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Who Am I? Family of 3 adults plus 1 pet kitty on 1 income trying to live like I have an unlimited budget & I have to STOP!!!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Cooking Dry Beans Tips

I decide to buy more bags of dried beans a local store here.
The beans are 16 oz (1 lbs) for 49 cents a bag I saved 51 cents per bag as I usually buy them at the dollar store. I am the only one in the family that really loves beans:) It takes a lot of time to cook regular beans usually 12-24 hours. So I decided to surf the net and I located a few tips/trick along the way to assist me in pre-cooking beans to freeze for my OAMC meals plus have small amounts for my mini meals for lunches. I wanted to share a few tips with you...

  • The quickest way to cook bean and not have to babysit them is to use a crockpot
  • One bag 16 oz = 3 regular (15 oz) cans of beans = (1 2/3 cup per ziplock bag total of 3 bags)
  • Rise under water in a strainer toss broken or yucky ones
  • Pour into crockpot then cover with with enough water to be 2-3 inches over the top soak overnight pour liquid out rise and pour fresh into pot and return beans
  • Cook in crockpot for 6-8 hours on low until bite tender.
  • Drain beans and allow to cool
  • Pour 1 2/3 per ziplock seal remove excess air /dated & labeled freeze flat
If you are going to be eating alot of beans do several bags at a time:) to save time/money/free's up the crockpot for later use...

Menu for this week

Fri- Teriyaki Chichen Thighs/White Rice/Garlic Cheese Bread
Saturday- Fried Chicken Breast Bites/Mashed Potatoes with Cheese
Sunday- Chili for me/ Leftovers for everyone else
Monday- Taco Meat/Lentil Tacos/ Mexican Rice
Tuesday- Boxed Cheese Burger Mac/French Bread and Salad
Wed- Spaghitti with meat sauce/ salad
Friday- Leftovers/find your own dinner night
  • I had leftover spahitti with sauce
  • Kid had leftover mexican rice and her take out dinner
  • Fiance had chili cheese hot dogs with no buns

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Tips & Tricks for Simple Sugar Syrups

Basically I have been trying to make it easier to make Sweetened Tea with out pouring a cup or more or sugar into a 2qt container of tea. So I hit the locala stores for this product man $4.00-$10.00 per bottle for like 10 oz was alot more then I wanted to pay to "TRY SOMETHING" So I hit the net and found this:)

Most Recipes say

1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar

  • Use a 2 cup glass measuring pour measured water and sugar into it
  • Place measuring cup in Microwave
  • Make sure all sugar is dissolved you may need to stir to assist dissolving.
  • Allow to cool , using funnel pour into glass container the refrig indefinitely
  • 1-2 Tablespoon per use or more for sweeter drinks.

What can I pour this into you may be asking yourself?
As well as I could make this up in nice mason jars for a quick last minute gift
  • Tea
  • Kool-aid
  • Lemonade
  • Flavored Coffee Drinks
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • And More :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Menu This Week

Went shopping for odds and ends to use to make meals but still trying very hard to stick to a budget meal plan. As of late I still hate cooking and planning...Maybe it is the summer heat being that AZ is getting HOT..

  1. Saturday- Spaghitti/Noodles
  2. Sunday-Mandrain Chick w/ Rice
  3. Monday-Taco Salad
  4. Tuesday-Grilled Cheese Sandwich/Soup
  5. Wednesday-Lasagna/Garlic Cheese Bread
  6. Thursday-Skillet Enchilada & Salad
  7. Friday- Chicken Thighs

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Life Sucks

I have for weeks decided I hate

  • Dirty Dishes
  • Dirty Laundry
  • What is for Dinner?
  • What is for Dessert?
I am sure there is more that drives me crazy but today is these:)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Muffin Tin Meals for Lunch

Muffin Tin Meals for Lunch idea started a few months ago when I first started making Oamc meals because I have to take breakfast & lunch to work M-F and also stay on budget by not purchasing meals out everyday that usually would cost say $5-$8 a day which can quickly be near $40 a week just for lunch.

Remember just last week when you have a little rice leftover enough for 1 but not a family of 4.
I would take that one amount of rice and muffin freeze it then slide into a ziplock bag for use later that week or maybe the next. I have a one gallon Freezer ziplock bag full with 1 of this or that meals:)in cheap sandwich ziplock bags. Or when you had Tacos and had only enough for maybe 2 tacos for a family of 6? I do the same thing freeze in muffin freeze and slide into zi

What is for lunch tomorrow you ask? Example of items that could be in my Gallon Ziplock bag

2 BBQ Chichen cups
2 Mexican Rice cups
4 Refried Beans cups
4 Taco Meat cups
4 Spaghitti cups
4 Lentil Taco cups
4 Meatloaf cups
4 Mashed potatoes
4 Precooked hamburgers

Lunchs could be

  1. Taco Salad use 1 Rice cup/1 Taco Meat/1 refried bean (House items some tortilla chips and salsa)
  2. Meatloaf cup and Mashed potatoe cup
  3. Hamburger/Frozen bun and condiments (House item Potato chips)
  4. BBQ chicken cup /Frozen bun
  5. Spaghitti cup with Salad ((House item salad and dressing)
Well I hope this helps give some one a few ideas to saving $$ on lunch..

Staying on a budget & Menu is hard

I have been doing very well on only shopping this week for small cost items bread and milk.
Yes it has been very hard to not pick up ice cream/ snacks/ food I have seen on clearance just to stay on budget plus help to clean out the freezer.

Dinner Menu for the week

  1. Pizza Potatoes for Fiance' -Grilled Cheese Sandwich with fries- Daughter- Mexican Rice for me with Salad
  2. Turkey Burgers and Fries
  3. Chicken with something :) Still undecided Update Sesame Ginger Baked Chicken with Velvetta Mac and Cheese homemade and veggies.
  4. Turkey Burgers w/ Mexican Rice
  5. Leftover Chicken Quesadilla :)

Thursday, June 11, 2009


As previously stated I played clean the cabinets and freezer of food:)
So this is the dinner meals we have had since Sunday.
My family likes repeat food items like Mexican rice & Salads

  1. Ground Turkey Velvetta Dip/Mexican Rice/Can of Refried beans
  2. Skillet Enchiladas with left over Mexican Rice/ Salad
  3. BBQ Chicken Tacos with left over Mexican Rice/ Salad
  4. Spiced Baked Chicken/Mac and Cheese /canned Veggies
  5. Jambalaya/Leftover Chicken and salad
  6. Crockpot Lasagna with Meat Sauce/ Garlic Bread/Salad
  7. Leftover Lasagna with Cheese Bread

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Organization Food Plan

Recently I was surfing the internet and come across a few people who doing food budgets with a limit. (Example annual budget of $ 800 or $1200) I am still researching this alot as well as some of their ideas.

Decided to use up all the meat in freezer & Leftover OAMC Meals from my first batch in March.
  1. Food inventory (deep freezer, House Freezer/Refrig and cabinets/shelves) Time: 3 hours
  2. Meal Plan Time : 1 hour
  3. Shopping Time : 2 hour (Daughter still in wheelchair)
  4. Spend total $77.00 on clearance items, items need for meals and household items
Currently have planned 10 of the 14 meals for 2 weeks have 4 more to figure out with the food we have  in the house. I also have to pick up a few more items from Bulk Store and Misc non-food items. May will need to spend $25-$50 but this will last 2 weeks. I will have to pick up bread/bagels/Milk

Monday, June 1, 2009

Clearance Deal

At Fry's this am I purchased

Turkey Burgers for $1.69 per pack x 4 Total $6.76 reg each $4.49 saved $11.20

I plan to make 2 packages  for dinner to allow for leftovers for my lunch for 2 days:)