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How to Make Hollandaise Sauce In a Mixer or Blender – Quick, Easy and Tasty Recipe

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by Cassie on April 9, 2014

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There is a very easy, very creamy, very yummy, very quick way to whip up Hollandaise Sauce.  We have Hollandaise sauce a couple of times a month on eggs benedict and on roasted asparagus.  It is a favorite sauce in our house!

I use to do the double broiler thing, which was tedious, time consuming, and finicky!

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Then I heard about someone using their blender to make Hollandaise sauce.  Well, I decided to try it in my Kitchenaid Mixer and it worked like a dream and I have done this ever since…. so I thought it was time to share it with you!

Here’s how to do this in either a blender or a mixer!

What you need:

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 8 TBSP of butter (1/2 cup or whole cube)
  • 1 TBSP lemon or lime juice
  • A couple of dashes of Cayenne Pepper (Tabasco or Frank’s Red Hot works too!)
  • Optional: 1/2 tsp mustard – we don’t use it as we like the other flavors alone, but classic Hollandaise does have it.

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First, put the eggs, lemon juice and Cayenne Pepper (and mustard if using) in the bowl of the mixer or blender.  Blend on medium speed for about 2 minutes.

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While this is blending, melt the butter completely in the microwave or stovetop until hot.  Important: dump the butter into the mixer or blender immediately while it is at it’s hottest.

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Then turn the mixer or blender to high speed and mix/blend for about 4-5 minutes until your Hollandaise is a nice creamy texture!

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Then serve it immediately in your favorite dish, recipe or vegetable…. like Asparagus!

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A couple of notes:

  • You cannot successfully reheat Hollandaise sauce.  It will cause separation and lumpiness.  You can re-blend it and add a bit of hot melted butter, but this is the only way.  So make it moments before you need it.
  • The hot butter and the friction from the machines is enough heat to safely heat the eggs for consumption.  We’ve made this several times and it is heated perfectly this way.

Here’s a printable recipe for you to print and keep in your home binder!

How to Make Hollandaise Sauce In a Mixer or Blender – Quick, Easy and Tasty Recipe
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Here is a very easy, very creamy, very yummy, very quick way to whip up Hollandaise Sauce
Ingredients
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 8 TBSP of butter (1/2 cup or whole cube)
  • 1 TBSP lemon or lime juice
  • A couple of dashes of Cayenne Pepper (Tabasco or Frank’s Red Hot works too!)
  • Optional: ½ tsp mustard – we don’t use it as we like the other flavors alone, but classic Hollandaise does have it.
Instructions
  1. First, put the eggs, lemon juice and Cayenne Pepper (and mustard if using) in the bowl of the mixer or blender. Blend on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
  2. While this is blending, melt the butter completely in the microwave or stovetop until hot. Important: dump the butter into the mixer or blender immediately while it is at it’s hottest.
  3. Then turn the mixer or blender to high speed and mix/blend for about 4-5 minutes until your Hollandaise is a nice creamy texture!
  4. Then serve it immediately in your favorite dish, recipe or vegetable…. like Asparagus!
Notes
You cannot successfully reheat Hollandaise sauce. It will cause separation and lumpiness. You can re-blend it and add a bit of hot melted butter, but this is the only way. So make it moments before you need it.
• The hot butter and the friction from the machines is enough heat to safely heat the eggs for consumption. We’ve made this several times and it is heated perfectly this way.

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Alex & Cassie
 

12 Yummy Pecan Dessert Recipes

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by Cassie on April 2, 2014

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Did you know?  Did you know that April 14th is National Pecan Day?!?!

Don’t worry, we didn’t either until just a few days ago! So we couldn’t leave you high and dry without some awesome pecan recipes to enjoy this month and especially on April 14th!

Here’s 12 delicious recipes to enjoy those pecans!

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Glazed Butter Pecan Toffee Cookies | Couponing and Cooking

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Mini Apple Pecan Pies | Food Done Light

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Brownie Pecan Tart | Confessions of An Overworked Mom

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Baked Brown Sugar Pecan & Brie Bites | Couponing and Cooking

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 Pecan Pie Bread Pudding | Call Me PMC

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White Chocolate Pecan Popcorn Crunch | SusieQTpies Cafe

And even more shown from the top picture:

Easy Butterscotch Pecan Cinnamon Rolls | Mom on Timeout

Pecan pumpkin roll cake | Roxana’s Home Baking

Bourbon Pecan Pie | My Turn for Us

Pumpkin Dump Cake | illi Style

Chocolate Pecan Sandies | Mom on Timeout

Spiced Pecans | A Family Feast

See even more Recipes on our site HERE

See our Recipe Pinterest Board HERE 

 

Alex & Cassie
 

Why It’s Important To Create a Menu or Meal Plan (Different Ideas and Free Download Menu Planner)

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by Cassie on March 12, 2014

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As a reminder, the 30 Be Intentional baby steps are designed to get you on the right foot, the right track and give you energy, efficiency and organization which will propel you into a life that is able to develop an overall financially smart, happy and frugal home. We encourage couples and families to do these challenges together so the whole house can function well!

As the 30 steps go along, we will be focusing on 5 areas for the Be Intentional Month:

  • Self
  • Home
  • Budget
  • Schedule
  • Frugality

See the full list of baby steps HERE.

Now we are really starting to head into some nitty-gritty of frugal habits you and your household can develop to help you meet your frugal and financial goals!

This next one is probably something you may already be doing, but it is good to be committed to doing it and reminded to do it and perhaps find some new resources or ideas!

Be Intentional Baby Step #23

Menu Planning

You probably have heard and even experienced just how an organized and financial smart household menu plans! Well, that’s because it is both!

First, here’s why it’s important to menu plan:

  • Saves time
  • Saves money by eating out less
  • Saves money by using the right tools to help you eat all of the food in your house to prevent food waste
  • Saves sanity – sometimes it can be frustrating standing in the kitchen trying to throw something together – often, you want to pull out your hair.  Well, spend a few minutes once a week to plan your menu so you can save your hair… I mean sanity!
  • Creates a nice dinner and family atmosphere when you have a plan and when you are intentional about meal time.  Focus more on family time around the table rather than in the kitchen!

There are literally dozens of different ways to menu plan.  We are going to share some ideas along with a favorite weekly menu planning tool that we use that makes our meals frugal, fun, different and saves loads of money by reducing food waste too!

First, here are some common ways to plan a menu:

  • Having theme nights each week – for example, Monday is Mexican night, Tuesday is Asian night, Wednesday is Italian Night, Thursday is All-American night, etc.   Then based on these themes, you plan foods to go with it.  For example, you can take the Mexican night and one night have enchiladas, another Monday have tacos, another Monday have Fajitas, another Monday is taco soup…. etc. and plan out 4-6 weeks worth of menus for each night based on those themes. It is a fun and organized way to plan.
  • Take your top 6, 12 or 18 meals (as sample numbers) and rotate through, meaning start at #1 and next day is #2 until you get to the number of meal favorites your family has and then start the list over.  This is a very simple one and a great way to ensure that your family is getting their favorites often and it also makes for very easy shopping.
  • Planning meals based on the store sales.  This is a popular one as many think that this is one of the best ways to save money on your meals.  I actually disagree and I do not think it is very productive financially to meal plan this way.  It is going to be talked about in another theme in a future month as it is too much information to summarize as to why this isn’t smart, but if you are doing this now, stick with it for now as it is better to meal plan than not at all as it still saves you money, time and your sanity.  Then you can see what we are talking about in a later month to see if you want to change your perspective :)
  • Meal plan based on Pinterest and fun recipes you find.  Now while this sounds like a fun and exciting way to meal plan, a fun way to try new things and to have some fun in the kitchen, it is also the most expensive one! It is not cost effective to buy recipe ingredients when you need them – that is when they cost the most.  However, you can do this frugally if you have a filled pantry and a bit of creativity to change the recipes up to match what you have – then by all means, have at it :)
  • Finally, the way that we meal plan is based on what we have on hand.  I do not consider the store flyers when I meal plan, I merely look to my own shelves, fridge and pantry. I LOVE this method as it allows creativity, new things, old favorites, and allows me to stick to my budget, eat healthy, and use up all of my perishables! 

So since I do that last one, how do I do it? 

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I use our “No Food Waste Menu Planner.” This is a FREE download for you to use, so be sure not to miss it and download yours! 

We have a full tutorial on how this No Food Waste Menu Planner can work for you to save you tons of time and money.  We suggest heading to our original post HERE for the full details.

In addition, we also suggest that you see our Menu Planning Page HERE with many more resources for planning meals and menus!

The point of this baby step is to get into the habit of menu planning no matter how you do it! 

One final thing….. we also have a Facebook Group where you can engage in discussions, receive encouragement and talk to others that are participating in the challenges too for more ideas! Head to the Be Intentional with The Thrifty Couple Facebook Page HERE and ask to join us there! You can also invite friends and spouses too!

Alex & Cassie
 

Why It’s Important to Create a Price Comparison Shopping List

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by Cassie on March 10, 2014

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As a reminder, the 30 Be Intentional baby steps are designed to get you on the right foot, the right track and give you energy, efficiency and organization which will propel you into a life that is able to develop an overall financially smart, happy and frugal home. We encourage couples and families to do these challenges together so the whole house can function well!

As the 30 steps go along, we will be focusing on 5 areas for the Be Intentional Month:

  • Self
  • Home
  • Budget
  • Schedule
  • Frugality

See the full list of baby steps HERE.

Today’s challenge is to help in the area of frugality again and this one is going into a home binder that we will be sharing with you in a few days, so print it and get started on filling it in and then you can store it in this binder coming up!

Be Intentional Baby Step #22:

Create Your Regular Shopping List with Price Comparisons

What is a Price Comparison Shopping list? 

This is a free download and you print as many as you need.  Then as you are shopping over the next few months, slowly fill this out to show what the regular price is of the items you buy on a normal basis.  This will help you to monitor sales prices that are posted in our grocery shopping section to compare with the regular price to help you determine when it is a good time to stock-up on that item!

The point of this is to know your price point to help save you money and become a savvy and wise grocery shopper. The cool thing is, this will help you to save loads of money, whether or not you use coupons!

This might seem overwhelming at first, but I am going to tell you that you do not need to have it all filled out today.  The challenge is to print it off and get it in your home binder and fill-it out as time goes on.  I personally find that I could not do something like this just sitting down at one sitting.  I forget and don’t realize just all of the foods we have on our normal “non-coupon” shopping list.  These are items I pretty much buy when we are out regardless of whether there is a coupon and sale attached with it.

Why It’s Important to Complete the Price Comparison List

This list is vitally important as you can then use this list to help you:

  • form future recipes
  • keep your pantry stocked with a several month supply
  • keep inventory
  • This is the FIRST step in our “4 Tricks of the Trade” to save 60-70% on your groceries, household and personal care each week.
  • most of all, track prices so that when your family’s “normal” item goes on sale somewhere, you can nab it for the lowest prices!

I find that this list is often built when I run out of a regular use item.  Just keep it handy and then begin to fill-it out.  It is designed to list a comparison price for up to three stores for each item.  In addition, you can create the store abbreviation legend in the bottom section in case you forget or one of your family member’s uses the list one day!

Here’s some examples for the legend on my list: WM = Walmart, KR = Kroger, TG = Target, etc.

In the end, this is going to be a very useful tool, so just get it printed and started and handy to continue to work on! You will be thankful that you have it!

<== Download your printable Shopping List and Prices Comparison Form HERE

One final thing….. we also have a Facebook Group where you can engage in discussions, receive encouragement and talk to others that are participating in the challenges too for more ideas! Head to the Be Intentional with The Thrifty Couple Facebook Page HERE and ask to join us there! You can also invite friends and spouses too!

Alex & Cassie
 

All About Produce: Savings, Preserving, Recipes and More

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by Cassie on October 9, 2013

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If you have been a reader of our’s long, you will know that produce is at the very top of our shopping list every week! In fact, it is sometimes the only thing on our shopping list as we have many of the other foods in our pantry and freezer and love to fill in the food gaps with fresh produce and spend our budget on the fresh, healthy, yumminess!

Some time, you will need to see our thrifty homemaking class called “Building Your Thrifty Home” to see how we operate things each week to have a full, healthy and complete menu in the midst of the homemaking! This is our most popular workshop/class/topic that we speak on!

But anyway, back on track here to talk about produce.  We have now made an easy spot for you to locate all of our produce savings tips, preserving tips, recipes, seasonal picks and everything else related to produce on one page.  You can always find this page at TheThriftyCouple.com/ProduceSavings. We recommend bookmarking this page, or remember to check it often.  It is found under the “In the Kitchen” tab on our home page.

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For the life of our site, whenever we have something new to post about produce, it will be located under one of the links on this page.  So it will be added to quite often when we write a blog post about it!

This is a new page for your reference so that you don’t have to fish all over our site for anything related to produce! But since we are debuting this new permanent spot for produce savings, we thought we would share the current links in this post for you so that you can see what all the produce buzz is about right now!

General Savings Tips for Produce

Specific Tips Related to Produce

Fruit and Veggie Recipes:

Best Fruits and Veggies By Month/Season

Enjoy your produce in abundance and for less! 

 

Alex & Cassie