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Frugal Friday

 

Don’t ever think that if you don’t clip coupons each week that you wont be able to save BIG!  It definitely pays to check the deal blogs on a regular basis because you might just score a great deal without the use of ANY coupons!  That is what I did at Fred Meyer this past week and I scored BIG!

Here is what I did:

  1. Buy two Purex 32 load bottles of detergent ( I got the free and clear)
  2. Use a store coupon reducing the price to $1.99 each (these are the coupons from the weekly sale flyer, you don’t need to clip them, just let the clerk know that you need to use one and they will typically just use the stash by the register)
  3. Pay $3.98 OOP (out of pocket)
  4. Receive a $4 OYNO (on your next order) catalina
  5. Go out to your car and come back in to repeat the exact same transaction (plus a few cents worth of filler items-I bought mark a roll of smarties) only this time, pay with your catalina.  You will pay just a few cents OOP (whatever the cost of your filler was) and receive two more bottles of detergent and another catalina!

I did this transaction three times, so I spent a total of $4.48 OOP and came home with six bottles of detergent and a $4 catalina to use this week for groceries! 

I think $.48 for close to a years worth of detergent as well as some candy for my sweet hubby sounds like a pretty good deal to me!  DEFINITELY worth the 15 minutes of trips in and out of the store!

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Chicken Enchilada Bake

This is a really yummy “layer” version of Chicken Enchiladas.  It is from Passionate Homemaking and the original recipe is here.  I made a double batch this past week and froze three and gave one away. 

Chicken Enchilada Bake:

  • 2-3 cups chicken, cooked & shredded (I used 1 rotisserie chicken picked clean for a double batch)
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 (29 oz) can of enchilada sauce
  • 2 (4-6 oz) cans chilis, optional
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups black beans
  • cheddar cheese, grated
  • 12 tortillas, whole wheat

Combine garlic and onions and fry in a little oil until golden brown. Add chicken, enchiladas sauce, chilis and just enough sour cream to make a creamy consistency. It will be runny, but that’s okay. Add beans.  Allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Layer flat in two 8×8 pans, starting with a thin layer of sauce, tortilla, sauce, cheese, tortilla, etc. ending with a layer of cheese.

Cover with tin foil.  Then, either go ahead and bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes until heated through and cheese is melted OR let cool to room temperature before wrapping tightly and freezing. (when using from frozen, allow to thaw before baking)

After baking, allow to sit for 10-15 minutes otherwise it will be on the runny side.

**You can also use 1 pound ground beef or turkey (I have made it both with chicken and beef with great results!)

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Alright! I admit it! Until now cloth diapering had just been an aspiration I wasn’t sure I wanted to commit to….

….BUT THEN I SAW THESE…

(photo from Envibum.com)

Don’t even try to pretend like that is not the CUTEST diaper EVER!  Anyway, this line of cloth diapers is from a company called Envibum.  It is run by two Christian women who love cloth diapering!  It is a truly amazing company and one that I would love to support once we are investing in our set of cloth diapers (and YES, we do plan on cloth diapering, but will just have to wait and see what happens when the time comes).  Anyway, I have an ulterior motive to posting this…Passionate Homemaking is having a giveaway for a cloth diaper and even though there are no babies in our home yet, I would still love to have one of these to take a good peek at before the time for decisions comes! If you or anyone you know is considering cloth diapering, make sure to check out the company and all they have to offer here!

I suppose I could put the cat in it, but I think Mark would object (if not the cats!)

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Memory Verse: Week 8

This week I am super glad that I am only working on one verse from the Memory Verse Guide because it is a long one!  I just received this evening and I am able to recall all seven that have been memorized at this point!  I am sure that if I continue reviewing and recalling them, that I will have them written on my heart forever!

Here is this weeks verse:

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”

~John 10:27-29

Happy memorizing!

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Delayed Menu Planning Monday

Monday: Leftover Chinese from Sunday (I couldn’t take the time to cook on Sunday since we were just finishing up our marathon viewing of Lost season one and just couldn’t tear myself away!)

Tuesday:  Chicken Tacos with Salad (and homemade Guacamole 🙂 )

Wednesday:  Tortelini with Pesto and Tomatoes

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Baked Potatoes with Broccoli

Saturday: Homemade Pizza with Chicken, Peppers and Onions (I am going to try a whole wheat pizza dough for a healthier alternative to my yummy yummy pizza crust recipe …we’ll see how it goes)

Sunday: Sandwiches and Salads

It will be a simple week here, which is good because I am in BIG TIME cleaning/organizing mode! 

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Frugal Friday

Angel Soft Bathroom Tissue, 2-Ply, Unscented, 12 rolls

Well, last week I scored some great toilet paper with a coupon deal that was quick and simple.  It came just in time too since I had just realized that my stash from last year (early fall or maybe late summer) was starting to run out!  Anyways, it was a super easy deal and I wanted to post it to show that I am still couponing to a degree and that it really does pay off to coupon even if only for non-food items.  I primarily coupon for toilet paper, shampoo, razors, laundry detergent, dish soap, etc. and it pays to save here so that I can opt for the organic, whole foods!

Okay, so you see that picture above, well I scored 6 of those (12 count double roll Angel Soft brand) for just under $3 each.  For single-ply or super cheap store brand stuff that’s not a great deal, but for quality toilet paper it’s hard to beat! 

  • 3 packs TP priced at $4.99 ea-$1/1 IP coupon – $1 Doubler = $2.99 ea.

Total for 6 packs = $17.94 or $.25/roll

Costco brand toilet paper sells for about $.48/roll….so with just a few printed coupons and some doublers, I was able to get more of a higher quality product for my money!  Now I am stocked up and I don’t have to worry over finding a great deal again for a while!

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I have been enjoying adding some red meat into our diet and I am just starting to try different cuts of beef (I am always afraid I will ruin it and waste all the money spent buying different cuts), but I have decided to be daring!  This past weekend, I went through all my old Cooking Light magazines and pulled out all the recipes that sounded appetizing…I just couldn’t look at the stack on the bookshelf any longer and is there really any reason for keeping stacks of old magazines….read ’em and throw ’em out is becoming my new motto!  Anyway, I came across this recipe and I have been LOVING broccoli lately so I decided to give it a try!  We were quite pleased with the dish and it was very quick and simple!

Stir-Fried Beef with Broccoli and Bell Peppers

  • 3/4 to 1 pound flank steak, trimmed
  • 2 T. low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 5 1/2 T. water, divided
  • 2 T. oyster sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 3/4 pound fresh broccoli
  • 2 T. coconut oil (I use coconut oil for all my cooking, but the original recipe called for canola**)
  • 1 red bell pepper, julienned
  • Cooked brown rice for serving

1.  Cut steak in half lengthwise.  Cut each half across the grain into 1/8-inch thick slices.  Combine beef, soy sauce, garlic, and black pepper; toss well.  Cover and refrigerate 30 min. (I use the “marinade” setting on my food saver to cut the time back to 10 min.)

2.  Combine 1 1/2 T. water, oyster sauce, and crushed red pepper in a small bowl; set aside.

3.  Cut broccoli into florets.  Peel broccoli stems; cut stems diagonally into 1/4-inch thick slices.

4.  Heat 1 T. coconut oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add beef mixture to skillet; cook 3 min. or until beef is browned, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.  Transfer beef mixture to a bowl.

5.  Heat the remaining 1 T. coconut oil in a pan over medium-high heat.  Add broccoli; cook 2 min., stirring constantly.  Add the remaining 1/4 c. water; continue cooking 1 min., stirring constantly.  Add bell pepper; cook 30 sec., stirring constantly.  Return beef mixture to pan.  Stir in the oyster sauce mixture; cook until thoroughly heated.  Serve over rice.

**Since reading Nourishing Traditions and doing a lot of reading about the foods that we eat, I have come to the understanding that canola oil, in its available form, is quite bad for you and is actually a rancid product when you buy it off the shelves at your grocery store.  It has been processed at very high temperatures, damaging the omega-3 fatty acids and thereby turning it rancid.  It then must be “deodorized” so that the final product is not foul-smelling.  The oil which has been used in Asian cultures for many years has always been used by hand-pressing and cold-pressing the oil from the rapeseeds, but with its mass popularity it is now mass-produced at high temperatures.  I would encourage you to research the product for yourself, always finding unbiased sources of course :).  I have found that coconut oil is DELICIOUS and can be used at high temperatures for things like stir-frying!

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