Thursday, April 26, 2012

Summertime Tips

Hi everyone, so today I am going to talk to you about summertime tips and tricks that you can do at home to make life a bit easier and less time consuming, also a little less taxing on the budget.  Im from New England born and raised, it doesn't get too hot but comfortable to do an array of activities.  The last thing anyone wants to do is to be strapped to a stove all summer long.  Granted I love to cook but that is not all I love to do.  So with all being said here are some tips for you to manage less time cooking and a lot more time being with friends and family and perhaps taking that unexpected trip to a park for some much needed hiking. 

Tip #1

Do not sweat the small stuff, what I mean by that is if a recipe seems to be a bit complicated do not do it or change it around so it will be less time consuming to make.  Think of recipes as a suggestion than a bible verse.

Tip #2

Use rainy cold days as your cooking day.  I mean exactly that, where I am from we have rainy and cold days.  I understand that our friends and family in the south do not have cold days however they do have central air.  So my suggestion is crank up the central air and cook up all proteins that you can use through out the week or month.  Things like beans and meats take more time to cook stock up on freezer bags for the things you will save for the month and use your storage containers for things to make through out the week.

Tip # 3

Try to limit your time in the grocery store by doing one big grocery haul a month.  I know for some that is hard to do but believe me it will save you time.  Instead of going once a week where impulse buys are awaiting you, when you go once a month most if not all the ingredients you need will be at your finger tips.  

Tip # 4

Learn to make your own take out food.  So you really love the salads from the store down the road but you never bothered try to make it yourself.  This is an opportunity to save money and time.  With salads all you have to do is look at the salad and figure out what they put in it and make it at home.  It will save you time and money that you can use to put in your gas tank.

Tip # 5

Enjoy and relax its summer, if you keep it simple and learn to make things at home instead of getting take out you will be all the better for it.  Utilize your rainy days and maybe some of your evenings too. 

Tip # 6

Stock up on ready to eat fruits and veggies.  These little take and go items are packed with nutrition and when you buy them in season they are less expensive.  They are quick for salads, kabobs  or just a quick snack on the go.

I hope you find these tips helpful.  Adjust them to fit your lifestyle again these tips are not set in stone and I am sure some of you have your own summer tips.  Whatever the case may be nothing is more important than those you love and those that love you.  Live, laugh and love all !

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