Fridge Raid Eggs and a Mexican Bird of Paradise

Mexican Bird of Paradise

It’s the end of the week, and I’m out of money. But one must still eat dinner on a Thursday night. You could always crack open your money monkey and dump a bunch of nickels and dimes on the counter at Taco Bell. Or you could get creative and scour your fridge for condiments and make something awesome. And a cocktail couldn’t hurt either.

fridge raid eggs ingredient

I’m a recipe hoarder, and I love to try new recipes. This often results in a refrigerator full of half empty condiments. But all those bits and bobs are full of flavor. And one thing we are never short on around here is eggs, thanks to these girls. So I rounded up some cheese, bacon bits, and chili sauce from my fridge and made some awesome smoky scrambled eggs. If you try to tell me you don’t eat eggs for dinner, you’re either lying or you’ve lost your ever-lovin’ mind. Eggs scoff at your time limitations.

fridge raid eggs2

And since you’re probably a little depressed about having spent your $140 dollars before the end of the week and not having saved anything, you’re going to need a cocktail. My husband is the mixologist around here, and he put the same spirit of improvisation into mixing up a sweet but lethal drink that he dubbed a Mexican Bird of Paradise. It’s pineapple, tequila, and some other liquors. It’s potent and ever so enjoyable.

My favorite thing about this dinner is that I didn’t have to go to the store after a crazy day at work. It was all of fifteen minutes between contemplation and eating of actual delicious food. It’s not lobster, but it’s much better than a bean burrito. It’s something you made yourself, which is nourishing in so many ways. And really, the possibilities are endless. What’s in your fridge?

fridge raid eggs

Fridge Raid Eggs
Serves 1
Making something delicious and brilliant out of what's hanging around. It's the Awesome on 20 way!
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Total Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 eggs
  2. pinch of salt
  3. five grinds of black pepper
  4. dash of garlic powder
  5. tsp water (hold your bowl under the tap, turn it on for half a second, then shut it off)
  6. Tbsp chili sauce
  7. Tbsp bacon bits
  8. 2 Tbsp shredded Mexican cheese
Instructions
  1. Put a small non-stick frying pan on medium heat on the stove.
  2. Crack eggs in a small bowl and add salt, pepper, garlic powder, water, and chili sauce. Whisk until yolks and whites are combined.
  3. Add bacon bits and give it another quick stir.
  4. Pour egg mixture into frying pan and begin to stir immediately with a flat utensil such as a silicone spatula.
  5. Stir slowly but constantly, scraping the edges and bottom of the pan, until the eggs are nearly set. Add one Tbsp of cheese and continue to stir until eggs are cooked through. Remove from heat.
  6. Sprinkle second Tbsp of cheese on top.
Notes
  1. quantities are easily adjusted to your level of hungriness
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Mexican Bird of Paradise
Serves 1
a tropical tequila improv cocktail
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Total Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. ice
  2. 2 shots tequila
  3. 2 shots citron vodka
  4. 2 shots triple sec
  5. 1 6 ounce can pineapple juice
  6. A squirt ( about a Tbsp) lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Pour all ingredients over ice and stir. You’ll need a largish glass. And a cocktail umbrella. Obviously. (Yes, that was just in my kitchen.)
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Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves: DIY Chicken Feeder

Aloha again, it’s Geoff here for a second guest blog post! Yes, it’s about chickens again, what self-respecting blog-post wouldn’t be about chickens?

So this blog is about being awesome for little or no money, right? Well I am always on the lookout for something that will either make my life easier or cheaper and I like to experiment. Let me throw some light onto a recent chicken-project of mine, the chicken auto-feeder.

A treadle feeder
A treadle feeder

I’d been contemplating getting or making a chicken feeder that allowed me to stop the wild birds eating the girls’ food, whilst also being easy to use for the little feathered egg-machines. I came across this link one day for a treadle feeder. A treadle feeder is just like the one on the left, and consists of a pedal that the chickens stand on which opens a lid, giving the chickens their secured food. This works on the premise that the chickens are heavier (and smarter) than the wild birds, stopping the wild birds from eating all the chicken food.

However, reading through the plans and description of this feeder made me a little queasy…I would need to buy all kinds of equipment and materials to make one! If I wanted to buy one, I found them to be priced around $80 online but with no local distributors! This called for a ‘Plan B’.

Raw ingredients
Raw ingredients

Watching a few chicken videos and tutorials online, I had a brainwave and rushed out to buy a cheap drill-bit for around $4. Stick with this please…

Take the lid from a large plastic milk container and make a circular hole in it with whatever tools you have at hand. I recommend a soldering iron (one that you don’t particularly use that often) to melt the hole, this way you don’t leave any sharp edges. Make the hole pretty small to begin with, just a little larger than the handle of the drill bit. Then, feed the drill bit handle through the hole, leaving the top of the drill bit on the ‘inside’ of the lid. Fill your milk container up with chicken food and carefully screw the lid back on. Hang your milk container upside down and voila, you have an auto chicken feeder!

Chicken feeder

Whenever the chickens tap on the handle, food should fall out of the hole! If it doesn’t look like the food will come out (should be a few pieces at a time), simply make the hole a little larger!

Click HERE to watch a video of the feeder in action.

Total cost…$4. Awesomeness rating…10/10. This is Geoff, signing off…until next time folks!

Free Entertainment and Scottish Shortbread

Scottish Shortbread

I don’t know how things are in your town, but around here it seems like there’s some kind of festival on every other weekend. You can’t walk through the park on a Saturday without seeing a bunch of tents. The best thing about these festivals is that they’re free! And free is for me.

Scottish Soldiers

When weekends roll around, it usually doesn’t take us long to fall into the vultures from The Jungle Book routine. Going to the movies can be so expensive. I love eating out, but that adds up too, in dollars and calories. And shopping is almost always out of the question. Taking in a free cultural festival is a great way to get some exercise and fresh air, learn something about your community, and support local vendors.

Highland Games

Recently we checked out the Scottish festival in Kapiolani Park. I was hoping it would make my husband a little less homesick. They had everything you’d expect. There were bagpipers, rigidly adorable Celtic dancers, medieval combat, dudes in skirts throwing heavy balls, and, of course, haggis.

haggis

You can usually get yourself a pretty tasty lunch at one of these cultural festivals for a decent price. And it’s fun to try stuff you’ve never had before. We didn’t get to stay for lunch this time, but we did try some crazy sodas at the Latin festival a few months back.

latin sodas

When you live in the middle of the ocean, it can be extremely expensive to get off your island. But the park is only a mile away. Ethnic food and music in a beautiful park across from the beach in Waikiki? I don’t mind if I do.

whole shortbread

Of course, you can also make your own ethnic food anytime you want. I don’t get to take vacations. I have to pretend. Don’t worry, I didn’t make you haggis. By far my favorite thing to come out of Scotland is shortbread. It’s simple, sweet, and oh so buttery. Perhaps it’s not as exciting as other things in your cookie jar, but there’s a reason this stuff has been around for hundreds of years. It’s heavenly.

Scottish Shortbread

Scottish Shortbread
Yields 8
Simple buttery shortbread perfection
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
55 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
55 min
Ingredients
  1. 240 grams (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  2. 120 grams (1 cup) sugar
  3. 240 grams (1-1/4 cup) flour
  4. 120 grams (1/2 cup) semolina
Instructions
  1. Stir together the softened butter and sugar in a medium mixing bowl with a wooden spoon. You don’t want to work too much air in.
  2. Sift in the flour and semolina then stir that in as well. I used a combination of a cutting and stirring motion.
  3. On a piece of parchment paper, trace a 9 inch circle.
  4. Empty your mixed dough onto the parchment and knead a few times until smooth.
  5. Press the dough to fill the circle. Pat it around the edges to make it smooth and flat.
  6. Use a pizza cutter or a sharp knife to cut the circle into 8 equal pieces, but don’t move anything.
  7. Prick the dough with a fork all over to prevent rising.
  8. Put the dough in the fridge for about 20 minutes to let it stiffen up.
  9. Place a baking sheet in the oven and preheat it to 325.
  10. Remove the dough from the fridge and place on the preheated baking sheet. Bake for 55 minutes until it is lightly golden.
  11. Remove from the oven and sprinkle evenly with sugar. Recut the shortbread while it’s still warm. Allow to cool on baking sheet.
  12. Try to keep your husband from eating the whole batch in one day. Good luck.
Adapted from Delicious Magazine
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