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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Rare 1923 Vintage Recipe Making Polychrome Conserve

Thought I would share another recipe from this cool vintage recipe book. How about Polychrome Conserve...

1 pound of apricots, 1/2 pound of prunes, 1/2 pound of peaches, 2 oranges, 1/2 cup of sultana raisins, 1/2 cup of chopped nut meats and 2 pounds of Franklin granulated sugar.
Wash and soak the apricots, prunes and peaches, then simmer in the same water until tender. Pit the prunes and chop all the fruits fine, grate the oranges and add the peel and juice to the fruit with the raisins coarsely chopped. Cook for ten minutes, add the sugar and nut
meats and simmer until thick.

Thanks for stopping by ... hope that you enjoyed this recipe my vintage Franklin Sugar recipe book.. Hope that you will stay and read some of my other postings and come back again.. Grace

Monday, November 8, 2010

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

Another Monday and time to plan for dinner tonight and this week.

This is our plan for dinners this week .

Hamburger Patties , potato salad and baked beans

Potato soup with experiment bread ( will let you know how it turns out)

Chicken Enchiladas ( planned last week but never made them)

Out to dinner with a friend


Left overs

To be decided

What is on your menu this week, with reading so many recipes this last week so many choices out there. Plan to make Potato soup one night. Need to decide if I will make my recipe or one I saw at while surfing the Internet.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you will take a moment and read some of my other postings. Grace

Freezer Cooking Stage 3 Spaghetti With Meat Sauce plus What's For Dinner

Last night I knew I needed to deal with some more of the hamburger sitting in our refrigerator. I had picked up 6 pounds of ground beef on sale at Cub Foods to make some freezer meals. First came Stage 1 Chili ( fantastic I think), Stage 2 Our Souper Meatloaf and now for Stage 3 it is our recipe for Spaghetti with Meat Sauce. I first made Spaghetti as a new bride in 1966. I have slowly changed it by adding more spices. I have to say it just get better as time goes on. This recipe will feed 6 but since it is usually just the 2 of us I can stretch it to 2 meals and 1 lunch for us.

Okay back to last night. I had hubby divide the 3 pounds of hamburger into half. One half went into my kettle and the other half into the freezer for future use. We will reheat our Spaghetti Sauce tonight, boil some spaghetti and butter some good bakery bread. The remaining sauce will go into the freezer for another meal.

As I browned the ground beef

my sweet hubby chopped a 1/4 of an onion for me.

Once the ground beef was browned we spooned out the grease and added the onion to brown.

To this was added sugar, salt, pepper,oregano, thyme, basil and garlic.

After stirring all together we added 16 ozs of Tomato Sauce and 8 oz of diced tomatoes and 4 oz of water.

Simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour and you are ready to eat.

Spoon over cooked Spaghetti, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese ( if desired)

There are times I will add diced mushrooms and tomato paste.

1 1/2 pounds of ground beef ( I used 85 percent)
1/4 of an onion
1/2 tsp of sugar
1/2 tsp of salt ( we are cutting down on salt)
1 tsp of pepper
1 1/2 tsp of oregano,
1 1/2 tsp of thyme
1 1/2 tsp of basil
1 tsp of garlic
1 16 oz can of tomato sauce
1 oz can of diced tomatoes
4 oz of water

I will be posting this recipe on the Internet at Monday's
Thanks for stopping by.. Lets keep saving together .. Grace

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Rare 1923 Vintage Recipe Book Found At Estate Sale

I love Estate sales, garage sales, thrift stores and antique stores. We are always on the hunt for some treasure to buy and resell on the Internet to help suppliment our income.

Yesterday we were out hunting and stopped at a small estate/garage sale. Boy was it chilly. November in Northern Minnesota is not really garage sale time.

Well in this garage is a pile of books and as I look through them I found craft books on quilting, basket making and a couple of recipe/cookbooks. One of them was " The Franklin Sugar Sweetmeat book printed in 1923. Small recipe book and only 64 pages.

I will be listing it tonight on eBay but until it sell will share some of the recipes with you. It is rare and I have only found 2 other copies for sale on the Internet so far.

Tonight I am sharing a recipe for French Meringue Tart

6 egg whites, 1/2 tsp of vanilla, 2 1/2 Franklin Granulated sugar or 3 cups of Franklin Powdered sugar, 1/4 tsp almond extract, 1 pint of whipping cream
Beat the egg whites stiff and dry, add half the sugar and beat again until the mixture will hold its shape, then gradually whip in the rest of the sugar and the flavoring. Line two layer cake pans with paper wet on the underside and spread the mixture lightly on the paper. Bake in a very moderate oven until firm and just tinged brown. Put together wtih whipped cream or ice cream and pile whipped cream on top. Decorate with fruit and serve very cold

Thanks for stopping by.. grace

Freezer Cooking Stage 2 Souper Good Meat Loaf

With winter closing on us here in Northern Minnesota I am in the mood to cook and get some freezer meals ready for cold nights and easy cooking.
I do not want to spend hours at one time cooking enough food for a month or more. So I am doing it in stages. Our freezer is really only the top of a refrigerator so could not get that much in any way.
Here is Stage 2 Souper Good Meat Loaf .. Stage 1 was our really tasty Chili

My recipe for meat loaf is off the Lipton Onion soup box.

The recipe calls for two pounds of hamburger

To the hamburger I added 1 package of onion soup mix

2 egg

1/3 cup of ketchup

16 or so crushed saltine crackers

1 Tablespoon of Worcester sauce.

3/4 cup of water

Mix all ingredients together and shape into 2 loafs.

We then baked for an hour if we plan to eat right away.. This makes 8 servings.

I like to take the left overs and add them to left over baked or boiled potatoes and make a home made hash for another meal

Rather than bake today I have shaped into 2 loafs and wrapped into Aluminum foil. I am freezing these for future meals.

That is stage 2 of my Freezer Cooking Plan.. I now have 3 dinners of Chili for 2, 1 light lunch for 2 and 2 meat loafs that for the 2 of us will make 4 meals.

Thanks for stopping by.. Lets keep saving together .. and watch for stage 3 Freezer meals coming. I have 3 pounds of ground beef waiting for me to make meals with... Grace