Friday, February 19, 2016

Save the Easy Way with Digit!

I don't know about you, but some days adulting is just too much. The house constantly needs to be cleaned, the kids need a lunch for school, the animals must be fed. I mean, our lists go on and on and on, right? (All good problems to have, I realize--it means I have a home, healthy children, access to schools, and sweet animals...but still). I'm sure you can all relate to the overhwelm that you feel some days trying to be a semi-functional adult.

So, I'm about to make your life a little easier.

You know how you should be saving money for the future? For things like college for the kids, retirement, future travel, a new kitchen sink, and so much more? Well, here's how to do it with as little effort and pain-in-the-wallet as possible: Digit.

Digit is an app that helps you "save money without thinking about it." There are no hidden fees and it has bank-level security. But it's all digital and you can set it up on your phone. The app will move money from your checking account to your Digit account automatically (if you want it to) when it sees that you have enough dough to do so. It analyzes your deposits and expenditures to determine how much would be appropriate and when.

For me, the average savings transfer has been $5, and in less than 2 months, I now have $98 in my Digit account! I know that doesn't sound like much, but it's more than I would have saved on my own in that time. All-inclusive resort vacation, here we come!

I was not compensated by Digit for this post, I just really like their app. I will get a $5 referral deposit for every person who uses my link to sign up, so thanks in advance if you do!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

More Forays Into Vegan Cooking

Last week I made cauliflower & pea pockets from The Plantiful Table cookbook and whole wheat biscuits from the Thug Kitchen cookbook.

Both of these recipes intimidated me at first. Biscuits are terrifying to me, and always have been--I am a chronic dough-over-mixer and in case you don't know, that is not a good thing.

And phyllo dough is kind of tears really easily, you have to thaw it in the fridge for a while because it usually comes frozen, you have to keep it moist and brush it with melted's kind of involved!

Anyway, apparently I was feeling ambitious; here are the results:
The pea & cauliflower pockets turned out great!  The phyllo dough wasn't that difficult to use after all; only one wasted sheet for the whole recipe.  The pockets were delicious and I ate on them all week long since my kids wouldn't touch them.  [They are both in a very picky stage. I don't really want to talk about the angst it conjures in me when they won't eat something I have creatively made for them from scratch...]

Here's the filling for the pockets:

I had some leftover & just ate it plain as a side dish--very tasty.

The biscuits were a bit of a different outcome, but not a total fail:
pre-baking...I was pretty psyched for how they looked right here!

Surprise--I over-mixed the biscuit dough. The biscuits were a little tough and very flat. Not unlike hockey pucks.  But my kids & ate them just the same!  I mean anything's edible with some butter (vegan butter for me!) and cinnamon and sugar, right?

My favorite part of the Thug Kitchen biscuit recipe? This line: "Make your own biscuits because that store-bought shit is shady as hell.  Food shouldn't be packaged like a stick on explosives. That shit is unnatural."