Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Whats For Dinner Easy Chili Cornbread Bake

Recently I found a recipe at Brenda's Canadian Kitchen for her Chili Cornbread Bake and thought it looked so tasty.
This is my super easy version for the two of us, Chili from the freezer thawed out and slightly warmed and 1 box of Jiffy cornbread mix prepared by box directions. ( bought the corn mix on sale at Walgreen's a while back)

You can get my Chili recipe here .. trust me it is really good and freezes good with the beans included.

Started the corn bread batter with mix, milk and egg

Greased my casserole and spread about 1/2 of cornbread batter in bottom of casserole.

To this I added about 1/3 of my chili recipe from recipe above ( that is what I had in one freezer dish).

Next I spread process cheese on top of chili ( did not have enough shredded cheese in house)
and did not plan to go out for just this since it is snowing outside..

Poured remainder of corn bread batter on top of cheese and then remainder of my shredded cheese ( had about 1/4 cup of cheese ) on batter.

Baked in preheated 425 degree oven.
Boy did it turn out good. Next time I would have 1/2 to 2/3 of my chili recipe in the casserole.
I added a small dollop of sour cream on the side since I always put it on my chili.

I will be sharing this at

Hearth and Soul

Slightly Indulgent Tuesday

Who is Laura

Healthy Home

A Beautiful Mess

Mouth Watering Monday

Tuesday Twister

Tempt My Tummy Tuesday

Tuesdays At The Table

Delicious Dishes

Anti Procrastination Tuesday

Tasty Tuesday

Tuesday Night Supper Club

Menu Inspiration Monday

Menu Plan Monday

Hunk Of Meat Monday

Tidy Mom

Life As Mom

Grocery Cart Callenge

Thanks for stopping by.... Lets keep saving together.. and please remember Never Under Estimate The Value Of A Small Amount Of Money.. Grace

Wonderful Memories And Old Family Soup Bowls

I was reading a story over at Greta's Genealogy Bog about memories of old bowls and children fighting over one certain bowl. I had those same bowls at one time. They would not break.
My bowls that bring back great memories are these old soup bowls that belonged to my mother. I remember her warming up Campbell's Tomato soup. She would serve in these bowls with a few crackers along side.
I still have them and use them several times a week for my soup or chili. I still feel like a little girl every time I have some soup with a few crackers or a piece of bread on the side.
Got to love those old memories.. Grace

Grocery Shopping Roundup

With our cupboards full and freezer having some meals ready to go
we did not have to buy alot this week.
Super One
Bread $2.49 ( way to much, did not want to drive to Cub which would of been at least a dollar in gas.)
Jumbo Eggs $1.69

2 11.3 oz Folgers coffee $2.00 after coupons
2 Quaker Instant oatmeal $4.00
1 AA batteries $3.99

Cub Foods
Deli Ham Salad $4.99
Deli Turkey breast $3.21
1 Milk $3.19
Sour cream $2.99
Cream Cheese $1.64

Total spent today $30.50
Total spent for month $206.96
$6.96 over budget. It is a good thing we were invited to son's for Thanksgiving dinner.
Thanks for stopping by.. Lets keep saving together .. and please remember Never Under Estimate The Value Of A Small Amount Of Money... Grace

Monday, November 29, 2010

Printable Coupons Angel Soft, Pillsbury Plus More

Good morning everyone...

The month ends in just days. Time to check out the printable coupon sites. Is there any that you want or need that will disappear soon. Print them now before they are gone.


Thanks for stopping by.. Lets keep saving together .. And Never Under Estimate The Value Of A Small Amount Of Money .. Grace

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sunday Menu Plan For The Week Saving Money Eating At Home

Hubby and I sat down and made out our Menu Plan for the week. Using items we already have in the house and buying a few more things we can get through the week with out spending alot of money.

Plan for the week

Breakfast is cereal, toast or maybe an egg and toast

Lunch is Sandwiches or soup

Dinners will be

Meat Loaf, Potatoes with sour cream and butter and vegetables

Hot Turkey Sandwiches with potatoes, gravy and vegetables

Meat Loaf Hash with Eggs and toast ( using left over meat loaf and potatoes)

Chicken and Rice and vegetables will do recipe post later

Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches using Havarti and Velvetta cheese

Left Overs

I will be sharing this over at Organizing Junkie

see what others are cooking and try to leave a message or two letting people know you stopped by.. starting here please

Thanks for stopping by... Lets keep saving together.. Grace

Walgreens Shopping Today For Folgers Coffee and Quaker Instant Oatmeal

We made a quick shopping trip to Walgreens today. They have 11 oz Folgers Coffee and Quaker Instant Oatmeal as deals this week.

We purchased 2 cans of Folgers at $2.50 each for a total of $5.00
Used $1.00 coupon from December coupon book and 2 $1.00 coupons for Folgers from 11/7 RP
Total was $2.00 or $1.00 a can

Also picked up 2 boxes of Quakers at $2.50 each for a total of $5.00. I had a coupon for $1.00 off 2 boxes making my cost $4.00 and received in rewards $2.00 for future purchase.

Total out of pocket $6.00 with $2.00 register reward received back for next shopping trip.

So end cost is $4.00 after considering the register reward received today.

I will be posting this at $5.00 challenge over at Keep The Kingdom First

Thanks for stopping by.. Lets keep saving together.. Grace

Christmas Shopping On A Budget

With money tight for us, we are pretty much limiting gifts to the grandchildren only. This is what we have done for the last few years so nothing different.

I will keep my eyes open for David Ramsey books in good condition at thrift stores to give to some of the our children. I have already given one of my son some of his books, and he says he has read them. So I am on the look out for Ramsey books. I have other ideas that will not cost much for our children. I hope to do some family history to give them. Time will tell how much I get done before Christmas.

We have 13 grandchildren so need to watch for sales. 3 gifts bought 10 to go. And of course it will be cash only. NO CREDIT CARDS will be used.

We have decided to spend about the same as last year. How about you? Are you spending the same, less or more this year?

Today is Sunday and the newspaper is full of ads so maybe some shopping today. Hope you all have a wonderful day.

Thanks for stopping by.. Lets keep saving together.. Grace

Coupon Preview

Good morning everyone. I hope that you all had a wonderful safe Thanksgiving holiday. We traveled to see family this holiday. Great to see the grandchildren.

There will be just one coupon insert in the newspaper this weekend. It will be a P&G.
Please remember coupons can vary by region of the country you live in. You can preview the coupons at coupon.com
Thanks for stopping by... Lets keep saving together.. Grace

Monday, November 22, 2010

Tonight's Soups On ... Cheese Soup .. Saving Money Eating At Home

With winter settling in, hubby and I are attempting to make a pot of soup weekly. We have made Pea soup, Creamy Cheese Potato soup and Chicken Noodle with Veggies. Not only does it warm up the house and our tummys but it can be an easy on the budget meal.

While we lived in Richmond, Texas for 15 months we would occasionally visit a restaurant called Maggie McGee's.
They had the best Broccoli Cheese Soup. I was happy just to have a bowl of that with some small crusty garlic bread they gave to you when you were seated .
The restaurant was suppose to be haunted. I was forever hoping to spot the resident ghost, but never did.

Last night I thought I would try a Cheese Soup recipe. I am not a big broccoli lover so we did not have any broccoli in the house. I decided to try a recipe in my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. It called for carrots and celery and onions instead of the broccoli. If I put carrots in again, they will be diced even smaller than I did this time.

The soup was okay but not what I wanted. It was not any where near what I got at Maggie McGee's. I will continue to hunt for Cheese Soup recipes until I find the perfect one. The one in Texas had a slight peppery taste.

I will give you the recipe I used from the Better Homes and Gardens
Cookbook. It is a start that can be added to, until I find the recipe that I just have to have in my recipe binder.

Cheese Soup

1 cup finely chopped carrot

1 cup finely chopped celery

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1 3/4 cups of chicken broth

2 cups of milk

1/ cup of all purpose flour

Dash paprika

1 cup of shredded American Cheese

In medium saucepan combine carrot,a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_450BnQG_YS4/TOvHmTJAHuI/AAAAAAAAEG8/SqET7QMETZA/s1600/001.JPG">

celery and onion, add chicken broth.
Heat to boiling, reduce heat. Cover, simmer for 15 minutes or till vegetables are done.
Combine milk, flour,paprika, and dash of salt.
Have dear hubby stir milk and flour mixture into chicken broth.
Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly. Add cheese,
stirring till melted.
Makes 4 to 6 cup servings or in our house about 3 bowls. I love these bowls that I use for my soup and chili .. they belonged to my mom and dad.

Hope that you have a wonderful Tuesday as we move nearer to the big Thanksgiving Day. Please take a moment and view some of my other postings.. and I hope that you will visit again soon... Grace

Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe Hubby's Recipe ROCKS!!

Thanksgiving Stuffing .. oh how I love my hubby's stuffing. His recipe makes me melt. Last year we were in Texas and he offered to make it and bring it to my nephew's home. Yes it passed the "Brett" ( nephew)test. He had 3 huge servings and sadly we left most at his house so I had very little left overs. This year we will eat at my stepson's home and I am hoping that he makes his father's recipe. Time will tell. Will let you know. But in the end Thanksgiving Dinner is all about family and sharing around the table.

Savory Sweet Life gives her recipe. Ours starts with her recipe and then he adds an extra bag of croutons using sage spiced croutons, 1 more Chicken broth and then 3 Jimmy Dean Sausage. And NO Egg in our recipe.
Thanks for stopping by. Grace

Menu Plan Monday 11/22

Easy menu plan this week. We will be spending time with family and friends most of the time.

Monday Cheese Soup ( new recipe will let you know how it turned out)
Tuesday Left over Mrs. D's Sloppy Joe's from Sunday night with left over beans and chips
Wednesday Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese SandwichesThursday Thanksgiving Day with family.
Friday Saturday and Sunday will visit several friends and family so nice and easy week for us.
Thanks for stopping by.. Lets keep saving together.. Grace
I will be sharing this at I'm an Organzing Junkie for Monday Menu Plan

Hallmark $10.00 off $10.00 or More Printable Coupon

Hallmark has a $10 on your total purchase of $10 or more you can print here.
It may not last long , so you may want to print as soon as possible.
You have to fill in your mailing address and your children's birthday, and then you choose the $10 coupon. (I think maybe it is an offer for new or expectant mom's but I put in my kids birthdays and it let me print two coupons) I will use these on separate visits to Hallmark.
When you print it, it will print with your name and email address. Thanks Hip2Save for this coupon.
I used these coupons last year and it saved me some money on gifts. I can not remember where the coupons came from, maybe the newspaper but I ended up visiting Hallmark for about 6 gifts for granddaughters. Anyway I can save on 13 grandchildren gifts I will take.

Thanks for stopping by... Lets keep saving together.. And please remember... Never Under Estimate The Value Of A Small Amount Of Money... Grace

Friday, November 19, 2010

Cub Foods Shopping Trip

Hubby and my last stop was to Cub Foods to pick up a couple of items. With Thanksgiving next week we are not in the need to buy much this week. Plenty in the house and we will be with family and they are cooking ..
We needed 2 loafs of bakery bread at $1.49. One for now and one in the freezer and 1 sour cream for my potato and to make our own dip for chips. Chips and dip are the perfect addition to my lunch sandwich.
Total at Cub $5.97
Total Spent for month $156.62
Balance remaining of budget $43.38
Thanks for stopping by.. Lets keep saving together... and remember Never Under Estimate The Value Of A Small Amount Of Money!!... Grace

Walgreen Shopping Trip Is Next .. Shopping The Deals

Hubby and my next stop was to Walgreens to shop their sales.
We picked up 2 Puff Kleenex ( only one in picture.. we left one in the car) for .89 cents each
2 jars of Skippy Peanut Butter for $3.00 ( there was a coupon in the paper recently but we did not get it.. BOO to who controls this)
1 Gain dish liquid for .89 cents ... FREE with my coupon .. YEA
3 Lindsey olives for 99 cents each
I had a coupon for $1.00 off the Gain ( it was marked down to the sale price)
we used (2) .25 cent coupons off each box of the Puffs.
Total at Walgreens $7.46 includes tax
Total Walgreens savings $11.10 per cash register receipt
Total Spent for month $150.65
Balance remaining of budget $49.35
Thanks for stopping by.. Lets keep saving together... and remember Never Under Estimate The Value Of A Small Amount Of Money!!... Grace

Target Run and Alert on Coupons Check Your Receipt

Hubby and I went to Target yesterday to pick up a couple of deals on sale there.
We bought 4 cans of Mushroom/ Cream of Chicken soup and 5 Swanson Chicken Broth both on sale at 50 cents each.
I had printed a coupon from the Internet for $1.50 for the Campbell soup and I had 75 cent coupon for the Swanson broth SS 11/7.
I gave both coupons to cashier and after checking out took a peek at my receipt. The $1.50 for soup did not come off my receipt. I am sure she scanned it but it did not register to give me the savings.
I did receive my money back but a reminder to me and to you to write down what your total cost should be so that you are alerted right away.
How many of the customers would just walk out the store without even looking at their receipt.
Target has been in the news and there is a class action law suit about this exact problem and still Target's cash registers / or cashiers are still not registering coupons.
We as the customers are not getting our savings every time. You would think they would of taken care of this problem, but obviously not fixed.
Total spent at store today was $2.25
Total for the month $143.94
Balance remaining of budget $56.81
Thanks for stopping by.. Lets keep saving together... and remember Never Under Estimate The Value Of A Small Amount Of Money!!... Grace

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What's For Dinner Saving Money Eating At Home.. Enchiladas On The Menu

Hubby and I love Mexican food. Spending time in Southern California and then Texas increased that love of the taste, texture and comfort that you find in Enchiladas , Burritos and Tacos. While we were living in Texas my sister prepared Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas for us. That desire for that wonderful taste caused hubby and I to prepare her recipe.

We do not have a 9 by 13 pan ( will be on the list now) so we used 2 casseroles to prepare in. Our Enchiladas where a little too crowded and close to the edge. They were hard to get out but oh my they were good and we had enough for 2 meals. Recipe makes 10 but I had only 6 tortillas left so we stuffed them extra full. Next time for the 2 of us I will cut the recipe in half.

Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas

10 8" flour Tortillas
2 cups of diced chicken ( I like using a deli Rotisserie chicken)
1/2 cup of sour cream
1 4 ounce can of diced green chilies
1 16 ounce can of black beans
1 can of Enchiladas sauce
1 1/4 grated cheddar or Mexican blend cheese

Preheat oven to 350. Spoon 1/3 of Enchiladas sauce on bottom of pan.
Mix Chicken,

green chilies
black beans, sour cream
and 3/4 cup of shredded cheese.

Combine all ingrediants together. Place a generous 1/4 cup of bean mixture close to one edge of each tortillas. Roll up tightly. Place Enchiladas seam side down very close to each other on top of the sauce in pan. Spoon remaining sauce over Enchiladas.

Bake uncovered 25 minutes. Sprinkle remaining cheese on Enchiladas and bake 5 more minutes. Garnish with sour cream, guacamole if desired.

So tasty and alot cheaper than going out to dinner.. Thanks for stopping by.. Grace

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Giving Away Some Of My Over Stock To The Needy

Last night we had a bad fire here in downtown Duluth. It was at the Cozy bar which was in a beautiful old historic building.
Not only was the bar damaged but 60 people lost there homes in the many apartments that were in that same building. These individuals lost their furniture, clothing and what other items they may have owned. Many of these residents are those who are most in need. They live on fixed incomes. Whether SSI, Social Security or any other assisstant they may receive. All of a sudden they find their homes on fire and they are on the street. They probably do not have money in the bank to buy what they need or to go and rent another apartment. Most of the low rent apartments have been taken already and we are going into winter here in the Northland.
There is a call for help for these in need. Money, clothing, furniture and personal hygeniene items. I have no furniture to give, money is really tight but I do have a cabinet full of items... shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, dental floss and razors. I was able to fill two grocery bags with items. We still have a small stock of these same items to take care of use.

Some times it is good to pass on our good fortune the best we can. To help our neighbor even those we do not know and probably will never know. Tomorrow these items will be brought to the Salvation Army to be passed out. How is your cabinet and cupboards? Is there anything extra you can give to your needy in your town?

Save Money On Groceries Or Throw Away Your Dollars Your Choice!!!

Today I was thinking of the many ways we can save money while at the grocery store or we may choose to let those pennies and dollars slip through our fingers. It is up to us to either shop smart or not.
I have come up with ten ways so far...
1. Make a menu plan for the week around the items you already have in the kitchen and those that are on sale at the store.
2.Sign up and USE a rewards card if your store offers them.
3.Clip Coupons and once again USE those coupons. There is many times I forget my coupons at home and need to buy that item while at the store.
4.Best to not buy items you know you will not eat even if on sale. Food thrown away because it has expired is throwing away your money.
5.Buy items when on sale... best to make a "price book " so you know what is the best price for the products you use and stock up when on sale if financially possible.
6.Stay away from the grocery store if hungry.
7.Compare unit price so that you are getting the best price per ounce. Some stores even have this information on the shelf price.
8.Buy the store brand if cheaper and it usually is.
9.Use up your left overs.. once again food thrown away is money thrown away.
10.Cut back on meat usage. An example we use in our home is to buy a three pound package of ground beef and divide into 4 meals.

Those are ten ways to save money at the store. I would love to hear of any other items you can think of .

Thanks for stopping by... Lets keep saving together... Grace

Sunday, November 14, 2010

What's For Dinner This Week, Saving Money Eating At Home

What's For Dinner this week in our home.. The weather is cold, snow is here and time to feel warm and comfy.

Spaghetti with Meat sauce ( from the freezer) , garlic bread

Chicken Noodle Soup with Vegetables and warm bread
Meat Loaf( from the freezer ), boiled potatoes and Vegetable
Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches using Velveeta and Havarti Cheese and Chips

Mrs. D's Sloppy Joes, Beans and Chips

Mrs. D's Sloppy Joes

Meat Loaf Hash with Eggs and Toast

Meat Loaf Hash

Left Overs Buffet

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Soup Is Cooking On The Stove ... Chicken Noodle with Vegetables

Winter is creeping in and time for us to make soup. My goal is to cook a pot of soup every week. This will warm the house, our tummies and hopefully fill us up at a good price.

Today cooking on the stove is our version of Chicken Noodle with Vegetables. Perfect time to add any left overs should there be some in the refrigerator. The recipe came from Betty Crocker " Come Home To Dinner " but adapted to my kitchen. I cook on the stove rather than a crock pot and use a different pasta. This is a true keeper of a recipe for soup.

Sweet hubby deboned the Rotisserie Chicken we bought this week and boiled the bones making us some broth. We will add more broth if necessary using Chicken Bouillon granules.

We cook the 1 cup of elbow pasta first so that it does not soak up my broth while cooking. This is added back to the soup at a later.

Recipe is as follows

Chicken broth as desired .25 cents

1 tsp of onion powder or onion diced as desired ( I had no onion in the house so used powder)

1 tsp of thyme

1 tsp of pepper

1/2 tsp of salt ( I prefer to add more salt to my bowl of soup if desired rather than to much at this time)

diced up carrots amount as desired .25 cents

1 cup of elbow pasta .50 cents

1cup of diced up chicken $2.00

1 can of diced tomatoes with juice .69 cents

frozen mixed vegetables ( I like a combination of peas, green beans, corn and more carrots) .40 cents

To the broth I add the spices, chicken,

carrots and diced tomatoes. Cooked till carrots are almost done. Then add the pasta and 1 cup frozen vegetables. Simmer for about 1/2 an hour and dinner is done.

Oh so good for lunch today and for left overs during the week for our family of 2. The soup cost $4.09 plus the spices.

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Thanks for stopping by... Lets keep saving together.. Grace

Walgreens Shopping 11/14 to 11/20

Walgreens Deals – week of 11/14/10

Here is my Walgreens preview for Sunday
Thanks to Tia from Tia’s Saving Cents for compiling this Walgreens list.

Here are some of my favorites.. please take a look at her list to see all that will be in the Walgreens Sunday Ad.

Joy (12.6 oz.), Gain (11 oz.), $0.89 (with in-ad coupon)
Use $1/1 Gain Dish Liquid, exp. 11-30-10 (P&G 10/31/10) or $1/1 Gain Dish Liquid, exp. 11-30-10 (P&G 10/10/10)
Total after Coupon: FREE (coupon will beep…have coupon policy handy)
$2 RR WYB Wisk Laundry 48 loads $6.99
Use $2/1 Wisk Laundry Detergent RP insert from 10/17
or $1/1 Wisk Landry detergent printable
Price after Register Reward and Coupon as low as $2.99 each!!

Swanson Chicken Broth, Campbell’s Chicken/Turkey Gravy 2 for $1 with in-ad coupon
Use .50/4 Campbell’s Gravy SS 10/31 or 11/7 insert
Price after coupon is as as low as 36¢ each

Skippy Peanut Butter, Welch’s Grape Jelly 2 for $3
Use .75/2 Skippy Peanut Butter RP insert from 11/14
or .55/1 Welch’s Jam, Jelly or Spread SS insert from 8/1
Price after coupon as low as 95¢ each

Puffs Facial Tissue 56, 68 or 100 sheets 89¢ with in-ad coupon
Use $1 off Puffs Singles, Any 3 or one 3-pack PG 10/31 or .25/1 Puffs Singles, Any PG 10/31
Price after coupon .64

Thanks for stopping by.. Lets keep saving together.. Grace

Grocery Shopping SNOW is on its way

Good morning everyone... The weather man says we should get snow today, maybe 5 to 7 inches. We live down by Lake Superior so chances are we may not get as much snow we will get rain. As I write it is windy and raining and cold. Our grocery stores are over the hill, so hubby and I decided to stop at the store for groceries.

We made a quick run to Walgreens for eggs and to do another 3 Reach Floss transaction ( free with coupons.)
Total spent $1.19
Next stop was to Walmart.. our Walmart in Duluth has a small grocery section so I do not go there often to shop. We have a new super store coming next year YEA!!!. I have always found the prices equal or better than the other grocery stores. On the list for groceries was Bisquick and syrup and freezer containers
Total spent for these items $5.18

Then to Cub Foods for groceries in the picture. Spent more than I would of like but needed Velveeta $4.99 and I wanted some Havarti cheese $4.19. You pair these two up for a grilled cheese sandwich and you are in heaven, trust me.
With store coupons and a $1.00 Cub coupon on the 3 Lipton Onion Soup Mix
total spent $56.82
savings of only 12 percent.
Total for today $62.89
Total for the month $140.94
Balance remaining of budget for month $59.06
How is your grocery budget going for the month? Do you track your grocery's or your other expenditures? Dear hubby and I have been having a budget meeting this morning over coffee. We have decided we need to start keeping track of all of our expenses.. going out to eat, gas and miscellaneous expenses.
I will be working on a family expense notebook between now and the end of the year. I also have decided to change my way of keeping my coupons. I love the binder method I can see them and know what I have. The problem is I do not always have that binder with me when I decide to grocery shop and I have not cut out my coupons that I use every week, they are left at home. I will be working on a different method between now and the end of the year. One more goal is go get my recipe note book organized better. I will share these with you more as I accomplish this.
Thanks for stopping by... Lets keep saving together.. Grace