rise and shine casserole.

Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. vs. 11

Rise and shine readers! Today I’m going to share with you a recipe that is great whenever you open up your cupboard on Saturday morning and think, “Oh my gosh, I need to go grocery shopping because I don’t have anything to eat this morning!” (or evening if breakfast for dinner tickles your fancy).

There won’t be as many step-by-step photos with this recipe because it’s really about utilizing the food you have (whatever that may be) and making it into a delicious casserole.

Here are some important ingredients:

-Milk

-Eggs

-Bread

-Cheese

-Salt/Pepper

(most people normally have these in their home on any typical day).

Here are some extra ingredients that will make this even more tasty:

-Cooked bacon

-Green peppers

-Mushrooms

-Onions

-Ham

-Sausage

-Basil, Rosemary, Thyme

-Brocolli

-Corn

Here are the basics to make this casserole: (I halved all of this so it would save me some ingredients).

(for a 13 X 9 casserole dish)

1. Oven should be on 350 degrees.

2. 6-10 eggs beaten

3. 6 slices of bread in cubes

4.  2-3 cups cheese (I used cheddar).

5. 2 cups milk

5. dashes of salt/pepper

* Mix all of these ingredients together. Add more cheese for the top. Cook in the oven for about 50 minutes.  Serve and enjoy!

Nothing special really. Just a mixture of foods that taste good together. The Mister really liked this meal.

*This is part of the Homestead Barn Hop.

*This is part of Fingerprints on the Fridge link party.

 

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menu planning and store sales.

 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. vs. 18

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about the importance of menu planning and how beneficial it can be for you and/or your family. To see that, check it out here. Well, I recently have been trying to improve the way I do menu planning.

Planning meals is a great way to be organized and save money; however, if you use it to try a lot of new recipes with all of these ingredients that you don’t have/are expensive, then your grocery bill sky rockets..and you wonder: “How did that happen?!”

A couple of days ago, I shared a website with you all about how to find recipes using whatever is already in your pantry, fridge, and freezer. It was called “What’s in your fridge?” This was a challenge to utilize what food you already have and plan your menus around that.

Well, today I want to talk about how to plan your menu based off store sales. This is another money-saving tip with your grocery bill. Before making your menu, get an inventory of what you have in your home, as mentioned before. THEN find out what your local grocery stores have on sale that week. After that, decide what’s for dinner in the upcoming week.

Here are ways to find your local store sales:

1. Store fliers/weekly ads.

These can be found online, in newspapers, or in the store.

Here are the links to find the grocery stores’ fliers  that may be in your area:

Aldi

CVS

Dierbergs

Dollar General

Dominicks

Jewel Osco

Kroger

Meijer

Save-A-Lot

Schnucks

ShopRite

Target

Walgreens

Walmart

2. Sign up for emails through Money Saving Mom

This is a great resource and a little bit more convenient than the first option. Money Saving Mom allows you to go to her store deals link and sign up for any local store sales. Then every week, she will send them to your inbox. It’s that easy!

3. Talk to others. 

If you have friends who are also wanting to stay on a budget, get a system where you each share sales, coupon, etc with each other. My mom calls me frequently just to tell me that blueberries are on sale at one store or pork loins are $1.99 a lb at another store.

What to do next?

Once you know what stores have sales, plan your meals.

For example:

At Kroger this week, Ragu Pasta Sauce is on sale for $1.49. At Aldi, Happy Farms Shredded Cheese is on sale for $1.79.

I already have ground beef, spaghetti noodles, onions, eggs, diced tomatoes, parsley, salt, and pepper at home.

So I can purchase the sauce and mozzarella cheese on sale and buy cottage cheese regular price (or look online for a coupon).

Then I have all the ingredients I need for Lasagna Casserole from Money Saving Mom.

Also, for lunch, I can plan to eat cottage cheese 2 days that next week and find another recipe where I use mozzarella cheese for another dinner that week.

See how that works? It saves you more money rather than just picking out  a recipe that looks good and having to buy most of the ingredients in that recipe.

Use what you have in your home, shop the sales, AND go to multiple stores. Go where the deals are!

You may say, “Well, doesn’t it use more gas whenever you go to multiple stores?” Yes, but if they are all within just a few minutes within one another, it is more cost effective to shop at different stores (wherever the deals are) rather than stay at one place in fear of using a little bit of gas.

What are ways you are able to save a couple of bucks on your grocery bill? 

Remember: It’s about spending less so you can give/save more.

* This is part of the Somewhat Simple link party.

monkey bread.

She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household… vs. 15a

A few nights ago I decided to make baked bananas for my two roommates. Well, I had just bought a bag of bananas. They were neon green in color. They weren’t quite ripe enough. But I thought, surely if I bake them, they will still taste okay. Basically, I was too impatient to wait a few days because I really wanted to eat bananas with honey and cinnamon on top THAT INSTANT. Let’s just say: bad idea. Whenever I went to peel it, the peeling looked like a corn stalk. Still yet I thought: it probably doesn’t taste that bad. One bite into it changed my mind about that too.

At this point, my two roommates and I could practically taste sweet goodness in our mouth. We all three had been so excited to eat a little dessert that night. So, I thought…what should we make instead?

As I shared with you in my post yesterday, there’s this website called My Fridge Food. You can here about how awesome it is here.

Anyway, we put in the items that we had in our pantry, freezer, and refrigerator and then narrowed it down to “dessert.”

Monkey bread came up…and we had all of the ingredients! Sounds like it was meant to be.

So monkey bread is what we made.

I would definitely recommend making this. For 3 reasons: It takes very little ingredients, it is really really delicious, and it seems like you spent hours on it when really it was about 30 minutes.

Here are the ingredients…

Step 1: Cut the biscuits in half (if they are small) or in quarter pieces (if they are big).

Step 2: Mold the pieces in little balls and roll them in a sugar/cinnamon mixture. (about 1/2 cup sugar with a few dashes of cinnamon).

Step 3:  Form balls into pan (a bundt pan is best, but we didn’t have one) to create the bread. Then pour a boiling mixture of butter and brown sugar  (about 1/2 cup butter and a couple tablespoons of brown sugar) over the bread.

Step 4:  Smash the balls together so they aren’t so uniform looking.

Step 5: Bake on 350 degrees for about 20 minutes (or until brown) and let cool before you dig in. It should look something like this…

Serve and enjoy!

* This is part of the Blue Cricket Design link party.

what’s in your fridge?

She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household… vs. 15a

So last night my roommates shared with me this wonderful website that solves all of my problems! Well, kinda.

I love to plan weekly meal menus. However, whenever I do that, I find myself wanting to get recipes that require ingredients that I do not currently have. Well, I often want to do those recipes so badly, that I can’t stop thinking about it. So I just buy the ingredients (which in turn means I spend more money than I need to, when I have food in my refrigerator/pantry/freezer already!).

This website is called My Fridge Food. On the home page, you can do a “quick find,” where you just put main items that you have. Or you can click on “Use detailed kitchen” and put in pretty much any item you can think of that you have in your home. Then whenever you click the magical “Search for recipes” button it will bring up all the recipes that you can make with the food you already have! It will also pull up recipes that you have most of the ingredients for and let you know the one you are missing (in case you think you can substitute or for something or leave that ingredient out). Is that a miracle or what? Okay, maybe I’m a little too excited about this. However, there are SO many benefits to this:

Benefit #1: If you didn’t have time to make a menu for the week yet, simply put in your ingredients and quickly find something to make for your meal.

Benefit #2: You can actually utilize the items you have in your home.

Benefit #3: You can learn new ways to cook. You may think something like, “I didn’t know I could make that using that!”

Benefit #4: It’s organized. And you all know how much I appreciate that.

Benefit #5: It’s suspenseful. Okay, yeah this seems kinda silly. But as I was putting in all the food I had, I found myself getting impatient and excited all at the same time wanting to know what the magical search button would come up with.

Benefit #6: It’s free! I mean, what more could you want?

So props to whoever made My Fridge Food. I wish I would have patented it myself.

Let me know if you try it and if you like it!

Coming soon: Monkey Bread post….a recipe spontaneously found on My Fridge Food!

 

lemon breaded chicken.

She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family vs. 15a

Need something quick and easy for dinner tonight? This is the perfect meal!

Lemon Breaded Chicken.

I added roasted potatoes and steamed garlic brussel sprouts with it. It was a good relationship.

I got this recipe from Tasty Kitchen.

I modified it slightly based off of what I had in my kitchen.

The cast of characters are…

(for two servings)

  • 4 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons Pepper
  • ¼ cups Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
  • ¼ cups Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1 pinch Onion Powder
  • 2 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts

In a bowl, combine the melted butter, a clove of garlic minced, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

On a plate, combine the italian bread crumbs, panko crumbs, and a dash of onion powder

Then set up a little dipping station with your chicken, buttery bowl of goodness, and crumbs…

Dip your chicken in the butter bowl, then the crumb bowl…
Bake in the oven on 350 degrees. The recipe says 25 minutes, but I actually left it in about 35 minutes. Add some parsley for a nice look.
Serve and enjoy! What are you cooking for dinner tonight? Maybe you can add this simple meal to your menu!
*This is part of Slightly Indulgent link party.