Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

We love these cookies. We make them about every couple of weeks. In order for them to last as soon as they cool, I place them in Ziploc bags and place them in the freezer. Then we all just take a couple out as needed for our lunchs or for snacks.

I got this recipe from a great family cookbook called Susie's Cookbook.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 1/2 C flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 C shortening
3/4 C brown sugar
3/4 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp water
2 eggs
2 C Oatmeal
12 oz. Chocolate Chips

Cream shortneing; add sugar, vanilla and water. Beat until creamy. Add eggs. Gradually add flour, salt and soda. Stir in oatmeal with a wooden spoon; add chocolate chips. Blend well.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Grocery Challenge

Again no picture. I did a late night run to the store this week and Daddy was still up when I got home and before I could stop him he had already put away half of the groceries. How sweet!

Again we went over the budget this week. However, we are completely stocked in our freezer and do not have to buy any more meat for a while. I picked up some novelty items like ready to bake cookies, for Elle's birthday party at school and here with friends, since I am going to be making a cake and cupcakes as well. I went for ease. So here's the total...

Giant Food Store

4c Raspberry Tea mix to Go - 3.99
4c Raspberry Tea mix - 3.99
2 12 pks Diet Coke - 7.34 (This is a habit I am trying to break hence the buying of the raspberry tea)
2 # Cake Flour - 2.65 (For Elle's birthday cakes next week)
Cake Mate decorating tips - 1.35 (can't find my old ones)
Coffee - 4.59
3.33 # Apples - 3.69
5# Potatoes - 3.89
Banquet Chicken Nuggets - 4.59 (The only ones that don't contain milk)
2 - 11# Whole Chickens - 13.08
2 Giant French Fries - 3.34
2 Pillsbury Ready to Bake Cookies - 5.00
Fleishman's Yeast - 5.29
2 International Delight Creamer - 3.00
Soy Yogurt - 1.09
Gallon 1% Milk - 3.31
4c. Giant Shredded Mozz. Cheese - 3.34

Total Before Coupons - 73.53

Pillsbury Cookies 0.75
Doubled 0.25
Fleishman's Yeast 0.45
Doubled 0.45
Instore Coupon .50
Instore Coupon 2.00
Total Coupons - 4.40

Total OOP - 69.13

2 half gallons of Archer Farms Vanilla Soy Milk - 5.18
Cheezits - 3.09
2 Honey Bunches of Oats twin pack - 8.48
Ground Cinnamon - 0.99
Ground Cumin - 0.92
Heinz Turkey Gravy - 1.07

-$1.00 Coupon
-10% Emp discount
-10% extra emp discount

Total OOP - 16.23

So Total between Giant and Target $85.36

okay so twice the budget but I am hoping for but positive note is that hopefully the next couple of weeks will be less so it will all even out in the end.

Check out how others are spending their weekly grocery budgets HERE.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Grocery Cart Giveaway

Gayle at the Grocery Cart Challenge is having any awesome giveaway you might want to check out. She is giving away this Keruig coffee machine. For those of us who live on coffee this is a great machine. No more brewing a whole pot and you never get to finish it. (Wastful and NOT frugal). This machine brews one cup at a time. You never have to worry about wasting a whole pot if you don't drink it all. You should run over to her website and sign on up for the giveaway. I did! HERE

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Menu Planning Monday

Pork Tenderloin

Sandwiches & Chicken Noodle Soup- out of freezer

Pack PM snack for Sassy
London Broil
Baked Potatoes
Mixed Veggies

Pack Main Lunch Meal for Sassy

Pack Yogurt & Lunch Side Dish – butternut squash from freezer for Sassy
Tater Tots

Meatball Sandwiches
WW Rolls

Homemade Pizza’s
Crust, Sauce, Cheese, Soy Cheese

Check out some other great meal plans this week HERE.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Birthday Cake Recipe

So I forgot to add a Birthday cake to this week's menu plan. It was Daddy's birthday on Wednesday. However, with both of our work schedules as crazy as they are we didn't get to celebrate it till Monday. In the morning, I made him his favorite breakfast of all time, a good southern breakfast of bacon, fried eggs, homemade biscuits, and gravy. Then after dinner we had a birthday cake. With Sassy's milk allergy however, I cannot exactly go to the store and pick up a cake. (Plus they are expensive) So off to the Grandma's cookbooks I went. My favorite is the Woman's Home Companion Cook Book published in 1944.

If you can get your hands on a good cookbook from the 40's it's well worth your money. These books were printed during the war and right after the depression, so all most all the recipes contain staples that are in your pantry everyday; are not expensive to buy and have modifications to them in case you have already used your ration of sugar, etc. These are the books, I ALWAYS find the best recipes in. Plus since we can't use any milk products in the house, it has a ton of recipes with shortening instead of butter, which is a bonus!!

So I made the TWO EGG BUTTER CAKE- YUMMY and then I made a SEVEN MINUTE ICING - another YUMMY!! Daddy and Sassy both had TWO pieces. Recipes below.

Two Egg Butter Cake
Cake flour - 3 cups
Baking Powder - 5 tsp
Salt - 3/4 tsp
Shortening - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1 1/2 cups
Eggs - 2
Vanilla - 1 tsp
Milk - 1 cup (we used plain soy)

Sift the flour; measure; add baking powder and salt; sift again. Cream shortening; add sugar gradually; cream together until light and fluffy. Add eggs (Unless beating by hand and then well beat eggs prior to adding); beat thoroughly; add vanilla. Add dry ingredients alternately with the milk, stirring only enough after each addition to blend thoroughly. DO NOT BEAT (DO BY HAND) Pour into greased 8 or 9 inch pans. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20 -25 minutes. When cool, put layers together with filling or frosting; frost top and sides.

Seven Minute Icing
Egg whites - 2
Sugar - 1 1/2 cups
Water - 1/3 cup
Light Corn syrup - 2 tsp ( I wasn't paying attention and this time around I actually used 2 TBSP of corn syrup but it still turned out really good)
Vanilla 1 tsp or almond extract 1/2 tsp

Combine unbeaten egg whites, sugar, water and corn syrup in the top of a double boiler; beat just enough to blend ingredients. Place over a rapid boiling water and beat with a hand beater or electric mixer until mixture is light and fluffy and will hold its shape. (This requires about 7 minutes by hand or 3-4 minutes by electric mixer.) Remove from heat; add vanilla or almond extract. Continue beating until frosting is stiff enough to stand in peaks. Makes enough frosting for filling, tops and sides or two 9 inch layers, three 8 inch layers or two dozen cupcakes.

Below is what it looks like. Ohh it is soooo yummy. I can't wait to make it for Sassy's birthday which is in a couple of weeks.

Check out some other great yummy recipes at Grocery Cart Challenge

Monday, January 19, 2009

Target and Old Navy Deals

So part of being Frugal is hitting the deals when you can and get stuff you need or will need in the future and will use. So this weekend Target and Old Navy were having MAJOR deals. We hit both of them, especially since we get an extra 10% off of everything at Target since Daddy works there part time and Old Navy's deals were 50% off all their celerance that was already 50% off. So here is what we got.

Target - OOP 23.52 clothes for Sassy

Old Navy - OOP 27.17 more clothes for Sassy

Old Navy - OOP 11.96 some clothes for Mama

Old Navy - OOP 27.95 some clothes for Daddy
For a Grand total of $90.60 for 28 pieces of clothing. That's a little over $3 for each article of clothing. You can't beat that!!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Weekly Shopping Trip

So no pictures again this week. When I got home from the store Daddy and Sassy were starving for dinner so I had to get that started.

So apparently I do not learn well from others mistakes. I went to the store this week, hungry never a good time, it will always spell disaster and it did. We were WAY over budget for the week, but I know I will make it up in weeks to come, since I now don't need a lot of things.

Amelia's Grocery Outlet
(2) frozen lean cuisines - 3.00
Ice Cream - 1.99
Head of Lettuce - 1.50
34 pk of 100 calorie snacks - 5.79
(2) Lawry's Marinade - 1.98
(2) Kidney beans - 1.58
Peas - 0.50
Refried Beans - 0.50
PB Pretzels - $2.69
Grated Parmesan Cheese - 2.59

Total - 22.41

Giant Food
Bisquick 40 oz - 2.74 (on sale)
Frito Lay French Onion Dip - 2.79 (Daddy's request as I walked out the door)
1# Dry Beans for 16 bean soup- 2.19
4 cases of soda - 11.00
1# Dry Black Beans - 1.12 (on sale)
1# Dry Kidney Beans - 1.30 (on sale)
2.62 # Sweet Potatoes - 2.59
4.05 # Rump Roast - 14.05
4.08# Rump Roast - FREE (BOGO)
32 oz Tater Tots - 1.99
Vegan Cheddar Cheese - 4.19
Vegan Mozz. Cheese - 4.19
32 oz Coffee Mate Creamer - 2.69 (on sale)
Soy Yogurt - 1.09
1 gallon 1% Milk - 3.31

Coupons -
$1 off a meat purchase
$1 off Bisquick mix

Total 53.90

Post Double pack of Cereal - 4.99
Lucky Charms Double pack - 4.99
Target brand Vanilla Soy Milk - 5.18
Target brand Plain Soy Milk - 4.40 (on sale)
Cheerios Banana Nut Cereal - 3.29
Eggs - 2.59
Target brand Bacon - 2.69


Coupon/ Discount
$1 off post cereal
$0.55 Banana Nut Cereal
-10% Daddy's emp discount - 2.66
-10% Daddy's emp extra discount on target brand items - 1.23

Total - 22.69 - I actually had a target gift card to use so I didn't actually pay for these items

I think I need to start shopping more at Target since we get an additional 10% off of everything.

Meal Plan Monday

So we didn't end up eating the Pork or the Roast beef last week, so they will be used in this weeks menus.

Monday - Roast Beef on the Rotisserie, Baked Potatoes, Mixed Veggies Cake for Daddy's birthday last week.

Tuesday - Roast Beef Sandwiches on Whole Wheat Rolls, Tater Tots; Salad

Wednesday - Herb Crusted Pork Roast and Potatoes - From the Freezer

Thursday - Hamburgers on whole wheat rolls; Tater tots; Salad

Friday - Chicken and Rice with a Salad

Saturday - Steaks on the Grill; Sweet Potatoes, Mixed Veggies (Yes, we still use our grill in the dead of winter. Daddy loves to grill, he doesn't seem to mind the near ZERO temps, so why stop him)

Sunday - Homemade Chili with Rolls and Salad

So that is our plan for the week, we will have to see how it goes.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

This is our menu plan for the week.

Monday: Meatloaf with baked potatoes and frozen veggies

Tuesday: Chicken Fajitas

Wednesday: Ravioli's - store brand for me and Dairy Free one's for DD (Today is DH's birthday but he is working at his second job so we will have his special meal on Thursday)

Thursday: London Broil with Potatoes and Onions and frozen veggies and Cake of course - Diary Free as well of course

Friday: Herb Crusted Pork and potatoes - complete reheat meal from the freezer

Saturday: Turkey Pot Pie - using leftover turkey from Thanksgiving

Sunday: Roast Beef on the Rotisserie with Veggies

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Grocery Shopping

So I have been reading the Grocery Cart Challenge for several weeks now and I have been thinking if she can feed a family of 6 on $60 a week, then I can do it for 3 on $30. Then I started really thinking about it... With DD's milk allergy, I purchase high end vegan subsitutes for her like vegan cheese, sour cream, soy milk, etc. These things are expensive, but I don't want her to miss out on things like having tacos, and lasagna. So we will have to sacrfice in other areas to make up for that. So I have set our weekly grand total for $40, if I can get it close to $30 even better. But $40, is our max. So here is our weekly trip.
Sorry I don't have a picture to post with this one.

8 o'clock coffee $2.25 (on sale)
Fels Napa Soap $0.99
Washing Soda $2.37
Giant brand whole wheat hamburger rolls $2.49
Giant brand whole wheat steak rolls $1.59 (on sale)
Pot Roast 1.96 lbs. $8.41 (Free after BOGO)
Pot Roast 2.07 lbs. $8.88 (These are for future meals)
Giant brand Ravioli $2.34 (on sale)
Tofutti Sour Cream $2.09 (on sale)
Coffee Mate FF French Vanilla Creamer (2) $3.98
8th Continentant Soy Milk (1/2 gallon) (2) $4.74 (on sale)
Gallon Whole Milk $3.54

Had a $1 off coupon for the coffee -$1.00
Had a $1 off coupon for the creamer -$1.00

Grand Total $33.47

I am thinking not to bad for all of the stuff I got and speciality items too. I will post later my meal plan for the week and show you how I am going to use all of this.