Hey Yall! This isn't a recipe and instead more of a quick update letting you all know what's to come in the next few weeks. Things have been crazy over here! From wedding planning to recipe organizing and such, I haven't really had the chance to make this blog as it was intended to be.
Who knew that blogging was a full tme job?
Originally, Whippd Up was created to be a place where I share recipes, tips, food/kitchen DIY's for the entire family and stories of course, of my fondest kitchen memories, some of which would really make you laugh out loud.
I've had a lot of little successes over the course of 5 weeks and its been a lot of fun, hard work. However, I'm not seeing my vision for this blog being achieved. I want to be able to give my readers so much more so that we can connect better and create a space that's inviting and warm. I realized that in order to do such, I'll have to be a big girl and switch to a different platform that will allow me to offer so much more to you guys. Bare with me as we make the change.
The site won't be down for long, as we are expecting to have 1-3 days of maintenence/downtime within the next few weeks. We will not be posting any recipes until after our new site relaunches.
We hope that you love what we have in store and highly encourage you to stay connected by visiting us on our social media! We will keep you updated, I promise.
Love & Such,
I think it's fair to say that just about everyone loves to save money. Whether it's to beat high prices on gas or to catch a nice sale at your favorite retail store, we all love that feeling of saving money that we've worked so hard to obtain.
It's such shame to see so much of that hard earned money be spent on groceries. If you're anything like me or my family, you've probably ended up in the checkout line with your stomach in a bunch hoping that your grocery bill is under $300. Well lucky for you, I have some awesome tips that will help you save tons on your grocery bills.
Meal Prepping, Planning & Inventory
Before I head to the grocery store in a rush, I like to take a moment to see what I already have in the kitchen. Usually Greg and I have the staples on hand but are low on things like cereal, milk, etc. In order to save money, you'll want to see what you have in stock and plan your list around that.
Meal planning is easier for me, but I know that prepping also does wonders for busy folks. I like to plan my meals for the week and shop for ingredients that are able to be used in several recipes. Seeing what you have in stock also helps with this, as you can use what you already have to help prep for the week.
I recommend this website for tips and ideas for meal plans.
Master the Art of Making a List
If you didn't have time to plan your weekly meals, that's absolutely fine. Adulting is hard and I don't blame you one bit. You can still save a ton of cash by making a list of everything you need and sticking to it! A lot of times we splurge on things at the store that we had no business buying in the first place. I'm guilty of doing that too, mostly because of Greg's peer pressure :)
Generic Brands Aren't
In fact, most of them are pretty good if not better than name brand products. Don't shoot me, I'm just saying, it won't kill you and you probably won't even be able to tell that it's generic. In our home, we buy generic oatmeal, rice, pasta, and things of that nature. A little birdy close to our family use to work closely with brands and said that sometimes they even package the same name brand product into generic brands. I haven't looked back since.
Shop the Sales
I know this is common sense but sometimes we forget to apply that to everything. Shop the sales for all of your needs and don't forget to use coupons, loyalty programs and apps to your benefit.
Buying produce that's in season will save you money and it's tastier too. If buying organic is what you prefer, be sure to check out the Dirty Dozen list to see what is best to splurge on, and what is okay to buy non organic if you don't have the funds this go round.
Freezing produce that's on sale for later is also a great way to save money and stock up on the good stuff. I'll have a recipe on this soon, so stay tuned for that!
Skip Fast Food & Take Out
I know it's hard but it'll save you a ton of money. Fast food is evil (like, can we even call fast food real at this point? I don't think so. Well, except for Chipotle and Panera... mmm.), so try your best to avoid that at all times.
Resources & More
These are a few apps and things that I use to help me save money every month:
Winco: I shop here for Greg and I. My mom also shops here for about 4-5 people and we both save a ton of money. My generous grocery budget for Greg and I is a whopping $200 per month.
Loyalty Programs: Every now and then we'll have to pop into our local Safeway because it's the closest store nearby. They're definitely not budget friendly but they have a nice loyalty program. These programs are great ways to save money and even rack up on gas points.
Apps: Be sure to check out SavingStar, Farmstand, Grocery Pal, Coupon Sherpa, and GroceryTrip. These apps will help you on your journey to saving money and cooking at home.
To eating better & saving more!
Boba is one of my favorite snacks in the entire world.
It's magical chewy little balls of heaven perfectly compliment any drink you could think of. Me and Hubbs live fairly close to an Asian market, and inside there are tons of restuarants, cafes, the BEST hot pot in town (those are fighting words over here honey), and of course, our favorite go-to boba tea spot. We're regulars there but they wouldn't dare share their secret on how they make our drinks so delightful time after time.
No worries. I gotcha covered.
Mocha Boba Tea
by Whipp'd Up October-28-2015
This is my favorite boba drink. I hope you enjoy it just as much as I do!
- 1 Cup Cooked Tapioca Pearls (Boba)
- 1 - 2 Cups Milk
- Dark Chocolate or Chocolate Syrup
- 1/2 Cup Bold Coffee or Espresso
- 1 Cup Sugar
- Vanilla Extract
- 4 cups Cold Water
1. Mix together your milk and sugar until dissolved. Pour into an ice tray and reeze until solid. Be sure to taste it and adjust the levels of sugar to your liking. 2. Prepare your coffee or espresso. You'll want to make it strong, as this is a concentrate. Once prepared, add 4 cups of water and chill in the refridgerator. 3. Once your milk is frozen and coffee chilled, add melted dark chocolate or chocolate syrup to your blender and blend away until you've reached your desired consistency. 4. Drizzle your chocolate syrup into your glass and add your prepared boba to the bottom of the glass. (For super tasty boba, add a sprinkle of sugar on top as it cools) 5. Add your frappe and top with whipped cream a little chocolate syrup, chocolate shavings or nothing at all. It's so nommy either way.
DetailsPrep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2-3 Servings