Mombies Ginger Monograph

Zingiber officinale
Zingiber officinale

Ginger seems to be the go-to for everrrrrythang! 

(Zingiber officinale), herbaceous perennial plant of the family Zingiberaceae, probably native to southeastern Asia

Alternate titles: Canton ginger, Zingiber officinale, common ginger, true ginger

(Encyclopedia Britannica.


  • Drying
  • Hot
  • Pungent


  • Stomach & GI issues
  • Headaches
  • Bruising
  • Nausea
  • Flavoring
  • menstrual cramping

Is safe during pregnancy, postpartum, and nursing

Caution: Can thin blood in very high doses


Aluminum Foil Oven?!

With Thanksgiving came a much-deserved break! I had a paid holiday and took off the next day but of course, rest and relaxation are never for moms.

We do not have a traditional oven in our home, instead, we have this thing that has 7 different options to bake, air fry, etc.  I hate it. I attempted to make things for our feast and the electricity went out about 10 times. The mashed potatoes got messed up and I felt like crying. So after everyone left and we cleaned up, I did what everyone does and hit amazon to see if there was something I could use to bake that won’t completely screw up my hard work.

What I found was this Omnia Oven.  No lie I was drooling over it. However, another $70 purchase is just not in my budget. It’s hard out there for a hustler! So I got to thinking, and as they say, necessity is the mother of all inventions, I put together a makeshift oven with 2 aluminum roasting pans, and viola I had a tool to bake that cost me a whole $4.

Sadly I haven’t perfected it, but I have been documenting my experiments on TikTok and I am really hoping that I can make some real food in it soon!

For the Makeshift Oven:

2 Roasting pans

1 Electric Roaster or Stovetop

Cut holes in one of the pans on the bottom to let air flow. Put whatever you are baking on a tray and into the pan with holes. Put the other pan on top and either put it on your stovetop or into your roaster.

Once I perfect this, I am going to try baking in the slow cooker so stay tuned!

Blanching Day

I cannot take credit for this as it is something I never even heard of before a friend told me about it but living frugally is about finding creative ways to stretch things as far as they can go. So I am always on the lookout for new ideas.

Blanching is a process used when you are going to freeze vegetables to preserve their flavor and nutrients. It is relatively simple but does require that you have freezer space, which I didn’t have until I picked up a chest freezer on clearance.

You will need:

  • Freezer bags
  • Vegetables batched out for use in each meal
  • Strainer
  • Pot
  • large bowel


  1. Boil Water
  2. Add a batch of vegetables to blanch
  3. Set timer for 5 minutes
  4. Drain after 5 minutes
  5. Put vegetables in ice-cold water to cool
  6. Once Cool put in freezer bags and freeze
Yes, it really is that simple. Today I am blanching Carrots & Potatoes.  For the visual folks:


Basic Chicken legs from the Insta-Pot

I broke down and bought an Insta-Pot last night, an XL version as my family is a bit bigger than most. I feel like a kid with a new toy, so I had to try it out.  ($79 for an off-brand)

I started with a super basic chicken leg roasting “recipe” that I use when I am lazy and do not feel like making fried chicken. It can be torn up and made into sandwiches, added to salads, or virtually anything your heart desires. I tore up a piece and added it to some leftover Mexican, and it was delish!

The best part about this is you can freeze the chicken for a later meal or turn it into something else. You can use this for any type of chicken you make as well so it is completely versatile!

As you can see, I started with some spices from my cabinet. Again, you can choose whatever your favorites are and use more or less to taste. Sprinkle your spices over the chicken. In this case, the legs were still partially frozen.
⏩Don’t forget to add a cup of water to the bottom of the pot before you add the chicken!
Once you have sprinkled the chicken with all of your favorite herbs and spices, stack them on top of the metal rack in the pot. I stacked these like a campfire! I also put a chunk of homemade butter on top.


Plug in your pot and push the poultry button. Set the timer for 20 min. You should add more time if you are cooking it completely from frozen, at least another 5 min if not more.
Once the pot is done cooking push the stop button and let it sit. It will naturally cool down and still be warm enough to eat!


And that’s it! I made sixteen chicken legs for less than $5.
Total cost: About $5
$4.85 for a family pack of chicken legs.
Pennies for spices bought at the dollar store
Total time: 1 hour

Frugal Cleaning Series- The Bathroom

The newest “craze” is going green by cleaning your home with all-natural products. Being the cool hippie mamma I am, I am all about saving the environment and eliminating toxic chemicals. However, the cost of these products is hard to swallow when you’re also a frugal mamma!

I have seen a lot of companies spring up-selling “Non-Toxic, Chemical Free” products. The price tags compared to other products on the market are not at all frugal mamma friendly. So I took to the internet and found vinegar to be the most talked-about cleaning solution. There does seem to be some disagreement as to whether it truly cleans as well as a chemical such as bleach, but I was willing to give it a try.

For the sake of this series, my family and I have intentionally left certain areas of our home to get dirty enough to see a difference. In this post, we left one side of the toilet and our shower alone for a few weeks. Needless to say, I was extremely excited to get this part out of the way, although I am quite sure the teen boys were ecstatic that I wasn’t yelling at them about missing the toilet every day!

So for your viewing pleasure here are some before and after pics of our first experiment in “going green”.





Not bad if I do say so myself. The pics aren’t great, but I hope it shows the big difference that vinegar, water, and a microfiber cloth from the store starting with a Wal and ending with a Mart. My bathroom doesn’t even wreak of vinegar!
Experiment with this for yourself:
1/4 cup vinegar
1 bucket of hot water
1 clean microfiber cloth
This experiment cost about $1.50, not as cheap as a bottle of bleach at the dollar store but since I can use this in any part of my house and on dishes, and it took me less than 10 min to clean my entire bathroom, it gets a Thumbs Up on the frugal mamma scale.

Couponing Made Easy

Everyone loves a good bargain, but not everyone loves to sit for hours upon hours printing, clipping, cutting, and organizing coupons. Me, I love to shop, and I love a good deal. It’s my passion to live frugally and bring joy to others with the deals I find.

I have been a couponer for years. Long before the internet made it easy to find bargains, I sat at my table cutting coupons and meal planning around my bargain shopping. Things have gotten a lot easier with digital coupons, at least I’d like to believe that.

For some, the internet made things more confusing. With so many websites, apps, and advice out there it can be hard to find what works efficiently, and what is a waste of time. For this post, I wanted to bring you a good, easy way to coupon without spending hours learning and becoming overwhelmed with the insane amount of information available online. Use this as a guide and develop a system that works for you!

Getting Started

Photo: Pink Drink from Starbucks, a personal favorite

What does your family eat? What products are you loyal to?


This may seem like a no-brainer question, but you will not get very far in your couponing efforts if you buy things your family will not eat and use. So first things first, take an inventory assessment of the products you use in your home. Maybe you have a specific type of shampoo that you swear by, or your picky child will only eat skippy peanut butter. Make a list of everything you use in your home, your favorite coffee places, your hair salon, etc, and highlight any product you are brand loyal to. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

By now you should have a long list with a lot of highlighting on it.  Do you only shop at specific stores or are you a person that likes to shop the deals? Divide your list into columns that are specific to your shopping habits. Excel or Google Sheets are perfect for this task, and while these steps are time-consuming to get started they will help to keep you organized, saving time and money.

As you can see from the infographic, my loyalties lie with Meijer, Walmart, Discount Drug Mart, Dollar Tree, and various thrift stores in the area.

Now for the fun stuff!

Finding the Deals

So now you have a list full of your favorite everything, head on over to your favorite stores’ websites and see if they have an app for your phone and join the loyalty programs if you haven’t already.
Next, get cashback & coupon apps on your phone. These apps are tested personally and approved.
Get the Swagbucks App,  You will get cashback on your purchases by scanning your receipts, and have the ability to clip and use coupons
Get the Krazy Coupon Lady App. Coupons, tips, and invaluable information on couponing from newbies to the extreme!
If you have an iPhone you can download Honey for discounts and cashback, if you have an android phone, you can only use Honey through the chrome extension.
→Buy the Sunday paper for the coupon inserts.

Step By Step

If you are ready to start saving read this step-by-step guide that should get you on your way today!
  1. Pick a time of the day, week, or month that you want to spend a couple of hours focusing on savings. I do a large trip twice a month. Meats & Staples on the first trip, and Pantry, toiletries, and whatever staples we need to restock on the next.
  2. When you are ready to start working, take a good hard look at your list and compare your highlighted products to your loyalty programs, store coupons, the HoneySwagbucks, and Krazy Coupon Lady, as well as any others you sign up for in the process.
  3.  As you are scanning through, make a note in your Excel or Google Sheet on how much is saved, and how many of each item you can purchase, or that is required to purchase for EACH coupon/cashback you have clipped. Make sure you have clipped/selected each product on your list in the various programs.
  4. Cut out the coupons you will use from the Sunday paper inserts
  5. Print the coupons that you will use at each store you plan on shopping at.
  6. Put printed/cut coupons in separate sandwich Ziploc baggies for each store. I suggest baggies as they are easily thrown into a pocket or purse.
  7. Use a sharpie to label each baggie
  8. Make a shopping list! I repeat make a list!!! Divide your list by the stores you will be going to on your next trip. On your list, notate the coupons and cashback offers.
  9. Put your list for each store in the coupon baggie designated for those stores. If you don’t have coupons for a store you are going to, make one and add the list in!
  10. When you are ready to shop, grab your baggies and go!
  11. Put your receipts and coupons in the baggie it belongs to. Save your coupons for the next time you shop at that store.
  12. Scan your receipts to the apps you use and watch the cashback roll in!

Ready Set Shop!

And that’s it, a super simple method to save money on your favorite products. Drop a comment about how much you have saved using this guide!
If you want to delve further into the topic, make sure to check back for more posts on frugal living and couponing!