Thursday, June 17, 2010

Chicken Hindquarters

Buy 10 pound bags of chicken hindquarters on sale, heck buy 2. Separate hindquarter into gallon ziplock freezer bags, and add your favorite marinade sauce. Italian dressing, tequila lime, teriaki, honey mustard~ what ever you like. Seal em up and stick them in the freezer, good idea to label and date the bags. You can pull out a bag of chicken anytime and cook in the crockpot or bake it in the oven, this will be the best marinated chicken ever. Enjoy!!!
Have a Fabulous & Frugal day!!!

Pack your Lunch

Even if you are only spending $5.00 dollars a day to eat out for lunch, the average person will work 5 days a week, so... in a month's time you would work at least 20 days and up to 24 days. At 20 days of packing your lunch you have saved $100.00.

I don't buy soda pop or candy out of the vending machines. I drink the "free" coffee at work, I take a re-fillable water bottle, I either drink water or Crystal light (individual packets) or I make big jugs of iced tea. This is such a painless way to save money ~ add this $100.00 to your savings account.

What to Pack:: Invest in some type of Rubbermade containers of various sizes, think the Dollar store.

The ol' soup and sandwich:: lunchmeat, tuna, cheese, PB &J, Wraps, Bagels, be creative.

Home made Burritos:: Last night I made spanish rice, taco meat, refried beans, grated cheese , sour cream and salsa... When dinner was finished I made 5 burrito's with the left-overs. Individually wrapping them in plastic wrap. I will be using these already made burrito's for the next few days. You can also stick these in the freezer....much cheaper than Taco Bell.

Left Overs from the Night Before:: Chicken, Rice, Potatoes, ...... I actually make Rice-a-roni a lot and pack that to work. I love it.

Salads:: Greens, veggies, pack your cheese and salad dressing separate to avoid sogginess. Fruit salad, Pasta salad, potato salad.

Cottage Cheese / Fruit / Crackers/ :: canned or fresh fruit any type of crackers.

Cheese and Crackers.

This will get you started on the path of packing your own lunches. Enjoy!! Have a Fabulous and Frugal day!!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Tomato Bisque

Thank you Hillbilly housewife

Tomato Bisque

2 tbsp margarine (or butter)
1 onion
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp flour
1 can chicken broth (or a cup of water and a pinch of bullion cube)
2 large cans (28 oz) of crushed tomatoes
1 cup half and half
salt and pepper to taste
Get out a large pot and add melt the margarine in it over medium high heat. Add the onions and sugar and saute for a few minutes until the onions start to turn translucent. Be sure to stir and scrape your pot really well during this part or the sugar will start to burn to the bottom of the pot (which would ruin your soup).

Add the flour and move the onion mixture around really well for a good minute. Again lots of stirring is important to keep things from burning. This process will cook the flour to make sure your soup later on doesn’t have that floury taste to it.

Slowly add the chicken broth (or water) and keep stirring to make a smooth gravy. Add the tomatoes to the pot and bring the mixture to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer everything for a good 15 minutes. You will notice that the soup will start to thicken a bit at this point.

Next we need to puree everything. You can do that in one of two ways. You can either use an immersion blender and blend the soup right there in the pot, or you can use your blender. If you are using a blender, be sure to puree the soup in small batches. When you’re done, return the smooth soup to the pot and reheat as needed. Stir in the half and half and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Hi there

I have been AWOL for awhile... my deepest apologies. I experienced some car trouble right after I paid the car off. I was sick for a few days, and now I am back to work. What a life. I do know from experience that life will throw you a boner every now and then. My hope is to always come out on top. Have a fabulous & frugal day ......