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FRUGAL LIVING: Make kebabs for kids

on September 27, 2013 10:40 AM

Getting kids to eat healthy food can be a challenge. Oftentimes kids will grab unhealthy snacks. Making and serving food on a stick is one way to get them to find meals or snack time more fun while providing healthy options or a sweet treat that comes in a smaller portion than an ice cream cone or a bag of chips. The first reader shares some ideas:

KEBABS: Using skewers for food is fun. Chunks of beef, chicken, shrimp and veggies are popular, but you can make kebabs with bratwurst, hot dogs or sausage and veggies, all fresh fruit, salad fixings (think: hardboiled egg, tomato, lettuce, cheese, radishes, etc.), strawberry shortcake (strawberries, angel food cake or waffle pieces, marshmallow, chocolate), brownies or mini muffins and fruit, antipasto salads (use tortellini or ravioli, olives, cheese, salami, etc.), or even sandwich kebabs with deli meats and bread, too. Kids love eating food off a stick, and a lot of different foods don’t even have to be grilled — they can be just cut and layered on skewers and served. — Olivia, Maine

MAKE STOCK: When I buy cooked chicken at Costco (or make it fresh at home) I strip the meat off and pressure cook the leftover bones and fatty parts. After about an hour, I open it up and let it cool. Then I strain the liquid and freeze it for soup stock (no salt). What’s left over is so soft that I grind it down to a pulp and feed it to my two dogs over the next couple of days. — Harvey H., Arizona

A QUICK FIX FOR A CUT OR BURN: Use honey. It has a natural antibacterial property and will prevent infection. I carry a small jar in my backpack because it never spoils! — M.F., Ohio

VOLUNTEER AND LEARN: I helped a friend of mine put new windows into a little cottage she was going to turn into a rental. I enjoyed myself while learning some home-building and construction skills. — M.H., California

7-Up Biscuits

4 cups Bisquick Baking Mix

1 cup sour cream

6 ounces 7-Up

Place baking mix in a mixing bowl, and cut in sour cream until mix is crumbly. Add 7-Up and combine by hand. Don’t over-handle. Roll onto floured surface to about ᄑ-inch thickness. Drop or cut with biscuit cutter and place on greased baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 15 biscuits. — Holly, New York

Apple Oatmeal

3 cups quick oats

ᄑ cup dehydrated apple bits

ᄑ cup powdered milk

ᄑ cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

Mix all ingredients and store in quart jar until ready to eat. To prepare, mix a heaping ᄑ cup mix with ᄑ cup boiling water. — Lynn, Wisconsin

COOL COOKING: I love my halogen infrared oven. I can cook so much in it and not heat up the kitchen. — Cricket, Texas

DRY FEET: I get very dry, rough and cracked feet, and I’ve been using coconut oil for about a month now. The first week, I used it every night before bed; after that, every other day. Now I use it about every 2-3 days. My feet look great! — Rhayne, New Jersey

Sara Noel is the owner of Frugal Village (www.fru, a website that offers practical, money-saving strategies for everyday living. To send tips, comments or questions, write to Sara Noel, c/o Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO, 64106.

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