This morning I really wanted pancakes but we had no pancake mix or syrup in the house.
Well, I know you can make pancakes from muffin mix. So, I made blueberry pancakes.
You may be saying "Yes, Bridget everybody knows that."
(In case you do not know this. I used this recipe but added lots more water. I couldn't tell you how much. Add is small amounts until it's thin but not thin as water.)
Ok, ok but did you know that you can make pancake syrup from jelly?
Yup, if you are like us we seem to have lots of jelly even though I don't buy it and we don't eat it.
So, I found this recipe where Sandra Lee made grape pancake syrup from jelly. Now, I don't really want to eat grape pancake syrup on blueberry pancakes but I do like the idea of strawberry syrup on blueberry pancakes.
I made strawberry syrup. I followed Sandra's recipe but added a lot more water.
I have to warn you that my syrup was VERY thick. Very tasty and in my opinion worth it but very thick. It wasn't jelly consistency but it was thick like real maple syrup is thick. I have two thoughts on this. 1. I only left it on the stove for 5 min because I was hungry and the pancakes were already done. So, extending the time on the stove may help. I honestly don't know. 2. I used earth fare jelly. Earth fare jelly is very thick because it has no high fructose corn syrup. So, you used smuckers or something more traditional I suspect it'll work better.
1 TBSP minced garlic
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoons oregano
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 can of diced tomatoes (I used fire roasted but I bet you can use any kind).
2 cans of water
2 chik'n bullion cubes
1 can beans drained (I used pinto but bet any kind would work).
1/2 cup dried brown lentils
3 new potatoes
1 bell peppers
2 stalks of celery
1 can of peas
2 cups of rice
Chop all veggies in bite size pieces
Put all ingredients EXCEPT rice in crockpot.
Set on low for 6 1/2 hours.
When timer is done add 30 more minutes and add rice. If you add the rice too early it'll dissolve and be disgusting to eat.
When it's done enjoy!
*This recipe is 100% Mr. C approved who remember is not a veghead. So, it's approved by herbivores and omnivores alike!
This is my cheeseball. I made it on Thanskgiving and didn't get a chance to take a picture before some people got a hold of it. It's not usually in our Thanksgiving celebrations but my uncle used to make one for Christmas every year and I was really missing it. Sadly this is not his recipe but mine but it's still good.
1 1/2 packages of 8 ounces of cream cheese at room temperature
1 package of lipton onion soup mix
2-3 TBSP of Worcestershire sauce
1 TBSP of minced garlic
2 green onions chopped
1 bag of finely shredded Mexican cheese blend
2 tsp of paprika
salt to taste
chopped nuts (I used flavor groove cashews but i think pecans are more common)
In a mixing bowl combine cream cheese, 1/2 of Mexican cheese blend, green onions, Worcestershire sauce, Lipton onion soup mix, paprika, onion, and garlic.
*I did this with my immersion blender and it worked wonderfully. I think an electric mixer would work too but it would just take more time and effort.
If its too thick try adding small amounts of milk to make it easier to work with. I added milk but I'm not sure how much. It did work well.
If it's too bland add salt or more paprika but beware the soup mix will add lots of flavor while it's setting up.
Once it's at the right consistency mix the rest of the cheese in. I added it separately because my immersion blender dissipated the first half of the cheese. If you are using a hand mixer this step may be unneccesary and you can add all the cheese in the beginning.
Next chop your nuts. If you have a food processor or a mini chopper put them in for a couple of seconds.
Put nuts on a baking pan and roll your cheese ball in them until fully coated.
Wrap the whole thing in plastic wrap and let set overnight.
Serve with crackers and veggies! Enjoy.
Now, I don't know about you but I have a bunch of random things I need to go this holiday season. And, I always struggle with what to bring. Yes, I like to cook but you know I work full time and am preggers so anything easy is a-ok with me. So, over the next couple days/weeks I am going to provide you with the easiest recipes I know that are crowd pleasers.
One of my family's traditions is eating pimento cheese on celery with Thanksgiving dinner.
Does anyone elses family do this?
I doubt it seriously. I have yet to meet anyone who doesn't think it's strange.
Well, this is the what we eat with the "relish tray."
The relish tray is basically the celery/cheese, black olives, green onions, and gerkins combo. (Now real Henderson style is also pickled okra, green olives, banana peppers, and dill pickles. All of which I have eliminated because I don't think anyone in my immediate family eats.)
This is something that my mom insist us having and Little J and I both try to manipulate my mom into assigning the other person it because it has no real cooking to it.
It's sort of funny we try to assign the person the who is the worst cook it. When we were younger and tried to help mom and aunt cook we would always be assigned the relish tray and doing the dishes. I think eventually I wised up that if Little J did the relish tray and dishes I could do real cooking. I think this worked for approximately one year and she wised up too. My mom however if you still go into her kitchen to try to cook she'll have you doing the dishes.
Anyway this year I decided to go ahead and volunteer for it because I wanted to make homemade pimento cheese. We usually always buy the pimento cheese. I didn't even know it could be made until fairly recently. Well, when I did finally have the real stuff no store bought would be ok again.
So, I made it. And it's yummy. I kinda made up the recipe which I do alot and this time it worked out. It's not rocket science.
Bridget's Pimento Cheese:
1 package of cheddar cheese. Mine was 8 ounces and kraft.
1/2 c Mayo
1-2 teaspoons of lemon juice (it sounds weird but don't leave it out. I think it's key ingredient for making the whole thing come together.)
2 ounce jar of pimentos drained
Pepper to taste
Mix all together. Chill well for flavors to meld together. Enjoy, maybe even on some celery.
*I'll add a picture on Thursday so you can see a real and proper relish tray
By the way up next tomorrow is my Aunt Margie's Broccoli Cheese Casserole.
Turkey cake x 2
relish tray (This is one of those my mom insist on but I could do without. I don't really feel it's a holiday food but if she wants it she gets it. There's no cooking excepting I'm going to make homemade pimento cheese, double yum, and maybe deviled eggs)
broccoli and cheese casserole
maybe a cheese ball with veggies and crackers.
Obviously these are not outlandish holiday foods but they are my family's favorites. I'll post pictures and recipes as I go throughout the week.
What are you cooking this year?
I do have Your Pregnancy Week by Week that my Little J bought for me. I really recommend this book if you are pregnant. It's informative and has pictures of how big is baby each week.
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Cleaning out your dishwasher. Who knew?
Especially these, I didn't even know what these were. I had to google it.
Apparently it's delicata squash. It's a winter squash that is supposed to be sweet and nutty. It reminded me of butternut squash. I honestly don't know if we didn't get this last year or just threw it away without knowing what it was. Since it reminded me of butternut squash. I think I'm going to try to make this soup and substitute the two different squashes.
What we'll be eating this week:
Peanut noodle salad
Delicata squash soup in the crockpot
Calzones with homemade pizza sauce
Small meal plan right? Yeah, and I think it works for us. With my long work schedule we eat leftovers plenty of nights and we like it just fine. I'll post if any of my experiments are winners.
Well, this is because our life has been in somewhat of food chaos. You know, not real chaos YET but I'm more than embarrassed to tell you what we've been eating around this house. Let me just leave you with this... I have eaten ramen noodles twice since we last talked. I do not care for ramen noodles. Hate is a very strong word but I would almost say I hate them. But Mr. C offered and I was so weak.
So you say "What exactly have you been doing with your time? Have you been running?"
No, since we last talked I have not ran one lick. I have been sitting on the couch getting fat. But, it's ok. Don't worry. I have been doing a whole nother type of cooking.
I have a bun in the oven!
Yup, it's true. There's going to be another person in our family soon enough. (Soon as in 6 months.)
I'm now 3 months pregnant and it hit me like a ton of bricks. Man it's hard in the beginning but the internet said that usually second trimester you become a person again. I totally believe this. We went hiking on Saturday and I've been cooking again this weekend. It's crazy Saturday morning I woke up
So, I'm back. I'll start blogging again maybe not every week but again.
So, in the box this week (I think, I'll have to guess we still have lots of veggies left over from last week): okra, green tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, peaches, eggplant, squash, purple hull peas
Also, I'm changing the way I plan cooking. Instead of giving a meal to each day I am going to list what I'm cooking for the week. This may help me follow through better with my cooking plans. Honestly my meal plans are very hit and miss.
This is what I'm contemplating this week:
Mac n cheese muffins
Skillet green beans and potatoes
I also found this dessert I might try. AND I am making a cake for my nephew and brother in law's birthdays. My adorable nephew is now 2!
Happy Cooking =)
Stuffed Corn Tortillas- need I say more?
Homemade oatmeal cream pies I love these things. I remember being young and visiting my grandparents in West Texas and eating these. I think I'm the only person in my family who loves these like I do.
Many uses for salt. Did you know you could use salt to get stains out?
How to dry plastic bags. I've always thought it would be smart to reuse plastic bags but never thought about how to do it.
Sunday: Mr. C is out of town.
Monday: Stuft Shells made with Fresh & Easy Spaghetti Sauce and green beans.
Tuesday: White bean and Cherry Tomato Salad
Wednesday: Mr. C is making homemade tofu chili.
Friday: Burgers and fries.
Saturday: We are going to Nashville to see a couple of my favorite people
Mr. C doesn't like pizza. It all started in elementary school. Remember when everyone's favorite food was pizza? Well, Mr. C says it bugs him that elementary school child's favorite food is pizza by default. Like if you wanted to be cool you had to like pizza. Well, it has never been Mr. C's favorite food. Mr. C's favorite food is artichoke. He has never told me this but I suspect that maybe he was ostracized for his unlove of pizza. It's so sad. He also doesn't much care for barbeque but that's another story. So, don't ask him what he thought of this.
I loved this. I loved this so much I just had to share it. Also, I have been promising to give this pizza crust recipe to Laura, Mr. C's sister for a while now. This is the perfect excuse to blog about it.
This was SO yummy. I think the perfect combo is feta and barbeque sauce. I got that idea from Fairhope Foodie. I would have never thought to combine the two but I'm glad she did.
What you need:
-Pizza Crust homemade or store bought. I make my own using this recipe. The only thing I change is I add extra honey and do half wheat/half white flour.
-Your favorite barbeque sauce. I used kraft. It's not really my favorite. KC is but Kraft is what we had in the fridge.
*FYI- I have no idea how much you need of each of these. I just added whatever amount looked about right.
1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
2. Chop onion and pepper.
3. Stir fry with coconut oil until tender but not super cooked.
4. Roll out dough.
5. Pour barbeque sauce on dough.
6. Spread mozzarella and feta cheese.
7. Add onion, mushrooms, and peppers.
8. Very carefully put bacon on half and boca on half. Don't let the bacon encroach anywhere near the boca side.
9. Cook at 475 for
Kenneth Feld, Owner, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
Say prayers to the big man for us. Little J and I head off to Chicago tomorrow for the Rock N Roll half on Sunday. Which is also our run for autism.
Regrowing celery that you get at the grocery store. Interesting, I never knew. I might have to try this.
Making cardboard castles. This might be super fun and therapeutic for me to do at work.
Christmas in July?!?!? I guess it's a good time to start thinking.
Summer Squash Bread Sounds yummy and a good way to use up the lotsa squash we've got.
I am also reading "It's not about the bike."
It's a biography about Lance Armstrong. It's really good and with no disrespect I have absolutely no interest in biking.
Yup, we're in a guillotine. But don't worry we didn't lose our heads. This was taken in Bermuda, the last vacation we went on with the Bailey family and where we got engaged. =) Isn't it funny? Of course I'm happy and Mr. C is looking at me crazy. Yup, that's most of our life. Happy Pick Me Up Wednesday!
(Blogger and I are not friends today. Now lets try this again.)
Happy birthday Mr. C!
Yes, it's my wonderful, loving, enduring husband's birthday.
Look he got into this silly birds nest because I think it's funny. He's so wonderful to me. I am truly blessed that God created him. =)
Today we are both not going to work so we can spend the day hanging out with each other. I am making waffles for breakfast and sushi for dinner. We are going to see the Sorcerer's Apprentice at his request.
Kroger Mega Event:
Kraft Miracle Whip or Mayo 22-30 oz $1.69 ea = Mega 1
-$1 off Miracle Whip printable ($.69 after coupon)
Idahoan Potatoes 49¢ =Mega 4 (buy 3 to use the coupon)
-.75/3 Idahoan product printable (makes it $.25 ea)
Red Gold Tomatoes 14.5 oz., 46¢ = Mega 7
-.75/3 Red Gold Tomatoes printable (makes it 21¢ ea)
Nabisco 100 Calorie Snacks $1.99 = Mega 9
-$1/2 Nabisco Multi-Pack Products printable
Oscar Mayer Deli Creations $1.99 = Mega 10
-$1 off Oscar Mayer Deli Creations printable (makes it 99¢)
Spaghetti O’s 14.75-15 oz 49¢ ea = Mega 12
-.50/2 Spaghetti O’s printable (makes both FREE)
Philadelphia Cream Cheese 5-8 oz 99¢ ea = Mega 17
Buy 5 + Kraft Cheese & Dairy items get $5 off your next order Catalina*
(makes 5 FREE)
Breyers or Private Selection Ice Cream 48 oz., or Novelties $1.97 ea = Mega 18
-$1 off Breyers Smooth & Dreamy bars or sandwiches, printable
Tombstone Pizza 16-29.5 oz $2.49 ea = Mega 19
-$2 off Tombstone Pizza printable (facebook coupon, play game) (makes it 49¢)
Dannon Yogurt 4-6 pk $1.79 ea = Mega 21
Buy 2 Dan-o-nino, get $1; Buy 3, Get $1.50; Buy 4+, get $2 off your next order Catalina*
-$1 off Dan-o-nino printable
-Print 2 coupons and after the catalina it's $.29 each
Lysol Cleaners $1.99 = Mega 22
-.50/1 Lysol All Purpose Cleaner Pourable printable
-.50/1 Lysol All Purpose Cleaner Trigger printable
-.50/1 Lysol Antibacterial Kitchen Cleaner printable
-.50/1 Lysol Bathroom Cleaner printable
-.50/1 Lysol Disinfectant Spray To Go printable
-.50/1 Lysol Disinfectant Spray printable
-.50/1 Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaners printable
Boulder Canyon Chips 5 oz 99¢ ea = Mega 24
-$1/2 Boulder Canyon Chips , 5 oz + printable
Q-Tips 375 ct., $1.50 = Mega 25
-.60/1 Q-tips Cotton Swab, 285 ct + printable
Dove or Degree Deodorant 2.6-3 oz $1.50 ea = Mega 26
-$1 off Degree Women’s product printable (makes it 50¢)
Soft Soap Body Wash $1.89 = Mega 27
-.75/1 Softsoap Nurti-Serums Body Wash printable
Midol 20-24 ct., $4.99 = Mega 28
-$1 off Midol 20 ct. + printable
-$2 off Midol Product, 20ct+ printable
Palmolive Dish Soap, 20 oz., $1.49 = Mega 29
-.35/1 off Palmolive Ultra Dish Liquid printable
Advil Pain Reliever 20-24 ct or Motrin PM Pain Reliever 20 ct $2.50 ea = Mega 30
-$2 off Advil PM Product printable (makes it 50¢)
Also if you don't want any of these items you can mix and match. You can also do multiple Lysol cleaning products or 2 litres of Pepsi products are still on sale to substitute if you would like.
- Don't forget about the cheap school supplies to pick up for donations.
* A catalina is a coupon that prints out at and can be used off any purchase the next time you come in.
Thanks to Southern Savers for all of the coupon match ups and to see the full ad. Check here.
Well, Since it had been a bazillion years it fell apart.
That was the end of grillin' week. =(
And all cooking went out the window at that time. I'm embarassed to even tell you what I fed Mr. C but it includes ramen noodles, tombstone pizza, and cereal for dinner. So, needless to say nothing to blog home about.
The only bright-ish spot is that I crockpotted Baba Ganoush it was amazing! Although I also attempted to make falafel and it was a total failure, which doesn't make much sense b/c I've made it before successfully. But anyway back on the saddle again this week.
Side note, I had a really hard time getting into the routine of doing a weekly menu and matching it up to what's available initially. But let me tell you last week I was lost. Hence why Mr. C ate junk food all week. It makes dinner so much easier.
What's in the box? squash, eggplant, corn, blueberries, peaches, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes. Further my coworker gave me a HUGE bag of squash from her garden. So, this is squash week.
I already used the eggplant for baba ganoush. It's so tasty and I put the calories into Livestrong (my calorie counting website) and it's less that 100 calories for a serving. A serving is a super generous portion. I was happy.
Sunday: Oven Garlic Chicken/Tofu with saute squash and cheesecake. Oven Garlic Chicken is one of Mr. C's family recipes. He told me on Sunday is his favorite and he would really like for me to make it for his birthday. I had never heard of it before, further he never request foods so I jumped on it. It was tasty even though I'm pretty sure I messed it up. The cheesecake is for Mr. C's birthday but I couldn't handle it and sushi on the same day.
Monday: I am making Squash Parmesan. You know like eggplant Parmesan but with squash. I'll let you know the verdict.
Tuesday: Happy birthday Mr. C! To celebrate I am making sushi. This is an all day event and I'm not really even that good at it but Mr. C LOVES it and told me it's the only thing he wants for his birthday.
Thursday: Scrounge part 2 (I think we'll have plenty of leftovers.) Also, Happy birthday Mama
Friday: Homemade Pizza
Saturday: Heading to Nashville to celebrate birthdays.
Don't you just love back to school season? I know I do. All of the kiddos come in and pretend that they are so sad summer's coming to an end but love the idea of new teachers, friends, and even some a new school. Don't you remember the beginning of your Freshman year? Scared and intimidated about "seniors." Good times. You know what one of the things I loved? School supply shopping and new clothes. Wearing a new outfit on the first day of school but also trying to look "cool" by not making it look like a whole new outfit. Or going school supply shopping and begging for Lisa Frank. I remember Little J and I used to fight about Lisa Frank. Man, that stationary was so cool.
You say "Yeah, Bridget, that's fun and all but what's your point to all of this?"
Well, my point is even though I have the great memories of consumerism before the school year many kids do not get that excitement of purchasing new school supplies. With budget cuts we are no longer talking about a new binder and a couple of pencils. Now the list are 50+ items long. The list of required purchasing now is INSANE. That stuff can add up quickly. Lots of families struggle just to make ends meat much less buy $100+ in school supplies. It's totally ridiculous. And these families could use your help. If you look around many stores have amazing deals right now just to get you in the door. If you are smart about it you can easily pick up some stuff right for little to no money. Lots of places have deals so when you are shopping this week pick some up. Here some of the best deals.
Last week Kyle and I did a deal (that is still good) that if we purchased certain items we would get a 100% rebate back from Office Max HERE. So, we were able to get 125 folders and 2 packs of notebook paper to donate for free plus free shipping! (You first have to register for a Max Perks Card and wait about a month to get the rebate. We do this and then buy printer ink since we go through it so quickly.)
Southern Savers has a deal from Office Depot where you make money this week and still donate lots you can check it out here. After coupons and rebates you actually get $6 FREE!
My Kroger ad has Crayola Crayons $.25, Oxford folders $.15, and Papermate pens for 3 for $1
Publix right now has:
Crayola Crayons, 24 ct., 24¢
Dixon No. 2 Wood Pencils, 10 ct., 34¢
Top Flight Standards Subject Notebook, 1 ct., 34¢
Paper Mate Flexgrip Elite Ball Point Pen, 2 ct., 50¢
Paper Mate Write Bros. Ball Point Pen, 10 ct., 50¢
Elmer’s Glue Stick, 3 ct., 67¢
Pilot Pens 50% off
-$1 off Pilot Pens printable (makes it FREE)
Also, you may ask "But Bridget what do I now do with my fabulous finds?" Well, I know we are gladly accepting donations to distribute at my work. So, probably also your local mental health center is as well. Additionally, our church is having a drive and I even saw at the Publix I shop at this weekend a donation bin. Really, I'm betting most anyone who works with kids would love to help out.
What you need:
7 large tomatoes
3 heaping TBSP of honey
1 can of tomato paste
Oregano to taste (Not sure exactly how much I had it from my garden but my guesstimate is about 2 TBSP)
Basil to taste
4 TBSP of minced garlic
1/2 c of water
3 TBSP of salt
Put tomatoes first and then all other ingredients in the crockpot. Try to put the others over the tomatoes. With tomatoes don't worry about cutting or dicing. just wash and cut off tops. Let cook for 6-8 hours on low (this is very forgiving if it overcooks it's no big deal). When you get home very carefully scoop into blender or food processor and blend. I used my immersion blender. It worked very well. Except for the part that I had it on the highest setting and sauce went EVERYWHERE, oops. Enjoy. Also, this easily can be frozen and eaten for later and it still taste good. Lots of people will freeze it in ziploc bags and throw them away when they are done. I freeze it in plastic containers so I can still reuse it again when I'm done. Just defrost the night before you are ready to use it.
****Update it's crockpot week at Ultimate recipe swap. So, I am adding this recipe. If you love your crockpot like I do. Check out others HERE
Welch’s 100% Grape Juice 25.4-64 oz, or Sparkling Juice $2.49 ea = Mega 1
-$1 off Welch’s Juice, 64 or 96 oz printable (makes it $1.49)
Lean Cuisine or Stouffer’s Entree 5-21 oz $1.69 ea = buy 2= Mega 3
-$1/2 Lean Cuisine Entree printable (makes it $1.19)
Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers Vegetables 12 oz $1.49 ea = Mega 4
-.50/1 Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers printable (makes it 49¢)
Boulder Canyon Chips 5 oz 99¢ ea = Mega 5
-$1 off Boulder Canyon Chips, 5 oz + printable (makes it FREE)
Aquafresh Premium Toothpaste $2 ea = Mega 6
-$1 off Aquafresh Extreme Clean product printable (makes it $1)
Dove or Degree Deodorant 2.6-3 oz $1.50 ea= Mega 7
-$1 off Degree Women’s product printable (makes it 50¢)
Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Lunchmeat 7-9 oz. $2.49 ea= Mega 8
-$1 off Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh meat printable (makes it $1.49)
International Delight Coffee Creamer $1.99 ea= Mega 9
-.55/1 International Delight Creamer printable (makes it $1.44)
L’Oreal Vive or Studio Shampoo, Conditioner or Styler 1.7-13 oz $2 ea= Mega 10
-$1 off L’Oreal Studio Line or Vive Pro Glossy Style Styling Product, printable
(makes it $1)
*If you don't like any of these pepsi 2 litres are also on sale so you can substitute those as much as you want to make it to 10.
Other good deals that are not on the mega event:
Silverbrite Salmon Fillets $3.99 lb
Milk gallon $1.98
Tyson Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, $1.99 ea
Peaches 88¢ lb
Strawberries 16 oz., $1.68 lb
Zucchini or Yellow Squash 99¢ lb
Kroger Value Russet Potatoes 10 lb bag,$2.47 ea
To see the full list of coupons and deals go to Southern Savers. This is where I get the match ups. Thanks to southern savers for doing all the heavy lifting.
What's in the box this week? Peaches, blueberries, blackberries, October beans, tomatoes, eggplants, squash, onion, tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, potatoes
Sunday: Hot dogs with mac 'n cheese and grilled tequila peaches.
Monday: Green tomato pie (I never made it last week) with green beans. This is my one exception to using the oven.
Tuesday- Scrounge. I am going to yoritas (yoga + margaritas) at one of my work friend's house. I'm sure neither of us will starve.
Wednesday: october beans (in the crockpot) and cornbread (in the bread maker)
Thursday: Grown up Grilled Cheese (eggplant and shrimp, feta, spinach, tomatoes, homemade bread, grilled onions) with fruit salad
Friday: squash quesadillas
Saturday- Grilled pizza, maybe. I have put it on the list many times but never made it. Well, since it's grill week I've got to include it. But, Mr. C is going to poker with the men from his work. I might go too depending on my mood. If I don't go I get bored without him here. If I go I get antzy and get to a point where I just give up. There's really no pleasing me.
I'm linking this post up to Ultimate Recipe Swap BBQ edition!
I've had a revelation! Just now and it's amazing. I've been wondering if this is possible for a while now. It made sense to me. I looked all over the internet to trying to find a recipe but with no luck. I was unsure about it but decided to try anyway. Basically, I took a whole bottle of Bailey's Coffee Creamer and dumped it in my ice cream bowl for the kitchenaid mixer. I set it to churn for 25 min and tadaa! See it's that easy. I'm sure if you want to get fancy you can add other ingredients but you don't have to. See, it's the easiest homemade ice cream ever!
-$.75/1 Nature's Own (zip 23322)
-$1/1 Glass Plus Cleaner ($.25 after coupon)
-$1/1 Cascadian Farms Product
-$2/1 G Series Pro Gatorade Product
-$1/1 Gatorade G2 8pk/20oz TARGET coupon
Kraft Sandwich Shop Mayo, BOGO $1.99= $1
-$1/1 Kraft Sandwich Shop Mayo Yellow Adv Buy Flyer (at the front of the store. It's yellow. Pick it up tear out this coupon and you have free Mayo)=Free
French’s Classic Yellow Mustard, 14 oz., at $1.79 (89¢)
-.50/1 French’s Mustard printable =Free
Yoplait Fiber One Yogurt, 4 pk., at $2.50 ($1.25)
-$1 off Yoplait Fiber One Yogurt Multipacks printable (makes it 25¢)
MorningStar Farms Entrees, 5.25-12 oz., at $3.99 ($1.99)
-$1 off Morningstar Product, any printable (makes it 99¢)
Breyers Smooth & Dreamy Light Ice Cream Bars, 15-21 oz., at $4.29 ($2.14)
-$1 off Breyers Smooth & Dreamy bars, (register) printable (makes it $1.14)
Bic Surestart Utility Lighter, at $3.49 ($1.74)
-$1 off Bic Multi-Purpose Lighter, SS 5/23, 6/06 or printable (makes it 74¢)
Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil, 12 in., 35-75 sq. ft., at $4.35 ($2.17)
-$1.25 off Reynolds Wrap Wrap Non-Stick Foil printable (makes it 92¢)
Washington State Sweet Cherries, $2.49 lb.
Sara Lee Desserts 7-30 oz., 50% off
-$1 off Sara Lee Desserts printable
I got my match ups from Iheartpublix and Southern Savers. Thanks to these ladies. They really did all the work.
BOGO-buy one get one free, you don't have to buy 2, if you buy one it's half the price. that's the final number there.
*Blue color after coupon is what you pay after sale and coupon price.
Oh, and I don't buy everything that's on sale. So, I won't post every deal available. If you are really wanting to look at more serious coupoing I suggest I Heart Publix, Southern Savers, and Organic Deals and Coupons.
Oh my, my post is late. Yesterday Little J came down and we did 6 miles in 90+ degree heat. Man it was hot. I think I'm just now recovering. We were super stupid. We headed out around 9am and got back to the house at noon. We are not doing that again it was just so hot. Although we did have a good time and we went to Big Spring Park and walked around downtown Huntsville. Afterwards we ate a "healthy" lunch at Earth Fare.
Sunday: Grilled eggplant and corn with skillet green beans.
Monday: eating out at Rosie's while we hunt refrigerators. (I can say about 99% sure we actually found one.)
Wednesday: Stuffed peppers
Friday: fiesta taco salad made with October beans (those white beans that are spotted)
Saturday: Eggplant grinders with cucumber salad and mac 'n cheese
1. My favorite doll when I was young was a cabbage patch kid. Man did I love that doll. Mine had red hair and Little J's had yellow. She used to try to steal mine and call it hers. I remember that it owned clothes but it never wore them. I think she was just like this:
2. Coleslaw and a bucket of chicken. When I was growing up my family had a boat. We used always get a bucket of Mrs. Winner's chicken with mashed potatoes, biscuits, gravy, and coleslaw and eat it on the lake. I didn't much care for the chicken, coleslaw, or mashed potatoes but man I loved the biscuits and gravy (this is a deep insight into my food psyche) and going to the lake. Tubing and eating biscuits are happy childhood memories for me.
So, you can see I didn't grow up in a cabbage loving family.
Now that I tried to be more educated in my food I have learned to
Here is what I have learned about cabbage:
1. It is amazingly versatile. You can it raw or cooked. It has a mild flavor that be added to lots of different dishes.
2. It is cheap. I think around St. Patrick's day (cabbage's day to really shine.) I got it around $.19 a pound. And now St. Patty's day has passed it's still pretty cost effective.
3. It is very low in calories. Green cabbage has 22 calories in a cup. A whole cup for 22 calories! That must be why there is a whole diet dedicated to it (the cabbage soup diet.)
4. It comes in a whole slew of varieties. I think we've only had green and white cabbage but I'm sure purple would be delish too.
5. It stays good in the fridge for a long time. I'm embarrassed to tell you how long it's hung around my crisper but I can assure you it's hardy.
A couple of tips:
1. Always remove the core. It's just not enjoyable at all and it's really hard to chop. Simply cut up into the cabbage around the core and pull out.
2. Stray away from crock potting it. I've tried a couple of different recipes and unless you are making the cabbage soup from the cabbage soup diet I think the crockpot destroys it.
If you are leery start out stir frying it. Just chop it up to bite sized pieces and stir fry with onion in oil. Once it's just about cooked add Asian salad dressing, and if you are on omnivore, and chicken. Serve with rice. Easy and tasty.
If you want to be more daring here are our favorites:
1. Cabbage rolls.
2. Asian Salad.
3. Moo-shu chicken.
4. Homemade egg rolls. (I baked these in the oven instead of frying them. They were very good that way.)
What's in the box? green beans, cabbage, green tomatoes, eggplant, corn, onion, bell pepper, tomatoes
I wont lie. Of course I like the box but it's not necessarily the best one yet. It feels a little sparse. I will probably cook everything in it this week with nothing to freeze. Last week my beetnik cake came out so good i was actually looking forward to getting some more beets to bake with.
Wednesday: Thai cabbage salad.
Friday: Pasta with eggplant, onion, tomatoes, and shrimp
Saturday: Date night out to Toy Story 3.
When Mr. C and I started dating one of our favorite foods was buying the Marie Calender's stuffed shells from the grocery (usually Walmart, we were so broke and naive back then about the evils of walmart). It was easy and tasty. I think it's one of his all time favorite foods. He has an unnatural obsession with pasta. Well, now I still know how much he loves them and how terrible they are for us. Here is my attempt at a more nutritious version (this recipe totally throws my vegan attempts out the window.) These were SO good. They were more of an experiment than I've been doing lately but they were totally worth it. Cooking the greens before hand totally mask the pungent taste you usually get with greens. These are an excellent way to hide that bitter taste.
What you need:
1 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
a bunch of greens (I used beet greens but you could use spinach, kale, swiss chard, really any greens)
1/2 cup mozzarella + enough left to cover when done
2 TBSP oregano
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 TBSP garlic
salt and season to taste
1. Cook shells according to package directions minus a couple of minutes. Set aside when done.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
3. Chop greens. If you use anything other than spinach take the stems off. They are where the strong flavor is coming from.
4. Put greens in glass bowl in the microwave covered with water (so you don't die of scary plastic toxins) and cook for about 4 min.
5. While both of those are cooking mix all other ingredients minus spaghetti sauce together.
6. Put thin layer of sauce at the bottom of the pan.
7. Drain water out of greens. Chop finely. I actually just added to the mixture and used the immersion blender to mix everything up. It worked amazingly but if you don't have one I'm sure you could do it by hand it'll just take longer.
8. If doing by hand, add finely chopped greens to cheese mixture.
9. Put shells open side up in the pan.
10. Dollop cheese and greens filling inside shells.
11. Cover with another layer of spaghetti sauce.
12. Sprinkle dish with left over mozzarella cheese.
13. Cook at 375 for 20 minutes.
14. Serve with french bread and broccoli to your loving husband who has been doing manly work the garage this whole time while you are in the air conditioned house. =)
Look at that box! EGGS, yes EGGS that are local and organic. I know I say this every week but we have never got a box this good. I honestly believe this year is way better than last year and last year wasn't bad.
Well, we've already eaten the lettuce, cucumbers, and bell pepper in salad. Squash, zucchini, and green beans I'm going to flash freeze for winter. Last year we ate most everything and winter came we didn't eat too healthy. This year we are being good squirrels and I'm going to put away a good amount of food for later.
Sunday: church picnic. we are bringing some twice baked potatoes I have in the freezer I made a huge batch of and then Mr. C decided he didn't really like them. The fine folks at The Brook will get the pleasure of enjoying them.
Monday: Haluski with oven roasted chicken and beetnik cake. (cabbage and beets)
Wednesday cauliflower curry in the crockpot
Friday: Stuffed shells filled with ricotta and beet greens
Saturday: gone to Nashville to visit our dads
What's in the box this week: 1 head of cabbage, 4 beets and beet greens, a head of lettuce, cauliflower, 4 cucumbers, 3 squash, green onions, and green beans.
We have already eaten the squash, lettuce, and the cucumbers.
Monday: Mr. C has requested wonton soup with moo shoo chicken/seitan (cabbage and green onions)
Thursday:Mexican night(ish) with roasted beet salsa and tacos.
Friday: Hot dogs
Saturday: Homemade pizzas