Monday, August 10, 2015

Frugal living : Lunch made from leftovers

I stared watching frugal and debt free living videos on You Tube. Which lead me to wonder how much money we wasted a month. Let's just say my mouth dropped open !  I never realized how easy it was to  spend  mindlessly.  So I made myself a challenge to pay attention to what I spent and what I spent it on.  This food saving ideal came from that.  Plus these turned out to be delicious. Next time I make Taco Soup I will defiantly save some for lunches again.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Easy DIY Rocket stove

For some reason the title picture doesn't show up. But the video does play.

My husband was on you tube when he found videos of this stove and decided to make his own version. So me being the good wife that I am thought I would drive him crazy by videoing the whole process.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Just Great Chicken

All you need is chicken, brown sugar and Italian dressing mix - and it only takes an hour!
About 3 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken
1 ( .7 ounce) packet of Italian dressing mix
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
Preheat your oven to 350.  Grease a 12 inch x 9 pan. You can line your pan with foil for easy clean up. The brown sugar tends to stick  the pan. Mix your Italian dressing with your brown sugar in a clean shallow pan. Place your chicken in the mixture and press the mixture into your chicken. Place in pan with top of chicken pointing up. Sprinkle any left over mixture over the top and bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Baste every once in a while with the juices that dripping off the chicken. Turn once  3/4 of the way thru cooking.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Making Tomato Powder

Tomato powder is very easy to make. You can us your own canned tomatoes .Fresh or store canned tomatoes work just as well. 
If your using fresh tomatoes just cut them thin and place in a single layer in your food dehydrate .  For canned tomatoes place in a blender or food processor and blend.

 For blended tomatoes you will also need to use a fruit roll screen or  parchment paper on your trays.  Pour a thin layer of your blended tomatoes on your trays.  Dehydrate over night till both your fresh and blended tomatoes are dry and is easy to crumble. (  Humidity and temp will play a factor in your drying time.)

After cooled and crumbled, place in a coffee grounder or some type of blender. Blend till you have a nice powder.  I place my power in a Ziploc bag with a oxygen absorber.

To use:
For tomato puree  1 part powder to 1 part water.

For tomato sauce   1 part power to 2 parts water.

mix together and let sit 1 to 2 minutes to fully rehydrate.
This powder is great for making dried hiking meals . They taste so much better and way cheaper. You can also use it for long storage meals.

Monday, June 1, 2015

What to do with leftover wonton wrappers.

 I still had a half of a bag of wonton wrapper after I got finished with my pot sticker.( Pot Sticker recipe posted below this one.) I didn't want to wast them ,so I had to come up with a good way to use them. I remembered I had a can of pie cherries in my pantry so dessert became my best option. 
 I fried up the wrapper in a little oil.
 Placed the can of cherries in the food processor along with 3 tablespoon of the blackberry jam and blended.
 I warmed up the filling up, then layered the mixture between the fried wonton wrappers. . I used three wrappers. You can use as many layers as you like.
Next came the ice cream. These were so good that we had them last night and again today after lunch. And I am going to be really bad and have another one after dinner. As they say you only live once.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Shrimp Pot Sticker

This is a post I did a while back. Although when I went to look for it ,it had been deleted. Luckily I had saved it on my recipes page. So I am reposting it for myself and for those reading this blog.  This is one of my all time favorite recipes.

My husband loves pot stickers, I use to buy them from the store ,but they weren't that good. Then I started buying them from the Schwan's guy. They were good but got to be really expensive. So I decided to make my own. I found a great recipe and changed it a little to make it my own. My family and friends  love them. And it saves me a lot of money. I never knew how easy they were to make.

1 and1/2 pounds of cooked Shrimp or 1 pound of any other cooked meat you may like.
4 chopped green onions
4 cloves roughly chopped garlic or 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.( Optional)
1 eggs and one egg white.
3 tablespoons of soy sauce
Wonton wrapper. There are normally around 60 in a package. ( Don't worry they freeze up really well)
 One husband or friend to do the frying.


Put everything in a food processor and pulse until combined and minced.
Wet all four sides of your wonton wrapper.
Place about 1/2 of teaspoon of filling in the middle.

Fold over to make a triangle. Gently push filling to the middle. Making sure to seal it all along the edges. This is very important. If it doesn't seal it will leak.  Your water helps to make it seal. Don't worry they seal really easy .

Place in a pan with a little oil They cook up really  fast. So make them all up at one time,placing them on a lightly floured sheet pan. Or have someone cook them as you make them up. I love my assistant. He looks so cute in his apron.

These freeze up great. I usually make a big batch for the freezer so I always have some on hand for lunches and snacks. But they still never seem to last long.