Round-up of April Articles and Recipes and What’s Planned for May!

May 1, 2012

It’s hard to believe that April is already over. So far, the year feels like it is flying by fast. I always love when May rolls around because it means that gardening season begins and our farmer’s markets open! Since April included Earth Day, I tried to focus more of my postings last month on recycling/reusing items and not wasting food. I’m hoping you found some ideas to help make every day an Earth Day.

I want to try to do a monthly re-cap of some of the articles/recipes that I write as sometimes they can get missed and then buried by more current postings. These are just the articles and recipes that I shared along with the coupons, deals, freebies and giveaways throughout the month. Here’s what I shared throughout the last week of March and all of April:

Cooking/Recipes

~Freezer Cooking: Cooking Meat in Bulk – This might be a time saver for some of you

~Cooking a Whole Chicken in a Crockpot – A time saver that you can use for several meals

~Tuna Lettuce Wraps Recipe – A great quick lunch

~How to Make Pizza Loaf – Something to make with the kids

~Cooking with….Hard Boiled Eggs – Ideas for using them to stretch your budget a little further as eggs can be fairly inexpensive

~How to Freeze Fruit – Great for smoothies or toppings for oatmeal/cereal/pancakes, etc.

Recycle/Reuse

~Yogurt Containers – Tea bag holders, garden seed starters and more

~Cascade, Mentos and M&M Containers – Turn them into a compost container, Qtip holder and change holder.

~Juice Boxes and Salad Containers – Turn into a Garden Kit for Kids

~Seed starters from Common Items – Great way to start some seeds indoors

~CD Cases – Turn them into photo frames

Savings/Organization

~How to Reduce the Use of Paper Towels

~Keeping a Low Inventory List

~How to Save Money on Gas Part 1: Comparing Prices

~How to Save Money on Gas Part 2: Knowing the Cost of Your Trips

Family Fun

~Easter Craft Ideas – Add this one to your Pinterest Board for next year!

~Watching Wildlife Webcams

Use It Don’t Waste It Challenge

~End of Week 1 Recap

~End of Week 2 Recap

~Final Recap – You might find some ideas to help you stop wasting food and reduce your food budget!

I’m hoping that you’ll all take a minute to share with me which ones were your favorites so it can help me decide the direction of future articles.

And here’s a peek at what’s coming in May: The focus of May will be on helping us choose wiser food options and how to make more homemade food items in less time. I always think of Mothers when I think of May. When I think of my Mother/Grandmother I always reflect back to real good home cooked meals. So May’s focus is going to be mostly on food! (Yum!) Here are some of the planned articles:

~Focus on making more homemade food items
~Learning how to choose healthier food options
~Several more freezer cooking recipes and tips (Can’t wait? Check out my past series on how to start freezer cooking and past freezer cooking recipes)
~Several gardening posts, including a “Gardening in Small Spaces” posting
~Learning how to transition our budgets to allow money for more Organic food options
~The last few parts of the Gas Savings Series
~How to Stockpile Sensibly posting
~More Recycle/Reuse articles
~More New Recipes
~Several more giveaways from sponsors and myself, including a new monthly challenge giveaway for $100 in Kitchen Items!!

Hoping you’ll not only share with me what your favorite articles were in April but which articles that I have planned for May that excite you the most! Please don’t be shy–You help gear this blog into what it will become!

Thank you all for sticking with me while I continue to work on transitioning this site into not only a savings blog but also a more educational one, as well.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Alisha May 2, 2012 at 8:05 am

I really love the gardening posts you do. It is so hard to find other people that post about garden related deals. I am really trying to can alot more from my garden this year, we already make alot of pickles, relishes, spaghetti sauce, and taco sauce. I would love to hear in the future months about other ways to preserve and freeze the fruits and veggies that are from our gardens.

2 coupongeek May 2, 2012 at 10:00 am

I am going to do what I can to get even just a small garden into my readers lives. It’s amazing how much you can grow in such little space. I’ll keep looking for deals on gardening items!

I haven’t canned much yet. Just jam. I’m hoping to learn more about it myself this year! :)

Thank you so much for sharing what posts you enjoy, Alisha!

Blessings,
Jaycie

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