Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Hearty Chicken Pot Pie

This recipe was on the Bisquick website under emergency meals..... This would be a great dish to make when short on time....... Dinner in 30 Minutes...  Prep time is about 15 Mins.  You totally know that the left overs are going for my lunch.

Have a Fabulous & Frugal Day !!!!!!!

Hearty Chicken Pot Pie

Nothing warms you like hearty chicken pot pie. This one’s loaded with vegetables and has a tender, flaky crust made with Bisquick® mix.

Prep Time

15 Minutes

Total Time




6 servings

1 package (16 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables, thawed

1 cup cut-up cooked chicken

1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup

1 cup Original Bisquick® mix

1/2 cup milk

1 egg

1.Heat oven to 400ºF. Mix vegetables, chicken and soup in ungreased 2-quart casserole.

2.Stir remaining ingredients in small bowl with fork until blended. Pour into casserole.

3.Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes 6 servings

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Frugal Consignment

I finally did it!!!!  I have been cleaning out my closet for years and sending it all to Goodwill.  I have been shopping at a particular consignment store for a couple of years now.  At first they did not take consignments, I am not sure if they were just not taking them or not taking them on my particular days off.  Anyway I continued shopping there and talking to the girls that work there.  About a month ago they relocated to a bigger store and started excepting consignments, So...... I cleaned out my closet.  I am super excited to get the opportunity to sell some of my cast offs.  I think it is super important to take clothes in there to consign that you would buy yourself.  My problem is mostly the weight gain since I stopped smoking.  (This is another story~ but I am doing really good)
My plan is to either take the money and put it in my savings account, or to exchange the money for stylish clothes in a bit bigger size.  Either way it is a win win situation.

Have a Fabulous & Frugal Day!!!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Free Exercise

Skip the gym membership....  put that 50.00 per month in your savings account and head outdoors.  You will get some fresh air and also lower your blood pressure. 
30 minutes for a brisk walk, ride your bike, or put on a pair of skates or do some hiking. Do your own yard work to burn additional calories.  If it happens to be raining or the weather is bad... put on your favorite CD and dance around your living room.  I have Yoga and Pilates on DVD for bad weather days.  Also, a vigorous house cleaning will burn calories.
There are creative and fun ways to exercise without the expense of gym membership.
What do you do for fun and exercise that is free or cheap???

Have a Fabulous & Frugal Day!!!!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Frugal and Beneficial Rosemary Tea

I found this wonderful home remedy for dandruff over at ThriftCultureNow.  Hopefully the weather will be getting better and not so dry here in Oregon....  but I am totally going to give this a try.

Natural Remedies for Dandruff: Rosemary Tea

Apr 29, 2011 05:00 am

I probably should have written about natural remedies for dandruff back in the dead of winter when everyone’s skin and scalps were dry, but a family member’s recent raving about rosemary tea as a home cure for dandruff prompted me to write this post now. When it comes to health and frugal living prevention is key, so at least those who are afflicted by dandruff each year can start to treat their scalps ahead of time and hopefully prevent the itchy, dry condition altogether.

All you need to do to make this natural cure is to steep dried rosemary (about 1 tbsp) in about 2 cups of water. Simmer the rosemary and water on the stove until it becomes dark in colour. Wash your hair normally and then follow by massaging the tea into your scalp. Leave the rosemary tea to work for about 5 minutes and then rinse.

Repeat these steps for the next few days and be sure to massage the tea right into the scalp. Just think: you can forget buying that bright blue, anti-dandruff shampoo and remedy the problem with something as simple as rosemary. Aren’t natural remedies great?

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Oh Hail

We had a hellacious hail storm today.....  I am currently working the graveyard shift and the hail beating on the tin roof of the shed is how I woke up today.  My dogs barked and freaked out thinking someone was trying to "get me" while I was sleeping.  So so funny, they ran to the back door and just barked and barked and looked around...  They kept hearing the hail but were unsure where to run to and bark...  it really was hilarious watching them.  They were so confused. 
Today made me very glad that I do not have my tomatoes planted yet.  The hail would have shredded them. 

Have a Fabulous & Frugal Day!!!!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

I am heading off to a pot luck birthday party today and this is the dish that I am making to take.  This is a delicious recipe and it is easy to make, it is always a big hit, and the left overs (if there happens to be any) are just as good....  Every time I make this, I end up wishing I would have made more..........
This is a fabulous gourmet pasta salad, that is absolutely better than anything you can get at the deli, and not to mention much cheaper

2 chicken breasts ~ grilled (I grill mine on my George Foreman)

1 pkg Bow Tie Pasta~ cooked according to package directions

1 small bunch of Romaine Lettuce... (you can use pre-washed and bagged lettuce but I personally think it is a waste of money). Wash the lettuce and tear it up into bite size pieces.

1 bottle of your favorite Caesar Salad dressing.

Grated Parmesan Cheese

Grill and season your chicken breasts to your liking, and let them cool. Cut them up into bite size pieces Cook your pasta and drain, rinse in cool water, and add these ingredients in a fairly large bowl along with your bite size pieces of Romaine lettuce, mix in at least 1/2 the bottle of salad dressing, and toss all ingredients until just moist... You can definitely use more dressing if it seems to dry. Then sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese on top.... and enjoy. If the salad seems dry the next day add more dressing or a bit of mayonnaise. You can also use french dressing if you would like another variation.

Have a Fabulous & Frugal Day!!!!!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I Quit Smoking

I have been cigarette free for 14 days, and I just wanted to share the good news.  I have smoked for 24 years and had been considering quitting for about 3 years.  The deciding factor for me was my mom having a stroke last September, and witnessing first hand her daily struggles as well as physical therapy and her new limitations. 
I am a self proclaimed Fabulous & Frugal woman, also known as a cheapskate, so for quite some time I have had mixed emotions on spending 140 dollars a month for my bad habit and addiction.  Yes! I used coupons to buy my smokes but was suffering from bad breath and stained teeth.  Not to mention the smokers stench.

It has been a rough 2 weeks.  I have been over indulging in french fries.  Also, I have been enjoying (too much) the Dr. Pepper slurpees from my local 7-11, and this has been a daily routine, so I totally need to change this behavior as well before I end up gaining too much weight. I am not going to beat myself up right now.  I am getting day at a time.  Hard candies have been a life savor- literally.  I love those root beer barrels and butterscotch discs.  They have helped immensely. 

I am adjusting to my "new" life as a non smoker and becoming more comfortable with the new routines.  They say it only takes 28 days to change a habit and I am half way there.

I am really looking forward to some health and beauty benefits.  Lowering my risk of heart attack, stroke, COPD, and I can't wait to have more energy.  The beauty benefits I am looking forward to are reduced wrinkles, better skin, fresher breath, whiter teeth, and no more smokers stench.  The very best thing will be the $1680.00 I will save each year!!!

Have a Fabulous & Frugal Day!!!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

3 Basic Recipes for Fabulous & Frugal Cooking

I found this fabulous info on the
The article is titled 3 Basic Recipes Means Savings by Jean Knight Pace
This was totally worth sharing as you can see the possibilities are darn near endless

We all know that home cooking is the cheapest way to go. However, one thing I'm learning as my family of six tries to eat on $6/day is that with a few recipes for basic things like sauces and mixes, it can be even cheaper. (And better tasting, too.)

Below you'll find three recipes to cheapen your home cooking even more. They each take less than five minutes to make and are tastier than their store-bought counterparts. Additionally, they contain only simple, whole ingredients with no preservatives, additives, artificial flavors, dyes, or obscene amounts of sodium. Just cheap goodness through and through.

1. White Sauce
Many casseroles, soups, and other savory, creamy creations call for cream of something soup. Instead make a white sauce and use it.

2 Tbsp. butter

2 Tbsp. flour

1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper or more to taste

1 cup milk

Melt butter in a saucepan. Whisk in flour, salt, and pepper until smooth (a flat whisk works best, though any will do). Add milk and whisk. Cook two to three minutes more, stirring constantly, until thickened.

Total cost: $.20 versus at least $1.00 for Great Value brand cream of anything soup.

If you add one to two cups of cheese to this, you've got a cheese sauce to pour over veggies. My mom used to do this for broccoli and it was the only way I'd eat it.

2. Salad Dressing

I never knew how easy and pure this could be until last summer when I figured that if I was going to work so hard in my garden, I ought to pour something whole and homemade over it all. The sodium levels (normally a bit of a problem in salad dressings) in this are completely under your control and the flavors can be adapted with any seasonings you like or have on hand.

1/2 cup canola or olive oil

1/2 cup lemon juice (vinegars will work too)

salt and pepper to taste

1/2-1 tsp. dried (or 1 Tbsp. fresh if you'll be using quickly) onion, garlic, shallots, herbs or spices (optional)

Put all ingredients in a tight-lidded container and shake well. Let it sit for a day if you've added seasonings and you'd like the flavors to meld more. Note: You'll need to shake it each time you use it as the oil and lemon juice will separate.

Total Cost: $1.50 for 16 oz. versus at least $2.00 for Great Value brand dressings.

3. Homemade Baking Mix

Bisquick® can be handy, but it's more expensive and preservative-laden than its homemade counterpart.

9 cups flour

1/2 cup baking powder

1/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups shortening or butter (butter is more flavorful, but its shelf-life is shorter and it is more expensive than shortening-though even baking mix made with butter is cheaper than store-bought Bisquick®)

1 Tbsp. salt

Mix together using a pastry cutter, a blender, or a food processor (you want the shortening to be in the tiny little bits). Use in pancakes, shortbreads, or biscuits.

Total cost: $3.50 (with the butter version and probably about $2.50 with the shortening) for 40 oz. versus $5.00 for regular Bisquick®.

So get out your whisk, take five minutes, and save yourself some money by enjoying foods of superior nutrition, taste, and quality. Now, that's a deal.

Jean Knight Pace blogs about food that is cheap, but delicious at Come on over, get some great recipes, and watch as she and her family of 6 try to live on $6/day for the coming year.

Have a Fabulous & Frugal Day!!!!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Frugal Flowers

Perennials are the way to go.... get bulbs where ever you can and if you can get them for free that is even better...  They come back every year, and as you can see, I am so excited to finally have these beautiful flowers after such a long cold winter.  Every Spring when my flowers come up I am so happy, it really adds cheer to the front of the house, and I know that summer is coming.
Have a Fabulous & Frugal Day!!!!