Saturday, October 15, 2011

$1.35 per serving!

Chicken and Pepper Egg Rolls
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, sliced into thin strips
2 large bell peppers, any color, sliced into strips
1 large onions, sliced into strips
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp grated ginger
2 Tbsp soy sauce
Egg Roll Wrappers
2 Tbsp oil
Non-Stick Cooking Spray
Pour 2 Tbsp oil into pan and cook chicken through.  Add pepper and onion, cook 5 minutes, stirring regularly.  Add soy sauce, garlic, and ginger, stir well.  Cook until all liquid has evaporated.  Remove from heat and cool for at least 15 minutes...**you can't put hot ingredients into egg wrappers.**
Get a small bowl of water and have handy, for securing egg rolls as they are wrapped.  Fill one wrapper with chicken mixture, wrap and brush water on ends to hold wrapper closed.  Repeat until all chicken mixture and wrappers are gone.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

This divided into $1.35 per serving!  And it's so yummy!  ENJOY!

Friday, October 14, 2011


Vinegar O' Vinegar, where for art thou Vinegar?  I Love You Dear Vinegar, Let Me Count The Ways...THE WAYS THAT I CAN USE YOU!  hehehe

1.  Freshen Up The Fridge
--clean the shelves and walls with half water/half vinegar mix
2.  Brighten Up Coffee and Tea Cups
--gently scrub stains with half vinegar/half baking soda mix
3.  Eliminate Odors
--pour vinegar on a cloth and wipe over plastic containers
4.  Kill Bathroom Germs
--spray vinegar on sink and tub, wipe dry with a damp cloth
5.  Save a garment
--to remove scorch and antipersperant stains off fabric, rub gently with vinegar
6.  Tidy up a Toilet
--pour in 1/2 cup vinegar and let stand over night, clean with brush and flush
7.  Renew Paint Brushes
--pour over with vinegar in a pot, let stand one hour, then bring to a simmer, drain and rinse clean.
8.  Clean a dirty faucet
--mix 1 tsp vinegar with 2 Tbsp salt to make a paste, apply to sink fixtures and wipe off with a cloth
9.  Stop Static Cling
--add 1/2 cup vinegar to wash cycle
10.  Make Old Socks Look New Again
--fill a large pot with water and add 1 cup vinegar, bring to a boil and drop in clothes.  Let them soak overnight.

Vinegar only runs about $2 a jar, so this makes "The Cheapest Man in America" very very happy!  And there are a lot more vinegar uses to come...ENJOY!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Who Doesn't Love To Be Frugal?!

On this particular post, I have decided to do a few of the "recipes" I have created for household use.  I have found that making these simple concoctions has saved our family loads of money and works much better than their store-bought counter parts.

Laundry Detergent
2 cups Borax
2 cups Super Washing Soda
2 bars Ivory Soap, grated
Mix all together very well.  Pour into a plastic container, I use a old Maxwell House Coffee tin.  Put 1 tsp into washer as usual, 2 tsp if the kids have been extra dirty!  

Homemade Febreez
1/8 cup Fabric Softener
2 Tbsp Baking Soda
Hot Water to fill the rest of the bottle
Pour all into a empty spray bottle and mix.  Shake well before each use.  

Homemade Glass Cleaner
1 cup water
1/4 cup white vinegar
2-3 drops Dawn dish soap
Pour all into a empty spray bottle and shake well.  

These simple mixtures will save you time and money.  I absolutely love how well each of these work, and it's nice for my clothes to match the smell of my home for once.  I usually have about five different smells happening!  ENJOY!

**more handy and frugal advice to come...**  (think I've found a new niche!)  

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

FINALLY! Time for the First Soup of the Season!

I know I made this in a post way back in November or December of last year, but this time I am doing the Crock Pot version!  It's so good, you'll want to slap your Mama!  haha, just kidding, please don't slap your Mother.  

Chicken Tortilla Soup
3 boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked and cubed
4 cups chicken broth
1 can whole kernel corn
1-1/2 cups dried black beans
1 large can whole tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
3 Tbsp chili powder
2 Tbsp cumin
6 whole corn tortillas, sliced into 2-3 inch strips
Pour all ingredients, except the tortillas, into a Crock pot and cook on medium heat for 6 hours.  10 minutes before serving add the tortilla strips.  Garnish with cheddar cheese, salsa, avocado, or sour cream, all taste phenomenal with this soup.

This same recipe can be made into a quick fix as well.  Just add 2 cans chicken and 2 cans black beans, drained.  Both ways can be made for under $5...maybe a little more with the canned chicken.  ENJOY!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cross Country Meet tonight...need a quick supper fix...hmmmm???

I know every parent out there has dealt with this sort of thing, whether it's a cross country meet, a football game, or FFA animal show...we all need to get our butts on the move, but we still have to feed our families.  I came up with this a few years back when my son and daughters decided to be Rec ball three different sports!  In other words, quick meals were my best friend, but sandwiches get old real quick and fast food is unhealthy and WAY to expensive.  The following recipe is my adaptation to chicken and dressing with all the great taste, without all the slaving over a hot oven...hope you enjoy it as much as our family has!  :)

Chicken and Dressing
2 large cans white meat chicken
1 bag frozen mixed vegetables
1 large can Cream or Chicken Soup
1 bag cornbread dressing mix
1 cup water
2 Tbsp butter, melted
Mix everything together and pour into a casserole dish and cook at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or till golden brown. 

Yep folks, it's just that simple...and yummy!  I always add a fresh salad as a side.  This meal usually runs us about $10, but there's always leftovers for school and work lunches; and you can always go cheaper, according to the product names you choose to use.  ENJOY!