I have built my own Ice Tables for Parties, they work great and keep everything cold for BBQ’s, Graduation parties, baby showers and anything else that you need. You can also make them foldable to bring with you anywhere. The cost of the Ice tables retail are around $260 or more but you can make your own for about $40 or less. Here is how I made mine, I don’t have a picture of mine anymore so I can’t show you the finished product but trust me it works great! Here is what I did to make the Ice table, that we used for many years.
* A Foldable Banquet Table that I received from Freecycle.org
* Scrap Wood the length of the sides of the table (Possible Freecycle.org as well)
I took the scrap wood and screwed them into the top of the table so that it gave it higher sides on the top of the table. I screwed all the sides together so that it all came together to be a solid table. I then took a plastic table cloth from Dollar Bill in the color of the party theme and placed it inside the table. The Table Cloth would go over the whole table and cover the sides so that people could not see them. You then fill it with ice and place your items that need to stay cold in the ice. They will stay cold for hours for the party, if out of the sunlight the ice will last longer and you won’t have to worry about if you need to refill the ice. For Cleanup just take the food out tip the table and the ice and water will water the grass for you. Then you just fold the table up and put it away for the next party.
These Irish Cream Push Pops are perfect for after dinner on St. Patrick’s Day. They look amazing and are easy to make, they will think you slaved over them to make them.
If you do not have the Push Pops you can purchase the Push Pop Containers with Lid 12 ct. Clear Plastic Push up Pops for only $19.99 Shipped. They come in handy for many events and different goodies you can make.
There are a TON of great Turkey Freezer meal recipes. So instead of just freezing the extras as just turkey meat here are some great recipes for you to make Turkey meals for those fast dinner nights that we all have. They are easy to make and you already did half the battle by already cooking the Turkey. There are several other recipes as well on the pages of these links so get creative for the family.
Here is a list of some great freezer meal recipes:
* Turkey & Corn Tortellini Soup Freezer Recipe
* Turkey Noodle Casserole
* Creamy Turkey Wild Rice Soup is Easy to Make and Easy to Freeze
* Enchiladas With Turkey Recipe
* Southwestern Turkey Taco Soup Recipe
* Honey Thyme Turkey With Lemon Noodles Recipe
* Crock Pot Chili With Turkey
I thought this would be a perfect day to post some frugal Hot Chocolate recipes to warm everyone up.
Raspberry Hot Cocoa Mix
5 1/2 cups instant dry powder milk
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
1 cup powdered coffee creamer
1/2 tsp. salt
3 envelopes of unsweetened raspberry drink mix (such as KoolAid)
Sift together the powdered sugar, cocoa, creamer, and drink mix. Stir in milk powder. Store mixture in a tightly covered container.
To serve, combine 3 tablespoons of mixture with hot water. Stir well.
You can easily change the flavor of this recipe by using different drink mixes.
Yield : about 9 cups
Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix, from The Tightwad Gazette, Volume 1
10 2/3 c. dry milk
1 lb. Nestle’s Quik
6 oz. of non-dairy coffee creamer
1/3 c. confectioners sugar
Mix the ingredients in a large bowl and store in a covered container. To prepare hot cocoa, mix 1/2 cup of the mix with 1 cup of hot water.
Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix
To make your own peppermint hot cocoa mix, you will need:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup + 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder (one 4.4 oz container will have enough for one batch plus about 1/2 cup leftover)
5 candy canes
* Place candy canes in a plastic zipper bag, and close most of the way. Pound the bejesus out of those suckers!
* Stir the other ingredients together then mix in the candy canes and stir again. Make sure your mix is stirred really good. Don’t under mix it because it will not taste right.
Libby’s Pumpkin Log is one of our favorite recipes. It is just a heavely treat that I make for Holiday’s and for the winter as a treat for the kids. They can’t get enough of it, so I make it frequently for them. You can replace the Libby’s Pumpkin with Fresh Pumpkin as well for this recipe.
I have to say that I LOVE Thanksgiving and having Turkey! So when it comes time to make my bird, I can’t wait to get it in the oven so that we can eat! The neighbors are always calling and asking how I am making my Turkey because they can smell it all the way in their homes! So I am going to share my recipe with you all today.
I use a Chardonnay wine that is the cheapest they have usually a $3 bottle.
a bit of onion and Garlic salt
8 tablespoons of butter
I wash my bird first, then put it in the Turkey pan. I poke the Turkey skin to make sure the wine can get in under the skin. Then I pour about a 1/4 of the bottle over the top of the turkey. Then I pour about 1/4 inside the turkey. I then add spices above to the top and inside the turkey. I place it in the oven at 250 for about 1 1/2 hours and then keep basting it every 30-40 minutes. After the first hour I turn the oven up to 265 and then keep it there till my bird is done. The dark meat and the white meat are equally juicy and everyone is ready to eat. I do it this way every year and it comes out perfect. I do have the little pop up button my my turkey to let me know just when he is done to perfection. ( Love the pop up button) It’s so easy to do but everyone thinks you slaved on your bird to make it taste soooooooooooo good! I figure what they don’t know won’t hurt them. lol The alcohol all cooks off while baking your bird but it has just a wonderful taste. Do NOT stuff your bird if your making it this way do your stuffing in a different pan.
My Mom made this recipe and I have to say it is just amazing! I have to say that I wasn’t sure that I would like it but it was just so good that I could have eaten the whole thing! lol The thing that I love about this recipe is that you can change the ingredients and it would be just as yummy! My mom used dried cranberries when she did her pie. Apple Pie Ala Zing recipe is sure to be a family favorite.
I thought they were just so adorable! So I wanted to post them as I thought that Mr. & Mrs. Frosty.
These adorable Mr. & Mrs. Frosty will make the perfect home decorations for holiday. You could also use them in a beautiful gift basket for the holidays. There are so many ways that they would be just beautiful. I think they would be great sitting in the window for everyone to enjoy. However you use them I’m sure that they will bring so much joy to everyone for the holiday season.
Let the holiday fun begin! You can make some great homemade holiday ornaments with the family this weekend. They also make great gifts and scent the house to smell so good! So they have dual purpose and are so fun! The family can decorate them any way they want and they would make a great gift for a family member, teacher or anyone else that the kids would like to make them for.
* Gingerbread Birdhouse Ornaments
* Holiday Cookie Ornaments
* Dough Ornament Recipe
* Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments