Easy Homemade Royal Icing Recipe

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on December 07, 2015

Homemade Colored Royal Icing Recipe

‘Tis the season for decorating cookies! Sugar cookies were always a cookie we made growing up. Here is an easy royal icing recipe for decorating sugar cookies. And I seriously mean it’s EASY! That’s all I know how to do!

The colors are only limited by your imagination especially if you have a large pack of food coloring gels! Pick up these plastic squeeze bottles to make decorating less messy too!

Easy Royal Icing Ingredients for Sugar Cookies

Easy Royal Icing Ingredients

  • 3 cups, Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 cup, Milk
  • 1/4 cup, Light Corn Syrup
  • 2 tsp, Almond Extract
  • Food Coloring Gels (any colors)
  • Decorating bottles or icing bags

Easy Royal Icing Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add your powdered sugar.
  2. Slowing add in your milk, corn syrup, and almond extract while mixing with a hand mixer on low.
  3. Once all your ingredients are mixed well you can turn up the mixer a notch.
  4. After about a minutes you should have a thick smooth icing.
  5. Separate your icing into 4 small bowls, add a drop of your food coloring to each one and mix.
  6. Carefully pour your icing into your decorating bottle or icing bags and have fun decorating!

How to Make Easy Royal Icing for Decorating Sugar Cookies

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Copycat Long John Silver’s Chicken Planks Recipe

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on June 17, 2015

Ingredients for Long Johns Silvers Chicken

I worked at a shoe store during college. I often frequented the Long John Silver’s during lunch breaks. I would always get their chicken planks, hush puppies, fries and a large pink lemonade. Ahhhh, to be young and able to consume all the greasy foods again.

Well, I can’t remember the last time I visited a Long John Silvers! This copycat recipe will have to do to fix my craving for that chicken. I’m sure this has to be healthier. In my head anyway!

Copycat Long John Silvers Chicken Planks Ingredients

  • 1 lb Chicken Tenderloins
  • 3/4 cup, Flour
  • 2 Tbsp, Cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp, Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp, Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp, Salt
  • 1 tsp, Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp, Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp, Garlic Powder
  • 3/4 cup, Water

Copycat Long John Silvers Chicken Planks Directions

  1. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Add water and stir until well combined.
  3. Heat oil to between 360 and 375.
  4. Dip fish or chicken in batter to coat completely.
  5. Deep fry for until golden brown (about 3 minutes per side).

Copycat Long John Silvers Chicken Planks

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Family Staycation Ideas by City

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on May 19, 2015

Our family staycation list ideas by city is back again this year! Just like last year, several bloggers have coordinated posts sharing some great Staycation ideas by city throughout the U.S. There are several cities to check out, all sharing great ways to have fun in your hometown without spending a fortune!

Find more ways to Save Money on Vacations.

If you have suggestions for one of the cities, be sure to visit that blog and share your ideas too! I’m sure you will find lots of fun stuff to enjoy with your family this Summer!

A – D

Phoenix, Arizona — Saving For Someday
Fresno, California — Living A Frugal Life
Orange County, California — More With Less Today
San Diego, California — Southern Cali Saver
Denver, Colorado — Bargain Blessings
Washington, District of Columbia — Kidventurous

F – I

Disney World, Florida — The Happy Housewife
Jacksonville, Florida — Saving The Family Money
Orlando, Florida — Coupon Mamacita
St Augustine, Florida — Simply St. Augustine
Tallahasse, Florida — SwagGrabber
Tampa Bay, Florida — LaToyaEdwards.net
Atlanta, Georgia — Pretty Frugal Diva
Dahlonega, Georgia — Kathys Cluttered Mind
Savannah, Georgia — This Mommy Saves Money
Aurora/Chicago, Illinois — A Savings WOW!
Chicago, Illinois — Entertaining Chicago
Indianapolis, Indiana — Chaos Is Bliss

K – P

Lexington, Kentucky — Homeschool Village
Louisville, Kentucky — The Kennedy Adventures
Northern Kentucky, Kentucky — Simply Sherryl
Carroll County, Maryland — Looking at life CreativLEI
Boston, Massachusetts — Maven of Savin
Battle Creek, Michigan — Pichea Place
Grand Rapids, Michigan — Give Me Neither
Metro Detroit, Michigan — Saving Dollars and Sense
Kansas City Area, Missouri/Kansas — Redefined Mom
Omaha, Nebraska — Family Fun in Omaha
Central, New Jersey — Our Good Life
Cincinnati, Ohio — Adventure Mom
Cleveland, Ohio — Kosher on a Budget
Columbus, Ohio — Cleverly Simple
Dayton, Ohio — Savings Lifestyle
Mansfield & Richland County, Ohio — The Traveling Praters
Miami County, Ohio — Something 2 Offer
Northeast, Ohio — Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring
Portland, Oregon — Frugal Living NW
Harrisburg/Central, PA — Family Balance Sheet
Erie, Pennsylvania — Growing Kids Ministry
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — Moms Need To Know
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — The Coupon High

R – W

Arlington, Texas — Grocery Shop For FREE
Fort Worth, Texas — Coupons and Freebies Mom
Houston, Texas — Melissa’s Bargains
Katy, Texas — Moms Confession
San Antonio, Texas — How to Homeschool My Child
Tyler, Texas — iLoveMy5Kids
Charlottesville, Virgina — How to Have it All
Norfolk, Virgina — The Talking Suitcase
Richmond, Virgina — Vacation Maybe
Seattle, Washington — Thrifty NW Mom
Tacoma/South Puget Sound, Washington — Queen Bee Coupons
Oshkosh, Wisconsin — A Little Bit of This and That


Banana Split Bites Recipe

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on April 15, 2015

Banana Split Bites Dessert Ingredients

Do you need a quick and (somewhat) healthy dessert to take to a party? Try these banana split bites. Each skewer makes for an individual serving. Simple to carry around while mingling or even take to a classroom!

Banana Split Bites Ingredients

  • 3 Bananas
  • 1/4 lb Pineapple (cored)
  • 6 Strawberries
  • 1 cup, Dipping Chocolate
  • 1/4 cup, Peanuts (chopped)
  • 12 Popsicle Sticks (or skewers)

Banana Split Bites Directions

  1. Cut strawberries in half.
  2. For each strawberry half, cut an equal size piece of banana and pineapple.
  3. Place pineapple on first, then banana and lastly strawberry.
  4. Place in freezer for 10 minutes.
  5. Line a tray with wax paper or parchment paper.
  6. Put chooped nuts in small plate to use for dipping.
  7. Melt chocolate by heating in microwave for 30 seconds, stirring and repeating until melted and smooth.
  8. Dip cold fruit in chocolate, then into nuts, then place on prepared tray.

Banana Split Bites Recipe

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Homemade Moon Dough Recipe and Craft

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on April 01, 2015

Homemade Moon Dough Recipe

Do your kids have spring break coming up? Our boys don’t have an entire week of spring break, just a few days. Either way, they will need something to occupy their time and this homemade Moon Dough will do just that! It’s so easy to make and way better than buying it yourself.

Homemade Moon Dough Ingredients

  • 4 cups, White Flour
  • ½ cup, Baby Oil
  • 5-7 drops, Essential Oils
    We used Eucalyptus Essential Oil but have also done Orange, order here.
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Green and Orange Food Coloring (optional)

Homemade Moon Dough Directions

  1. In your mixing bowl add the 4 cups of flour and ½ cup of baby oil. Mix well.
  2. Add 3-4 drops of each the green and orange food coloring. Knead the dough so the color disperses.
  3. Take the mixture into your hands and knead it. The heat from your hands will help form and soften it into shape.
  4. To use your moon dough, just form the dough in your hand or molds to make a variety of shapes. If the dough is still too crumbly, add a few drops of baby oil at a time until it is the consistency you wish.
  5. Store your moon dough in an air tight container when not in use and it should stay fresh for weeks. Should it loose its consistency, just add a few more drops of baby oil and mix until softened again.

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Target Deals: FREE Suave Men + Care

by Savings Lifestyle: Amber on March 23, 2015

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Target has a great personal care gift card deal running this week – and you can grab better than FREE Suave Men + Care!

Here are the details:
$2.54 Suave Men + Care Shampoo and Conditioner
$5 Target Gift Card wyb (4)
$3.00/2 Suave Hair Care Products – 3-8-15 RP; Excludes Trial or Travel Size; Maximum 2 Identical Coupons Allowed In Same Shopping Trip (exp 04/05/15)
Net Price $1.04 each | $0.84 Money Maker after Gift Card WYB  (4) and use (2) $3.00/2 Coupons!

And, did you know that Target prices matches?!?! Check out some details on the Target Price Matching Policy.

Check the Sale Shopping for other Store Coupon Matches!!

Thanks, The Centsable Shoppin’!

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Kroger Deals: Free Nestea Liquid Water Enhancer eCoupon

by Savings Lifestyle: Amber on March 20, 2015

Nestea Kroger

Right now, Kroger has a great Free Nestea Liquid Water Enhancer Coupon that you will want to download to your Kroger Plus Card. You can only download it today, so here is what you will need to do to grab this coupon:

  • Sign in to your online account 
  • Clip the Free Nestea Coupon
  • Redeem using your Kroger Plus Card at checkout.

Limit 1 per person.  It will expire 4/5/2015.

View more Kroger sales and deals this week!

Check the Sale Shopping page for more weekly sales and lists!