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Love long-cooking oatmeal? Hate stirring? Use your crockpot

My hubby loves the oatmeal that takes 40 minutes of constant stirring until it's cooked. (example is McCann's Steel Cut Oat Meal).

Now he can use a small crockpot, 4 cups cold water, 1 cup oats and set it on low just before going to sleep.

6 hours later, an entire pot of perfectly cooked oatmeal.

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 4/13/2014 in Cooking | 1 Comment
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Asian Hot Pot is easy to do at home

I like that Asian hot pot means you can eat for hours and nibble on small pieces of food, and large veggie portions and the leftovers are soup for lunches.

The hot pot pan was only $40 at my asian market that also sells the specially sliced shabu-shabu meats.

Nutritious and frugal

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 4/12/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Make your own mother yogurt starter

If you make your own yogurt, you probably spend a pretty piece of change on a yogurt starter that has to be replenished pretty quickly. Well you can make your own yogurt starter that will last at least a year from chili pepper stems.

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 4/9/2014 in Around The House | 0 Comments
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Freshly ground peanuts won't separate for months.

I noticed when I bought freshly ground peanut butter at Whole Foods that it didn't separate at all. So I finally let a small bit sit and see how long it takes to separate -- 4 months. The moral of the story is to buy it freshly ground when possible. I've found cheaper places than Whole Foods. emoticon

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 4/9/2014 in Around The House | 0 Comments
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Buy chicken with bones -- then make soup with leftovers

I usually buy my chicken with the bones in -- whether it's chicken breasts, thighs or an entire roaster.
Then I toss any left over carcass in water to cook for about 4 hours. Delicious broth and occasionally pieces of meat as well that were just too difficult to pull off the bone.
If I only have a couple of bones, I freeze them until I have enough.

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 4/8/2014 in Cooking | 0 Comments
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BodyBlade really works on my rotator cuff problem

I damaged my rotator cuffs this summer using 3 pound weights (how embarrassing). I was in Physical Therapy for the damage to the left arm. The therapist had me use the BodyBlady to strengthen the muscles around the cuff. It was fun and really worked. I bought one of my own and have added it to my home routines.

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 12/9/2011 in Product Reviews | 0 Comments
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Sodastream Penguin is wonderful

United Airlines sent an email that I could use mileage points to go shopping. I saw that they had a Sodastream Penguin free for points so I got one. Pleasantly surprised to find out it included free shipping.

But more importantly, I love this product. I love carbonated water. My family loves the sample packs included.

It was easy to set up and it's extremely easy to use. Open the lid, put in glass container (it came with 2), close lid; pump the beak of the penguin and voila!

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 12/9/2011 in Product Reviews | 1 Comment
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If you can't eat before you shop

Everyone knows it's better to eat before you shop -- that isn't always possible, is it?
My secret is to buy 1 small junk item to eat. Eat half of it; wait 5 minutes for guilt and realization to set it. Toss the other half if possible.
Works for me about 70% of the time.

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 11/28/2011 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Easily clean a crockpot with old credit card

Crockpots are great, but they can get some baked on stuff that's hard to remove. I find that an expired credit card is great for scraping. They're flexible and will curve to fit a curve.

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 9/30/2011 in Around The House | 1 Comment
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Save money: don't play penny auctions

They sound like you bid a penny each time. But it costs you about 60 everytime you place a penny bid. You buy bids ahead of time -- people are surprised to find that their credit card is charged for those bids before they even use them.
And think: if a product sells for $20, that means there were 2000 bids on it. If each bid costs 60 then the seller is making $1200 minus the $20 it sells for.

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 9/14/2011 in Saving Money | 4 Comments
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