Today’s Frugal Recipe – Hamburger Casserole

Hamburger Casserole

1Lb. Hamburger (1.49)
1can corn(.35)
1-8oz. cream cheese(.99)1 can cream mushroom soup
10 oz. egg noodle(.99)

Cook hamburger with onion. Drain hamburger. Mix cream of mushroom and cream cheese. Cook noodles. Put hamburger back in pan add drained corn and cream cheese mixture. Heat hamburger sauce enough so it will be easy to mix with noodles. Pour noodles and hamburger sauce in casserole, mix. Heat in oven until bubbly.


Today’s Frugal Recipe – Freezer Stash Meatballs

Freezer Stash Meatballs

Makes 48 meatballs; 8 servings

3 pounds lean ground beef
1 1/2 cups soft bread crumbs
3 eggs
6 tablespoons minced onion
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven to 400 .
In a large bowl, mix beef, crumbs, eggs, onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Shape into 11/2-inch meatballs. (A miniature ice cream scoop makes fast work of shaping.)
Arrange in two 10-by-15-inch jelly roll pans. Bake in preheated oven until meat is browned, with no trace of pink and juices run clear, 10 to 13 minutes.
Drain, let cool to room temperature, divide into thirds and freeze each portion in vapor-moisture proof containers or use in one of following.

Today’s Frugal Recipe – Lazy Lasagna

Lazy Lasagna 


3/4 lb hamburger
28 oz can spaghetti sauce
1 C water
15 oz Ricotta cheese
1 egg
1/2 t oregano (optional)
16 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 T parmesan cheese
8 lasagna noodles, UNCOOKED

Brown hamburger. Rinse under hot water (to remove grease) and drain. Add spaghetti sauce. Simmer 5 minutes.

In separate bowl, combine ricotta cheese, egg & oregano.

In 9×13 pan layer ingredients as follows: 1/2 the sauce mixture, 1/2 the pasta, 1/2 the ricotta mixture and 1/2 the mozzarella cheese. Repeat. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over all.

Cover pan with foil. Refrigerate overnight or freeze**. Bake @ 350 degrees 50-60 minutes. Remove foil cover during last 10 minutes of brown top is desired. **If frozen, thaw in refrigerator overnight before baking.


**My kids LOVE this recipe. Even my son who really doesn’t like lasagna all that much. 😉


Today’s Frugal Recipe – Easy Baked Ravioli

Easy Baked Ravioli
2 tsp Zesty Italian dressing

1 red pepper chopped

1 small onion, chopped

1 can spaghetti sauce

1 pkg. Ravioli cooked, drained

½ cup shredded mozzarella

Preheat oven to 350 F. Heat dressing in large skillet on medium heat, add peppers and onions. Cook and stir 2 minutes or until veggies are crisp-tender. Stir in pasta sauce.

Spread ½ cup of sauce mixture onto bottom of baking dish. 

Cover with ravioli’s,  1/2 of the cheese and  the remainder of the sauce mixture. Top with remaining cheese.

Today’s Frugal Recipe – Meatball Stroganoff

(5 servings)

1 (10 3/4-oz) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
1 cup mushrooms, sliced and cooked in butter until soft
1 family meal-sized portion of freezer meatballs

In medium saucepan, mix together mushroom soup and sour cream. Gently stir in mushrooms and meatballs. Simmer until meatballs are heated through. Serve over hot cooked rice or over egg noodles tossed with melted butter and chopped

(if you can’t find frozen meatballs on sale, you can make your own quite easily and more frugally. I’ll post a recipe for those too)

I Have Seeds Started!

I’m so excited, I finally have my seeds started for my garden this summer. Well, some of them anyway. 😉

Right now, I have:

green peppers

beefsteak tomatoes

sweet 100’s tomatoes


yellow peppers



I’m going to share some pics as they grow. Hope you enjoy! 😉

Day One

Day One


My son came home from school and called me to the front door to show me something “really cool!”

In our birdfeeder was a little red rumped nuthatch. He didn’t fly away when my son went near him. So, I went a little closer, thinking something was wrong with him. I got right up to the birdfeeder and he just sat there looking at me and eating sunflower seeds. I started thinking that there was something wrong, or that he was stuck, so I put my finger out to see.

It actually hopped up onto my finger! So there I stand on my front porch with a little nuthatch on my finger. Then he started pecking at my ring. Once he figured out it wasn’t food he went right back to the birdfeeder.

Well, of course now I’m totally blown away and completely enchanted. I put my finger out and he hopped up again! He looked at me for a minute then flew onto my head, off my head and onto my son’s. Then back to the birdfeeder.

I rushed inside to get my camera (I also run MNH Photography here on Etsy) so excited to get some amazing pics of this little nuthatch, but unfortunately by the time I changed the lense and got back out, he was gone.

Then about an hour later, he came back. This time, I was able to get my camera and snap about oh, 200 pictures.

Here are three of them. One of him on my hand, one of him on my son’s and a closeup of him in the birdfeeder.


On My Hand

On My Hand


With My Son

With My Son