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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!!!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Recipe Box

Recipe Box

This is my poor lonely recipe box where I keep all my printed out recipes in one happen little box. I keep the ones that I use daily/weekly loose in there and the other binder clipped together. I need to
découpage it with some cool art sometime soon once I figure out what...

Weekly Menu

Sun- Turkey Burgers
Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls
Tue- Leftovers

I have been house cleaning so I have not be online much sorry for the delay ;O) Time for Spring Cleaning..

Sunday, August 30, 2009


On a recent trip to the dollar store I found boxes of Quaker Multi-Grain Oatmeal which normally runs $3.99 box I got for $1.00 a box.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sept 23-Sept 29 Menu

Saturday prep items-Crockpot of Spaghetti Sauce 1/2 frozen for later use
Saturday Junk food- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies 2 batches 54 cookies
Sunday prep items-
5 boneless chicken breasts in the crock pot shredded

Sun- Homemade Shredded Chicken Enchiladas with Mexican Rice
Mon- Leftovers of Spaghetti from Saturday night
Tue- Homemade BBQ chicken Sandwiches with French Fries
Homemade BBQ chicken Sandwiches with French Fries
Leftovers of Spaghetti from Saturday night
Fri-Meatloaf & Mac and Cheese
Meatloaf & Mac and Cheese

This week was a double recipe week double with leftovers.

Food Budget Challenge

I am challenging myself to save money buy rewarding myself with something..I will work on that part later. The goal is to old use what is in my house now until next pay day. This started on Friday 22nd and will go until Sept 8th 2 weeks away with only purchasing bread/milk/cheese.

Trip 1 Walmart $26.13

Trip 2 Dollar Tree $18.95

Trip 3 Costco $5.59

Trip 4 Fry's $14.10

Trip 5 Walmart $1.52

Trip 6 Lee Lee $2.64

Trip 7 Smart & Final $ 26.83

Trip 8 Walmart $ 29.64

Trip 9 Fry's $12.92

Trip 10 Dollar Store $30.15

Trip 11 Sprouts $.040

Total $ 170.87

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Homemade Oatmeal Choc Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Choc Chip Cookies

Got this recipe for this recipe from All Recipe.com website Homemade Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies it turned out really well only made a few changes due to ingredients on had in the pantry.

1st change used 1/2 cup of margarine in place of shortening and only 1 cup of chocolate chips. They are a keeper. The recipe yielded 27 cookies 2 tsp of dough per cookie.

Purchased items this week

Ad Match item purchased at Wal mart today Bought a few other items spend total $26.13 (bleach /sliced cheese/bagels/black trash bags/hair ties ) and the items below.
  • Bought 12 boxes of mac and cheese for 4 for $1.00 . Saved $5.00
  • 3 cans of albcore Tuna for my DD @ .88 cents each for her Tuna Sandwiches for lunch as she is in school.
  • 18 count eggs for 99 cents for baking saved .73 cents
  • 1 gallon of milk ad matched for $1.39 saved .60 cents
  • 2 heads of lettuce ad matched for .49 a pieces saved 51 cents each
  • Bought 5 lunch ables for .97 each saved $1.40 however this is my monthly splurge for self & DD
Fry's Total $ 14.10

Canola oil for $2.49 this will last a month
Box of 4 Ranch Dressing mixes for $ 1.99 will last 1 month
2 bags of cereal $2.99 each
Parchment paper for baking cookies $3.19

Lee Lee's Oriental Supermarket 10 % discount on every order spent $2.64

2 bunches of green onions .49 cents each
1 tray of sweet basil .92 cents
1 bunch of parsley .49 cents
1 bunch of cilantro .49 cents

August 16-22 2009 Menu

Sunday- Brown sugar meatloaf /Ragu Mac & Cheese & salad or veggie

Monday- Leftovers from above

Tuesday- Homemade Chicken Rice Bowls with Salad

Wednesday- Taco Salad with Homemade Mexican Rice and Refried Beans

Thursday- Leftovers Homemade Chicken Rice Bowls with Salad

Friday- Leftovers Taco Salad/ Homemade Mexican Rice / Refried Beans

Saturday- Homemade Spaghetti Sauce with noodles and Salad

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Spiced Sweet Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Spicey Sweet Red Pepper Hummus

Spiced Sweet Roasted Red Pepper Hummus from All Recipes.com
I have attached the link to the recipe below

Spiced Sweet Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Recipe

Trying to make a few new lunch ideas and this the first idea.
It went together really quick the longest part was getting the ingredients together.


Last week I had a life flashes before your eyes experience with a few co-workers we were almost hit by a truck who had got in an accident right next to our vehicle this caused the truck to spin and came right at us. We had to run to get out of the way. It got me thinking about lots of different things..

  1. What would happen if I had got hurt?
  2. Would my work cover this health costs?
  3. What if I had been seriously hurt and couldn't move/walk?
We were very lucky however the lady in the truck was trapped in the vehicle and seriously injured. We learned later that the lady died at the hospital shortly after arriving there.

This got me thinking about alot of other things like what am I thankful for?

I had the best friend in the world even if it was only for a short time
I have a great daughter who is a senior this year
I have a fiancee' who loves me for me even when I am crazy or silly which he tells me I am all the time.

Monday, August 3, 2009

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Welcome to August and Back to School Time

As the back to school time planning has started I have been working on ideas for breakfast on the go/Lunches for school/Simple Dinners

With a Waffle or Pancake recipe and a little time on the weekend morning between 0500-0600 before the rest of the house gets up turn out 2-6 batches of them to freeze.
I made 2 batches this past weekend and that should last me to next Saturday however I realized if I have made more then I would only have to do it every other weekend which would save me time when I am busy on the other weekends.

This Classic Waffle Mix is very simple and quick you also could pre-make the dry ingredients in Ziploc bags & making up several bags for quick pour and whip up batches by just adding the wet ingredients.

Classic Waffle or Pancake Batter

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons white sugar

2 eggs
1 1/2 cups warm milk
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat waffle iron to desired temperature.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar; set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in the milk, butter and vanilla.
  4. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture; beat until blended.
  5. Ladle approximately 1/3 of a cup the batter into a preheated waffle iron.
  6. Cook the waffles until golden and crisp. Serve immediately or allow to cool to freeze in Ziploc bags