Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Beginner's Guide: Organizing Your Coupons

To clip or not to clip... the answer is up to you. Really whatever organizational system gets you to use your coupons is the best way! I'll share a few ways that I've seen. You can use one of them, a combination of them, or find your own way.

If you're not sure where to get all the wonderful coupons, check out my first post.

Sweet Pea Cloth Diper Giveaway (Ends 4/28/2011)

Check out, yet another giveaway from What Mama Wants!

Rocket Town Book Giveaway (Ends 5/3/2011)

What Mama Wants is giving away the book Rocket Town... check it out!

Brainy Baby Giveaway (Ends 5/1/2011)

What Mama Wants is giving away a Brainy Baby DVD... check it out!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Cooking the Deals of April 17-23

I am always shopping the deals, and pay very little for what I bring home. I have always looked at how much I'm saving versus the shelf cost of the items I'm walking out with. Recently, though, I started thinking about how much each meal is that I am cooking. I've found that I'm paying so much less than what we would be paying if we were eating out. I found made a delicious baked penne dinner, with salads, and garlic cheese bread, for $4, and still had two meals to put in the freezer for another night!

In flew my idea!

Breakfast Burritos

Loose breakfast sausage or links or bacon
Eggs (about 2 per burrito or per person)
Hash browns
Salt & pepper
Sour cream
Shredded cheese

Cook sausage & hash browns as directed on packages in separate pans (or reuse the same pan when one is finished to save on dishes). Whisk eggs (I usually add a little milk to make mine a little fluffier) with salt & pepper (I sometimes add fresh or dried parsley or basil from my herb garden). Cook the scrambled eggs. Warm the tortillas on a griddle. I always serve each making in a separate bowl, and let everyone make their own, but for little ones, it's probably easier to make them for them. Top your own burrito with salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese, (or even guacamole if you like!)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Chicken Crescent Ring

2 can crescent rolls
2 cups shredded chicken (or 2 10 oz cans, drained)
1 16 oz package shredded cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
Optional: Broccoli, onions, or other veggies you can sneak in

Mix together all ingredients, except crescent rolls.
Place crescent rolls in a "sun" formation on a pizza pan.
Spread mixture around ring, and fold the points of the crescent rolls into the middle pressing the dough together.
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

Baked Spaghetti

Just made this for dinner and we had leftovers for a freezer meal! It was sooo good, and only cost $2.31 for the whole pan! (Though I did make garlic bread to go with it, and I should have made salads too, but got lazy.)