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So, one of the things that I’ve appreciated as I’ve perused the great wide world of blogs are all the neat recipe ideas I find.  I’ve been trying to test out new things that sound good in an effort to add a little variety to our diets.

Here are my efforts this week:

Frozen Banana Bites ~ chocolate, peanut butter, banana all in little bite size treats……yeah, I HAD to try this one!! 🙂

“Homemade” Pickles ~ not exactly homemade, but this is a fun little project.  I want to try REALLY homemade pickles, but that will be another day.
-just cut up some small salad/pickling cucumbers and put them in the jar with the old juice.  Refrigerate and they say that in a few days you have another jar of pickles….we’ll see!!

Whole Milk Yogurt ~ this is not a new project, but we’re out, so time to make more!

I think that’s all I’m going to get to today.  I’ll keep you posted on the results!


Cheesy Beef Quesadillas ($2)
Rotel Cheese Dip ($0.50)
Tortilla Chips ($0.50)

Pork Chops with cajun mustard sauce ($2.25)
Butter Noodles ($0.50)
Salad with Blue Cheese dressing ($2)
Parmesan Cheese Bread ($1)

Out to eat (Riverfront Cafe)

Stouffer’s Frozen Dinners

Mac and Cheese

Family Birthday Party (someone else is cooking, yipee! :))

Parmesan Cheese Bread

Here we go with the new format again this week:


Cinnamon Raisin Bread (we use this for toast, but we also use cream cheese and this bread to make breakfast sandwiches)
Cold Cereal
Cinnamon Raisin Bread
Eggs, bacon and toast
Cold Cereal
French toast and bacon
Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Italian Ziti
Parmesan Cheese bread

Leftovers (pizza, stir fry)

Freezer food

Shredded Pork Tacos
Tortilla chips

Leftovers (Ziti, tacos)

Out to Eat (we’re thinking Riverfront Cafe, yum!)

This week has been pretty disorganized so much and we’ve already eaten out three times. 😦  I’m hoping to turn it around for the rest of the week.

Sunday, November 14

Out to eat – The Nuggett ($30)

Monday, November 15

Stouffer’s lasagna ($2)
Parmesan cheese bread ($1)
Fresh veggies and blue cheese dressing ($1)

Tuesday, November 16

Papa John’s Pizza ($13)

Wednesday, November 17

out to eat- Riverfront Cafe ($40)

Thursday, November 18

Deli meat sandwiches ($3)
Fresh cut veggies ($1)
Chips ($1)

Friday, November 19

Chicken and Black Bean Tacos ($2)
Chips and guacamole ($1)

Saturday, November 20

Chili ($3)
Cornbread ($1)

So, the second half of the week is a little more budget friendly than the first half.   Oh, well.  We just have those weeks sometimes, when planning gets away from us. 😛

I decided to spend a good portion of my day off today making some yummy things to eat this weekend.  I scored some really cheap apples from Shelton’s earlier this week, so you will see a large apple presence in these recipes. 🙂

Item #1:

All I do to make applesauce is peel and core the apples, then I place the sliced apples in a large pan on the stovetop with just enough water to cover the bottom of the pan.  This keeps the apples from scorching before they begin to release their own juice.  Cook on medium until the apples are soft.  Mash them to the desired consistency and DONE!

Item #2:

Apple Bread-this recipe is a variation of the Zucchini bread recipe in the “Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook”

Item #3:

Vanilla Pudding-this is another recipe from the “Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook”
-this recipe says it calls for “lactose free” milk; in the actual cookbook it just says milk and that’s what I used.  It turned out perfect and creamy!

Italian Sausage Pasta with Spinach

3 cups uncooked rigatoni or large tube pasta (or really any pasta that you have in the house. :))
1 lb bulk Italian sausage (I usually only use 1/2 lb)
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 can (14 1/2 oz. ) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 pkg (10 oz) frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided

Cook pasta according to package directions.
Meanwhile, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink; drain.  Stir in the tomatoes, spinach, cream cheese and 1 cup mozzarella.  Combine pasta and sauce.  Transfer to a greased 11 in x 7 in. baking dish.
Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.  Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

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