Pack your bags and meet me at The Valley Forge Casino Resort!  They are hosting The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Travel and Culinary Expo on February 21st and 22nd.  I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about this event.  Not to mention that I have been given special promo codes to save my readers money on ticket prices!

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It’s that time of year again, when your kids have the perpetual runny nose!  I could hardly wait. I hate having to carry around a mountain of tissues in my pocket, only to the have the kids run away from me, screaming.  After awhile, their little noses start to get red and chapped from all the wiping!  Then the tissues start to hurt their nose.  If you use a baby wipe, it’s just gross. Have you ever tried that?!?  Yuck!  What’s a mommy to do?

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Man, I love fruit!  I can’t get enough of it and my daughter is the same way.  I love making smoothies too.  However, by the time you buy all the supplies, it costs you a small fortune!  Well, I am not one to break the bank on a drink.  I’m going to show you how to buy fruit for less and make this beauty for a fraction of the cost!  Plus, I’m going to show you how to drink your frugal smoothie in style with Eco at Heart Stainless Steel Drinking Straws.

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My husband is on a low carb diet and it’s challenging at times.  I love carbs.  I wish there was an all-carb diet but we can’t live in a perfect world, now can we?  Two things that my husband misses the most are milk and sweet stuff.  I feel bad that we can’t always buy the carb smart ice cream so I thought I would give this almond milk a try.  I used the Vita Nut Milk Bag.  It came with an e-book with tons of recipes to make with your bag!  It’s also tear-resistant, non-clogging and has a rounded bottom so there’s no waste!  It doesn’t get moldy either, when you follow the instructions on cleaning it.

I wanted to see if it was worth the time, effort and cost to make my own almond milk since you can also buy the ready made stuff in the store.  I spent about $7 buying the supplies but I have a ton of cocoa left over and about 1/2 cup of the almonds left.  I already had the other ingredients.  It’s not hard to make. It just takes some planning since the almonds have to soak for 12-24 hours first and since it takes a bit of work.

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Homemade Chocolate Almond Milk

1 cup pure almonds, soaked in water for 12-24 hours

1/4 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened

3 1/2 cups cold water

1 tablespoon vanilla

sweetener to taste, I used 2 packets of Truvia

pinch of salt

 

Remember to soak your almonds for 12-14 hours.  Drain and rinse very well.  Put the almonds into a blender and add the rest of your ingredients.

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Blend on high until it looks milky.  Put your bag over top a large bowl and pour in the almond mixture.

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Then gently work the mixture to the bottom of the bag, while squeezing the bag.

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Take the milk in the bowl and put in an airtight container, in the fridge.  It should make about 4 cups and keep for about 5 days.   Enjoy!

 

It was pretty tasty and I think my husband will like it as a treat.  I thought this was worth the money since I can add my own sweetener and I know exactly what’s in it. I also have most of the ingredients now and I only have to buy almonds.  This bag is awesome!  I can use it for so many other things too!  I can make my own juice or cold press coffee.  I can make my own cheese (I’m going to attempt it).  The bag pretty much pays for itself.

You can check it out here:  http://www.amazon.com/Best-Nut-Milk-Bag-Reinforced/dp/B00KI2RQHU/ie=UTF8?qid=1406089750&keywords=nut+milk+bag

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