Tuesday, January 18, 2011

January 2011 Menu

2 Out

3 of

4 town

5 Hawaiian Joes, Applesauce, green beans

6 out of town

7 traveling home

8 Spinach Feta Pasta


9 Sweet-N-Sour Chicken

10 Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

11 leftovers

12 eating with friends

13 Soft Tacos

14 Chicken & Rice Soup

15 Greek Breakfast Casserole


16 Sunday's main dish: Loaded Baked Potatoes, BBQ beef, green onions, sour cream & cheese

17 Lentil Casserole and Salad

18 Italian Chicken & Potatoes

19 New Brunswick Stew & Cornbread

20 Leftovers or Tacos

21 Minestrone Soup

22 Day in the Mountains


23 Sunday meal undecided

24 Fajitas

25 Chicken & Noodles over Mashed Potatoes

26 leftovers

27 Pineapple Crock Pot Chicken

28 Homemade Pizza

29 Leftovers


30 Sunday meal undecided

31 Hamburger Stew


1 Garlic Spaghetti & chicken tenders

2 leftovers

3 Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese

4 Pepper Steak Sandwiches

5 Meatloaf

Monday, October 11, 2010

Dupree's BBQ Sauce

Such an easy BBQ sauce.  If I want it spicy I usually add a little tabasco sauce or a little red pepper.

1/2 c. oil
3/4 c. chopped onion

Saute slowly until transparent

3/4 c. ketchup
3/4c. water
3 T. Worcestershire sauce
3 T. Brown Sugar, or more if you want it sweeter
2 T. Mustard
2 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1/4-1/3 c. lemon juice

Saute over low heat until thickened.  Run through blender or use immersion blender for a smooth BBQ sauce.

Buttercream Frosting....metric style

I finally figured out a decent frosting for decorating cakes. There are several things working against us when it comes to making a good frosting, non existent shortening in our part of the world and the powdered sugar is very fine, which leaves your frosting very gritty.  This recipe is still a tad on the grainy side, but the best I've ever made.  So before I forget here's the recipe:

Buttercream Frosting

500 grams good butter
750 grams sifted powdered sugar
1/4 t. salt
1/4 c. buttermilk/ayran/kefir

Cream butter, until it is a smooth consistency.  Slowly add in sifted powdered sugar and mix well.  (It will be dry.)  Next add salt.  Once that is thoroughly combined add the buttermilk and beat until it reaches a good consistency.  Add desired food coloring and decorate away.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Homemade White Cake fit for a Birthday

I am super excited about this new cake recipe.  I've always been on the look out for good cake recipes, and when I say good cake recipes I'm talking from scratch.  For some strange reason any time anyone sends us a cake mix or brownie mix I inevitably burn it.  I have a few theories, but for the time being never request people to send them.

I knew I wanted a cake that called for buttermilk, because it seemed like these cakes aren't as dry, so after about 20 minutes of searching here is the recipe I settled on.  The only tweaking I did was add some vanilla sugar to the flour mixture, since I'm away from my kitchen right now.  ***I'm very much missing my kitchen aid mixer. Beating egg whites to a stiff peek is ridiculously hard by hand, maybe by the time we get back home my arm muscles will be a little more toned. 

Bakery Style White Cake
1 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups white sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup shortening (room temperature)

4 egg yolks

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

4 egg whites (room temperature)


Set oven to 325 degrees. Grease three 9-inch round cake pans (if desired line the bottom of the pans with parchment paper). In a bowl combine the buttermilk with baking soda; let stand while preparing the next steps. In a large bowl cream sugar with butter, oil, and shortening until very well combined (sugar granules should not remain). Add in egg yolks, almond extract and vanilla; beat until well combined. Add the buttermilk mixture alternately with the flour into the creamed mixture. In a large glass or stainless steel mixing bowl beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold 1/3 of the whites into the creamed batter until blended, then fold in remaining whites until no streaks remain. Divide the batter between the three pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cakes test done. Cool in pans for 15 minutes then remove to wire racks to cool completely before frosting

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Remember Me?

I've debated about closing this site for a while, but I simply find myself returning here to find a recipes all too often.  Honestly it's been a beautiful thing since we've traveled so much this past year.

Our lives look completely different than a year ago.  We now live in a place where coupons are unheard of, and cooking requires basic ingredients.  It takes some creativity to be frugal in how we shop for food and meal plan but I'm slowly getting the hang of it.

I'm hoping this will be a place to host our family cookbook and you're welcome to have a peek too.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Hanging it Up

It's time to say goodbye to this sweet little blog. I've enjoyed my time publicly helping my family save money and finding some great deals in our area, but after returning home this afternoon and finding our house burglurized it's time to put my family's saftey first.

It's an interesting thing having your house rummaged through. Knowing that other's have seen who you are without even knowing you. It's weird, the uncomfortable kind of weird. I've gone through a wide range of emotions today from being frustrated, angry, sad, even feeling bad for the little punks. It's not a feeling I wish on anyone.

What I do know is life isn't about stuff. Even though they took some things that carry alot of memories, I know my greatest gift isn't wrapped up in stuff, it's the life I look forward to after this one. (But it does stink that they did take our computer.)

Thank you all for following me on this journey. Feel free to enjoy the archives I hope you'll be blessed by something you'll find.

It's been fun!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Frugal Family Drive In Fun

I have wanted to go to a Drive In movie ever since I was little. When we moved to Wichita I was thrilled to find out we had a drive in movie theatre, Starlite Drive In Theatre, and I'm so bummed we've have yet to visit. Not only is a fun because it's a drive in but I love that they have two screen options one that is family friendly and the other that is geared for grown ups.

Now it wasn't awesome enough just to have a Drive In Theatre in our city but this Friday and Saturday night you can load up the family and watch 3 movies for $5.00 a carload. You can't beat that. Pop your own popcorn before you go, fill up your water bottles, get the kiddos in their pjs and you're in for a super frugal evening at the Drive In.

Go here to visit Starlite's website to see what's playing and to get directions