Pumpkin Muffins

This is a great way to use up any frozen pumpkin you may have in the freezer. You don’t have frozen pumpkin? Am I the only one with an overabundance of frozen pumpkin? Don’t answer that, please. If you don’t have the frozen you can use canned pumpkin.

I have also added the instructions for a crumb topping which is optional. My kids love muffins, especially Cinnamon muffins, so I add this to them to keep them happy. Continue reading “Pumpkin Muffins”

Tortilla Bowl Taco Salad

This is a meal that my special needs son enjoys helping me with. He really likes to eat it as well. I try to let the kids help with certain meals and this one is ‘his’ meal. It helps them to feel a sense of accomplishment when they are able to do things independently. I do have to supervise with a lot of the oven part but other than that he really enjoys helping to put the bowls together.

You can add your favorite toppings to it and make it the way you like it. With individual bowls, each family member can customize their own bowl. Serve it with rice and beans.

Note: We do have a set of ovenproof bowls that we use to shape the tortilla bowls themselves but you can check out this link for ideas to make them without a bowl. Continue reading “Tortilla Bowl Taco Salad”

Crockpot Cream Cheese Chicken

This is a family favorite. I wasn’t too sure about it when I first made it several years ago but my oldest son fell in love with it. We usually eat it over a bed of rice but you can also eat it over noodles. Continue reading “Crockpot Cream Cheese Chicken”

Cole Slaw

This is as close as I can get to my exact recipe. I just kinda eyeball my ingredients as I pour, dump, and taste. I like mine a little sweet but with a little tang to it also. You can adjust the sugar and vinegar to suit your own taste. Continue reading “Cole Slaw”

January Pantry Challenge Grocery Trip

I wrote about the Pantry Challenge in an earlier post. This upcoming week is the next Pantry Challenge I have scheduled. I thought I would break down what my grocery list was and how much I ended up spending for the meals that I came up.

Below are the dinner meals and the ingredients that I had to buy and the costs.

Meal #1: Crockpot Cream Cheese Chicken w/Rice and Cole Slaw

Cole Slaw Mix $2.00

Meal #2: Popover Pizza, Salad

Romaine Lettuce $3.29

Tomatoes BOGO $2.99

Meal #3: Tortilla Bowl Taco Salad, Rice, Beans

Will use the extra lettuce and tomatoes from Meal #2 and I had some extra pintos from last week that had I put in the freezer also.

Avocado $1.00

Sour Cream $1.75

Meal #4: Boston Baked Beans, Mac n Cheese, Fried Cabbage

Cabbage $2.05

Meal #5: Cheesy Chicken and Potatoes Casserole, Salad

Will use the extra lettuce and tomatoes from Meal #2 & 3.

Meal #6: Free Day (I will probably make some Chicken Stir Fry, Chicken Fried Rice, and maybe some fried ramen noodles. (These are links to other recipes as I can’t locate mine at the moment.)

**UPDATE: I found my recipes 🙂 Chinese Fried Rice with VeggiesEasy Fried Noodles, Japanese White Sauce. I had everything in the pantry and freezer to make all of these.

I had some stir fry veggies and chicken in the freezer. I also had some ramen noodles and rice in the pantry. I won’t be adding as many veggies to the noodles as this recipe shows either.

Sweet and Sour Sauce $1.99

Meal #7: Breakfast for Dinner

Krusteaz Pancake & Waffle Mix BOGO $2.79

(This is my favorite brand and I grab it when it is on sale.)

Aunt Jemima Syrup BOGO $3.89

So altogether I spent less than $25.00 to complete the meals from the pantry.

I also had to buy some staples that we buy every week like:

Milk x 4 $14.76

Bread x $4.00

Sliced Cheese $2.00

Margarine $1.00

Apples $3.49

Bananas $4.72

Creamer $3.00

Eggs $2.00

These came to about $35.00.

We had a few miscellaneous toiletries to buy for less than $20.00. I also found a BOGO meat sale and stocked up on some things that we will need later on in the month. I did spend around $50.00 0n the meat! Eeek… well I don’t feel too bad because I know that I am saving money in the long run and I won’t need to buy much more meat for the rest of the month.

You can see my totals below and the savings from the store card, sales, and coupons. Plus at Winn -Dixie you can also earn Fuelperks. Right now I am at $0.55/gallon which is about $11.00 off my next 20 gallons of fuel. I also did the survey at the bottom of the receipt to save $5.00 on the next trip.

If I had been tight on money or if I had decided not to spend any extra I could’ve left the store spending a little under $80.00. I could have also cut back on a few other things and stayed under $50.0. I do try my best to catch certain things, like peanut butter, on sale and grab them whenever I can.

By using what I have in the pantry and freezer I was able to save money and use it towards the sales I found for the meat. It also helps to prevent waste and helps me to set a good example for the kids about being frugal. This can be a very useful tool in any household.

30 minute Rolls

This is my go-to recipe for hot fresh rolls in a hurry. They never fail me! Continue reading “30 minute Rolls”

Fix-It and Forget-It Crockpot Chicken

I just love crockpot meals that you can throw together in a few minutes, dump in the cooker, and walk away. I don’t remember where I found the original recipe for this but I have changed it around a little to make it work better for my family. Continue reading “Fix-It and Forget-It Crockpot Chicken”

January 15-21, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

NOTE: This is a Pantry Challenge Week for me.



French Toast Roll Ups, scrambled eggs, sausage


ramen noodles, grilled cheese


Cream Cheese Chicken, Rice, Cole Slaw


Easy Banana Pudding





tuna salad sandwiches, fresh veggies


Popover Pizza, Salad


Peanut Butter Crackers



French Toast


PB & J sandwiches, fresh fruit


Tortilla Bowl Taco Salad, Rice, Beans





Pumpkin Muffins


PB & J sandwiches, fruit


Boston Baked Beans, Mac n Cheese, Fried Cabbage









Cheesy Chicken and Potatoes Casserole, Salad


Popcorn (National Popcorn Day)





hot dogs, mac n cheese, veggies


Free Day **use food from the pantry or freezer or order out for a special treat


Boiled Eggs



Bird Nests, grits, fruit


Egg Salad Sandwiches, veggies


Breakfast for Dinner



Cheesy Chicken and Potatoes Casserole

I don’t know where I found the original recipe for this but it has been a hit here for sure. Serve it with a salad to round out the meal. My kids really like to use ranch on this as well. Continue reading “Cheesy Chicken and Potatoes Casserole”

Popover Pizza

This is a favorite of my second oldest. It is pretty simple to make and you can add a variety of meats and/or toppings to it to make it even better. I usually serve this with a simple salad to complete the meal. Continue reading “Popover Pizza”

Easy Banana Pudding

This is an easy dessert that my whole family loves, especially grandpa. There are so many different variations of banana pudding that I usually just make it the easiest way I can.

The kids really enjoy helping to put this together and sometimes add a few sprinkles to the top to make it extra special. They can slice the bananas with a butter knife and layout the vanilla wafers. I just have to keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t eat all of the cookies. I also like to put the pudding mix and milk in a container with a tight lid and let them take turns shaking the pudding. Continue reading “Easy Banana Pudding”

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll-Ups

This is another version of the French Toast Roll-Ups that my kids love so much. The kids can help with spreading the filling and rolling them in the sugar mixture. Continue reading “Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll-Ups”