Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Low Cost Frugal Meal Ideas

Do you ever have those months were you just feel like money is flying out the window? This month seems like I was spending money right and left as I've been putting money towards 2 kids getting new glasses, orthodontist bills, birthdays, doctor visits and normal everyday needs.

I feel like my credit card was on fire so I'm sitting down now to come up with a list of low cost frugal meal ideas that maybe we can just take it easy on the grocery bill this month.


Potatoes, Eggs, Tuna are all at the top of my list when it comes to easy meals that don't cost a lot as well as making things from scratch.

Breakfast

Fried potatoes with scrambled eggs
Homemade bread with jam
Egg sandwich
Homemade Oatmeal
Smoothies
Homemade pancakes or waffles
Homemade scones
Homemade muffins
Breakfast burritos

Lunch/Dinner

PBJ
Egg salad sandwich
Tuna salad sandwich
Panini sandwich (fillings with what you have)
Tuna Caesar salad
Cheese Quesadillas
Tacos
Spaghetti
BLTs
Grilled cheese sandwich
Homemade Tomato soup
Salad with boiled eggs or/and tuna
Chicken salad (with leftover rotisserie meat)
Rice and beans mixed with salsa and cheese
Egg drop soup
Chili hot dogs
Chili mac
Baked potatoes
Chef salad with lunch meat and boiled eggs
Tomato Goulash
Chili
Roasted Veggies in the oven (potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, turnips, zucchini etc.)
Homemade Pizza or pizza toast
Tuna casserole
Chicken casserole
Taco Salad
Lunch meat wraps

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Do a Safety Kitchen Check

Check our kitchen safety page for more ideas on making your kitchen safe for kids!


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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

20+ Easy Bread Recipes with Kids

Baking is often a favorite activity when kids are learning how to cook. Whether it is baking cookies, cakes or bread, all of these are a great way to get kids interested in learning how to cook in the kitchen. While they are baking up goodies, they will be learning math skills, discovering science concepts and so much more.

Recipes Using Bread Dough

Today I want to focus on some easy bread recipes for kids. For these recipes use a homemade bread dough recipe or buy bread dough such as Rhodes frozen bread dough.

Then create these recipes with the dough:
Hamburger Rolls
Cinnamon Rolls
Monkey Bread
Shaping Rolls
Stromboli 
Homemade Doughnuts

Bread Bowls for soup 
Shape bread dough into rolls. Bake and allow to cool. Cut top of bread off and hollow out inside of rolls. To make a bread. Serve soup, chili, or dip inside and serve immediately.
 

Soft Pretzels 
Shape your bread dough into pretzels. Start by rolling a piece of dough into a rope. With a rope end in each hand bring ends together and make an X at the top. Bring ends down in the shape of a pretzel.


Make a Georgian Khachapuri recipe with your bread dough.


Make Pizza Bread


Create dinner with this Spaghetti Bread.


 

How to Make Bread in a Bag- Fun Kids Cooking Activity


Free bread making basics guide

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Bread Making Basics Free Guide


Quick Bread Recipes

Zucchini Bread or Muffins
Coconut Pumpkin Bread
Lemon Bread
Carrot Pineapple Bread
Banana Bread
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (or shape into a loaf)
Streusel Topping Muffins (or shape into a loaf)
Carrot Bread

Bread Machine Recipes

Cinnamon Rolls
Apple Pecan Bread


Try more Easy Homemade Bread Recipes


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Thursday, September 15, 2016

How to make Rice Balls- Video


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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

25 Baking with kids recipes

There is no doubt about it kids love to bake more than anything else. Chances are you might have started yourself cooking in the kitchen by making cookies or cake, right?! 

Here are some baking ideas for kids.

Cookie Recipes
Zucchini bread
Banana Bread
Basic Bread Dough
Carrot Pineapple Bread
French Baguettes
Herb Garlic Bread
Lemon Bread
Marbled Bread
Monkey Bread
Muffin Recipes
Brownies 
Peach Cobbler
Peach Crisp
Pumpkin Bread
Pumpkin Bars 
Pineapple Cherry Dessert
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Homemade Pizza
Bubble Pizza
Calzones
Homemade Corn Dogs
Granola Bars

Biscuit Sticks


Cinnamon Roll Biscuit Sticks

Similar to the recipe above in the video but a sweet version.
2 Cups flour
1 T. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2/3 Cup milk
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 Cup shortening
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 or less ready made icing

Blend together your dry ingredients, flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and cream or tartar. Stir in shortening and mix until crumbly. Pour milk slowly into your mixture and stir until forms a ball.

Place dough on a greased or silpat lined cookie sheet. Pat dough down into a rectangle. Cut into sticks and bake at 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Drizzle icing over the top while they are hot and let cool.

 
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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Organizing your kitchen Tip




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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Cooking Around the World- Georgian Recipes

We tried some new recipes this week from the country of Georgia.

Khacupuri - Georgian Egg and Cheese Bread

Using homemade or store bought bread dough, divide dough into medium size balls.  With a rolling pin flatten bread into a 10 inch circle. Starting on one side roll edges toward the middle. Roll opposite side towards the middle. Open bread up to make an oval shape with a hole in the middle. Press ends together to seal. Place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle feta cheese and muenster cheese inside the middle of your dough as much as you'd like. Let rise for 20 minutes.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Take out of oven and crack an egg in th
e middle on top of your cheese. Place back in oven for 2-3 minutes. Take bread out of oven and allow to cool slightly. Drizzle butter over the top, if desired.

Eat by tearing off pieces of the dough and dipping it inside the egg cheese mixture.

KhinKali- Georgian Dumplings

Using a homemade pasta recipe you can create these Georgian dumplings.
Create the pasta recipe and allow to sit while you make the filling.

1 lb. ground pork, turkey, beef or combination
1/2 onion, grated
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 T. dried parsley
1 tsp. garlic powder
Mix all ingredients together.

To make dumplings roll out pasta dough and cut with a circle cookie cutter or bottom of a glass. Roll each circle individually to flatten into a flat circle.

Place a mound of meat mixture in the middle of a flat circle and gather edges up together. Press ends together. Continue with all your dough.

To cook bring a large pot of water to boil. Add in a sprinkle of salt. Place dumplings in boiling water and cook 10-13 minutes. You may have to cook them in batches depending on how big your pot is. Don't overload the pot.


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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Blank Cookbook Journals

Blank Cookbook Journals

These paperback books are designed to create your own cookbooks. Whether you want to fill it in and give as a gift or have your kids save their favorite recipes, I love the possibilities these hold. We have two blank journals available right now one called My Family Cookbook and one geared towards kids called My Cookbook. Take a look inside with this video and find more details on the book here.



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