Jan 16, 2024

Weekly Roundup: Free Yogurt, Book and Dessert Recommendations, and More!

Welcome to this week's roundup! Let's get right to it (I've marked affiliate/referral links with an *, which means I may make a little bit of money if you make a purchase or sign up using that link - thank you!):

  • A frugal tip I picked up while watching an episode of Baking with Julia: Buy the cheapest eggs, and use them by volume. Most recipes call for large eggs, which measure about 1/4 cup each. But if medium eggs are cheaper, you can buy them and just measure out what you need for your recipe. Medium eggs aren't that much smaller than large eggs, so you might not even need to use any extra eggs if your recipe doesn't call for that many.

  • Recommended book: The Inheritance Games* by Jennifer Lynn Barnes - I couldn't put it down and read it in a day, and am on hold for the next book in the series at the library.

  • Another book recommendation: Killers of a Certain Age* by Deanna Raybourn - It was intense enough in parts that I had to take short breaks, but it was an entertaining, excellent read.

  • A new recipe I made this week was Skillet White Beans "Caesar" from Deb Perelman's Smitten Kitchen Keepers* - It wasn't quite perfect, but it was a nice and easy two-person meal, plus it's meatless, making it ideal for those times when I'm cooking for just my husband and me. Next time I won't overcook the aromatics (I got distracted, which was bad timing), and I might add a little extra olive oil, pepper flakes and Parmesan. I served it with some toasted sourdough slices, which went perfectly.

  • I've been using a Swiffer Sweeper to mop my new kitchen floor, but instead of using the disposable wet cloths*, I bought these compatible mop pads* that have been working well. For a cleaning solution, I use a mason jar with the second all-purpose cleaner in this I Heart Organizing post.

  • Hip2Save has the deets on a coupon for FREE Dannon yogurt. It's the first time in ages that I've actually printed a paper coupon to use at the grocery store.

  • The ube cheesecake from Cheesetella is one of the best desserts I've had in a long time. It's particularly delicious warm, but almost as good cold. It has the lightest, fluffiest texture, and a delicate flavor (I usually don't care for ube, but this cheesecake may change my mind).
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