What if Food Stamps Run Out?

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Food insecurity is a real problem.

I get it. Our family used to get SNAP benefits.

We moved to a new state with thousands of dollars saved, thinking there would be plenty to last until my husband found a job. He had a good job history, having worked the same job at the same company for 10+years. He’s clean-cut and likable. We just knew that finding a job would be easy for him… but we were unprepared for the job market in our new home. It took Rick three months to find part-time employment. The money we saved ran out quickly. For a while, my husband worked two part-time jobs and I worked part-time, too. He was unable to find full-time employment for about a year- and even when he did, we were below the poverty level. We needed those benefits to get by. And while we worked hard and got off Food Stamps (as they are commonly known) as quickly as we could, it was a struggle. We were feeding our family of 5 on only $100 a month. You can read my blog series by that link which gives lots of tips and tricks on how we did it or watch the video below where I show you.


The truth is, regardless of common misconceptions, most families who get SNAP benefits are not taking advantage of the system. They have real needs and want to get to the point where they can stand on their own two feet.

I see stories everyday in our Frugal Family Food Community Facebook group about families who are struggling with food insecurity. There are so many reasons why families may need help to get by during trying times. Even with those benefits, folks come to the group for advice to make them stretch. It’s not easy to get by even when you have this kind of help.

So, here we are.

Facing the real possibility of food stamps running out.

What can we do?

Here are a few suggestions for everyone- those who will possibly be losing benefits and those who will not:

What can you do if you are a person who needs them and will not be getting them anymore? 

The first things you can do if you will possibly be losing your benefits for a while is take a deep breath. It’s going to be OK. We are all on your side, and no one wants you to go hungry. There are options available to you.

Make the best use of what you have.  We all can have periods of time when we are less careful about using what we have in our pantry. This is not the time for carelessness. You want to be intimately aware of every item you have and how to make the best use of it so nothing goes to waste. Right now, we are in the middle of our Low Spend Month Challenge for January. The first step- do a pantry inventory- is key to spending less. If you have not started our Low Spend Month Challenge, get the calendar and start it now. By stretching and saving, you can make what you have last as long as possible.

Meal Plan. Plan every meal. Every. Meal. You need to sit down and plan it out. This strategizing is what will ensure that every item you found in your pantry/freezer gets eaten. If you don’t know how to meal plan, I just started a “Meal Planning for Beginners” series. It’s free on my YouTube channel (Here’s a link to Part 1).

Coupon/ Shop wisely. I know. You are already doing the best you can. Make an extra effort. Check prices online. Get coupons from friends and family members. Plan your meals around sale/clearance items. Make every penny count. We created the Frugal Family Food Community Facebook group to help families who are trying to eat well on a budget to connect and share information. Join the group (linked above), and see if you can give or get advice that will help with shopping more wisely.

Preserve as much as possible. Freezing, canning, dehydrating, fermentation, and other means of food preservation will help you to make what you have last. Don’t let your celery rot. Slice it and freeze it for future soups and stews. Dehydrate your fruit and turn them into homemade fruit leathers. Cook those mushy apples into applesauce and can it for future use. Slice that end of cabbage and make sauerkraut. The possibilities are endless.

Consider nutrition and ration appropriately. Now, I am not saying cut out critical food. What I am saying is, cut those items out of the budget that cost money, but add little/no nutrition. Sodas, sweet snacks, and other empty calories waste your food dollars. Consider very carefully your family’s nutritional needs and choose what you spend the dollars you do have access to wisely.

Call 211. This phone number is a referral line to will help you find community-based and government agencies that help families in need. While the government resources may be limited in this time, community resources will still be available. 211 will be able to direct you to places in your community that regularly help people in your area, like food pantries, soup kitchens, and other food-centered charitable organizations.

Connect with places of worship and religiously affiliated  organizations. Many religious organizations have food pantries and other resources to help families in need in their community. If they do not, they may be able to point you in the direction of an organization that can help in your area. If you are a member of a religious organization, they may be your best resource. Check with them first, then ask affiliated organizations. They may have special programs for members.

Find ways to increase your income. I am well aware that you would not receive SNAP benefits if there was a way to get by without them. Still, it is worth saying that, you may be able to find something if you search diligently. If child care is a problem, ask another mom if you can trade childcare so you can each get part-time jobs. It may be a help to you both. Sell things you don’t need. Resale things you find at thrift stores. Consider online employment. Again, I know it’s not that easy, but I would be remiss if I did not at least mention finding ways to increase your income as an option.

Finally, if you run out of options, ask your friends and family. You don’t have to tell me how much you are loathe to do this. I know you are. I would be, too. But you and I both know that, if our friend or family member was going hungry, we would want them to ask us before they went without. Remember what I said at first- we are all on your side, and no one wants you to go hungry. It’s true. Just ask. You will be glad you did.

What can you do if you are a person who does not need or get food  stamps right now?  

Have compassion. Remember, we all need help sometimes. Give someone the love and grace you would want if you were in their shoes.

Give. To individuals who ask (because they would not ask if they had no need). To organizations (as they will be overwhelmed with requests for help). As generously as you are able. Without expecting a return. Without demanding an explanation of the circumstances. Just give.

Consider what you can do without. Will you really be able to enjoy that island vacation when your cousin and her children are eating PB & J everyday? Is it the right time to upgrade your vehicle when you see your elderly neighbor is getting rides to the food pantry every week? Do you need new furniture this year, or could you get by for another year and make an extra donation to your local food bank? We need to ask ourselves what we would be willing to give so that others can eat well. If all of us make little sacrifices, I am convinced that no one need go hungry.

My friends…

This is the time to get serious. Food Stamps may run out, and we may need to take strong steps to feed families in our community. Let’s, everyone, do all we can to make sure no one goes to bed hungry.

I am earnestly praying that everything will be resolved so that that this advice is not necessary, but if it is, we are here for you in whatever way we can be.

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5 Ways Keeping Track of Your Grocery Spending Saves You More

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2018 is just about finished. After the holidays, all the year end tasks can be overwhelming, but there is one task that I actually look forward to every year- going over our grocery spending.

I know. It doesn’t exactly sound like date night. But it’s more fun than you think!

You see, we keep track of our receipts throughout the year. Then, at the end of the year, we look at the grand total. We figure out what we are averaging- every month, every week, every day, per person, and per person per meal. It’s a little bit of math, but it feels like a little competition we have with ourselves every year- and I like to win!

I know you want to be a winner, too, so I thought I would share with you 5 ways keeping track of your grocery spending will save you MORE! You can start right now, and this new year can be your best year yet! Here’s how you can SAVE:

1- You have accountability for your budget.

You probably have a grocery budget. Every time you shop, you limit the amount you spend so you can meet your financial goals. BUT, do you ever go over budget? Go ahead. Admit it. We all do sometimes. In order to keep overspending from becoming a budget-wrecking habit, you need accountability. That comes in the form of tracking.

Little numbers in black and white will not lie to you. They will tell you the truth about what you are spending- and you need truth! You can’t look at week after week of going over budget and continue to tell yourself their is not a problem. You will have to face it. It’s a good thing!

2- You can make changes

Once you have faced your spending patterns and you understand them better, you can make changes. You can change your behavior so that you are staying under budget. You can change your budget so it more accurately reflects your needs. You can changes your habits to help you be more successful. There was a time when we shopped bi-weekly and I found that our diet was less varied because I was limiting my opportunities to take advantage of sales. This made me more inclined to overspend on the things we were not getting. I changed our bi-weekly shop to a weekly shop, and it was so much better. It felt like new groceries were coming in constantly and we were not stuck with the same things all the time. The overspending stopped (and, in case you were wondering, the savings even made up for the costs of the additional gas to make the extra trips).

3- You can get/keep your family involved.

I have been in this grocery game for a long time. Our Frugal Family Food Facebook Community Group has over 100,000 members who are sharing posts daily about their grocery shopping struggles and successes (Join the group by clicking here and learn more tips to save you money). If I had a nickel for every time someone told me their spouse of children were not supportive of their grocery saving efforts, I would be a millionaire. Seriously.

You know how to change that problem? Get them involved! We keep our weekly family expenses on a white board in our kitchen. The whole family knows our budget, and they know how much I spend every time I go shopping- and it’s right next to our weekly meal plan. They know when we have extra, and the know when things are tight. It is so much easier to get them to understand when they see the numbers on the board. Just like they tell you the truth, they will tell your family the truth about your financial situation, too.

Believe it or not, your family wants you to succeed. Keep them in the loop by tracking your expenses, and you will save yourself a bunch of time you would have spent before explaining why they can’t have 4 different boxes of cookies and money buying said cookies when you couldn’t take any more of the whining. And let’s not even talk about the stress you will save. In fact, you will probably save even more money because you will save what you would have spent on coffee or therapy just to deal with the whining and complaining. You are welcome.

4- You can plan ahead for bulk purchases.

Last year, my family made some pretty major bulk purchases, the largest of which was 1/8 of a cow to get local, grass-fed beef from a local farmer. It was something we wanted to try for a long time, but we had never felt like we could afford to do. Because we were tracking our grocery expenses and the cow was ordered weeks in advance, we had the opportunity to cut back in a specific way to make up the money to pay for it. It worked out beautifully.

There are lots of items that you may find are more affordable in bulk. My friends and I buy meat at butchering time, but you can also buy grains (like wheat and oats), vegetables in season, and amazing sale items that are only found at certain times of the year (like oranges in December or turkeys, hams, and baking goods at Thanksgiving). Tracking your spending and using your saving can help you meet your financial goals and making the most of every dollar available with bulk purchases.

5- You can set goals.

Honestly, the most fun my husband and I have when we go over our annual tracking is when we start considering our goals. We start by looking at our goals from the previous year. Then, we consider how well we preformed. After considering our successes and failures, we make plans for the next year. This is the fun. I LOVE to dream about what’s to come. How can we do better with our money? What will we use our savings for? And we sometimes get goofy when we make our plans. You can watch us as we go over our grocery spending and talk about all of our goals here:

Some folks I know use their grocery savings to take a vacation every year. Want to talk about getting your family on board?! Her kids and husband are downright cheap about what they spend because they want to do something awesome each year!

Setting goals are not abstract. We pick numbers and use our finances for a purpose- so we can accomplish the things that are on our hearts.

This year, I am challenging you to start tracking your grocery spending and save even more money. Get some accountability, make some changes, keep your family involved, plan ahead for bulk purchases, and set some amazing goals! Then, come back here and tell me all about it! I love to hear saving success stories!

          



About Amanda Frugal Family Food


Amanda is a wife, mom, and all around frugal lady.  She shares her family and faith on The Fundamental Home and Fundamental Faith YouTube channels.  She also blogs at thefundamentalhome.com   There, you can find her blog series, “How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 Every Month.”  Amanda is co-creator of Frugal Family Food and, as such, is dedicated to helping families eat well on a budget. 

Grilled Peaches

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Grilled peaches. Yup. GRILLED PEACHES. It’s so simple that your kids could make it but it’s so impressive you could serve it to your in-laws.

Today I am sharing this simple recipe so grab a jar of something cold and let’s do this.

This recipe is so good. It feels like a special treat because we normally eat our peaches raw. Raw peaches alone are wonderful! But when you dip them in melted butter and grill them, magic happens.

True story.

Here’s what you need:

Grilled Peaches

  • 2 peaches (halved and pitted)
  • 3 tbsp butter (melted)
  • 4 tsp light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. Preheat your grill pan over medium heat. 

  2. On a platter, mix brown sugar and cinnamon together. Set aside.

  3. Dip your peaches into the melted butter on all sides.

  4. Place your peaches cut-side down on the grill pan. Grill for 4 minutes and then flip to the peeled side.

  5. Sprinkle each peach with a teaspoon of the sugar cinnamon mixture. 

  6. Continue to grill the peaches for about 3 to 4 minutes. 

  7. Remove from the heat. Sprinkle with salt. Serve with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. 

*Sugar and cinnamon can be eliminated from the recipe and peaches can be used in salads or as a side dish. 

*Serve with ice cream, whipped cream, or vanilla yogurt. 

 

Not only is this recipe amazing but you can easily make it into a savory dish by eliminating the sugar and cinnamon and adding herbs. They would be amazing in salads and as a side dish.

 

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Tangi is a wife, mom, gardener, and committed frugal foodie.  She shares her family’s life, love of liberty, and love for each other on their YouTube channel, “Freedom Homestead.” Check out her “A Day in the Life: Canning, Dehydrating, Fermenting, Sprouting, and Gardening” video, and you will see just how dedicated she is to feeding her family well on a budget with homegrown food.

 

 

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Peach Sorbet

Did you know that sorbet is one of the easiest desserts to make of all time? All you need is fruit, sweetener, a pinch of salt, maybe a little water, and a little bit of patience.

With peaches in season and at a great price, what better way to use them up than making sorbet with them?! It’s refreshing and you don’t need any special equipment to make it.

As you will see in the video, it was a big hit with my family including the dogs. Here’s how to make peach sorbet:

Peach Sorbet

  • 5 large peaches (peeled and pitted)
  • 1/4-1/2 c sugar
  • 2 tbsp water (if needed)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  1. Put all of your ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. 

  2. Strain the puree through a mesh strainer. Pour the strained puree into a shallow, freezer safe dish. Cover and put in the freezer. 

  3. Allow to freeze for 3 hours.

  4. After 3 hours, remove dish from the freezer, uncover, and use a fork to break up the ice crystals in the sorbet. This will help to loosen the sorbet instead of having a big clump of peach ice. Cover the dish and put back into the freezer for an additional 3 hours.

  5. When you’re ready to serve the sorbet, remove your dish from the freezer. Break up your sorbet into clumps and put into your blender or food processor. Pulse until your sorbet is smooth. Serve immediately. 

  6. **Hint: I also noticed that as the sorbet sat out on the counter and softened, it also became creamy, just not as icy. Whether you buzz in the food processor or let it warm up a little on the counter, it’s a treat that you will love.
    * Frozen peaches can be used in place of the fresh peaches.

With all of the heat and humidity that we’ve been having, this treat is so refreshing and yummy. You have to give it a try!



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Tangi is a wife, mom, gardener, and committed frugal foodie.  She shares her family’s life, love of liberty, and love for each other on their YouTube channel, “Freedom Homestead.” Check out her “A Day in the Life: Canning, Dehydrating, Fermenting, Sprouting, and Gardening” video, and you will see just how dedicated she is to feeding her family well on a budget with homegrown food.

 

 

 

Individual Strawberry Peach Trifles

Frugal Family Food’s 31 Days of Summertime Treats marches on with Peach Week! This week, most of our recipes will feature peaches since they are in season and can generally be found at great prices.

Today I am sharing a delicious and adorable treat: Individual Strawberry Peach Trifles.Is there anything cuter than a dessert in a mason jar? This recipe is easy to personalize, is portable, and can be made into one serving or many servings.

 

Individual Strawberry Peach Trifle

  • 3 Large Strawberries (chopped)
  • 1 Large Peach (peeled, pitted, and chopped)
  • 8 oz Whipped Topping
  • 1 pkg Instant Vanilla Pudding (prepared according to package directions)
  • 1/2 Pound Cake (sliced into 1 inch thick slices, and cut into 1 inch cubes)
  1. Assemble:

    Spoon a spoonful of pudding into the bottoms of your wide mouth, pint size mason jar.

  2. Alternate layers as such:

    Cake (single layer)

    Spoonful of pudding

    Fruit (single layer)

    Spoonful of whipped topping

  3. End your trifle by topping with whipped topping and fruit

  4. *Hint: If you plan to make your trifles travel friendly, be sure to leave head space to add the lid. 

This could easily be packed to take to the pool or a picnic. Best part is that you can totally make this your own by changing up the flavors!

 

 

Tangi frugalfamilyfood.com

Tangi is a wife, mom, gardener, and committed frugal foodie.  She shares her family’s life, love of liberty, and love for each other on their YouTube channel, “Freedom Homestead.” Check out her “A Day in the Life: Canning, Dehydrating, Fermenting, Sprouting, and Gardening” video, and you will see just how dedicated she is to feeding her family well on a budget with homegrown food.

 

 

Berry Delicious Smoothie

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It’s Smoothie Saturday, and I am sharing with you all one of my favorite smoothie recipes.  It has all of my favorite ingredients, and it’s vegan.  The thing is, though, this recipe is versatile.  You can totally make it in a non-vegan version.  Is there something you don’t love?  You can change it out.  The recipe is forgiving.  Give it a try.

Here is how I make my berry delicious smoothie:

Berry Delicious Smoothie

  • 1 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh )
  • 1 cup strawberries (frozen or fresh )
  • 1 cup almond milk (or other milk of your choice )
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds or walnuts
  • 1 tbsp flax seed (can use hemp or chia seeds)
  • 1/5 block silken tofu (or greek yogurt)
  • sweetener of choice (as needed)
  1. Place all of the ingredients except the sweetener in the food processor and process until smooth, scraping down the sides halfway through processing.  Test the mix to see if it is sweet enough for you.  If not, add sweetener a tablespoon at a time and process to incorporate until you are happy with the taste.   

I made a video showing you my process and what it looks like.  Watch it here:

This recipe is part of our Summertime Treat Series.  Come back tomorrow to check out Tangi’s Peach Trifle.

 

Amanda is a wife, mom, and all around frugal lady.  She shares her family and faith on The Fundamental Home and Fundamental Faith YouTube channels.  She also blogs at thefundamentalhome.com   There, you can find her blog series, “How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 Every Month.”  Amanda is co-creator of Frugal Family Food and, as such, is dedicated to helping families eat well on a budget. 

 

 

 

Fruit Filled Yogurt Freezer Pops

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What summer would be complete without freezer pops?

I remember when I was a little girl, and the only time I could hope for a freezer pop was if the Ice Cream Man came down our street.  Some days, my mom would give me some change, and we would run to buy one of our favorite freezer pops, picking them from the pictures on the side of the Ice Cream Truck.

There are no Ice Cream Trucks coming down our rural street, and even if they did, have you seen the price of these pops now???!!!  Outrageous!

That’s OK because we can make our own delicious freezer treats at home.  It’s super simple, and you can make them much more healthy than the sugar laden versions of our day.  Here’s how I make my Fruit Filled Yogurt Freezer Pops:

Fruit Filled Yogurt Freezer Pops

  • Fruit of your choice (blueberries and strawberries are our favorite)
  • Yogurt (Greek or regular )
  • Milk (cow, almond, rice, soy, or coconut)
  • Sugar (brown or white)
  1. Mix all of the ingredients together by hand.  

  2. Pour mixture into freezer pop molds and freeze until solid.  

It is a good idea to taste the mix before you freeze it to gauge the flavor.  Add sugar to taste. Depending on the sweetness of the yogurt and fruit, you may need to add more or less.

I made a batch using frozen fruit AND some leftover summer fruit salsa.  Watch how I do it here:

 

 

Amanda is a wife, mom, and all around frugal lady.  She shares her family and faith on The Fundamental Home and Fundamental Faith YouTube channels.  She also blogs at thefundamentalhome.com   There, you can find her blog series, “How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 Every Month.”  Amanda is co-creator of Frugal Family Food and, as such, is dedicated to helping families eat well on a budget. 

 

 

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Barbecue Smoked Chicken & Fixins

Smoked Chicken

Hello friends! We are in a new month of Frugal Family Food collabs and for the month of July we have asked our collaborators to share their favorite frugal meals with Backyard Barbecue in mind. I can’t speak for everyone, but our fallback for the grill is always hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken. We are looking forward to having some new, frugal ideas to share with all of you (and ourselves).

We love Todd and Rachel from That 1870s Homestead. We’ve been following them on Instagram forever and they started their YouTube channel recently. We got to meet them at the MIgardener Grand Opening, and my family (Tangi) was blessed enough to visit with them at their home and tour their beautiful farm!

Freedom Homestead with That 1870s Homestead at the MIgardener Grand Opening

Today they are sharing with us Rachel’s “favorite, favorite, F A V O R I T E” backyard barbecue entree, Smoked Chicken, using chicken they raised and harvested on their farm. The chicken ain’t all, y’all. They also have some fixin’s to share! Check them out and sub to their channel.

 

 

When you visit their channel be sure to let them know how much you appreciate their video.

Don’t forget to check out all of our other collaborators by watching our FFF playlist. 

 

About the Collaborator

Todd and Rachel from That 1870s Homestead

Todd and Rachel are putting the “Farm” back in Farmhouse, growing organic food and hoping to reduce the footprint they will leave behind. Pure Michigan!

 

 

 

 

Banana Cream Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Banana Cream Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Have you ever taken some of your favorites foods and tried to morph them together? I sure have! I’ve taken some of my favorite casseroles and turned them into soup. I’ve turned some of my favorite meals into impressive sandwiches.

When we decided to share 31 Days of Summertime Treats with y’all, I really wanted to do an ice cream sandwich but not the traditional kind. I wanted something that was a little unexpected. Then it came to me! I’ll combine a couple of my favorite treats into one! A treat that I look forward to is the Banana Cream Pie Milkshakes that Sonic carries from time to time. I also love a good ice cream sandwich on a hot summer day.

BOOM!

Banana Cream Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches!

It’s easy enough that your kids can help put them together.

Banana Cream Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 box instant vanilla pudding ((3.9 oz))
  • 8 oz whipped topping
  • 1 medium banana ((peeled and chopped small))
  • 1 box honey graham crackers ((crackers broken in halves))
  1. Whisk together pudding and milk. Wait about a minute until the pudding thickens.

  2. Gently fold in the whipped topping.

  3. Fold in banana pieces.

  4. Pour mixture into a freezer safe dish, cover with plastic wrap, and freeze until frozen completely. 

  5. Once frozen, break apart and put into a food processor, Pulse until smooth. *Don’t over process! You wan’t your mixture to be firm enough to stay on the grahams. Over processing will make it too soft and the ice cream with slide right off.

  6. Assemble your sandwiches by adding about a tablespoon of your “ice cream” to the middle of a graham cracker, add graham cracker to the top and smoosh the ice cream to the edges of the grahams.

  7. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until firm. 

Variations:
Fold in a tablespoon of peanut butter to your pudding and whipped topping mixture for a “Chunky Monkey”. 

Instead of bananas, try blueberries or strawberries.

Use chocolate pudding for a Chocolate Cream Pie Ice Cream Sandwich.

Love cheesecake? Me too! Use the Cheesecake Pudding mix instead of vanilla, and add your favorite berries. 

 

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Tangi is a wife, mom, gardener, and committed frugal foodie.  She shares her family’s life, love of liberty, and love for each other on their YouTube channel, “Freedom Homestead.” Check out her “A Day in the Life: Canning, Dehydrating, Fermenting, Sprouting, and Gardening” video, and you will see just how dedicated she is to feeding her family well on a budget with homegrown food.

 

Summer Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Crisps

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Here at Frugal Family Food, we are all about not wasting a thing- especially when that thing is AMAZING summer fruit.  Yesterday, we made super cute Independence Day Fruit Sparklers and after we cut out our watermelon stars, there was lots of delicious watermelon left on the slice.  We also had some leftover mixed berries.  All of that goodness had to be put to good use, so we made this summer fruit salsa.  It’s the perfect compliment to the Sparklers, and the grown ups will LOVE to eat it paired with our Cinnamon Tortilla Crisps.

Summer Fruit Salsa

  • 4 cups Mixed Summer Fruit (watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • 3 tbsp Fruit Preserves (strawberry, blueberry, raspberry)
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  1. Cut watermelon, strawberries, and any other large fruit into small, salsa-size chunks.  Add to bowl with whole blueberries and raspberries.

  2. Add Fruit Preserves and Lemon Juice.  Stir together.   

This recipe can be made with fresh or frozen fruit.  If using frozen, it may get more “liquid” faster, but this does not (in our opinion) diminish the taste.  It actually make it more salsa-like.  Can be stored, but tastes best served freshly cut.  Serve with Cinnamon Tortilla Crisps or whipped cream.  Can also be used as a topping for angel food cake or cheesecake.  

Cinnamon Tortilla Crisps

  • Flour Tortillas
  • Oil Spray
  • Cinnamon Sugar
  1. Cut flour tortillas in triangle-shaped wedges.  

  2. Spray with Oil Spray, front and back

  3. Sprinkle both sides with cinnamon sugar to taste 

  4. Bake at 350° for 8-11 minutes, or until crisp

A perfect compliment to Summer Fruit Salsa 

They are  super simple to make, use ingredients you already have on hand, and will look beautiful at the party next to your Sparkler centerpiece and that big hunk of watermelon.  I made a video showing just how it is done.  Just look how beautiful the finished product is!

Don’t forget that we are making summertime treats everyday for the month of July.  We want you to eat well on a budget and to do that, you will have to make sure your kids are getting good snacks.  We are here to help.  Come back tomorrow for more tasty treats!

 

Amanda is a wife, mom, and all around frugal lady.  She shares her family and faith on The Fundamental Home and Fundamental Faith YouTube channels.  She also blogs at thefundamentalhome.com   There, you can find her blog series, “How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 Every Month.”  Amanda is co-creator of Frugal Family Food and, as such, is dedicated to helping families eat well on a budget. 

 

 

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