Thursday, December 30, 2010
You will need two ingredients:
regular granulated sugar
For every 1 cup of sugar, mix in 1 Tablespoon of molasses (more if you want a bolder flavor) with a fork. Keep mixing with the fork until it becomes light and fluffy.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Melt the butter and chocolate squares (3 min in microwave). Once melted, stir them smooth, transfer to a large mixing bowl, and add the powdered and white sugars. Stir thoroughly and set the mixture aside to cool.
When mixture is cool enough so it won't cook the eggs, add the eggs, one at a time, stirring after each addition. Mix in vanilla, orange zest, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Mix.
Add flour in half-cup increments, mixing after each addition. Once flour has been thoroughly mixed, roll into one-inch balls. Dip balls into bowl of white sugar to coat.
Place the dough balls on a greased cookie sheet and flatten with the palm of your hand.
Bake at 325 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
Makes approx. 7-8 dozen
*This recipe is out of Joanne Flukes Apple Turnover Murder.
Friday, November 19, 2010
You need: whole wheat mini-bagels (or bagel of your choice), cream cheese (or peanut butter), thinly sliced apple.
Split your bagel, spread both sides with cream cheese and top with apple slices.
My girls really liked these and using the mini-bagels made them just the right size for them.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
It's been a little over a year and a hard struggle, but I'm happy to report that our eating out has curbed dramatically. We still eat out on occasion, but it is typically planned and put into our monthly budget. Since I have become much more aware of just how much bad food costs, I am less tempted to eat out just because. Why spend $30 on fast food when I can make something much better for way less? Also, there is just many more things I would rather do with that $30.
Here are a few of the things that helped my family break the fast food cycle:
- Desire--This may seems lame, but you really have to want to stop. For us, it came from realizing just how much we were spending on food that really was not good for us. It also helps to have a reason or a goal. We wanted to buy a house and in order to make that work, we needed the extra money eating out was taking.
- Budget--Each pay period I sit down and write out a zero balance budget. This means that every dollar is accounted for--there is no "free money" sitting in my account. After tithing, bills, groceries, household items and fuel, I look at what money I have left and assign it a category. I typically plan one or two days each pay period for eating out. If we eat out more than that then that money comes out of my grocery budget (my grocery budget is $100/wk for a family of 6). This makes me less tempted to eat out, since it typically costs us around $25-30 and I know that I can feed my family dinner at home for around $3-7.
- Meal Plan--Each week I create a meal plan that includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks based on the weekly grocery ads, coupons, and what I have in my pantry/fridge/freezer. I also include a night for left overs.
- Fall Back Meals--These are meals that your family likes that are quick and easy to make and you always have on hand. For us they are: spaghetti, eggs, and cheater shepherds pie (can of Dinty Moore and a packet of instant mashed potatoes.)
- Don't Give Up--Occasionally, we'd fall back into bad habits having periods were we eat out more than necessary. Instead of giving up, we just resolve to do better again.
So, onto the next adventure!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Life with a new baby doesn’t leave me much time for creating new things, like dessert for instance. So, I was happy that I could just throw this together last minute.
What you need:
- 2 cans apple pie filling
- 1 pint fresh or frozen blueberries
- just add water instant pancake mix
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Add cans of pie filling and blueberries to 9x13 dish. Mix pancake mix according to directions for lowest serving size. Drop pancake mix by spoonfuls into pie filling. Top with granola.
Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until pancake mix has cooked through. Serve warm with ice cream.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Ingredients: 2 cans chicken broth (more if you want it more soupy instead of hearty), 1 can corn or hominy, 1 can diced tomatos, 1 can diced green chiles, 1 can tomato sauce, 1 can olives, 1 packet cheesy taco seasonings, 1 can chicken or chopped leftover chicken (hamburger could also be used), 1 can kidney, black, or pinto beans--your choice.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
And the reason we've been doing so awful at not eating out.
My little guy seems to think that the perfect time to get cranky and need mommy is right when dinner needs to be started. We've started pulling back from the fast food restaurants once again. We bought a grill a week ago and my husband has been ecstatic, so he's been grilling. Nothing fancy yet, but when we do, I'll be sure to post it.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
This last time we got Salad Savoy. I had never heard of this before and to be honest it looks like one of the pretty plate garnishes that you see at fancy restaurants, that are just for presentation.
Since I had never tasted it before and wasn't sure we'd like it, I didn't want to make it the main dish or even the main ingredient. So, I used just enough in a vegetable dish, that we could try it out, but so the dish wouldn't be ruined if we didn't like the flavor.
Here's what I used:
leaves from salad savoy
1 carrot julienned
1/3 head of cabbage shredded
1 diced bell pepper
1 tsp minced garlic
1/4 c. chicken broth
I combined them all in a large pan and then steamed them. I served them with chicken over brown rice.
Verdict: It was ok. My husband and I thought it was fine. My children picked out the salad savoy and ate the rest of the vegetables. The salad savoy has a strong, slightly bitter taste and is kinda tough, so I don't know that I would just use it in a salad unless I really wanted to chew. If I made this again I think I would use rice vinegar instead of the chicken broth. This isn't a vegetable I would choose to buy, but it was nice to try.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
If you want, you can make these a lot more complicated and longer to make by making your own refried beans and frying your own corn tortillas, but that defeats the whole "fast" part of it.
What you need:
corn tortillas (I buy mine already cooked)
1 can refried beans
your choice of toppings (We like olives, lettuce, tomato, sour cream and salsa for ours.)
You can also add taco meat if you like.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread beans on corn tortilla and top with shredded cheese. Place in oven until cheese is melted (2-5 minutes). Top with desired toppings.
Spanish rice would make a nice side dish to this.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Anyway, now I have my camera back. How I missed it.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
I found my crepes recipe here on The Prudent Homemaker.
I made my own blueberry syrup, with some blueberries I had picked up earlier in the year and frozen.
1 cup sugar
1-2 T. cornstarch
1 t. lemon juice
1 c. fresh or frozen blueberries
In saucepan over medium high heat stir sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice until sugar is dissolved. Next add blueberries. Mash some of the blueberries with a wooden spoon while cooking and leave the rest whole. Bring to a boil. Pour over crepes. The syrup mixture will thicken as it cools and sits, just warm it up again to turn it back into liquid.
Crepes are also good with nutella, powdered sugar, ham and cheese, etc. Be creative!
Monday, February 1, 2010
This is my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. It's one I got from my MIL shortly after I married and probably the only one I use for chocolate chip cookies. This recipe makes four dozen cookies. You can either half it if you want less, or freeze the leftover dough or cookies.