Archive for August, 2009

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy JoesI love Sloppy Joes and I have a 3lb tube of ground beef in the freezer and I know that the leftovers will freeze nicely, making it a great quick go to dinner or lunch. I make mine a little different then just opening up a can of sloppy joe mix and browning the meat. IngredientsIngredients part 2Okay, now I know I said that I don’t use the canned stuff but I did have a can on head and I’m trying to clean out our cupboards.

3lbs ground beef $3.98

1 onion, chopped $0.50

1 bell pepper, chopped $0.50

2 cans soy beans $1.40

1 large can diced tomatoes $1.18

1 small can tomato paste (not pictured) $0.97

1 can sloppy joe mix $0.99

Hamburger buns (However many you may need. This recipe would probably make about 16 sandwiches so we’ll account for that many) $1.60

3 tablespoons worcestersauce $0.03

2 tablespoons mustard $pennies

1 tablespoon garlic salt $pennies

1/2 tablespoon liquid smoke ?? Not sure about this one. I bought this SO long ago $0.25?

1 tablespoon oil $pennies 


Heat oil in a pan over high. Once hot, add in the onion, bell pepper and ground beef. Cook until meat is cooked and drain grease from meat. Add in remaining ingredients. Cook over med-hi for about 15 minutes. Spoon on top of buns and enjoy.

At a whopping total of $11.46, this meal that could feed 8 adults costs less then it would for 1 to eat out! Here’s proof that its kid approved too.

My Booboo


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Menu Plan MondayI know this is a little late, but what can I say.  So here’s what’s on the agenda for this week;

Weekend Breakfast:

Pancakes and waffles    


Weekend Lunch:

BLT Sandwiches



Monday: Leftover Chicken Kabobs

Tuesday: BBQ Chicken wings w/ rice

Wednesday: Leftovers 

Thursday: Sloppy Joes 

Friday: BBQ Chicken Pizza 

Saturday: BBQ Ribs and Beer Can Chicken

Sunday: Shredded Chicken for burritos, tacos and quesadillas


I’m going to attempt to post the recipes for this meal plan during the week as I make them. In the event, but more likely when, things change, I’ll let you know what’s getting the boot from my menu. If you see a recipe that you’re absolutely dying for and it doesn’t get posted, just shoot me and e-mail or leave me a comment and I’ll be more than happy to give it to you. 

For more Menu Plans, check out orgjunkie.com!

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Don’t Tell Daddy…




Let me…….

Chew on his……..

Brand new sun glasses.

How cute did the pictures turn out though?? Sorry honey. He didn’t leave any teeth marks, I promise.

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Friday Night Dinner

 Chicken kabobs, asparagus, and veggiesYummy. This is a picture of our dinner from last night. Chicken kabobs with veggies, lemon asparagus and rice (not pictured). Here’s a breakdown of the cost;

For the kabobs:Chicken Kabobs

4 Boneless skinless chicken breasts, about 1½lbs – $1.65 I’m sure your wondering where I get my boneless skinless breasts this cheap. I’ll post about that later.

1 pineapple – $2.98

1 red onion – $0.99

2 bell peppers – $3.00

1 pint cherry tomatoes – $1.99

½ package bacon – $1.50

½ bottle sauce for basting, I used teriyaki baste and glaze – I bought this forever ago so I’m just estimating the price $1.50


The Asparagus:Asparagus

1lb Asparagus – $2.99

1 lemon – $0.10

1 Tablespoon olive oil – $0.05


The Rice:Rice

2 cups Basmati rice – $1.00

3½ cups water

2 Tablespoons grape seed oil – $0.10

1 tablespoon salt – $ not even a penny

Total – $18.30. That’s not exactly the price I was hoping to see but let me just tell you that this could have feed an army. Hubby and I stuffed ourselves and my Little Booboo ate it up too. There is probably enough left for two more meals too.

To assemble everything, cut up all the kabob ingredients into roughly equal size pieces and skewer them. Anything that can’t fit onto the skewers, place in some foil and wrap tight. Start the rice. Cut the ends off the asparagus and lemon in half. Squeeze lemon onto asparagus, drizzle on olive oil and season with a dash of salt and pepper. Toss together on a piece of foil and wrap tightly. Throw all items onto the BBQ, periodically baste kabobs with sauce and cook until done, about 20 minutes. By the time your done BBQing your rice should be done. Plate up everything and enjoy!


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Make pickles of course! I love pickles. In fact I can’t eat a burger with out a crispy juicy pickle to go along with it. I don’t like the shelf stable pickles that you can pick up for .99 a jar, I like to cold packed $4.30 a bottle pickles. The price is so steep though. I mean, come on, $4.30 for a jar of cucumbers and vinegar? To top it all off when your done eating the pickles you usually have the jar and a ton of juice left. So I thought, why not just add more cucumbers to the leftover juice? So off to the store I went. I grabbed another jar of pickles, because I was all out and we’re having burgers tonight, and I bought 3 pickling cucumbers for $1.35, Supplies

 sliced them into 6 spears each and stuffed them into the juice.Sliced cucumbers I did end up with 3 extra spears that would not fit into the juice. Next time I’ll only buy 2 cucumbers. I’m not sure how long to let them sit in the juice. I’m figuring a few days at least. The total cost of making your own $.90 vs. cost of buying them $4.30. That’s a 79% savings.Pickles

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My BooBoo, eating unripened datesThis weekend we attended brunch and swimming at my father in laws. 

MY hubby, catching the football

We had a blast as you can tell from the photos. 

 Shot of the pool

Fighting for the ball

We left late morning on Sunday and didn’t return until that evening leaving me no time to do anything of what I had planned. Now, this week is the last week of me working 9 hour days. My work schedule will be moving from a 9 hour working day to a 10 hour day. Including my lunch and commute, I’ll be gone from about 5:40am to 6:00pm, just a little over 12 hours a day. The good side to this is that I’ll now have every Friday off instead of every other Friday off. My Hubby, is at home today so it’s not too big of a deal that I didn’t get through all of my tasks. He’ll take over and finish the remaining things that absolutely need to be done.  This truly bugs me though, not being able to cross things off my list that is. But it brought me to realize that I’m not going to be able to do that starting next weekend. I need to have Sunday as my day to complete the things I still have left to do as I will have no time during the week to complete those tasks such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc. I am completely ecstatic about having every Friday off though. Look at what I get to wake up to on Friday mornings now.   Booboo Couldn’t you just eat him up for breakfast?? I know that I could.

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Never Again

Never again will I leave my child unattended in the garage for even one second. When I turned around this is where I found him.


Can you guess where he’s at??


That’s right, he was in the dryer! He cracks me up.

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