Friday, July 15, 2011

Homemade Ice Cream in less than 20 min!

How many times are you wanting a sweet ice cream treat in the evening and discover there is none left? Well someone forwarded me this adorable YouTube video of how to make ice cream. It was so simple I even let me girls make their own bag. They had a blast shaking their bags and dancing around til it was done. and of course they each got to add their own flavors so everyone was happy.

Here is the recipe and the link. Hope you have as much fun as we did!

things you will need:

1 quart size Ziploc bag
1 gallon size Ziploc bag
2 trays of ice cubes
6 tbsp salt
1/2 cup milk (can use whole milk, 2 %, soy milk, chocolate soy)
1 1/2 - 2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract or 1 tbsp cocoa powder*
*can experiment with flavored syrups too or sliced fruit, chocolate chips etc.

step 1:
put the milk and sugar and any other flavors in the qt size bag and seal.

step 2:
put the ice cubes and salt in the gallon bag.

step 3:
put the quart bag inside the gallon bag.

step 4:
shake vigorously for 7 - 10 minutes

step 5:
remove the quart bag with ice cream in it. cut a corner off with a scissor and squeeze into a bowl. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

How can you thrive frugally by following simple steps?

The economic situation may falter any day and if you can live frugally, you can easily go through any financial situation. You need to give importance to your needs and give less to your wants. There are some very simple steps that you can follow that’ll help you lead a frugal life that you can enjoy at the same time. You must have an affordable budget which you can follow without any obligations. That’ll help you save money as well as keep away from debts.

Ways to frugal living for a healthy financial life

If you lead your life frugally, you’ll be able to have a great life ahead. Living frugally isn’t scrimping and living cheap. You can even enjoy that life and once it becomes a habit, you’ll be happier. Take a look at how simple ways can make your life frugal and enjoyable:

  1. A beautiful garden

    This can really help you earn money as well as have healthy diet. If you can inculcate this as your hobby, you can lead a happy life. You’ll not need your television sets or anything else to pass your time. This can easily help you have a good hobby. You can borrow books on gardening from your friends and neighbors and read them when you’re free. There are a lot of libraries that can help you save money as well as acquire knowledge on gardening too.

  1. A day care center

    You can solidify your savings if you earn a bit of extra money. If you have a house, you can easily use it for your purpose in anyways you want. You can open a day care center or service at your home; you can have a good busy life too. You can start small so that you don’t have to put in much money in it. You can take care of kids and toddlers and earn well. You can start babysitting at your home and then you can grow it into a day care business. You can even start teaching school kids at your home which can also help you earn extra apart from your daily job.

  1. Cook on your own

    Cut-out completely on restaurants so that you can save that money to buy groceries and other daily items. You can cook food at home and you can even enjoy doing that. If you’re a member of a library, you can get home few of the recipe books or borrow it from your neighbors or friends so that you can try new dishes. This can also become a hobby of yours and once it becomes a habit, you can even save on catering services if you organize any sort of party at home. You can even get help from your relatives and friends when you cook something different.

So, if you follow the tips given above you can easily lead a frugal life as well as save for the future. Try out some home-made recipes to make cleaning agents so that you can save on your grocery items. If you can manage you finances well, you can have a good financial life ahead.

Samantha Spuckler is a writer for various finance related Communities including Debt Consolidation Care. She is a financial writer by profession and has specialization in dealing with financial problems and its solutions. She is well equipped to write articles on debt consolidation, savings, planning, frugality, debt settlement etc.