Roll Call

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Does anyone visit me here anymore? I miss it here & miss y'all & miss my kitchen. Things just haven't been the same since Tim died. I wonder if it ever will be...

I've been hiding on Facebook

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

It's been quite a while since I've posted here...on my actual blog. I am so sorry about that. I've been fighting some personal battles since my husband passed away in 2010 and that's really the only reason I have for being absent. I do apologize though. And I have been sharing some recipes...over on this blog's Facebook page. Oh, you don't know about that? Well, let me show you the way...

 

Maybe one day soon I'll get back to posting here too, but in the meantime, please visit and 'like' me on Facebook! See you there!

Download a free copy of ALL YOU Magazine

Monday, May 21, 2012

 
Check out ALLYOU.com today for a FREE SAMPLE of a digital copy of the May issue of ALL YOU – plus a 50 cent coupon on your next issue!
 
Inside you'll find the perfect menu for a backyard cookout, flattering swimsuits for every body type, family-friendly summer activities and more.
 
Here's your chance to share a FREE copy of ALL YOU with a friend.  The offer will remain on ALLYOU.com for about a week.
 
While the coupons are not redeemable in the digital edition, your friends will be able to see the many coupons ALL YOU contains.  
 
To view the issue, click here.
Here are more practical, affordable tips found on ALLYOU.com:
·         Frosting Cupcakes Like a Pro 

·         15 Simple Desserts Under $1

·         Easy At-Home Workouts

Southern Living Magazine Announces Second-Annual White Cake Cover Contest

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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SOUTHERN LIVING ANNOUNCES SECOND-ANNUAL
WHITE CAKE COVER CONTEST
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Winning Recipe Will Grace the Cover of the December Issue;
Winner Will Visit the Brand’s Test Kitchen and Receive $1,000
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Chinet Bakeware® Sponsors This Year’s Contest
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Deadline for Entries is June 30th
Text Box: New York NY – It’s May but Southern Living is already planning its December (Holiday) issue.  The brand is holding its second-annual white cake cover contest, challenging readers to create their version of a white cake.  The winner’s recipe will grace the cover of the December issue of Southern Living and the winner will receive $1,000.  The brand sweetened the deal this year: The winner will also fly to Birmingham, AL, to the editorial headquarters of Southern Living, and visit the Test Kitchen.

Since 1995, Southern Living has featured a white cake on the cover of its December issue. Last year, Southern Living offered home bakers everywhere the chance for their special white creation to appear on the cover, and 800 entries rolled in.  Chinet Bakeware® baking pans are the sponsor for the second-annual contest.

Two Runners Up will receive $500 and will have their recipes featured in the issue.
 
 
To enter, go to: http://www.southernliving.com/white-cake. The Deadline is June 30th.
 

Mother's Day menu

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Want to do something special for mom today? How about giving her a break and you fix dinner? Below is an easy and inexpensive menu for a delicious dinner just for mom. (Just click on the item to get the recipe.)

Lemon Garlic Chicken - $9.17
Rice Pilaf - $2.05
Steamed Broccoli - $1.09
No Bake Cheesecake - $4.73

Total - $17.14

Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Save a little money on ALL YOU magazine

Friday, May 4, 2012

Hey guys! I just thought I'd let you know that you can save 50 cents on All You magazine available nationwide at Walmart & through subscriptions by clicking here.

There are also other great money saving coupons there! You know I love to save money! So go ahead and go get your coupon and get tips on easy grilling recipes under $2 and family favorite recipes including biscuit-topped chicken potpie in the May issue of All You!


Five Ways to Save Money with Fun Family Meals (A Guest Post)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I receive quite a few emails requesting the opportunity to submit a guest post. Most of them I don't post because they don't seem to fit into my cookbook. However, if you are talking about saving money...I'm totally there!


Five Ways to Save Money with Fun Family Meals

1. Revamp Leftovers
 
Children and adults alike get bored warming up the same dinner from the night before. Surprise your family with something different. Who wants reheated baked chicken from the night before? It was great the first night, but boring the second. If it goes uneaten, it goes in the trash, which is a waste of money. Instead, remember that leftover chicken can be sliced for barbeque chicken sandwiches, diced and tossed with pasta and Alfredo sauce, or added to a pie crust with other simple ingredients to create a chicken pot pie. Have a leftover steak with more than one mouth to feed? Shred the steak, make taquitos, add a salad with rice and beans and feed a family of four!

2. Breakfast for Dinner
 
If you have little ones in the house, you know that trying new exotic dinner creations often equals a lot of uneaten portions. I’m not saying to avoid new foods, but balance out the grocery budget by offering an occasional breakfast for dinner.  Kids love it!  It is also a quick, easy, and inexpensive meal. Furthermore, breakfast for dinner doesn’t have to mean waffles and pancakes. Try creating a nutritious omelet with ham, fresh veggies and low-fat cheese, or a breakfast burrito loaded with lean steak, diced potatoes,eggs and topped with salsa.

3. Vegetarian Night
 
Wholesome, filling dinners can easily be created without meat. Offering a night or two a week of meatless meals can shrink your weekly grocery budget too, so try making a bean soup and add a warm bread loaf.  Other family favorites are eggplant Parmesan, vegetable stir-fry, or pasta with a simple marinara or Alfredo sauce.

4. Cook Seasonally
 
Out of season fruits and vegetables can be expensive. Take advantage of  lower-priced fruits and vegetables when they are in season and plan your meals around them. For example, buying a large bag of plain brown potatoes in the winter can create a large variety of meals. Potatoes become boring to the family when just mashed or boiled, but add chopped steak, broccoli and cheddar cheese to create loaded baked potatoes! Leftover mashed potatoes can be mixed with shredded cheddar cheese and lightly fried in a taco shell for potato tacos. Little picky-eaters tend to love potato tacos. Homemade french fries are the best, and for health conscious moms, baked fries are a healthy option. Summer desserts are solved with baking in-season berry pies, such as blackberries or raspberries. Offering fruit pies is also a great way to get another dose of fruit into the little ones, though this should obviously only be sporadic.

5. Nights In
 
In today’s economy, going out to eat has become more of a luxury than routine. So, bring the restaurant home and create some family fun as well. In the mood for Mexican? While the meat is cooking, chop the toppings and lay them out in bowls, so your family can build their own tacos. Offer chips and salsa, rice and beans. This meal is economical and the children get to have fun and be creative! Another meal that offers family fun is to build and create your own pizza. Many ready-made types of dough and sauces are available - just lay out the toppings and build. Insert and light candles into empty Chianti bottles at dinnertime and the mood is set for a special dinner.

Jenny Spellman writes about saving money, personal finance & www.travelinsurance.org

ALL YOU April issue: Easy Veggie Recipes, Stop Losing Money on Daily Deals

Sunday, April 15, 2012

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Here are some stories from the April issue issue of ALL YOU magazine, plus news on a contest at allyou.com:

 
From whole-wheat pasta with white beans and spinach to cold sesame noodles with golden garlic, these recipes are sure to please vegetarians and meat-eaters alike!


 
These delicious, versatile pork recipes are great as main meals and leftovers.

 
Stay within your grocery budget and put smiles on your family's faces with these easy, tasty and affordable dishes.

 
ALL YOU recommends these handy tips so consumers don't lose money on daily deals.


Frugal Foodie Contest Winner
 
We asked the public to make over an ALL YOU recipe for less than our cost per serving and the winner of the ALL YOU FRUGAL FOODIE CONTEST is BLOGGER DONNA KELLY of APRON STRINGS BLOG (www.apronstringsblog.com)
 
Check the ALLYOU.com site later in the week for the next frugal foodie challenge.  To see the winning entry, click here.
For the recipe, click here

Crispy Taco Wings from McCormick® kitchens

Thursday, February 2, 2012

I receive about 30 emails a day from different food related websites. One of those websites is McCormick. This recipe came in yesterday's email and I thought it'd be perfect as a Super Bowl Party recipe.


For easy crisp and spicy chicken wings, start with McCormick® Taco Seasoning Mix.

Makes 6 appetizer servings.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

What you'll need:

1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

2. Mix bread crumbs and Seasoning Mix in large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken wings in batches; shake to coat well. Arrange chicken wings in single layer on large foil-lined shallow baking pan.

3. Bake 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

per serving:
Calories: 279
Fat: 15 g
Carbohydrates: 16 g
Cholesterol: 99 mg
Sodium: 599 mg
Fiber: 2 g
Protein: 20 g

Cost:
bread crumbs - $1.29/lb
taco seasoning - $1.18
chicken wings - $5.14
Total - $6.61

Kat's calzone

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Our friends Hollis and April enjoyed my calzone one night and requested the recipe. Since I'm terrible about writing things down, I thought I'd just post it here where they could get it! This recipe makes two calzones: one regular and one supreme.

Preheat oven to 375°

What you'll need:

For crust:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 cup warm water (110°)
Stir together all dry ingredients. Add oil and water and mix by hand until a ball forms. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead about one minute. Let rest for 10 minutes. Cut in half and form into two balls. Let rest one minute. Keep covered with a damp paper towel until ready to use.

For filling:
  • 1 (1 lb) package mild italian sausage (just the meat, no casing; if you can't find bulk italian sausage, you can use the raw links. Just remove the meat from the casing)
  • 1 cup fresh mushroom slices, washed
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 (4 oz) can sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 package sliced pepperoni
  • 4 cups finely shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • ranch salad dressing
  • parmesan cheese
Brown and drain italian sausage. Mix half of cooked sausage in a large bowl with mushrooms, bell pepper, onion and black olives. Set aside.

Take one half of dough (leaving the other half covered with a damp paper towel) and roll it out to pizza pan size. It will be thin. Place on pizza pan (or cookie sheet) that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. *An easy way to get the dough from where you rolled it out to the pizza pan is to roll the dough around the rolling pin and then unroll it onto the pizza pan.*

Spread ranch dressing onto dough to 1/2" from edge. Don't allow ranch dressing to get on edges or you won't be able to seal the calzone. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top of that. Lay pepperoni onto half of the dough. To me it looks like a big smiley face. Put mixed sausage/veggies on top of pepperoni and spread out. Top that with 2 cups of mozzarella cheese. Fold top half over bottom half and press edges together to seal. Gently press top down to flatten calzone slightly. Brush a little oil mixed with italian seasoning onto top of calzone and cut three slits in top to allow steam to escape.

Bake for 10 - 15 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is bubbly. Cut and enjoy!

For regular calzone, follow the above instructions but just add the other half of cooked italian sausage instead of the mixed sausage/veggies.


Cost:
For dough:
all purpose flour - $1.25
yeast - $1.99/3-pack
vegetable oil (regular) - $2.28
sugar - $2.42

Subtotal - $1.24

For filling:
italian sausage - $3.69
pepperoni - $1.29
bell pepper - 79¢
onion - $1.19/lb
mushrooms - $1.88/lb
black olives - 99¢
mozzarella - $2.30/2 cup bag preshredded


Total - $12.08/2 calzones

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