Friday, September 19, 2008

Learnin' the lingo

I was shopping with my son tonight and he came running over to me and said he had poop on. When you have a two year old, that is not a good thing to hear! I was looking frantically trying to find the poop, when he held out his hand and gave me a coupon ("poopon") he had found on the shelf! It looks like I have another frugal shopper in training!

Creamy White Chili

This Chili was fantastic! I thought that adding the sour cream was really weird when I read the recipe, but I had all the ingredients on hand, so I gave it a try. It turned out so great, I made two batches and DH ate one all by himself. I made this two ways too. The first one I used sour cream and milk, the second with plain yogurt and milk. We could not tell the difference between the two. I also added a hand ful of chopped fresh cilantro at the end, it finished it off very well. I served this with cornbread.

Marie Callendars cornbread.
1 yellow cake mix prepared according to directions minus and oil
1 cube of butter melted
1 cup of cornmeal.

Mix and bake 35-40 in a 9x13 cake pan.

Creamy White Chili
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 medium onion, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon oil (I used olive oil)
2 cans (15 1/2 ounces each) Great Northern Beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) chicken broth
2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chilies
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup whipping cream
In a large saucepan, saute chicken, onion and garlic powder in oil until chicken is no longer pink. Add beans, broth, chilies and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in sour cream and cream. Garnish with fresh cilantro, if desired. Serve immediately.

My changes:
I used fat free plain yogurt in place of sour cream and milk in place of the whipping cream.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Menu plan monday 9/15-9/21

I decided that it easier for me to just pick 7 meals to have during the week, rather than decide on the nights beforehand. It is hard to tell what your day is going to be like a week in advance!

So we will be having the standard breakfast fare this week, and for lunches P and I will be having mostly leftovers and salads because the girls will be in school.

Green chicken chili
Black bean chowder
Mini dogs and Mac and cheese
Clam chowder
Chicken with crescent rolls and gravy

The sky is not falling yet...

The sky is not falling but...Today should be an advanced wake up call for those you that do not have your financial house in order. There has never been a more vital time to make sure your own finances are prepared for what could be coming in this country. The time for needless spending and wants over needs has truly passed. It is a sad example that major financial institutions cannot even make wise choices. I will be working even harder over the next months to make sure that we are prepared for anything that may come. I will diversify my investments, have plenty of cash around, and be truly diligent about stretching my grocery dollar to the max.
Please share any ideas that you have!

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