Make the Bread, Buy the Butter

When Jennifer Reese lost her job, she was overcome by an impulse common among the recently unemployed: to economize by doing for herself what she had previously paid for. She had never before considered making her own peanut butter and pita bread, let alone curing her own prosciutto or raising turkeys. And though it sounded logical that “doing it yourself” would cost less, she had her doubts. Reese began a series of kitchen-related experiments, taking into account the competing demands of everyday contemporary American family life as she answers some timely questions: When is homemade better? Cheaper? Are backyard eggs a more ethical choice than store-bought? Will grinding and stuffing your own sausage ruin your week? Is it possible to make an edible maraschino cherry? Some of Reese’s discoveries will surprise you: Although you should make your hot dog buns, guacamole, and yogurt, you should probably buy your hamburger buns, potato chips, and rice pudding. Tired? Buy your mayonnaise. Inspired? Make it.

Make the Bread, Buy the Butter has 120 recipes with “make it” or “buy it” recommendations. I love this book. I can honestly say that I haven’t ever seen anything like it. The recipes are fairly easy and if they do require something you wouldn’t normally have in your kitchen, the book tells you exactly where to get it! I love that they do a cost comparison too, so you can see your savings if you do make it at home. Sometimes it is just pennies, but other times we are talking a lot of money! My husband loved that they even have a sauerkraut recipe (and yes, you should make that at home!)

If you want to save money in your kitchen, Make the Bread, Buy the Butter is a must have book. There is a lot of humor with fairly easy instructions. Plus, you can figure out how to save money on some of your favorite things (homemade chocolate pudding here I come!)

Chex Mix Muddy Buddies Giveaway!

This giveaway is now over. The winner is Jackie. Congrats!

Chex Mix has heard its fans loud and clear. They are now making every day a holiday by offering the previously limited-edition Chex Mix® Muddy Buddies year-round!

For those of you who have not had the Chex Mix Muddy Buddies, it is a unique combination of Corn Chex cereal, peanut butter, and chocolate, dusted with a powdery sweet coating. It’s the same delicious snack you’ve been making at home for years, now conveniently packaged and sharable for all occasions. Plus, it’s made with 50% less fat than regular potato chips so you can enjoy the taste without the guilt. Until I got the opportunity to try this, I’ve never had it. However, my family loved this so much that my husband hid the container with the Muddy Buddies in it on the kids! They are soooo yummy!

Since we loved this so much, I’ve arranged for one lucky reader to get a Chex Mix Muddy Buddies gift pack that includes a bag of Chex Mix Muddy Buddies, an airtight sealed container, a snacking bowl, and a magnetic clip. Here’s what you need to do:

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Pirate Potato Flyers

When it comes to chips, my husband is my taste tester. He loves chips. He loves chips with flavor. He doesn’t like stale pieces of cardboard which is what most baked chips taste like in his opinion. However, Pirate Potato Flyers may have just become his new favorite potato chip. The first thing he said when he tried these was “I can’t believe how good these are” and “are you sure they are baked?”

Yes, Potato Flyers are baked potato chips that have half the fat and a quarter less calories than the leading potato chip brand. Unlike other baked chips, Potato Flyers are baked with pressure which makes them crispy and tasty. Like all Pirate Brands snacks, Potato Flyers are all-natural, trans-fat and gluten free and provide a first-class crunch. Best of all, the chips are only 120 calories for a one ounce serving. Potato Flyers come in Original, Sour Cream & Onion, Homestyle Barbeque and Sea Salt & Vinegar flavors. You are able to get them in two sizes: 1.5 oz ($1.49) and 5.5 oz bags ($2.99).

Pigs have now officially flown since we have a baked potato chips packed with flavor!

This post was written for Family Review Network & Pirate Brands who provided the complimentary product in exchange for my honest review.