Key Lime Popsicles

The end of “summer” is quickly approaching but there is still plenty of time left for heat and humidity. August tends to be a super hot and humid one for us so while school is drawing near, signaling the end of summer days, there is still need for chilly treats. I finally bought a popsicle maker and quick and easy popsicles are on the menu almost every day. Yesterday we had Key Lime Popsicles.

kids with key lime popsicles

My middle child loves the key lime pie yogurt made by a popular yogurt company. Me? Not so much. The amount of junk and coloring in them has put them on my hit list. It isn’t coming in my house even for a special treat.

The kids also learned the hard way that the majority of brightly colored and attractively marketed popsicles aren’t melting in my car or taking up residence in my freezer either. There is zero reason we need the heavily dyed popsicles when we can make our own, almost gourmet tasting popsicles at home.

kid attacking key lime popsicle

Don’t get me wrong, if you indulge in a brightly colored or designed popsicle occasionally, I don’t think it’s the end of the world. In fact, if we are somewhere and the kids are offered a brightly colored chilly treat I’m not saying no. I just don’t think they need to be fed them on a routine basis.

kid looking at key lime popsicle

Popsicles are serious business.

Key Lime Popsicles are super easy to make and are quite healthy compared to many other treats. Plus you can have your Cherry Limeade and eat Key Lime Popsicles all at the same time. I used my  Limeade base as the flavor for the yogurt for these popsicles. Even my pickiest eater was happy with her healthified popsicle.

girl with key lime popsicle

Mommy, my popsicle punched me in the eye. (Not really!)

 I am LOVING these Push Pops.

Key Lime Popsicles
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups plain unsweetened yogurt
  2. 1 cup limeade
Instructions
  1. Mix ingredients until smooth.
  2. Fill popsicles.
  3. Freeze 2-4 hours.
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How to Strip a Linoleum Floor Naturally

We’re tackling another part of the kitchen today. Usually we are talking about food and recipes. Today we’re talking about something a little lower. We’re talking about that thing you don’t want anyone to notice – the old and grungy kitchen linoleum that won’t come clean no matter what you do, except if you use harsh nasty chemicals that make you want to stop breathing. Today we’re talking about how to clean your linoleum without all those chemicals.

how to strip linoleum naturally and get results

I have this linoleum floor that slowly but surely has been creeping up on me. It kind of happened so slowly that age definitely seemed to be playing a role. Then one day I cleaned and waxed it, hoping that would make it better, but it didn’t. If anything, 2 weeks later it looked so much worse. It was appalling.

I’m allergic to ammonia. Really, who isn’t? So my last ditch effort would be a fallback on ammonia while wearing a gas mask and hoping I don’t inhale a few too many fumes at any point. Warning you now, this is not a “how to clean linoleum easily” kind of post. It’s going to require some elbow grease but I promise you, it’s worth it. You also want to make sure you are wearing old pants that can be “yucked up”. I decided my first  try was going to be with a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. Aren’t they the miracle cleaner for almost anything? So glad that did the trick.

Steps to Strip Linoleum Naturally

  • I made a thick paste with vinegar and baking soda – around 1 box of baking soda to enough vinegar to make a thick paste.
  • I then added water to thin it just a little. You want it to have a thick gunky texture.
  • Apply this paste to the floor – yup, the whole floor. You can use a sponge or your hand. I wore gloves.
  • Once you are finished applying the gunk, go back over the floor with a heavy duty bristled scrub brush, rubbing in circular motion.
  • Fill a bucket with hot water and using a rag, go over the floor, cleaning up the gunk and grime. You may need to use the scrubber on a few spots. Occasionally refill bucket with clean hot water.
  • Finally, mop the floor with clean hot water. At this point you can wax the floor if that is what you wish.

how to strip linoleum naturally with this gunk

With just a little elbow grease and TWO simple household ingredients your linoleum will look like new, or a whole lot better than it did anyway.

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Fabulously Frugal Thursday #78

Let’s talk about snacks today, shall we? Those pesky little “I’m hungry like yesterday” complaints can add up to a lot of extra dollars when you are out and about. The best way to cut those extra costs is by being prepared with snacks for the road on any given day. One of our current favorites is a Sweet and Salty Cheerio Trail Mix that is nut allergy friendly and so much more frugal than on the road snacks. I make it even more budget friendly by using small reusable glass jars instead of wasting plastic bags.

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Frugal Nut Allergy Friendly Cheerio Trail Mix

Finding trail mix that is nut allergy friendly can be a challenge. Ever ask people for snack ideas? Inevitably many suggestions involve nuts of some sort. With our tree nut allergies we just can’t do many trail mixes. In preparation for our fall road trip and homeschool co-op lunches, I’ve taken to the kitchen to start making some allergy friendly trail mixes. Today I’m sharing our Sweet and Salty Cheerio Trail Mix.

sweet and salty cheerio trail mix in reusable jars

I love the sweet and salty combination. I think that’s part of the draw with most trail mixes. The combination keeps you going back for more. I keep this recipe fantastically frugal in several ways.

sweet and salty trail mix

Tips for Fantastically Frugal Cheerio Trail Mix

  • Trader Joe’s version of Cheerios – $1.99
  • Goldfish – 0n sale – $2.49 BOGO
  • Raisins – I buy in bulk since I use them in our homemade granola
  • Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips – Aldi, $1.69
  • Raw sunflower seeds – I buy in bulk since I also use these in homemade granola
  • Package in small and large jars – saves money on buying sandwich bags, and is much more eco-friendly also

Sweet and Salty Cheerio Trail Mix
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups Cheerio style cereal
  2. 1 cup raisins
  3. 1 cup goldfish crackers
  4. 1/2 cup unsalted sunflower seeds (raw or roasted)
  5. 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Enjoy!
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 sweet and salty cheerio trail mix frugal nut free