Sunday, March 27, 2011

This Week's Menu 3/28

 (Dear Hubby took the camera yesterday, so I didn't get a picture of this week's Bountiful Basket. 
Here's a picture of last week's Taco Rice and Beans, instead. It was very tasty!!)

It's another crazy week here at Casa Del Barrett. Child #3 has qualified to participate in our state Geography Bee this weekend in Boise(our State capital). He and 99 other kid's from all over Idaho will be competing for the chance to go on to the National Geography Bee in Washington D.C. later this spring. I am a very PROUD mama right now! Anyway it will be a short menu this week, because we will be out of town rooting for our baby this weekend! I am also trying to use up a surplus of veggies this week, too. This week we will be eating:

Hash Browns
Sausage Patties 
Cream Gravy
Poached Eggs

Potato Soup
Green Salad

Oven Fried Chicken
Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Spinach Salad

Geography Bee

Geography Bee

Geography Bee

Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Little Tour Of My New Fridge

After several months of researching, comparison shopping, and debating we finally took the plunge and ordered a new refrigerator last week. It ended up being delivered yesterday morning!  I have to confess that our new refrigerator was not Choice A or Choice B.  Choice A was a  beautiful 26.8 cubic foot model with twin cooling, french doors, a huge fridge area, separate digital compartment controls,and a pull out drawer freezer area, an instruction manual the size of the phone book ( and a price tag to match)! It was my dream fridge ( the sports car of refrigerators, if you will), but after much measuring and debating, Dear Hubby and I realized that it would barely fit into the area in the kitchen designated for it. Translated - that means we could only open one of the french doors completely, and the other one about a fourth of the way. It would be pretty to look at, but completely impractical. Choice B was also a french door style, smaller, fewer bells and whistles (also cheaper), but it was an off brand and we were concerned about the overall quality. After this little reality check ( I can only drag Dear Hubby appliance shopping so many times, before the novelty wears off) I really started looking at the description tags above each appliance and noticed that french door style refrigerators are not as energy efficient as the Plain Jane single door models. Sigh!!! I went into Lowe's to throw caution to the wind and  buy the sporty model ( must be my version of a mid life crisis), and left purchasing the old reliable (mini van) model!

Here's what my new (old reliable) refrigerator looks like in it's new home (notice that the kid's have already slapped the hodge podge of magnets and notes onto the door):

 Even though this fridge is not what I envisioned, I am completely happy! We ended up buying a 24.8 cubic foot Whirlpool single door fridge with a pull out freezer. It had the highest efficiency rating of the appliances we looked at, and replacement parts will be cheaper (important to me, because I do repair and resurrect my appliances for as long as possible). This model was also recently discounted, so by combining a sales promotion to the discounted price we were able to knock the price down from $1099.00 to $841.00. Definitely under what we had budgeted!! WOO HOO!!

I have wanted to give you all a virtual tour of my fridge for awhile now, to show you all how I maintain a frugal refrigerator. Alas, I have four children constantly spilling in it, and a broken appliance light that made the old fridge a gloomy cave (and impossible to photograph), so I have held off. However, the new fridge is still pristine, so (please) let me show off!

Here's an overview of what I usually have in the fridge (look how roomy it is!):

I keep all the condiments on the door, within easy reach (and sight of the troops). Our main condiments consist of home made jam and jelly, home made pancake syrup,  home made salad dressing (that's what in the second mustard bottle on the bottom shelve), minced garlic, barbecue sauce, soy sauce, ketchup, mustard, and mayo. I like to buy these items in bulk (with coupons) at Costco, or matching coupons with sales prices at the grocery store. Behind the butter is a large package of yeast (it will stay fresh for a long time in the fridge).

Milk (bought at Costco), juice made from frozen concentrate (much cheaper than fresh juice and stored in a recycled plastic juice jug), and the Brita water pitcher (it is FABULOUS, by the way)are the beverages of choice. This week's juice choice is apple raspberry (bought on sale with coupons) with the juice from two cans of pineapple added to it.

A variety of baking chips bought in the bulk section of the grocery store (stored in recycled plastic containers) waiting to be baked into cookies, muffins, and quick bread for breakfast and lunches.

Of course, here are the inevitable leftovers waiting to be eaten for lunch or recycled for dinner. The 5 pound bag of cheese was also purchased at Costco. It was cheaper (per pound) to buy it in bulk. Cheese doesn't last long at my house, so the large quantity is not a worry. I try to keep sliced fruit and veggies handy for snacking.

I salvaged the shelf out of the old fridge, and am using it to keep the yogurt organized and within easy reach for breakfast and snacks.

Every refrigerator needs a catch all shelf, and this must be mine. I buy eggs in the 5 dozen bulk pack at Costco or the grocery store (where ever they are the cheapest) and transfer them into smaller egg cartons (saved  from previous purchases) for storage when I get home. The mysterious jar with green beans floating in it are dilly beans. One of the by products from last years garden. The other canning jar contains home made salsa (also a by product from last year's garden).

The deli drawer is holding tortillas, lunch meat (bought with a coupon) for school lunches and sour cream. The produce drawers are full of fruit and veggies from Bountiful Basket.

Now, moving on to the snazzy new freezer compartment! Our old fridge was a 26.0 cubic foot side by side, but the freezer door only opened half way and hit the wall every time I opened it, plus the ice maker blocked the middle of the freezer (and we could never get anything in or out of it). The pull out freezer will eliminate this problem.

The top drawer holds frozen veggies, the kid's corn dogs (one of my last concessions to convenience foods),  Dear Hubby's bag of ice, and a couple of bags of frozen cookie dough.

The bottom freezer drawer hold bags of frozen berries (from Costco), frozen peas (also from Costco), frozen squash puree and chopped green peppers from last year's garden, and a couple of bags of hash browns. We have a freezer in the garage that holds the rest of the garden bounty, frozen fruit, and our meat. I use this freezer to keep a little bit of every thing handy. I restock it from the big freezer.

Each drawer pulls out separately, so every thing is easily accessible. Love, love, LOVE that!!

Hopefully, you are not all bored to tears by now!!! Thanks for sharing in my joy!  I know, it is a sad day when  buying a new appliance is the high point of my week, but to me, a new fridge is better than a trip to  Disneyland!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Thrifty Entertainment

I have been feeling little philosophical, lately.  It has been concerning me that prices seem to be going up all around us! Utility prices are rising, groceries (especially produce and meat) are constantly on the rise, and every time I pass the gas station it seems that it's gone up a penny or two (or three, or four......). I know I can't speak for everyone, but my families income is NOT rising with the cost of living. It gets a little discouraging that in order to cover the cost of living, the little conveniences and entertainments must be cut back or eliminated.

This week is Spring Break for my kids. Keeping my kid's entertained this week without breaking the bank has been challenging.  I have been trying to think of ways that people can still enjoy having fun on a budget. There are plenty of venues that can be enjoyed for little out of pocket expense, or even free.
So far I have come up with:
  • Use your local library. Libraries offer magazines, movies, audio books, in addition to books. Many libraries offer children's reading hours, movie nights, book clubs, educational classes, and summer reading programs all available  to the public for free. Most libraries have a monthly calender of event at the library or on their website.
  • Go to the movies at the local second run theater. If your willing to wait to see the latest movies for a few weeks you can see them for $2.00 to $3.00, instead of $7.00 to $10.00. My local  dollar theater offers a discount night every Tuesday  for a $1.50 for admission and $1.50 popcorn and soda. During the summer holiday our second run theater offers PTA movie passes. For $7.50 per person you can watch a prescheduled  family friendly movie each week for eleven weeks.
  • Visit community museums. I live in a university town so we are lucky to have a Natural History Museum on campus. We also have a local historical museum. It's a fun  way for my kid's to learn about our local history and surroundings. 
  • Take advantage of community events. Many communities offer fun runs, family fun days, river fests, farmer's markets (with local entertainment), county fairs in the spring, summer, and fall.
  • Take day trips to points of interest close to you.  Pack a lunch and make a day of visiting fun places close to where you live. We live within 60 miles of several reservoirs, historical landmarks, forest service camp grounds, and natural hot springs. You get out of town, but cut out the cost of long travel, extensive meals, and overnight stays.
  • Take advantage of the programs offered through your local zoo. In the summer zoo's offer summer classes, Zoofari's, and special family days. Our zoo offers a Boo At the Zoo just before Halloween that for a minimal fee, you can spend the afternoon at the zoo learning, playing, trick or treating each exhibit.
  • Make your own fun. Last summer my kids set up our old tent in the back yard and made a fort. The neighbor kid's had a blast "camping" and playing in that silly tent all summer. Let the kid's host a lemonade or Popsicle stand. The older kid's in the neighborhood would meet together every evening for "night games" (that's what they named it). They would go to each other's houses and watch a movie, play basketball, play board games or kick the can. Sometimes they would just sit in our neighborhood's common area and visit. Everyone had a 10:00pm curfew, so the "fun" didn't go into the wee hours of the morning and everyone stayed out of trouble.
  • Host neighborhood events. Summertime is a great time to invite neighbors and friends over to barbecue. Make it a pot luck, so that everyone shares the burden of the cost. Other fun ideas are maybe have an  ice cream social, themed potluck night (Italian, Mexican, dutch over, crockpot, etc.), or dessert night.
  • Have a game night. My kid's love it when we play board or card games with them. Invite friends over for snacks and to play a board game.
I'm sure there are hundreds of other cheap ways to enjoy a little fun. Help me add to the list, dear Bloggy Friends! What fun things do you participate in that costs a little to no money?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

This Week's Menu 3/21. The Potato Edition

(this week's Bountiful Basket)
 The new fridge is going to be delivered this Friday, so that gives me another week to use up more freezer items. I also discovered that about 30 pounds of potatoes that I have downstairs in my storage room (it's nice and cold down there) are starting to grow sprouts. I need to hurry up and use them before they are to mushy to eat. I will be incorporating a lot of potato dishes into this week's menu. Thank goodness the troops like potatoes; hopefully there won't be too many complaints!

This week's Bountiful Baskets was full of great produce. It is still lacking the usual lettuce (most of the lettuce crops in Mexico froze last month), but it is almost time to plant my lettuce seeds here in Idaho.  If you don't have Bountiful Baskets available in your area, I would encourage you to check out other local produce co ops or your local farmer's markets. I am thinking that local resources will probably be the cheapest options for buying produce this spring and summer. This week's menu will consist of:

Peach Mango Cobbler

Pork Roast 
Mashed Potatoes and Cauliflower 
( the troops are cauliflower haters,so I boil the cauliflower with the potatoes and mash them all together. 
No one has ever figured it out!)
Green Beans

Tomatoes and Lettuce

Chicken and Noodles
Green Salad 

Venison Steak 
Baked Potatoes (baking extra potatoes for Friday's dinner)

Hash browns (made from yesterday's baked potatoes)
Creamy Sausage Gravy
Poached Eggs

(using the other half pound of sausage from yesterday's sausage gravy, instead of hamburger)
Garlic Bread (using any leftover rolls)

Since, grocery prices seems to increase every time I go to the grocery store and my grocery budget has not increased, I am really trying to eliminate food waste. I am also trying to stretch meat into two meals. Hopefully, this week's menu incorporates that!

How have you been stretching your grocery budget?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pitcher Water Filtration Systems

 This post will probably not change the world, but I had a little Aah Ha moment and thought I'd share. I relayed in an earlier post or two that we are ordering a new refrigerator tomorrow (can you tell I am just a LITTLE BIT excited?). The new fridge I picked out does not have an ice or water dispenser on the door. I choose not to get the side by side fridge with the ice/water option for several reasons (that I'll explain in another post). My children have been greatly saddened by my decision (it's another "But all the other kid's have them" scenario for them, the poor deprived little mites!). My kid's are not big fans of drinking tap water (although that is their only option right now), and I have to agree our tap water doesn't always taste fabulous. I have also been thinking of the health benefits of filtered water, but I don't want to invest in the cost of a triple filtration system, right now. Plus, I have read several articles lately that claim most bottled water is just tap water in plastic bottles, so you are paying for the same quality water you can get free out of the tap (plus you are adding all those plastic bottles to your landfill).

I have been mulling over the idea of investing in a Brita of Pur water filtration system. Well, today I was at Costco, and in this month's coupon flier,  there was a $7.00 off coupon for a Brita Pitcher Filtration System. You got a ten cup pitcher and two filters for $19.99 (after coupon).  The instruction with the pitcher says that a filter is good for about two months. The coupon is also good for $7.00 off a ten pack of replacement filters (regularly $41.99; $34.99 after coupon). So, for $54.98 I was able to buy the pitcher and two years worth of filters. That averages out to about $3.49 a month for filtered water.

I am hoping the kid's will start drinking more water (and less milk and juice, since it keeps going up in price!); especially with warm weather just around the corner. We can now also fill up our resusable water bottles from the pitcher, so the are getting "bottled" water without the cost and waste of prepackaged water bottles. I am also going to fill our ice cube trays from the Brita pitcher so we will have pleasant tasting ice cubes (and I won't constantly have to remember to grab a bag of ice when I'm at the grocery store.). Dear Hubby has a thing for ice cubes in his beverages.

So what do you think, Dear Bloggy Friends?  Do any of you own a Brita water pitcher? Are you a fan or foe of filtered water?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Home Made Hamburger Buns

Today I made up a batch of  Parker House Roll dough to turn into home made buns. I am a big fan of using this roll dough for making homemade buns. The rolls are fluffy and stay fresh for several days.They taste so much better than the store bought kind! It took a couple of tries to get the size and shape right. The first try I cut them out with a biscuit cutter, but when they rose they were still too small for the hamburger patties (Oops!). Not long ago, I was looking through a cookbook and saw a tutorial for shaping rosette rolls. I thought it would work great for shaping hamburger buns. After the dough has risen for the first rise, punch the dough down and divide the dough in half.

1.  Roll the dough out into a rectangle.

2.  Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into sections.

3.  Divide the dough into eight section.

4.  Cut each of the eight sections into thirds.

5. To make each hamburger bun, lay the three sections side by side

6. Overlap the three sections to start the braid.

7.  Braid the three sections together like you were braiding hair.

8.  Twist the braid into a circle to form the bun. Pinch the ends of the roll onto the dough to secure.

9.  Place rolls onto a greased cookie sheet, and allow to rise until doubled (about 45 - 60 minutes).  

10. Bake according to the recipe. When they are done baking, you have snazzy looking hamburger buns!

Tonight's rolls accompanied BBQ Chicken, but they are great with grilled hamburgers, sloppy joes, or any BBQ style sandwich. My kid's like to use them to make hoagie sandwiches or peanut butter and jelly for school lunches.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

This Week's Menu 3/13

 (Yeah! I got a Bountiful Basket this week!!)

Spring is slowly making it's way back to my neighborhood. We have had several days of warm (50ish), sunny weather. Dear Hubby cleaned out the gas grill and added new ceramic briquettes, yesterday. I'm hoping the weather holds, so that we can start grilling, again.  I'm also excited to get ripe tomatoes in my basket this week. Tomatoes are a precious commodity right now, because of the freezing weather in Mexico that ruined 80% of their produce crops. In fact, I was thrilled for everything in this weeks basket. This week will also be clean out the freezer and use up the leftover's in the fridge week, because I should be the proud new owner of an energy efficient, blissfully quiet, non produce freezing refrigerator by the end of the week ( I'll blog more about that later.)!  This week we will be eating:

BBQ Chicken
Beans, Bacon, and Potatoes
Green Salad
Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake

Eating At A Fundraiser For Dear Daughter's Debate Club

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
Homemade Buns
Strawberries and Whipped Cream

Fish Sticks 
Tater Tots 
Frozen Corn

Pork Carnitas (new Crock Pot recipe I'm going to try)
Flour Tortillas
Lettuce and Tomatoes

Leftover Night

Baked Pasta
Easy Breadsticks
Steamed Cauliflower

Has anyone else noticed rising produce prices in your area?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Another Baking Day

 Bread prices seem to be on the rise in my area, lately. Even a loaf of cheapy store brand bread is well over a dollar a loaf now. On the upside the rise in baked good prices have strengthen my resolve to continue to bake our bread (and other baked goods) from scratch. It's not always easy to find the time to "whip" up a batch of bread or rolls. Of course, yesterday we ran out of bread, so the choice was made for me. A baked a double batch of white bread. Yes, the children put a united front and requested (okay, begged) that I make white bread this week instead of wheat. Being a sucker for "puppy dog" eyes.....I caved. I also baked a double batch of banana bread to use up a half dozen bananas that went from green to black over night. The troops are banana bread junkies, so there was not a lot of complaining from them.In fact, they ate it with homemade applesauce for breakfast this morning.

In my quest to reuse and recycle what I have. I discovered that pulling apart a cereal box liner and laying it flat works wonderfully for covering my rising dough, so that it doesn't stick to the dishtowel.

If I would have been thinking clearly last night, I would have photographed it laying on top of the rising loaves of bread (Oops!!). I folded it up when the dough was done rising, and placed it in a Ziploc bag in the fridge to use next week. Using the cereal liner saved me using up waxed paper (which I have to pay for)!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Investment Purchases And Clearance Shoes

Once my children starting attending school, I realized that cheap shoes from Walmart or Payless Shoes were not going to hold up to the wear and tear that rough and tumble playground play was inflicting on them. We were averaging a new pair of shoes every two to four months. Buying several pairs of inexpensive shoes ends up costing more than one pair of high quality shoes. Shoe purchases have become what I call "investment purchases".

My definition of an "investment purchase" is spending a little more money on an item if  the quality will a) stand up to the excessive wear and tear my family will inflict (furniture, shoes, cars, bicycles, etc.),  b) it will save us money in the long run ( energy efficient appliances, small kitchen appliances, freezers, etc.), or c) it is a purchase that I want to get a very long life out of (all of the above). Most "investment purchases" can be bought on sale or even on clearance, so if you shop around, the initial investment is the same or a little bit more than you would spend on the cheaper version.

Anyway, back on I make it a habit to always check the clearance shoe racks at Ross, T.J. Maxx, Fred Meyers, Shoe Carnival and our local sporting goods stores. As the stores get their shipments of the new season's styles and colors of shoes  they always clearance out "last season's models". I can usually find name brand athletic shoes, dress shoes, or snow boots for 1/2 to 3/4 off the regular price. If the price is right and someone is not currently in need of new shoes, I will buy the size bigger and put them away for later. I especially love name brand athletic shoes made with mesh (breathable) fabric. It keeps "stinky" children feet in check!

We hit pay dirt Monday night! Child #3's feet have been growing at an unusually rapid rate (for my budget, anyway), and had outgrown yet another pair of shoes. We wandered into our local Shoe Carnival, and they had a huge clearance sale going on.  To sweeten the pot they were running a twenty minute Buy One, Get One Half Off promo. We found three pairs of shoes:

  • A pair of Conserve tennis shoes (child #3 has been coveting a pair for awhile). Original price $54.99. On clearance for $20.00 (after 1/2 off second pairs of shoes promo $10.00).
  • A pair of black leather flats for Child #2 (she has currently confiscated my pair of black flats, and I wanted them back!). Original price $34.99. On clearance for $5.00.
  • A pair of Asic running shoes (These are for me. I am trying to start running, again, and the gel soles in the Asics running shoes keep my back and knees from hurting while I am exercising.). Original price $69.99 on clearance for $35.00.
We were able to purchase three pairs of shoes for $50.00 (the cost of ONE pair of regular priced shoes). If we had paid the original prices, we would have spent $159.97! Now everyone is happy with their new shoes, and my shoe budget is not a smoking crater (which makes me happy)!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

This Week's Menu........The Late Edition!

Have you ever had a week where you hit a culinary brick wall?  It has taken my until today to come up with a palatable menu! The silly thing is I just stocked up at the Ridley's case lot and meat sale, so we are not lacking for food. I try to set put $30.00 a month into my case lot fund (my local grocery stores average a case lot sale three to four times a year). That way it's not a strain on my family's grocery budget. Thank goodness I had a fridge of leftover's that needed to be eaten. Those leftover's kept us fed until I could make up mind!  This week we will be eating (or have already eaten):

Strawberry Shortcake

Took the kid's to an All You Can Eat Pizza Buffet

Hash browns (with leftover bacon, sausage, and onion added)
Poached Eggs 
Canned Pears and Peaches

Chicken and Noodles
Green Salad 
Sweet Potatoes

Chicken A La King
Buttermilk Biscuits
Leftover Sweet Potatoes

Tortilla Chips and Cheese
Green Salad
Potato Soup
Pumpkin Struesel Muffins (using up any leftover sweet potatoes)

Ridley's (Nel's BiLo) Case Lot Sale

This starts the second week of the Ridley's (Nel's BiLo) case lot sale. If you haven't already stocked up; you still have until Monday March 14th. Case lot sales are a great way to start or add to your food storage. I have heard from several reliable sources than food prices are going to continue to rise this year. Even if you only purchase a couple of items it's still a great start. The following items are a excellent buys:
  • W.F. (15 oz) canned corn or green beans $11.72 (24 cans)
  • W.F. (15 oz) canned beans $12.72 (24 cans)
  • W.F. ( 4 oz) canned mushrooms $9.78 (24 cans)
  • First Harvest (29oz) canned peaches or pears $11.58 (12 cans)
  • Liberty Gold (20 oz.) canned pineapple $20.35 (24 cans)
  • Liberty Gold (14.5 oz) fruit cocktail, peaches, or pears $13.98 (24 cans)
  • 10 pound box of  frozen boneless, skinless chicken breast $15.87
  • 40 pound box of FRESH boneless, skinless chicken breasts $59.95
  • W.F. (36 regular or 18 double rolls) toilet paper $5.95
  • W.F. (24 oz) ketchup $10.44 (12 count) or $13.92 (16 count)
  • W.F. (7 pound) pancake mix $5.49 each
  • W.F. (128 oz) pancake syrup 5.49 each
  • W.F. (16 oz) frozen vegetables $9.48 (12 bags)
  • 25 pound bag Pendleton white all purpose flour $5.85 each (this is the cheapest I have found flour!)
  • W.F. (20 pound bag) white long grain rice $9.99
  • Campbell's Spaghettios $6.64 (12 count) or $13.28 (24 count)
  • W.F.  (16 oz) hydrogen peroxide or alcohol 2 for $1.00
  • Tide (100oz) liquid laundry detergent $8.98 each
  • Clorox (96 oz) regular bleach $1.44 each
  • W.F. seasoning packets (spaghetti, taco, stew, etc.) $6.95(24 count)
  • Nissin (3 oz) Top Ramen noodles $2.88 (24 packages)
Click on the highlighted store names below to see the ads.

Ridley's                                    Nel's Bi Lo Marketplace

Friday, March 4, 2011

Saving On Medical Bills

 If you have been following my blog, you will know that the last year has brought my family a myriad of  medical bills. Dear Hubby fell a 14 months ago and shattered his knee cap. Child #1 broke his arm and had an abscessed wisdom tooth that required removal (along with the other three), and Darling Daughter (Child #2) had her gall bladder removed right before Christmas. While I am eternally grateful for modern medicine, and am NOT eternally grateful for the expense. Since we are self employed, we have a high deductible medical insurance. However, I am grateful for that insurance! If we did not have it we would have had to pay $55,000 in medical bills out of pocket last last year!

I have discovered that if you are willing to pay your bill in full most medical offices and hospitals will offer a discount. It is usually between 5% and 15%. It saves the medical provider money if they do not have keep repeatedly billing you (and paying someone to send those bills). So far, I have saved $1.050.00 by paying our medical bills in full.  All that you have to do is talk to the office manager or medical billing department at your hospital or doctor's office. Be polite, and they are usually more than happy to work with you!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Party Punch

I was in charge of refreshments for my church's women's social tonight. I wanted to do something a little snazzier than just plain ice water for the beverage. After searching the internet for ideas; I came across this simple and TASTY punch. It was a hit with the ladies, and super cheap to serve to a crowd. It's not super sweet, and has a little twang to it. Unfortunately, I did not get a picture of it before it had all been consumed. Take my word for it it was a pretty red color, and I floated lemon slices and frozen strawberries in the punch bowl in place of ice cubes ( cheap way to make your punch, FANCY! It was a ladies social, after all.)

Party Punch

3 Two liter bottle of Diet Sprite
2  envelopes of Wyler's Cool Raspberry Sugar Free drink mix
1 - 2 (16 oz.) package(s) of frozen strawberries
1  lemon (sliced)

Pour Sprite into a large punch bowl of drink dispenser. Stir in powdered drink mix until completely dissolved. Add frozen berries to punch. Lay lemon slices on top of strawberries in the punch bowl.


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