Wednesday, February 29, 2012
I'm a big fan of the old Snickers Salad with Granny Smith apples, frozen Snickers bars, and Cool Whip, so when I heard someone say the other day that they love Snickers bars melted over apples, I thought, "I can SO do that!" I went out on Saturday night after dinner time to our school's auction on Saturday night, so I made a small little pan as a special treat for my girls to snack on while they watched a movie. Of course, I had to try a taste, and it.was.GOOD.
Here's how I did it,
2 Granny Smith Apples
1 Snickers bar
Chop ingredients. Gentle combine in a mixing bowl. Transfer to a baking dish. Bake in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes or until melted. Top with ice cream and caramel sauce, if you wish!
Peeps, could it be any easier???
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
I've mentioned before that I exclude soda from our grocery budget. That's because we drink A LOT ( ie way TOO MUCH) of pop. In an attempt to be more sustainably frugal (and healthy,) we made a big purchase this past week! We bought a Sodastream Genesis. After a lot of research on models, prices and reviews, I decided to buy the Genesis because it is the most inexpensive model that Bed, Bath and Beyond carries. I bought it with a coupon, of course.
Plenty of naysayers said that it wasn't worth the initial investment. My initial investment for the Genesis, a carbonation cartridge, 1 reusable bottle, 12 soda sample flavors, 3 seltzer water flavors, and one bottle of ENERGY mix was almost exactly $100. (Again, all purchased with a coupon.) After we'd tried a few flavors, we went back and bought 2 new flavors, 2 travel bottles and 2 regular sized bottles for an additional $37. We should be good to go for awhile!
Ok, so let's be real here. I was previously spending anywhere from $10-$12 a week on pop for my husband and I to have at the house to take to work. I figure if we can come in on Sodastream for less than $520 this year, we will have made a good investment. So far, we're "in" $137. My plan is to keep track of our Sodastream purchases for the next 6 months in order to average out our potential savings. Stay tuned on that one.
While we're at it, here's a quick review of the flavors we've tried!
ENERGY - My favorite. 35 calories. 80 mg of caffeine. My husband says it tastes like Monster. It tastes close enough to Red Bull for me. I've happily swapped my morning Diet Coke for this, and I have been drinking seltzer during the day.
Orange - I think this is our other "favorite" so far!
Root Beer - Very Good
Diet Root Beer- Pretty Darn Good
Diet Cream Soda - STRONG, but good. Maybe more caramel y than vanilla
Sprite - Very good
Orange My Water - Very good, if you like seltzer
Raspberry My Water - Very good, if you like seltzer
Cherry Cola - Our least favorite. It's a little weird.
And that's it! I'll update as we go!
(Photo from www.sodastreamusa.com.)
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