The Finding Frugal Side of It and How Raw this Wound Really Is

So I was listening to pandora the other morning while getting ready, I heard this song Real and I was all that’s so touching until he sang a line Real is a little dream house with a big ole foreclosed sign…then I cried and I realized how real-ly raw this wound still is. I mean taxes are sucky and all but hearing that and thinking back to buying our house, wanting to grow old in it with my husband, bringing my babies home to that house (and having one in the loving room), watching my babies grow in it and seeing myself grow up in it…it was sad, hard and a relief to leave. But it’s still a raw wound

Now for the finding frugal side of things…I think I missed it 😦 I have spent soo much on groceries and I don’t know I almost feel like it’s not any cheaper to make it all myself! Healthier sure, but we will see on the first when we break it all down! It just is hard to see the whole picture from the bottom of the mountain (or is it a mole hill?)
On a lighter note anyone up for…


French Onion Soup!
Altered from allrecipes.com!
Ingredients
1/4 cup butter
3 onions, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup red wine
2 cans vegetarian broth
1 French baguette
8 ounces sliced Swiss cheese
Directions
Melt butter or margarine in a 4 quart saucepan. Stir in sugar. Cook onions over medium heat for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
Stir in flour until well blended with the onions and pan juices. Add water, wine, and beef broth; heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low. Cover soup, and simmer for 10 minutes.
Cut four 1 inch thick slices of bread from the loaf. Toast the bread slices at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) just until browned, about 10 minutes. Reserve the remaining bread to serve with the soup.
Ladle soup into four 12 ounce, oven-safe bowls. Place 1 slice toasted bread on top of the soup in each bowl. Fold Swiss cheese slices, and fit onto toasted bread slices. Place soup bowls on a cookie sheet for easier handling.
Bake at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for 10 minutes, or just until cheese is melted
Nutritional Information
Amount Per Serving Calories: 732 | Total Fat: 29.4g | Cholesterol: 89mg

This is an extremely filling soup I served it with Paninis and blueberry muffins with Brie centers topped with apricot glaze…I only did 1/4 cup servings to save on calories, leaving the entire meal at 500 calories (not cheap 😉 but it did provide me with left over lunch for a week

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Rockstar Review Wednesday

This week I’m reviewing the
Oster Expressbake Bread Maker!
Grade C

Pros makes really good bread dough! Cleans easily

Cons bread comes out looking like this


It takes amazing! But looks like crap and the blade gets stuck in the bottom. It also takes nearly 4 hours to make that bread :-/

Let me say- before I took my happy self to Wal Mart this past Sunday I researched lots and lots of bread makers! I visited my local goodwill hoping to find a breadmaker (unfortunately to no avail!). The Oster Expressbake got like 4/5 star reviews so I figured it would be a good purchase, especially considering I make soo much bread in a week! I was sadly mistaken! Even though the dough is decent and once baked the bread is yummy! The bread is absolutely horrid looking and the blade is always baked into the bread, and it over heats after one loaf 😦
I don’t advise purchasing the Oster Expressbake…in fact mine will be going back to walmart this weekend 😦

-Samantha

Randomness and Alfredo sauce

So, I worked Saturday with my awesome friend Becky and she mentioned this here blog and how she reads it! Yay! Someone actually reads it hahaha well she also mentioned how there is totally an undertone in my voice…no really! Cus ya know I only sorta write it, the rest of the time it’s my other personality Cruela Da Mommy 😉 and how I skip from one subject to another in a – oh that reminds me – way and how this is just like in real life…I feel like she was hinting at something, I just can’t figure it out yet! Hehe
Speaking of such randomness 😉 why the fuck did I buy a truck if I can’t drive in snow with the thing? Seriously, CJ didn’t have to be in work until noon so I went to run errands; there is snow on the ground from the few hours it snowed on Saturday. So, I go to the post office and seriously fish tailed like fifteen ways to Sunday. I’m stuck and this is more than obvious, so I back up and try again still sliding, and again, and again until I finally have enough cents to throw the truck in 4 wheel drive. You would think this 15 minute snow/stuck/fish tail thing would be in some huge snow drift right? No, it was in 4 inches of snow and I was in a dodge ram 1500…fahhhck…
Now for a drastic subject change…per request of another wonderful coworker and friend (we need drown our sorrows in booze girl!) Leeza asked for my recipe for Alfredo sauce! Well here all you Internet foodies have it!

Alfredo Sauce the EZ way (haha)
8 oz of fat free cream cheese
6 oz of fresh grated parm
1/2 cup butter
2 cups milk
1 tablespoon garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
*please note that this sauce is in no way healthy…even remotely*
I also added two cups cooked shrimp which kinda but not really makes it healthy 😉

Put all ingredients in a sauce pan (I used a large skillet) and cook on medium heat while whisking!
Make noodles of choice
Consume!
This makes sooo much sauce so don’t just dump it on your noodles ladle it gently!

-Samantha

Cookies and bread

Rolo cookies
Adapted from twopeasandtheirpod.com
2 1/2 all purpose flour
1tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1 cp white sugar
1 cp brown sugar
1 cp butter
3/4 cp cocoa
2 tablespoons applesauce
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 packages of rolos

Preheat oven to 375f
My brown sugar was clumpy so I stuck it on the stove with 1/4 cup of water and made it into a paste

I put all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and then mixed it with my hands. Its a very dry dough (heads up).
I then took a small ball and flattened it with my palm and stuck a rolo in the center and folded the dough around it. I put it on my greased baking pan and baked for 8 minutes 🙂

I get my bread recipe from thesimpledollar.com
After it Was done rising

Finished product!

Samantha