Monday, September 12, 2011



I love back to school. I've got 2 kids
home from school today. One throwing up,
the other has been running a fever.
I can't stress enough how important it is
to wash your hands before eating, after playing,
after using the restroom and when everyone is sick.


Do you ever get into a baking & cooking rut and get
tired of eating the same things over and over again.
I think this cooler air is starting to put me
in a cooking mood. I watch the food channel,
look at recipes online and look through numerous
recipe magazines to get ideas of different things
I can make for cheap. Most of the time I just browse
recipes to get ideas because more than likely
I don't have all the ingredients to make them exact
so I end up making my own versions.

Today I'm going to make Mexican Lasagna,
something I've never made before.
I got the idea HERE.
But, here are the ingredients I will be using for it
in the photo along with some leftover shredded cheese.
And instead of a rectangular casserole dish,
I found a round one the size of the tortillas.
And because I cannot afford hamburger at $3 and something a pound
I will be using ground turkey instead at $1.30 a pound from Aldi.

I'm also wanting to make some Ribbon Pumpkin Bread.
I will omit the raisins, nuts and dates as I don't have those.
And instead of using a regular loaf pan I will
use mini loaf pans. I'm not a big fan of pumpkin
but this is pretty good with the cream cheese in it.
I made it one year for Thanksgiving and did it
in a bundt pan. You could also drizzle a powdered
sugar mixed with milk and vanilla on top and sprinkled
with nuts.

My only problem I have is that my mixer isn't working
properly. My beaters keep clanging together.
So instead I will "beat" things together either
by hand or in my food processor. I have a backup
mixer somewhere around here that I've been
saving if ever my mixer went on the blitz.
But I've held onto it so long now that I don't
know where I put it in the basement. That
would be like trying to find a needle in a haystack
at the moment. So will have to make do with my
other options at this time.



Got 10 mini loaves of ribbon pumpkin bread in the oven.
My changes to the recipe above-

For the bread batter-
I didn't have any cloves so added allspice.
Only used 2 1/2 cups sugar.

Cream cheese layer-
I didn't have two 8 ounce cream cheese, only one.
I mixed in some dry vanilla pudding mix and milk,
added a teaspoon of vanilla and an egg
to help bind it altogether.



Pumpkin bread fresh out of the oven.
Too bad the screen isn't scratch and sniff
because it smells so good in here.


Free sample of Icy Hot naturals pain relief cream.


Play Kroger's Kick Off To Savings game.
I just played and won Nescafe's Taster's Choice coffee!



Mexican Lasagna just went into oven.

In addition to the packet of taco rice I also
made up 2 servings of minute rice and mixed
with the taco rice.

I didn't have any sour cream to put on top
but I had a smidgen of ranch dressing left in
a bottle and put that on top instead.

In round casserole dish I added-
little spaghetti sauce,
spaghetti sauce,
ground turkey,
shredded cheese,

Top layer-
shredded cheese,
ranch dressing

1 pound ground turkey- $1.30
1 pkg large flour tortillas- .89 cents
jar of spaghetti sauce- free
Leftover shredded cheese- $1.50
taco seasoning- free
taco rice mix- free
minute rice- free
leftover ranch dressing- free

Total cost to make $3.69
Not sure how many servings it makes but I can tell you this-


I reserved 2 mini loaves of mini bread for
us to eat now and the rest I wrapped up in foil
and put into gallon zip bags and put into the

The foil sheets were a manager special at .69 cents!



Tony just got home from working a little over.
He says he has the pager again Tuesday and Wednesday.
We're talking about going to Indian Lake this weekend.
We'll see how everyone feels then.

Time for supper.



The Harvest Moon tonight.

Stopped in Kroger tonight to get some more milk.
I think it would be cheaper to buy the cow
with as much of it as we go through.
While there Jonathan found a Kroger coupon
for a free box of Duncan Hine's cake mix.
I got Devils Food cake mix. I see some black
bottom cupcakes in the near future.
I also bought Christopher a Sharp calculator
for .75 cents. In the seasonal isle
you can sometimes find things marked down.
I saw things for 75% off and the calculator
was one of them.

After Kroger we went over to Tony's work
and picked up a Schwinn bicycle that
someone left behind after moving out.
It's still in the truck so no pics at the moment.
I have a severe headache and don't feel like
doing much more this evening.

Whelp it's 9:00, time to go watch a little
Lizard Lick Towing on TruTV. That show can be sooo funny.
The one guy has a saying for everything like,
that person is nuttier than a squirrel turd.

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