Saturday, October 2, 2010

BBQ weinies

I will be posting pictures from my bummer camera this week, since my nice camera is broken. (I blame my two year old, although I have no proof) I just picked up the camera one day and it wasn't working. So, I reached for my stupid camera that I do not like, and guess what!? I found pics of recipes from a very long time ago. I will posting some of those recipes this week. The first one being a super easy and extra yummy recipe for little BBQ smokies. I found this one on Cooks.com and I made these when my mom and dad were coming over and they would be arriving between lunch and dinner time. I served these with crackers and cheese. YUM! Here it is:

1 16 oz package cocktail weiners
1 13 oz can pineapple chunks (in syrup) (I left this out)
1/2 cup chili sauce
1/2 cup currant or grape jelly
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons yellow mustard
2 tablespoons pineapple syrup (from can)

Directions according to Cooks.com recipe I found:

Drain pineapple, reserving 2 tablespoons syrup.

In a skillet, sauté all ingredients for 15 minutes on medium high heat.

Transfer to a chafing dish and provide toothpicks when serving.

What I did instead:

Put all the ingredients in my slow cooker.

Cooked on low for a few hours until my family arrived.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Looking for something to do this weekend?


Looking for a fun dessert for this weekend?

Why not treat your family to some deep fried oreos or some creamy cappuccino cheesecake? When you are done, work it off by going for a family bike ride while the weather is still nice.

Have a GREAT WEEKEND Mommy friends!!!!!!!!!

Thank you to Bukisa for the use of this very appetizing picture.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wednesday: Bubble Pizza

This is a family favorite and was very popular last time I posted this recipe. We have it when company comes over, when someone needs a meal brought to them or on my husband's pizza night of the week. It is so easy to make. When I cook, I like to cook- forget the recipe. This is one of those recipes that you can EASILY memorize for a night when you want to make something that is super easy and everyone loves!

Here is what you need:

Ingredients: 2 cups pizza cheese (or whatever cheese you have on hand), browned sausage (you can also use pepperoni, hamburger or bacon), 1 jar of pizza sauce, 2 tubes buttermilk biscuits (or homemade) *Note: I don't put veggies in this b/c my family doesn't like the veggies, but feel free to add whatever you would order on your own pizza.

Step #1: Brown and drain the meat.

Step #2: Cut the 2 tubes of biscuits into quarters.

Step #3: Put the biscuits into a bowl along with the jar of pizza sauce.

Step #4: Add the meat and any other toppings you may have.

Step #6: Mix it all together.

Step #7: Pour into a baking dish (ungreased).

Step #8: Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Step #9- No, I didn't forget the cheese! After baking for 20 minutes, take it out and add your cheese. Now pop it back in the over for 10 more minutes.


Now you are finished! This is so yummy it is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters!

Cost of Meal- $5.00
Serves- 6 people
Cost per person- 75 cents per person

Pretty FRUGAL!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tuesday: Barbeque Chicken, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and corn on the cob

Yummm.... This was a fantastic meal! The barbecue sauce was amazing!!! Since we have been doing a lot of shopping at the farmer's market lately, I have been using a new cookbook: "Simply in Season" by Mary Beth Lind and Cathleen Hockman-Wert. I have checked it out from my local library, but I will most likely end up buying it. It is FANTASTIC! All of the recipes in the book are categorized by season- based on what produce is available at the time. It is such a fun book!


Here is what you need for the barbecue sauce:



1 lb chicken (I used boneless, skinless- but you can use bone-in also)
1/3 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup vinegar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. mustard
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

Step 1:




Saute' onion until tender


Step 2:




Stir in the rest of the sauce ingredients and simmer, uncovered for 15 min.


Step 3:


Put chicken in a 9x13 pan and pour sauce over uncooked chicken.

Step 4:


Bake at 350 degrees, 45-60 min. Every once in awhile, pull the chicken out and re-baste.

Place on a plate, cut slices and pour extra sauce over the chicken. Enjoy!!!


Now time for the corn and potatoes! First I cooked the corn, then I pulled the corn out with tongs when it was done and used the already boiling water to boil my potatoes. It worked nicely!

Shuck your corn, then place in boiling water for 10 min.

Pull out with tongs, place on a nice plate and cover with foil to keep warm.

Wash and then peel your potatoes


Dice and place in boiling water until tender (about 10 min.)
Put 8 oz. creamed cheese, 3 TB butter and 3 garlic cloves in your mixing bowl

Add your potatoes, a bit of milk and mix. Add more garlic, salt and pepper to taste.


Put it all together and you have a delish summer dinner! I was able to buy the corn, potatoes and peaches for the cobbler at my local farmers market.

Get out there and support your local farmers, if you aren't doing so already!



Monday, September 27, 2010

Monday: Chili Mac

Yum, Yum, YUM! This is definitely a favorite for our family. Super easy, too!

Here is what you need:



This recipe is for 4 people- if you have more than 4 people, double each ingredient.
1 can beanless chili (chili w/ beans works too!), 3/4 can ketchup, 1 tbs. worchestershire sauce, 1 box of spaghetti, parmesan cheese or other toppings. Garlic Bread (not pictured)

Step 1: (Not pictured) Cook your spaghetti and preheat your oven for your garlic bread.

Step 2:
Pour beanless chili into pan (or make your own!) over medium heat.
Step 3: Fill the empty chili can 3/4 full with ketchup and then pour and mix w/chili in pan.


Step 4: Add 1 Tb. worchestershire sauce and stir. (At this point, taste your chili mac. Some people like to add more ketchup or worchestershire sauce.)

Step 5: Cook your garlic bread, let your pasta drain and your sauce heat up.

Step 6: Add it all together! We like to shred some cheese (whatever we have on hand!) on top as well. This dish is also great with crumbled saltines on top, beans and onions.


Pair this meal with a salad and veggie and you have a great meal your family will love!

Meal serves 4

Cost of Meal: $4.00
Per person: $1.00

Excellent, Frugal, Tasty Meal! This is a great recipe to use when you have company over as well. Yummy!