Give while giving back!

Have you ever wondered where those gifts from family and friends come from? Or what impact they have? Your dollars have a voice, use it wisely. Wouldn’t it be great to have a story of goodwill behind a purchase?

For my site that concentrates on different types of saving, now is a great time to help others and give the presents on your holiday list. Great deals are to be had this retail Friday, but how about SAVING the world as well! These gifts have a great advantage over others in they are fair trade and have a great story behind them helping the artisans make sometimes their only source of living. I really love them. And each time I get complimented on them is an opportunity to tell a really great narrative of where they came from. I know whoever gets any of them will love them as much as I do! Just click on the products, they will take you to them.

This is Cultural Elements.

Save Money By Knowing What Needles You Have For Knitting! Knitting Needle Gauge Ruler – Darn Good Yarn

Measure your gauge quickly and efficiently with this Knitting Needle Gauge Ruler! If you want to have your project sized correctly, this ruler can measure both your needle sizes and it can help with checking your swatch for gauge. Shop now!
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Creamy Dreamy Strawberry Yogurt Breakfast

I don’t know about you, but sometimes deciding on what to eat for breakfast is time consuming. Let’s face it, breakfast recipes are mostly breads. As you can see with the bread cookbook behind, this breakfast is anything but! And…it is pocketbook friendly.

A simple creamy delight of fresh strawberries, homemade strawberry preserves, homemade pasty cream and on sale plain yogurt and a sprinkle of mini rose petals breaks that bread trend. If you wanted to purchase the jam and pastry cream along with yogurt and strawberries then I understand as time be gets us all. I like making my own and having it on hand. You can find a great lemon curd recipe on my Breakfast Pinterest board which is far superior than the store bought stuff. It lasts in the refrigerator for a long time and is great on ice cream! Strawberry jam is also there.

Creamy Dreamy Strawberry Yogurt Breakfast

  • 4oz Cream cheese, , softened
  • ¼ c Confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 Lemon zest, (whole lemon)
  • 4 oz Lemon curd
  • Yogurt, plain Greek
  • 4 large Strawberries, hulled and washed (or more)
  • Strawberry preserves, jam or jelly, store bought or homemade

With a mixer or whisk mix cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and lemon zest and lemon curd in a bowl until creamy. Clean, hull and slice fresh strawberries. Open Greek yogurt add 4 tablespoons full to a serving bowl. Add lemon curd infused pastry cream. Top with fresh strawberries And strawberry jam and edible flower petals. I had miniature rose petals on hand.

3 Ingredient Fast and Pourable Homemade Strawberry Jam

A fast and pourable strawberry jam for your yogurt, toast or danish filling. Yes…it’s looser than most but by far less sweet and lends an amazing flavor to breakfast favorites as well as ice cream sundaes, warm winter oatmeal or farina cereals in winter. Yes, it’s budget friendly. Fresh or frozen strawberries will work. I make this on the weekend to have on hand for the week.

  • 4 cups fresh mashed strawberries (hulled, stems removed)
  • 1/2 cup organic sugar
  • 3 teaspoon pectin powder or packaged gel pectin

Cook strawberries and sugar until sugar melts and strawberry juices bubble. Do not burn. Add pectin and stir.

Let cool and carefully pour into favorite jar or clean recycled favorite jar. Keep refrigerated!

I love my clean recycled jars. Budget friendly and delicious!