Cooking & home decor: save time & money

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Happy Budget Saving Tuesday, everyone!  Welcome to a discussion on ideas about cooking and home decor and how to save time & money.

Tuesdays have been a place where we can hopefully find encouragement and enjoyment during these challenging financial times.

So, today, I have want to share something I have recently learned about cooking.


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Last Christmas, my daughter’s family gifted us a Bella Pro Series air fryer.

For a long time, the device has set on our kitchen counter while we were set in our ways.

Not sure if I wanted to use another device, and some how I thought it was only for foods traditionally fried in oil.

When the grandchildren came to stay for a week, suddenly I was more open to how an air fryer could save me time & money.

When they were here, I used it for all kinds of things…including coconut shrimp and spring rolls.

Now, I am a huge fan.  The air fryer will save money on electricity or gas and time with cooking faster…and it does not heat up the kitchen!

It is turning out to be perfect for the two of us and so Mr. B has liked my cooking and experimenting with it.

Also, this is a great gift for the busy moms in your family….they can get an evening meal together much easier and faster.

I am jealous they have this available to them…would have loved it.

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Yep…that is a baked potato! I never liked them in the microwave. Always preferred the oven, but cooking in the air fryer does save time & money.

You poke the holes…rub it with olive oil and Himalayan salt if you like….and cook at 400 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

You can pause it and check to get it the way you like. 

The chicken breasts above were done this way:

  1.  I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts.  Poked holes in them and marinated for 24 hours in Maple Grove Fat Free Balsamic Vinaigrette.
  2. Removed from the marinating bowl, and wiped excess vinaigrette from them.
  3. With a basting brush, I brushed them with cooking olive oil and sprinkled with Fiesta Fajita Seasoning.
  4. Placed in the air fryer and cooked at 400 for 25 minutes or until the thermometer read over 165.

Please note that I link the products so you can see what I use, but, honestly, you will save more money at your local grocery.

Now, I also realize I am promoting an additional device here, but honestly believe it is worth the price to save money, time, and keep us eating healthy at home.

The chicken is delicious and I am going to use an extra one today for chicken salad.

You can also boil eggs in an air fryer…again…it saves time & money.  

Here are other air fryer options:


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I think one of the reasons I love to decorate my home for fall is because we do not see trees change colors until November.

I am always so ready for summer to loosen its grip so I decorate at the end of August.

September is fall for me and decorating just brings a joyful, cozy vibe to our house. 

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I carefully pack all of my autumn decorations away every year and they have a place in the garage.

That is one way to save money….to keep what you already have and use year after year. 

I hope and believe some of my precious holiday decorations will be passed down to family.

I know they decorate their spaces because they were raised in a home that displaced the decorations year after year.

Now, I also decorate for my grandchildren.

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If you live near a Hobby Lobby, it is a perfect place to save money and time on decorations.

As you can see, you save time because you do not have to look for them…they jump out at you and are located near the front of the store.

You save money through August 6….40% off of all Fall Decor!  And they have everything you might want that is seasonal!

I do not link to them for commissions, but I believe in the brand so much, I just had to share it!

Sometimes, I stop by Hobby Lobby just to wind down and leave the stress of the world…beautiful stores, friendly employees and calming music.

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Also, they have a 75% off sale going at this time on spring and summer items.  You will be surprised what you find there.

I saved on baking items last week when Leigh Ann and I stopped by.  Do not know why they were in the spring and summer…but they were.

With the sale, they are far less expensive than the traditional places to find fall home decor.

Well, that is it for saving time & money today.  Are there any other air fryer fans with tips to give out there?

Please share if you have them!  Welcome August…and welcome readers…you are the best….now go out and make sure that you….


By Pamela Lutrell

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