Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows



My mom has made this for as long as I can remember. It has become my daughter's favorite way to eat sweet potatoes, and she goes back for seconds and thirds of them! Who wouldn't love a veggie covered in marshmallows??

Ingredients:
1 large can sweet potatoes
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2-3 teaspoons brown sugar
1/2 bag mini marshmallows

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

In a medium-sized bowl, mash the sweet potatoes with a potato masher until fairly smooth. Mix in the cinnamon and brown sugar. Put the sweet potatoes into an 8x8 casserole dish and pour the marshmallows on top. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the marshmallows begin to turn golden.


Saturday, January 30, 2010

Roasted Chicken



I don't actually know if this should be considered "roasted" since it's made in the crockpot, but that's what I'm calling it! Heather posted this and linked up for Frugal Friday last week, and after seeing it, I had to try it out. It was so moist and tender! It literally fell off of the bone. You can eat this plain, and then use the leftovers (if you have any!) in your favorite chicken casserole.

Ingredients:

1 whole chicken (rinsed)
1/2 stick butter (cut into squares)
seasonings of your choice (I used lemon pepper and onion powder, with some salt.)

Directions:
With a butter knife, loosen the skin of the chicken. Just slide the knife under the skin and it will come away from the meat. In the pocket that forms from the separation, slide the squares of butter. *I mostly slid the butter into the top and sides of the chicken. I didn't worry about the bottom or the legs. Generously sprinkle on the seasonings. Place the chicken in the crockpot, and cook on low for 8-9 hours.


Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday Follow

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Do you have a Frugal Friday meal to share?



I'd love to hear from you if you do! If you can make a complete meal for $10 or less, then tell us about it! Simply write and publish a blog post, click on the title of the blog post, copy the URL for it, and paste it where it says "You're next." It will link us directly back to your posting.



Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Poppyseed Bread



I found this recipe while checking out other cooking blogs, but I forgot to copy the link to the blog...if it's your recipe, let me know and I'll link back to you. Sorry!

This is a simple sweet bread. No yeast required! It makes two loaves, so it would be great to have one for home and give one away. That's what I did!

Ingredients:
1 yellow cake mix
1 package coconut cream instant pudding
1 cup hot water
4 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup poppyseeds

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Dump everything into a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer for four minutes. Pour into two loaf pans. Bake for 45 minutes, or until done.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Broccoli Slaw



My friend Kristen made this years ago and I ate it up! It is simple, healthy, and so delicious. You can find the broccoli slaw in the produce section with the other bagged salads. It is broccoli stems that have been cut into fine slivers, along with carrots cut just the same. I love the way the salad is crispy, crunchy, sweet, and sour. It's perfect!

I forgot to put the oil in the picture!!
Ingredients:
1 bag broccoli slaw
1 package ramen noodles (noodles only)
1 package slivered almonds
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup cooking oil

Directions:

In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, sugar, and oil. Mix well and allow the sugar to dissolve.

In a medium-size salad bowl, pour the broccoli slaw and mix in the almonds. Break the ramen noodles into bite-size pieces and toss them in. Pour the dressing over the top and toss well.

I've seen this recipe with diced green onions added, as well, so if that floats your boat, then go for it!


How To Make a Sourdough Bread Starter

I have become mildly obsessed with baking my own bread. I love the way it makes our home smell, and especially love the fact that I am controlling the ingredients that my family is consuming. Have you ever had sourdough bread? It. is. amazing. Warm sourdough bread with a glass of sweet tea...I need to just stop thinking about it since it will be several days before I actually get to eat it. I found this starter recipe on allrecipes.com.

Sourdough bread starters have to ferment for 4-8 days before they're ready for use, but the starter can be used over and over again. As you remove one cup for baking bread, simply add one cup water and one cup of flour with a pinch of sugar to keep your starter going.

I'll post my sour dough bread recipe when my starter is ready to bake.

Ingredients:

1 package active dry yeast
2 cups warm water
2 cups all-purpose flour

Directions:
In a large glass bowl, add the yeast, water, and flour. Cover this loosely and place the bowl on a cookie sheet to catch any overflow. Leave sitting in a warm place for 4-8 days. You'll know it's ready when it has a nice sour smell and is bubbly. After it is ready to use, you can transfer it to the refrigerator until you are ready to bake. Note: If the starter has a pink or orange tint to it, throw it out and start over.

Remember that whatever amount you remove for baking, you need to replace it with the same amount of water and flour, with a pinch of sugar. (Example: Remove 1.5 cups of starter, replace with 1.5 cups water & 1.5 cups flour, and a pinch of sugar.) Allow it to sit out on the counter again until bubbly, and then place it in the frige.
You may notice a clear or brown liquid on the top of the starter. This is alcohol that is created during fermentation. Just stir it back into the starter. It will cook out during baking time, so no worries.

Your starter will get better and better as it ages. Enjoy your bread!


Monday, January 25, 2010

Meatless Minestrone Soup

This is a quick, meatless version of minestrone soup. It's a great way to add lots of vitamins to your family's day. This whole soup is ready in about thirty minutes! It can also be cooked in the crock pot. If you do it in the crock pot, let it cook on low all day. About twenty minutes before serving, stir in the spinach and uncooked noodles.

Ingredients:
2 carrots (chopped)
1 cup cabbage (chopped)
1 stalk celery (chopped)
1 small onion (chopped)
1 garlic clove (minced)
2 teaspoons oil
3 cups water
1 can diced tomatoes
3 cubes of beef bouillon
1 cup fresh spinach
2/3 cup elbow macaroni
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
In a large pot, heat your oil. Throw the chopped veggies (not the spinach or tomatoes) into the oil and let them cook for about five minutes. Pour in the water, bouillon, and diced tomatoes. Bring this to a boil, then turn the heat down to low. Simmer uncovered for 25 minutes. Stir in the spinach, macaroni, and spices. Allow to cook until the noodles are tender. This is great served with corn bread!


Sunday, January 24, 2010

How to Make Your Own Chili Seasoning


I have always used the McCormick chili seasoning packets to make my chili. It's delicious and fairly inexpensive, but I don't like the sodium levels in those packs, so I'm trying my hand at my own chili seasoning.

I will use 2 tablespoons of the seasoning with one pound ground meat, 1 can fat-free refried beans, one can tomato sauce, one can diced tomatoes, and one can of water. We serve our chili over rice, with Fritos, and extra-sharp cheddar cheese. YUMMO!!

Ingredients:
4 teaspoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons white sugar
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:
Mix all of this together well. Store in a ziploc bag. Use 2 tablespoons per pound of meat. Add more or less to taste.


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Chicken Enchilada Soup

I apologize for my posts being picture-less lately. I plan to have the time to sit down tonight to get them ready for posting. We'll see if it happens, but it is my plan!

I love chicken enchilada soup. Homemade Gourmet makes a to-die-for mix, but I don't know anyone who sells that stuff anymore. Boo! So, I'm going to make this one instead.

Ingredients:
6 corn tortillas
1 sm. onion (chopped)
1 clove garlic (crushed)
2 tsp. oil
1 can chopped green chiles (undrained)
1 can beef broth
1 can chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 or 2 chicken breasts (boiled and shredded)
1 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon steak sauce
2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
paprika

Directions:
Cut the tortillas into 1/2 inch strips and set aside. Saute the onion and garlic in oil in a large pot. Add everything but the tortillas, cheese, and paprika. Cover, heat over medium-low, and simmer for 1 hour. Add the tortillas and cheese. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with paprika, and serve with tortilla chips.


Friday, January 22, 2010

Frugal Friday



Join in. It's fun!

Can you feed your family for under $10? If so, share with us how you do it. Simply write your meal in a post on your blog, then paste the link in the MckLinky down below. All readers will have to do is click the link and they'll be taken to your post. Don't have a blog? Simply leave your ideas as a comment on this post. It's a great challenge!


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Chicken Enchilada Casserole



I'm on a roll with posting not-so-healthy, but super-easy meals lately! We have been busier than usual this last week, and I've also taken on the self-challenge of using what I have in our pantry/fridge/deep-freeze rather than doing a major grocery shopping trip. We're trying to save money for our Disneyworld trip, so cutting back on groceries is now more important than ever! I've actually been amazed at what I can "concoct" out of the few staples in our home. I will have to go purchase the Doritos, because I don't usually keep chips on hand, but otherwise, this is made from stuff in our pantry and freezer.

This is my husband's all-time favorite casserole! He doesn't cook much, but he can whip this up, which is nice for me, too!

***Don't forget that tomorrow is Frugal Friday, so get out your favorite cheap meal recipes and link up in the morning!***

Ingredients:
2 chicken breasts (boiled and shredded)
1 can rotel tomatoes
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 package Doritos (cheese flavored)
shredded cheese

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl, combine the soups, rotel, and chicken, and stir well.

Layer 1/2 bag crunched up Doritos on the bottom of a large casserole dish. Top the chips with the soup mixture, and then sprinkle the entire top with shredded cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

You can substitute ground meat for the chicken, or leave the meat out all-together to have a cheese enchilada casserole.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Fettuccine Alfredo



It's been a couple of days since I gave you a new recipe! We've been busy, so dinner has been easy stuff like grilled cheese and spaghetti.

I love fettuccine alfredo! It is not something that should be served often, because it is super-rich and FULL of calories, but man is it delicious! It can be a meatless meal, or feel free to add your favorite meat. We added shrimp to ours tonight!

Ingredients:
1 large container heavy whipping cream
2 cartons Parmesan cheese (shredded)
2 cloves of garlic (minced)
3 tablespoons butter
1 package fettuccine or linguini noodles (cooked and drained)
salt and pepper to taste
cooked shrimp or grilled chicken (optional)

Directions:
In a deep sautee pan, melt the butter, and add the minced garlic. Cook the garlic over medium-low until aromatic, then add the cream. Stir with a wooden spoon until bubbly. Add in the cheese a little at a time, stirring until melted. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add cooked meat and allow to simmer together. Serve over noodles.


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Whose Name Will Be in Pictures???


The winner of the Your Name in Pictures giveaway is Caroline from You Think You Know... Congratulations, Caroline! Please contact me via email with the name that you'd like Patty to use in your photo, as well as your mailing address.

The results were generated using random.org. If Caroline doesn't get back to me in 48 hours, I'll randomly choose another winner.

Thank you all for participating! I absolutely LOVE giveaways, so I can promise you that it won't be long before I have another.

Don't forget to pop over to Patty's blog to thank her for giving some of her beautiful artwork away!! She does such an amazing job with her photography, don't you think?


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Eggs in a Muffin Tin



Do you have egg lovers like I do? My Josie could eat a dozen eggs at one time! These eggs are perfect for busy moms on busy mornings! You simply crack eggs into muffin tins, season, sprinkle with cheese, and let them bake while you take care of everything else that you have to do. They're great on biscuits, toast, or just as finger foods for your little ones.

Don't forget to enter for the giveaway. It ends sometime tomorrow. Also, don't forget about ways you can help Haiti.

Ingredients:

1 muffin tin
6 eggs
salt and pepper to taste
sprinkle of garlic powder
cheese (shredded)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.

Spray your muffin tins with nonstick spray. Crack open one egg per muffin cup. Sprinkle the top of each with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Top with shredded cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Use a fork to go around the edges of the eggs to loosen them.


Friday, January 15, 2010

Fried Cornbread



What a fantastic side to the black-eyed peas and rice that we enjoyed for Frugal Friday! My mom ate this growing up, but she actually never fixed it for us when we were living there. She recently made it for my dad, and he loved it. This is about as simple a creation as you can have in the kitchen, and is really good!

Ingredients:
oil for frying
1.5 cups cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups boiling water

Directions:
Preheat your oil for frying. You want to pan fry, so just a thin layer of oil is needed.

Mix the cornmeal and salt in a large bowl. Pour the boiling (it must be boiling!) water over it and mix well. The boiling water will actually begin to cook your cornmeal. It will make a sticky dough. Scoop out a handful and form into thin patties. Put the patties into the oil and fry for about three minutes on each side. Serve warm.


Frugal Friday & Black-eyed Peas


Sorry that I didn't get this up sooner. We went to the Science Museum with Amanda and her family this morning. Before we left, I put our dinner on. Two weeks ago I bought a bag of dry black-eyed peas for New Years. We ended up eating with my parents, so I didn't get a chance to cook them. This morning I put them in the crockpot with ham hocks and some seasonings. We'll eat these over rice with some fried cornbread (which I'll share later). This is about as frugal as you can get! I actually love meals like this. They feel so homey and the flavors are so intense.

Are you going to share your frugal meals with us today? I certainly hope so! I'm looking forward to seeing what you have, and you never know, there may be a giveaway involved for those who participate. ;)




Thursday, January 14, 2010

Don't forget. . .


...to enter for this awesome giveaway before Sunday! You can't win unless you enter. Patty is standing by ready to put your last name on one of her alphabet photographs.

...to blog about your Frugal Friday meal tomorrow and link back up using the MckLinky. I'll post it in the morning. Thanks to Janine, Alexis, and Stephanie for linking up last week.


Oatmeal Pancakes



Leigh has a recipe blog called "From My Kitchen to Yours," too. Great minds think alike, heh? We discovered each other recently, and I have enjoyed checking out her recipes. You should go take a look! One of the recipes that I knew I had to try out was her oatmeal pancakes. I've shared with you all how much my children adore their oatmeal. They really love any kind of breakfast food, so these are sure to be a hit. Thanks, Leigh!

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup quick oats
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
3 tablespoons butter (melted)

Directions:
Preheat your griddle or skillet.

Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl. Stir in milk and melted butter. Add your eggs, one at a time, and mix well. Cook on the hot griddle; flip when the centers are bubbly, and cook the other side until golden brown.


Calling You to Help in Haiti


Have you all been glued to CNN.com or the news stations to get the latest updates on the Haiti earthquake situation? It is so difficult to watch, knowing the horror that thousands are facing right now. Maybe you feel the urge to help, but aren't sure how.

Shawn Groves, from Compassion, is urging bloggers to take a banner (like the one up by my header) and post it on your blog. By clicking on that banner, your readers will be taken to a secure donation site, where they can give monetarily to Compassion. There is also a number for cell phone users to text in order to give to this organization.

I would not send you guys somewhere that I did not trust completely! This is the same organization that McMama is traveling to Kenya with later this spring. It is a well-known, trusted, and long-serving organization that has helped millions of children globally.

"Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.

Founded by the Rev. Everett Swanson in 1952, Compassion began providing Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education and health care, as well as Christian training.

Today, Compassion helps more than 1 million children in 25 countries."

If you're feeling the urge to help, take a banner (just click the "share" button on my banner or use this link), or give monetarily to Compassion, so that they can begin working for these Haitian children.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Your Name in Pictures Giveaway

I promised that there would be another giveaway, didn't I? This one is super-fun, and will look awesome in your home! Patty, who writes this photography blog, is both a fellow blogger and Oklahoman. She and I are teaming up to give you one of her alphabet photos with your last name on it. Isn't that exciting?

What exactly will you receive? Patty will send you a 10x20 print of one of her alphabet creations customized with your last name on it. This giveaway artwork will not be framed.

How do you enter? Here are the rules:

1--Hop over to Patty's blog and become a follower. Then come back here and leave a comment under this post letting me know that you did. (1 entry)
2--Follow me and leave a comment letting me know. (1 entry)
3--Follow me on Twitter (username: brandicastle) and leave a comment letting me know. (1 entry)
4--Tweet about the giveaway and link it in the comments. (2 entries)
5--Begin or reply to a discussion in my community. You do not have to have a blog to participate in this community! (1 entry)
6--Post about this on your blog and leave the link in the comments section. (5 entries)

This contest will end on Sunday, January 17, so get to entering. And if you don't win the alphabet artwork, you can always order one with your name or word of your choice for $39.95 over on Patty's blog.


Chicken and Dumplings Casserole



Do you ever need a quick dish at the end of a busy day? I do sometimes, and although this is not the healthiest dinner that I could prepare, it is quick and easy, and what's not to love about chicken, cheese, and crescent rolls? I'm sure that you could make this dish about 1000 times healthier, but between well-child checks, portraits being taken, exchanges to be made, groceries to be bought, Disneyworld trips to be researched (yes, we're going in April and are so excited!), baths to be given. . .you get the idea. . .I'm just too tired to do it today.

I promise to get the pictures of the Breaded and Baked Chicken up sometime this evening. I hate when I don't have pictures with my posts, but I haven't had the chance to upload from my camera in the last couple of days.

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups chicken (cooked and shredded)
1/2 cup cheese (grated)
2 cans crescent rolls
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 (small) can chicken broth (I'm using 1/2 regular-sized can.)
1 cup milk

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.

In a bowl, combine the chicken and 2 tablespoons of the cheese.

Separate the rolls and spoon the chicken mixture into each one. Roll the crescents up, and place in a large baking dish.

Combine the soup, broth, and milk in a saucepan, and heat over low. After it is warmed, pour over the crescents. Sprinkle the remaining cheese and bake for 30-35 minutes.


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Breaded & Baked Chicken



This chicken always turns out so moist and flavorful. You can make it with any cut of chicken. I found leg quarters on sale, so that's what I used, but I've used thighs and a whole cut-up chicken in the past. It is best to use bone-in pieces, though.

Ingredients:
1 package chicken
2 cups bread crumbs
1 package dry ranch mix
salt & pepper to taste
2 cups milk
1 egg

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.

In a large soup bowl, beat the egg and add the milk to it. This is your milk bath.

Take another large soup bowl and add the bread crumbs, ranch mix, and s & p. Mix well.

Dip one piece of chicken into your milk bath and then transfer it to the bread crumb mixture. Make sure to coat both sides of the chicken well. I actually dip in the milk bath, then the bread crumbs, then BACK into the milk bath and one last time into the bread crumbs. This gives it a nice crunchy coating.

Place each piece of chicken into a large baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for about 75 minutes, or until chicken is well done.


Monday, January 11, 2010

Spinach and Cheese Lasagna Rolls



Are you ready for your meatless meal tonight? I'm going to be honest and tell you that we're actually having chicken tonight. This meal was yesterday's lunch, but it's meatless, so I saved it for today. I hope you like it. I know we sure did!

Ingredients:
2 small containers (or one large container) ricotta cheese
1 container Parmesan cheese (shredded)
1 package mozzarella (shredded)
1 jar of your favorite sauce
1 package frozen spinach (dethawed and drained)
1 package lasagna noodles (cooked and drained)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Pour a small amount of sauce into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.

In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, Parmesan, and spinach and mix well. Take a heaping spoonful of the mixture and spread it onto one cooked lasagna noodle. Starting at one end, gently roll the noodles into pinwheel shapes. Lay them on top of the sauce in the baking dish. Repeat until your pan is full.

Cover with the remaining sauce and top with mozzarella cheese. Place foil on top of the dish and bake for 45 minutes, or until cheese is melted.


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Garlic Dinner Rolls



While browsing through my blog roll, I came across some delicious-looking roasted garlic rolls on the Tasty Kitchen site. I love garlic. I mean I REALLY love it, so I thought I'd try my own version of garlic rolls. I did not want to use whole cloves of roasted garlic in mine, because I thought it would turn my kids off, so I just used garlic powder. They turned out really well, and were so easy to make.

Ingredients:
2 packages rapid rise yeast
2 cups warm water
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder (or more if you want a more intense garlic-flavor)
5.5 cups flour
2 tablespoons butter
pinch of Kosher salt

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375.

In a bowl, dissolve your yeast in the warm water. Transfer the water/yeast mixture to a large bowl and add the sugar, oil, salt, and garlic powder. Mix it all together. Add the flour and knead it well. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and allow the dough to rise until doubled in size. After it has risen, give it a small knead, and then pinch off enough dough to fill the cups of a muffin tin. Allow the dough to rise a second time.

Sprinkle the tops of the dough balls with Kosher salt and bake for 15-20 minutes. After you pull them out of the oven, rub the 2 tablespoons of butter over the tops of the hot bread.


Friday, January 8, 2010

Hush Puppies



I don't fry a lot of foods, but red beans and rice just isn't the same without hush puppies, so I'm going for it today! Hopefully they turn out well!

Ingredients:

oil for frying
2 cups cornmeal
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg (beaten)

Directions:
In a deep pot, begin heating your oil for frying.

Combine all of the ingredients together. Add the egg last and mix well. Drop one tablespoon at a time into the hot oil. Make sure not to add too many at a time. When they are a golden brown (after about 3 minutes), remove from the oil. Serve warm.


Scotcharoos



My husband sent me this recipe from the fire station yesterday. My plan was to have them on Friday, but we still had leftover chocolate cake, so he made them today for Sunday lunch with my family . They were delicious!

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup peanut butter
6 cups rice krispies
1 (6 ounce) package chocolate chips
1 (6 ounce) package butterscotch chips

Directions:
Combine sugar and syrup in a saucepan. Cook over low heat until bubbly; remove from the heat and stir in the peanut butter. Mix in the rice krispies and press into a 9x13 baking dish.

In a double boiler, melt both types of chips. Pour this sauce over the mixture. Cool and cut into squares.


Red Beans and Rice



For my Frugal Friday contribution, I'm preparing red beans and rice, hushpuppies, and Scotcharoos. My daddy is in the oil field, so when I was ten he was transferred to South Louisiana. Talk about delicious foods! Gumbo, jambalaya, shrimp creole, and red beans and
rice. . .the flavors in those foods are just amazing. If you haven't ever had any of those, I highly suggest you try them out!

Red beans and rice is also called "Wash Day" food, because long ago the housewives would put a big pot on to cook all day while they tended their laundry. I think that's a great idea! It's hearty and easy, and a great way to get proteins into your family.

Ingredients:

1 pound red beans (rinsed and drained)
1 package of your favorite sausage (cut into bite-sized pieces)
2 cups rice (cooked)
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon Tony Chacheres (I actually use a little more than that!)
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon black pepper
splash of hot sauce (optional)
6 cups of water

Directions:

In a large pot, dump in the beans, water, hot sauce, and seasonings. Bring all of this to a boil and then reduce to medium-low. Simmer for about 2.5 hours, or until beans are tender. Season more if you need. About 30 minutes before serving, add the sausage. Serve over rice with a sprinkle of cheese and maybe another splash of hot sauce.


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Frugal Friday Blog Hop




So, are you ready to post your Frugal Friday meals? I am so anxious to see what you all have come up with! I'll post mine soon, so be on the lookout.

Is this your first Blog Hop? If so, I'll walk you through how to do this. It's easy, really! First, grab the code to my Frugal Friday button and paste it into the body of your post. Then it's time to write your post. Don't forget to write a sentence linking back to me, so that your readers can check out all of the Frugal Friday blog postings! After you have published your post, view it and click on the TITLE of your Frugal Friday posting. This will change the words in your url to say something like, "www.yourblogtitle.com/titleofyourpost. Copy this and paste it where the MckLinky asks you to. This will link the readers directly to your Frugal Friday posting.
Are you ready? If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!



Simply Great Chicken



I love looking at other cooking blogs. I get some fantastic ideas from other women, and love experimenting in my kitchen. While browsing Rachel's blog, I found this recipe. It looked delicious, and the actual preparation of this dish is amazingly simple, yet it contains fantastic flavors. I'm using boneless, skinless breasts, but any cut of chicken will probably work well.

Ingredients:

3.5 pounds chicken pieces (I'm just using 2 pounds because that's what I have.)
1 package dry Italian dressing mix
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.

Line a 9x13 inch casserole dish with foil. Rinse and pat dry your chicken pieces.

Combine the dressing mix and sugar well. Dip your chicken into the mixture, coating both sides well. Place it in your dish. Any extra of the mixture can be sprinkled on top of the chicken. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until chicken is done. Rachel suggested turning the chicken a couple of times and brushing the tops of the pieces with the sauce.