Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Blog Award!


A very sweet blogger named Kay at Cooking with K nominated me for an award! Be sure to stop over and check out her blog. She has some wonderfully yummy recipes!

A few rules accompany the award:
1. Place the logo on the blog.
2. Link to the person who nominated the blog for this award.
3. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
4. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
5. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
6. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.

What's Interesting About Me:
1. I have lived in Tennessee (born and spent most of my life here), Ohio and Indiana.
2. I love anything related to cooking!
3. I collect cookbooks. I am now at well over 100 cookbooks.
4. I am a discussion group leader for MOPS.
5. I am a child of God.
6. I am a sucker for romantic movies.
7. I love to be surrounded by friends and family!

The Nominees Are:
1. Cooking During Stolen Moments
2. Crafty Mom of 4 Boys
3. Thrifty Ways and Ideas
4. Finding Joy in my Kitchen
5. Ya Get What Ya Get
6. Good (&CHEAP) Eats
7. Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker

Thanks again for this award! And sorry I didn't get it posted before now. I always am so excited to receive an award! I love blogging and am glad that there are a few others out there who enjoy my posts! Thanks so much!
God bless,
Amanda

Bargain Meal of the Week- Food Lion

Bargain Meal of the Week

Click on the image to go find your Bargain Meal of the Week!


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.

Here are some things that caught my eye....
Boneless breasts or tenders 1.79/lb
10 pound bag of russet potatoes 1.99
Smithfield Center Cut Ham Slices 50% off(reg price is 4.99/lb)
General Mills Cereal B1G1F
Keebler Chips Deluxe B1G1F
Campbell's canned Tomato or Chicken Noodle Soups .59
Orville Redenbacher's Microwave Popcorn B1G1F
Progresso Canned Soups 3/$4
Knorr Rice or Pasta Sides 10/$10
Barilla Pasta 5/$5 (this is my personal favorite pasta)
Ore Ida frozen Potatoes (french fries, etc) 4/$10
Sweet Potatoes .59/lb

3 Day Sale Friday, Saturday and Sunday only
Edy's Ice Cream $1.99
Scott or Cottonelle Bath Tissue 12 rolls $4.99
Gain Detergent 100oz $7.99
Kraft Shredded cheese or chunk cheese B1G1F (the ad says reg price is 2/$4, so if I am understand it right, that would be a $1 a bag for cheese!)

Meal #1
1.5 pounds of ham slices
2.5 pounds of sweet potatoes
green beans

I would heat the ham in a skillet. Bake the sweet potatoes in the oven and use canned green beans. Serve sweet potatoes with brown sugar, cinnamon and butter. Yummm! I know not much of a recipe but this would be a easy dinner and economical too!

Meal #2
Since chicken is on sale I would highly recommend you make my Chicken Tortilla Soup

Meal #3
Another option for chicken would be this recipe for Chicken and Gravy with Homemade Noodles from Cooking During Stolen Moments.


Come back next week and see what meals I can find!

Chicken tortilla Soup and an apology


Time has certainly gotten away from me this month. My intentions were to blog. But every week at least one person has been sick. Nothing too bad thankfully but just enough when you add in other things that I have not been able to blog like I would have liked. So I am sorry I have been missing. I have a very yummy recipe to offer up to help make up for it. :)

I had some friends over the other night and my intentions were to make a salad and dessert. However, the weather has started to cool down this week and I wanted to take advantage of that. I wanted to make soup instead. So I decided on Chicken Tortilla Soup in the crockpot. It was the first time I've made it and it was delicious!

Chicken Tortilla Soup
2 onions, diced
5 cloves of garlic, minced (I used my garlic press)
2 tbsp of oil (I used canola)
4 tsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
2 28oz cans of crushed tomatoes
2 cans of chicken broth
2 1/2 cups of water
1 16 oz bag of frozen corn
1 4oz can of green chiles
1 can of mild rotel (I used Kroger brand)
2 15oz cans of black beans (rinsed and drained)
3-4 cups of chicken cooked and diced or shredded

In a medium stock pot, heat oil over medium heat. Saute onion until soft and add the garlic and saute for a couple of minutes longer. Stir in chili powder, cumin, chicken broth and water. Let it heat almost to a simmer and then pour into the crockpot. Add tomatoes, corn, chiles, rotel, black beans and chicken. I cooked for about 6 hours on high. Everything is pretty much done so you can cook it how you like. You could cook it all day on low if you would like. Add tortilla chips, avocado, cheese, etc. Whatever toppings you want.

This was so good. I will have to make it regularly because I absolutely loved it. And very hearty with the beans and chicken. This soup definitely Works For Me!

Happy Eating!

This is also being shared at Life as Mom's Ultimate Recipe Swap.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Breakfast to go and much cheaper than McDonald's!



Yesterday, a few friends and I got together like we do pretty much every Thursday morning when school is in. We fellowship and everyone brings something to share. Yesterday I decided to bring Bacon, Egg and Cheese Bagels. And you'll be amazed at how much I spent. First lets get to the recipe.



Baked egg squares

12 eggs
1/2 cup of water
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease baking sheet liberally with butter (I used a 15x10x1 heavy sheet pan). In a bowl, whisk eggs, water, salt and pepper together. Then pour into buttered sheet pan. I have to add in here that I mixed the eggs the night before so that I just had to pour them in the pan in the morning. Just store in the fridge till you're ready to bake. Then bake until set. Mine cooked for about 20 minutes. Slice into squares to use on breakfast sandwiches. Yields: 12 squares
The eggs did have a couple bubble up spots. I just poked them down with a fork and that worked just fine.

I made 6 sandwiches. So here's what I did.

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Bagels
6 bagels (I toasted these in the oven for just a couple of minutes. Mine had been frozen so I wanted to dry out some of the moisture)
6 slices of cheese
6 egg squares
12 slices of bacon, cooked (I used the precooked stuff and microwaved it to get it crispy)

I assembled each sandwich, wrapped in foil and baked in the oven for a few minutes until the cheese was nice and melty. These were yummy sandwiches!

Now, for the amazing part.....
Cost breakdown:
6 eggs .25 (only used 6 squares of egg)
6 slices of cheese .56 (bought on sale for $1.25 Kraft singles, 16 slice package)
Thomas bagels .99 (marked down, short sale date and put in the freezer)
Bacon 2.00 (bought on sale at kroger, Tyson B1G1F used entire package)
Total for 6 sandwiches $3.80 ($4.04 if you count the 6 leftover egg squares to use as needed)

Total for 6 Bacon, Egg and Cheese Bagels at McDonald's: 6 x $2.50= $15.00
I'm going to estimate $2.50 per sandwich. I haven't bought one in ages but I'm sure they're at least that.

That's a savings of about $11!!


This is being linked up at
Friday Feast at Momtrends
Family Recipe Fridays at Vanderbilt Wife
Foodie Friday at Designs By Gollum
Frugal Friday at Life As Mom
The Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap at The Grocery Cart Challenge

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Apple Crisp


I had some apples that weren't quite good enough to eat raw so decided to make an apple crisp. I have to say, I ended up messing this one up a bit. I had a friend over for lunch and was trying to hurry so that it would be done before we had to go pick our kids up from school. So I accidentally left out the brown sugar. I realized this when I pulled it out of the oven. So I just mixed in the brown sugar and baked it a little longer. It was good after that. I think this would have really been good if I had did it right the first time. Apparently I just can't bake under pressure (see my pumpkin pie incident). LOL

I only made half a recipe and agree with some reviews that the flour needs to be cut down. I had never made apple crisp before and felt overall this was a pretty good recipe. Next time I will make sure I add the sugar! LOL I'll also cut down the flour a bit.

Apple Crisp IV

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups butter
2 quarts peeled, cored and sliced apples


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, oatmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. Cut butter into mixture until crumbly.
3. Take half of the mixture and pat it into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish.
4. Cover crumb mixture with apple slices, then sprinkle apple slices with remaining crumb mixture.
5. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 to 50 minutes or until apples are tender.


Happy Eating!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Spinach, Onion and Mushroom Quiche


This is my favorite quiche. I got the recipe from my good friend, Wendy. It's a basic recipe where you can decide what you want to add to it. It calls for 1 cup of meat and 1 cup of veggies but I use sauteed mushrooms, sauteed onions and spinach (I use frozen, thawed in the microwave and squeeze all liquid out of the spinach). I use whatever amount of each I like. I probably sauteed up about 8oz of mushrooms, 2 small onions and used a handful of spinach. This is so yummy. Even the kids love it!


Basic Quiche
3 eggs
1 can of evaporated milk
1 cup of meat
1 cup of veggies
8oz of cheese
1 tsp of mrs dash
1 pie crust (I haven't made homemade crust yet, so I use frozen. I do find that with frozen shells, you're going to get some overflow on this so use an old cookie sheet covered with a bit of foil)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together eggs, milk and Mrs. Dash. Then add in your ingredients of choice and cheese. Mix well. Pour into pie shell and bake for about 1 hour. My top got a little dark this time because of a phone call. But your top should be golden brown. Enjoy!

Happy Eating!

This is being linked up at Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace, Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam and $5 Dinner Challenge.