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Showing posts from August, 2009

Menu Plan for August 31- September 6

we had leftovers today

steak (given to us by my mom)
hashbrown casserole
green beans

Dinner at church

Breakfast for dinner

Duggar Family Tater-tot Casserole
(roll over from last week, didn't get to make it)

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Baked chicken
some veggie

Let's see how I do this week! :)
God bless,

Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip

Friday night was our Wizards of Waverly Place House Party. We had a great turnout! 16 kids and 8 adults (three adults didn't stay). Princess enjoyed having her girlfriends over and Rocket boy had a couple of friends there too. I didn't want him to be left out. The kids had fun and there were lots of yummy munchies. I made Chicken Wing Dip (more for the adults than the kids because it is spicy). It's so yummy and everyone will love it.

Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip

2 packages of cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup of hot sauce (I use buffalo sauce, not sure if it's different from hot sauce or not)
1 cup of ranch dressing
2 cups of diced, cooked chicken
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together cream cheese and hot sauce until well blended. It's helpful if you microwave the cream cheese a bit to make it easy to incorporate the hot sauce. Then mix in ranch dressing, chicken and cheese. Spread into a 9x13 baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes.

I served with c…

Bargain Meal of the Week- Food Lion

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Welcome to the Bargain Meal of the Week. I am enjoying this and hope you all are too. Check out even more great recipes and bargains at $5 Dinners!

Food Lion's ad is available online so be sure to check your local ad.

Some key items I saw that were on sale are:
Ground Beef 73% lean $1.39/lb
Assorted pork chops $1.99/lb
Split chicken breasts $.97/lb
Green grapes $.99/lb
Edy’s Ice Cream B1G1F
Food Lion whole grain white bread $.99
Ritz crackers B1G1F
Orville Redenbacher’s microwave popcorn B1G1F
Rice A Roni and Pasta Roni 10/$10
Velveeta Shells n Cheese 3/$5
Minute Maid Orange Juice 2/$5
Food Lion shredded cheese 3/$5
Toaster strudels 3/$5
New York Texas Garlic Toast B1G1F

Friday Saturday and Sunday ONLY:
Charmin 9 roll toiliet paper $3.99
Food Lion Cereals $.99
Food Lion 2ltr sodas $.50

Here’s a ground beef recipe that sounds yummy.


· 1 pound lean ground beef
· 1/2 cup uncooked white rice
· 1/2 cup water
· 1/2 cup cho…

How the week is going

We're in the last bit of the month were grocery money is scarce. So I am praising God at how we still have plenty to eat until next payday! God is so good!

I will still need to buy milk and a couple of other things but not much at all. Payday is the 3rd so not too much longer!

Tonight we'll be eating at church. Then tomorrow night we'll have leftover Pan-Roasted Mushroom & Pepper Pork Enchiladas. Plus I will probably make rice to go along with it.

Friday night we are hosting a Wizards of Waverly Place House Party. Princess will have a few friends over and the boys hopefully will have one or two each as well. Then we'll have munchies and watch the new Wizards of Waverly Place movie on the Disney Channel. I will post more about the party after we have it. I was approved to host it through It's an awesome site to get free things for hosting parties. Nothing to buy or sell just kind of a way for companies to do word of mouth advertising. By the way, I…

Pork Enchiladas and Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Sorry I've been absent a bit. Things have been hectic here and haven't had a chance to try any new recipes to post. However, I finally got to make these so I'm posting it for you here. These are so yummy! I got the recipe from a lady named Jessica on the Cooking For Your Family board. The only thing I change is that I use a bit more mushrooms and green chilies instead of green pepper. You can use different cheeses. I used colby and monterey jack this time. I think my oven temp was a bit off because my enchiladas weren't as dry as when I had made them before. Just make sure that most of the sauce it absorbed and the tops appear dry. This is so good!

Pan-Roasted Mushroom & Pepper Pork Enchiladas:
1 lb pork tenderloin (boneless)
1 green bell pepper, finely diced
1/2 tin presliced/prewashed mushrooms
1 small (or 1/2 med) Vidalia onion, finely diced
6-8 ounces fat free cream cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or favorite melting cheese)
vegetable oil
salt &…

Menu Check up- How have I done

Monday we had the crockpot pork loin. I just put it in the crockpot all day with salt and pepper. I did add about a cup of water because I like extra juice to use for gravy or to add some with meat to freeze. I served it with carrots and mashed potatoes. I packaged two sandwich bags packed full for BBQ sandwiches and the pork enchiladas and put in the freezer.

Last night we had nachos for dinner. Just nachos, melted cheese, taco seasoned ground beef (from the freezer) and tomatoes.

Tonight we'll be eating at church.

So that brings me to the rest of the week. I really want to make the enchiladas tomorrow. I have a very full day though and am not sure it will work out for sure yet. So if not, it will be made on Friday. If I don't have time tomorrow we'll probably do beans and cornbread with sliced tomatoes.

So far, I over planned. Which is okay because everything I planned was from my freezer or fridge. I didn't go buy anything special to cook anything. We're down to …

Menu Plan for Aug-17-23

It's been awhile since I've made a menu plan. I think I am more of a stockpiller then make meals from what we have most of the time. However, I really would like to get better at menu planning. So here it goes for this week. This is a loose plan. I'm not sure which days we'll have what yet. But here's an idea anyway. :) Recipes that are new will follow after I've made them.

Crockpot Roasted Pork
Mashed potatoes
green beans

Pan-Roasted Mushroom & Pepper Pork Enchiladas
tex mex rice
fiesta salad

leftover rice
leftover fiesta salad

Pinto beans
sliced tomatoes

Duggar Family Tater Tot Casserole
brussel sprouts

BBQ Pork Sandwiches
mom's coleslaw

Leftover night

I know there's a lot of pork but it was on sale for a great price ($1.69/pound). If we get porked out LOL I may change it up a bit. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you all have a great week! Check out tons of other menu plans at Menu Plan Monday at Organizing Junkie!

God bless,

Bargain Meal of the Week- Food Lion

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Welcome to the Bargain Meal of the Week. I am enjoying this and hope you all are too. Check out even more great recipes and bargains at $5 Dinners!

Food Lion's ad is available online so be sure to check your local ad.

Some key items I saw that were on sale are:
Boneless Chicken breasts or tenders $1.99/lb
SpaghettiOs 2/$1
Campbell's Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup 2/$1
Ziploc Sandwich Bags B1G1F ($3.59 reg price)
Country style pork ribs $1.49/lb
Smithfield Bacon B1G1F ($4.99 reg price)
Seedless Red Grapes .99/lb
Ball Park Franks B1G1F $4.00)
Scott paper towels 8 rolls $4.99
All Detergent B1G1F ($5.32 regular price)
Hamburger Helper 10/$10
Ronzoni Spaghetti or Elbows 10/$10
Kraft american singles 12oz 4/$5 (but you do have to buy 5 to get this price)
Tennessee Pride Sausage 2/$5
Oscar Mayer Lunchable 10/$10
hass avocados .99 ea

I found this recipe to try. It sounds very yummy!

Balsamic Chicken and Pasta

3 cloves garlic, minced

End of summer

Today was registration day and the kids go back to school on Wednesday. I am going to be a bit absent until then. I really want to take tomorrow and enjoy the last day before classes start. We'll be going swimming in the morning with friends (which we did today as well!) and just being with each other. I am really going to miss these sweet punkins during the day. Sure, there are times I wouldn't mind a break. However, I love having them home. Five days a week, 7 hours a day is too long to be gone. I love my babies. See you all a bit later this week!
God bless,
P.S. Monkey is not pictured because he is not a fan of the water. So daddy and him spent some time together. Hopefully he will start liking the water soon!

Did you know and a few random things

Thank you all for your comments yesterday! I haven't had a chance to reply to emails/comments since we were gone to Nashville most of yesterday. Hopefully I will get to spend a little time catching up soon! Just know that any email or comment means so much to me!

Yesterday Monkey had his appointment in Nashville. Everything looked good and he goes back in 6 months.

My mother-in-law had wanted to come with us and take the kids to Chuck E Cheese's but didn't feel well. She decided to send the kids money to go. The kids always enjoy it. We don't have one in the town where we live so it's a rare treat for them to get to go.

Did you know, that if you buy the kids cups they sell there (the reusable plastic ones), you can bring them back and use them again and not have to pay for your drink the next time? We now have enough cups for each of us to have one. So yesterday when we went, we didn't have to pay for any drinks. That is a huge money saver!

Also, you can sign up…

A few things I need to make.....soon

Look at these Homemade Ice cream Drumsticks! This looks so yummy! These are really expensive in the store so this would be worth the effort in the amount saved.

These look amazing! Butter Pecan Banana Waffles

These look really yummy as well! Duggar Family Rolls

This just calls to me...I've never tried capers but might have to give them a shot! Chicken with brown butter and caper sauce

Have you all found something you must try or something you recently tried that you think I need to try? Would love to hear from you! Leave me a link in the comments and I'll check it out. I love new recipes!

God bless,

My first blog award!!

Thank you to Geri for the "ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD"! My first award! Thank you again! Now I get to pass it on to you.
I'm so excited to pass this award on to;
1. Crafty Mom of 4 Boys
2. Thrifty Ways and Ideas
3. Jack and Maggie and Family
4. Creative Escapes
5. Cooking During Stolen Moments
6. The Happy Housewife
7. Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
8. $5 Dinners
9. Lick the Bowl Good
10. Life as Mom
11. Like Merchant Ships
12. Lynn's Kitchen Adventures
13. Mommy's Kitchen
14. Southern Plate
15. The Grocery Cart Challenge

These 15 blogs of the many that I love!
In accepting the award, you are asked to pass the award on to 15 other sites you love.

So if you accept this award from me copy the picture to your pc and pass it on to your 15.

Thank you again Geri. Please take the time and visit her blog at Heart N Soul Cooking.

God bless,

Squash Casserole....yummmm!

I love squash casserole! I've actually never made it but have had it before. I had some squash in the freezer and decided to make it tonight for dinner. We're still living out of the pantry, turns out I won't get to go grocery shopping until Saturday or maybe Sunday.

This recipe turned out absolutely yummy! I will definitely make it again!

Squash Casserole
2 1/2 pounds of yellow squash, sliced
1/2 stick of butter plus 2 tablespoons
1 small onion, diced
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup of mayonnaise
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
about 3/4 of a sleeve of buttery crackers (I used the generic ritz kind), crushed

Cook squash, covered, in a small amount of water. Cook until tender, then drain well. I used a colander to drain them and then pressed on them with some paper towels to get as much water out as I could.

Return squash to the pot. Combine with 1/2 stick of butter and mash well. Add onion, eggs, mayo, sugar, salt and cheese.

Pour into a greased 8x8 baking dish.…

Bargain Meal of the Week- Food Lion

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Welcome to the Bargain Meal of the Week. I am enjoying this and hope you all are too. Check out even more great recipes and bargains at $5 Dinners!

Food Lion's ad is available online so be sure to check your local ad.

Bone-in chicken breasts are on sale for .97/pound. That's a great deal. I didn't get to stock up the last time they were on sale so I plan to go get some this time.

They also have New York Strip Steak on sale for $4.99. That wouldn't make for a bargain meal exactly. However, for a date night at home or something like that, it would be much cheaper than eating out.

Some other items I saw:
green grapes .99/lb
breyers ice cream B1G1F (it would make it $2.50 a container and that's about what most store brands are, so that's a great deal)
16oz Food Lion pasta .90
Food Lion Cooking Oil 48oz $2.39
Kraft Pasta Salad 4/$5
Food Lion canned veggies .69 (I've tried these and they are just as good as na…

Duggar Family Tater Tot Casserole

We really enjoy watching the Duggar's tv show on TLC. We've seen them on more than one occasion, serve tater tot casserole. I have to admit, I've never had tater tot casserole. I really like tater tots though so we thought we'd give it a shot. This was a pantry meal because I had everything here to make it.

This was absolutely great comfort food! Everyone enjoyed it (well except for Monkey but he rarely likes anything). Plus we have enough leftover for lunch tomorrow. I also want to mention how quick it went together because of using already cooked ground beef that I had in my freezer. I spent maybe 10 minutes including the corn and green beans, prepping. Then everything was done within an hour. Very quick and easy!

Tater Tot Casserole
2 lb ground turkey cooked, seasoned, drained
3 2lb bags tater tots
2 cans cream of mushroom
2 cans evaporated milk
2 cans cream of chicken
Brown meat & place in large casserole dish.
Cover with tater tots. Mix soup & …

Did you get your free Schwan's?

Did you get your free Schwan's?

I ordered a gallon of chocolate almond ice cream. I have heard their ice cream is wonderful! I have never ordered from Schwan's and probably won't again since it's a bit too pricey for my budget. I'm very excited about getting the ice cream! It was only 8 cents after discount! They're giving away $10 worth of free food. It may be over by now but check it out just in case if you haven't already.

So what did you all order?

Happy eating!