Red Sox and a Recipe

Good morning! I am in a particularly great mood today because I am going to the Red Sox game tonight!! So excited to be back at Fenway.  Apparently most fans are pessimistic about this season because tickets were only $13! I don’t care how bad they are, a night at Fenway Park is worth every penny. ALSO, Fenway is doing an April promo where Fenway Frank’s are BOGO and 12 oz drafts are $5! Should be a fun night! 🙂

(Me and Wally last April)

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Last night we had another crock pot meal. Our pot has really been doing overtime lately!

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We used this recipe, minus the mushrooms because ours went bad before we could use them all. 😦

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As I already described earlier this week, Nolan  and I hosted a mini pork feast on Saturday. As soon as I woke up that morning I was in cooking mode! We actually woke up having a sleep-conversation about cucumber salad. I promise I wouldn’t make that up and those of you who know us personally believe it. 
After I went shopping for sides, Nolan complained that I didn’t pick up any potato salad. Since I was already comfortably lounging on the couch with no intention of going back out, I decided to search some recipes and see what we had on hand. I came across one that sounded reasonable, and I tweeked a few of the ingredients to make it a bit healthier, and to use what we had in the fridge. Instead of sour cream I used Chobani, Miracle Whip instead of mayo, and instead of ranch dressing I used the powder of a ranch dip mix.

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It was actually fairly easy to make and it came out pretty delicious! In my actual recipe, I added a bit too much Miracle Whip and yogurt so I tried to adjust this recipe accordingly. The potatoes were a bit too saturated for my liking, but everyone else seemed to really enjoy it, including the unhealthy food lovers.

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I am especially excited to break this recipe out for the summer cook outs! Yummmmm I can smell the meat on the grill now! 

Ok, time to hit the road! GO SOX!

Enjoy the day!

Question of the Day:

What is your favorite bbq side dish??

Song of the Day:

Sweet Caroline- Neil Diamond

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Summer Savings and A Lucky Winner

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! I will admit that when you don’t have a job, it is VERY difficult to remember what day it is haha.

Last night I worked a gig for job # 4 at the fabulous Fenway Park! It was a corporate party and they rented out the whole stadium!

The Sox are on a road trip so the Fenway crew was prepping for the Pink Floyd concert on Sunday.

We got there pretty early for the event so I was able to roam around an empty ball park and do some exploring. I even got a free Fenway Frank and fries.  It was so cool!And I got paid to be there. 🙂

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Lately I have been doing some research on how to save money in the summer. It is no secret that I am currently for lack of a better term unemployed. A perk to teaching is having summers off however people forget that this means no weekly pay check.

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Although I currently have 5 odd jobs and Nolan to pick up my temporary financial slack, it still doesn’t amount to a hearty income. So far I have done a fair job seeking Free Fun, but I am always looking for new ways to save some $$! This is a list of suggestions I have found that I think I could practically incorporate into my summer.

Summer money saving tips: 

  • If possible, walk to local stores instead of driving. Gas prices can get very high around the summer holiday season and some places start charging for parking
  • Turn off the a.c. at night and anytime you leave the house
  • Let your laundry dry outside Save unnecessary heat and $$ (especially if you have a quarter pig like I do.)
  • Make your own summer beverages such as ice tea and coffee. Freeze old coffee in ice cube trays and blend it for a frozen drink. (Check out my recent recipes for ice tea, coffee frappes, and sangria.
  • Buy fresh produce at a Farmer’s Market instead of a supermarket It’s fresher, and typically cheaper.
  • Pack a picnic instead of eating out Soak up some vitamin D while enjoying cheap food with friends 🙂
  • Take advantage of local free event Many towns offer free or discounted summer concerts, festivals, and activities.
  • Cut down on the cable. Get rid of unnecessary channels. This will get you out of the house and active while saving some $$.
  • Go to a drive-in theater instead of a movie theater- It’s much cheaper and a nice change from the standard theater.
  • Shop at thrift stores for a vintage summer wardrobe! 
  • Instead of hitting up an ice cream shop, freeze yogurt for a guilt free frozen treat! This can help save $$ and calories!
  • Have a yard sale! Get rid of all that unnecessary clutter AND make some $$
  • Plan fun “Stay cations” Do it up right and create the illusion that you are on vacation!
  • Drink water! Summer is an important time to stay hydrated. Water is free-and calorie free. Put the soda away.

As I said there are hundreds of money saving summer tips out there but these are some that I can realistically see myself doing. There are a few things on this list that I already have planned in the near future. 🙂

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It’s time to announce the winner of my giveaway! Before I announce the winner, I just want to say thank you to everyone who entered and made my first giveaway on SLF a success.

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Congrats Julie!!!! Please send me your mailing info at savorlifesflavors@gmail.com and your package of sensible snacks will be on their way. 🙂

Question:

How do you plan on saving some $$ this summer?

What is your favorite summer beverage?