Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Bush Family Thanksgiving Menu

Ellie’s Thanksgiving Menu

- Turkey
- Bread
- Cereal
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Taco’s
- Sprite and Root Beer
- Ice cream and Brownies

To Prepare you wash your hands and put pretty clothes on…

Turkey – Put it on the rack and than in the oven for 20 minutes.
Bread – Put sour cream on it, get a pan out and put it in the oven for 6 minutes.
Cereal – It’s the ABC’s kind with marshmallows – just put milk in it.
Mac & Cheese – Get a bowl, put cheese in it and cook for 6 minutes in the microwave.
Taco’s – Put sour cream and cheese on a taco – cook for 6 minutes in the microwave.
Ice Cream – Get chocolate ice cream from the freezer.
Brownies – Get them from the fridge and just put chocolate on them – don’t cook them.
Drink – You just get it from the fridge and put in a cup.

Dalton’s Thanksgiving Menu

- Fish
- Turkey
- Bread
- Pink Juice
- Ice Cream and Popsicles

To prepare put on a dressing thing and these on your hands (An apron and Hot pads).

Fish – Put it in a bowl and cook it in the oven for 42 minutes.
Turkey – Buy it at the store, it’s frozen so put it in the oven and bake for 8 hours.
Bread – Take the bread out of the bag and put in the oven for 40 hrs. – now it’s toast so put peanut butter on it to make a smiley face. Use grapes for the eyes and nose.
Pink Juice – Take water, milk and Strawberries – mix it and it turns pink – like pink Lemonade.
Ice cream – Chocolate and Pink Popsicles

Quick, Easy, and YUMMY...

Easy Chicken Quesadilla's

4 Chicken Breast's cut into bite size pieces and cooked
1 pkg Fiesta Blend Shredded Cheese
1 pkg Tortilla Shells
1 cup Sour Cream
1 pkg Taco Bell's Taco Seasoning

After cooking the chicken sprinkle about 2-4 tsp. taco seasoning and mix until coated. Chop the chicken - I used my Pampered Chef chopper. Place one tortilla in a pan sprinkle with cheese, chicken and top with another tortilla grill until crispy and golden brown on both sides and cheese is melted. Mix the sour cream and another 2-3 tsp. of taco seasoning - I added slowly until I got desired flavor. Cut Quesadilla with pizza cutter and enjoy with your dip. It would also taste yummy spreading the dip on the tortilla, sprinkling with cheese and chicken and than grilling it. Serve with rice - we recommend Birdseye Steamfresh Southwest rice (found in the freezer section).
These were a hit at our house last night...it was quick and easy. Enjoy!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

My Grocery Game Plan....

I thought I would share with everyone my game plan for grocery shopping and hopefully give you some helpful tips. Each month I start out with a set amount per pay check for our groceries - We get paid twice a month and I allow more for one shopping trip than the other to accomidate for other things - i.e. shampoo, cleaning products, etc. So I go shopping usually a few days after our pay days. The day before I sit down with my little calander (I have one my mom gave me that has days down the left and columns on the right - 4 boxes for each day of the week). I have only found these at a store in Farmington and I don't know who sells them - sorry. But any calander would do. I write down a meal plan - what's for breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner for each day up until the next pay day. I also include on each day if we will be out of town or other appts., usually in the 4th column. So when I go to make my grocery list I will only write down what I need, it really helps with impulse buying as I go down each aisle. I don't always stick to the order of the menu but I always know I have those things on hand for that particular meal. Than comes the list. I have been typing up my lists lately cause it helps me have more room. Plus I have been using coupons and this way I can write details on what brand I have to buy and deals that are available. I usually write a C after that product so I know it has a coupon. Than I check to see in store deals and make a note next to each item where is the best deal and price so I can price match at Wal-mart. I will than include things on my list that I know are great deals to add to my food storage and this way helps me save next time on my budget.
My sister-in-law found a great website called www.grocerygame.com that does all the brunt work for bargain shopping. They compile a list of in-store deals plus coupons to save you lots of money at certain stores. The two that I have found in my area are Smith's and Albertson's (Ogden). You can join for a few weeks for only $1 so I suggest you try it out. She has saved tremendously. Alot of the deals are great for stock piling and they tell you what is good for now and what is good for food storage. I have tried it a few times but it really hasn't worked quite as well for me yet. Mainly because when I come into town it's not as easily for me to run to 3-4different stores for all that I need. I have to bulk shop enough for 2-3 weeks. I believe it would work if I was able to go shopping once a week - they publish the deals only from Sunday to Tuesday and I am not always able to go shopping on those days. I have learned to use coupons and do my own homework for what I need, plus Wal-mart will price match all competators adds. I don't get the adds though and so I still use this site to check out in-store deals. Another helpful tip - I have been shopping in Evanston because there is no food tax in Wyoming. This may not work for all of you because it is quite the drive but if you are ever that way it's good to know and helps you save a little bit.
It sounds like a lot of work to go grocery shopping but I feel that it has saved my family alot. I feel so silly handing the cashier my stack of coupons and correcting her for each price match but I walked away last trip saving myself $75 dollars and a overflowing cart of groceries for under $200 dollars. This not only included food but our personal necessities as well for 2 1/2 weeks. If any one has any questions or would like to see details (lists and menu's) of my grocery game plan please feel free to contact me. I love sharing money saving ideas with family and friends cause we can all use a little help during these challenging financial times. I hope I included something that helps you the next time you shop. Luv ya all....

Monday, November 3, 2008

3-4 Ingredient Recipes

These are three of our favorite recipes that I feel are extremely easy. Can't go wrong with only a few ingredients and a crock pot...

Creamy Crock-pot Chicken
- 4-5 Frozen Chicken Breasts
- 2 Cans Cream of Chicken Soup
- 1 pkg. Dry Italian Dressing
- 8 oz. Cream Cheese
Place chicken in crock-pot, mix other ingredients, and pour over chicken. Cook on low for about 6 hours or on high for 4-5 hours. Serve with rice (our favorite) or mashed potatoes.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs
- 25-30 Frozen Meatballs
- 1 Jar Salsa (mild)
- 1 Can Cranberry Sauce
Place meatballs in crock-pot, mix ingredients, and pour over meatballs. Cook on low for about 5-6 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Serve over rice.

Crunchy Ranch Chicken
- 4-5 Chicken Breasts (1 1/2 lbs.)
- 3/4 C. Corn Flakes (crushed)
- 1/2 C. Fresh-grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1/3 C. Butter - melted in bowl
- 1 envelope Dry Ranch Dressing
In shallow pan mix together the flakes, cheese, and dressing. Dip Chicken in butter and than press and coat into the corn flake mixture. Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. YUMMY!!

ENJOY! Let me know what ya think?