Thursday, April 16, 2009

100th POST!!!

I made it to 100! To celebrate I am giving away a $10 gift card and a copy of my Family Favorites Cookbook.
Leave a comment with a link to your favorite frugal recipe and your email address to win a $10 gift card to the store of your choice and a copy of my Family Favorite Cookbook!
Winner will chosen by random on Saturday the 18th.

Safeway Living Well Promotion

Second transaction
Huggies 29.99 -$1.50 mailer coupon
Skippy 2.50 -$1.00 catalina coupon
I also used my previous $10.00 catalina coupon and $10.00 of catalinas from the Bertolli sauces.
Total OOP $9.99~

First transaction
10 Bertollis $2.00 each - 5-.75 coupons and 5-1.00 coupons
2 Dreamfields pasta $2.00 each- 1.00 printable coupons
and one package Bounty 6.99 no coupons
Total OOP 20.24 and I received $20.00 in catalina coupons .

This is my favorite sale of the year at Safeway! You can find more details here.

Home Made Pop Tarts

I found the recipe here. I used cherry jam, and a triple berry jam in mine. The kids liked them. I might make them again, not sure they are worth the effort!

Mall Pretzels

I found this recipe almost a year ago! My kids found it my recipe binder last week and begged me to make them. The kids gave them 2 thumbs up. They are easy to make too!

I found the recipe here.

I made them much smaller, I cut my dough into about 36 pieces. I rolled it out to about a foot long and then made the pretzel shapes. It is easiest to shape them all, then dip them all at the same time.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Best Sugar Cookies

I found this recipe in an old church cookbook. I love my sugar cookies thick and moist. This recipe is the best one I have ever made. I made a few changes to the recipe, it is perfection now!

Sugar Cookies
1 1/2 cubes butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup sour cream (I used plain yogurt)
2 tsp vanilla or lemon flavoring
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
4-5 cups flour
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl Cream butter, sugar together. Add eggs and yogurt and mix well. Add dry ingredients one cup at a time. Dough will be soft and moist. I found it easier to work with after chilling in the fridge over night. Roll into teaspoon size balls and then flatten slightly before baking. Bake at 375 for 8-10, until just lightly brown.

Easy Icing
juice and zest of one lemon
1 can of Betty Crocker Fluffy white icing

Mix together and drizzle over cooled cookies.

(We prefer them with no icing at all!)

Yogurt Twists

I found this recipe on Grocery Cart Challenge and really wanted to try it, but I only had yogurt in the house. I made them with the plain yogurt and they were delicious! My husband said they were the best ones I had ever made! Our favorite yogurt is Nancy's plain. I buy it at Cash and Carry for $5.08 for 64 oz.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Menu Plan Monday 4/13-4/19

I'm finally feeling organized enough to post another menu plan!

home made pop tarts
yogurt cinnamon twists
cereal and fruit parfaits
puffy oven pancake
smoothies and fresh juice

Lunch~leftovers and salads

Sloppy joes and home made potato chips
Turkey and broccoli casserole
Turkey pot pie pockets
Home made pizza and breadsticks
Spaghetti Pie
Broccoli soup with bread bowls
BLT Sandwiches

I am making a double batch of the yogurt twist dough to make the breakfast rolls and also the bread bowls for soup. I will make a triple batch of pizza dough for the pizza and breadsticks, and also for the crust of the spaghetti pie. I will post the recipes when they are perfected, I'm still tweaking them a bit!