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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Free cookbook!

I love free cookbooks, and this one looks like it's right up my alley. Cheap vegetarian food. Very easy to make this one kosher!

I'm looking forward to reading it for inspiration!

Get your copy of Cheap and Delicious Vegetarian Meals and Recipes while you can!



Monday, July 30, 2012

Overcoming my fear of pizza (strange, huh?)

One of the biggest drawbacks to having the full size oven downstairs is, that, well, it's downstairs. That means that by the time I remember I have to take something out of the oven, sometimes it's a drop overdone. But if I go down, and discover that I left my oven mitts upstairs, and then I have to run back up and then run back down, you KNOW what's going to happen...

Uh.Oh.

Today I decided to break through the pizza barrier. I had this thing in my head that homemade pizza is just TOO hard to make. Kind of like the bagel thing, and the homemade breads. You know, I just couldn't wrap my head around it! So I wrote it off as being "too much effort".

But really, is it? I decided to try it out today, as I am no longer intimidated by making dough.

It was really quite simple. Mine came out a bit rustic, as I was in a rush when trying to make a nice round crust, and a bit overdone, because... well I explained that already.

But it still got eaten. Even the pickiest child ate it with only minimal complaints.

Israelis and Anybody, really: Quit Smoking!

Ok, this post has a long history behind it. I have been passionately anti-smoking for almost as long as I can remember. I feel very strongly that to start smoking in this day and age is just plain stupid. And for people who have been smoking for 50 years (yes, I know some people like that), if they are not attempting to stop, then they are in denial.

Smoking kills. It's plain and simple. Smoking also kills your loved ones. I have asthma, quite a severe case. And my husband and most of our children have asthma too. And every time I go out somewhere and someone blows smoke in our faces, I feel like telling them that they are killing us, bit by bit.

And I have news for you. Smoking is a really expensive habit. Imagine if all that money people spend on cigarettes was saved, or given to tzedaka instead. Unbelievable, really!

So, I urge everyone to try to quit. And talk to your kids about never starting.  Talk to them while they are young, and still trust you. It will go a lot further than once you've caught your kid "trying it out".

If you are lucky enough to live in a place with a Quitline, call it. If you don't have one, talk to your doctor about wanting to quit....

Your body and your wallet will both thank you for quitting.

If you want an extra something to read, to keep you on track towards quitting, you can also download some free e-books. E-books, though, are not enough. You will likely need help quitting, so find someone to help you, today!




Feel free to share this post with your loved ones who smoke.

More free e-books!

There are actually a lot more free e-books out there!
Here's a selection of what's available:
It's way more than enough to keep me glued to a screen for a while!


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Free e-books

Here are some promising free e-books. You never know when the price will pop back up, so download them without delay! (These will keep me busy for a while. But if I find more, I'll post again!)
Happy free reading!


Printable Coupon (Israel)

It looks like the yogurt coupon wars are slowing down.

Right now Shufersal has a coupon for FB fans for their filled wafer-cookies so hurry on over to their page and print it out!

Expires Aug 6.

Enjoy!




Anyone interested in sales?

Here's a rundown of some of the local sales I've seen advertized lately:

Sunglasses at Opticana for 99 NIS (regular price 499 NIS) and 19.90 NIS (original price 99 NIS)

Little Kids school bags (on wheels) for 29.99 (and up) at Idan 2000

Also at Idan 2000: Scientific calculator by Casio for 20 NIS, 3 spiral notebooks for 10 NIS, pack of pencils for 4.99 NIS, 10 "dafdifot" - notepads that are not bound - for 5 NIS, oil pastels for 5 NIS, printer paper for 10 NIS...

City Shop has plastic storage containers (18L size) 2/50 NIS (ok, still expensive compared to what I paid in the US, but we're not in the US anymore!)

Wurtheimer Sport has women's Puma running shoes for 99 NIS (regular price 450 NIS)

Halperin is offering 3 pairs of prescription glasses for the price of 1 (very low prescriptions only. None of us qualify!)

Super-Pharm has Dove shampoo/conditioner for 9 NIS, Life liquid soap for 8 NIS, Orbitol toothpaste for 5 NIS. Also they have a coupon in the paper for a pack of Pampers for 40 NIS, and a 5-pack of "Fresh Ones" wipes for 15 NIS.

Kfar Hasha'ashuim has 3 spiral notebooks for 15 NIS, a scientific calculator for 10 NIS, 3 gluesticks for 10 NIS, plus many items for 1 or 2 NIS.

Ace has plastic containers, 45 L size, 2 for 90 NIS, and 65 L size 2/100 NIS. and buy 2 household or decorative items, get the third for 1 NIS.

Home Center has hammocks for 60 NIS, and garden furniture sets starting at 250 NIS.

MegaHome has computer tables + student chair sets for 200 NIS, spiral notebooks, 3-packs, for 14 NIS, and 8G flash drives for 30 NIS


Milk Recall...?

It seems that Tara Dairies is recalling their milk from supermarket shelves. They say there was a production error. I have no idea what the error might have been.

But I do remember when we first arrived in Israel, there was a major milk shortage. It had  been a dry winter, and a hot summer, and the cows were not producing their usual quantities of milk. We had a really hard time getting milk then! (I do remember feeling like I was constantly stressed out. And not finding any milk in the stores was NOT helping.)

So watch out. I know Tara is considered a "minor player" in the dairy industry, but they are filling a need. So...

I am considering this a warning. I may just have to fill up my freezer with milk cartons, just in case (cartons freeze better than bags do, I hear, in case you are wondering why on earth I would buy the more expensive cartons). I have some powdered milk in the pantry, that I can use for cooking, but as I mentioned previously, my kids don't like drinking reconstituted powdered milk!

I know some people can go without milk and be perfectly happy. But I'm not sure my family can!

Printable Coupons (Israel)

Don't forget to check Super-Pharm's website and Facebook page for printable coupons, redeemable at their store (also printed in some newspapers, I believe).

Right now, they have several coupons that are valid thru August 6. Make sure you print them from the Super-Pharm site, as the ones here do not have a valid barcode!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Free e-book

Here's a free book for your kids to read! It's only free July 25 and 26, so grab it while you can!



Printable Coupon (Israel)

Right now, you can get a printable coupon for 5 NIS off your purchase of a 5-pack of Skinny Cow Ice Cream Cones. (this is a real printable coupon, not a scanned one. Some other sites keep scanning in coupons and claim they are printable, but they get rejected at the register.)

Enjoy your treat!




Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Black Bean Meatballs (vegan)

I finally made a vegan meatball that I am very pleased with! I would not hesitate to serve these to guests, not at all.

And now you all can make them too, as I am sharing the recipe.

I made a large batch, feel free to halve it if you think it's too much. It made enough for our family for supper (including a teenage boy), with some leftovers, but not enough for a whole meal more.


3 cups of black beans, cooked till soft, and drained
1 c. diced onion, sauteed till carmelized
3 cloves garlice, diced, and sauteed till browned
2 medium carrots, diced, and sauteed


Process all of the above together in a food processor. Add liquid if needed (I added about 1/3 cup)


Transfer to a large mixing bowl


Add:
1/4 c. sesame butter (ground sesame seeds)
1/2 c. oats
2/3 c. whole wheat flour
1 T. smoked paprika
salt, pepper to taste

Mix well. Form balls and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 425 F (220 C) for about 20-25 min. Don't overcook them!

Serve your favorite way to serve meatballs. We ate them with rice and a sweet and sour sauce.


Enjoy!

Making Kefir in the Summer

I must confess. I love where I live. We chose this house because we love the outside more than the inside, though... (we're renting, so at some point I am sure we will have to re-evaluate this issue!)

The kitchen leaves much to be desired, in my opinion. It has an impractical sink - it's a double sink, but the second side is really shallow. (It must be designed for fruit and vegetable washing?) The fridge and the dishwasher both open into the same space (they are at a 90 degree angle to one another) and I find that completely impractical. Imagine cleaning up after a meal, you're trying to wrap up perishables and stash them in the fridge, while the kids are loading the dishwasher, but only one of them can open at a time! It's like a see saw, up and down, up and down, open and closed, open and closed...

The only oven in the room is directly above the dishwasher, so it also opens into the same space as the fridge, and it is smaller than most of my baking pans. It is also one of those weird combination microwave/convection ovens. I had to buy an oven that is big enough to accommodate my baking pans, and I put in the laundry room - that's down one full flight of stairs! And that combination oven? I don't use it.

One more thing - no trisim on the windows! So in the late afternoon, if you are standing at the stovetop or using the counter (say, chopping up vegetables), you get blinded by the sun. (I guess I could go get shades, but that would mean I would have to actively do something to fix the problem, and I'm just not there yet!)

Oh. And no A/C unit in the kitchen. Can you say HOT?

I mean seriously, it is too hot for making kefir in the kitchen. Kefir is supposed to culture at room temperature. But I think they mean normal room temperature. Not 95 degrees Fahrenheit, as far as I know! A few kind readers gave me some tips, but I'm not installing an A/C unit and running it just to keep my Kefir going, and I don't have any cabinets that would qualify as "cool".

As I told you previously, I decided to use the cooler bag with an ice pack to maintain a somewhat steady temp for my culturing jar, until I figured out a better solution.

But that IS the solution! I have been getting perfectly wonderful Kefir, ready in 24-36 hours using this method. My grains are even growing! So, my temporary solution has become my permanent solution. No more stashing the culturing jar in the fridge, unless we are going away (ha! when will that happen?!)


And in case you were wondering, we don't love plain kefir. But we love smoothies, so we blend up kefir with any less than perfect fruit we want to use up, and then everyone enjoys a healthy smoothie! I love being able to feed my family healthy food that they think is a treat (and probiotic rich foods like kefir as really great for your body!)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Meal Plan for the week

I'm a bit late, but better late than never!

What are you eating during the Nine Days? Since we eat vegetarian food during the week, really the Nine Days are no different than any week. And you all know by now that I don't do fancy food. We're pretty practical around here, so here goes:

Sunday: cottage cheese pancakes, vegetable soup with chick peas, pasta with gevinah levanah (and garlic and oregano), cucumbers


Monday: Rice, Black bean meatballs with sweet and sour sauce, carrot muffins, make your own salad.


Tuesday: Toasted Cheese sandwiches on homemade whole wheat bread, make your own salad, red lentil soup

Wednesday: Baked ziti, steamed kishuim, melon

Thursday: Leftovers from all week

Let me know what you're making! I'd love to hear from you!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Not enough fridge space

I have been running into this problem lately. See, my landlady left her fridge in the kitchen. It's ok, but not my favorite fridge. I used to have a much larger one, which I sold with my apartment in NY when I sold that 10 years ago! (Co-op rules were that the apartment had to be sold with working appliances in the kitchen, and with all the craziness at the time I didn't think to buy a less wonderful fridge to leave there and move the big one!) But that scratched and dented Maytag fridge that I got for a song when my brother worked for Maytag was the best. And my brother repaired the dent, for free!

So ever since I had to give up that huge fridge, I had 2 fridges. When my preemie came home from the hospital, we had just moved into a townhouse. I had a lot of trouble figuring out how to get the baby into the house and the groceries too. I also had a hard time finding time and energy to run up the stairs from the garage level to the kitchen to put away the groceries in our "normal size" fridge. I convinced my husband (yes, he's awesome) to go to some appliance store one day and buy a scratch and dent model, since we were no longer close enough to my Maytag repair-person brother to get another one from him.

He bought one for a decent discount, and we put that one in the garage level of the townhouse, so I could quickly load perishables into it before the sleeping baby would wake up ready to nurse (he nursed a lot back then. I don't think I slept more than 20 min at a time!)...

We moved that second fridge around from place to place (Dallas, Fair Lawn, Atlanta, Hollywood) until we made Aliyah.

All of a sudden, I am stuck with one fridge (ok, I know, I have that huge freezer. I shouldn't complain, but...). And it's not one huge fridge. I'd say it would be fine for a family of four. But a family of six, whose children actually eat more meals at home than most (because we homeschool)?! I don't think so. Not in the summer, for sure.

I really didn't want to go buy another fridge and then have to deal with figuring out where on earth to put it, or have to pay the increased electric bill. So I've been using my cooler. Yes, the cooler we use to do the grocery shopping and get food home without spoilage. I keep switching frozen bottles of water for fresh ones, and I've been using the cooler to store fruits and vegetables. Definitely working out just fine, as long as I keep those water bottles frozen! And it doesn't increase my power bill, so I guess this is the solution to my problem!

At least for now.

(Really wishing I had stuck that second cooler on the lift instead of giving it away.)

Regrowing vegetables?

Anyone out there take bits of vegetables and "re-grow" them?
I'd love to hear your tips.

This week, I am going to try re-growing celery from the stalk I bought. I found some simple directions!

I heard about this from some discussions on facebook,so I looked into it a bit, and I am so curious if I can regrow celery in a pot in my house. I have a bunch of sunny windows...


Celery.

via CulinarySchools.org

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Superpharm coupons

If you need baby supplies, SuperPharm has some new printable coupons out.

Make sure you print the ones with a barcode, or they won't be accepted.

Valid thru July 25th.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Raisin-Bran Cake (Vegan)

I invited a few other families over today so our homeschooled kids could all play together, and we mothers could all chat and help each other chase the little ones...

I try to serve a snack for everyone. At first I pulled a banana coconut cake out of the freezer, but then one of the families with a child allergic to a bunch of foods, including banana, decided that it worked out to come today, after all!

Uh oh. I had to quickly figure out an allergy-free snack besides the carrots that were in my fridge!

Here's what I came up with:

Raisin-Bran Cake

Mix together :
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups oat bran
1/2 tsp salt
1.5 T. baking powder

Add:
1/2 cup oil
1 c. sugar
2. cups water
1 cup raisins (unsweetened. I used some of my "stash" of Trader Joe's organic raisins)

Combine, breaking up all the lumps. Pour into a cake pan (mine was 8" X 12")
Bake at 350 F (175 C) for about 1 hour

It tastes great, but it's a bit crumbly, as it has no eggs! But it was a hit! The name was a bit confusing, as there is no "raisin bran" cereal in this cake, but there are raisins, and there is bran! I figured I can keep the name. It is accurate, after all!

I shared this with the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop on July 18, 2012

Hearth & Soul Hop

Early call for submissions

It's a while till World Prematurity Day. In fact, it is still several months away.
But I know that it took my about 2 months, on and off, to finally get something written that I felt I could publish. (You can see what I wrote, if you haven't already!)

This year, I plan to host a Jewish/Israeli prematurity blog "carnival" for World Prematurity Day. I'd love to have a link to your prematurity story, so I am giving you a LOT of notice!

Please submit your links, either by commenting on this post, or send an email to ester@kosherfrugal.com

Submissions in English or Hebrew are welcome, and feel free to spread the word!

Have a great day!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Shabbat meal planning

We are having a lot of people over this Shabbat, and I am JUST a little bit stressed out about it! Mostly happy about it, though!

Here's the plan:
Friday night:
6 adults, 5 children

Vegetable soup
Roast chicken
Peppers stuffed with rice, white beans, and sauteed vegetables
P'titim (what is called "Israeli couscous" in the USA)
Carrot Kugel
Make your own salad
Chocolate Chip Cake
Fruit

Shabbat Lunch
8 adults, 5 children

oven baked "fried chicken"
vegetable-noodle kugel
apple kugel
black bean cholent
a variety of salads
Cookies (not sure yet what kind)
Fruit

Seudah Shlishit
11 adults, 7 children, as it stands right now. perhaps a few more.

Rolls
Pitot/crackers
Casserole of some sort
tuna salad
hard boiled eggs
corn muffins
chumus, other salatim
make your own salad stuff
fruit
cakes, cookies, and more...

Also making homemade challot...


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Summer fruit

Summer fruit is here!

And, for me, Mega is helping me buy some more of it. The other local store is just a bit too far away for me to shlep fruit home from in this heat (I'm thinking there would be fruit soup in my bag by the time I got home), and the makolet has some very buggy looking produce these days!


My family, however will be very happy when I come home on Friday with fruit from this sale (peaches, mango, plums for 5.99/kg)! And I will be happy to have saved an extra 10% for shopping on Friday. I just MUST get there early. It seems that even in my small town, a store can get crowded when they offer a blanket discount like that! (I'll probably pick up some carrots while I'm at it. But what happened to carrots for less than 1 NIS/kg? Haven't seen that in a while!)

What summer fruit are you enjoying these days?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

mid-week meal

Just a quick write up of a simple frugal, mid-week meal:

Oven-baked rice (I actually have started adding some ground flaxseed to the rice when I cook it this way)
Green Lentils (saute onion and garlic in olive oil, add lentils and liquid (water or soup stock), simmer till most of the liquid is absorbed)
Cottage Cheese Pancakes
Make your own salad (we have avocado, tomato, carrots, and cucumbers today)
Watermelon

It's a bit of standing over the stove, but not horrible. I wonder if I could figure out how to make the lentils in the oven... have you ever managed that?

Muffins

We eat a lot of muffins in our house when I am in the mood to bake! Sometimes it's leftover oatmeal that inspires me, or some overripe bananas. Or even apples that look a little bruised and dented.

I go back and forth between baking them in a traditional muffin tin, with paper muffin cups (I really like the If You Care unbleached ones from iherb) , and using my silicone muffin cups.

If you don't have silicone ones, you can try out these 6-Piece Bright Color Silicone Cake Cups for a really great price from FocalPrice!


6-Piece Bright Color Silicone Cake Cups

Monday, July 9, 2012

Roasted Vegetable "Gazpacho"

I was really in the mood for gazpacho. Unfortunately, most of my family disagrees with me about gazpacho. Something about pureed raw vegetables really doesn't agree with them.

Then, I had my "aha!" moment. I would mix cooked and raw vegetables in my gazpacho variation. Traditional gazpacho, as far as I know, is all raw. But I am not a traditionalist...



Here's how I made Roasted Vegetable "Gazpacho":

2 tomatoes, chopped
2 onions, sliced
2 green peppers, sliced
3 kishuim (summer squash), sliced
4 cloves of garlic, peeled

Toss all of the above with olive oil, arrange on a large cookie sheet, and roast in your oven at 425 F (220 C), till it's all nicely browning but not burnt.

Remove from oven. Allow to cool somewhat before continuing.

Place roasted vegetables in a large bowl.

Add:
2-4 chopped raw tomatoes (depends on the size and how much raw tomato you want in the soup)
1 diced raw carrot
1 diced raw kohlrabi (or whatever other vegetable you feel like throwing in)

Add water as needed, and puree with an immersion blender.
I added balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste.
Chill well before serving.
Enjoy!


Sunday, July 8, 2012

Free e-books!

Free e-books are really great! Just be sure to grab them while you can, they go up in price without notice sometimes!

You don't even need a kindle, you can just download an e-reader to your computer and you're good to go.

Here's one I just downloaded for some light reading (is that bad?  Doesn't everyone need some light reading from time to time?) (Disclaimer: I have not yet read it, so I cannot vouch for the language or themes in it)




 And of course, I got a free cookbook too! Time for some salad experimentation here - since it's too hot to cook anyhow. And somehow, I always end up perusing cookbooks on fast days. Perhaps silly of me, but that's what I do! The question is, can I get my kids to eat these salads, as they are "mixed foods"?



Enjoy your freebies!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Shabbat menu planning

This week we managed to get lots of affordable fruit. So don't be surprised that my menu highlights fruit! Perfect for summertime, right?

We'll be having:

Homemade Challah

Melon and Peach Soup (served and cold) - kind of winging this one. Seems like melons and peaches in the food processor with a bit of lemon juice, garnished with mint?

Apple kugel (apples are 4.50/kg at mega on Friday - for info, see this) (making lots of these for the freezer)
Slice 6 apples thinly (easiest in a food processor), pack them into your favorite kugel pan. Combine 1 c. flour, 1/2 c. oil, 1/2 c. sugar, and 3 eggs. Pour this mixture over the apples, and bake, till golden at about 190 C. I have tried making this with flaxseed in place of the eggs, but it didn't come out right! I don't know. maybe I will try again, as I am almost out of eggs...

Vegetable-noodle kugel (making extra for the freezer)

Beets (cooked, sliced. served perfectly plain as my children prefer)

Chicken marinated in Honey-ginger-soy sauce (wish I had a grill for cooking this. THAT would be oh.so.good. But we'll just make do with the oven!)


Make your own salad: options will include tomatoes, cucumbers, roasted peppers, chick peas, avocado...

Watermelon and chocolate chip cake for dessert

Seudah shlishit will be PB&J, vegetable sticks (cucumbers, carrots, celery) with hummus to dip, and fruit! And I'll try to remember to pop some popcorn for when certain people get the munchies...

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Grocery deals

Do you have a Mega store near you? If so, you should know that a LOT of their stores have begun to offer a 10% discount on either Friday or Sat. night (or both, in some cases), off your entire purchase (excluding certain products like matches, appliances, bill pay services, etc.).

Mega is generally not the cheapest store around. But I DO plan to go back there on Friday (I was there today, as we were out of milk, but reminded myself not to be tempted by their sales as I would have to carry home everything I bought. I only brought one cooler bag and one other reusable shopping bag with me). That's when I will buy some of their sale items, and even other items that I generally buy, and get a better deal.

So while Mega is not cheap, I welcome the opportunity to get their fruit-sweetened jelly, on sale right now for 7.99 (regular 11.90), for 7.20. I didn't read the sign carefully, I really should have checked that the sale was really valid. I checked on their website and it is not listed... and I plan to take advantage of some of their produce sales and get an extra 10% off - so pears and apples for 4.99/kg will be 4.50/kg, and that's lower than anywhere around here. Mehadrin greens and herbs are 3/10, so they'll be 3/9. Not bad. I generally get whole wheat flour there for 5.05/kg, but with 10% off, that comes to 4.55.

Time to rearrange the schedule and make sure there's time for a Mega run on Fridays!

Don't forget, even price regulated products like eggs and milk qualify for the discount.

So, write up a list, and happy budget-cutting! Just don't fall for the trap of buying things that are out of your budget just because it's 10% off. Discounts are great, but stores give them with the intention of luring you to buy things you wouldn't have bought otherwise. So shop carefully!

New "Bragging Corner" Section

I know that when I get a great deal, I just can't keep it to myself. I like to share the details. All of them.

So, perhaps I like to brag a bit about my shopping savvy-ness. Or my awesome scavenging abilities. Or my freecycle scores (here in Israel, agora). I like to think of it as being generous and sharing tips.

However you look at it, you can join in!

There is now a "Bragging Corner" section on Frugal and Kosher!



C'mon over, and brag (oops, I mean share) away!

30% off great denim skirts

Right now, Style J is having a great 4th of July sale. And they are being kind and generous, and this sale lasts thru July 6th, so don't miss out on an AMAZING 30% off!

Ok, their international shipping rates are kinda high, although not beyond belief. BUT if you have a shipping address in the US, (especially Florida!) it's really quite reasonable.

Have I mentioned they have some really great skirts I have been coveting?

Check them out!

Use code fi30wr to get 30% off your order (valid thru July 6th)



Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Cold Potato Soup (+ carrot recipe)

Searching for something to  do with 5 boiled potatoes that were hanging around my fridge, I checked out MANY, many recipes for cold soup.

In the end, I decided to combine the potatoes (and their cooking liquid) with some pan roasted onions, and the leftover cooked carrots from yesterday's carrot experiment (I can't help it. Carrots are cheap, so I keep buying and serving them, but everyone is getting bored of eating them.  I cut the carrots into "coins" and pan roasted them in my cast iron pan with a little oil, then added a mixture of honey, ginger, garlic, and teriyaki sauce, and reduced. I thought it was tasty, and most of my kids ate it...)


So here's how I turned it into soup:

5 med. size potatoes, boiled
cooking liquid from potatoes
1/2 c. pan roasted, carmelized onions
1 c. cooked carrots (these were seasoned as mentioned above, but I'm sure you could do this with plain ones, too)

Combine in a bowl, and puree using an immersion blender. Or use a food processor and process in batches.

Add salt and pepper to taste. If you need to thin it down, you can add a bit more water.

Serve cold.

Shared with The Hearth and Soul Blog Hop, July 4th 2012

Site redesign

I took the (not so big) plunge, and moved my blog over to my own domain. In case you didn't notice, there is a new address for my Frugal and Kosher site!

Right now, I am in the process of redesigning this site, and I'd love to hear from you - my readers - what you want to see. What works, what doesn't.

Ideas...

I can't promise to implement them all (surely you know the story of the man, the boy, and the donkey!), but I'm actively looking for feedback.

Don't worry, I will try very hard not to take anything you say too personally, so feel free to be honest. Just try to be nice about it at the same time, ok?

Thanks in advance. This may take me some time, as really my full time job is taking care of my kids and my household. And that's more than a full time job, as you probably know. This "project" came about because I wanted to do something that was "just mine". Something that gave me an identity other than wife and mother - not that those are bad identities... so bear with me. I want to end up with something that I really like, and that is useful AND fun.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Superpharm Coupons

Superpharm has some printable coupons for you - good thru July 11th.

Be sure to print the ones that have a valid UPC code!

These coupons are not valid. Follow the link and print them from Superpharm's site!

Printable Coupon (Israel)

New SuperPharm coupon for Head and Shoulders Shampoo (for Facebook fans)!

Claim your offer - they will email it to you. You can then either show the coupon to the clerk from your Smartphone or print the email to redeem.

This coupon is not redeemable. You must claim the offer yourself!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Meal Plan for the week

It's that time of the week again. I need to know what we'll be eating for the next few days, or we'll get STUCK!

Tonight we had pizza - we turned it into a pizza and movie night


Ok that's as far as I got. I think I should go check what's left in the fridge. I know it's not so much.

We don't have any tomatoes or cucumbers or lettuce.

We have lots of potatoes and carrots and eggplants. And I'll be making bread. Wish me luck...

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