Chili & It’s leftover redo!!

So,
Have you ever made an awesomely huge vat of protein packed, nutrient filled amazing chili? I have- and then had to eat chili every meal for the next week … Not so awesome :-/

Well here is a great recipe for chili- vegetarian style and a next day meal!!

Chili
2 cans black beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can pinto beans
1 huge can crushed tomatoes
1 diced onion
1 diced Red pepper
1 chopped jalapeΓ±o
2 tbsp taco seasoning

SautΓ©e veggies
Put ingredients into pot to simmer
Serve with cheese and chips

Baked Potatoes with Chili
Bake 4 potatoes
Scoop out ‘meat of the potatoes’
Add chili and cheese
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes
Serve

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I Must Be A Little Crazy

Although most of us have known this for sometime! I agreed today to have my food (and blog!) in the newspaper- and they are coming Thursday!!! Normally this is a non-issue but with breaking being over-uh, yesterday and my blog being not up to date (thank you very much lack of interwebs connection). I feel like I need to be cleaning and cooking non-stop til Thursday!!

Well, since I know that’s not going to happen (cleaning). I shall cook and how’s this for commitment- I will now have to post atleast one delish dish a week- sorry more than that is too much for me πŸ™‚

Well I misses the weigh in- 138.2 πŸ™‚ yummy food and weightloss!

I want to remind my bestie on the beach- abs are made in the kitchen but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have to taste good πŸ™‚

My kids requested healthy food!

Last night I wasn’t feeling fab so I offered the off spring some Mac and cheese out of a box (gasp) and they said no! They wanted home made healthy Mac and cheese πŸ™‚ :love: well I made the m&c from the box…with a few alterations…

Boil water with diced onion and minced spinach
Add mac and boil
Drain water but not veggie
Add milk (2%) and butter
1/2 packet of powdered cheese
1/2 cup cheese (I used Monterey jack)
Serve

As sides I used sweet potato fries and baby corn.

Yumm!

Yum! Some Delish Recipes :D

Has anyone noticed I totally blow at catchy titles? Ya, me too 😦 Awe well I am sure it will be okay!
So, I have been the sucktastic queen of the kitchen, as in we have had take out and pizza more times than I care to mention in the last couple weeks. I lost my mojo, couponing, meal planning and cooking just weren’t working for me 😦 Totally a bummer, I think a big part that I became SOO OBSESSED with frugal that I was sad with the lack of really yummy, quality ingredients! Well, Mama got her Mojo back πŸ™‚ Yay buddy!

This week Jay had a play date with a girl who is not big on the eating side of things, so I thought who doesn’t love PIZZA?! So…off I went on a search for a quick and easy dough, I wanted to veer from what is the norm for me and this is what I found on food.com
I added the ingredients from the bottom up and this made 3- 2 people pizzas! So fun, the kids made their own, and soo yummy I topped mine with sweet onions, mex cheese blend (cus that is all I have on hand) and banana peppers

Directions:

  1. 1
    SOME PIZZA TOPPING IDEAS.
  2. 2
    Caramelised onions and roasted garlic.
  3. 3
    Mozzarella cheese, Camembert, Romano and Feta (for a really, really cheezy pizza!).
  4. 4
    Equal parts of basil pesto and olive oil mixed together with Parmesan or Romano cheese.
  5. 5
    Plus some roughly chopped sundried or SEMI-dried tomatoes, sliced black olives and LOTS of grated Mozzarella cheese, salt and lost of freshly ground black pepper!
  6. 6
    Cranberry jelly, shredded chicken, sliced Brie!
  7. 7
    Mozzarella cheese, shredded chicken and sliced avocado!
  8. 8
    Place all the above ingredients in the order I have listed into the bread machine.
  9. 9
    Select the dough cycle and press start!
  10. 10
    When the dough cycle is complete, take the dough out of the machine and place in well greased bowl, and roll the dough around (in the bowl) thus’coating’ it in oil.
  11. 11
    Cover and leave to rise in a warm place for about 1/2 an hour.
  12. 12
    Knead the risen dough lightly.
  13. 13
    To shape and bake: roll the dough into a circle.
  14. 14
    Place on well greased baking tray or pizza pan.
  15. 15
    Then add a topping of your choice and bake at 225’C. *I baked at 450
  16. 16
    NOTE: for a nice crisp and very thin pizza, bake BEFORE adding the topping AND after!



Last night I opted to continue on my drive out of my comfort zone (IE yummy gourmet-esque foods) and made a Tator Tot Casserole! I am personally opposed to all casseroles because of a horrible Tuna experience over two decades ago, I couldn’t eat lays chips for a long time afterward either :shudder:
But I hopped on Pinterest and let my fingers take me away

mail.jpg this is what I came up with! Looks totally unhealthy right?!
Believe it or not, it borders on healthy! 

2 cups cream of anything soup with chicken bullion
2 oz velveeta
1 1/2 Cups milk
8-10 Cups broccoli florets
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 bag tater tots, frozen
1/2 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 cubes sweet potato/carrot puree
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place soup and milk into a large pot over medium heat. Whisk until smooth and heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in broccoli and puree and cook for 5 additional minutes to soften slightly. Stir in salt, pepper and garlic seasoning. Pour mixture into 11Γ—7 inch baking dish that’s been sprayed with cooking spray. Top evenly with tater tots and cheese; bake for 20 minutes then cover with foil. Bake for an additional 15 minutes with dish covered with foil. Remove from oven and serve.

recipe modified from http://www.meetthedubiens.com 


I haven’t been cooking a ton lately but these two were def successes and with the Alton Brown recipes I have lined up for this upcoming month I am sure that I will have a few super long Wednesday posts πŸ™‚

Grocery Shoppin…

Payday weekend came around once again, and oh so quickly! Meal Plan, Grocery List, Coupons and Ads in hand I went into the store (Costco Included!) Armed and Dangerous!!! Our Meal Plan this week

*Breakfast*
Pancake Muffins 
Oatmeal
Pancakes
Parfait
Pancakes
Waffles
Cinnamon Rolls
*Lunch*
Peanut Butter, Apple Butter sandwhiches with Yogurt
Subs with tomato soup
Mac + Cheese Bake Left Overs
Edamame + mashed Pot w/ ground beef
Cream Cheese Roll Ups
Nachos
Lunch with CJs grandparents
*DinNer*
Koonthal Curry
Left Overs
Mexican Pizza
Lunch Biscuits w/carrots + pancake cookies (gymnastics night)
Penne Primavera
Left Overs
Ratatouille
I have 400 for the Month of November to feed the fam- 116 left after this weeks shop
*item * orginal prices *my price 
# Denotes Item to last full month
Safeway
#Popcorn White (kernals) *$3.99 *3.59
Lucerne Sliced Cheese (for Jays school party) *$5.99 *$4.94
Strawberry yogurt (2) *$1.20 *$.98
Peach Yogurt *.60 *.49
Blueberry Yogurt (2) *$1.20 *.98
Key Lime Yogurt (2) *$1.20 *.98
Gingerbread Yogurt (2) *$1.20 *.98
Vanilla Yogurt (2) *$1.20 *.98
Plain Yogurt *.60 *.49
#Frozen Juice *$1.25 *1.12
#Frozen Punch *$1.25 *$1.12
#Frozen Lemonade(2) *$3.78 *$2.50
Hot Dog Buns *1.49 *.90
Denver Post *$1.50
Total 24.11
Savings 5.10 or 18%
SunFlower
Apples (4.3 lbs) $4.23
Green Onion .50
#Hemp Strawberry Granola (1.41 lbs) $4.92
Red Grapes (1.99 lbs) $1.37
#Carrots .50
Spinach $1.25
Milk $3.69
Milk $3.69
Total $20.86
Walmart
Sprite $1.48
Dr Pepper $1.48
Mt Dew $1.48
#Butter $3.28
#Picante $1.88
#Salsa $1.98
Queso Bites $4.97
After Coupons (and taxes) 19.51
#Costco
5 dz eggs (that DH LEFT AT COSTCO so now I have to REBUY them) 6.89
Potato 6.79
Lysol Wipes 11.99
Organic diced tomatoes (2) 7.69
Dog Food 24.99
Tortilla Chips (2) 7.59
Frozen Blueberry 9.29
Nutella (2) 12.98
Skippy 8.39
Syrup 6.99
Pancake Mix 6.39
Celery Stick 2.99
Peppers 6.49
Half and Half 3.99
Flour Tortilla (2) 5.98
Frozen Berries 10.99
Chicken Breast (10 lbs) 19.99
Onions 3.49
Philly Loaf (?) 7.49
 Total 177.58
Safeway
#Elbow Mac (2) $2.98 $1.42
#Angel Hair $1.49 .71
#Penne $1.49 .71
#Rotini $1.49 .71
Ice Cream $2.58 $1.78
Ice Cream $1.29 .89
Ice Cream $1.29 .89
Frzn Pizza $4.94 4.04
Frzn Pizza $6.29 $4.00
Total 15.71
Savings 8.24 or 35%
I did splurge on things that were not totally nesseccary but after last weeks cheese and bread scores (all months worth!) I couldnt help it

It’s been a long weekend

In a good way! Well mostly…Corey and I got into a fight which sucked but ended well πŸ˜‰
Actually that something I wanted to write about :eww: Corey and I had lost some of that flame, ya know what I’m talking about right? That feeling, butterflies, kissing and hugging and desire for eachother. We, by all means, have had a rough road and we jumped into all this with two feet. For those of you who don’t know Cj and I met when I was 18 and he was 22, it was a fling (I was engaged) and then feelings started I broke it off with the other guy and we decided at some point a baby would be fun – Jayden was born 2 weeks after I turned 19, we got married 6 weeks before I turned 20, Brett was born 3 weeks before I turned 21 and Emmy was born on my 23rd birthday. Whirlwind – yes, romance – not so much. We have made plenty of mistakes and fallen really well into our roles of mom and dad but neglected lovers. Okay well that’s all leading to…
We made out of hours last night! It was amazing and sensual and touching and feeling! Truly stunning, I’m still feeling butterflies! I wouldn’t call it romance but fun and intimate and giggly- everything out marriage has been missing for so long!! We needed it πŸ™‚ and when we texted this morning it reminded me of how exciting it was the time we talked after our first night together (we made out til 5 am) and I was that excited albeit more rested since we hit the pillows around midnight this time around.
On a less sexy note we went to my mother in laws place yesterday and it was soo fun! It snowed and it was gorgeous (posting pics during nap time) and we got to go for a walk sans kids πŸ™‚ we also made amazing and easy vegetarian lasagna
And of course I’m posting the recipe
Veg lasagna
No boil noodles
Spaghetti sauce
Spinach
Zucchini
Cottage cheese (or ricotta)
Mozzarella
Provolone

Light layer sauce
No bake noodle layer
Sauce
Cheese (all mixed up first)
Spinach
Zucchini
Repeat with sauce on top
Bake for 1:20 minutes at 375
Set on counter for 30 minutes
Enjoy!!!

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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 πŸ˜‰ but it did provide me with left over lunch for a week

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Marriage and (Grand)Babie

My sons have recently become obsessed with our wedding photos and how daddy was so ‘hamsum’ and how mommy ‘looks like a princess, what happened?’ :they are too young to be asking what happened! Hell I’m too young!!: Well, let me preface this with Jayden my kindergartner thinks ‘getting married’ is the same as sex (or how you get a baby, thanks grandma!). After studying our wedding pics Jayden approaches me with an expression of horror and disgust and asks ‘why did you and dad get married in Church!?’ My response without thinking was ‘because that is where you get married’. A little confused he leaves with an okay…only to return with the question ‘Is that where me and Edie are gonna get married? In a church?’ :Edie is iNgRiDs daughter from Jays previous kindie class: I responded with him I don’t know and texted Ingrid! He then asks if they can name their kids Simba and Mufasa, Edie decided on Limba and Gimba (a boy and a girl) or Bella and Simba (they settled on Bella and Simba). So to recap if you got lost Jayden is planning on getting married to Edie in a church :Jayden is planning on getting a baby in Edies tummy in a Church: Jayden thinks he and his brother and sister were made in a church Jayden and Edie are naming their kids Simba and Bella… I’m old and no longer look like a princess and am also apparently a complete Jezebel!! By the way iNgRiD I am soo excited for our playdate on the 17th, please for both our sakes talk to Edie about protection, bwahahaha or just how to punch my son! Speaking of playdates this is what we will be bringing next week! Pita Pizza Ingredient list Pitas 1 each yellow, red, green pepper slices 2 tablespoons diced asparagus 1/4 red onion sliced 1/4 winter squash diced 1 cup milk 3 tablespoons butter 1 packet alfredo sauce 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 3 tablespoons evoo Toppings of choice SautΓ© all the veggies in balsamic vinegar and a touch of evoo And a wee bit of garlic Take 1/4 of this and put it into a blender or food processor (I used a blender) with the milk and butter, liquify Put the liquid concoction into a small sauce pan with the Alfredo sauce packet Heat and then cool Lightly spread evoo on your pitas to aide in the baking Spread your sauce on the pitas Add topping of choice I did the rest if the veggies, mozzarella and a touch of Brie but Gouda would be tdf also!Bake at 350 for 10 minutes and broil on high for 2 minutes We put ours in the toaster oven for 10 minutes on toast and they turned out perfect!Cut, serve and EAT Pita Pizza

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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰

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