Thursday, January 28, 2010

Latest Grocery Deals

Seeing that it is the end of the month and my food money was almost spent, I wasn't checking the ads this week.  But I got a call from my friend telling me the deals she just picked up at the grocery store.  I couldn't resist.  I counted up the remaining cash in the "Food" envelope. Yes, I'm working with cash only these days and using envelopes too.  I'm a fan of this method, but that's another post.  I still had $30.00 remaining for the month, so off I went to the store.

Here's what I bought.  I'm not much of a coupon shopper but I did use some coupons this time.  Although I didn't bring them with me.  They already had them at the store.  I ended up with
5 packages of Philsbury Grand biscuits
5 boxes of Betty Crocker scalloped potatoes
4 cans Hunts spaghetti sauce
8 packages American Beauty pasta, assorted
2 packages american cheese slices
1 bunch of bananas

The pasta was $.78 each but there was a $1.00 off coupon on the package when you bought 2 bags.  So they came out at $.28 each.  I already have my year supply of pasta but that was too good of a deal to pass up. 
The grand total spent was...$19.59

I just love it when I get some good deals!  And I still have a few bucks to last til the end of the month!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Easy, Easy Cookies

Homemade Oreos

I don't really like Oreo cookies.  So to me this name doesn't do these cookies justice.  They are much better than oreos.  This version is soft and chewy and easy to make.  It's another recipe that I can make anytime because I always have the ingredients on hand.

1 box any flavor cake mix
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs

Place cake mix, oil and eggs in mixing bowl.  Mix until well blended.  You can use an electric mixer but a wooden spoon does the trick too.
Drop by rounded teaspoon onto a greased cookie sheet. (cookie scoops and parchment paper save time and cleanup)
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.
Cool 3 minutes on cookie sheet then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.
The cookies are puffed and full when they first come out of the oven.  While cooling they will flaten a bit.

These cookies can be eaten right away or made into oreo's by taking 2 equal sized cookies and adding frosting to the middle.  I had some cream cheese frosting left over in my fridge so that's what I used.

Makes about 3 dozen single cookies

Friday, January 8, 2010

New Cook Book

My daughter, Kelli, gave me this cook book for Christmas. 
It's The Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drumond.  I was so excited I sat and looked through the whole book on christmas morning.

I've been following The Pioneer Woman's cooking blog for quite some time now.  It's fun and informative.  You ought to check out her blog HERE  I love the pictures and boy can she tell a story.  Anyway, I've been wanting this cookbook and with some hints from her aunts, Kelli got it for me.  There are many pictures, which I love, and not an overabundance of recipes, another thing I love about a cookbook.  I've already tried out a few recipes, but that's another post.

Here's a sampling from the book, PW's Potato Skins.  Yum! 
I think you'll like this cookbook as much as I am enjoying it.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is the easiest recipe I have! Without a doubt the easiest cookies ever. Plus I always (almost always) have all the ingredients on hand. Here goes...

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

2 spice flavored cake mixes (any brand will do-in a pinch i've even used one spice and one carrot cake)
1 29 oz. can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie-just plain pumpkin)
1 package chocolate chips (I like milk chocolate but any will do)

Dump dry cake mixes into a bowl.  Add canned pumpkin and stir together until well combined.  Add chocolate chips.   Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet.  I always use parchment paper and my cookie scoop.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, depending on the size. 

This recipe makes ALOT.  I've halfed the recipe and it works great.  We don't ever have a problem with a whole recipe getting eaten around here.