What To Name This One?

I’ve decided to turn this into a contest! I’m stumped as to what to name this one. So, put your thinking cap on and you could win a free 8×10 print if your name is chosen!

Here are the rules

1. Add your choice of name to the comments section. You may enter as many times as you like.

2. That’s it! Easy, right?

After one week from today, I will put all the names I’ve collected to a vote. The name that gets the most votes wins! I’ll use that as the name for the print and the winner will receive a free 8×10 of this print.

Good luck! I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with. 😉

Today’s Frugal Recipe – Porcupine Meatballs

Porcupine Meatballs

1 package ground beef

1 onion, chopped

1 egg

1/2 cup rice, uncooked

1 large can spaghetti sauce

salt and pepper to taste

Combine above ingredients, except for spaghetti sauce in a mixing bowl. Form into small meatballs and arrange in a 9×13 baking pan. Cover with sauce and bake at 350 for 1 hour or until meatballs are cooked through.

This is an incredibly easy and frugal recipe. And delicious to boot! It’s a definite family favourite here.

What A Week!

Last Monday, my son woke up with a high fever, an extremely sore throat and a cough. I took him in to see the doctor and the diagnosis was strep.  It was nights of no sleep and days of cool cloths on the forehead and buckets to catch what came out.

Wednesday, hubby got the same symptoms.

Friday, I did.

Turns out, it wasn’t strep at all, just some sort of malicious bug that decided to invade our house and make our lives miserable.

Everyone seems to be feeling much better now. Except our daughter. She woke up this morning with a headache and a sore throat. I’m not sure if she’s catching it or not, but to be safe, I sent her back to bed.

Now that things seem to have settled down, I can get back on track here with posting recipes , tips and hints.

Thanks for being patient!

Potato, Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Potato, Broccoli and Cheese Soup

2 cups chopped onion

2 tbsp margarine

1 1/2 pounds peeled and cubed potatoes

5 cups boiling water

4 cubes chicken boullion

3 cups fresh broccoli, cooked and drained

3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

In a large pot, saute onions with margarine. Add potatoes, water and boullion cubes. Cover, bring to boil and then reduce heat to medium and cook until potatoes are semi-cooked. Add broccoli and cook until both potatoes and broccoli are cooked through.

In a blender or food processor, puree half of the soup and return to pot.

Add cheese and heat soup through until cheese is melted.

Serve warm

*I always puree the entire soup. My family loves it that way.

Notice that I didn’t name this a Frugal Recipe. I don’t think it’s the cheapest meal you can make. However, there is generally quite a bit left over which can be frozen for a second meal.

My Fingers Are Getting Itchy

I don’t know about you, but around this time of the year, my fingers really start to itch. The weather is getting warmer, you can tell that spring is in the air and the ground starts to call to me.

The problem is, it’s still completely frozen! (trust me, I checked. LOL!)

I will be getting ready soon, however to start my seeds for my vegetable garden.

I’m really excited about gardening this year. This house came with several flower gardens already set up (albeit overgrown with weeds) and an incredibly large vegetable garden (again, it hasn’t been used in a very, very long time). I took some time in the fall to get some work done cleaning the flower gardens out, but it’s a huge job. The two right in front of our porch I must have taken out literally thousands of some sort of lily bulbs. There were so many there that they couldn’t even stand up, they were pushing themselves out. So, since I’m not really a fan of them anyway, I dug most of them out and tidied it up a bit.

I’ve been spending some time perusing the seed aisles too. I absolutely love, love, love this time of year!

Yesterday in my inbox, I found this great link to Seed Starting Mix. I’m definitely going to be trying it out. Not only does it give me a closer connection to my plants, it sure looks like it’s going to be more frugal too!

I’ll be starting my seeds soon. I’ll be sure to keep a photographic record and share with all of you. 😉

Stew! Another Frugal Tip

I love stew. I really, really love stew.

Last night we had a fairly large dumping of snow and lucky us, stew was on the menu today!

Although stew is by nature a fairly frugal meal, you can make it even more so by purchasing a roast when they are on sale and chopping it into stew sized pieces yourself.

I have in my freezer 2 roasts that I purchased when on sale for about $6.00 each. I can get minimum 2 stews from one roast, which makes that a $3.00 meal for the meat. You can’t buy precut stewing beef for that price. I’m in Canada, so the pricing will change for the U.S. The bottom line is the same however. It’s far cheaper to take the time to cut your own stewing meat than to purchase it already cut up for you.

Generally speaking, a person can save a lot of money just by taking that little extra bit of time when preparing or planning meals.

We live in a world where things move very fast. We want convenience in all things. But at what cost? It only takes about 10 minutes at the most to cut up a roast. Is that really so difficult?

Try it! Next time you’re out shopping, and see a roast on sale, pick it up, chop it up and make some stew. It’s just as good and better for the pocketbook!

Today’s Frugal Recipe – Sausage and Potato Bake

Sausage and Potato Bake

4 sausages, cut into bite sized pieces

4 large potatoes, wedged

2 carrots, sliced

1 onion, chopped.

Arrange all ingredients in a baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 375 for 1 hour or until potatoes are cooked through.

This is a great frugal recipe. You can usually buy dinner sausages in large quantities for a very low price. By only using 4 sausages per meal, you can stretch that $8.00 container of meat over a couple of months.

Enjoy!