Monday, January 26, 2009


I found this really cool web site. You have to register, but the info is great.
It's called
You go in and list how many in your family, decide if you want a 3,6 or 12 month goal. I did the 3. It will list the amount you should have on hand. I printed out the sheet, went to my cupboard, checked off what I did have, went back in and "added" what I had. I thought for 3 months I would be ok, Well, according to this worksheet I am only 49% good.

The challenge is to try it and see where you stand.
Let us know and Lets see if we can get all of us ready for a 3 months strethch.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Soup for thought

We all woke up to snow on the ground after yesterday was sunshine. I even took down my cute snow village and started to put up my Valentine stuff. With the snow I felt the need to do some Chicken noodle soup. It makes everything warm and cozy inside.

Start with a large pot of water and add 4 large chicken breast. I use what I have and I want it real meaty. You need a LARGE pot with lots of water to start. You are making the base. I added the last 2 small onions from my garden. I had a bag of carrots that were funny shape. I had no celery so I used my dehydrated ones and use about 2 Tablespoons. If you had fresh it would be about 4 stalks chopped into larger pieces. I added a shake of garlic powder, onion powder and a shake of Poultry seasoning. A good shake of salt and pepper to taste. Add 2 Chicken bouliion cubes. I had a small bunch of Basil that I had dried and crumbled it in. About 2 teaspoon's, I threw in 2 teaspoon's of Cilantro. If you cant tell this is clean the fridge soup.
Let this simmer about an hour till the chicken is cook through well, If you cook it to fast it will be tough. Soup is an all day thing, Enjoy it.Then let cool in broth.

Strain the broth and save the liquid. Throw out the veggies. Chop the chicken into nice bit size pieces. Taste the broth. You may need to salt it or add some Bouliion cubes or powder.

Enjoy the smell- It reminds me of a safe place, family enjoying a good meal and a crackling fire. The one thing I miss from living in the double wide.

Now that the chicken is cooked and the broth is to your taste. Let get down to business.

Depending on your favorite noodle. You can use Egg noodles. They dont need as long a cooking time. Homemade noodles ( never used) I like to use Grandma's Noodles. They are like homemade but are dry. You have to look for them. They come in a celaphane bag with Red lettering.

Now, Chicken chopped, you have fresh carrots and celery and onion. You have strained your broth and got all the nasty looking stuff out. Add all back into the pot and add the noodles. If you need to add more water you may need to adjust your chicken flavoring. It is a trial and error type of thing, but you have to have flavoring in the broth or all is lost.

Cook for 45- 50 minutes till your noodles are done to taste. Enjoy your soup and take time to enjoy the process.

Serve with good crust rolls, bread or make corn bread.
Good luck.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Dad's Spagetti - not from a package

Brown hamburger- We only used 2 lbs and split it in half.
1 Tbspoon Basil, we used fresh, if you use dried use 2 Tbspoon
2 Tbspoon Oregano
2 14 ounce cans of Tomato sauce
1 6 ounce can of Tomato Paste
2 Tbspoons Brown sugar
1 Tbspoon Butter
Salt & Pepper to your taste

Simmer 20 Min.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Can Soup or Fresh Made update

I was going through my emails and came across the web address for the website that mom got the recipe for Homemade Cream Soups Here it is for everyone to enjoy

Monday, January 19, 2009

Thanks for all the great menu ideas. I always have a hard time trying to decide what to make and your menu helps.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Dinner in 30 min or less Menu

I have a rule that if I can't have dinner on the table in 30 min. or less we will not be making it. (exception is crockpot meals). I also work two nights late so I have to have fast meals for when I get home. With that said here is the menu for this week.

1.Chicken Alfrado
Cut Chicken into small pieces and brown, then add one to two cans of Cream of Mushroom soup to chicken with a large scoop of Sour Cream. Mix well with a little water (depending on how thin you want your soup) Heat till all is hot and serve over noodles (I use any kind that are round, usually not alfrado noodles because the kids can't eat them easily) Add brocolli or other veggies if you like.

2. Chili & Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

3. Spagetti with French Bread or Grands Rolls

4. Baked Potatoes
We like to put chili and cheese on ours, add what your kids will eat

5. Bisquick Chicken and Mac & Cheese
Bread Chicken strips with egg and Bisquick mix, place on cookie sheet and pour melted butter over strips, cook for 20 min. at 350 degrees.
Make Mac & Cheese (Homemade):
16 oz. macaroni
4 Tbsp. flour
4 Tbsp. butter
1/4 tsp. garlic salt (if you don't like garlic salt, just use regular)
1/8 tsp. pepper
2 C. milk
1 C. shredded sharp cheddar cheese (I usually don't have sharp on hand, so I just use whatever I have)
2 oz. cream cheese
Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle flour over butter and stir until smooth. Add garlic salt and pepper. Add milk, cheese and cream cheese. Stir until cheeses are melted. Reduce heat to low and stir occasionally until macaroni is done. Drain macaroni and combine all. I usually add a little more salt and pepper to taste once it is all combined. (recipe courtesy of Frugal is Fab website)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

So today I thought its cold and dreary outside and maybe my Sweetie would like a good lunch.
You see my husband and I have had lunch together for about 15 years now. Not many days have we missed. I know this is a rare occasion for many of us.

I went surfing and came across Pillsbury Cook-off recipe from the early 1970's. See that is my day.
Superspeedway Taco Pie. I have changed it a bit because it calls for Taco Seasoning. Well, there is something in those packets that make Dell so sick. So I changed it and think it is much better. I made it in a smaller portion so as not to have left overs. It all depends on your family. Adjust as needed.
Speedway Taco Pie
smiller 2009
1-2 lbs lean ground beef
1 tsp Garlic & Onion powder
1 tsp Chili powder
1 tbs Ground Cumin
Dash of Salt & Pepper
1/2 cup black olives- chopped or sliced
1 Pie crust - your choice
1/2 c Sour Cream
1 cup grated Cheese- you can use American or Mexican
Shredded Lettuce
Avacado- sliced
Brown beef well adding spices as it cooks.
After beef is brown add 2 Tbs of flour right on top and stir in.
Add 1/2 cup of black olives chopped- I used big ones and cut in half.
While that cooks Prepare a Pillsbury pie crust or make your own.
Crush one small bag (lunch size) of Corn chips. I used Fritos.
Lay Corn chips onto of pie crust and smash them in a bit.
Top with beef and olives.
Spread 1/2 Sour cream on top corn chips, and then layer with Shredded cheese and remaining Corn chips.
For pretty- sprinkle top of cheese with a little Chili powder- go easy
Bake for 20 min or until hot and cheese is melted.
Serve with Lettuce and Avocado and a Tbspoon of Salsa
Let me know if you try it and give a rating.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Week 2

Good Morning to all. We missed Monday and need to catch up.
This weeks menu will consists of 4 catagories.
1. New Reciepe
2. Childs Favorite
3. Crock Pot
4. Old Favorite
1. New Reciepe
Foil Pack Chicken Fajita Dinner
1 1/2c instant white rice, uncooked
1 1/2 cups HOT water
1 Tbsp.. Taco seasoning-packet kind
4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves-tenderloins will work
1 each green andred pepper, cut into strips optional but do give it color
1/2 onion
1/2 c Salsa
1/2c Mexican Style shredded cheese.

Heat oven to400 degrees, Fold up all sides of each four 18x12inch sheets of heavy foil to form 1 inch rim. Spray with cooking spray. combine rice, water and seasoning, spoon into center of foil. Top with remaining ingredients.
Bring up foil sides. Double fold top and ends to seal each packet. (these are just foil dinners) Place on cookie sheet.
Bake 30-35 min. or until chicken is cooked through. (165 degrees) Let stand 5 min. Carefully cut sides and release steam.

Top each portion with 1 Tb. Sour Cream.
Can be made andrefrigerate up to 24 hours.
Best part easy clean up.

2. Child Favorite
tater-topped casserole
1 lb ground beef or turkey
1 sm onion, finely chopped
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup.( see Magic Mix, add one can of mushrooms finely chopped, liquid and all for liquid)
1/4 c milk
1 cup frozen veggies-or prepare your own.If you grate your carrots and onions and celery. The kids wont know they are eating them.
1/2 cup grated cheese.
1 sm bag of Tater tots.
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Brown beef with onions ( celery, carrots)
in skillet till brown and veggies are soft.
Spoon into 8 inchsquare baking dish.
Mix soup ( Magic Mix) with milk pour over meat. top with frozen veggies, cheese and potatoes.
Bake 45 minor until potatoes are golden brown and casserole is heated through.
3. Crock Pot
Kinie's Stroganoff
2 lbs of stew meat- I have used cube steaks before
2 cans of Cream of Mushroom soup,
Place all in crockpot put lid on and cook for 3-4 hours
Pour over noodles or rice
4. Old Favorite
I love eggs, bacon and pancakes for dinner. There is something about finishing my day with a beginning.
Day 5
Should be CORN
clean out refrigerator night
Look in that freezer, what have you stashed away for a Rainy Day.
What left overs can you re-do.
I remember one night we had Red Macaroni and day two Dell sprinlked with cinnamon, covered with cheese. The girls had no idea it was last nights dinner.
Grocery List
Taco seasoning
Boneless chicken
Mexican Cheese
Sour cream
Ground beef
4 can Mushroom soup
Frozen veggies
Cheese- you could just use what you have

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Albertsons Sale!

Albertsons has some great coupons and sales going on this week.

1st: If you spend $30 or more on any combination of over 250 products they will give you $15 FREE for future purchase to be used when you would like. The list of items include Minute Maid Juices, Go-Gurts, General Mills Cereal, Hamburger Helpers, Betty Crocker Mixes and many other wonderful items. That is really cool and great for food storage.

2nd: On Albertsons add they have Two coupons that they call Twice the Value in Manufacturers Coupons (up to three). They will match the amount on your Manufactureres coupons. Max. value is up to $1. There is another way to save even more. Grab their add from Wednesday's paper or pick one up when you go in.

Happy Savin!!
Sally went shopping to do her weekly menu. This is how it turned out for her...

Groceries to do my weekly menu $6.51.
I purchased two white milk 1/2 gals for 2.00
I splurged and bought one chocolate milk for 1.00
and on Orange juice for 1.00. ( I never buy either )

I picked up some food storage.
Nine cans of Tomatoes for .49. 9x.49= 4.41
Five Hamburger Helpers for 1.00 each. but I had a coupon Buy 3 and get .80 off.

Had a coupon for $1.00 off for the magazine, which will be read by 4 women. So it cost me 2.99.

I then purchase a couple of items for my 72. hour kit. Rolaids reqular 3.89, with coupon 2.89.
Tylenol, 100 count was on sale for 5.99 and I had a 1.00 off coupon so I got them for $4.99.

A Few extras for Dell. Ocean Spray juice reg. 2.95 with coupon 1.95.

I stopped at the Day old bread store and bought a box of cupcakes, 1 loaf of bread and 1 pk of buns for Sloppy joes.

Total Spent $41.00. With coupons from the register I now have one for $3.00 off on Downey softner.
I shopped at Fred Myers because the 1/2 gallon milk was $1.00. So two 1/2 gal. cost me $2.00 and a gallon would have been 3.25. ?????
I could have saved more with out the few extras, but I felt that I had most things needed for my week menu and so I filled a few spots in Food storage and a few items for 72 hour kit.
Feeling Good about my choices.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Can soup or fresh made?

One of Casie's recieps calls for a can of Condensed Cream of Chicken soup. I was jumping from blog to blog and found this fantastic girl who makes her own Cream soups with a thing she calls Magic Mix. ( If you come forward I would love to give you credit, because your blog is awsome!)

Anyway I mixed my own and even learned a trick on my own. First the Magic Mix.
2 1/3 cups of Powdered Milk
1 cup All Purpose Flour
2 sticks of Real butter @ room temp.

Put in your mixer or food processor, what ever you have. Blend very well, till it looks like heavy cake mix powder.

Store in refrigerator.

To use your mix.
1 cup Magic Mix
**3/4 broth- this is where I learned a trick- you can use can or box. I made my own with water and boulion flavoring as directed on jar.
1 tsp Parsley
dash of onion salt,
dash of garlic salt- optional
Mix well together in sauce pan on low heat. When it is blended and looking like soup its ready to use.

I ran out of Boulion and went shopping. I found if you buy your spices in the Ethnic isle instead of the Spice isle it is cheaper and most of the time fresher.

Hope you try this and like it.

** Never throw out the water on your veggies, that is where the vitamins are and why waste that?

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Our First Menu - Jan 5 thru Jan 9th

Here is our first menu. Feel free to change them as needed to meet your families needs. I do a 5 day menu, because even as crazy as the economy is, we end up eating out or at mom's at least 2 days a week, so if you need to add 2 recipes to your menu, make sure you adjust your shopping list accordingly. My menus don't include a shopping list yet, but I will work on it for future menus. Also, I have these all in a binder, organized and scrapbooked. I would be happy to email you copies if you want. Just leave me your email in the comments link under this post and I'll send them out. They are in a Microsoft Word format so most everyone should be able to print them off. Enjoy your week!

Monday: Chimichangas or Enchiladas
Chips and Salsa

Recipe: Buy frozen chimichangas and top with enchilada sauce or deep fry. Or, use your favorite enchilada re1 cipe.

Tuesday: Crock Pot Spaghetti
French Bread

Recipe: 1 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. italian sausage
1 (16 oz.) can tomatoes
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (4 oz.) can mushrooms
1 green pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
4 Tbsp. tapioca - quick cook - optional
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano
garlic powder to taste
salt and pepper

Cook meat, onion, and garlic powder and drain. Add rest of ingredients and cook in crock pot for 6 to 8 hours on low heat. Serve over hot spaghetti noodles.

Wednesday: Crispy Ranch Chicken
Baked French Fries

Recipe: 1 1/3 cups French's Onions
1/4 cup mayo - NOT MIRACLE WHIP
1/4 cup parmesan cheese or 1/2 pkg. Ranch dressing mix
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts

Crush onions in plastic bag. Combine mayo and cheese or dressing mix and dip raw chicken in this mixture and then into onions. Place on sprayed baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 30 minutes, or until no longer pink in the middle.

Thursday: Sloppy Joes
Potato Chips
Veggie of choice

Recipe: 2 to 3 lbs. ground beef
1 chopped onion
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 green pepper, chopped
1 cup water
2 Tbsp. prepared mustard
2 Tbsp. vinegar
4 Tbsp. Worchestershire
2 to 3 tsp. Chili Powder
2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar

Brown hamburger, onion, and pepper and drain. Combine with rest of ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours. Spoon over hamburger buns.
(This is a big recipe, but leftovers can be frozen and reheated easily.)

Friday: Swiss Cheese Chicken

Recipe: 6 to 8 chicken breasts (can be frozen)
2 to 8 slices swiss cheese
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup sour cream

Place chicken in 9x13 pan that has been spayed with Pam. Place a slice of cheese on top to cover chicken. Mix together soup and sour cream and pour over top of cheese/chicken. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees or until chicken is done. Serve over rice.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year to everyone. Thanks for the all the work you are doing to help us prepare.

Where's the beef?

Jan. 2, 2009
Today is my sister, Carroll's birthday. Happy Birthday. If I were there with you Iwould take you out for steak dinner. Your in California and I am in Idaho so it wont be happening. The next best thing I can do is turn you and all my friends onto this great offer by Omaha Steaks.

Right now they are having great sales. We have bought from them for years and never have we been disappointed. Each order comes packed in nice styrafoam boxes in dry ice. The meat is easy to cook and very enjoyable.

Check out their website for todays special buy.

Prefer to order by phone? Call 1.800.960.8400 & mention coupon code RW8500.
Leave a comment on the site and you will be in the January drawing for a nice prize. Send a friend over and your name will be entered twice if they mention your name.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Welcome all

This blog is in the beginning stages and depends on you.
Please check back each day to see what is new. We will have tons
of ideas, and soon some give aways with fun prizes and info.

Oh, invite your friends and if they metion your name, you will
be put into a special drawing at the end of the month.

Thanks for droping by and hurry on back.

Welcome To Our Blog!

Hello! We have created this blog to help ourselves stay sane. The plan is to put recipes, menus, coupon suggestions, food storage information, and anything else we find that can help us stay frugle in this crazy economy. Please leave us a comment so we know you stopped by, and let us know if we need to add anything to this blog to help you out. Enjoy!