too partial to carrots, but I love me some French fries, so I gave them a try.

These were so easy to put together and I ate an entire sheet of them for lunch. Zero regrets. They kinda taste like a milder sweet potato fry, but with amazing crunchy, cheesy, garlicky seasoning. Sooooo good. I’d highly recommend these if you want the taste of delicious French fries without the calories. πŸ™‚

garlic parmesan carrot fries

Italian kale soup

This week we’re having chicken salad sandwiches with an Italian kale soup for dinner. I like cooking as little as possible on the weekdays, so I cooked this bad boy ahead of time. It’s a nice Italian soup chock full of veggies and, of course, plenty of Italian sausage. It’s pretty tasty, I must say! Recipe here if you’d like to try it yourself.

kale and sausage italian soup

Peanut butter chocolate chip yogurt

Um, since I ate all of my carrot fries, I needed another snack for this coming week. I flavored some leftover yogurt with peanut butter powder, honey, crushed peanuts, and ground chocolate chips. I ended up with a mighty tasty peanut butter chocolate chip yogurt for snacking! This is perfect for fighting my chocolate cravings in a less-horrible way. I also use dark chocolate so it’s a little less unhealthy. Right?

… Right?

peanut butter yogurt

I’m a Rockstar!!

GUYS. I am beyond thrilled to announce that I was featured on Rockstar Finance this week. I’ve been pursuing this as a goal since I started blogging over a year ago. I didn’t think it was ever going to happen and I’d lost faith. I wasn’t sure anybody really wanted to read my stuff, so I was kinda in a funk.

BUT I DID IT, HOLY CRAP.

When J$ of Rockstar emailed me with the news, I replied to his email with “I love you.” In hindsight that was probably weird for him. Sorry, J$! Here’s a very flattering photo I took the second I got the news. I’d just finished working out and was rockin’ a “natural glow” (coughsweatcough).

rockstar finance reaction

How glamorous



Thrift store scores

I needed a cheese grater that I could destroy for my DIY beeswax cling wraps, so I visited the good ol’ thrift store. I was pretty ticked off when I realized they didn’t have any cheese graters, so I almost left empty-handed. Then I started perusing the kitchen wares and found a treasure trove!

Someone broke my candy thermometer a while back and I’ve been meaning to replace it. The thrift store had a brand-spanking-new candy thermometer! Woop woop! I also got a metal bowl for cooking a double boiler. Right now I’m using a glass bowl, which doesn’t conduct heat as well, and leads to curdled chocolate. Improving my double boiler is crucial to my ultimate goal of making fancy chocolates. πŸ™‚

But!

The best find of the day was a glass cake holder. I’ve been wanting one for so long, but at $40 a pop on Amazon, it was low on my list of priorities. I’ve been scouring thrift stores for months and haven’t seen a-one. Today I laid my eyes on this beauty, which was selling for $12.

cake holder

I snatched this sucker up so fast! I love the clean design and I’m thrilled I got such a good deal on it. I did have to wash it pretty thoroughly in Goo-Gone since it was covered in tape, but now it’s in wonderful condition.

Naturally I had to fill the cake holder with cupcakes to show it off! πŸ˜‰

New video!

I spent most of my Saturday filming a new video for my YouTube channel. I’m trying to be better about making videos, but damn does it take a lot of work! Anyhoo, I made a video on 5 frugal five-minute DIY projects to save money around the house. I should have spent more time on the editing in some spots, but overall it’s an okay video. πŸ™‚

Enjoy!

New site layout!

In case you haven’t noticed, I have a new site layout for Picky Pinchers! I was having a lot of difficulty with the designer of my last website template. It had pretty much gotten to the point where I couldn’t change anything with the site’s layout. So I switched over to the Divi theme with Elegant Themes. It cost $80, but I paid for it with my freelance monies, so it stung oh-so-slightly less.

There have been hiccups with the new theme–a lot of hiccups, actually– but I’m getting everything squared away.Β I think the site looks a lot cleaner and more modern now, so I’m a happy camper. πŸ™‚ Oh, and I can actually, you know, make changes to the site. That’s a big win.

Also, if you have any issues with the site, please please please let me know! I want everyone to have a great experience and I’m doing the best I can to fix bugs. You can shoot me an email at pickypinchers(at)gmail(dot)com or send me a message via our Facebook page if you see a bug.

I love you guys! πŸ™‚

The Picky Pinchers Facebook Group

Speaking of loving you guys, I set up a Picky Pinchers Facebook Group!

It’s different from our Facebook page because the group is intended just for you guys. It’s a safe, members-only forum where we can celebrate wins, ask questions, give advice, and even share pics of food and cats (mostly cats, tbh).

We have so many awesome conversations in the comments here, but I never feel like we get to chat more. A Facebook group is the perfect forum for sharing more with each other.

Please join our Facebook group! πŸ™‚ You can find the group here. Just ask to join and I’ll let you in. Happy frugaling!



Zap’s Adventures

Zap and I were cuddly as two bugs in a rug this weekend. It stormed a lot on Saturday, so we snuggled and watched Project Runway. πŸ™‚

But then he got tired of cuddling and gave me a shot of his bid’ness.

It was 9 pm on Saturday night and I realized I hadn’t done anything for myself that day. I decided to treat mah’self to a nice, hot bath. Except I couldn’t enjoy it because I had a peeper. For 30 minutes. 30 minutes of just staring at me in the bathtub. So weird. (And if I close the door he’ll start yowling; trust me, I’ve tried)

We want to know: How did you save or spend money this weekend?

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